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Senator Tom killion

Dear Friend,

I will be sending out periodic Enewsletters to keep you informed about legislative action in Harrisburg and local items of interest. I hope that you find this information useful and share it with others.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me to express your views or to receive assistance with any issue or problem pertaining to state government.

Sincerely,

Tom Killion


Senator Killion Announces Opening of PA ABLE Program to Help Individuals with Disabilities Save for Future Expenses

Area residents can now sign up for the Pennsylvania Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Savings Program, which provides tax-exempt accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families.

This program will give individuals and families more control over their financial future and help those with disabilities live an independent and fulfilling life. I strongly supported efforts to create the ABLE Savings Program and thank all the individuals and families who helped to bring about this important resource. I urge those who are eligible to enroll now.

Modeled after college savings accounts, ABLE accounts allow individuals with qualifying disabilities and their families to save for a wide range of disability-related expenses tax-free and provides investment options offered to encourage saving private funds to support health, independence and quality of life.

PA ABLE saving accounts are excluded from eligibility determinations for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits (for savings up to $100,000), other means-tested federal programs, Medical Assistance, and other state means-tested disability and health benefits programs on which individuals with disabilities must often depend.

Under the PA ABLE Savings program, eligible individuals can:

  • Save up to $14,000 each year.
  • Grow accounts tax-free.
  • Use accounts to pay for a wide range of disability-related expenses.
  • Make federal and state income tax-free withdrawals when used for qualified disability expenses.
  • Open accounts that are exempt from Pennsylvania inheritance tax.

Interested families and other can visit the Department Treasury www.paable.gov website for more information on the ABLE savings program, sign up for updates or open an account.


Senator Killion Participates in Road Tour of Newlin Township

Last week, I had the opportunity to take a tour of Newlin Township with Supervisor Janie Baird to talk about infrastructure projects in the area. My staff and I have been working with PennDOT to help advance projects important to the area.

Construction began last week on Green Valley Road bridge, which will eventually reopen the bridge for the first time since May 2016. Crews will work this month to rehabilitate the bridge deck in order to reopen the structure to vehicles weighing 16 tons or less.


2017-2018 Pennsylvania State Grant Application Filing Deadline Approaching

A reminder for all students and families applying for state grants the deadline for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is May 1st. The deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions).

To apply for a Pennsylvania grant, applicants must first complete the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access the FAFSA online at PHEAA.org/FAFSA or fafsa.gov.

Students and families with questions about FAFSA or the State Grant Program can call 800-692-7392 for personal assistance. 


PA Readies for 2017 Trout Season

The Statewide kick off of the 2017 trout season is set for the third Saturday of April, following the April 1 Regional Opening Day, according to the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

The Regional Opening Day on April 1 will include the following counties: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York counties.

Consult the PF&BC Calendar of Opening Days/Significant Events for details on Mentored Youth Trout Day, Walleye Opening Day, and Bass Opening Day. The Commission is reminding trout anglers 16 and older, they must obtain a fishing license and possess a Trout/Salmon Permit , except on Fish-for-Free Day.


Route 926 (Street Road) Lane Restrictions Scheduled Next Week for Bridge Replacement Project in Chester County

Right lane restrictions are scheduled on Route 926 (Street Road) at Pocopson Road in Pocopson Township, Chester County, on Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for curb improvements


I-95 Nighttime Lanes Closures Next Week for Overhead Bridge Construction in the City of Chester, Delaware County

Nighttime lane closures are scheduled on northbound and southbound Interstate 95 between the I-476 (Exit 7) and Route 352/Route 320 (Exit 6) interchanges in the City of Chester, Delaware County, on Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21, from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM

As the weather heats up, so does the pace of road construction. You can find the latest on work near you at PennDOTís Construction Project site. Search by address, county, interstate highway, and more. See when work is scheduled to begin and end, who is doing the work and how much it costs. http://www.projects.penndot.gov/projects/Construction.aspx


How We Can Help You

Here are some of the ways that my office can assist you:

  • Free notary service.
  • Assistance with preparations of Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms.
  • Citations from the Pennsylvania Senate for notable local accomplishments and family milestones.
  • Information and problems with PA Insurance programs: Medical Assistance and CHIP.
  • Fishing and hunting information.
  • Information on financial assistance for higher education.
  • PennDOT forms for special tags and driver and vehicle services.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax forms.
  • Pennsylvania road maps.
  • Requests for copies of legislation, bills and regulations.
  • Requests for literature for students and senior citizens.
  • Tours of the State Capitol for individuals or groups.
  • Unemployment compensation issues.

How to Contact Me

I have staffed offices in the district and Harrisburg to provide you with top-notch constituent service and provide answers to legislative inquiries.

The district offices are located at:

4110 Edgmont Ave, Brookhaven, PA 19015. The phone number is (610) 447-3163.

780 E. Market St, Ste140, West Chester, PA 19382. The phone number is (610) 436-3320.

Both offices are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

My Harrisburg office can be reached by phone at (717) 787-4712 or by mail at Senate Box 203009, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you are having any problems with state agencies or need help with a problem relating to government, my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

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Offices

Senate Box 203009
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3009
Phone: 717-787-4712
Fax: 717-783-7490
Toll-Free: 1-888-9th-Dist

4110 Edgmont Ave
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Phone: 610-447-3163
Fax: 610-447-5848

780 E. Market St
Suite140
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-436-3320
Fax: 610-436-6983

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