Senate Approves Bill to Reduce the Size of the Legislature
The Senate recently approved legislation I strongly supported to reduce the size of the Legislature.
House Bill 153
would reduce the number of seats in the House of Representatives from 203 to 151, with each district representing approximately 84,500 constituents. Currently, each representative is responsible for serving approximately 62,000 residents.
The proposed change requires an amendment to the state Constitution, which means the same bill must be debated and passed by both the House and Senate in
two consecutive sessions, and subsequently approved by referendum vote of the people of Pennsylvania. This means it will have to pass both the House and
Senate one more time before being placed on the ballot.
I have also voted for legislation to reduce the size of the Senate from 50 to 45 seats – a move that will cut the cost of government for state taxpayers.
We currently have the largest full-time legislature in our nation. I believe state residents should be the ones who decide if the size of our legislature
stays the same, or if we downsize. By downsizing and streamlining several common processes within the legislature, I believe state government could run
more efficiently and effectively. Not to mention, we could save millions in taxpayer dollars.
THON 2016 to Take Place February 19-21
The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, known by most as THON, is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric
Since 1977, THON has raised more than $127 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.
THON 2016 will take place February 19 to 21, 2016. The key to THON is – For the Kids. Every year, the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center is
electric as Penn State students dance, sing and shake their way to millions of dollars to fight pediatric cancer. They are cheered on by kids who have beat
cancer and kids who are still fighting this horrible disease. It’s a feeling that bleeds into our community and is the personification of what it means to
give back. I urge area residents to support this wonderful charity which has done so much to help children with cancer. For more information
On January 21, Senator Corman attended the
celebration for the Penn State Women’s
Soccer program upon their National Title win
in December of 2015.
Coach Erica Walsh was named coach of the
year and the team took home both the Big-Ten
Championship and the Big-Ten tournament
2016 Trout Stocking Schedule Available Now
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission recently released its 2016 trout stocking schedule.
The Fish and Boat Commission plans to stock more than 3.2 million trout in at least 820 Pennsylvania lakes and streams this year. The stocking includes
approximately 2.01 million rainbow trout, 641,000 brown trout and 525,000 brook trout.
The stocking schedule is available online at
www.fish.state.pa.us and on my
Department of Revenue Offers Assistance for State Tax Filing
With tax season now underway, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue is providing area residents with assistance in filing personal income tax returns for
tax year 2015.
All taxpayers who received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in calendar year 2015 must file Pennsylvania personal income tax returns by
midnight, Monday, April 18.
Personal income tax assistance is available through the department’s
Online Customer Service Center
or by calling (717) 787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. State tax forms and instructions are currently available at
Taxpayers may also visit a Revenue district office, listed in the government pages of local phone directories, for basic state personal income tax filing
Apply Now for Property Tax/Rent Rebates
Applications are now available for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program and qualified individuals should file as soon as possible.
The program, which provides rebates of rent and property taxes paid in 2015, is open to state residents age 65 or older; widows and widowers age 50 or
older; and, 100 percent disabled people 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with half of
Social Security income excluded.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The deadline for filing an
application is July 1 and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis after that date.
Application forms and assistance are available at no cost from Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and my
district offices. Applications are also
available online or by calling toll-free
Local residents should be aware that there is no charge to file a state Property Tax/Rent Rebate form and they shouldn’t fall prey to companies offering to
submit the forms for a fee.
Since the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.9 billion in property tax and rent
relief. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming.
Senator Corman visits constituents at the 2016 PA Farm Show.