Bradford: Legislative Leadership Has Failed

(Feb 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford, speaking at a budget hearing in Harrisburg, talks about how the ongoing budget crisis is a failure of leadership to do what the Pennsylvania constitution requires. Read more

 

Bradford Calls for Balanced, Funded Budget

(Feb 22, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford questions the Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittle about the overall structural deficit and the need to close tax loopholes before raising new revenues. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

Bradford announces grant for local trail improvements in Montgomery County

(Feb 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – State Rep Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, helped to secure a $200,000 state grant for the Chester Valley Rail Trail in Montgomery County to make improvements to the 15-mile trail. The Chester Valley Trail project is a partnership that involves inter-agency cooperation on many levels, including local, state and federal governments, area businesses and local residents who are committed to seeing the project through to completion. “The Chester Valley Rail Trail has changed miles of abandoned land into a popular location for biking and walking,” Bradford said. “This grant will allow officials to make improvements that will make the trail even better.” The Chester Valley Trail project dates back to 1991, when representatives from Chester and Montgomery counties used abandoned rail line as a major trail. The rail line follows U.S. Routes 30 and 202 through central Chester County from East Caln Township east to Montgomery County, providing a major part of the regional trail system from Chester County to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River. The grant was administered as part of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program. The CCPP provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts and other nonprofits for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenways Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Home heating assistance is still available

(Jan 13, 2016)

Will you need help paying your heating bills now that the winter is here? The state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is here to help with energy bills. The program provides grants based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region to individuals and families across the commonwealth. I am encouraging people who qualify for the program and that includes renters, homeowners, and individuals who have a disability to submit their applications to help pay their heating bills. Cash grants help with heating bills and are sent directly to your utility company or fuel provider and are credited to your bill. Crisis grants help with heating emergencies, such as a furnace failure or unexpected fuel shortages. The household income limits to qualify vary according to family size, and increase $6,240 for each additional person, as seen below: Household Size Maximum Income 1 2 3 4 $17,655 $23,895 $30,135 $36,375 The federally funded program is expected to continue until April 1, 2016, so apply now!! You can apply online at www.compass.state.pa.us . If you have any questions or need help, feel free to contact my office. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Bradford: We Need a REAL Budget

(Sep 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more

 

Bradford: Stop Pa. Budget Games

(Jul 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford says the Republican budget puts the state at risk for further credit downgrades and doesn't address the massive structural deficit. He adds Pennsylvanians have made it clear that education funding and property tax relief are the most important issues, but Republicans have ignored them. Read more

 

REMINDER: Breast cancer screenings Friday at my Norristown office

(Jun 15, 2015)

I wanted to remind you a mobile mammography van from Fox Chase Cancer Center will be at my Norristown constituent service office Friday to conduct breast cancer screenings, starting at 9 a.m. However, you must call my office at 610-270-1150 to make an appointment. You’ll also have to meet a few basic requirements, listed HERE . As always, please do not hesitate to contact my offices for assistance with any state-related issue. You can also visit my website for news and links to useful information on a variety of topics . Read more

 

Lane restrictions scheduled next week on U.S. 422 and U.S. 202 in Montgomery County for bridge inspections

(Jun 12, 2015)

Please be aware that lane restrictions are scheduled next week on U.S. 422 and U.S. 202 in Montgomery County for a series of bridge inspections, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The work schedule is: • On Monday, June 15, and Wednesday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the right lane will be closed on U.S. 422 east between the Route 363 (Trooper Road) and Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) interchanges in West Norriton and Upper Merion townships; • On Tuesday, June 16, and Thursday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the right lane will be closed on U.S. 422 west between Route 23 (Valley Forge Road) and Route 363 (Trooper Road) in West Norriton and Upper Merion townships; and • On Friday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the right lane will be closed on U.S. 202 north between DeKalb Pike and Main Street in Bridgeport Borough. The inspections, which are weather dependent, are part of PennDOT’s program to inspect state bridges at least once every two years. The inspections ensure the safety and overall condition of the bridges. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my offices for assistance with any state-related issue. You can also visit my website for news and links to useful information on a variety of topics . Read more

 

Markley Street final paving starts today in Norristown

(Jun 08, 2015)

Please be aware that starting today and for the next four weeks, a milling and paving project on Markley Street/U.S. 202 South in Norristown Borough, Montgomery County, means motorists will encounter daytime travel restrictions, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. This resurfacing operation is one of the final stages of PennDOT’s $20.8 million project to rebuild and improve Markley Street between Elm Street in Norristown Borough and Johnson Highway in East Norriton Township. Drivers may encounter delays and periodic, flagger-controlled stoppages Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on and approaching Markley Street. In addition, temporary closures of streets intersecting Markley Street may be in place Mondays through Thursdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. along the 1.1 mile work zone. Milling and paving operations also may take place on Fridays if weather forces the cancellation of paving earlier in the week. Markley Street is currently one-way southbound from Roberts Street to Harding Boulevard, but carries two-way traffic between Roberts Street and Johnson Highway, and between Elm Street and Harding Boulevard. Markley Street will be reopened to two-way traffic between Roberts Street and Harding Boulevard this fall once all of the new traffic signals and street lights are installed and trees are planted in the work area. Motorists are advised to allow additional time when traveling on Markley Street during Read more

 

REMINDER: Community Shred Day on Saturday

(May 28, 2015)

If you’re concerned about the safety of your personal information when discarding important documents, please take advantage of my free Community Shred Day to help you safely dispose of sensitive documents in an environmentally friendly manner. It will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday (May 30) at my Norristown Constituent Service Office, 1846 Markley St. Please bring paper documents that you are looking to get rid of or that may contain confidential information. All shredded material will be recycled. This event is only for residential document shredding; no businesses, please. Additionally, this event is first-come, first-serve until the truck is full. Please call my office at 610-270-1150 if you have questions about this event. Read more

 

I-476 north lane restriction Wednesday in Montgomery County for bridge inspection

(May 22, 2015)

Please be advised that the left lane is scheduled to be closed on Interstate 476 north between the Interstate 76 (Exit 16 A/B) and Conshohocken/Ridge Pike (Exit 18A) interchanges in West Conshohocken Borough and Plymouth Township, Montgomery County, on Wednesday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a bridge inspection, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The lane closure will be in place while a crew inspects the I-476 north bridge over Balligomingo Road. Motorists are advised to allow more time for travel during the bridge inspection because slowdowns will occur. The inspection, which is weather-dependent, is part of PennDOT’s program to inspect state bridges at least once every two years. The inspections ensure the safety and condition of the bridges. As always, please contact my offices regarding this or any other state-related matter. Read more

 

PennDOT driver license, photo centers closed for Memorial Day

(May 20, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us . Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services. A complete listing of PennDOT driver and photo license center closings in 2015 is available here . Read more

 

Shred event, Family Fair, breast cancer screenings highlight district events

(May 08, 2015)

State Rep. Matt Bradford has three important upcoming constituent events in May and June. Read more

 

Work begins to replace sinkhole-damaged bridge in Plymouth Township

(Apr 30, 2015)

Please be advised that work has begun to replace the sinkhole-damaged Plymouth Road bridge over Plymouth Creek in Plymouth Township. The project completion date is Aug. 31. Read more

 

Mammogram van visit

(Apr 17, 2015)

Breast cancer screenings June 19 at my Norristown office; appointments needed. Read more