Galloway: Unemployment Bill Protects Workers, Taxpayers

(Nov 03, 2016)

Legislation Rep. John Galloway fought hard to pass was signed by Governor Tom Wolf today. It provides 44,000 additional people with unemployment insurance and makes cost-saving changes to pay for it. Read more

 

Galloway: new Unemployment Compensation rules will restore up to 44,000 workers to the program at no additional cost

(Oct 26, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, announced that the legislature today finalized an important update to the state's Unemployment Compensation program. The bill, if signed by the governor, will restore benefits for cyclical workers who currently make too much money during their busy season to qualify for benefits in the down times. When Act 60 of 2012 was passed to help stabilize the UC Trust Fund, part of that change required an employee to earn at least 49.5 percent of his annual earnings outside his highest earning quarter. "This bill removes that stipulation which unfairly hurts workers who made too much money in their busiest season," Galloway said. "Act 60's changes led to the unintended consequence of making these workers ineligible for the compensation they would otherwise be entitled to receive. Construction workers often fell into this trap. This bill drops the earnings requirement back to its pre-Act 60 limit, 37 percent outside the highest earning quarter. This will be a crucial change for these workers and other changes incorporated in the bill mean it will pay for itself and not affect the solvency of the fund." House Bill 319, which was amended in the Senate on Tuesday, received final Senate passage this evening and the House then moved to concur with the Senate changes. In addition to restoring the program eligibility to approximately Read more

 

Davis, Galloway hail grants for St. Mary Medical Center, Route 13 industrial area

(Sep 30, 2016)

State Reps. John Galloway and Tina Davis applaud state grants totaling almost $2 million to help the St. Mary Medical Center build a primary and urgent care center in Levittown and to extend water and sewer lines to vacant and underutilized industrial properties in the Route 13 Industrial Area. The Bucks County Democrats thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for approving the RACP grants of $900,000 for St. Mary and $1 million for the Route 13 line extensions in Bristol Twp. Read more

 

Galloway hosting 10th annual Senior Expo on Sept. 15

(Sep 08, 2016)

LEVITTOWN, Sept. 8 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, is hosting his 10th annual Senior Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Westaby Hall, 425 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills. A number of free health and wellness opportunities will be offered, including blood pressure and pulse oximetry. Representatives from a number of government and nonprofit agencies and local businesses will also participate. Veterans can apply for ID discount cards if they bring their DD-214. Additionally, attendees can sign up for a free SEPTA Key pass. Door prizes, giveaways and light refreshments will be available during the event. For more information, contact Galloway's constituent services office at (215) 943-7206 . ### Read more

 

Stop the New Jersey Tax Grab!

(Jul 11, 2016)

If you live in Pennsylvania and make $35,000 or more a year working in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie is proposing that you pay more in income tax – and that you pay it to New Jersey. If he gets his way, Gov. Christie would abolish a 39-year-old tax agreement between Pennsylvania and New Jersey that allows interstate commuters to pay income taxes in their state of residence. Without the two-state agreement, Pennsylvanians working in New Jersey would have to pay New Jersey's graduated income tax instead of Pennsylvania's flat income tax. The Bottom Line : Pennsylvanians working across the Delaware River who make $35,000 or more per year would be subject to New Jersey’s higher tiered rates, and if your taxable income from working in the Garden State is $40,000 or more, you would pay more than 5.5 percent in income tax, a 55 percent hike. For those making considerably more, your tax liability could spike to nearly 200 percent – and all of that money would go to New Jersey instead of benefitting our community here at home. Please look at the table below for more information. All of this can be avoided by keeping the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Tax Reciprocity Agreement in place. If you are a Pennsylvanian working in New Jersey, lend your voice to keep tax reciprocity by signing the petition here . Don’t let Gov. Christie get away with an unfair, unilateral tax grab. Read more

 

Galloway: Local fire companies receive corporate donations

(Jun 13, 2016)

LEVITTOWN, June 13 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, joined four local fire companies as Waste Management donated money to the fire companies which serve the communities surrounding the Tullytown landfill. The donations were part of the proceeds from the trash processing company's annual corporate golf tournament. The donations were presented to the fire departments of Fairless Hills, Falls, Levittown and Tullytown. Galloway was joined by Falls Township Supervisor Bob Harvie and Waste Management managers John Schneider and John Hambrose during the recent check presentation, which was held at the Fairless Hills Fire Co. "Our local fire departments protect and serve 24-7," Galloway said. "I was proud to attend the check presentation which demonstrates the corporate support of our local firefighters." Also at the check presentation were representatives from the Fairless Hills, Levittown and Tullytown fire companies. ### Read more

 

Galloway to host free shredding event May 14

(May 03, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, will host a free community shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14 in the parking lot of Westaby Hall, 425 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills. Local residents are invited to bring unneeded paper items to be shredded for disposal, including old bills, health records and financial records, as well as any other paper items of a personal nature. There is a two-box limit per person. "Identity theft becomes a bigger problem every year," Galloway said. "Proper disposal of sensitive material is your best defense against becoming a victim of this type of crime. “In addition to protecting your identity, you are protecting the environment, as the shredded paper will be recycled.” Constituents can learn more about identity theft at the Pennsylvania Treasurer's website, www.patreasury.gov/learn/idtheft/ . The event is open to the public, but only personal papers will be shredded. Business papers will not be accepted at this event. For more information, constituents may contact Galloway's constituent service office at ( 215) 943-7206. ### Read more

 

House passing medical marijuana bill is a big step

(Mar 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today joined a solid bipartisan majority of House members in voting to allow medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The House passed an amended version of S.B. 3, which originally passed the Senate in May 2015. The amended bill would require a prescribing doctor to be registered with the Department of Health before they would be authorized to prescribe the use of cannabis for the following conditions: intractable seizures, cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, Huntingdon's disease, sickle cell diseases, Crohn's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, glaucoma, autism and neuropathic pain for which traditional therapies are inadvisable, as well as other neuropathies and certain spinal cord injuries. The main amendment to the bill was the result of a bipartisan task force which worked together for months to craft a bill which would be acceptable to a majority of legislators. "Today was a historic vote in the House and the vote brings us one step closer to offering the potential health benefits that cannabis oil seems to offer," Galloway said. "It is unfair that fear of the unknown has been limiting the use of potentially life-changing medication. Many Pennsylvanians, and especially children, may benefit from the medical use of marijuana, but without the legal availability of the medicine, they may never know. Read more

 

Galloway applauds Gov. Wolf’s action on raising minimum wage

(Mar 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf for his announcement of signing an executive order to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.15 for some state workers. The governor’s order will apply to employees of commonwealth agencies under the jurisdiction of the governor and for employees of state government contractors. Galloway said he hopes today’s action by the governor is just the beginning to finally raising the wage for all workers in Pennsylvania. "The current $7.25 minimum wage in Pennsylvania is antiquated. Many people continue to struggle to pay their bills while raising a family," Galloway said. "Providing an increased wage would give these people more purchasing power and the ability to afford basic necessities, contributing more to our overall economy. "Increasing the minimum wage can hurt the economy if done irresponsibly. However, raising it in a responsible manner can help workers and protect the middle class. Capitalism is the engine driving our economy and if left unchecked, can create problems for many in our working class. "I applaud the governor for moving forward on one of his campaign promises and I hope this will give the general assembly initiative to finally take action and increase the state’s minimum wage for everyone." Galloway is a co-sponsor of H.B. 250 , which would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10. Read more

 

Galloway bill would expand E-Verify rules to private construction industry

(Mar 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, the newly appointed Democratic chairman of the House Labor and Industry Committee, has introduced a bill which would expand E-Verify requirements which were first signed into law in 2012. House Bill 1881 would require all Pennsylvania employers in the private construction field to confirm the legal employment status of all employees through the federal E-Verify program. "This is a natural expansion of my law from 2012 which requires all contractors bidding on any job which requires prevailing wages use E-Verify to confirm all employees are legally permitted to work in the United States," Galloway said. "Prevailing wage rules apply to public construction jobs for state, county or other municipal agencies and public authorities and school districts. "That law has been very successful and so requiring the same requirements for all construction employees is the logical next step." E-Verify is a voluntary federal program which can quickly compare databases to compare Social Security numbers and Department of Homeland Security records to determine if a potential employee is permitted to work in the United States. Galloway added that about 40 co-sponsors, both Democratic and Republican, have signed on to support the bill. Galloway was elevated to the chairmanship this morning. He previously served as the Democratic vice chairman for the committee. Read more

 

Galloway to lead House committee

(Mar 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody announced that Rep. John Galloway will become Democratic chairman of the Labor and Industry Committee. Galloway, D-Bucks, has served on the committee for 10 years and is currently the Democratic vice chairman. “Chairman Galloway is committed to standing up for Pennsylvania’s working families. He’s someone who can reach across the aisle to build coalitions and get things done,” Dermody said. “John’s long background on the committee and his familiarity with key people in labor and industry will help him to hit the ground running as chairman. “With bills pending on the minimum wage, workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation, John’s knowledge and his ability to reach consensus solutions will be put to use as Democrats work to protect the wages and hard-won rights of working people,” Dermody said. Galloway looks forward to the challenge. “I’m honored to chair this important committee after making an effort over the years to understand all sides of labor issues,” Galloway said. “As demonstrated by my work on difficult issues such as the 2012 law to apply the federal E-Verify system to all public works projects, we can get more done in Pennsylvania when legislators work together across party lines.” The House has 23 standing committees which review proposed legislation and regulations. Committee chairs are Read more

 

Winter 2016 newsletter

(Feb 25, 2016)

Read my latest newsletter, which includes an update on legislative actions, local events and upcoming events. 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

 

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

 

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

 

Galloway votes for property tax relief

(May 12, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 12 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, joined with a bipartisan majority this afternoon to adopt an amendment to a bill that would offer lower property taxes and stabilize school funding. The House adopted the amendment to H.B. 504 by a 109-86 vote, with support from both sides of the aisle. "I have been a strong proponent for fixing our property tax system since I first took office in 2007," Galloway said. "As is true for any true reform effort, this amendment had much to offer along with some negatives, but in this case, the advantages made this a very easy 'yes' vote. "Adopting this amendment was a crucial step in including a real property tax cut in the upcoming budget, and it also offers potential tax cuts to all property owners, as well as to stabilize school funding in the future. My goal is to completely eliminate property taxes for all Pennsylvanians and this is a promising beginning." The amended bill now faces a final vote in the House and would move to the Senate for consideration upon final House passage. ### Read more

 

Galloway introduces two bills

(Apr 29, 2015)

LEVITTOWN, April 29 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, recently introduced two bills in the House of Representatives. House Bill 1076 would stiffen drunk driving crimes for some accidents which cause serious injury or death. Currently there is a loophole which allows reduced charges if it cannot be proven that driving under the influence was the cause of an accident which kills or seriously injures someone, even if the driver was found to be intoxicated. "This is a huge loophole in our DUI rules," Galloway said. "A local teenager, Zachary Gonzalez, was killed by an intoxicated driver while riding his bike in January 2014, but since the police could not prove the driver's intoxicated state caused the crash, he could not be charged with a homicide; only driving under the influence. My bill would close that loophole." The bill has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee for further consideration. Galloway is also reintroducing Monica's Bill as H.B. 1074 , a bill that would allow a personal state tax deduction for uncovered expenses incurred by a living organ donor during the organ donor process. At least 10 other states have laws which provide some tax incentive for living donors. The bill was inspired by a family medical emergency which brought the need for the tax deduction to Galloway’s attention. An organ donation recipient’s insurance will pay the costs of the medical procedures required for the donor, but Read more

 

Galloway hosting tax rebate events

(Feb 26, 2015)

LEVITTOWN, Feb. 26 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, and his staff will host forums to help senior citizens in his legislative district fill out and submit Pennsylvania’s 2014 Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications. The dates, times and locations are as follows: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Bristol Borough Area Active Adult Center, 301 Wood St., Bristol 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, March 20, Falls Township Senior Center, Trenton and Oxford Valley roads, Fairless Hills "The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is funded from Pennsylvania Lottery profits, and is meant to help reimburse low- and fixed-income homeowners for the property taxes they paid in the previous year," Galloway said. "Also, some seniors who rent their homes may qualify for rent rebates." Seniors 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older and permanently disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 64 may be eligible for the refunds, depending on their income level. Homeowners may have earned up to $35,000 and renters may have earned up to $15,000 in the 2014 calendar year, with only half of the applicant’s Social Security, Supplemental Security and federal railroad Retirement Tier 1 earnings counting toward the limit. The maximum rebate is $650, depending on the person’s income. "My staff is trained to help determine if you qualify, and to complete the forms if you may be eligible," Galloway said. "Please Read more

 
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