Longietti bill to update the Estate Code passes House

(Jun 30, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that his legislation amending a section of the Estate Code that hasn’t been updated in 21 years unanimously passed the House. House Bill 1974 would increase the amount an employer may pay directly to a surviving relative for a deceased family member’s final paycheck from $5,000 to $10,000. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Read more


Longietti will vote to support basic, special and higher education

(Jun 30, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will vote tonight to pass S.B. 1073, the general appropriations bill for Pennsylvania’s fiscal year that begins tomorrow. “This budget represents a true compromise between Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, and Governor Wolf’s office,” Longietti said. “It provides a solid investment in our education system, including basic, special and higher education, without a broad-based tax increase that hits our working families hardest.” Read more


Longietti: Budget not ideal, but solid step forward for education

(Jun 28, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, issued the following statement before House consideration of Senate Bill 1073, the general appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016-17: "While not perfect, this budget represents a compromise between House Democrats and Republicans that makes a solid investment in the education of our young people. I have long been a proponent of working across the aisle to achieve a reasonable budget in a timely fashion and one that prioritizes investments in our children’s future, and this budget accomplishes those goals. Read more


Longietti announces over $125,000 in grants for traffic signal upgrades

(May 16, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that more than $125,000 in signal improvement funding is coming to Hermitage, Sharon, Farrell and Sharpsville Borough in the 7th Legislative District as part of the state’s "Green Light-Go" program. Read more


Rail project in Mercer County awarded $262,500

(May 12, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that Wheatland Tube Co. has been awarded a $262,500 grant from the state Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). Read more


Longietti announces 13 fire and EMS grants for 7th District, thanks first responders for their actions

(Apr 20, 2016)

Calling their courage an inspiration to the community, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that 13 fire and ambulance companies in the 7th Legislative District are receiving state grants. 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


With new budget to consider, General Assembly must find common ground

(Feb 09, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, issued the following statement today in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address: “It is critically important that all parties immediately return to the negotiation table to finalize the state budget for this year while the budget process for the 2016-17 fiscal year begins. I have repeatedly called on the House Speaker to keep the House in session, every day, until that important work is completed and I am disappointed that my calls have fallen on deaf ears, to this point. We need to put our fiscal house in order while restoring a portion of the funds cut from schools and county human services under the previous governor. Otherwise, we will not secure our future and will force local governments to raise property taxes, which already are a burden to too many citizens. 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


Longietti announces CCPP grants in 7th Legislative District

(Jan 27, 2016)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that Clark Borough and Hermitage City both will receive grants from the Community Conservation Partnership Program. Clark Borough will receive $35,500 for further development of Henderson Taylor Community Park. The work scheduled includes construction of a pavilion, installation of play equipment with safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping and other site improvements. Read more


2016 Winter Newsletter

(Jan 25, 2016)

Stay up to date with the latest news from the district with Rep. Longietti's winter 2016 newsletter. 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


Longietti outraged at House speaker’s adjournment

(Dec 23, 2015)

Following Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai’s unilateral decision to adjourn the House without taking up a vote on a scheduled state budget bill, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement: “The House was poised to consider Senate Bill 1073, a 12-month spending plan, and an affirmative vote would have ended the nearly six month budget stalemate as Governor Tom Wolf planned to sign the legislation. Instead, speaker Turzai suddenly and unexpectedly adjourned the House from session, and members of the House Republican caucus scurried from the Capitol to return home. I will remain in Harrisburg to complete the budget process and am calling on the speaker to immediately return the House to voting session. The House remains on a six-hour call, but the current indication is that the speaker will not recall the House until after the end of the year. Read more


Longietti calls on speaker to return House to session

(Dec 11, 2015)

At a Capitol news conference today, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, joined over 20 House Democrats in calling for Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to return the House to session and end the budget impasse. Read more


Longietti: We're Ready to Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti says that he and his House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more


Longietti: Speaker needs to return House to session to finalize budget

(Dec 10, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, called on House Speaker Mike Turzai to immediately return the House to session in order to finalize work on a state budget. Longietti issued the following statement after the speaker unexpectedly adjourned the House until noon Saturday: “It is unfathomable to me that Speaker Turzai would adjourn the House when senior centers are closed, nonprofits have laid off employees and suspended services, and schools are considering closing their doors because a state budget has not been adopted. Read more


Bill reauthorizing Children’s Health Insurance Program passes House

(Dec 02, 2015)

Legislation authorizing the extension of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program until Dec. 31, 2017 and moving the program from the Insurance Department to the Department of Human Services unanimously passed the House Tuesday and moved to the Senate for consideration. “CHIP is a nationally recognized model for children’s health insurance that serves over 150,000 young people across the state, and I’m proud to support this program,” Longietti said. “We need to ensure that in the future, children and their families will have access to quality health care that allows them to visit the doctor when sick and get the necessary care they need. Read more


Bills to improve PACE and PACENET pass House

(Nov 24, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that the House unanimously passed three bills aimed at improving PACE and PACENET for seniors who benefit from the prescription-drug programs. House Bill 493 is a package of bills from last session that would exempt veterans’ benefits from income eligibility calculations for state programs. Read more