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Governor Shapiro: Property Tax/Rent Rebates Now Available for Eligible Older Pennsylvanians, People with Disabilities

Legislation to expand Property Tax/Rent Rebate limits passes House

(Jun 05, 2023)

“I’m grateful for the House’s overwhelming vote to expand the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for seniors and people with disabilities,” Samuelson said. “This will increase income limits, provide larger rebates for those who qualify, and includes a cost-of-living adjustment so that recipients won’t lose their rebate in the future when they get modest increases in their Social Security or pension.” Read more

 

Pa. House easily passes bill to state Senate that would boost property tax, rent rebates

(Jun 05, 2023)

Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, the bill’s primary sponsor, had used data to find support for the plan. He pointed to enrollment figures, showing that because income eligibility hasn’t been adjusted as pension or Social Security income increased slightly, thousands were falling out of the program but not necessarily eliminating the need. Read more

 

Expansion of property tax and rent rebate easily clears Pa. House

(Jun 05, 2023)

The bill, assuming it clears the state Senate, would “provide a needed expansion to a tried-and-true program that people depend on and make sure that this program is a cornerstone of our state for years to come,” said Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, the bill’s prime sponsor. Read more

 

'Time to Remember’: Memorial Day at SteelStacks honors the fallen

(May 29, 2023)

Rep. Samuelson touched on the various monuments in Bethlehem dedicated to veterans, such as the memorial on Arch and Wood streets and one currently on display at SteelStacks. Read more

 

Rebates For Property Tax, Rent Could Increase In PA Under New Bill

(May 24, 2023)

Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, was primary sponsor of the bill with Democratic primary co-sponsors and 81 bipartisan House members also signed on. Read more

 

Finance Committee approves Property Tax/Rent Rebate expansion legislation

(May 23, 2023)

Taking the first significant step toward increasing income limits for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the first time in 16-plus years, the Finance Committee passed legislation Tuesday to do just that. Read more

 

Pa. House panel moves forward on Gov. Shapiro’s plan to update property tax relief program

(May 23, 2023)

The Finance Committee on Tuesday unanimously advanced House Bill 1100, sponsored by Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, which would increase the income limit and rebate amounts for qualifying homeowners and renters, to the House floor. Read more

 

PA property tax relief bill takes a step forward

(May 23, 2023)

House Bill 1100, sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Steve Samuelson, would increase the number of people eligible for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, and increase the maximum allowable rebate from $650 to $1,000. Read more

 

Pa. House committee passes expansion of property tax and rent rebates

(May 23, 2023)

“If we had adopted a COLA back in 2007 when this was adjusted, the program would’ve kept pace with those modest Social Security increases, those modest pension increases, and people would not have lost out,” said House Finance Committee Chairman Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton County, who sponsored the bill. Read more

 

Proposal to update ailing Pa. rent, property tax rebate program would reverse decade of decline

(May 04, 2023)

“I’m thrilled that Gov. Shapiro has made this a priority,” state Rep. Steve Samuelson (D., Northampton), chair of the House Finance Committee and a longtime advocate for expanding the program, told Spotlight PA. “We should have done this years ago.” Read more

 

Workforce Development, Infrastructure, and Housing Funding Opportunities

(Apr 13, 2023)

Here are some of the latest state programs now open for applications. Read more

 

‘Hope is not lost,’ Pa. House Speaker Joanna McClinton tells Bethlehem NAACP

(Mar 26, 2023)

Several local government officials attended and gave brief remarks, including Democratic state Rep. Steve Samuelson, whose 135th District includes the Northampton County portion of Bethlehem. Read more

 

Boscola and Samuelson: Important Bethlehem projects receive more than $1.6 million through statewide programs

(Mar 16, 2023)

Two important projects received considerable funding to help the Cityof Bethlehem tackle important initiatives : the Broad Street improvement project received $642,750 in state multimodal funding to help make East Broad Street more walkable for pedestrians by implementing pedestrian safety and traffic calming measures. Read more

 

Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities

(Feb 01, 2023)

Here are some of the latest state programs now open for applications. Read more

 

The 2023 Capitol Scenes calendar is available for download!

(Jan 11, 2023)

Each month contains a scene from our Pennsylvania Capitol, proclaimed as one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the nation. Read more

 

Bethlehem Steel ruins among 18 Lehigh Valley projects awarded $30M for redevelopment

(Oct 30, 2022)

“The redevelopment of the Turn and Grind Shop is a significant addition to the ArtsQuest campus and will allow for additional programming, community events and entertainment options,” stated state Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Lehigh/Northampton. Read more

 

PA Representative Steve Samuelson announces $500,000 in state funding for NMIH

(Oct 28, 2022)

“The National Museum of Industrial History is a gem with a track record of preserving, interpreting and celebrating the history which built our country,” Samuelson said. “I am proud to be able to secure state funding for the museum’s expansion as they build upon their mission to bring our nation’s rich industrial heritage to life.” Read more

 

Boscola, Browne and Samuelson Announce $13.6 Million in State Funding for Redevelopment Projects in City of Bethlehem

(Oct 26, 2022)

“The redevelopment of the Turn and Grind Shop is a significant addition to the ArtsQuest campus and will allow for additional programming, community events and entertainment options,” stated Representative Steve Samuelson. “And, Lehigh Heavy Forge plays such a critical role in our nation’s national defense that to be able to further invest in it will provide greater security for our country and more jobs to the Lehigh Valley.” Read more

 

‘Our own league of nations’: Razed Bethlehem neighborhood gets historical marker

(Oct 08, 2022)

The Heights was home to 945 people and 280 homes when it was razed, said state Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton: “It really was a vibrant community.” Read more

 

Thousands of older Pennsylvanians at risk of losing property tax rebates because of legislative inaction

(Sep 22, 2022)

“We have to make this change before the end of the year,” said state Rep. Steve Samuelson, who has long advocated for increasing the income thresholds. “After 15 years, it’s long overdue.” Read more

 

Legislation to expand Property Tax/Rent Rebate limits passes House
Jun 05, 2023

Pa. House easily passes bill to state Senate that would boost property tax, rent rebates
Jun 05, 2023

Expansion of property tax and rent rebate easily clears Pa. House
Jun 05, 2023

'Time to Remember’: Memorial Day at SteelStacks honors the fallen
May 29, 2023

Rebates For Property Tax, Rent Could Increase In PA Under New Bill
May 24, 2023

Finance Committee approves Property Tax/Rent Rebate expansion legislation
May 23, 2023

Pa. House panel moves forward on Gov. Shapiro’s plan to update property tax relief program
May 23, 2023

PA property tax relief bill takes a step forward
May 23, 2023

Pa. House committee passes expansion of property tax and rent rebates
May 23, 2023

Proposal to update ailing Pa. rent, property tax rebate program would reverse decade of decline
May 04, 2023

Workforce Development, Infrastructure, and Housing Funding Opportunities
Apr 13, 2023

‘Hope is not lost,’ Pa. House Speaker Joanna McClinton tells Bethlehem NAACP
Mar 26, 2023

Boscola and Samuelson: Important Bethlehem projects receive more than $1.6 million through statewide programs
Mar 16, 2023

Conservation, Substance Abuse Education, and Act 13 Funding Opportunities
Feb 01, 2023

The 2023 Capitol Scenes calendar is available for download!
Jan 11, 2023

Bethlehem Steel ruins among 18 Lehigh Valley projects awarded $30M for redevelopment
Oct 30, 2022

PA Representative Steve Samuelson announces $500,000 in state funding for NMIH
Oct 28, 2022

Boscola, Browne and Samuelson Announce $13.6 Million in State Funding for Redevelopment Projects in City of Bethlehem
Oct 26, 2022

‘Our own league of nations’: Razed Bethlehem neighborhood gets historical marker
Oct 08, 2022

Thousands of older Pennsylvanians at risk of losing property tax rebates because of legislative inaction
Sep 22, 2022