Capitol Roundup from PA Rep. Mike Peifer (R-139th District)

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2012 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program are now available. The program provides participants with rebates of up to $650 based on rent or property taxes paid in 2012. The program benefits income eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities. Income limits are set at $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, $4.8 billion has been paid to qualified applicants. For additional information or applications, contact Peifer’s office at Wayne County Visitors Center, 32 Commercial St., Suite 300, in Honesdale, 470-253-5533 or visit his website at

Examination of the State Budget Proposal Continues

The House Appropriations Committee, of which Rep. Mike Peifer (R-Monroe/Pike/Wayne) is a member, is continuing its hearings this week on Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 state budget proposal. Agency officials testifying last week included those from the Department of Transportation, Liquor Control Board, Department of Aging and the state and school employee retirement systems. For archived video of the hearings, and live web streams of hearings planned next week, visit For video of questions Peifer posed during the hearings, visit

‘Honoring Our Veterans’ License Plates Now Available

Pennsylvanians can demonstrate their support for the state’s servicemen and women with an "Honoring Our Veterans" license plate now available from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The cost of the license plate is $35, with $15 from the sale of each plate dedicated to the Veterans Trust Fund. The trust fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide grants to veterans service organizations and other charitable organizations. More information about obtaining the "Honoring Our Veterans" license plate or any other special license plate is available at