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1032 N. Easton Rd
Doylestown, PA 18902-1055
Plumstead Township
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F *
Phone: (215) 489-2126
Fax: (215) 489-2129
*District office is handicapped accessible

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Hon. Marguerite Quinn 
141 East Wing
PO Box 202143
Harrisburg PA 17120-2143
Phone: (717) 772-1413
Fax: (717) 783-3793
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6/9/2017
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Appointments Available to Veterans for Free Dental Care
Veterans can receive free dental care on Saturday, June 24, through Aspen Dental-branded practices as part of its National Day of Service.

Locations in Wyomissing and Allentown still have openings. Call 1-844-AspenHMM to schedule an appointment.
House in Session Next Week
The House is again in session next week, Monday through Wednesday, and is expected to take up various pieces of legislation. To stay up to date on the issues, go to my website, RepQuinn.net, or follow my Facebook page.
Pension Reform Bill Goes to the Governor

In a bipartisan 143-53 vote on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed pension reform legislation that now goes to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature. He has indicated he will sign the bill on Monday, June 12.

For years, the growth in our pension contributions have been one of the largest cost drivers in our state budget. Senate Bill 1 shifts the investment risks of the two state pension systems – State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) and Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) – away from taxpayers. In the long term, this will help reduce annual taxpayer contributions to the systems.

This bill would only impact future state employees and teachers. However, current employees would have the option to switch from the pension system currently offered to one of three new retirement options: A defined contribution plan and two hybrid plans.

For decades, many workers in the private sector have relied on 401(k) plans to fund their retirements. This bill would move future state workers and teachers in line with how their neighbors plan for retirement, all while still being offered competitive benefits.

These changes would ensure that we can fulfill our promises to current workers and significantly reduce the risk to taxpayers.

May Revenue Numbers Released

General Fund revenue collections for May came in $99 million more than expected but, overall, collections for the year remain down by $1.12 billion.

Corporation taxes also came in above what was expected by $132 million for a total of $231 collected in May. However, sales tax collection of $824 million was $6 million below estimate and the Personal Income Taxes collected were $912 million, which was $38 million less than expected, for the month.

As we enter the final weeks before the end of the fiscal year (June 30), these figures show the reality of the state’s finances. Members of the General Assembly must use them as a baseline for a responsible 2017-18 state budget. In April, the House passed a budget that shaves costs while increasing education funding and continuing to fund the core functions of state government. Currently, this budget bill is in the Senate

House Sends Gaming Bill to Senate

The House on Wednesday sent to the Senate legislation that would expand gaming in the Commonwealth, adding sports betting, iLottery, airport gaming tablets and video gaming terminals. It is estimated the bill could generate as much as $225 million to $250 million in the first year, and as much as $500 million by the third year.

I voted against House Bill 271. I do not agree with expanding legalized gaming into our homes, restaurants, and taverns. Additionally, I am disappointed that we once again look to vices for increased revenue. This legislation will likely be changed in the Senate and I will reexamine it should it be returned to the House.

I am pleased that parts of my legislation, House Bill 1281, to collect a $36.1 million outstanding loan to fund gaming oversight was incorporated into House Bill 271.

As part of Act 71 of 2004, the Gaming Control Board, Department of Revenue and State Police were given a $36.1 million loan that was to be paid back by the gaming licensees when all slot machine licenses have been issued and have commenced operation. That was more than a decade ago, and quite frankly, I believe the original legislation was shortsighted in not containing a more definitive schedule for the repayment of this loan. I think it is time we call in this debt. My proposal would require loan repayments to start on Jan. 1, 2018.

PA Granted REAL ID Extension

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted Pennsylvania a grace period, which runs through July 10, 2017, to meet federal REAL ID requirements. PennDOT anticipates DHS will issue additional extensions to Pennsylvania until REAL ID products are available.

Last month, the governor signed into law Senate Bill 133, now called Act 3 of 2017, which gives residents a choice of purchasing a REAL ID or continuing to use their current form of a state driver’s license or photo ID as a standard form of identification.

PennDOT estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available to customers in 2019. Starting in October 2020, every air traveler will need a REAL ID-compliant license, or another acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel.

For additional information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

Tax Amnesty Program Ends Soon

Those who owe back taxes have a little over a week to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty program, which ends Tuesday, June 19.

I introduced last session a bill to create the program and the bill was included in the 2016-17 budget package that became law.

Tax amnesty is not a forgiveness of debt but a reduction in fines to encourage the payment of back taxes. Many of the tax dollars would go uncollected, but as it stands, the amnesty plan is forecasted to bring in more than $100 million of outstanding taxes to the state coffers where it belongs.

All taxes owed to the Commonwealth administered by the Department of Revenue are eligible. Taxes, interest and penalties collected under the International Fuel Tax Agreement owed to other states or provinces are not eligible.

The amnesty program applies where a known or unknown delinquency existed as of Dec. 31, 2015. Individuals who took advantage of a similar amnesty program offered in 2010 are not eligible to participate.

For more information and complete program guidelines, visit www.RepQuinn.net and click “Tax Amnesty Program Guidelines.”

This is an excellent opportunity to become financial whole with the Commonwealth and get out from under accrued fees and fines.

D-Day Remembered

 
Tuesday, June 6, marked the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France, during the Second World War. The American and Allied forces that landed there made great sacrifices to free the liberty-loving people of Europe who had been oppressed and demoralized by the Nazi menace.

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of meeting Norman Reifsnyder, a veteran of the U.S. Army who fought in the Battle of Bulge during World War II, on the floor of the House.
                       
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1032 N. Easton Rd, Doylestown, PA 18902-1055 | Phone: (215) 489-2126
141 East Wing, PO Box 202143, Harrisburg PA 17120-2143 | Phone: (717) 772-1413
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