Winter 2016 Newsletter

(Feb 25, 2016)

In February, Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation that will delay the graduation requirement associated with the Keystone Exams until the 2018-19 school year. While I believe it is important to hold our students to a high standard of achievement, I was proud to support this legislation in the House and I am glad Gov. Wolf signed it into law. 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

 

Briggs spreads holiday cheer by arranging Toys for Tots donation

(Dec 17, 2015)

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, accepts a large donation for Toys for Tots at his King of Prussia district office. The donation was made by the waste management company Republic Services. Standing with Briggs (from left) are retired U.S. Marine John Wilson and Republic Services employees Jen Ray, Kevin Leib and Aaron Tolbert. Read more

 

Briggs announces new Premium Wine & Spirits location

(Oct 22, 2015)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Oct. 22 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced that after a lengthy review process by multiple departments as required by state law, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has finally signed a new lease to relocate and expand the Liquor Control Board's King of Prussia retail operation. Construction is underway on the new Premium Fine Wine & Good Spirits store on West Dekalb Pike near Henderson Road, in the former Sports Authority. The new, larger space will feature many more customer friendly enhancements such as wine tastings, a full-time sommelier and an updated store design to enhance the shopping experience. “I am happy to announce that what has been speculated in the community for over a year is finally confirmed and moving forward," Briggs said. "I applaud the PLCB for listening to its customers and expanding its operation to include many more choices for those in King of Prussia and surrounding communities. I have no doubt that this new location will become a flagship for the PLCB." The existing store on South Gulph Road will close and relocate to the new location when it is complete. The new Premium Fine Wines & Good Spirits is expected to open in the first half of 2016. Read more

 

Fall 2015 Newsletter

(Sep 11, 2015)

During the previous four years of total Republican control of Harrisburg, former Governor Tom Corbett signed budgets that drastically cut funding, especially for education. At the same time, Corbett and the Republican leadership of the legislature continued to give a free ride to the oil and gas industry by resisting a severance tax on gas drilling – something all other major natural-gas states already have and a measure that has wide, bipartisan support across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Briggs: Republican sham budget deserves Wolf's veto

(Jun 27, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, said today he voted against the Republican-crafted budget bill because it fails to restore deep cuts made to public education by the former Gov. Tom Corbett, doesn't offer any form of property tax relief and relies heavily on gimmicks and one-time funding sources. "Today I watched the Republican majority in the state House pass a budget that completely fails to prioritize education, ignores the property tax issue plaguing homeowners across the state, and uses accounting tricks to close a structural deficit despite the dire and plainly foreseeable consequences," Briggs said. "I understand that Republicans are using whatever scheme they can think up to get the budget passed before the deadline, but honestly I am worried about getting this budget done right." Briggs said House Democrats were not included in the formulation of the spending plan that he voted against, and that the plan barely provides one-quarter of the funding needed to begin restoring public education cuts made by the previous administration. "When Pennsylvanian voters sent Governor Tom Wolf to Harrisburg, they made their view on budget priorities clear," Briggs said. "Pennsylvanians want real property tax relief. They want a serious investment in education. And they want natural gas drillers to pay their fair share through a modest and reasonable severance tax. This budget fails on all counts." Briggs said the plan, which now heads to the state S Read more

 

Briggs announces winner, finalists in his 2015 student essay contest

(Jun 09, 2015)

KING OF PRUSSIA, June 9 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, attended the Lower Merion Board of School Directors meeting yesterday, and the Upper Merion Area School Board meeting on June 4, to announce and congratulate students selected as the winner and finalists of his sixth annual “There Ought to be a Law” essay contest for fifth-graders. Every year, Briggs encourages those students to write an essay about a law that would improve their school, community or state. Briggs said over 400 essays were submitted this year, on topics ranging from a ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags to the establishment of learning gardens in state schools. Read more

 

Briggs seeks fairer solution that funds education

(May 14, 2015)

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, said today he voted against an amendment that would bring limited property tax relief to Pennsylvania because it would distribute the relief inequitably while failing to resolve the underlying education funding issue. Read more

 

Spring 2015 Newsletter

(Apr 27, 2015)

In February, I had the honor of attending Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget address. His bold proposal for rebuilding Pennsylvania’s middle class includes increasing educational opportunities, improving the state’s job market and creating a more efficient government. Read more

 

Briggs welcomes Wolf's severance tax proposal

(Feb 11, 2015)

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, said today that he is grateful to Gov. Tom Wolf for proposing a sensible solution to the state's education funding issues. The Education Reinvestment Act, which Wolf announced today at a news conference in Thorndale, would increase the money available for Pennsylvania schools by levying a reasonable severance tax on natural gas production. Read more

 

Briggs to chair House caucuses

(Feb 11, 2015)

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, announced that in addition to his appointments to five prominent House standing committees (Appropriations, Judiciary, Environmental Resources and Energy, Professional Licensure and Transportation) he will serve as the House Democratic chairman of three important caucuses in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Briggs will serve as the chairman of the Arts and Culture Caucus, working in conjunction with Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York; Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh; and Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny. He will also serve as chairman for the Bio Technology/Life Sciences Caucus with Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks, and the Brain Injury Caucus with Rep. Tina Picket, R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna. Read more

 

Briggs to serve on prominent House committees

(Jan 27, 2015)

State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced his appointment to five standing committees in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2015-16 legislative session, including the House Appropriations Committee. The Appropriations Committee meets regularly while the House is in session to consider fiscal-related matters and conduct budget hearings each spring to review and evaluate the governor's budget proposal. In accordance with House rules, the committee also evaluates legislative proposals for fiscal implications prior to voting a bill out of committee. Briggs was sworn into office earlier this month. This is his fourth term representing the 149th Legislative District, which includes Upper Merion Township, West Conshohocken Borough, Bridgeport Borough and portions of Lower Merion and West Norriton townships. Read more

 

Briggs begins 4th term in state House

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today took his oath to represent residents of the 149th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for a fourth term. Briggs took part in the official swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol that marked the start of the 2015-16 legislative session. The state constitution mandates the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January every year. "It is an honor to be sworn in to another session to serve as the voice for the people of the 149th Legislative District," Briggs said. "Between the multibillion-dollar budget deficit, and the previous administration's lack of investment in public education – there is a lot to get done. But I am ready to work with Governor-elect Tom Wolf and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put Pennsylvania on a path of prosperity for all."  In particular, Briggs said he wants to focus on the establishment of a fair funding formula to better evenly distribute education funds. Briggs said his office will continue to provide top-notch service to constituents and he will continue the creative outreach programs begun in earlier terms, including the "There Ought to be a Law" essay contest for fifth-grade students, the office's student art show series, as well as his “Breakfast with Briggs” constituent meetings. Briggs' constituent service office, which is open Read more

 

Report a pothole

(Jan 05, 2015)

Do you know of a pothole on a state road? Fill out this form and we will make sure that PennDOT is aware of the situation so they can repair the road as soon as possible. Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more