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Shapiro proposes significant expansion to PA property tax and rent rebate program

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Governor Josh Shapiro recently visited Erie to promote his plan to grow Pennsylvania’s property tax and rent rebate program, the first expansion in almost two decades. The program is aimed at helping seniors and other residents on fixed incomes afford their homes.

The current program helps more than 570,000 residents afford their homes, with 75% of the 12,000 residents in Erie County being senior citizens. However, the program has not been updated in 17 years, which means that many people have been disqualified from receiving the rebate due to the stagnant threshold.

The governor’s proposal includes raising the maximum rebate from $650 to $1,000, and the income cap would be increased to $45,000, which would be adjusted annually based on inflation. The administration estimates that 175,000 residents would become eligible for the first time, and many would see their rebates nearly double.

The proposed expansion has received mixed reactions from lawmakers. While there is agreement that the current payout isn’t high enough, some lawmakers are wary about tying future raises to inflation, fearing it could lead to unsustainable annual budget increases. However, Shapiro plans to cover the expansion using revenues from the state’s lottery fund and gambling taxes, which he believes will generate enough revenue to cover the rising costs of caring for Pennsylvania’s seniors.

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