Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill E-Newsletter

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In this update:

  • Thank you for our ongoing conversations on important issues
  • Latest survey results show strong support for eliminating school property taxes
  • David Burton and Isaac Hess earn Freedom Award
  • Junior Achievement BizTown continues to provide unique opportunities for local students
  • Small Business Saturday is this Saturday – stopping by Collage to see unique gifts for that tough-to-shop-for friend or relative
  • Kicking off Give Local York
  • Thanking Vietnam Veteran Sgt. James Krebs
  • Remembering Cpl. Michael Cohen, who lost his life 15 years ago in Second Battle of Fallujah
  • Senate office hours Wednesday – Friday

Thank you for our ongoing conversations on important issues 

As we gather tomorrow with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to thank you for our ongoing conversation.

While we may never see eye-to-eye on every issue, I am thankful we can have an open and honest conversation about issues affecting you, your family and our community. I believe that regardless of where you stand on issues, you should always let me know. I enjoy reading your emails, letters, taking your phone calls and meeting with you out in the community.

Representing more than a quarter million residents is a very humbling position and one that I do not take for granted. I am hopeful that we can continue these conversations and work – together – to improve the lives of York Countians.

This past weekend, I was delighted to have over 200 local residents attend our open house as part of the Christmastime in Loganville. I think the train display was the biggest hit and my thanks go out to those of you who took time to visit. It means a lot to me!

Thank you and I hope you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving!

– Kristin

Latest survey results show strong support for eliminating school property taxes 

The issue of school property taxes continues to be the number one issue I hear about throughout the 28th District. Since taking office in January, I have made this my top priority. I am a co-prime sponsor of legislation to eliminate school property taxes by shifting to an increased income tax, and an increased and expanded sales tax. This legislation – Senate Bill 76 – is currently pending in the Senate Finance Committee.

Since that bill was introduced earlier this year, my colleagues in both the Senate and House of Representatives introduced other proposals to address school property taxes. Those plans range from eliminating school property taxes using other revenue sources to freezing school property taxes for seniors with limited income.

My latest survey asked you – the residents of the 28th District – which, if any, plan or plans you support as well as if you had to pick one plan, what would it be?

Here is a brief description of the plans referenced in the charts above:

  • Senate Bill 76. This bill will eliminate school property taxes for all properties in Pennsylvania, including commercial and residential. The bill would raise the state’s income tax to 4.95 percent; increase the state’s sales and use tax to 7 percent and expand the list of goods and services subject to the sales tax, including certain foods, clothing over $50, professional services, and more. A portion of the school property tax will remain at the school district level to pay off the respective district’s existing debt service. When the debt is retired, schools will no longer be able to levy a school property tax. Voters in each school district will have the option to increase the income tax at the local level to pay for certain projects or programs. Learn more about this bill here.
  • House Bill 13. This bill will eliminate school property taxes for all properties in Pennsylvania, including commercial and residential. This bill differs from Senate Bill 76 because most taxes will stay local with the school district and not go to the state. It will also implement an income tax on retirement income, not including Social Security. It would only expand the state’s sales and use tax to cover food and clothing, with an exception for those individuals receiving public assistance. The plan would also encourage rental property owners to reduce rent costs to match the savings realized through school property tax elimination. You can learn more about this plan here.
  • Senate Bill 805. This bill will provide a way to eliminate school property taxes for homesteads in the Commonwealth. The legislation would increase the state’s income tax to 4.87 percent to make up the lost revenue. Learn more about this bill here.
  • Senate Bill 821. This plan would freeze all school property taxes for individuals 65 years of age and older who have lived in their home for at least five years and have an income that does not exceed $65,000. You can learn more about this plan here.
  • Senate Bill 923. This plan will provide for the total elimination of school property taxes for senior citizens who meet the following requirements: 65 years of age or older, lived in Pennsylvania for 10 years or more, and have an annual income of $40,000 or less. You can read more about this plan here. 

Thank you to those who participated in this survey! Stay tuned for our next survey, which will focus on a transportation bill that was recently reported out of committee. 

David Burton and Isaac Hess earn Freedom Award 

Congratulations to David Burton and Isaac Hess of Trail Life PA-3 Red Lion, a Christian-based outdoor adventure program for boys ages 5 through 18, on achieving the Freedom Award.

Rep. Mike Jones and I were honored to present them with citations from the Senate of Pennsylvania and the House of Representatives on Saturday to commend them for their accomplishments.

David, the son of Robert and Debbie Burton, oversaw the construction of a storage shed for the Friendship Baptist Church for his Servant Leadership Project. Well done, David!

Isaac, the son of Raymond and Donna Hess, renovated the workshop at New Life for Girls in Dover for his Servant Leadership Project. Well done, Isaac!

David and Isaac are the first members of their troop to receive this prestigious award and they both are freshmen at Clarks Summit University in Scranton. 

Junior Achievement BizTown continues to provide unique opportunities for local students

Junior Achievement BizTown continues to prove why it is such an important asset to our local educational community. Earlier this month, I joined the leaders of BizTown at West York Area School District to participate in a program called “Real Life, a Financial Literacy Forum.”

The event included helpful tips and simulations on budgeting building, as well as exercises to better educate students on the price of items they use every day, insurance costs, and even a spin on “The Game of Life.”

These are all creative approaches to educate our next generation about the dos and don’ts of personal finance. I am also a proud supporter of legislative efforts to provide the option of using personal finance credits as part of high school graduation requirements. 

Small Business Saturday is this Saturday – stopping by Collage to see unique gifts for that tough-to-shop-for friend or relative 

This Saturday, November 30, marks the all-important day for our locally owned small businesses throughout York County.

Kevin Schreiber of the York County Economic Alliance and I have traveled the county to meet with local entrepreneurs asking about their respective business and what their business means to the community.

Today, we are featuring Collage where we are joined by owner Whitney Morgan. Collage is one of my personal favorite shops in the county, and features an array of truly unique gifts for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list.

I hope you enjoy our discussion with Whitney at her store outside of York.

11.27.19 11/22/19 Spotlight on the 28th - Small Business Saturday: Collage

Kicking off Give Local York 

Monday marked the kickoff to GIVE LOCAL YORK, a one-day giving event that benefits hundreds of nonprofits throughout our community.

I was honored to join many local leaders as we announced that the biggest day of giving in York County returns May 1, 2020. Save the date and get ready to Give Local, York!

In 2019, GIVE LOCAL YORK raised over $3 million for local nonprofits.

This is an incredible program that benefits so many worthy groups.

You can learn more here. 

Thanking Vietnam Veteran Sgt. James Krebs 

Vietnam veteran Sgt. James Krebs stopped by our local office on Monday afternoon. I was humbled to present him with a commemorative pin thanking him for his service during the Vietnam War.

His service, along with his fellow Vietnam veterans, brought honor to our nation and as the senator for the 28th District, it was my honor to thank him for his service.

Sgt. Krebs is a Susquehannock High School graduate and a resident of Spring Grove. Thank you for your service, Sgt. Krebs!

Remembering Cpl. Michael Cohen, who lost his life 15 years ago in Second Battle of Fallujah 

If you ever hike around Lake Redman, you will see a bench alongside trail #2 that is named in memory of Corporal Michael Cohen, a Dallastown native.

This past Friday marked the 15th anniversary of Cpl. Cohen’s passing.  Cpl. Cohen was involved in what would later be called the “bloodiest battle since Vietnam” and lost his life when he was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq on November 22, 2004.

On Friday, I circulated a cosponsorship memorandum asking for support from my colleagues to dedicate a local bridge in his honor. I will be introducing a bill in the coming weeks to pay tribute to Cpl. Cohen and his ultimate sacrifice. We can never truly thank those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, but preserving a bridge in his honor will ensure his legacy will not be forgotten.

You can read the memo here. 

Senate office hours Wednesday – Friday 

Please be advised that our offices will close at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, November 27), and will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

We will reopen at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 2. I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

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