Senator Pittman E-Newsletter

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In this Update:

  • Indiana Regional Medical Center Acquires Mack Park
  • The Future Starts Today
  • Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended to Dec. 31
  • Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues
  • Make Memories at a PA Fair
  • “Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam
  • Planning Outdoor Adventures

Indiana Regional Medical Center Acquires Mack Park

I was honored to attend and speak at a press conference announcing Indiana Regional Medical Center’s purchase of Mack Park from the J.S. Mack Foundation.

It was a pleasure to recognize and personally thank the many members of our community who helped to make this project a reality. This is a great initiative that will benefit families and businesses, while promoting the longevity of an integral piece of Indiana County.

The purchase ensures the Indiana County Fair will continue at this location. It further guarantees the park will be well maintained and remain an asset to the local community. Operations of Mack Park Pool will remain with the YMCA of Indiana County.

The Future Starts Today

Every generation comes to the table with a new perspective on our society and on the growth of our nation, commonwealth and region. These fresh ideas and perspectives are very important to our ever-changing world.

It was wonderful to have 130 high-school students participate in my annual “Senator for a Day” event. This day was about a hands-on experience learning what the legislative process is all about, and hopefully inspiring these bright young women and men to become involved in critical issues addressed by government as they move forward.

The future of our commonwealth is dependent upon making sure the students of today have the tools and determination to become the leaders of tomorrow!

Deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended to Dec. 31

The deadline for older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2023 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.

Funded with gaming and Pennsylvania Lottery proceeds, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $45,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Apply online at

Under state law, the annual deadline for the program is set as June 30. However, the law requires the Department of Revenue to evaluate the program to determine if funds are available to extend the deadline.

Thanks to legislation passed by the Senate, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program provides more financial relief to low-income seniors as the maximum standard rebate increased from $650 to $1,000. The law also opens the program to more people than ever before because income caps were raised and tied to annual cost-of-living increases.

Grants Available to Address Environmental Issues

Counties, municipal authorities, watershed organizations, businesses and other eligible groups have until June 21 to apply for state grants to address a host of environmental issues.

The Department of Environmental Protection favors projects focused on watershed restoration and protection. It also prioritizes ones that expedite on-the-ground, best management practices implementation and develop agricultural erosion and sediment control or nutrient and manure management plans.

The Growing Greener Grant Program has helped to slash the backlog of farmland-preservation projects statewide, protect open space, eliminate the maintenance backlog in state parks, provide funds for recreational trails and local parks, and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

Make Memories at a PA Fair

Pennsylvania has more than 100 agriculture fairs and events scheduled this summer and fall.

At a festival, you can enjoy the commonwealth’s vibrant heritage and support our local communities. Between the food, animals and exhibits, there’s something for everyone.

The 2024 Pennsylvania Fair Guide maps out the fairs across the state, broken down by region. Find dates and locations to plan your day at the fair. The guide also highlights 15 fairs that offer harness racing.

“Free” Computer Security Scan Really Just a Scam

Scammers are becoming more skilled all the time. They have created pop-ups and ads for a “free” scan to keep your computer safe – some even with a Windows logo – that trick people into paying to fix computer problems that may not even exist.

While it’s illegal to lie about finding security threats on your computer, tech firms Reimage and Restoro did that to convince people to pay tens of millions of dollars for software and services to repair made-up problems.

Avoid tech support scams by never clicking a link or calling a number in a pop-up warning. Know that legitimate tech companies won’t contact you by phone, email or text message to tell you there’s a problem with your computer. Learn more.

Planning Outdoor Adventures

As we celebrate Great Outdoors Month in June, it’s the perfect time to engage in recreational opportunities that allow us to enjoy the lakes, mountains, waterfalls, beaches and forests that Pennsylvania offers. Get a jumpstart planning your trip with information about lodging, dining, things to do, and, of course, outdoor adventures.

Great Outdoors Month first started as Great Outdoors Week in 1998.


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