The Educational Gratification Program provides assistance to the children of veterans

WILKES-BARRE — As the school year approaches, the Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) wants eligible veterans with children to know that financial assistance is available for those pursuing post-secondary education. secondary or training at an accredited Commonwealth institution through its Educational Gratification Scheme.

“Each veteran has sacrificed in service to our nation, but some have sacrificed on a different level. This program is a way to show our gratitude while keeping our commitment to caring for their families,” said Brig. Gen. (AP) Maureen Weigl, Deputy Adjutant General of Veterans Affairs “Eligible veterans whose children plan to attend college or trade school after high school should not hesitate to seek assistance through the gratuity program. for education.”

The program supports children of honorably discharged veterans who have 100% service-related disabilities and served during a period of war or armed conflict, or children of veterans who died or died in service during a period of war or armed conflict. To be eligible, a child of a veteran must be between the ages of 16 and 23, live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania five years prior to application, and attend a Commonwealth school. All applicants must be in financial need.

Payments will not exceed $500 per term or semester per eligible child at each designated educational institution for a total of eight terms or semesters.

To apply, contact the county director of veterans affairs in the county where you reside.

Meuser proposes changes

to the Inflation Reduction Act

Expressing concern about potential tax increases for American families and small businesses in “The Inflation Reduction Act” (HR 5376), U.S. Representative Dan Meuser, R-Dallas, proposed two amendments to the legislation to protect people with low and middle incomes from these tax increases

Meuser said congressional Democrats unanimously rejected the amendments.

“At a time when Americans are under extraordinary inflationary pressure, I have proposed a meaningful amendment to shield them from more taxes when they are already struggling to afford gas, groceries and utilities. I am disappointed that these changes have not been included in the legislation,” Meuser said.

Meuser’s First Amendment would have shielded low- and middle-income Americans from any tax hikes caused by this bill, by inserting language that would bar them from the tax hikes.

The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimated that the proposal would raise taxes for millions of Americans, with more than half of tax increases affecting Americans earning less than $400,000 a year. In 2023, the JCT determined that taxes would increase by $16.7 billion for taxpayers earning less than $200,000. Several economic analysts have concluded that the “Inflation Reduction Act” will statistically have no impact on reducing inflation and may even increase it within a year of its implementation.

The Second Amendment requires the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to analyze the potential inflationary impact of reconciliation bills. The amendment would have inserted text from HR 4181, the “Meuser Anti-Inflation Expenditure Act,” into the bill.

As inflation hits unprecedented highs, Meuser stressed the importance of the government taking appropriate steps to ensure that excessive government spending does not further increase inflation.

“This amendment would have offered a long-term look at the true effects of the legislation on inflation. It’s a common sense provision, and I’m disappointed that my fellow Democrats voted it down,” Meuser said.

The Inflation Reduction Act also creates a “US energy tax” by increasing royalties and taxes on oil and methane production. Meuser said those increases will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher gasoline prices, energy bills for heating and cooling homes and consumer prices.

“Americans are already bearing a significant burden from high energy prices,” Meuser said. “They will inevitably see higher prices because of taxes that will be passed on to consumers from taxes on energy producers. This legislation will only make matters worse.

The state urges aspiring farmers to

take benefit of PA Farm Bill

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding hosted a roundtable this week highlighting Pennsylvania’s bountiful resources for farmers looking to pass the torch to a new generation and for young people looking to enter the field. .

Held during Penn State University’s annual Agricultural Progress Days, the panel featured partners in business, nonprofits, and the legislature as well as farmers who have benefited from PA Farm-funded assistance. Bill to succeed in farming.

“Pennsylvania leads the nation in protecting farmland and leads the nation in getting young people into farming,” Redding said. “But without increasing the number of young farmers even further, we cannot feed a growing population on these lands. We still have work to do, but there is help available.

“Last week, Governor Wolf joined us in celebrating the nearly $72 million Pennsylvania has invested in the future of agriculture through the PA Farm Bill,” Redding continued. “Connecting young people to financing and connecting them with the expertise and resources needed to succeed remains our top priority. »

Pennsylvania leads the nation with 14% of the state’s farmers under the age of 35, and Lancaster County alone in 2020 has 2,400 young farmers, the most of any US county. The numbers have increased significantly since 2012, but farmers over 65 outnumber those under 35 by six times.

Supporting new and aspiring farmers and those looking to transfer their businesses to new owners was one of the primary goals of the PA Farm Bill. The Farm Bill created the Farm Business Development Center to connect farmers to resources, expertise and financing; Tax exemptions on real estate transfers from beginning farmers as an additional tax incentive for owners of preserved farms to rent or sell their assets to beginning farmers; and next-generation farm loans to reduce costs for young farmers expanding or establishing new operations.

To date, the state has funded 20 loans totaling $11,104,000 in tax-exempt, low-interest loans to farms in Lancaster and Chester County through the Next Generation Farmer Loan Program. . The program provides beginning farmers with access to affordable capital to purchase farmland or farm equipment, lowering interest rates and increasing farm profits through a unique partnership between the state, federal government and the private sector.

“Pennsylvania’s economy is strong and growing,” Governor Wolf said when the program’s first loans were funded in March 2022. “Seven years of sound fiscal management and careful investment in building our infrastructure and agricultural capabilities help our farmers continue to feed our economy and our families. We’ve seen farm profits and production increase over the past year, and we’re committed to fueling that momentum by raising a new generation of farmers and supporting the growth of the Pennsylvania farms we’re so proud of.

Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Chairman Elder Vogel joined the panel to discuss PA Farm Bill’s Beginner Farmer programs and the Commission for Excellence in Agricultural Education which ensures that schools’ programs of Pennsylvania lay the foundation for a workforce that is agile enough to innovate and embrace rapid change. agricultural technology. Senator Vogel defended both programs in the General Assembly.

The ministry certified 41 novice farmers and, in turn, preserved farm owners and novice farmers received $425,338 in real estate transfer tax exemptions for novice farmers for the sale of agricultural properties to young people taking over for grow in the future.

In addition, 12 farm owners received Beginning Farmer Tax Credits of $199,561 for renting or selling their property to beginning farmers.

Keller votes no on ‘reckless’

Democrats’ Spending Madness

U.S. Representative Fred Keller, R-Williamsport, issued the following statement after voting against the Washington Democrats’ so-called Cut Inflation Act:

“This bill really should be called the Income Reduction Act because it raises taxes on American workers and kills jobs. Americans are facing a recession brought on by President Biden’s failed policies.

Still, Washington’s Democratic elite thinks it’s a good idea to pass a reckless $750 billion bill that further crushes the middle class, hires 87,000 new IRS agents to audit small businesses and working families, and spends more than $350 billion on Green New Deal initiatives.

“Beyond the obvious concern that our government is spending beyond its means, the heart of this bill is about control. Americans don’t want big government anymore. They want a government that steps aside and allows them to create opportunities for their families and communities.

“President Reagan hit the nail on the head when he said of Washington politicians, ‘We might say they spend like drunken sailors, but that would be unfair to drunken sailors, because sailors spend their own money. .”

Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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