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Pennsylvania’s antiquated property tax system will be the focus of the PCN Call-In Program tonight at 7 p.m. I was honored to be asked to participate in this program and field questions from callers about the importance of completely eliminating the property tax, as opposed to the governor’s plan to simply provide a temporary reduction. I will be joined by Rep. Jake Wheatley, Minority Chair of the House Finance Committee.
You can join the discussion by calling 1-877-726-5001. More details on the show are available by clicking here. I look forward to hearing from you!
In 2002, the General Assembly passed a proposal long sought by consumers to prevent unwanted telemarketing phone calls. The creation of the state’s Do Not Call list has helped millions of Pennsylvanians avoid a significant percentage of unsolicited nuisance phone calls over the past 13 years.
However, the law included a limited number of exceptions to allow some organizations to continue to call consumers under certain circumstances. For example, businesses were still allowed to contact individuals if the resident requests a phone call or if they have an established business relationship with the consumer within the preceding 12 months. Tax-exempt charities are also excluded from the law.
Some businesses try to take advantage of these exceptions by establishing a business relationship with consumers through contests or prize giveaways that require an individual to provide their phone number. In addition to signing up for the Do Not Call list, the best way for consumers to prevent unwanted phone calls is by taking great care to safeguard personal information, including phone numbers.
Individuals who have not yet signed up for the Do Not Call list can enroll online by clicking here and entering their name and phone number.
Health care is among the most important concerns for many local families, but determining the best ways to live a healthy lifestyle is often difficult due to the difficulty in finding reliable information. The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association recently created a new blog designed to deliver timely information on a wide variety of health topics.
The blog features weekly posts on health topics of interest to many state residents, including chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes, as well as patient safety, fitness, nutrition and stress management. The blog will also include information on legislation of note to the health care community.
Visitors to the blog can sign up for email updates when new posts are published. The blog is available at www.pharmacistscare.net.
Under Pennsylvania law, all dogs who are at least three months old must be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. This week, dog wardens are canvassing homes in Berks County to ensure all dog owners have licenses and vaccinations for their pets.
The license fee is $6.50 for each spayed or neutered dog and $8.50 for all other dogs. Older and disabled pet owners may qualify for discounted fees. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of up to $300 per violation, plus court costs.
Licenses can be purchased through the County Treasurer by calling 610-478-6640. More information on obtaining a dog license is available online here.
Experienced outdoorsmen throughout the state take great pride in ensuring the quality and function of their gear prior to any hunting trip. A new smartphone application offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission provides a number of resources that can be useful in preparing for the hunt and learning about conditions in the field.
The free GoHuntPA Toolkit offers a wealth of information on tracts of state game lands open for hunting, habitat and wildlife in the area, detailed maps and weather conditions. Additional features allow users to access information on hunting regulations, season and bag limits, and a tracking function that allows members of the same hunting party to see the location of other members. Users can also use the SOS feature to notify friends and family of exact GPS coordinates in the event of an emergency.
To download the app, visit www.GoHuntPA.org
or go to your smartphone’s app store and search for the GoHuntPA Toolkit.