This CSL-initiated bill to increase the property tax/rent/heat rebate amounts for low-income elders and individuals with disabilities passed out of House Appropriations Committee this morning on a party line vote.
The following committee members, all Democrats, voted “yes” on the bill:
The following committee members, all Republicans, voted “no” on the bill:
- Becker J.
- Neville P.
The bill had passed the House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee yesterday afternoon. Following is the breakdown of that vote:
The following committee members, all Democrats and one Republican, voted “yes” on the bill:
- Michaelson Jenet
- Winkler (R)
The following committee members, all Republicans, voted “no” on the bill (with one excused):
- Beckman (Excused)
So, that brings the two-committee vote count to 18 Democrats and one Republican “yes”; and nine Republicans “no”.
IF THIS BILL GOES TO THE SENATE WITH A PARTY LINE VOTE
ON THE HOUSE FLOOR, IT IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL.
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Additional Background Information on the bill:
- The bill increases the PTC rebate amounts for potentially 88,500 low-income seniors and adults with a disability, amounts which haven’t been increased since 2014. It will then tie future rebate increases each year to the Consumer Price Index.
- The bill increases the rental expense and property tax rebates by $53 which is only 7.5% increase even though the average housing costs have increased by approximately 40%.
- The bill increases the heating expense rebate by $14 which is only 7.3% increase even though the average housing costs have increased by approximately 40%.
- These increases will help all seniors and adults with disabilities state-wide living on less than $14,608 a year, or $1,217 a month. The federal poverty level for a single person is $16,632.