Feb. 25, 2023

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Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

I’m happy to announce I’m hosting several events in the 87th District. Please email RepKutz@pahousegop.com or call 717-258-0247 to RSVP or ask questions on any of the events listed below.

On Friday, March 24, I will be hosting an open house in my South Middleton Township office from 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be available. Please join us at 520 Park Drive in Boiling Springs. My office is located within the South Middleton Township municipal building.

On Friday, March 31, I will be hosting an open house in the Mechanicsburg office from 9 a.m. to noon. Refreshments will be available. My office is located at 2 Market Plaza Way, Mechanicsburg. Please park out front and look for signs for the office.

On Wednesday, April 5, I will be hosting “Toast with Thomas” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Silver Spring Diner, 6520 Carlisle Pike #260, Mechanicsburg. I invite you to come and join me in conversation at the diner.

On Tuesday, April 18, I will be hosting “Toast with Thomas” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Brothers Family Restaurant at 705 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg.

On Thursday, April 20, I will be hosting a Property Tax/Rent Rebate event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Amelia Givin Library, 114 N. Baltimore Ave in Mt. Holly Springs.

My legislative office team will be on hand to help you fill out and file the necessary forms. Please bring your ID, proof of income, and property tax receipts or rent certificate used when filing 2022 tax returns.

The rebate program benefits Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The qualifying income limit stands at $35,000 per year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with half of Social Security income excluded.

On Thursday, May 11, I will be hosting “Toast with Thomas” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Caffe 101, 101 Front Street in Boiling Springs.
Rep. Kutz, Policy Committee Hears Need for Commonsense Regulations

Click here to view video.

The House Republican Policy Committee held a hearing at the state Capitol this week to discuss the best pathways to crafting commonsense regulations and review the impact of existing ones on our communities. In the video linked above, I asked about homeownership initiatives, which include my legislation to exempt first-time homebuyers from the realty transfer tax.

David Burton, senior fellow of Economic Policy at The Heritage Foundation, said there is room to improve the regulatory climate by effectively addressing issues such as tax rates, occupational licensing and permitting. He noted from 2018 to 2021, Pennsylvania ranked 42nd out of all states in terms of growth rate. And in terms of the Forbes ranking for best states to do business, Pennsylvania ranks 27th.

The committee also heard from Bob McCafferty, operator at North Country Brewing in Slippery Rock, and Jelden Arcilla, chief nursing officer at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, about the problems created by regulatory overreach.

Video of the hearing is available here.
Recognizing the Future of Agriculture

February 18-25, 2023, is National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week, a time to recognize the premier youth organization preparing members for leadership and careers in agriculture.

Founded in 1928, FFA was established to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. There are nearly 9,000 FFA chapters combined in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Pennsylvania FFA Association consists of more than 13,000 members from chapters across the Commonwealth. It is a student-led organization whose mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.