As a result in changes to management of the Lottery, changes publicly discussed over nine months and explained in public hearings both last April and last month; we can meet the future needs of our seniors. In this budget alone, we now are able to add $50 million for our senior programs.These funds will:
- Expand care for 5,400 older Pennsylvanians on home and community-based waiting lists and provide $2 million to help modernize programs at centers.
- Continue to provide financial assistance for prescription medications to almost 300,000 older Pennsylvanians.
- Include an increase of $1.9 million in funding for Attendant Care Services, and $12 million to provide support for 7,000 caregivers.
- Nearly $35 million to fund the nation's best farmland preservation program.
- Offers $10 million to continue a system of tax credits for Resource Enhancement Protection Program that rewards farmers for best environmental and management practices.
- Increases funding to $2.5 million for Pennsylvania's county fairs.
- About $17 million to fund the state Food Purchase Program providing critical help to Pennsylvanians who are at risk of having too little to eat.
- Funding for The PennVET program at the University of Pennsylvania and agricultural research and extension service program at Penn State.