Aging and Older Adult Services Committee Hears Report on Lottery-Funded Programs for Seniors, Says Hennessey
3/14/2012
HARRISBURG – A study conducted by the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee indicates programs for senior citizens funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery can maintain operational levels as long as there is no major expansion, Rep. Tim Hennessey (R-Chester), majority chairman of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee, said today.

“The Aging and Older Adult Services Committee has been conducting informational meetings on the operations and funding of many senior-oriented programs and this is another step in that process,” said Hennessey. “The Legislative Budget and Finance Committee’s study of the lottery is showing us that our current programs that have lottery help are doing well, but there are concerns about future funding levels and expanding programs.”

Hennessey said the report recommends the Pennsylvania Lottery continue to expand its retail network to try and increase sales and consider what other states do along that line. In addition, the report calls on the General Assembly to limit the use of lottery funds and to look at future projections.

“The committee will be holding additional hearings on this subject that will include Secretary of Aging Brian Duke and others,” said Hennessey. “My fellow committee members and I will continue to work to improve services for our seniors.”

State Representative Tim Hennessey
26th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Raymond Smith
rsmith@pahousegop.com
717.705.1834
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