HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today that a workforce development partner located in Allegheny County will receive two Strategic Innovation Grant awards totaling $442,936. Partner4Work provides employers with resources to improve their businesses and connect job seekers with businesses in need of talent. It will use the first grant, totaling $190,926, to create a non-traditional pathway for low-income students and those facing other barriers to earn industry-recognized credentials leading to further education, training or work. The second grant, totaling $252,000, will be utilized by Partner4Work to prepare, train and place at least 30 low-income individuals in entry level jobs in the construction trades and manufacturing sectors. “I’m confident both grants will have a huge impact on our region,” Costa said. “These grants help younger Pennsylvanians, as well as those in low-income situations prepare for their future. These grants are a clear indication that we’re investing in the future of the Commonwealth by providing our state’s population with the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce.” The Partner4Work grants are two of 16 projects receiving a total of $3.5 million in Strategic Innovation Grants. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry awarded the grants through local workforce development boards across the state. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 7 – A group of organizations joined state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., to advocate for patients suffering from sickle cell disease and ask for support for science and clinical research. "People of color are suffering from sickle cell disease and their needs are going under the radar. We can no longer allow sickle cell to go unnoticed, questions to go unanswered and research to go unfunded," Harris said last week at the Capitol event. "My commitment, as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, is to provide support to individuals and their families whose lives have been touched by the disease." Sickle cell anemia is a serious blood disorder that causes acute pain, severe anemia, infections and vascular blockages that can lead to widespread organ damage and death. It is a genetic disease, affecting 2 million Americans, most often African-Americans and Hispanics. Until the past few decades, most people with sickle cell disease did not live beyond young adulthood, but advances in treatment have improved and lengthened the lives of patients who have access to good medical care. Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila, said, "This budget season, funding for sickle cell research is a priority. It’s our responsibility to provide the best health care available to patients when they need it and have it delivered in a way that provides the best outcomes because being born with sickle cell disease doesn’t mean Read more
PITTSBURGH, May 7 – State Rep. Dom Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced the House Democratic Policy Committee will host a public hearing to explore state funding for K-9 units. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the Pittsburgh Police and Fire Training Academy, K-9 Training Center, 1395 Washington Blvd. Costa, chairman of the Allegheny County Delegation and long-time animal advocate, will bring together state legislators from across the state to discuss why K-9 units should receive state funding to lessen the local financial burden and fundraising demands, while maximizing usage of these important units. The hearing will feature testimony from local public safety officials and K-9 handlers about their critical work and funding struggles. Additional information about the House Democratic Policy Committee, including hearing testimony, photos, video and notice of upcoming hearings, is available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . The media and public are invited to attend. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Perry Warren said Friday that early childhood education programs are an investment that will put more kids on paths to bright futures and save Pennsylvania taxpayers in the long run. Warren participated in the Bucks County Education vs. Incarcerate Roundtable, hosted by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids on Friday morning. The roundtable included a bipartisan group of legislators, as well as representatives of area law enforcement agencies, corrections facilities, schools and early learning centers. “It’s clear from decades of research that investing in high-quality early learning programs is good for our youngest learners and good for our communities,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “High-quality pre-K helps ensure children are ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten and increases the likelihood that they’ll graduate from high school. In addition to that, conservative estimates have shown that for every $1 spent on early education, the commonwealth would save another $7 on special education needs, public welfare and prison funding. “But in Bucks County, 74 percent of children eligible for publicly funded, high-quality pre-kindergarten do not have access to such a program. That’s unacceptable,” Warren said. Warren said he supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for a $40 million increase in next year’s budget to expand access to publicly funded pre-kindergarten statewide. The governor Read more
HARRISBURG, May 4 – In response to a controversial arrest at York Hospital, state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, released the following statement: “Our hearts ache for the family of 18-year-old Nylik Moore. As if it weren’t bad enough that a young African-American man lost his life, his mother was arrested for trying to see his body at the hospital. We need answers in this case, and I intend on asking questions. “Why did it take nearly a week for a mother to see her lifeless child? Why were the victim’s parents ever denied access in the first place? We will not rest until these questions are answered, motives are revealed and justice is served. “As a member of the PLBC , I will keep fighting to even the playing field, and instill equality across the commonwealth.” Read more
HARRISBURG, May 4 – In response to an increase in school shootings nationwide, state Rep. Patrick Harkins, D-Erie, introduced a bill to allow school districts to decide on replacing up to five of their monthly fire drills each year with school security drills. “In the unlikely event that a shooting incident should occur, I would like our administrators and students to have a plan to ensure their safety,” Harkins said. “Fire drills remain a significant safety protocol, however, I want to additionally equip our students and teachers with the necessary response plans, fire and otherwise.” House Bill 2326 would amend the Public School Code as it relates to providing fire and emergency evacuation drills in order to allow for more security drills. From 2009-2011, there were five fatalities caused by school fires in the U.S., according to the United States Fire Administration. Also tragic is the number of school shootings that have occurred, Harkins said. Approximately 210,000 students at 213 schools have experienced gun violence at schools since 1999’s Columbine High School shooting, and this year alone there have been 13 school shootings, as reported by the Washington Post . “Protecting children is a top priority,” Harkins said. “This bill would provide administrators with the flexibility to prepare for another type of emergency. Unfortunately, school shootings are something we now have to consider.” Harkins Read more
PHILADELPHIA, May 4 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 73 rd Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 in the Abbottsford Community Center, located at 3226 McMichael St. Street parking is available and location is on bus route 52 and R. DeLissio’s discussion will focus on government reforms and questions about whether the reforms are a power struggle between the legislative and executive branches of government. "The House recently passed a package of Government Reform bills. I think it is important to understand the intent of these bills and why I am concerned they could have a negative impact on citizens,” DeLissio said. "Constituent input and feedback is important to me, and I look forward to hearing from those who attend. I am always thrilled to see familiar faces and to welcome new ones. Your comments, questions and voice matter to me.” Constituents from all parts of the 194th are welcome to attend. More information can be obtained by calling DeLissio’s office at (215) 482-8726 or on her website at www.pahouse.com/DeLissio . ### Read more
CENTRE COUNTY, May 4 – Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, announced that Moshannon Valley Economic Development Partnership Inc. will receive a $77,500 small business loan to help renovate the Moshannon Valley Enterprise Center in order to repair its floors, roof and crack in the sewer line. Through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority, the loan is for 15 years at a low-interest fixed rate of 2.5 percent. The Moshannon Valley Enterprise Center has approximately 22,000 square feet of available space for businesses to rent at a low cost and is located in Philipsburg. The loan will provide funds for the renovation of about a 13,000-square-foot section of the building. “These loans are essential to helping to create and sustain jobs for those living in Centre County and throughout Pennsylvania,” Conklin said. “Revitalizing the Moshannon Valley Enterprise Center is a great investment, because in turn, they will continue to help curb unemployment, further economic development, and provide support for existing businesses and entrepreneurs to grow.” The Moshannon Valley was one of eight business projects in six counties across the commonwealth that secured part of the $8.6 million in loans from PIDA this month. Aside from this project in Centre, projects in Bedford, Berks, Bucks, Crawford and Lancaster counties also secured loans. Moshannon Valley is a private, non-profit corporation that was founded in 1988 after the Moshannon Valley Read more
HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, today announced that Westmoreland County Community College is the recipient of a one-time disbursement of $625,000 for replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning rooftop units and electronic control systems at two of its facilities. “This funding will enable Westmoreland County Community College students to attend classes in comfort – through any season – thanks to the new HVAC systems that will be implemented at the college,” Petrarca said. The community college applied for funding in April 2017 through the State Assistance for Construction of Community College Facilities. The Pennsylvania Department of Education approved the one-time payout in late April 2018. Each fiscal year, the 14 community colleges across the commonwealth have the opportunity during the months of March and April to apply for financial assistance on their capital project needs. Following a review by PDE, projects are presented to the community colleges’ commission for review and recommendations related to the project. If approved, the secretary then issues an award letter based on recommendations by the commission and PDE management. The $1.25 million project will receive the rest of its funding through local sponsorship. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, said a brochure is now available for drivers who switch automobile insurance and may not know how or whom to inform of the change. The brochure, “ You Just Changed Auto Insurance Now What ?” provides information from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department as to how consumers can coordinate with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to avoid confusion when switching auto insurance companies. “Sometimes the smallest thing like switching your car insurance and forgetting to inform PennDOT, can cause a disruption with your vehicle registration,” DeLuca said. “That is why this brochure is so helpful, because it acts as a guide of what you need to know when changing your car insurance.” Contrary to what many drivers believe, your insurance carrier is not required to notify PennDOT that you switched insurers, DeLuca said. They are only required to inform PennDOT when your insurance has been canceled. If a driver fails to report their new insurance, they receive a letter and if they don’t respond to that, they could incur fees and have their vehicle registration suspended. The brochure also provides information on what to do should you feel your insurance company has terminated your coverage in error or if you have a general question or complaint. DeLuca serves as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee . Read more
DUNMORE, May 3 – State Rep. Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna, will sponsor a free shredding event for residents of the 112th Legislative District from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 at the Dunmore Senior Center, 1414 Monroe Ave. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – Stroudsburg High School student Brendan Zambrano is one of two winners of the 2018-19 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship, announced state Rep. Maureen Madden. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – Nearly $58,000 in Food Service Equipment Grant money has been awarded to a charter school in the 55 th Legislative District, announced state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D- Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. The grant, awarded to the Dr. Robert Ketterer Charter School, located in Latrobe, is worth $57,850 and will be used to purchase a walk-in freezer, Petrarca said. “The money handed down through the Food Service Equipment Grant program not only will assist this school in purchasing a new freezer, but it also will play an important role in providing students with safer, healthier meals,” Petrarca said. This grant program allows School Food Authorities to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet updated meal patterns, while also putting an emphasis on fruits and vegetables, improved food safety and expanded access to food. A total of $727,463 was awarded to schools across the commonwealth during the program’s 2017 initiative. Read more
FOLSOM, May 3 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky will host state Treasurer Joe Torsella for a town hall on Monday, May 21 in Aston. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Northley Middle School, 2801 Concord Road. Attendees will be presented with information about the Keystone Scholars program, which can help Delaware County families save for college. Torsella will also take questions on other topics. The state treasurer administers the unclaimed property program, the state’s 529 College Savings program, and safeguards the financial health of the state. No RSVP is required. For more information, those interested can call Krueger-Braneky’s office at 610-534-6880. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, met with former Pennsylvania Adjutant General, Major General Wesley Craig, and state Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera earlier this week to discuss the many resources the military provides students. “In our meeting, we discussed the multiple opportunities the military offers middle school and high school students, from programs on bullying, drug awareness and physical fitness to curriculum-based programs in science, technology, engineering and math,” Readshaw said. “General Craig highlighted our military’s unique contributions in shaping Pennsylvania’s youth and offering them career paths in various vocations.” Readshaw noted that in addition to the many school programs and resources the military offers, it can also provide young Pennsylvanians with unique experiences that build character and teach leadership, and post-secondary opportunities such as scholarships and job training. To highlight all those opportunities, Readshaw will be introducing a resolution later this year commemorating Military Service Opportunity Month. Readshaw said he hopes the resolution will make young Pennsylvanians aware of the real-world, post-secondary pathways that enlistment can provide. “From careers in medical and legal services, cyber security and law enforcement to engineering, satellite communications and logistical support, the opportunities are boundless,” Read more
HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Frank Burns’ resolution designating May 13 through 19 as “National Police Week” and May 15 as “Police Officers Memorial Day” in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the House today. Burns, D-Cambria, said he introduced H.R. 850 to remind all Pennsylvanians of the critical role police officers perform in keeping order in a nation governed by laws. “The jobs they perform are increasingly fraught with danger and disrespect, to the point where every day bodily injury or death is a real concern,” said Burns, chairman of the legislature’s Blue Lives Matter Caucus. “I believe most law-abiding citizens – and there are many – truly appreciate the professionalism and braveness of the vast majority of police officers.” Burns said the roots of his resolution trace to 1962, when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week on which that date fell as “Police Week.” In 2018, Burns said tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world will participate in numerous events to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while in police service. Also, continuing a tradition that began in 1982, Burns said a memorial service will be held in Senate Park in Washington, D.C. Burns said it is important for all citizens to be aware of the duties, responsibilities, Read more
EBENSBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced the award of a $43,144 state grant to Conemaugh Valley School District for purchase of a $43,144 double combination oven at its junior-senior high school. Burns said the state Department of Education supplied the funding through its 2017 Food Service Equipment Grant program, which aims to help school districts purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, improve food safety and expand access to food. “I thank the Education Department for supplying this assistance to Conemaugh Valley, because it ultimately benefits the students who are served by the school’s cafeteria,” Burns said. “In addition to making meal preparation safer and more efficient, this new oven will help the district provide more up-to-date nutrition offerings.” Burns said the grant program also emphasizes putting more fruits and vegetables in school meals. Read more
LEVITTOWN, May 1 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, will host a free document shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19 in Fairless Hills. The event will take place in the Westaby Hall Parking Lot, 425 Hood Blvd. “If you’re spring cleaning, I want to help you get rid of old documents taking up space safely and securely,” Galloway said. “Bring your personal documents to be securely shredded on site and recycled.” Staples are OK, but paper clips cannot be accepted. There is a limit of two bags or boxes per person. All non-paper trash must be removed from boxes and bags. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for donation. Those interested can call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced the award of a combined $25,944 in state grants to the Brownsville Area and Jefferson-Morgan school districts for cafeteria equipment. Snyder said Brownsville Area will get $14,696 to purchase a convection oven for its middle school, while Jefferson-Morgan is receiving two awards: $6,039 for a double reach-in warming cabinet for its junior-senior high school, and $5,209 for a convection steamer at its elementary school. Snyder said the state Department of Education supplied the funding through its 2017 Food Service Equipment Grant program, which aims to help school districts purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, improve food safety and expand access to food. “This is great news for two school districts in the 50 th Legislative District,” Snyder said. “I thank the Department of Education for supplying this funding, which is intended to improve the safety and efficiency of meal preparation, in addition to upgrading the menus.” Snyder said the grant program also emphasizes putting more fruits and vegetables in school meals. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, today announced that a measure he recently introduced, H.R.864 , which would designate May 12 as National Train Day in Pennsylvania, was unanimously adopted by the full state House. “Rail travel connects our cities and rural areas, while also providing a more environmentally friendly mode of transportation that contributes to our energy security, which is why it was so vital to introduce and adopt this resolution,” Matzie said. National Train Day was first established in 2008 to educate the public about the rich history of our nation’s trains and the advantages of rail travel, Matzie noted This observation, Matzie said, is held annually on the Saturday closest to May 10, which is the day the nation’s first transcontinental railway was completed in 1869 in Promontory, Utah. Since then, the development of rail travel has revolutionized the commonwealth and transformed Pennsylvania into an industrial powerhouse across the region and country, Matzie added. Read more
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