GREENVILLE, March 1 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, is reminding eligible veterans that they have six months to apply for a maximum $525 under the state’s Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus program. Longietti said veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 are eligible. He added that an additional $5,000 is available for surviving family of personnel whose death was related to illness or injury received in the line of duty in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, and that service members declared prisoners of war may also be eligible for $5,000. “I urge every veteran who meets the qualifications to apply, and the same goes for any surviving family member,” Longietti said. “Even though the deadline is six months away, please don’t wait until the last minute if you can avoid that. If you have any questions, my offices are available to help.” To be eligible for the bonus, a service member must have: Served with the U.S. Armed Forces, a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Pennsylvania National Guard Served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations during the period from Aug. 2, 1990 to Aug. 31, 1991 Received the Southwest Asia Service Medal Been a legal resident of Pennsylvania at the time of active duty service Been discharged from active duty under honorable conditions, if not Read more
PITTSBURGH, March 1 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today praised the award of $705,985 in grants from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for 13 projects – three of them in Allegheny County – to promote and enhance the state’s beer industry. As Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, Costa played a key role in passage of Act 39 of 2016, which authorized the PLBC to approve up to $1 million annually for development and marketing of the Pennsylvania beer industry. The act also created the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board. “One of the things we set out to accomplish is growth in the commonwealth’s $5.8 billion malt and brewed beverage industry, which has grown 300 percent in the last six years and now includes approximately 300 licensed breweries,” Costa said. “All of the projects receiving grant funding were recommended for approval by the promotion board formed by Act 39.” Costa identified the three local awards as: $35,000 to the Master Brewers Association of Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh District, for a professional development and education program. The effort will include helping Western Pennsylvania brewers increase their knowledge and improve the quality of beer produced. $30,000 to the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild, to develop an interactive online and print “Pittsburgh Brewery Guide” focusing on Allegheny County breweries, Read more
NANTICOKE, March 1 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced that applications for the 119th Legislative District's inaugural Youth Advisory Council will be accepted through March 31. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – In an effort to bring job opportunities to the people of northeast Philadelphia, state Rep. Jared Solomon is hosting an event for people to connect with potential employers. The job fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 10 at The Bustleton Learning Center, 6600 Bustleton Ave., 19149. Solomon said representatives from local businesses, PA CareerLink, city and state government, unions and recruiters will be in attendance to meet with people looking for work. “Finding employment can be a frustrating process. There are so many ways to go about it that sometimes a person isn’t able to find the right opportunity,” Solomon said. “I am hoping to change that with my job fair; it’s a great one-stop shop to help people get back to work.” Solomon added that he and his staff will be on hand to provide information about state programs and services. For more information, call Solomon’s office at (215) 342-6340. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., released the following statement today in response to Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address: “I applaud Mayor Kenney for recognizing the importance of increasing funding for our schools and continuing to prioritize investments in our emergency services. “I am also pleased to see that the mayor has placed importance on bolstering programs that address our city’s homelessness epidemic and the raging opioid crisis. These programs are critical to maintaining the stability and health of all Philadelphians. “However, we must find other ways to generate this funding, rather than asking citizens to directly take on this burden. We have a responsibility to provide services to the taxpayers and citizens of our city, but we have to create innovative ways to fund these obligations. It is simply not sustainable to place additional burdens on our taxpayers. “We must work to diversify our city and state’s revenue stream. That means thinking outside of the box for long-term solutions that will benefit all who live, work and make their lives in Philadelphia. “There are many ways we can accomplish this. As first steps, I recommend that we evaluate the feasibility of eliminating the ten year tax rebate from new construction, to give the average homeowner a break. We should also aggressively pursue those who are delinquent in their tax payments, and consider offering a tax Read more
HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, on Thursday released the following statement regarding Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware: “I am sickened by the report by the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Caucus that Representative Nick Miccarelli has been accused of sexually assaulting women. “Anytime an accusation this serious in nature is made, it is imperative that we alert all women working in the state Capitol, who would otherwise be unwittingly in proximity to an alleged sexual predator. As I have stated before, the women legislators, staff, and interns of the General Assembly deserve better than to find out in the newspaper that a prominent elected official has a concerning history of sexual assault or harassment allegations. The public deserves to know when elected officials have abused their power, period -- especially when the allegation is criminal in nature. “This is just another example of why we need a fair and transparent system to address complaints of sexual harassment. Both survivors said they remained silent for years because they feared speaking up would threaten their careers and possibly their lives. That is not the first time that we’ve heard about fear of retaliation from survivors who work in this state Capitol. Right now, there are four different processes for four different legislative caucuses, and ultimately political leaders in each Caucus usually get to decide how complaints are handled. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, sent letters today to Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel demanding that the state confiscate and permanently ban inmates’ heavy-soled work boots, like the ones an inmate wore earlier this month to inflict injuries that killed an SCI-Somerset corrections officer. Burns, founder and chairman of the Blue Lives Matter Caucus, is also demanding to know why the brutal attack on Sgt. Mark Baserman, who was kicked repeatedly in the head, had to happen before the DOC decided to stop selling those boots through the prison commissary system. “I want to know why a state corrections officer had to die before the Department of Corrections responded,” Burns said. “The department said they’re suspending commissary sales of these heavy work boots, but what about the hundreds of boots inmates are still wearing? Do we have to wait for another officer to die before the state acts to remove them completely?” Burns said he stands solidly with the state’s prison guards in their call for immediate removal and ban of the boots. “It’s not enough to suspend commissary sales,” Burns said. “We need to confiscate these weapons now. I don’t care if the inmates have to wear flip-flops if it means saving a corrections officer’s life.” Burns also is demanding answers on what footwear inmates are allowed to wear and when the Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, supports prison guards’ efforts to confiscate and ban certain inmate footwear in the state prison system, following the death of a corrections officer attacked at the State Correctional Institution in Somerset County. Sgt. Mark J. Baserman died earlier this week from injuries he sustained in the Feb. 15 attack, where he was hit and repeatedly kicked in the head by an inmate wearing heavy-soled work boots purchased through the prison’s commissary. “I stand with the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association in asking that Timberland-style boots or similar footwear be prohibited for inmates in our correctional facilities,” Snyder said. “That type of footwear should have never been accessible to inmates to begin with.” In honor of Baserman, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday ordered that the state flag be flown at half-staff at the Capitol and all commonwealth facilities in Somerset County until sunset the day of his funeral. “Our officers are dedicated to protecting our communities and in turn, we should protect them in any way we can,” Snyder added. “Sergeant Baserman is a hero.” Read more
FOLSOM, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky will hold a telephone town hall to discuss the budget and other state issues at 7 p.m. March 14. Residents of the 161 st Legislative District will automatically receive a call to their home phone at the start of the meeting. To “attend” the meeting, people will be asked to stay on the phone. The meeting will include discussion of the state budget and other issues of interest. People can listen in and ask questions or leave feedback when the meeting has ended. Questions also can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . “This format provides an easy opportunity for community members to hear updates on state legislation and priorities and to have their questions answered,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. People who only have a cell phone must sign up online in advance by visiting https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/rep-leanne-kruegerbraneky-teletownhall-signup/ . Anyone with questions can call Krueger-Braneky’s office at 610-534-6880. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – Members of the PA SAFE Caucus today said they applaud Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack’s decision to stop selling assault rifles from his stores. The Pennsylvania-based chain also will raise the minimum age for its gun sales to 21 and no longer sell high-capacity magazines or accessories for assault-style weapons. The change will go into effect for Field and Stream stores, which are under the Dick’s brand. “It’s encouraging to see that the efforts of young people and students from all over the country are starting to rub off on the people who can make a real change,” said PA SAFE Caucus Co-chair Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny. “As a Pittsburgher, I’m very proud that Dick’s made this decision, and I hope they will be joined by more businesses in doing the right thing and sending the message that assault weapons are not welcome in our communities anymore.” “Retailers have a tremendous ability to partner with what we’re trying to accomplish in the General Assembly,” said PA SAFE Caucus Co-chair Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery. “Accessories such as bump stocks and high-capacity magazines should have no place in the market, and we have bills for that. But right now, retailers can act more quickly than the legislature to help make sure these deadly weapons and accessories don’t end up in the wrong hands.” The PA SAFE Caucus comprises state legislators Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., said more than a dozen people attended his event designed to provide information for people interested in becoming a Philadelphia police officer. Cruz hosted representatives from the police department in his district office for the recruitment drive. Those in attendance had the opportunity to ask questions and learn about the process of becoming a Philadelphia police officer. Cruz said he is seeing positive results from hosting this event. “A constituent who attended my last recruitment drive informed me that he was hired and is starting the police academy next month. He came to this event to personally thank me,” Cruz said. “It makes me proud to see this outcome and I hope the opportunity opens for more people.” Cruz added he plans to partner with the Philadelphia Police Department to host more recruitment events in the future. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, announced that he will be sending letters to Gov. Tom Wolf and Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel demanding a total ban on Timberland and similar-style heavy work boots for prison inmates. Burns is also demanding answers on why a state corrections officer had to die before the department responded. SCI-Somerset Corrections Officer Sgt. Mark Baserman died Monday, nearly two weeks after being brutally attacked by an inmate wearing Timberland boots. A day after Baserman’s death, the state Department of Corrections issued a statement saying that it had suspended sale of such boots in prison commissaries. Burns, the founder and chairman of the Blue Lives Matter Caucus, calls the move too little too late. “The department says they’re banning the sale of these heavy, weighted boots. But why were they allowed in the prison in the first place, and why are they still in our prisons now, when it’s clear they can be used as deadly weapons?” Burns said. “I don’t care if the inmates have to wear flip-flops if it means saving a corrections officer’s life.” Burns said he stands with the state’s prison guards, who also are calling for a complete ban on Timberland and other heavy boots for inmates. “I’m calling for action now to confiscate and destroy these deadly boots," Burns said. “I’m also demanding answers on what Read more
Harrisburg, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced that registration is now open for the free Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Spring Institute in State College on May 10-11. All secondary school teachers (of all discipline areas), administrators and school nurses are invited to attend. (Act 48 credit will be available). “Many young people don’t fully appreciate the importance of organ donation,” said Petrarca, who is the sponsor of legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s outdated organ and tissue donation law. “This conference is a terrific way for teachers to learn how to educate and inspire students about this life-saving gift.” Presentations will include: • Personal stories from donors and recipients; • Information from medical experts on the latest advances in organ/tissue donation; and • Creative ways to incorporate organ and tissue donation awareness into the curriculum and information on grants of up to $4,000 to assist PA schools in doing so. The free conference includes registration, lodging based on double occupancy and breakfast and lunch. Space is limited, however, so those interested in attending are encouraged to register early. Visit this link to register. To learn more, contact program coordinator Sue Howes at email@example.com or (717) 606-1795. Read more
"The need to make schools safer has never been more pressing." Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Jordan Harris and state Sen. Sharif Street, both D-Phila., met with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s executive director Monday to discuss changing the PIAA’s rules requiring a signed waiver for student-athletes who wear religious head garb. The meeting was a result of 16-year-old Nasihah Thompson-King being excluded from participating in a basketball game because she refused to remove her hijab. Harris, chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said while the meeting was productive, it is up to the PIAA’s board to do the right thing and make the rule change. Harris said, “Our meeting with Dr. Robert A. Lombardi, the executive director of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, seemed productive. We urged the PIAA to remove the rule requiring a signed waiver for student-athletes to wear religious head garb. Dr. Lombardi agreed to bring our request to the PIAA board during their March meeting. We look forward to their decision to scrap the rule or we will be forced to look into further actions that will require them to comply with state and federal civil rights laws.” Street said, “After meeting with the PIAA, we stressed the importance of religious headgear being included as acceptable equipment, not listed as an exception, or requiring any documentation to be shown. We are encouraged that the rules committee of the PIAA will soon advance these Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Emilio Vázquez, D-Phila., will host an information session with SEPTA to review and discuss improvements at the Susquehanna-Dauphin Broad Street Line Station. The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 in his satellite office, 1421 W. Susquehanna Ave., Philadelphia. Station elements to be improved will include energy efficient lighting, wall, floor, and ceiling finishes, customer amenities, signs, passenger control and cashier facilities, platform tactile warning strips, an A/V public address system, and the installation of elevators. When combined with other proposed improvements, this project will make the station ADA accessible. Construction will start in the spring and it is expected to be complete in 2020. Vázquez’s staff will be on site providing information and answering questions on the state-related concerns constituents may have. For more information, constituents can contact Vázquez’s office at (215) 425-5708. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 – In his ongoing effort to strengthen lower northeast Philadelphia’s commercial corridors and support local business owners, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., announced a $40,000 grant for a local community development corporation. Solomon announced that the state awarded funds to the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association during a news conference Tuesday at Castor and Hellerman streets. The money comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). It is the first NAP grant ever to lower northeast Philadelphia. “Supporting the business corridors of my district – Castor, Bustleton, and Cottman avenues – has been a top priority since I became a state representative,” Solomon said. “I congratulate the leadership of the Oxford Circle CCDA in obtaining these grant funds from DCED and hope many more state dollars will come to support this community.” The grant is made possible through the NAP tax credit, in which businesses – in this case M&T Bank along with Kinder Academy – donate to the Oxford Circle CCDA and in return get a tax credit on state business taxes equal to 75 percent of their contribution. Solomon joined representatives from the OCCCDA, M&T Bank, Kinder Academy, Castor Bustleton Cottman Business Association and DCED at today’s event. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded two Automated Red Light Enforcement grants to West Norriton Township. The township will receive $196,090 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Whitehall Road and Sterigere Street by installing new ADA curb ramps, pedestrian signal modules, a battery back-up system, an emergency preemption system, and by updating the controller cabinet and vehicle detection system. It will receive another $417,246 to upgrade the traffic signal and improve layout of the intersection at Whitehall Road and Marshall Street by installing a new traffic signal and altering the angle of the intersection. "Infrastructure investment is key to growing our economy as well as providing safe travel for residents," Briggs said. "The administration has recognized that this stretch of Whitehall Road is worthy of significant investment. This is why I have continuously supported these funding initiatives, as it reflects highly on the people who make our communities great places to work and live." Under state law, fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia supply the grant funding. Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. The law Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Twelve intersections along the Route 64 corridor from Interstate 80 to Nittany Valley Drive will receive an upgrade thanks to $57,600 in state grant funding supported by state Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, and released from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) grant program. Hanna said nearly $11.5 million in ARLE funds will be distributed among 41 total projects throughout 35 municipalities statewide. “Porter Township will use the funds to upgrade traffic signal cabinets with generator adapter kits, battery backups and new controllers,” Hanna said. “This project allows for greater safety and is sure to improve the flow of traffic.” Under state law, fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia supply this grant funding. Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Hanna said it’s a competitive process. Projects are selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing. This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., will host a Property Tax/Rent Rebate workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 at Mt. Olivet Village – Community Room, 642 N. 41st St., 19104. “Many seniors qualify for countless state programs and benefits and they are simply not aware of it or unable to fill out the applications on their own,” Brown said. “That’s why I’m hosting this workshop, to guide our seniors through the entire process and assist them in completing the paperwork at no cost.” Applicants must be 65 or older and should bring their 2017 income statements and their 2017 rent certificate or real estate tax receipt. Brown said that her staff will be available on site to answer questions about other state-related services. For more information, please call Brown’s office at (215) 879-6615. Read more
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