State Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget address today: “I am pleased that Governor Tom Wolf is proposing $120 million more overall for school districts in my area and across the state. As a former skills trainer for 16 years for young adults with special needs, I know how important investments in education are, as well as to adequately fund pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs. Our children are our future and we must continue to invest in their education.” McNeill said McNeill outlined the governor’s budget proposal for education: $100 million increase in basic education; $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start; $20 million increase for special education; $15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and $10 million for Career and Technical Education. McNeill said the governor's proposals go hand in hand with the House Democrats' Plan For PA, which includes supporting quality schools, good jobs and fair taxes for all Pennsylvanians. More information about the Plan For PA is available at http://planforpa.pahouse.com . McNeill represents the 133 rd Legislative District. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, said he is encouraged by Gov. Tom Wolf’s lean budget proposal that makes strategic investments in education, college and career readiness for students and job training for workers. “I have been a strong proponent of investing in our children, and I am particularly pleased by the governor’s proposal to increase, by 50 percent, the number of 3- and 4-year-olds who can access pre-K,” Longietti said. “A strong foundation starts with high-quality pre-K, and it gives students a great leg up for the rest of their lives. After all, today’s children are our future business owners, workers and community leaders.” Longietti noted that the governor is seeking $120 million for K-12 public education and special education, in addition to a $40 million increase in pre-K funding. “The additional funding for schools will not only help our children succeed in college and careers, but will also help control local property taxes for our citizens,” he said. Longietti also lauded the governor’s focus on career and technical education and job training. The proposed budget would provide a $10 million increase in career and technical education funding and $50 million to launch PAsmart, an effort to promote 21st century job skills. PAsmart would invest $40 million in science, technology, engineering and math -- known as STEM -- and computer science-related education and $10 Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today said Gov. Tom Wolf’s fourth budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly was clear and concise. Hanna said Wolf’s plan prioritizes creating middle-class jobs that pay family-sustaining wages, builds on the past three state budgets by boosting investments in education and protects thousands of vulnerable citizens. “Governor Wolf’s proposal was straightforward and commonsense,” Hanna said. “It provides for good jobs, quality schools, and puts Pennsylvanians first. All policies that coincide with the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan for Pennsylvania.” The governor’s budget proposal invests in our schools to move our economy forward and funds workforce development initiatives such as manufacturing and career and technical programs so that students can be prepared for the most in-demand jobs of the 21st century. It also supports a living wage and job security for Pennsylvania workers and continues to fight the opioid epidemic that has affected every corner of our state. “Governor Wolf ran his campaign on the notion that he would restore the devastating cuts to education made by the previous administration,” Hanna said. “Not only has he fulfilled that commitment, he has surpassed expectations. This budget proposal allocates an additional $225 million to improve education for every student across the state as follows: Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., released the following statement on the governor’s budget address. “I commend Governor Wolf for announcing investments in many pressing areas that are both vital for Pennsylvania and for my constituents in Philadelphia. But two items I was particularly thrilled to see in today’s budget address were $50 million for workforce development and the unveiling of a so-called “One-Stop Shop” for businesses.” “I’ve been fighting for both items in my first year in the legislature, introducing my Schools to Workforce Pipeline Act ( H.B. 1522 ) and PA Business Portal ( H.B. 1209 ). I look forward to working closely with the governor’s team and my colleagues to advance these paramount priorities during the budget discussions to come, so that we can transform how we prepare our young people for their careers and support the many businesses that will employ them.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, praised the proposed increase in education funding and opioid treatment in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget, in addition to the renewed call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. “Governor Wolf has kept the momentum going in restoring the funding cuts made by the former administration. We are seeing $120 million more in this proposal for school districts across the commonwealth, with higher investment in pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs, state universities and career and technical education. “The governor also is building on the investment made in the fight against the opioid and heroin epidemic that is taking lives and destroying families in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania,” Boyle said. “I also support Governor Wolf standing his ground in pushing for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. It’s mind-boggling to see such a tax in neighboring states and yet, Pennsylvania fails to make the drilling industry pay its fair share for doing business here. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to the upcoming budget hearings to have a seat at the table to ensure the agencies receive the needed funding while staying aligned with the governor’s budget proposal,” he said. Read more
State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2018-19 fiscal year: “Governor Wolf deserves a great deal of credit for continuing his commitment to strengthening our schools and improving Pennsylvania’s economy. The students and families of the Allentown and Parkland School Districts stand to benefit from this commitment and I look forward to working with the governor to accomplish this. “More than ever, Pennsylvanians need jobs that put more money in their wallets. Governor Wolf’s plan to increase training career and technical education, computer science education, apprenticeships, job training and high demand job readiness will go a long way to restoring the American Dream for Pennsylvania’s workers. At the end of the day, workers want jobs that pay better wages, good health care coverage, a comfortable place to live and some savings for college and retirement. This is the core of the promise we must deliver for Pennsylvania.” Schlossberg said the governor's proposals go hand in hand with the House Democrats' Plan For PA, which includes supporting quality schools, good jobs and fair taxes for all Pennsylvanians. More information about the Plan For PA is available at http://planforpa.pahouse.com . Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – Newly elected state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, has been appointed to four House committees. Davis, who represents the 35 th District, was assigned to the Game and Fisheries Committee, Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, Commerce Committee, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session. “Being named to these committees really helps to catapult me in helping to address the needs of the people of Pennsylvania,” Davis said. “I am anxious to get to work on addressing important issues, and particularly through these four panels.” Davis said he is excited to serve on all committees, including the Commerce Committee because of his dedication to economic development and job creation. In addition to better jobs, David said public safety, transportation and quality education are equally important to him. His platform falls in line with the Pennsylvania House Democrat’s Plan for PA, which puts people first through good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. On Monday, Davis was sworn in for his first legislative session. His district includes McKeesport, Munhall, White Oak, Clairton, Duquesne, Versailles and South Versailles, Whitaker, Lincoln, and parts of West Mifflin. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – House Democratic leaders praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal and said it carries forward the priorities of protecting people, jobs and schools found in the Democratic Caucus’s Plan For Pennsylvania. “Since he took office three years ago, Governor Wolf has challenged the status quo in Harrisburg to get things done, and he’s continuing to do that in this budget,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “The budget proposal reflects the values and priorities of middle-class families who need state government to finally work for them and their financial security, instead of working for special interests,” Dermody said. House Democrats welcomed the governor’s focus on a continued investment in quality schools in every community and in skills training to prepare adult workers for the good jobs available in today’s growth industries. “Governor Wolf ran his campaign on the notion that he would restore the devastating cuts to education made by the previous administration,” Democratic Minority Whip Mike Hanna said. “Not only did he fulfill that commitment, he surpassed expectations by proposing additional funding for pre-K through higher education for the fourth year in a row.” Hanna said he is especially pleased to see additional dollars invested in the 14 universities that make up the State System of Higher Education. “This budget invests in our schools to Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Brian Sims, D-Phila., praised the education funding increases Gov. Tom Wolf will propose Tuesday in his yearly budget address. "I've been proud to work with Governor Wolf and my Democratic colleagues to restore the funding that Corbett-Republican cuts took from K-12 and higher education, but I want to keep going in the direction of full and fair funding. I support the return of local control of Philadelphia public schools driven by Governor Wolf and Mayor Kenney, but we need to have levels of state funding to help our young people succeed," Sims said. Sims said Wolf's proposal will reaffirm their shared commitment to increasing funding for public education at all levels. Since Wolf took office in January 2015, Pennsylvania has made sustained investments in education, including restoring the cuts made under the Corbett administration, increasing the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by nearly 50 percent and enacting a fair funding formula. Sims said Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal for education will include: $100 million increase in basic education; $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start; $20 million increase for special education; $15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and $10 million for career and technical education. "The governor's proposals go hand in hand with the House Democrats' Plan For PA," Sims said. Read more
HARRISBURG , Feb. 5 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, led a press conference today with advocates and members of the state House of Representatives to call on the governor to make child protection and safety a policy priority in the coming year. Along with fellow state Reps. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, Tina Davis, D-Bucks, and Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, Rozzi was joined by: Prof. Marci Hamilton, CHILD USA, nonprofit think tank, University of Pennsylvania Peggy Hoffman, Director of the PA StopAbuse Campaign Danielle Pollack, parent/child advocate Jill Deitrick, child advocate Rozzi discussed his legislative initiatives to address custody issues and distribution of marital property when sexual abuse is involved, while calling attention to the most vulnerable victims of sexual abuse. “The good news about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements is that victims are now stepping forward to identify predators,” Rozzi said, “and their protectors are on notice that sexual assault and harassment will not be tolerated. While we are sympathetic to the plight of athletes, models and movie stars, we forget that the most vulnerable population of sexual abuse victims are children. And if that isn’t wrong, what else really is? “Today, we call upon Governor Tom Wolf and our fellow legislators to make the safety and protection of children a top priority and give children at least the same support that ‘Libre’s Law’ received Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced he will host a series of workshops designed to educate people on apprenticeship opportunities with local industries. The “Apprentice Prep with the Rep” sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 15, March 1, 15, and 29 in Dawkins’ district office located at 4667 Paul St., 19124. Dawkins said the workshops will provide information and overviews of local labor unions’ apprenticeship application and testing process. Members from local unions also will be in attendance to offer information and answer questions. “Becoming an apprentice is a great way for people to receive work-based training that can turn into family-sustaining careers,” Dawkins said. “Whether looking for a job or a change, I encourage everyone to come and learn about these opportunities.” For more information or to RSVP for one of the workshops, call Dawkins’ office at (215) 744-7901. Read more
SCRANTON, Feb. 5 – Older residents with questions about Medicare or health insurance coverage should visit state Rep. Marty Flynn’s office during his monthly outreach next week. Flynn said an APPRISE counselor will be available from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 12 at his office – 409 N. Main Ave. in Jay's Commons – to help answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans, Medigap plans, Medicare drug plans, PACE/PACENET prescription-drug coverage and various low-income assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help. Appointments are suggested by calling Flynn's office at 570-342-4348. The local APPRISE program is sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center and is funded by the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, was sworn in Monday to represent the people of the 35 th Legislative District for the 2017-18 legislative session. “It’s an honor to have the trust of residents from the 35 th District to represent their best interests at the state Capitol,” Davis said. “I look forward to getting started and enacting change in my district and across the commonwealth.” Prior to his election, Davis had been actively involved in local government and the Allegheny County community, serving as an executive assistant in the county executive’s office. Davis currently serves as vice chairman of the Allegheny County Housing Authority board of commissioners; he served as the liaison between municipal/elected officials and the county executive’s office; and he was responsible for constituent services and many other day-to-day functions at the county executive’s office. To date, he’s received a number of awards and recognitions for his work in government and within the community, including Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 award, the Josh Gibson Foundation Civil Service award, the McKeesport NAACP Character Leadership award, and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Gentleman of Excellence in Government Award. The 35 th Legislative District consists of McKeesport, Munhall, White Oak, Clairton, Duquesne, Versailles and South Versailles, Whitaker, Lincoln, and parts of West Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila., is urging local conservation groups and other interested parties to take advantage of the recreation and conservation grants offered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. DCNR will accept applications through April 11. “There is much that can be done to expand the ways in which we utilize our space, and also to further protect the natural beauty of our landscape. This is an opportunity that can benefit a number of different organizations in our community. I strongly encourage Philadelphians to apply for these grants,” Youngblood said. DCNR made a list of specific priorities it would like grants to focus on that includes: community parks and recreation; land conservation; watershed protection and restoration; rivers implementation; and trails. For more information, potential applicants can visit www.dcnr.pa.gov . Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, applauded the education funding proposals Gov. Tom Wolf plans to make in Tuesday's budget address. "I'm pleased at the progress we have made together with Governor Wolf in restoring the Corbett-Republican education cuts to K-12 and higher education. As we return local control for Philadelphia public schools, something I have long supported, I also want to see more state funding returning as well, and for that to be driven through the new fair funding formula I took part in developing," Roebuck said. Wolf has announced that his address Tuesday will reaffirm his commitment to increasing funding for public education at all levels. Since Wolf took office in January 2015, Pennsylvania has made sustained investments in education, including restoring the cuts made under the Corbett administration, increasing the number of children able to attend pre-kindergarten by nearly 50 percent and enacting a fair funding formula. Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal for education will include: $100 million increase in basic education; $40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start; $20 million increase for special education; $15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and $10 million for career and technical education. Roebuck said the governor's goals fit well with the House Democrats' Plan For PA. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, and state Rep. Nick Miccarelli, R-Delaware, urged House leaders today to move bipartisan gun-safety legislation and announced a plan to create a temporary background-check permit for buyers to use at gun shows, among other new commonsense procedures to protect Pennsylvanians from gun violence. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., will hold her 70th Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Bala Cynwyd Library’s second-floor community room, 131 Old Lancaster Road. DeLissio will follow up on her 69 th Town Hall, which focused on the problems with the budget process, and will discuss the governor’s budget address, which will be delivered Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Harrisburg. “I look forward to providing an important update on the governor’s address,” DeLissio said. “We will also discuss why I believe that the budget process needs to change. “We also will review the impact of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision on congressional redistricting and H.B. 153, a constitutional amendment to reduce the size of the House chamber of the legislature. “As always, I am happy to take your questions about state policy and discuss your concerns. “Speaking with my constituents energizes me. Constituent input and feedback is important to me, and I look forward to hearing from those who participate.” More information can be obtained by calling DeLissio’s office at (215) 482-8726 . Read more
EBENSBURG, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Frank Burns said the Commonwealth Financing Authority, the independent agency that awards grants for a number of state programs, is now accepting applications for its next award round, which is expected in September. "State grants help many municipalities, communities, businesses and organizations tackle and complete projects for the benefit of us all," Burns said. "I'm happy to offer entities help in applying for a share of this funding." Applications will be accepted now through May 31 for the following programs: Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program - For abatement and/or treatment of abandoned mine drainage through treatment facility system construction, as well as for treatment system repair, upgrade or operation and maintenance of existing passive and active treatment systems. Baseline Water Quality Data Program - For statewide initiatives to establish baseline water quality data on private water supplies. Flood Mitigation Program - For statewide initiatives to assist with flood mitigation projects. Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program - For planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects. Orphan and Abandoned Well Plugging - For funding orphan or abandoned well plugging projects. Sewage Facilities Program - For statewide initiatives complying with the Pennsylvania Sewage Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, was joined by state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, Dr. Richard Fisher and Fox Chase Cancer Center leadership to present a $500,000 check to the cancer center from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Boyle said the funding will be used to renovate the Infusion Center and increase the number of chairs available for patients from 36 to 50, doubling the square footage of the building from 9,245 to 18,085 square feet. “I am honored to have worked with officials from Fox Chase in obtaining this grant. This funding will help deliver efficient and safe patient care, while improving the overall patient experience,” Boyle said. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 2 – On Saturday, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, was awarded the ABATE “Freedom Fighter” Award for her efforts in fighting to protect the rights of the state’s motorcyclists. ABATE, which stands for Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education, is an organization of motorcyclists dedicated to protecting bikers’ rights through political change, public education and charitable projects. The group works actively with legislators and members of the public to raise awareness on issues affecting bikers and to promote safety. “ABATE has made great strides in raising awareness about motorcyclists’ rights, promoting rider safety and protecting bikers’ rights to continue to enjoy their passion unfettered by unfair laws,” Snyder said. “I am so honored to receive this honor and to support a group so passionate about their ideals.” Snyder has worked actively for years to promote awareness of motorcyclists’ rights and to ensure that bikers are treated fairly under the law. Last year, she introduced a bill to add motorcycles to the state’s vehicle “Lemon Law,” which protects consumers who buy defective vehicles. The bill passed the House and now heads for the Senate. More information on the bill is available here . “Just like a car or truck, a motorcycle is a major investment,” Snyder said. “The law needs to treat consumers who purchase Read more
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