Rep. Bradford announces $250,000 for Perkiomen Township Park development project

(Jan 16, 2024)

WORCESTER, Jan. 16 – Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Matt Bradford today announced $250,000 for a park development project in Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County. "A community park is an important landmark for a community, providing recreational opportunities for our neighbors and a greenspace to preserve our natural resources. This funding will go toward the development of a much-needed park in a community that currently lacks sufficient recreation space," said Bradford, D-Montgomery. "I'm grateful that the state is investing in Perkiomen Township's park project." Perkiomen Township was awarded a $250,000 Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program grant for the construction costs associated with the development of the Highlands/Huber Park along Salem Road. This project involves site preparation, the construction of two parking areas with ADA access, walkways, a pedestrian bridge, a pavilion, and a nature-based playground, planting of 40 trees and construction of a rain garden with bioswale and plantings to address erosion issues. Funds distributed through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program go toward projects that involve the development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation. ### House Democrats are committed to promoting better jobs, better Read more


Email Update: January 12

(Jan 12, 2024)

Access to affordable child and dependent care is an issue that many Montco families can relate to. But it's more than a family issue. It's a business issue. If we want a strong and stable workforce, we must ensure that working families have access to affordable child and dependent care. We have delivered on this and families will see real relief soon! Read more


House Democratic Leaders laud significant, targeted investments proposed in education funding report

(Jan 11, 2024)

Pennsylvania House Democratic Leaders today issued the following statement on a report and recommendations passed by the Basic Education Funding Commission today: Read more


Email Update: January 8

(Jan 08, 2024)

Ensuring that our older neighbors have access to affordable prescription medications is critical to maintaining a healthy quality of life. Thankfully, help is available to qualifying individuals ages 65 and older through the PACE and PACENET programs, which are run by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) programs provide comprehensive reimbursement coverage for prescription medications to qualifying older Pennsylvanians. Read more


PA House Democrats Deliver: Safer, healthier, more equitable communities

(Dec 29, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 29 – As the House majority in 2023, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus advanced measures to keep communities safer, healthier and make them better places to live for all residents. First, House Democrats championed legislation to strengthen public safety, including keeping 911 services operational, making Pennsylvania roadways safer for drivers and pedestrians, and recruiting more law enforcement professionals. 911 Centers serve residents and first responders 24/7/365 -- often during times of emergency. When funding for 911 Centers was at risk, House Democrats fought for a plan to secure funding to enable them to continue to serve the public and make improvements to the 911 system. Communities across Pennsylvania are struggling to fill police officer positions , but a plan introduced by Rep. Dan Williams, D-Chester, will update some outdated standards used to assess applicants that have made recruiting municipal police officers more difficult and imbalanced statewide. “Vacancies in local police departments hurt our communities and put us all at risk,” Williams said. “This measure will give our local police departments a tool to help solve their vacancies but is only a piece of the puzzle as we need to do more.” This comes after an announcement earlier this year that the Pennsylvania State Police was removing its college credit requirement on a trial basis to attract more Read more


Email Update: December 29

(Dec 28, 2023)

As the year winds down and we look forward to what 2024 holds, I’m proud of many accomplishments this year. My staff and I are grateful for the opportunity to have helped thousands of our neighbors throughout the year in our district offices and at community events and town hall meetings. Read more


PA House Democrats Deliver: Investing in a Quality Education for PA Students

(Dec 28, 2023)

This year, House Democrats championed record investments in K-12 public education while starting action to fulfill their constitutional obligation to adequately and equitably fund public schools. Read more


PA House Democrats Deliver: Improving PA’s Economy for Workers and Businesses

(Dec 27, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 27 – With an aggressive agenda in 2023, the Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus advanced the commonwealth’s economic outlook and helped working families and seniors across the state by driving policies that return more money to the people who make our local economies thrive. Read more


Email Update: December 21

(Dec 21, 2023)

‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer! My office recently visited several local senior centers to deliver festive poinsettias to our neighbors. While my staff and I enjoy helping people in our offices, it’s also nice to be out in the community connecting with folks – whether at community events, holiday parades, and even visits like these. We’re proud to be a part of our community and we look forward to continuing to helping our neighbors in 2024. Read more


Rep. Bradford Announces Nearly $2.2 Million for Local Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects

(Dec 19, 2023)

These state funds will help support East Norriton’s and Schwenksville’s efforts to make repairs and upgrades to ensure our infrastructure remains strong. I’m grateful that the state is investing in these important local projects so that the cost is not passed on to local residents. Read more


Email Update: December 15

(Dec 15, 2023)

Many families understand the struggle to balance work and family-related expenses, especially if you’re paying for your child’s daycare or you’re a caregiver of an adult or an elderly loved one. Families shouldn’t have to choose between going to work and having quality care for a loved one. Families shouldn’t have to work just to pay for care.My colleagues and I fought and won for working families by easing that cost burden through a significant increase in the Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Tax Credit, which we just passed in the legislature this week with bipartisan support. This was part of a larger package of state budget-related bills that we passed and that Governor Shapiro signed into law this week. Read more


Email Update: December 8

(Dec 08, 2023)

As parents of a daughter in college, a son exploring his post-high school graduation options, while saving for two more kids, my wife Renee and I are keenly aware that affordability is a significant factor when we as a family discuss higher education opportunities. I want to make sure families like ours have the tools and resources available. That's why I'm teaming up with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for a financial aid webinar for families and students who would like to pursue a higher education. Read more


Email Update: December 1

(Dec 01, 2023)

As we near the end of the year, it’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But if you’re a pet parent, it’s important that you don’t neglect to have your dog licensed. All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Licensing your dog is the law and the most effective way to ensure their safety. Need help with the licensing process? My office is here to help! I’m teaming up with the Office of Montgomery County Treasurer Jason Salus to host two dog licensing events. Read more


Email Update: November 22

(Nov 22, 2023)

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday where we gather with those we love, share a meal and give thanks for our blessings. It's also a time of generosity. A lot of our neighbors spend this holiday serving others to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy Thanksgiving. I 'm so grateful for the opportunity to serve our community as your representative. I've met so many of you throughout the year and appreciate every opportunity to hear directly from you. My staff and I always strive to help people and ensure that we are addressing important issues that will make a positive impact in our area and across Pennsylvania. Read more


Email Update: November 17

(Nov 17, 2023)

We’re in the season of giving thanks, and I’m grateful every day for our police officers. As a small gesture of gratitude, my office delivered food from a local favorite, Collegeville Italian Bakery, to our Pennsylvania State Police officers from Troop K at the Skippack Barracks to show our appreciation for their continued commitment to protecting and serving our community. Thank you to our state police and all of our emergency responders for putting your lives on the line to keep us safe. Read more


Email Update: November 10

(Nov 10, 2023)

Last week, my staffers dropped off crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, backpacks and more from our school supply drive to the Musselman Learning Center in Norristown Area School District. Thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to Principal Stephanie Cole for welcoming us in! Read more


Email Update: November 3

(Nov 03, 2023)

Our volunteer fire departments are a lifeline in our communities, and I always enjoy an opportunity to visit our local firehouses, especially when it’s part of a community celebration. I was honored to join the Worcester Volunteer Fire Department last week to celebrate the housing of Ladder 83, as well as one of the new utility vehicles, which was supported by state funding. I enjoyed seeing everyone at this community event and participating in the longstanding housing tradition of leading a new vehicle into the station. Read more


House Democrats Secure Funding, Tuition Freeze for State-Related Universities, Ensuring an Affordable World-Class Education

(Oct 31, 2023)

The House passed House Bill 612, providing a 7% increase in funding to Penn State University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Temple University and a 25% increase in funding for Lincoln University. The bill also freezes tuition increases at the universities for the 2024-25 school year. This week the House also passed legislation with overwhelming support that would ensure greater transparency by making the state-related universities subject to certain provisions of the state’s Right to Know Law. Read more


Email Update: October 27

(Oct 27, 2023)

Fall is in full swing in Montco, and there are so many events and activities in our communities to get us all into the spirit of fall and Halloween. Our office has been busy participating in fall festivals and trunk-or-treats and we always enjoy talking to our neighbors at these fun events. I hope you continue to enjoy these crisp, cool days and I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween with plenty of treats. Our office will continue to keep you informed about upcoming community events in this weekly email, as well as on social media. Read more


Email Update: October 23

(Oct 23, 2023)

Thank you to everyone who came to our Fall Fest at Merrymead Farm! It was a perfect fall evening, and I was happy to chat with so many of our neighbors. We enjoyed hayrides, a corn maze, and other fall activities. We also made s’mores and enjoyed Merrymead’s famous ice cream. Our special guest, Sec. Russell Redding from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, reminded us of the importance of farming and its impact on our communities. Read more