Bradford announces $219,120 in school safety grants for area schools

(Nov 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced today several state school-safety grants in the 70 th Legislative District, totaling $219,120. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded the Norristown Area School District and the West Norriton Township and East Norriton Township police departments each a Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant for $60,000 over two years. Those grants, which total $180,000, will go toward paying and training school resource officers and school police officers. Also, Colonial School District was awarded a Safe Schools Equipment Grant for $19,145 and Norristown Area School District received $19,975 under the same program. The equipment grants will go toward resources and tools that reduce student disciplinary actions, promote a climate of greater productivity, and create an environment that fosters better safety within the building. Additionally, Norristown Borough was awarded the second allocation of its 2016-17 Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant for $30,000. “Congratulations to all the local school and municipal officials who successfully bid for these competitive grants,” Bradford said. “Their work will keep students safe from violence and allow them to focus on what they go to school to do: learn the lesson plan and gain valuable skills.” Read more


Bradford congratulates Peter Wentz Farmstead, Plymouth Township on historic preservation grants

(Jun 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 29 – State Rep. Matt Bradford congratulated Plymouth Township and the Peter Wentz Farmstead, which were each awarded a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission awards the grants to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archeological resources in Pennsylvania, municipal planning initiatives focused on historic resources, as well as construction activities at resources listed or eligible to be in the National Register of Historic Places. Montgomery County’s Peter Wentz Farmstead was awarded a $5,000 grant, and the Plymouth Township Parks and Recreation department was awarded a $25,000 grant. “These grants recognize the important role that historic and archeological sites play in our communities, and I’m glad to see local agencies among those working to preserve these resources,” said Bradford, D-Montgomery. “I offer congratulations to Montgomery County and the Peter Wentz Farmstead, and to Plymouth Township and its Parks and Recreation Department, and I look forward to seeing their work to improve our communities continue.” The grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which is supported each year from a portion of the state realty transfer tax revenue. Read more


Bradford announces $4,000 grant for Montgomery County Historical Society

(Jun 01, 2017)

NORRISTOWN, June 1 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced today a $4,000 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission grant for the Historical Society of Montgomery County. The Historical Society uses collections and historic sites to showcase the history of Montgomery County and its contributions to the state and country. “Congratulations to the Historical Society of Montgomery County,” Bradford said. “The society’s historians do a wonderful job of preserving and telling our story, and their work reflects highly on our communities. “The state realized a great investment in historical preservation and is helping Montgomery County continue telling its story.” The PHMC awarded almost $2 million in grants to 141 eligible museums and official county historical societies from 57 Pennsylvania counties that met the following criteria: Museums located in Pennsylvania with annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person. Official County Historical Societies designated as the official historical society for the county. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Read more


Bradford announces $659,990 in state grants to improve area traffic flows

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced $659,990 in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grants to improve area traffic signals in two local townships. The first two grants will provide $329,750 for Germantown Pike adaptive traffic signal control and $108,300 for video detection in East Norriton Township. East Norriton Township will provide the remaining 50 percent match of each of the total project costs of $659,500 and $216,600 respectively. The other two grants will provide $141,700 for traffic signal upgrades and $80,240 for the Germantown Pike traffic signal interconnect in Worcester Township. Worcester Township will provide the remaining 20 percent match of each of the total project costs of $177,120 and $100,300 respectively. “I am thrilled that not one, but two Montgomery County municipalities are receiving grants to increase efficiency and reduce congestion,” Bradford said. “I was proud to support the bill making this funding possible and will continue to support programs like this one that improve the quality of life in our communities.” The grants come from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. The Green Light – Go Program was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure investment plan passed Read more


Pa. Tax Amnesty Program runs from April 21 to June 19, 2017

(Apr 13, 2017)

A tax amnesty period for Pennsylvanians will run from April 21, 2017 through June 19, 2017. During this limited 60-day period, the state Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest on eligible tax delinquencies for anyone who participates in the 2017 Tax Amnesty Program. For more information, please click here . Read more


Valley Forge PA Legislative Appointment Initiative extended to July 1st

(Apr 03, 2017)

Applicants now have until July 1st each year to apply for the LAI to attend Valley Forge Military College in the fall. There is no difference in process or award amounts between 1st-round nominees and 2nd-round nominees. What is the PA Legislative Appointment Initiative? The Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative (LAI) currently allows each of Pennsylvania’s 203 Representatives, and 50 Senators, to appoint a student from their district as the Commonwealth Scholar for guaranteed admission and a guaranteed partial scholarship to Valley Forge Military College — The Military College of Pennsylvania. A student awarded the Legislative Appointment Initiative Scholarship may receive the award for up to two years. Am I eligible to apply? The Legislative Scholarship is only available to Pennsylvania residents only at Valley Forge Military College, The Military College of Pennsylvania. The minimum academic requirements are a cumulative high school GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1000 (or an ACT score of 17). You can apply directly through your local state representative’s or senator’s office or you can apply for the program by applying first to Valley Forge. You must be a Pennsylvania resident. You also must be a legal resident of the district from where you apply. When can I apply? You can apply at any time during your senior year up until July 1st of the year you wish to attend. Read more


Bradford announces grant for sewer upgrade in Montgomery County

(Mar 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced that East Norriton Township will benefit from $88,127 in state funding awarded to his legislative district. “I am very happy that East Norriton Township has been able to get funding for this project,” Bradford said. “These funds will to aid in replacing a force main pipeline that caused an estimated two million gallons of sewage overflow into Stony Creek at the Norris City Avenue Pump Station when it failed in 2016.” The project is as follows: The project, with a total cost of $467,612, will replace 1,150 linear feet of 16 inch cast iron force main, with 1,150 linear feet of 16-inch ductile iron pipe between Swede Road and the Norris City Avenue Pump Station. The new pipe will be installed in the same location as the existing pipe, minimizing any piping conflicts. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of state’s funding programs designed to help our infrastructure system. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more


PA's HealthyWoman program

(Mar 17, 2017)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering a program to provide free breast and cervical cancer screenings to Pennsylvania residents. Early detection is, of course, key in fighting these debilitating diseases, so I strongly encourage anyone who has not had recent testing done to learn more about this opportunity. For those who meet eligibility requirements, HealthyWoman offers clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic examinations and Pap smears, and follow-up diagnostic tests for abnormal results. Eligibility is based on age, Pennsylvania residency, income and insurance status. For a full list of eligibility requirements and details on the program, please click here . Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women, and since the risk increases with age, it’s vitally important to schedule regular checkups with your doctor or use the HealthyWoman program. As always, if you had any questions or concerns about any state government-related issue, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. Read more


Bradford announces grant for community revitalization in Montgomery County

(Feb 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – State Rep Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced that $250,000 in state funding through the Keystone Communities program will support a community revitalization effort in Norristown. “Investment in our communities is an investment in our future,” Bradford said. “When we are able to aid our communities in ways that encourage revitalization, we are planting seeds for a prosperous future that will contribute to the overall benefit of the commonwealth.” Bradford explained that Genesis Housing Corp. is one of nine community revitalization projects across Pennsylvania slated to receive a total of $1.4 million in funding. The amount allotted to Montgomery County will be used to ensure completion of 34 affordably priced townhouse units in a distressed, transitional area of Norristown. “This project replaces a blighted property and will provide opportunities for first-time homeowners,” Bradford said. “It is important that we recognize the value this program and these partnerships have as a means of addressing housing needs and making Pennsylvania an encouraging option for job expansion and retention.” For more information about the Keystone Communities program, visit . Read more


Pa. granted extension on REAL ID compliance

(Jan 20, 2017)

Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, but the General Assembly must still act quickly to comply. Without action, Pennsylvanians could be denied access to federal facilities and eventually even airline travel. Specifically, Pennsylvanians will need federally approved ID for air travel beginning Jan. 22, 2018, and with the limited extension we will need a federally approved ID to access federal buildings, nuclear power plants and military bases beginning June 7, 2017. Rest assured, I am following this issue very closely and am doing everything possible to ensure that we pass comprehensive changes to comply with the federal government. Please visit for the most up to date information on the requirements and remember that my office can help you obtain a birth certificate or driver’s license. Read more


Bradford named chairman of State Government Committee

(Jan 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 19 – State Rep. Matt Bradford will serve as the Democratic chairman of the House State Government Committee during the 2017-18 session, according to Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. "I'm honored to be asked to lead this important committee and I look forward to getting to work quickly on a wide array of issues,” Bradford said. “I also hope to work with the majority chairman to promote productive discussions among all committee members.” Bradford noted the committee handles many hot-button issues such as voting rights, discrimination, redistricting, government reform, lobbying disclosure, state agency procurement and labor agreements, campaign finance and election laws. “Many of the questions considered in the State Government Committee come down to protection of people’s most basic rights. I’m committed to standing up for what’s right,” Bradford said. “This is a new role for Matt on a key legislative committee,” Dermody said. “I know he’s well prepared for it and will provide valuable leadership.” Bradford, an attorney, has served in the House since 2009 and represents the 70 th District which includes Norristown, East Norriton and Worcester townships, and part of Plymouth Township. Read more


Bradford sworn in as state representative

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Matt Bradford today was sworn into office for a fifth term as representative for the 70th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “As state representative, I am eager to represent my district’s voice in Harrisburg, as well as here at home,” he said. “My office doors always are open, and I look forward to interacting with as many neighbors, friends and constituents as possible.” Bradford said that he is looking forward to another legislative session, as well, when he will focus on supporting sensible gun safety laws, increasing education funding and helping to pass a sustainable, long-term state budget that benefits all Pennsylvanians. “I am aware of the challenges facing Pennsylvania today, but I am optimistic because of the great strides we’ve made since the great recession,” said Bradford, D-Montgomery. “Going forward, I’m looking forward to working across the aisle and affecting positive change for our commonwealth.” Bradford’s website is at . His legislative social media accounts can be found on Facebook and Twitter . Read more


License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more


Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more


myCOMPASS Mobile App available now

(Dec 13, 2016)

The myCOMPASS PA online app is now available for download on the Apple and Google Play app stores for use on iPhones and Android smartphones. Among other features, myCOMPASS PA will allow individuals to take photos of necessary documents and upload them directly to their case files through a secure, safe environment. Other key features include: Users will be able to view benefits details after logging in to their myCOMPASS account; Individuals can view their processing status of their applications; and Update case-related information such as address, phone number, email address, and voter registration. In the two weeks after it launched in the Apple store, 4,669 users downloaded the app with 13,680 clients viewing the status of their benefits, 1,568 documents were uploaded, and the app received a 5-star rating. myCOMPASS PA is estimated to save an average of $3.2 million per year by reducing mail processing time, manual information entry, call center calls, postage and printing. Read more


My office is a collection point for Toys for Tots program now through Dec. 12th

(Oct 28, 2016)

My office is a collection point for the Toys for Tots program from now through Dec. 12 th . If you wish to participate, please stop by either one of my offices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with a new, unwrapped toy. Cedars Office 2000 Bustard Road, Suite 6 Phone: (610) 222-3490 Norristown Office 1846 Markley St. Phone: (610) 270-1150 If you have questions, please contact me in one of my district offices or e-mail me through my Web site at . Read more


Rep Bradford to host Fox Chase Center 's Mobile Mammography Van

(Aug 09, 2016)

State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, will be hosting Fox Chase Center’s Mobile Mammography Van at his Norristown office this month. Bradford said the van will be located outside his office at 1846 Markley St. starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29 to offer cancer screenings. Women interested in receiving a screening are required to make an appointment at his office at 610-270-1150. Additional requirements for participants include: Must be 40 or older. Name and address of one of their doctors. Prescription from their doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have a breast cancer diagnosis within the past two years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. Read more


Bradford: Every Gun Purchase Should Have a Background Check

(Jul 25, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford joined the PA SAFE Caucus and its gun safety allies in Philadelphia Monday. These Individuals and groups are working together to bring common sense gun legislation to Pennsylvania. Read more


Bradford: Budget Crisis Hurts Us All

(Mar 10, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford shares with the House Appropriations Committee his thoughts on the urgent need to complete a responsible 2015-16 budget and properly fund a 2016-17 budget. Read more


Bradford: Quit the Political Games, Fund our Universities

(Mar 03, 2016)

At a House Appropriations Budget Hearing, Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford outlines how a lack of state funding leads to student indebtedness, and highlights the need to put politics aside and adequately fund our universities. Read more