Burgos lauds new law to make professional licensing

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., hailed the enactment of legislation (H.B.1172) that will make it easier for people who need professional licenses to work in the state. Gov. Tom Wolf today signed the bill co-sponsored by Burgos which establishes an endorsement process for all boards and commissions under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs to issue licenses to applicants who are licensed to practice in another state. Under the law, Pennsylvania boards and commissions will be able to issue a provisional endorsement license to allow the applicant, who must be in good standing, to practice while completing the remaining requirements for licensure. “This new law benefits people in my legislative district and the entire city of Philadelphia, where we have many burgeoning industries that attract licensed professionals from across the country,” Burgos said. “Waiting for approval for transferring certain licenses is a risk that can result in loss of income; it’s a risk that many aren’t willing to take, which in turn results in missing out on diverse talent for our local growing industries. “With this law, these professionals can relocate to our city and state, and seamlessly enter the workforce on a provisional license while the permeant license is being processed.” Burgos said the provisional endorsement license would expire if the applicant is denied a Read more


Wolf firma el paquete de ley Agrícola el cual incluye una de las legislaciones de Burgos para mejorar las iniciativas de nutrición infantil

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, 1 de Julio: el Representante Estatal Danilo Burgos, D-Filadelfia, anunció hoy que el Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó el paquete de Ley Agrícola de PA, el cual incluye su legislación la cual aumentará la educación infantil y los expondrá a alimentos nutritivos y a la industria agrícola de Pennsylvania. Burgos dijo que su legislación ampliará las subvenciones para apoyar a los niños de preescolar a quinto grado. El programa anterior solo proporcionaba dinero para aquellos niños en jardines infantiles. Estas subvenciones ayudarán a aumentar la educación en temas relacionados con la nutrición y la agricultura, incluida la integración de ambos temas en asignaturas escolares regulares. “Estas ayudas se otorgarán a las áreas donde hay un alto porcentaje de niños que reciben comidas gratis a precio reducido en las escuelas. Muchos de los jóvenes en Filadelfia están bajo esa guía y se han limitado a no exponerse a alimentos saludables o nutritivos. Ese es un gran problema,” dijo Burgos. “Al exponer a los niños a alimentos que son beneficiosos para la buena salud, esperamos les brinde una base para que puedan tomar decisiones nutritivas por el resto de sus vidas.” "Me gustaría agradecer al Representante Johnathan Hershey por su trabajo bipartidista en esta legislación y al Read more


Wolf signs Farm Bill package with Burgos legislation to improve childhood nutrition initiatives

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today announced Gov. Tom Wolf signed the PA Farm Bill package into law, including his legislation that will increase childhood education and exposure to nutritious foods and Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry. Burgos said the legislation will expand grants to support children in pre-k through fifth grade. The previous program only provided money to children in kindergarten. These grants will aid in increasing nutrition and agriculture education, including the integration of both topics into regular school subjects. “These grants will be awarded to areas where there is a high percentage of children who receive free or reduced-price meals at schools. Many of the young people in Philadelphia fall under that guideline and have limited to no exposure to healthy or nutritious foods. That is a big problem,” Burgos said. “By exposing children to foods that are beneficial to good health, it hopefully will provide a foundation for them to make nutritious choices for the rest of their lives. “I would like to thank Representative Johnathan Hershey for his bipartisan work on this legislation and to Governor Wolf for signing it into law.” Burgos added these grants will support training for teachers and other educational staff on nutrition and agriculture education; field trips to Pennsylvania farms and other agricultural educational experiences; and will allow inclusion of parents, Read more


Burgos To Hold Medical Marijuana Seminar

(Jun 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Danilo Burgos is holding his Medical Marijuana Seminar to give his community a chance to ask questions and learn the process of how to be granted access to use it. He lays out the details for those interested in attending. Read more


My Office Is Open And Ready To Serve Our Community

(Jun 05, 2019)

From children's health insurance to filling out PennDOT paperwork, Pa. state Rep. Danilo Burgos' office is open and ready to serve his community. He explains how he can help members of his community. Read more


Burgos Stands Up For Democracy, Pushes For Voting Reforms

(Jun 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Danilo Burgos joined colleagues in Harrisburg to support voting reforms. He discussed how these proposals are critical in ensuring democracy across the commonwealth. Read more


Burgos to host Veterans & Family Members Outreach event

(Apr 04, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, April 4 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., announced today he will be hosting a Veterans and Family Members Outreach event on April 11. Burgos said the event focused on veterans will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at The Lenfest Center, 3890 N. 10th St., Philadelphia. There are a wide range of federal, state and county benefits available to qualified veterans and their families. Burgos’ staff will be informing veterans on benefits and services available to them, including assistance with applying for VA benefits and healthcare. Referrals to community resources and employment, as well as information on housing, public benefits and counseling also will be discussed. “When our veterans return home, they should not have to fight any longer just to be taken care of,” Burgos said. “We owe them so much for their sacrifices. I look forward to working with them and their families to make sure their needs are met and they can easily access the services they need for a happier and healthier life.” Interested residents may contact Burgos’ office at (215) 223-1890 with any questions or for more information. ### Attention assignment editors : Media coverage is encouraged. Read more


Burgos to take on leadership role in agriculture policy

(Mar 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today said he was appointed to serve in a leadership role with the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, a committee not normally linked with city lawmakers. Burgos, who is a member of the committee and will now serve as Democratic secretary, said the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee reviews bills that directly affect Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry, including food safety and processing, transportation, marketing, weights and measures and farm equipment and production. It also works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture on boards and commissions related to agriculture. “I am both humbled and honored to take a leadership role on the House Agriculture Committee, and I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to continue to tackle the agriculture concerns of our state, including food safety, food security and supporting the number one industry of our state,” Burgos said. “As a city lawmaker, not normally associated with dairy farms, corn fields and mushroom farms, I am excited to bring a different perspective to this committee.” Burgos said adding city legislators to the leadership fold will continue to help shape the committee in the image of the state. “City legislators within this committee means that we have the opportunity to continue to tackle the state’s agriculture issues, but with more of a balance,” Burgos Read more


PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber

(Mar 26, 2019)

Members from Philadelphia and of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today condemned a divisive opening prayer delivered Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Here’s a selection of quotes. Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC chairman: “On a day that should have been celebrated, we found ourselves confused and mortified. The swearing-in of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell as the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was overshadowed by the outrageous remarks made by the Republican member. This is disgusting behavior. I choose to celebrate the diversity of our caucus, and welcome Representative Johnson-Harrell with open, loving arms. I believe our Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said it best, ‘It was beneath the dignity of the House.’ There is no room for hate.” Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairwoman: “It is unfortunate that prayer was used to intimidate and divide. As our state legislature becomes more diverse, as we elect more women, more people of color, and people of different faiths and experiences, our ability to work together for all Pennsylvanians will be tested. I pray that my colleagues come to understand that Pennsylvania's diversity is our strength, not the enemy.” Rep. Summer Lee, PLBC treasurer who represents a portion of Allegheny County: ”We want to foremost, recognize and celebrate the historic victory and swearing-in of Read more


Burgos appointed to serve on Governor’s Census Commission

(Mar 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 15 -- State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission as Pennsylvania prepares for the 2020 census. Gov. Tom Wolf formed the commission to make sure Pennsylvania is taking the appropriate steps to achieve a complete and accurate count of the population. Burgos said that the commission will be making recommendations on methods and policies that will help make the 2020 census more accurate and easier to achieve. “I am looking forward to working with, and facilitating the most complete and accurate census count in 2020. Including implementing strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas,” Burgos said. “This is an important appointment as the commonwealth prepares for the census next year. We need all people to be counted, from our biggest cities to our small and rural communities Pennsylvania may suffer deep consequences if the population is miscounted. “From losing seats in Congress to receiving billions of dollars less in federal funds for a variety of services and programs, there is a lot at stake. It is why the work of this commission is so important, and why it is an honor for me to be chosen for this important work,” he said. Some of the organizations joining Burgos on the commission are the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Service Employees International Union and the NAACP. Burgos was appointed Read more


3/5/19 – Toxic Poverty – Philadelphia

(Mar 08, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and State Rep. Danilo Burgos. Read more


Kenyatta, Burgos discuss eliminating toxic poverty at Policy Committee hearing

(Mar 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the health impacts of deep poverty and how to reverse the trend. The freshmen legislators brought together legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and local officials and advocates to discuss how they can work together to create better opportunities to break the cycle of toxic poverty. “Poverty is a public health crisis and we must address it as such. Toxic poverty systemically diminishes educational opportunities for our kids and in communities hardest hit,” Kenyatta said. “Securing a family sustained job that can build generational wealth and lift folks out of this cycle is too often out of reach. Today’s discussion further emphasized that eradicating poverty is the moral and economic issue of our time and brought light to how we can work together to invest our resources in educating our communities, children and adults, and reduce the need for correctional and unnecessary medical costs.” “The poverty cycle is hard on families. It’s a depressing cycle that is difficult to overcome,” Burgos said. “If we can work together as a community to empower people, address the mental and physical toll poverty takes on individuals and help lift them up, we can make real change that improves life for Read more


Kenyatta, Burgos to discuss toxic poverty at Policy Committee public hearing Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Feb 28, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., are hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the health impacts of deep poverty and how to reverse the trend. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Warnock Village, 2850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. The freshmen legislators requested the hearing to bring together local officials and advocates to discuss how they can work together to create better opportunities to lift Pennsylvanians out of poverty. They will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Dr. Loren Robinson , Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Pennsylvania Department of Health 2:40 p.m. Octavia Howell , Officer, Philadelphia Research Initiative The Pew Charitable Trusts 3:10 p.m. Panel of Advocates 3:40 p.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first, good jobs, healthcare access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . More information about the Policy Committee is available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more


Burgos Celebrates Dominican Independence Day

(Feb 19, 2019)

As the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Pa. state Rep. Danilo Burgos gave the keynote address in Harrisburg to honor 175 years of independence for the Dominican Republic. He explains the legislation he’s working on to help people of all backgrounds achieve the American Dream. Read more


Burgos receives 2019-20 House committee assignments

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today announced he has been appointed to serve on several key House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody appointed the freshman legislator to the chamber’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Children and Youth; and Human Services committees. “As a new legislator, I am eager to represent the interests of my district on these important committees. From making sure our children are protected and safe, to helping residents get the assistance and resources they need; whether it is help for addiction or trying to make ends meet, these committees serve as great platforms to benefit the people of north Philadelphia and the entire commonwealth,” Burgos said. In addition to being appointed to the three committees, Burgos is a member of the newly created bipartisan, bicameral Criminal Justice Reform Caucus. “Criminal justice reform is one of my top priorities. We have many people in Philadelphia who have committed minor crimes, served their punishment and have returned to society, yet they are having difficulty getting back into the workforce because of their past. This needs to change,” Burgos said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to move good legislation forward to help these people in the city and across Pennsylvania.” Burgos represents the 197th Legislative District in north Philadelphia including the Read more


Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Burgos to host Open House Jan. 31

(Jan 22, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., invites constituents to his open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at his district office at 635 W. Erie Ave., 19140. “I’ve rolled up my sleeves and am ready to work for the people who brought me here,” Burgos said. “I want to cut the red tape and make government more accessible to them, so we can all have the tools we need to succeed and to make our communities better. This will also be an opportunity to hear firsthand from my constituents about the issues most important to them, so I can refine my work in Harrisburg.” Burgos said he and his staff will discuss the ways his office can connect constituents to state-related programs and services, such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). They will also provide updates and information on how to get a Real ID in Pennsylvania. No RSVP is required. For more information, constituents can contact Burgos’ office at (215) 223-1890. Read more


Burgos sworn in for first term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Danilo Burgos took the oath of office to begin his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “It’s time to get down to business. I’m ready to get to work for my neighborhoods in north Philadelphia,” Burgos said. “My children drive my passion for a better, safer, and stronger community. I want to break down any barriers that exist for our children’s future, and foster a city and state of understanding.” Burgos is the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Prior to being elected, Burgos served as Director of Zoning and Business Development for Philadelphia Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez. In that role, he oversaw the expansion of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and the plaza Allegheny shopping center, as well as developing and managing several revitalization projects. He is also the former Director of Constituent Services for Councilman At-Large Allan Domb. “I have big plans for the future -- a focus on improving public education and job training, reducing unemployment, and promoting small business development throughout the district,” Burgos said. “But I will not forget my commitment to criminal justice reform, and working towards the reduction of recidivism. It’s crucial that we provide ex-offenders with a Read more


Cruz and Burgos announce $200k supporting revitalization projects

(Dec 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – On Monday, state Rep. Angel Cruz and state Rep.-elect Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., announced $200,000 in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support community revitalization projects for Nueva Esperanza, Inc. and Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, Inc. “It’s always exciting to see money going back into the community,” Cruz said. “Thanks to these tax credits, HACE and Nueva Esperanza will be able to stand by their commitments to helping low-income communities with meaningful projects that promote economic and community development. I will continue my fight for meaningful investments for the future success of our neighborhoods.” “We’re building on progress that’s already being made here,” Burgos said. “Some of these areas are at the epicenter of the opioid crisis and require urgent care. It’s going to take coordinated efforts between the City of Philadelphia, Conrail, and the community to continue the resident engagement, beautification, and stabilization of these projects and neighborhoods.” HACE will receive $120,000 to continue implementation efforts of its Good Lands 2025 Neighborhood Plan in the Fairhill and St. Hugh neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This community was already struggling with poverty, unemployment, and crime, and has recently become a hot-spot for opioid abuse. In 2017, the land was cleared and fenced, Read more


Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more