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Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

New Ciresi legislation promotes cost-saving local government cooperation

(21 hours ago)

“With strained budgets, local governments and school districts throughout Pennsylvania are looking for ways to provide necessary services without raising taxes,” Ciresi said. “We have a real opportunity to improve local government and reduce property taxes through back-office reform and shared services, allowing us to do more with less while keeping our local representation and community identity." Read more

 

Ciresi, Hanbidge applaud $444K grant for Montgomery County Community College

(1 day ago)

“Whether our postsecondary institutions offer in-person or online classes – MCCC has already indicated most of its fall courses will be offered online – this grant will go a long way to ensuring the safety and instructional needs of the students and faculty is met,” said Ciresi, whose 146th Legislative District includes Pottstown, home to MCCC’s West Campus. Read more

 

Bills to support the restaurant industry; Work coming up on U.S. 422

(Jul 31, 2020)

These topics in more covered in my latest weekly email. Read more

 

Ciresi announces $77K redevelopment grant for former Pottstown Plating Works property

(Jul 31, 2020)

“This funding will be very helpful in our continued efforts to revitalize Pottstown and clean up old industrial sites,” Ciresi said. “By putting this property back on track for productive use, this project will create jobs, clean up the environment and be part of us entering a new era for Pottstown.” Read more

 

Ciresi Discusses Importance Of Contact Tracing In PA

(Jul 30, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi attended a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss the challenges and importance of contact tracing in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

(Jul 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 27 -- Citing the distressing impacts COVID-19 is having on Pennsylvania’s restaurant industry and a recent Yelp survey showing more than half of restaurants could close permanently due to the virus’ impact, Democrats in Harrisburg have crafted a legislative package aimed at providing relief to community business owners and the workers that cook and serve our food. The package includes nine bills that would provide grants to local restaurants, bars and clubs, reduce and eliminate specific licensing fees, extend discounts to licensees and protect businesses by guaranteeing their insurance pays out in future emergencies. These efforts will provide direct relief to an industry of Pennsylvania businesses the virus has hit hard, House Democratic leaders said. Restrictions put in place have been necessary in the state’s response to COVID-19. The leaders said they recognize the hardship the virus has continued to place on the restaurant industry. Restaurants have served as the backdrop of many life occasions and special moments and they need support more now than ever. The House Democratic package includes: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. ( Rep. Joe Ciresi, Montgomery County & Rep. Tina Davis, Bucks County ) Earmarking CARES grant Read more

 

PennDOT extends expiration dates again; Protecting PA’s workforce

(Jul 24, 2020)

Just today, PennDOT announced that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards and learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Read more

 

Ciresi: Employee Protections are Critical

(Jul 22, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi joined the PA House Democratic Policy Committee for a hearing about workplace protections. Ciresi is working to provide a safe environment for all public workers. Read more

 

Hazard pay grants now available to support frontline workers

(Jul 20, 2020)

"For more than 19 weeks, dedicated workers have shown up on the job -- in the midst of an invisible virus. They have treated sick patients, stocked shelves, driven delivery trucks, responded to emergency scenes, and much more to keep us going. Not only do they deserve our respect, but they also deserve a bigger paycheck.” Read more

 

Targeted Mitigation Efforts; Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers; Safeguarding Your Tax Dollars -- EBLAST for July 17

(Jul 17, 2020)

It was a busy week in Harrisburg, highlighted by Gov. Wolf’s signing into law of two police reform measures, as well as my letter to the auditor general calling for an investigation into PPP approvals for charter schools (creating likely “double-dipping” of public funds). Read more

 

Ciresi calls for investigation into PA charter schools receiving PPP payments

(Jul 16, 2020)

“Pennsylvania taxpayers deserve to know that their tax dollars are spent responsibly and that the funding of a government program is used for its intended purpose. It is therefore important to determine how charter schools were able to justify and obtain these forgivable loans, and whether taxpayer funds from all sources are being used for their legally intended purposes by recipient charter schools and management organizations.” Read more

 

Ciresi, Hanbidge introduce bill to assist PA businesses by delaying registration fees

(Jul 15, 2020)

“The coronavirus outbreak created so much uncertainty, not only for individuals and families, but for businesses across the Commonwealth,” Ciresi said. “Because of so many businesses being closed for so long and now operating at reduced capacity, paying the annual registration fee can be difficult. This legislation provides relief by pushing back the payment until their financial situation improves.” Read more

 

Ciresi expresses support for Food Allergy Awareness Week

(Jul 14, 2020)

In support of H.R. 798, Pa. Rep. Joe Ciresi spoke of his own experiences with food allergies, from childhood through adulthood, and thanked the Pennsylvania House for unanimously passing a resolution to recognize Food Allergy Awareness Week in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Ciresi condemns House blocking debate, amendments on constitutional amendment

(Jul 13, 2020)

“This extraordinary decision was a shameful abuse of legislative power,” Ciresi said. “While all bills deserve to be properly debated and discussed, and potentially improved through amendments, this is especially true for amendments to the constitution itself. To push through a bill of this magnitude without a public hearing or discussion, while refusing to even consider amendments that my colleagues worked hard to draft, is unacceptable.” Read more

 

Ciresi applauds Phoenixville rail study, pushes Montco service

(Jul 13, 2020)

“Bringing back the train is critical to reviving the downtowns of Pottstown and Royersford, creating new jobs, increasing property values, and improving quality of life. Everyone – not just train passengers – stands to benefit from these positive impacts. I am proud to continue to work with stakeholders on this important priority, and look forward to seeing further developments as we continue to move forward.” Read more

 

COVID-19 rules for pools, camps; SEPTA Key coming to Regional Rail -- EBLAST for July 10

(Jul 10, 2020)

As always, more information is available on my legislative website and on my legislative Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please feel free to contact me at my Royersford District Office at (484) 200-8265. Read more

 

Celebrate Safely; Voting by Mail; Protecting Pennsylvanians -- EBLAST for July 2

(Jul 02, 2020)

I wish you a relaxing and safe Independence Day weekend as we celebrate America’s birthday. Despite the many challenges of the first half of 2020, I know we will persevere and come out better on the other side. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made. Read more

 

VIDEO: We Need a Definitive Plan to Reopen Schools Safely

(Jul 02, 2020)

Amid COVID-19 concerns, Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi took part in a House Democratic Policy Committee discussion about ways to reopen schools safely ahead of the upcoming school year. Read more

 

Help is available for individuals, small businesses

(Jun 30, 2020)

I wanted to highlight some assistance that is available to individuals and small businesses who are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic slowdowns. Read more

 

Ciresi, O’Neal call for investigation into unemployment system failures

(Jun 30, 2020)

“Week after week, year after year, most workers contributed to the Unemployment Trust Fund through payroll deductions,” Ciresi said. “Yet the failures of this system have left too many without income during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when they need these benefits more than ever.” Read more

 

New Ciresi legislation promotes cost-saving local government cooperation
21 hours ago

Ciresi, Hanbidge applaud $444K grant for Montgomery County Community College
1 day ago

Bills to support the restaurant industry; Work coming up on U.S. 422
Jul 31, 2020

Ciresi announces $77K redevelopment grant for former Pottstown Plating Works property
Jul 31, 2020

Ciresi Discusses Importance Of Contact Tracing In PA
Jul 30, 2020

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package
Jul 27, 2020

PennDOT extends expiration dates again; Protecting PA’s workforce
Jul 24, 2020

Ciresi: Employee Protections are Critical
Jul 22, 2020

Hazard pay grants now available to support frontline workers
Jul 20, 2020

Targeted Mitigation Efforts; Hazard Pay for Frontline Workers; Safeguarding Your Tax Dollars -- EBLAST for July 17
Jul 17, 2020

Ciresi calls for investigation into PA charter schools receiving PPP payments
Jul 16, 2020

Ciresi, Hanbidge introduce bill to assist PA businesses by delaying registration fees
Jul 15, 2020

Ciresi expresses support for Food Allergy Awareness Week
Jul 14, 2020

Ciresi condemns House blocking debate, amendments on constitutional amendment
Jul 13, 2020

Ciresi applauds Phoenixville rail study, pushes Montco service
Jul 13, 2020

COVID-19 rules for pools, camps; SEPTA Key coming to Regional Rail -- EBLAST for July 10
Jul 10, 2020

Celebrate Safely; Voting by Mail; Protecting Pennsylvanians -- EBLAST for July 2
Jul 02, 2020

VIDEO: We Need a Definitive Plan to Reopen Schools Safely
Jul 02, 2020

Help is available for individuals, small businesses
Jun 30, 2020

Ciresi, O’Neal call for investigation into unemployment system failures
Jun 30, 2020