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March 31 update: Phase 1B and 1C vaccine eligibility opening soon!

(Mar 31, 2021)

This will allow more people to make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Also, beginning TODAY, targeted frontline workers and first responders can begin making appointments for their vaccination. Read more

 

RSVP here: Walking with Joe!

(Mar 31, 2021)

Strap on your walking shoes and let's go! Read more

 

Ciresi resolution urges HHS to send more vaccine to PA

(Mar 29, 2021)

“Because of vaccinations, many are envisioning a return to a sense of normalcy. But to truly get there, we need the federal government to supply sufficient doses of the available vaccines.” Read more

 

March 26 update: Honoring our Vietnam War Veterans

(Mar 26, 2021)

Weekly email also includes info on solar investments, rental and utility assistance, the PA Rescue Plan, and traffic updates. Read more

 

March 19 update: Making Progress in COVID-19 Vaccination and Mitigation

(Mar 19, 2021)

Plus an upcoming virtual wellness symposium, the latest news from Harrisburg, an unemployment compensation update, and 422 road closures. Read more

 

Ciresi proposes waiving restaurant license renewal fees

(Mar 18, 2021)

The waiver would apply only to restaurants, bars, clubs, churches and fire halls with gross annual receipts under $25 million and that have lost more than 20% of their monthly sales during the declared disaster emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

March 12 update: Vaccine and federal updates

(Mar 12, 2021)

Plus updates on unemployment compensation and local road work. Read more

 

Ciresi announces security grants for two Pottstown nonprofits

(Mar 10, 2021)

“Both of these organizations serve as gems in our communities, lifting up those in need by embracing diversity and offering various programs to strengthen the greater Pottstown area,” Ciresi said. “Enhancing the security through this funding means increased safety for the members and staff.” Read more

 

Reps. Ciresi, Young seek creation of Education Reform Commission

(Mar 10, 2021)

The commission would be tasked with performing an in-depth study of the current educational needs in Pennsylvania, projecting out those needs over the next 25 years, and determining what can and should be done to help reform the current education system and prepare Pennsylvania for the future. Read more

 

March 5 update: Let’s not neglect Western Montco with vaccine distribution

(Mar 05, 2021)

Also rounding up the latest news from the Capitol and the latest 422 road work updates. Read more

 

Ciresi offers bill to boost library revenue

(Mar 04, 2021)

Current state law allows libraries to use isolated sales – fewer than seven days each year – of used books without paying sales tax as a means of generating additional revenue. Ciresi’s legislation would expand that to allow libraries to sell used books for supplemental income without paying sales tax throughout the year. Read more

 

PA’s unfair special education funding for charter schools: Ciresi op/ed

(Mar 03, 2021)

The system in which Pennsylvania pays charter schools for special education is broken. For every special education student who leaves a traditional public school to attend a charter school, their home district is required to reimburse that charter school based on an illogical average cost to educate special education students. Read more

 

VIDEO: Ciresi Praises Hospitality Recovery Program

(Mar 02, 2021)

In keeping with his commitment to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi joined Gov. Tom Wolf and business industry leaders outlining a plan to give $145 million in state funding to affected businesses in the hospitality industry because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance

(Mar 02, 2021)

Beginning March 1, residents in Montgomery County can now apply for emergency rental and utility assistance. My staff and I are relieved that this window is finally open for families and individuals struggling to pay their bills. Read more

 

Ciresi praises COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program

(Mar 02, 2021)

“The financial commitment outlined at today’s news conference falls in line with legislation I’ve been pushing since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislation that would provide, has provided and will continue to provide desperately needed help to restaurants and local businesses struggling for the better part of a year,” Ciresi said. Read more

 

Ciresi: Mark Veterans Day as a school holiday

(Mar 01, 2021)

As the law stands now, federal, bank and state workers are allowed off work to observe Veterans Day, though schools are not required to close. Read more

 

Feb. 26 update: Pushing to reform Pennsylvania’s outdated charter school law

(Feb 26, 2021)

Also, expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and commercial learner’s permits will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Read more

 

Ciresi joins Gov. Wolf in Unveiling Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Plan to Protect All Students and Taxpayers

(Feb 26, 2021)

“We owe it to our students, families, teachers, and taxpayers to fix a broken and out-of-date 25-year-old charter school law, with issues I’ve seen over 12 years as a school board member,” said Rep. Joe Ciresi. Read more

 

Ciresi Questions Charter School Representatives About Funding

(Feb 24, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi, noting over 20 Philadelphia-area charter schools and management organizations received at least $30 million in low-interest loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, issued a reminder during Tuesday's House Education Committee hearing that lawmakers should ensure taxpayer funds are safeguarded and spent in an equitable way. Read more

 

Feb. 19 update: 422 road closures; Ridge Pike webinar; Vaccine updates

(Feb 19, 2021)

Plus I introduced new legislation this week and was recently appointed to the Special Education Funding Commission. Read more