Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities

(Jun 03, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Commonwealth Financing Authority: Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program ( Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Any nongovernmental entity with the technical, managerial, and financial expertise to design, build and operate a high-speed broadband service infrastructure within Pennsylvania. Use : Acquisition, construction, equipment, and site preparation costs associated with the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure to unserved areas, which are geographic areas in which households or businesses do not have access to at least 25 megabits per second downstream speeds and 3 megabits per second upstream speeds. Funds : Grants up to $1 million or 75% of the total project costs, whichever is less. Applicant must commit its own private capital to fund at least 25% of the total project cost. Funding from other federal, state or local government grants or other subsidies can be used to finance the project but will not be considered to be part of the private capital requirement. Application Deadline : September 24 More Information : Click on https://dced.pa.gov/programs/unserved-high-speed-broadband-funding-program-uhsb/ . OTHER PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful/The GIANT Company: 2021 Healing the Planet Grant Program ( Funding Source: Private Funds) Read more

 

Driscoll Joins Policy Hearing on #PARescuePlan

(May 10, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll joined a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in Center City for a discussion about the Pennsylvania Rescue Plan . Driscoll understands that creating jobs and rebuilding infrastructure need to be the top priorities of the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Rep. Driscoll, Sen. Sabatina announce $1.57M state grant to help rehabilitate wharf in Northeast Philadelphia

(Apr 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., along with state Sen. John Sabatina, Jr., today announced that a $1.57 million state grant has been awarded to Morris Iron & Steel Co. Inc. The funds will be used to repair 1,067 feet of the company’s wharf to help reach its goal of shipping 145,000 tons of metal per year by barge, which would ultimately remove roughly 8,000 trucks per year from the Philadelphia traffic system. Driscoll and Sabatina, representing the 173 rd Legislative District and the 5th Senatorial District, respectively, in Northeast Philadelphia, said the Multimodal Transportation Fund grant will also further rehabilitation efforts of the wharf, which spans more than 2,400-feet. The scrap metal processing business purchased it as a 12-year vacant waterfront property almost two years ago and has since used it to ship 85% of its scrap metal by barge. “We are thrilled to see this funding be used to help Morris Iron make these needed repairs to its wharf, so that the existing structure can continue to operate and accommodate three barges simultaneously,” Driscoll said. “The construction project stands to create jobs, revitalize one of the many wharfs in a port city like Philadelphia, and, in the long run, it will also alleviate traffic congestion on our city streets.” Read more

 

Rep. Driscoll assigned to House committee leadership

(Mar 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., today announced he has been appointed to serve as Democratic secretary of the PA House Commerce Committee. The committee appointment is for the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “My experience in the private sector and in public service -- working in business development and as deputy secretary of the Department of General Services under Governor Bob Casey Sr. – give me a carefully crafted set of skills that will guide me in my current role as secretary of the House Commerce Committee,” Driscoll said. “With the economic impacts from the pandemic in addition to the regular needs of Pennsylvania businesses, it’s critical that we, as members of this committee, ensure that state government wholly works for the people. I look forward to getting to work to see this goal through in this leadership role.” In addition to his Commerce Committee leadership post, Driscoll is also a member of the House Finance, Gaming Oversight, Insurance and Democratic Policy committees. Driscoll, who is currently serving in his fourth legislative term, said this leadership position and membership on other standing committees will assist him in furthering his ongoing fight for economic fairness and empowerment through quality education, and fostering an economy that allows recent college Read more

 

Lawmakers applaud $3 million in state funding for northeast Philly redevelopment projects

(Dec 29, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 29 – Two large redevelopment projects in Northeast Philadelphia are receiving a total of $3 million under the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, state Reps. Joe Hohenstein and Mike Driscoll announced today. According to the lawmakers, $2 million is being awarded to Arsenal Associates to assist in its plan to take a blighted 40 acres of the former Frankford Arsenal and create a modern, mixed-use community to include multi-tenant offices and manufacturing buildings. “This grant will help our local economy by providing hundreds of family sustaining jobs, not just during construction but also after completion,” Hohenstein said. “Improvements to our historic arsenal will attract different types of businesses with capacity to support light manufacturing and industry. Our neighborhoods deserve to be a part of a diverse economy that provides real opportunity, and this project is an important step in that direction.” According to Arsenal Associates, the revitalization plan includes retaining 494 jobs, which is estimated to increase to 790 jobs with the $2 million RACP grant. “These projected new jobs are on top of the hundreds of construction and related jobs that will be created for local construction workers, plumbers, painters, electricians, HVAC professionals, finishers and others,” Driscoll said. “These are life-changing projects for working families and for Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications

(Dec 21, 2020)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program (Source of Funding: Veterans’ Trust Fund) Who May Apply : 501(c)(3) nonprofits with a mission of serving veterans, 501(c)(19) veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans affairs. Use : Up to $150,000 in grant funding is available for new, innovative or expanded programs or services operated by the county directors of veterans’ affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The areas of emphasis for applicants in this category are veterans’ outreach and veterans’ court programs. Up to $650,000 in grant funding is available to veteran service organizations and non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for applicants in this category are homelessness, behavioral health initiatives and veterans’ courts. Funds : A total of $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : January 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. More Information : Click on https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/Programs%20and%20Services/Veterans%27%20Trust%20Fund/VeteransTrustFundGrantProgram.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Onroad Rebate Program – Trucks and Buses: Read more

 

Neilson, Driscoll respond to state budget bill that denies relief to local business owners, allotting $1.3B in CARES Act funds to budget

(Nov 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 22 – State Reps. Ed Neilson and Michael Driscoll, both D-Phila., on Friday voted against a lame-duck session budget which they say denies needed relief to local business owners reeling from closures connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

 

COVID-19 Resources and Information

(Mar 21, 2020)

** Below is a list of informational links for resources in and around Philadelphia related to COVID-19. This will be updated as more/new information becomes available ** The latest info on COVID-19 cases and other data statewide from the Pennsylvania Department of Health : https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx The latest information on COVID-19 cases and other data in Philadelphia from the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health : https://www.phila.gov/services/mental-physical-health/environmental-health-hazards/covid-19/ The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline . It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources, or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. More info: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-14-greater-philadelphia-coronavirus-helpline-opened-by-health/?fbclid=IwAR2HZUc0yYdy66IMO4nrx8g4Z8vKMHE9qWUXmmLDe3OZFIjVhiwGDu0ZFIo List of essential Philadelphia services and how to access them: https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-18-essential-city-services-remain-open-here-is-how-to-access-them/?mc_cid=7f7be1d618&mc_eid=eda5e48c86 . Information about how SEPTA is operating: http://www.septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html Information about how Amtrak is Read more

 

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 12 – Members of Philadelphia leadership team in the state House were joined by fellow Philadelphia legislators in asking Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further utility shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia members in leadership positions, including Reps. Jordan Harris, Democratic whip; Joanna McClinton, Democratic chairwoman; Rosita Youngblood, Democratic secretary; Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia Delegation chairman; Stephen Kinsey, Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus chairman; and Jim Roebuck, Education Committee chairman, were joined by Philadelphia Reps. Donna Bullock, Morgan Cephas, Joe Hohenstein, Malcolm Kenyatta, Brian Sims, Maria Donatucci, Danilo Burgos, Isabella Fitzgerald, Mike Driscoll, Mary Isaacson, Pam DeLissio, Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler, Jared Solomon and Kevin Boyle in issuing the following statement: “The COVID-19 virus situation is literally evolving by the hour in Pennsylvania as we continue in what’s a situation many Pennsylvanians have never experienced. Many of our neediest residents have life-saving medical equipment that they use in their home, and it’s of the utmost importance that they have consistent access to that equipment through their electric utility. Our emergency rooms and first responders can’t be asked to spend finite resources on Read more

 

Driscoll announces $30K in grants from PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded to two nonprofit organizations

(Mar 12, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 12 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has awarded grants to two nonprofit organizations in his district to fund safety and security measures. “The safety of all people in my district is a top priority,” Driscoll said. “People should be safe where they worship and gather for fellowship. These grant awards will help in that effort.” Philadelphia True Vine Church Community of the Christian and Missionary Alliance was awarded a $7,500 grant and The Muslim Society of Delaware Valley was awarded a $23,000 grant. The grants were awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency during its first round of grant awards in a new program, the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which was created after legislation establishing the fund was signed into law last year. Grants awarded from the program are to be used by nonprofit organizations that serve people or groups often targeted by hate crimes because of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and gender. The awards can be used for any safety or security improvement the nonprofit organization wants to put in place, including training and planning, the purchase of technology or equipment, or the improvement of the nonprofit’s facilities. The commission received more than 800 applications for grant funding and approved 113 of those Read more

 

Driscoll announces $4K state grant for Glen Foerd Conservation Corp.

(Mar 05, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll announced today that Glen Foerd Conservation Corp. has been awarded a $4,600 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “Glen Foerd Conservation Corporation provides a beautiful place for the public to recreate and learn about art and conservation,” Driscoll said. “Funding that helps places like Glen Foerd, which aim to serve the public, preserve history and support the arts and conservation, is invaluable.” The grant awarded to Glen Foerd Conservation Corp. was one of 153 grants totaling $2 million approved Wednesday for eligible museums and official county historical societies from 58 Pennsylvania counties. The grant awards provide general operating support. To be considered for a grant award, an eligible museum must have had an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000, excluding capital and in-kind services, and at least one full-time professional staff person. Learn more about the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission by visiting its website, https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx . ### Read more

 

Driscoll introduces legislation to protect volunteer park organizations from liability for volunteer public services, projects

(Feb 14, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – Rep. Michael Driscoll today announced legislation that would prevent a volunteer park organization from generally being held liable for volunteer public services, programs and projects. “Our volunteer park organizations that so often organize the advocacy, care and enhancement of our community and public parks give back to the communities they serve in countless ways,” Driscoll said. “It is only right that these volunteer organizations are not open to liability for the volunteer public services and activities they provide, but there’s currently no law that protects them. That’s why I’ve introduced House Bill 2310, to ensure that our volunteer organizations are protected from liability that should never be placed on their shoulders to begin with. “Volunteers should be rewarded not punished by lawsuits,” Driscoll said. Driscoll said the volunteer park organizations are often doing invaluable work that falls under the authority of local municipal or county governments, and that no matter how well organized an organization or effort is, there are always risks for accidents. His intention is to protect the volunteer park organizations that help their communities by eliminating the risk of liability to them. Learn more about this proposed legislation and others online here: Read more

 

1/17/20 – Pre-K Reimbursements Rates & Early Education – Philadelphia

(Jan 17, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mike Driscoll. Read more

 

Driscoll, Policy Committee discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early childhood education at Policy roundtable

(Jan 17, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Michael J. Driscoll, D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable today to discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early education. “Pre-K and early learning are vital to our children and to the world in which they will need to function as they grow into young adults and finally adults who will compose our work force,” Driscoll said. “It is imperative that we find solutions to properly fund Pre-K and early childhood educational opportunities for all children across Pennsylvania so that the burden of footing the bill doesn’t fall solely to providers.” Driscoll requested the roundtable to explore how state funding gaps impact early childhood education programs. He was joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Today’s discussion shows there are many opportunities for us to consider as we continue to make investing in early childhood education a priority,” Sturla said. “With gaps as high as 30% between current funding provided by the state and the operational costs of these programs, early childhood education programs at SPIN and across the state are seriously underfunded, resulting in underpaid teachers, programs that operate in deficit, and potential for program closures.” Panelists of the roundtable included Tracey Campanini , deputy secretary of the PA Office of Read more

 

Driscoll to host Policy roundtable to discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early education Friday in Philadelphia

(Jan 14, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 – State Rep. Michael J. Driscoll, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable discussion on Pre-K reimbursement rates and early education. The discussion will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at SPIN, 10980 Norcom Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 19154. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Driscoll requested this roundtable to explore how state funding gaps impact early childhood education programs. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Panelists include: Tracey Campanini, deputy secretary, Pa. Office of Child Development and Early Learning Kathy McHale, president & CEO, SPIN Fred Wright, president, AFSCME Local 1739 Ann O’Brien, CEO, Wonderspring Maddy Malis, president & CEO, Federation Early Learning Services Donna Cooper, executive director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth Tyrone Scott, director of government and external affairs, First Up This roundtable is among a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

New Pa. bill aims to hold contractors accountable for properties they damage in construction accidents

(Dec 20, 2019)

On Monday, State Rep. Michael J. Driscoll (D., Phila.) introduced a bill designed to protect property owners whose homes are damaged by construction next door. The legislation provides homeowners an avenue to collect money if contractors are responsible for the damage. Read more

 

Driscoll introduces legislation to hold contractors on building projects accountable for damage to adjoining property

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 16 – State Rep. Michael J. Driscoll on Monday introduced legislation to protect property owners from damages caused by construction performed on an adjoining property and allow them an avenue to collect money for damages to their property. “Innocent bystanders have been on the hook for the cost of damages to their property caused by contractors doing work on adjoining property, and it’s not right,” Driscoll said. “I’m introducing commonsense legislation to put an end to property owners finding themselves with bills for damage caused to their home through no fault of their own. This legislation will also help contractors who might otherwise find themselves in the middle of a dispute.” Driscoll’s legislation, H.B. 2140, would require contractors to obtain a $500,000 surety bond for each property adjoining to the one where they’re performing work, ensuring the owners of the adjoining properties aren’t liable in the event the contractor causes damage to their property. It would require that the bond be available only to cover the cost of damages caused by the property to the adjoining property, and a contractor would have to provide proof of bonding to the municipality where the work will be performed. The bill would allow for a civil penalty of $10,000 to for a first offense and $20,000 for each subsequent offense for any contractor who doesn’t Read more

 

Driscoll co-introduces bipartisan auto-IRA program bill

(Nov 22, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 22 – State Reps. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., and Michael Peifer, R-Pike/Wayne, introduced bipartisan legislation that would make Pennsylvania the latest state to enact an auto-IRA program. The legislation would establish the Keystone Saves Program, a voluntary program that aims to expand access to private retirement savings plans to more than 2 million Pennsylvanians who currently do not have a workplace retirement plan. “We must do more to ensure retiring Pennsylvanians aren’t plagued with financial burdens as a result of rising costs and unforeseen expenses during what is supposed to be their golden years,” Driscoll said. “I am proud that this legislation transcends partisanship and allows lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to focus our attention on doing what’s right for residents of the commonwealth.” Driscoll said the program would allow enrolled employees to have a portion of their income automatically deposited into an account overseen by the state Treasury. There, the state treasurer will manage the accounts like the previously enacted 529 College and Career Savings Act, while also consulting with private financial planners to ensure the maximum return and minimal risk for enrollees. Additionally, Driscoll added, employees will be the sole proprietor of all funds they deposit into these accounts, meaning the money cannot be used or become property of the state. As it stands, economic Read more

 

Driscoll introduces legislation to help protect Pa. workers, businesses

(Oct 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., today announced he has introduced legislation that would help protect Pennsylvania employers and their workers from payroll processing fraud. House Bill 1976 would require a payroll processing company operating in the commonwealth to be fiscally bonded to cover any financial mistakes or fraudulent activity. The businesses served by the payroll processor would be protected in the event of errors or criminal activity. “Pennsylvanians work hard, and they should not have to worry whether the proper taxes are being taken out of their paychecks. Yet, there are some payroll processors that could create errors, resulting in both workers and employers paying in the end,” Driscoll said. “My legislation is designed to help avoid such issues and make the processors be responsible for their financial mistakes.” Under the legislation, the processing company would have to report annually to the Department of Revenue to ensure proper bond coverage is maintained. If found to not have proper coverage, a payroll processor would be fined $1,000 for the first offense and $5,000 for each subsequent offense. Read more

 

Driscoll bill to assist families of fallen first responders passes House

(Oct 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., applauded today’s House passage of his realty transfer tax legislation that would assist the family members of police, fire and other first responders who've died in the line of duty. "Thankfully, the number of families who lose a loved one as a first responder and therefore are eligible for the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Act benefits is relatively low," Driscoll said. "But relief from this tax burden for their beneficiaries will continue to show our appreciation for the dedication and sacrifice of Pennsylvania's first responders and their families." House Bill 269 would exclude a surviving spouse or minor children of a first responder who receive benefits under the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefit Act from paying the realty transfer tax, if their family home is sold within five years of the first responder's death. "First responders have made a tremendous commitment to our communities and are ready and willing to put their lives on the line every day," Driscoll said. "Offering their family this bit of relief is the least we can do to help repay that sacrifice." Driscoll’s legislation now awaits consideration in the Senate. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities
Jun 03, 2021

Driscoll Joins Policy Hearing on #PARescuePlan
May 10, 2021

Rep. Driscoll, Sen. Sabatina announce $1.57M state grant to help rehabilitate wharf in Northeast Philadelphia
Apr 22, 2021

Rep. Driscoll assigned to House committee leadership
Mar 01, 2021

Lawmakers applaud $3 million in state funding for northeast Philly redevelopment projects
Dec 29, 2020

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications
Dec 21, 2020

Neilson, Driscoll respond to state budget bill that denies relief to local business owners, allotting $1.3B in CARES Act funds to budget
Nov 22, 2020

COVID-19 Resources and Information
Mar 21, 2020

Philadelphia House leadership, legislators, call on Governor Tom Wolf to halt all Public Utility Commission utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus
Mar 12, 2020

Driscoll announces $30K in grants from PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded to two nonprofit organizations
Mar 12, 2020

Driscoll announces $4K state grant for Glen Foerd Conservation Corp.
Mar 05, 2020

Driscoll introduces legislation to protect volunteer park organizations from liability for volunteer public services, projects
Feb 14, 2020

1/17/20 – Pre-K Reimbursements Rates & Early Education – Philadelphia
Jan 17, 2020

Driscoll, Policy Committee discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early childhood education at Policy roundtable
Jan 17, 2020

Driscoll to host Policy roundtable to discuss Pre-K reimbursement rates and early education Friday in Philadelphia
Jan 14, 2020

New Pa. bill aims to hold contractors accountable for properties they damage in construction accidents
Dec 20, 2019

Driscoll introduces legislation to hold contractors on building projects accountable for damage to adjoining property
Dec 17, 2019

Driscoll co-introduces bipartisan auto-IRA program bill
Nov 22, 2019

Driscoll introduces legislation to help protect Pa. workers, businesses
Oct 31, 2019

Driscoll bill to assist families of fallen first responders passes House
Oct 21, 2019