Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

Emergency education bills to pay employees and shorten school year go to Gov. Tom Wolf to sign

(Mar 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, voted for a school code relief package that would provide financial relief to the Scranton School District and other schools in Pennsylvania because of the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation passed both the House and Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. “This package of bills we passed was critically necessary so the Scranton and Abington school districts and schools in Pennsylvania don’t lose state funding,” Flynn said. “Teachers are still doing their best to educate students with online learning and staff are still cleaning the buildings and providing emergency lunches during this dangerous situation, so it’s crucial that they get paid.” The changes would apply to school districts, intermediate units, career and technical schools, charter schools and cyber charter schools. Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all K-12 schools to remain closed at least through April 6. Flynn said the legislation also shortens the school year. The bill waives the 180-day state mandate and provides waivers to shorten the hours required for preschool, career and technical programs and the 12-week requirement for student teachers. Flynn said the Pennsylvania Department of Education will apply for a waiver from conducting PSSA and Keystone Exam testing in 2020. “We are in unchartered territory with the COVID-19 outbreak, so we needed Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities The following link provides you with information on what steps Pennsylvania utilities have taken to assist customers, including a moratorium on shutoffs for all regulated utilities: https://pahouse.com/News/?id=113134 Sign Up for PA Alerts Sign up for emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, building alerts and other Read more

 

Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more

 

Flynn gets $6,000 grant for census outreach in Lackawanna County

(Mar 19, 2020)

SCRANTON, March 19 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced a $6,000 grant was awarded to the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Center to support grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 U.S. Census. “We need this grant funding to increase the census in our hard-to-count communities and help to achieve a complete count because everyone should be counted,” Flynn said. Flynn said when people respond to the census, they are helping their local area get its fair share of more than $675 billion per year in federal funds so it can be used for local schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. The 2020 Census will determine each state’s Congressional representation and be used to draw both Congressional and state legislative districts. Flynn stressed that once people receive the census form in the mail, they should complete it and send it in or fill it out online at www.pa.gov/census/ . “The results of the count will also inform us how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs,” Flynn said. The Census 2020 outreach grant program focuses on supporting efforts that target hard-to-count populations including, but not limited to, those who do not speak English as their primary language; ethnic minority, immigrant, and rural communities; children; the elderly; the LGBTQ Read more

 

Northeast representatives available to constituents despite office closures

(Mar 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Rep. Mike Carroll D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, along with state Reps. Marty Flynn, Bridget Kosierowski and Kyle Mullins, all D-Lackawanna, today announced the closure of their district offices until further notice following the guidance of Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest COVID-19 mitigation plan. The representatives and their respective staff members will be working remotely and will continue to provide assistance with state-related issues and concerns. They urge their respective constituents to contact them via the following: Carroll's constituents should contact mcarroll@pahouse.net or call 570-655-4883. Flynn's constituents should contact repflynn@pahouse.net or call 570-342-4348. Kosierowski's constituents should contact apopish@pahouse.net or call 570-562-2350. Mullins' constituents should contact kmullins@pahouse.net or call 570-383-9795. “The governor’s plan may sound dramatic, but it is so important that everyone who can work and stay home do it,” Carroll said. “By closing our offices, we are taking action and showing how important social distancing is and hopefully reduce the number of cases across the commonwealth.” “Please know that everyone’s health is our highest priority and we are diligently following health related procedures,” Flynn said. “This is an Read more

 

Historic voting reform law adds convenience for everyone

(Mar 11, 2020)

Historic voting reform law adds convenience for everyone Read more

 

Mullins, Flynn announce grants to benefit Scranton historical organizations

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – Three Scranton historical organizations will receive state funding in the amount of $20,350 through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Cultural and Historical Support Program, state Reps. Kyle Mullins and Marty Flynn, both D-Lackawanna, announced today. “Our area is truly rich in cultural and historical significance, which our residents and visitors can readily experience at our local museums,” Mullins said. “I am pleased to see these funds coming back to our district so that these assets can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.” “The work these organizations do for our community is invaluable and they deserve our support,” Flynn said. “Grants like this allow them to keep their doors open so our current and future generations can learn about our past.” The organizations receiving the grant funding are as follows: $9,831 for the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art. $6,519 for the Electric City Trolley Museum. $4,000 for the Lackawanna Historical Society. Cultural and Historical Support grants are to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 and at least one Read more

 

Flynn Fighting to Control Prescription Costs

(Mar 04, 2020)

At a budget hearing with the Department of Human Services, Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn scrutinizes the role of pharmacy benefit managers and says many independent pharmacies are being paid less than what it costs them to buy medications, which may cause them to close their doors. Read more

 

Flynn Discusses Drop in Students Studying to Become Teachers

(Mar 03, 2020)

At a budget hearing with PASSHE Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein, Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn questions the sharp drop in college students studying to become teachers and how best to encourage students to fill this vital occupation. Read more

 

Flynn: $25,000 awarded to Valhalla Veterans Services and $50,000 to the Treatment Court Advocacy Center for suicide prevention

(Mar 02, 2020)

LACKAWANNA, March 2 – State Rep Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said he is pleased that Valhalla Veterans Services has been awarded $25,000 to train veterans and veterans’ helpers to become first responders for suicide prevention. The organization provides a program that delivers the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshops to veterans at no cost. They also provide counseling services and resilience and cognitive behavioral techniques to veteran inmates in need. “Suicide is an important problem affecting military service members and we need to find those veterans in our rural towns and cities so we can help them from what they experienced as a result of their service,” Flynn said. The funding is from federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s grant funding to programs offering supportive services to veterans suffering from opioid use disorder and their families. In addition, the Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County received $50,000. The center helps participants in the various Lackawanna County Treatment/Problem Solving Courts as they seek to overcome obstacles in achieving sober, drug-free and productive lives. With the funding, the organization will provide case management, family assessments and family service plans to veterans suffering from opioid use. The grants are part of the $55.9 million SAMSHA grant secured by the Wolf Administration to bolster the Read more

 

Flynn: Our Kids Deserve Non-Toxic Schools

(Mar 02, 2020)

At a state budget hearing with the Department of Education, Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn stresses the importance of finding additional funding so schools with lead and asbestos problems, like the Scranton School District, can remediate the issue and keep their students safe Read more

 

Mullins, Flynn announce over $554,000 in school safety grants

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – A total of $554,407 in state grants have been awarded to area school districts to support and implement school safety efforts, state Reps. Kyle Mullins and Marty Flynn, both D-Lackawanna, announced today. “There should be no limit to the extent to which we go about protecting our children,” Mullins said. “Students and school-based professionals deserve to feel safe at school, and they deserve to know their state leaders will continue to work with school districts to secure these critical grants.” “I am pleased to see this funding approved to allow our schools to be proactive in keeping kids safe,” Flynn said. “The programs and equipment will not only enhance school security, but also ensure students have the safest learning environments.” The school districts that received funding are: Abington Heights School District - $40,000 Dunmore School District - $35,000 Mid Valley School District - $35,000 Scranton School District - $368,507 Valley View School District - $75,900 The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. Read more

 

Flynn: We Have a Self-Funded Business Working For Us

(Feb 25, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn questions Liquor Control Board Chairman Tim Holden during budget hearings in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Helping PA veterans while filing your taxes

(Feb 25, 2020)

Helping our veterans while filing your taxes Read more

 

Flynn: You Can Fight Back Against Scammers

(Feb 24, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn reminds residents that scams come in all shapes and sizes. Read more

 

2/18/20 – Municipal Tax Burden – Scranton

(Feb 20, 2020)

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

 

Flynn: What Are We Doing to Protect our Workers?

(Feb 19, 2020)

During a labor hearing in the capitol, Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn raises questions about how the state can better protect workers from exploitation. Read more

 

Flynn: How Can We Remove Inefficiencies?

(Feb 19, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn, a member of the House Appropriations Committee asks about ways to remove inefficiencies from the licensing process for health care professionals. Read more

 

Rep Flynn, Policy Committee look at municipal tax burden in the state

(Feb 18, 2020)

SCRANTON, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today led a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center to discuss the municipal tax structure for residents. Flynn requested the hearing since the tax burden on residents, including senior citizens, is at a critical level and affecting too many hardworking families in the area. “One of the most troubling challenges homeowners are facing right now is the skyrocketing cost of property taxes,” Flynn said. “We need to make living in our homes more affordable because people should not have to choose between putting food on their tables, paying for their medication or paying property taxes. Today’s hearing showed we need to do better at regulating high property taxes.” The panel of testifiers included Paige Cognetti, mayor of Scranton; Mike Lombardo, mayor of Pittston; Rick Schuettler from the Pennsylvania Municipal League; Debi Domenick, Lackawanna County commissioner; and Gerald Cross, executive director, Pennsylvania Economy League Central Division. This hearing is part of 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 will be at Read more