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

 

Rep. Flynn to hold Policy Committee hearing on municipal tax burden Tuesday in Scranton

(Feb 12, 2020)

SCRANTON, Feb. 12 - State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced that he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the municipal tax burden. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Casey Ballroom, 100 Adams Ave. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. 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. He will be joined by fellow state legislators from across the Commonwealth. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel from Pennsylvania Municipal League: Paige Cognetti, mayor of Scranton Mike Lombardo, mayor of Pittston Rick Schuettler, executive director 3 p.m. Debi Domenick, Lackawanna County commissioner 3:30 p.m. Gerald Cross, executive director, Pennsylvania Economy League Central Division 4 p.m. Closing remarks 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 www.pahouse.com/policycommittee Read more

 

Proposed budget increases funding for education, seniors and infrastructure

(Feb 11, 2020)

https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/opinion/columns/44117/around-the-state-budget-increases-funding-for-education-seniors-and-infrastructure Read more

 

House passes human trafficking bills to protect victims

(Jan 31, 2020)

House passes human trafficking bills to protect victims Read more

 

Rep Flynn supports governor's plan to address Scranton School District's high lead and asbestos contamination

(Jan 29, 2020)

Flynn supports governor’s plan to address Scranton School District’s high lead and asbestos contamination HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D- Lackawanna, joined Gov. Tom Wolf at a news conference today to support a remediation program that would fix toxic schools and address the lead problem in the Scranton School District and other schools across the state. The governor has proposed including more than $12.1 billion in the 2020-21 state budget to reduce the risks to Pennsylvanians from lead and asbestos, and remediating existing toxins in schools, day care centers, homes and public water systems. Flynn said nine buildings in the Scranton School District have water fountains with high levels of lead and all but four schools have asbestos contamination. “We must do everything that is necessary to complete what should have been corrected 20 plus years ago and these health concerns to our children, teachers and staff must be addressed soon,” Flynn said. “Without proper and fair funding of our school districts we do not have the resources to properly educate our children, let alone provide for this costly remediation.” The Lackawanna County legislator said everyone is very much aware that the greatest threat from these contaminants is the long-term negative effects on the children, including cognitive impairment, low IQ and poor ability to pay attention. Wolf’s proposed budget investments to Read more

 

Rep. Flynn brings home more than $800K for economic projects

(Jan 22, 2020)

Flynn brings home more than $800K for economic projects HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved 14 projects in his district totaling $857,838. “These projects will improve the quality of life for our residents and enhance our long-term economic development plans,” Flynn said. “I would like to thank state Senator John Blake and my fellow legislative colleagues for working together in a bipartisan way to bring funding back to Northeast Pennsylvania.” The Local Share Accounts grants include: $125,000 to the Greater Scranton YMCA to replace 16 boilers at its Dunmore facility. The total project cost is $299,675. $125,000 to Lackawanna College for Mobile E-Sports Arena Space for technology upgrades. The total project cost is $201,866. $100,000 to United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast PA to purchase two wheelchair vans fitted for ADA accessibility for its Adult Day Training program. The total project cost is $108,350. $100,000 to the West Scranton Community Development Building Acquisition project to purchase and renovate a building located at 310-316 N. Main Ave. and 1018 Lafayette St. in Scranton. The total project cost is $143,785. $90,000 to MetroAction to establish a small business revolving loan fund for small businesses in Lackawanna County. The total project cost is $2.5 million. $75,000 to Read more

 

New laws take effect and state liquor system has banner year

(Jan 13, 2020)

https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/opinion/columns/43812/around-the-state-new-laws-take-effect-state-liquor-system-has-banner-year Read more

 

Rep Flynn: Pennsylvania's hemp program accepting applications

(Jan 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2020 hemp program will begin accepting applications from both commercial growers and processors in the state starting Jan. 4 through April 1, 2020. Flynn said this year growers and processors of hemp are required to apply. “It’s not often that we get to renew or promote a new industry in our commonwealth, particularly one that has the potential of becoming a major industry in the next decade,” Flynn said. Over the last two years, the state House of Representatives unanimously passed, and sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk, legislation including language sponsored by Flynn that established an industrial hemp research pilot program in Pennsylvania. The legislation was signed by the governor. In 2017 and 2018, the department administered the Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program, legitimized by the 2014 Farm Bill and authorized in Pennsylvania statute by the Industrial Hemp Research Act. The 2014 Federal Farm Bill only allows pilot programs initiated and performed by colleges and the state Department of Agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The legislation passed and created such a program. “This is particularly ironic in that Pennsylvania was the capitol of hemp farming in the mid 1700’s, also one of the first pieces of commonwealth legislation, was a bill passed by the Read more

 

Mullins, Flynn announce grants to benefit Scranton historical organizations
Mar 04, 2020

Flynn Fighting to Control Prescription Costs
Mar 04, 2020

Flynn Discusses Drop in Students Studying to Become Teachers
Mar 03, 2020

Flynn: $25,000 awarded to Valhalla Veterans Services and $50,000 to the Treatment Court Advocacy Center for suicide prevention
Mar 02, 2020

Flynn: Our Kids Deserve Non-Toxic Schools
Mar 02, 2020

Mullins, Flynn announce over $554,000 in school safety grants
Feb 26, 2020

Flynn: We Have a Self-Funded Business Working For Us
Feb 25, 2020

Helping PA veterans while filing your taxes
Feb 25, 2020

Flynn: You Can Fight Back Against Scammers
Feb 24, 2020

2/18/20 – Municipal Tax Burden – Scranton
Feb 20, 2020

Flynn: What Are We Doing to Protect our Workers?
Feb 19, 2020

Flynn: How Can We Remove Inefficiencies?
Feb 19, 2020

Rep Flynn, Policy Committee look at municipal tax burden in the state
Feb 18, 2020

Rep. Flynn to hold Policy Committee hearing on municipal tax burden Tuesday in Scranton
Feb 12, 2020

Proposed budget increases funding for education, seniors and infrastructure
Feb 11, 2020

House passes human trafficking bills to protect victims
Jan 31, 2020

Rep Flynn supports governor's plan to address Scranton School District's high lead and asbestos contamination
Jan 29, 2020

Rep. Flynn brings home more than $800K for economic projects
Jan 22, 2020

New laws take effect and state liquor system has banner year
Jan 13, 2020

Rep Flynn: Pennsylvania's hemp program accepting applications
Jan 03, 2020