Marvine Trail design work receives $100,000 state grant

(Nov 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Marty Flynn said the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority today was approved for a $100,000 state grant to complete the final design of the Marvine Trail in Scranton. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee discusses property taxes

(Nov 01, 2017)

SCRANTON, Nov. 1 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel to discuss property taxes. Flynn requested the hearing to discuss the need for property tax relief in Lackawanna County and help inform residents of a constitutional amendment ballot question they will be asked to vote on at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The relationship between school funding and property taxes was also explored. “It’s important that residents are aware of the many factors that play a role in property taxes. I believe this hearing gave good insight into the process,” Flynn said. “Next week, residents will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to increase the property tax exemption from 50 percent to 100 percent of homestead values. Passage of this amendment could result in additional property tax relief for Lackawanna County and I want everyone to be able to make an informed decision on this process.” House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, said: “If this ballot question passes, the legislature will then be able to work on developing a new law that provides even more significant property relief. I commend Representative Flynn for bringing more public awareness to this constitutional amendment issue.” The committee heard testimony from Dr. Michael Mahon, Read more

 

Flynn to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on property taxes Wednesday in Scranton

(Oct 27, 2017)

State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today announced he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss property taxes at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Ballroom, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Read more

 

Flynn to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on property taxes Wednesday in Scranton

(Oct 27, 2017)

SCRANTON, Oct. 27 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today announced he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss property taxes at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, Ballroom, 700 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton. Flynn requested the hearing as a prelude to the Nov. 7 constitutional amendment ballot question that would enable the General Assembly to increase the property tax exemption from 50 percent to 100 percent of the homestead value. If the ballot question passes, it would change the state constitution and allow the legislature to begin the legislative process of making this change into law. Anyone wishing to submit a written statement to be entered into the hearing’s record should call Flynn’s office at 570-342-4348. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will attend with other committee members from across the state. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. – Dr. Michael Mahon, superintendent, Abington Heights School District 10:40 a.m. – Ronald Koldjeski, deputy director, Lackawanna County Tax Claim Bureau 11:10 a.m. – Brian Rinaldi, business manager, Old Forge School District 11:40 a.m. – Closing remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Fun & Fellowship at Flynn’s Senior Fair

(Aug 25, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn hosted his annual Senior Fair at Divine Mercy Parish in Scranton, connecting area seniors with a variety of state programs and services available to them plus free health screenings, door prizes and refreshments. Read more

 

Senior Fair 2017

(Aug 08, 2017)

Area seniors are invited to attend Rep. Marty Flynn's annual Senior Fair on Friday, Aug. 25. Read more

 

The definition of insanity: The continuation of failed Republican budgeting in Pa.

(Jul 11, 2017)

To anyone, $3 billion is a lot of money that’s needed to balance Pennsylvania’s state budget. As stewards for the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, the legislature is responsible for making sure that your hard-earned money is spent in your best interest and for the greater good of the commonwealth and that the tax burden is carried both equitably and fair. Being almost $3 billion in the red shows that Pennsylvania obviously has a revenue problem. Either someone’s not paying enough or the commonwealth needs to find new revenue. Fiscal responsibility is about making proper investments because you can’t cut your way to prosperity. And let’s not forget that Republicans want to shift costs from the state to local governments, which means an increase in your local taxes and possible slashing of local services that many of your neighbors rely on. Republicans simply cannot have the mantra of lower taxes without taking ownership for the problems they have created by cutting programs that affect middle-class Pennsylvanians. There are a few revenue options on the table, but they’ve received a cold shoulder from the Republican majorities who control the House and Senate. I think residents across Pennsylvania would rather see marijuana legalized and taxed, like other states have done to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Over 80 percent of Pennsylvanians believe we should enact a fair severance tax on Marcellus shale natural-gas Read more

 

Flynn Hails Libre's Law

(Jun 28, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn joined Governor Tom Wolf, lawmakers, animal activists and officials for the enactment of Act 10 of 2017, the landmark overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal protection laws knows as "Libre's Law" Read more

 

Flynn: Right to Work is Wrong

(Jun 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn speaks at a Capitol labor rally in defense of jobs that provide a family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more

 

Traffic signal upgrades receive state grants

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – Two traffic signal upgrades in Lackawanna County today were awarded nearly $175,000 in grants from the state Transportation Department, according to state Rep. Marty Flynn. Read more

 

Flynn Fights for Improved Service, Taxpayer Savings

(May 02, 2017)

At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Olyphant, state Rep. Marty Flynn talks about the potential benefits of consolidating several departments in order to streamline the access and administration of Human Services in Pennsylvania. Flynn is hopeful this consolidation will be smooth and will not inconvenience those who use these services. Read more

 

Flynn: Improve Infrastructure with a Severance Tax

(May 02, 2017)

At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the potential impacts of a Marcellus Shale severance tax, Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn says we need a severance tax to fix our current budget deficit and help fix our roads and bridges across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

PHFA awards $220,000 for Lackawanna projects

(Apr 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency approved grants totaling $220,000 for two programs in Lackawanna County, according to state Rep. Marty Flynn. Read more

 

Flynn says $910,000 in gaming proceeds will help local projects

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Marty Flynn said nine projects in the portion of Lackawanna County he represents today were approved to receive $910,021 in funding by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Flynn: State Stores Deliver Dollars

(Mar 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, asks the members of the PA Liquor Control Board to explain the value of the state’s liquor system and how much money the state’s general fund gets thanks to this taxpayer-owned asset. Read more

 

Flynn helps to kick off Irish-American Month at Capitol (with VIDEO)

(Mar 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Marty Flynn today took part in a ceremony kicking off Irish-American Heritage Month at the state Capitol. Read more

 

Flynn Promotes Pathways to Pardons

(Mar 02, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn, in partnership with Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, hosted a "Pathways to Pardons" event to help people understand how to seek a pardon with the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. Read more

 

State lawmakers host Pathways to Pardons event in Scranton

(Mar 02, 2017)

SCRANTON (WOLF) -- State Rep. Marty Flynn and Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack hosting a “Pathways to Pardons” event at the Scranton Hilton Wednesday night. Read more

 

Exploring the state pardons process focus of Flynn event

(Feb 22, 2017)

The free “Pathways to Pardons” event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave. Read more

 

Rep Flynn optimistic about 2017-18 state budget

(Feb 08, 2017)

State Rep Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said he is pleased that the 2017-18 state budget proposal continues to provide vital services without increasing the cost of government. Flynn said in these hard-pressed financial times for people, it’s also refreshing that the budget proposal does not include any broad-based tax increases. “Many citizens are financially struggling and they do not need more money taken out of their paychecks for increased taxes so I’m happy the proposal holds the line on taxes,” Flynn said. "The proposal protects people’s health and safety and preserves the natural resources and community assets that benefit everyone. “It also targets state investments in workforce development for programs that match worker skills and the jobs businesses need to fill," he said. Flynn said the budget also provides the chance for every child to get a quality education, no matter where their parents live or which school they attend. The budget calls for investing an additional $75 million for pre-K/Head Start, $100 million for basic education, $25 million for special education and a proposed 2 percent increase for the State System of Higher Education. Flynn said many elderly people in his district are concerned about staying in their homes and not being forced to live in community nursing facilities. The governor‘s budget has proposed a program called Community HealthChoices, which is aimed at helping seniors Read more