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Freeman: $100K to benefit two community initiatives

(1 day ago)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D- Northampton, announced today that the Greater Easton Development Partnership will receive funding for two projects under the COVID-19 Relief – Supporting Elm and Main SEAM Program totaling $100,000. Read more

 

April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications

(Apr 12, 2021)

Here are the latest state grant programs that recently opened for applications, as well as a federally funded American Rescue Plan grant opportunity available to humanities organizations. Read more

 

County Recycling Coordinator and Host Municipality Inspector grant programs now open for applications

(Apr 05, 2021)

Find information about state grant programs that are now open. Read more

 

Freeman announces area schools set to receive over $55 million in federal education funding

(Mar 30, 2021)

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Rep. Robert Freeman D-Northampton RepFreeman.com EASTON, March 30 -- State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced today that more than $55.9 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding will be allocated for Pre-K to 12 schools in the 136 th House District when students return to school. Local school funding allocations include: Bethlehem Area School District -- $32.12 million. Easton Area School District -- $16.89 million. Saucon Valley School District -- $1.95 million. Wilson Area School District -- $4.53 million. Easton Arts Academy Elementary Charter School -- $506,926. “The COVID-19 pandemic has placed tremendous financial pressure on our school system and this federal funding will help schools safely reopen and help students catch up on learning they may have missed during the pandemic,” Freeman said. The funding is part of the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden. The money can be used for food service; professional training; technology purchases; sanitization and cleaning supplies; summer and after-school programs; mental health supports and more. At least 20% of this money is meant to address Read more

 

Neighborhood Assistance Program and Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program now open for applications

(Mar 29, 2021)

Find information on the Neighborhood Assistance Program and other grant programs that are taking applications. Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

Freeman bill to extend participation in state’s Main Street Program advances

(Mar 24, 2021)

-- Legislation that would allow communities to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street Program to up to a total of 10 years was unanimously approved today by the PA House Local Government Committee and now moves to the full House for consideration, according to the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Dislocated worker, intermediate punishment, and wildfire assistance grant programs

(Mar 22, 2021)

Several state grant programs are open for applications. Read more

 

Schweyer, prime co-sponsors introduce bill to repeal Pa. fireworks law

(Mar 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, along with state Reps Jeanne McNeill, D-Lehigh, Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, Steve Samuelson, Mike Schlossberg, all D-Lehigh, and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today introduced a bill which would repeal Pennsylvania’s law allowing residents to purchase and set-off powerful fireworks. “For the past few years, I, along with many of my neighbors have been awakened at all hours of the night from the loud barrage of fireworks near my home and with the Fourth of July holiday approaching, it is time again to address this problem,” Schweyer said. “This goes beyond the borders of Allentown. Many of my colleagues in the House from Philadelphia to Easton and Pittsburgh to Erie have all shared similar fireworks problems in their communities. This legislation would repeal the most recent changes made to the fireworks law and would provide all municipalities more power to enforce the law and help restore quality of life back to city residents.” "As the Memorial Day weekend draws closer, followed by the July Fourth holiday, so too will the inevitable calls and complaints to my office about fireworks activity," McNeill said. "Last summer, as noted by conversations I had with many residents throughout Lehigh County, it seemed as though the COVID pandemic produced an uptick in pyrotechnic use. This increased nighttime activity added to the stresses in our communities: upsetting pets, Read more

 

Freeman bill would permit extensions to Main Street program participants

(Mar 15, 2021)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, has introduced legislation that would enable communities to extend their participation – for up to a total of 10 years – in the state’s Main Street program. Read more

 

Keystone Communities, Fish & Boat Education, and School-to-Work grant programs now open for applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

State grant programs now open for applications Read more

 

Freeman: $25,000 grant awarded to Northampton County church

(Mar 12, 2021)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, announced that New Creation UCC was one of 130 churches, synagogues, and other nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout the Commonwealth to receive a grant for security enhancement upgrades Read more

 

Arts funding and PEMA Nonprofit Security grant programs now open for applications

(Mar 08, 2021)

State grant programs open for applications. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 1 Update

(Mar 01, 2021)

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 1 Update Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update

(Feb 16, 2021)

New grant opportunities available. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 1 Update

(Feb 04, 2021)

New grant opportunities available. Read more

 

Freeman: $27.8 million awarded to local schools

(Jan 20, 2021)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D- Northampton, announced today more than $27 million in COVID-19 relief funding to help local schools better serve students and ensure continued academic progress during the pandemic. Read more

 

Freeman reappointed Democratic chairman to the House Local Government Committee

(Jan 14, 2021)

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, has been reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee for the 2021-22 legislative session. Read more

 

Freeman sworn in for 18th term

(Jan 05, 2021)

State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, was sworn in today at the state Capitol to begin his 18th two-year term representing the 136th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The swearing in marks the 204th session of the General Assembly. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first

(Jan 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – A group of 10 House Democrats announced the introduction of changes to the Operating Rules of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to reduce the impact of partisan politics, make sure ideas with broad public support get a fair hearing, and restore the people’s faith in government after the damage done by extremists in Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg. The People Before Politics plan was crafted with this central idea: lawmakers work for the people, not the other way around. It focuses on openness, transparency and citizen control of the legislative process. The People Before Politics plan includes the following proposals: Amendment 1 – The Voice of the People, sponsored by Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila. This amendment would make sure each House member has an opportunity to speak at a designated time during the first full session day of the week on any topic, similar to how the U.S. House of Representatives allows members to speak. This change would end the requirement of “unanimous consent” so often abused by extremists to silence members and prevent legislative topics bottled up in committee from being heard by the people. Amendment 2 – Let the People See, sponsored by Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware . This amendment would restore the rule requiring a full 24 hours before final passage of any bill, including all bills amended in the House chamber or in committee, or sent over from the state Read more

 

Freeman: $100K to benefit two community initiatives
1 day ago

April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications
Apr 12, 2021

County Recycling Coordinator and Host Municipality Inspector grant programs now open for applications
Apr 05, 2021

Freeman announces area schools set to receive over $55 million in federal education funding
Mar 30, 2021

Neighborhood Assistance Program and Enterprise Zone Tax Credit Program now open for applications
Mar 29, 2021

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy
Mar 29, 2021

Freeman bill to extend participation in state’s Main Street Program advances
Mar 24, 2021

Now open for applications: Dislocated worker, intermediate punishment, and wildfire assistance grant programs
Mar 22, 2021

Schweyer, prime co-sponsors introduce bill to repeal Pa. fireworks law
Mar 19, 2021

Freeman bill would permit extensions to Main Street program participants
Mar 15, 2021

Keystone Communities, Fish & Boat Education, and School-to-Work grant programs now open for applications
Mar 15, 2021

Freeman: $25,000 grant awarded to Northampton County church
Mar 12, 2021

Arts funding and PEMA Nonprofit Security grant programs now open for applications
Mar 08, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 1 Update
Mar 01, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update
Feb 16, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 1 Update
Feb 04, 2021

Freeman: $27.8 million awarded to local schools
Jan 20, 2021

Freeman reappointed Democratic chairman to the House Local Government Committee
Jan 14, 2021

Freeman sworn in for 18th term
Jan 05, 2021

House Democrats fight to increase transparency and accountability, make sure the people come first
Jan 04, 2021