Galloway: District office is drop off location for toy drive

(Nov 26, 2019)

LEVITTOWN, Nov. 26 – State Rep. John Galloway announced his Levittown office will serve as a drop off location for this year’s Ivins Outreach Center Giving Program Toy Drive. Now through Dec. 13, new and unwrapped toys, books, gloves, hats, scarves and local supermarket gift cards will be collected at the office during normal business hours. The collection is part of the 37-year tradition of the lvins Outreach Center’s Giving program, which distributes gifts and food to local families, children and disabled adults in need. " As the holidays approach, it’s important that we remember those among us who may be in need, so I’m proud that my staff and I are able to participate in this program ,” Galloway, D-Bucks, said. “ln 2018, through the generosity of the constituents of the 140th Legislative District, we were able to fulfill the wish lists of 912 children from 381 families. I’m always in awe of the generosity of our community and I look forward to another successful toy drive.” Galloway’s office is at 8610 New Falls Road. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more

 

State lawmakers announce $68,000 grant for Pennsbury School District

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero announced a $68,000 grant for Pennsbury School District that will allow Pennsbury to convert eight diesel-powered school buses to run on propane. “This grant for Pennsbury School District will improve air quality in our community and save taxpayers money in the long haul,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Studies have shown that propane-powered buses are cheaper to operate, maintain and repair than diesel buses. “Part of the savings will come from lower fuel costs, and the maintenance of the vehicles should also save the district money.” Galloway added: “This grant money will help Pennsbury School District convert its buses to use propane, a ‘green’ alternative fuel. This is great news for our community and our environment.” The grant was part of $681,000 awarded to six clean energy vehicle projects in southeast Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection funded the grants through its Alternative Fuels Incentive Grants program. Waste Management Inc. also received $300,000 for eight heavy-duty compressed natural gas vehicles for use at numerous company sites, including Bucks County. “Promoting alternative fuels not only improves our air quality and public health, it encourages economic growth and technological development,” said state Sen. Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks. “The Read more

 

State representatives applaud approval of almost $2M in Bucks County from Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program

(Nov 15, 2019)

Four Bucks County state representatives applauded the approval of almost $2 million as part of the Department of Community and Economic Development projects for the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program. Read more

 

Galloway announces Thanksgiving food donation drive

(Nov 06, 2019)

LEVITTOWN, Nov. 6 – State Rep. John Galloway announced that his Levittown office will again serve as a drop-off location for a countywide Thanksgiving donation food drive. Now through Nov. 22, the office will collect appetizers, canned vegetables, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce and dessert items . The items will be distributed by Bucks County Housing Group to the area’s needy families, children and disabled adults. The Bucks County Housing Group runs two food pantries in the county. Although its focus is on housing, it runs the two pantries to help those struggling with food insecurity. “As the holidays approach, it’s important that we remember those among us who might be in need, so I’m proud that my staff and I can participate in this program,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “I’m always in awe of the generosity of our community, and I look forward to another successful Thanksgiving food drive.” Galloway’s office is at 8610 New Falls Road in Levittown. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, those interested can call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more

 

Galloway to introduce bills to increase mental health services in schools

(Oct 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Rep. John Galloway will be introducing two bills to expand access to mental health resources for children in order to address the growing numbers of children and teenagers suffering from mental health disorders. According to Galloway, approximately one in six children between the ages of 6 and 17 in the U.S. has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, only half of these children receive counseling. Those left with untreated mental health disorders often: struggle with behavioral and academic issues in school, such as delinquency and dropping out; have trouble with the criminal justice system; abuse drugs as a means to cope with their illness; become dependent on social services; and, in extreme cases, commit suicide. Galloway, D-Bucks, said, “Mental health issues, if left untreated, can lead to serious problems later in life. Early detection and treatment of mental health issues literally saves lives, mitigating the effects of the illnesses and by giving our children the skills to cope with them. "Since research has shown that two-thirds of children receive their counseling in schools, we want to expand mental health resources there to serve all children in need. No child should be left behind to suffer.” Galloway’s first bill would provide grants to support school-linked mental health services. These grants could be used to identity and Read more

 

Lawmakers welcome Pennsbury youth baseball teams to Capitol, House chamber

(Oct 22, 2019)

State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero welcomed a pair of local youth baseball teams to the state Capitol and House floor Tuesday. Read more

 

Galloway announces $25k school safety grant awarded to Bucks County Technical High School

(Oct 17, 2019)

FAIRLESS HILLS, Oct. 17 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced that Bucks County Technical High School received a $25,000 Safe Schools Targeted Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. “These funds will ensure that the students at Bucks County Technical High School can thrive in the safest setting possible,” Galloway said. “I’m confident that this will aid in creating not only a safer, but more productive learning environment.” The money is part of the $7.3 million in competitive grants that were awarded to schools statewide to prevent and reduce violent incidents, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and to provide training and compensation of school resource and police officers. Read more

 

Reps. Galloway, Warren and Sen. Santarsiero laud $52,500 grant for repairs to Morrisville Free Library

(Oct 17, 2019)

State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren as well as state Sen. Steve Santarsiero announced a grant of more than $50,000 has been awarded to Morrisville Free Library to replace the slate roof on the 108-year-old building. Read more

 

Galloway to host Senior Expo Oct. 24

(Oct 17, 2019)

FAIRLESS HILLS, Oct. 17 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, will hold his 13th annual senior expo available to all constituents of the 140th Legislative District next week. The expo will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at Westaby Hall, 425 Hood Blvd. in Fairless Hills. Galloway said the expo will feature dozens of government and nonprofit agencies and local businesses who will provide seniors with information on how they can lead healthy and productive lives. Galloway added that attendees may bring unneeded or expired medications to be safely and securely disposed of. “I’m happy to work with seniors and connect them with the resources they need,” Galloway said. “My senior expo showcases the wealth of programs and services available to older adults in our community.” This event will also include signups for SEPTA senior passes, physical therapy screenings, door prizes and light refreshments. Flu shots also will be available to those who register in advance by calling 215-943-3694. Anyone with questions can call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more

 

Rep. Warren, Rep. Galloway and Sen. Santarsiero announce grants totaling $377,000 for flood mitigation, economic development

(Sep 18, 2019)

State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren, and state Sen. Steve Santarsiero, announced the approval of grants totaling $377,000 by the Commonwealth Financing Authority today. Read more

 

State lawmakers committed to ending misclassification of workers

(Sep 05, 2019)

State lawmakers hosted a press conference Wednesday to raise awareness about wage theft and the illegal misclassification of workers as independent contractors that costs Pennsylvania hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Read more

 

Bucks County receives $775,000 in low-income housing tax credits for affordable multifamily housing

(Jul 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 11 – State Reps. John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren today announced three Bucks County organizations were awarded $775,000 in low-income housing tax credits. Bucks County Opportunity Council—Housing Opportunities for Reentry Population--$250,000 Housing Visions—131 Harrison Rehabilitation---$250,000 Bucks County, Housing Services Department---Expanding Homeless Service Solutions--$275,000 Galloway said, “These tax credits will help fund the construction of affordable rental housing, and so will provide more housing options for Pennsylvanians.” “These tax credits will make a world of difference to fellow Pennsylvanians looking for a place to call home,” said Ullman and Warren in a joint statement. The tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by its board. Read more

 

Protecting workers’ rights in PA: Galloway’s misclassification, employee E-Verify bills pass House

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – Two bills supporting workers’ rights in Pennsylvania passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support today, announced state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks. Galloway’s two bills—H.B. 716, which would establish a task force to prevent misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, and H.B. 1170, which would create the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act—together would help ensure an even playing field. “I am proud that members on both sides of the aisle came together to protect workers’ rights to fair pay in Pennsylvania,” said Galloway, the prime sponsor of H.B. 716. "Pennsylvania needs a task force to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, which effectively robs the Commonwealth and workers of the pay and benefits they earned.” Galloway said unethical employers often misclassify employees as independent contractors to save money. The practice both withholds the pay and benefits workers have earned and creates an uneven playing field for law-abiding businesses. He said potential revenue loss due to misclassification of employees is significant. According to the Keystone Research Center, a misclassified worker loses an estimated $6,000 annually due to lost overtime pay. The center also estimates that Pennsylvania may be losing $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenue, as much as $83 million in Read more

 

Galloway’s office collecting food donations for summer food drive

(Jun 11, 2019)

LEVITTOWN, June 11 – State Rep. John Galloway said today that his district office will be accepting donations for the next month for the United Way of Bucks County’s Operation Helping Hand food drive. Nonperishable food donations can be dropped off at Galloway’s office at 8610 New Falls Road until Thursday, June 20th. Items especially needed include 100-percent fruit juice, cereal, peanut butter, canned chicken, tuna or salmon, canned fruits or vegetables, applesauce (no sugar added), oatmeal and pasta. “This is our fourth year participating in Operation Helping Hand, and I’m always amazed to see the generosity of our community,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “I’m happy to be able to play a part in helping needy families in our area.” Anyone with questions can call Galloway’s office at 215-943-7206. Read more

 

Legislation to provide clean drinking water reported out of House Commerce Committee

(Jun 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, announced that legislation he spearheaded to provide funding for clean drinking water and infrastructure to remediate the toxic man-made chemicals known as pre- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, was voted with overwhelming bipartisan support out of the House Commerce Committee today. In 2006, when the federal government closed down the Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Montgomery County, it discovered significant environmental issues, including contamination of the drinking water in some Bucks and Montgomery county communities as a result of the use of firefighting foam at the military installation. “It’s unfair that local ratepayers and taxpayers have had to bear the costs of removing harmful contaminants from their drinking water when the federal government is responsible for the contamination,” Galloway said. There continues to be ongoing runoff from the military base and the continued pollution of the aquifer. The environmental and drinking water issues have delayed the redevelopment of the former military base, which has cost the commonwealth tax revenue and job opportunities. “Something had to be done to resolve this issue that impacts the health and welfare of many Pennsylvanians,” said Galloway, the minority chair of the House Commerce Committee. “That’s why I was proud to spearhead this important legislation that will Read more

 

Galloway’s employee E-Verify bill voted out of committee

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced that the bill he co-sponsored with state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Berks/Lehigh (H.B. 1170), which would create the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, was voted with overwhelming bipartisan support (23-1) out of the House Labor and Industry Committee today. The Act would require employers in the construction industry to use the E-Verify program to ensure that their employees are authorized to work in the United States “This bill would prevent unscrupulous employers from hiring individuals not authorized to work in the United States,” Galloway said. “These employers are hurting the construction industry by driving down wages, creating an unlevel playing field for other employers, and depriving the government of revenue that would be used to fund programs like unemployment compensation.” The bill would prevent employers from unknowingly hiring an unauthorized employee by having to verify their work eligibility through the E-Verify program. The employer would be required to keep a record of the verification while the employee worked for them, or for three years, whichever is longer. Under the bill, if the attorney general receives a complaint that an employer has hired an unauthorized employee, the attorney general would work with the federal government to determine the veracity of the complaint. If the employee is found to be unauthorized, the attorney Read more

 

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill voted out of committee

(Jun 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. John Galloway today announced that his bill (H.B. 716), which would establish a joint agency task force to address the misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, was voted unanimously out of the House Labor and Industry Committee today. “My bill would create a task force to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, which effectively robs the Commonwealth and workers of the pay and benefits they earned,” Galloway said. Galloway said unethical employers often misclassify employees as independent contractors to save money. The practice both withholds the pay and benefits workers have earned and creates an uneven playing field for law-abiding businesses. He said potential revenue loss due to misclassification of employees is significant. According to the Keystone Research Center, a misclassified worker loses an estimated $6,000 annually due to lost overtime pay. The center also estimates that Pennsylvania may be losing $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenues, as much as $83 million in workers’ compensation premiums and $200 million in federal income taxes. Misclassification can lower labor costs by as much as 30%. The bill would amend the Administrative Code of 1929 to establish the Joint Agency Talk Force on the Misclassification of Employees. Members of the task force would include Pennsylvania’s attorney general; the secretaries of Read more

 

Bucks County receives $1.3 million from state Red Light Program

(May 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 29 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded four Automated Red Light Enforcement grants totaling more than $1.3 million to communities in Bucks County. Bristol Township – $308,200 to improve safety at the intersection of Hood Boulevard and Queen Anne Drive by installing mast arms, conduit, signal cables, uninterruptable power supply, LED vehicular signal heads, LED countdown pedestrian signal heads, pedestrian push buttons, video detectors, radar detection system and emergency preemption system. Doylestown Township – $380,817 to improve safety at the intersection of Swamp Road and Easton Road by retiming the traffic signal and installing mast arms, emergency preemption, dilemma zone detection, video detection, uninterruptable power supply, pedestrian push buttons and dedicated hand/man pedestrian signals with countdown timers. Morrisville Borough – $20,000 to update and replace existing regulatory signage at various locations throughout the borough and install breakaway sign posts. Plumstead Township – $646,128 to improve pedestrian safety at the center of Plumsteadville by installing ADA ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian push buttons Hand/Person pedestrian signals with countdown timers, and signalization upgrades. In a joint statement, Davis and Galloway said, “This grant money will help make a busy intersection in Read more

 

Free shredding event: May 11

(Apr 26, 2019)

Rep. John Galloway will host a free shredding event on Saturday May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Read more

 

Galloway introduces legislation ensuring quality homebuilding materials, combatting water damage in homes

(Apr 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – A bill to protect Pennsylvanians from paying for faulty new-home construction was re-introduced in the state House this week by Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks. H.B. 879 was inspired by numerous Bucks County residents who have stated that their homes have deteriorated to the point of becoming structurally unstable under expected or normal amounts of precipitation. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer , initially these water-damage claims were limited to stucco homes, but wider analysis reveals that many homes throughout the region and Pennsylvania made of brick, vinyl, stone and fiber cement are at risk for deterioration as well. H.B. 879 would require building companies to register with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office every other year and to use standardized construction contracts to better hold their work accountable when defects are found. The bill also would create the Home Builder Guaranty Fund, which would require builders to pay for any defects if they violated their contract with the homeowner. Galloway said that this bill hopes to shed light on the specific rights that homeowners have when it comes to dealing with faulty construction. “Purchasing a home is one of the biggest investments we make in our life,” Galloway said. “We must protect those homebuyers and hold companies accountable for their actions if they choose to take shortcuts or break rules.” Read more

 

Galloway: District office is drop off location for toy drive
Nov 26, 2019

State lawmakers announce $68,000 grant for Pennsbury School District
Nov 20, 2019

State representatives applaud approval of almost $2M in Bucks County from Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program
Nov 15, 2019

Galloway announces Thanksgiving food donation drive
Nov 06, 2019

Galloway to introduce bills to increase mental health services in schools
Oct 28, 2019

Lawmakers welcome Pennsbury youth baseball teams to Capitol, House chamber
Oct 22, 2019

Galloway announces $25k school safety grant awarded to Bucks County Technical High School
Oct 17, 2019

Reps. Galloway, Warren and Sen. Santarsiero laud $52,500 grant for repairs to Morrisville Free Library
Oct 17, 2019

Galloway to host Senior Expo Oct. 24
Oct 17, 2019

Rep. Warren, Rep. Galloway and Sen. Santarsiero announce grants totaling $377,000 for flood mitigation, economic development
Sep 18, 2019

State lawmakers committed to ending misclassification of workers
Sep 05, 2019

Bucks County receives $775,000 in low-income housing tax credits for affordable multifamily housing
Jul 11, 2019

Protecting workers’ rights in PA: Galloway’s misclassification, employee E-Verify bills pass House
Jun 18, 2019

Galloway’s office collecting food donations for summer food drive
Jun 11, 2019

Legislation to provide clean drinking water reported out of House Commerce Committee
Jun 11, 2019

Galloway’s employee E-Verify bill voted out of committee
Jun 04, 2019

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill voted out of committee
Jun 04, 2019

Bucks County receives $1.3 million from state Red Light Program
May 29, 2019

Free shredding event: May 11
Apr 26, 2019

Galloway introduces legislation ensuring quality homebuilding materials, combatting water damage in homes
Apr 11, 2019

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