Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Announce $500,000 in Funding to Morrisville Borough School District

(Oct 23, 2020)

BUCKS COUNTY – October 23, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced today that Morrisville Borough School District will receive $500,000 in supplemental funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). In 2019, Senator Santarsiero and Representatives Warren and Galloway were able to secure an agreement by the state to provide the District with a total of $1 million in supplemental funding. The supplemental funding was needed to help the District overcome budget shortfalls created, in part, by the fact that for many years Morrisville has not received its fair share in funding from the state under Pennsylvania’s basic education funding formula. The first $500,000 of that money was released in 2019. This payment represents the remainder of the supplemental funding under that agreement. “This funding for Morrisville School District helps meet a critical need to support the district in providing quality education to all students,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “These funds will ensure the district can continue to meet the needs of its students and faculty, as it works to protect the health and safety of its teachers and students amid the ongoing pandemic. As I have said many times before, I am a strong advocate for increasing funding for Morrisville School District by fixing the state funding formula which unfairly shortchanges the district. I will Read more

 

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill headed to governor’s desk

(Oct 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. John Galloway announced that his H.B. 716, to establish a joint agency task force to address the misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, unanimously passed the Senate today and awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s action. “A whole cottage industry has emerged to teach people how to break laws and misclassify workers as independent contractors,” he said. “By taking advantage of loopholes, employers deliberately cut labor costs, pay fewer tax dollars and avoid paying people a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. “Pennsylvania also could be losing $200 million or more a year in federal income taxes, $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenues, and as much as $83 million in workers compensation premiums. A misclassified worker also loses an estimated $6,000 in overtime pay due to this illegal practice. “What we’re talking about is money: More than anything else this is a revenue bill. We’re talking about recouping hundreds of millions of dollars lost every single year.” Galloway added that intentionally misclassifying employee labor also creates an uneven playing field, on which law-abiding businesses lose. 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; secretary of Labor Read more

 

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Bucks County state representatives announce $547K in COVID-19 grants for Bucks County fire, EMS agencies

(Oct 09, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Oct. 9 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, announced today local Bucks County fire and EMS agencies organizations will receive a total of $547,362 in grants to offset the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Act 26, the state made $50 million in grants available to fire and emergency medical service organizations that were affected by the pandemic. The funding must be used for operational and equipment expenses. “Our fire departments and EMS agencies have been struggling to keep operations running during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “This money will be a lifeline to these frontline workers.” Galloway said, “Our firepersons and EMS workers are always out there protecting our safety and that’s never been more true than during this deadly pandemic. I’m very glad they will receive funds needed to enable them to continue to perform their lifesaving duties.” “I’m proud to have voted for this legislation that will help support these frontline workers during this critical time,” Ullman said. “This grant money will help our fire and EMS agencies continue to carry out the essential work they do in our communities.” “We’re safe because of our first responders and the lifesaving work they do every day,” Warren said. “I’m very glad to see this CARES Act money Read more

 

House passes Galloway bill to create mental health resource network for schools

(Sep 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – A bill sponsored by state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, to help Pennsylvania schools connect families to community mental health resources unanimously passed the House today. House Bill 2331 would create a mental health care services clearinghouse to help school personnel connect families to community mental health resources. “Too many children struggle with untreated mental health issues, and it can be difficult for schools to provide them with the necessary care and services. This bill would create a critical network to help schools, communities and health care providers share information about mental health resources and programs,” Galloway said. “I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support and I hope the Senate will consider this legislation quickly. It’s time we make sure students receive the care they need.” According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five youths younger than 14 have a mental health condition, but less than half of these children receive mental health care. The mental health care services clearinghouse would be a publicly accessible registry of mental health care resources available across the commonwealth. In addition, this clearinghouse would allow school personnel to learn about and take advantage of existing programs and resources for their schools. Galloway has also sponsored Read more

 

Galloway: Local school to provide fresh fruits and veggies to students thanks to state grant

(Sep 22, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Sept. 22 – State Rep. John Galloway announced today that Snyder-Grotti Elementary School has been awarded grant money to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day. “Students need fresh, healthy foods to perform well at school and to grow into healthy adults,” Galloway, D-Bucks, said. “I’m pleased that the Department of Education is providing this grant money during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption and positively impact students’ present and future health. FFVP was first implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and expanded to all 50 states in 2008. Funding priority is given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Grantees are required to spend a majority of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables and must develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs. Schools are also required to provide nutrition education to students but cannot use FFVP funding to purchase nutrition education materials. For a list of the 2020 grant recipients, visit PDE’s Read more

 

Davis and Galloway: $149K in grant funding for Truman Senior High School

(Aug 26, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 26 – State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced that Truman Senior High School had been awarded $149,278 in grants to improve its educational services for historically underserved students. The school had been designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. “The coronavirus pandemic has affected schools’ ability to teach their students, especially their most vulnerable student populations,” Davis said. “This funding will help Truman put systems in place so that all students are academically engaged during this challenging period.” This grant money comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor's Emergency Education Relief funds. ESSA requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English learner progress; and student success factors such as regular attendance and chronic absenteeism. Student groups include race, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Galloway said, “We don’t know what the fall will bring in terms of the pandemic, so I am glad that Truman will have the funds needed to Read more

 

Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway, Announce $35,050 Grant to Morrisville Borough School District for Education Continuity

(Aug 07, 2020)

MORRISVILLE – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced that Morrisville Borough School District will receive a $35,050 Continuing of Education Equity Grant (CEEG) for the 2020-21 academic year from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. These grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used towards providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. “I am pleased to see Morrisville School District receive this critical funding to help ensure its students have the resources they need to succeed,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “During these uncertain times, our school districts need support as they work to protect the health and safety of teachers and students while providing quality education to all students. I have long advocated for funding for Morrisville School District, and will continue to urge PDE to increase funding to the district.” “With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition to Read more

 

Galloway self-discloses potential exposure to COVID-19: Lawmaker’s last contact with Harrisburg complex was prior to potential exposure

(Aug 03, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 3 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today released the following statement regarding contact with an individual who recently tested positive for COVID-19. “This morning I was informed that I have been in contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19,” Galloway said. “Due to this exposure, I have my closed my district office, I have advised my staff to self-quarantine and I will be self-quarantining for the next 14 days. “Upon learning of this exposure, I immediately contacted the Democratic Caucus Human Resources Office who, in turn, notified the Chief Clerk’s office in Harrisburg. My district office will remain closed for the next 14 days. “The last time I was in Harrisburg was for legislative session on July 14, 2020, so Human Resources is not concerned about any possible transmission from this exposure to the Harrisburg complex.” Read more

 

Sen. Santarsiero, Reps. Warren and Galloway Announce $227,805 Grant to Morrisville Borough to Improve Pedestrian Safety

(Jul 17, 2020)

BUCKS COUNTY?– State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with State Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced that Morrisville Borough will receive $227,805 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund. The funding will go toward improving the pedestrian and traffic signals at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Trenton Avenue in Morrisville Borough. “This funding for Morrisville Borough will help make much-needed safety improvements at this busy intersection,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “The forthcoming changes will help keep both pedestrians and drivers safe, while improving pedestrian access to the local businesses nearby. I am pleased to support Morrisville and its continued progress to improve the community.” "The improvements funded by this grant will enhance both traffic safety and quality of life in Morrisville,” said Rep. Warren. “I was pleased to assist Morrisville Borough Council and the Mayor with their efforts in pursuing this funding for the benefit of their residents, neighbors and businesses." “This is great news for the residents of Morrisville Borough,” said Rep. Galloway. “This money can help improve the quality of life for all of the Borough.” The Morrisville Borough project is one of 27 projects announced statewide through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. PennDOT Read more

 

Bucks County state representatives announce state grants for county

(Jun 10, 2020)

LEVITTOWN/DOYLESTOWN/NEWTOWN, June 10 – State Reps. Tina Davis, John Galloway, Wendy Ullman and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, announced today that two Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants totaling $120,000 are being awarded in Bucks County. According to the lawmakers, $100,000 is being awarded to Network of Victim Assistance and $20,000 will go to Bucks County Commissioners Public Defender Capital Case Indigent Defense. PCCD granted $100,000 for a two-year term to NOVA so it could train and support male forensic interviewers so child victims would have a choice of the gender of their interviewer. “Child victims of abuse are among the most vulnerable groups in our society,” Davis said. “I’m glad that NOVA’s vital work with child victims of abuse will be supported and enhanced by this grant funding.” “Children can be hesitant about speaking with a person of another gender,” Ullman said. “Being able to have an interviewer of the gender of their choice will make it easier for child victims to speak about their abuse to a stranger and so ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.” The grant money will also be used for counselors who will offer evidence-based therapeutic mental health services for children who do not initially disclose at the forensic interview and their non-offending caregivers. Read more

 

Galloway Introduces two COVID-19-related financial services bills

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, announced that his Covid-19 related bills, which would waive penalties for early CD withdrawals during COVID-19 (H.B. 2580) and would waive fees for remote banking and ATM charges during COVID-19 (H.B. 2581), were both introduced and referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday. “Families across Pennsylvania have been hard hit financially from the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Galloway said. “My bills are aimed at alleviating the pains that have ensued by removing penalties from early withdrawals of CDs and by making it illegal for financial institutions to charge fees for remote transactions or uses of ATMs. “If they were enacted, both bills would be in effect until 90 days after the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration issued by the governor has expired.” Galloway said that CDs, or a certificates of deposit, are popular products offered by banks and credit unions because they provide higher interest rates in exchange for leaving a lump-sum deposit untouched for a period of 6 months to 3 or more years.. At the end of the term, known as the maturity date, the depositor can withdraw his or her funds penalty free, and with a few dollars in earned interest on top of the initial deposit. According to Galloway, CDs are a safer and more conservative way for people to invest their money than Read more

 

Bucks County House Democrats: ‘We worked with Gov. Wolf to reopen Bucks County’: Bucks County to move to yellow phase by June 5

(May 22, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN/NEWTOWN/LEVITTOWN, May 22 – State Reps. Wendy Ullman, Tina Davis, John Galloway, and Perry Warren, all D-Bucks, praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s collaborative working relationship with the PA House Democratic Caucus , which has resulted in Bucks County moving to the yellow phase byJune 5. “Since Day One, my colleagues and I have worked with Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Department of Health toward a measured, data-driven, SAFE and EFFECTIVE reopening of the economy,” Warren said. “Today, thanks to the efforts and collective sacrifice our community has made, Governor Wolf has announced our county is moving into the yellow phase by June 5.” “Governor Wolf listened to my reasoning why it was time to reopen Bucks County,” Ullman said. “I pointed out that the data and health reports showed that Bucks County residents’ efforts during the red phase had been successful, and we were now at a point where we could safely move to the yellow phase.” “I’ve shared with Governor Wolf the stories of my hardest-hit constituents. A business owner myself, I told him how far the bottom line has dropped from under us,” Davis said. “I’m proud of my fellow Bucks County residents for their efforts during this challenging period and am ready to help them get working again.” Galloway said, “I explained to the governor that the people of Bucks County’s Read more

 

Ullman, Galloway announce Bucks County Opportunity Council received $68,341 to help prevent hunger and food waste

(May 21, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN/LEVITTOWN, May 21 – State Reps. Wendy Ullman, and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, today announced that Bucks County Opportunity Council has received $68,341 in grant funding to support its projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste. “Food banks are serving as a safety net for many families in Bucks County during this challenging time. I’m glad that this money will help food banks provide fresh food to those in need,” Ullman said. “This grant money will not only help food banks, but will also support our farmers who have suffered losses because food banks couldn’t properly store fresh produce.” “According to the Wolf administration, Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks are reporting an average increase in demand of 55% over what they were seeing one year ago today,” Galloway said. “This grant money will help Bucks County Opportunity Council to properly store the amount of food Bucks County families need during this crisis.” The grant money will be used to cover the costs of equipment purchases necessary to prepare, transport and store food acquired from retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and cooperatives. Examples of eligible equipment that will be funded include refrigerated or non-refrigerated box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks and/or dollies. Installation and shipping costs were also eligible for support. Unused or unsold food can be Read more

 

Galloway’s children’s mental health bills voted out of committee

(May 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 20 – State Rep. John Galloway today announced his two bills to expand and support children’s mental health services in Pennsylvania’s schools were unanimously voted out of committee. “Our students are crying out for help,” Galloway said. “Earlier this year, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that the majority of the 40,000 calls last year to the anonymous tip line, Safe2Say Something, concerned students struggling with mental health issues such as suicide, self-harm, depression and anxiety. “Now it’s time to expand the mental health resources available for our children in the commonwealth.” According to Galloway, approximately one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 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. “Children’s untreated mental health issues are one of the most pressing issues our society faces,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Early detection and treatment of mental health issues literally saves lives, Read more

 

Davis, Galloway sign letter of support for curbside pickup sent to governor

(May 19, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, May 19 – State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced today they signed a letter sent by the Senate Democratic Caucus to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that the commonwealth allow for curbside pickup at all retail locations. “At this point, we can open additional sectors of the economy while continuing to flatten the curve as long as social distancing and good hygiene is practiced, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is used,” Davis said. “It’s time to get our economy moving again,” Galloway said. “Our small businesses can have curbside pickup while using the tools and practices that will protect the public health.” In the letter, the legislators contend that the 18 counties still in red phase are close to moving to yellow, and are ready and able to take the necessary steps needed to open additional sectors of the economy in a way that is consistent with the goal of mitigation. They point to neighboring state New Jersey as an example of a state that allows for curbside pickup. Davis and Galloway said that the collective sacrifices made to protect vulnerable populations in this pandemic has led to grave economic insecurities and hardship for many in Bucks County. “As the coronavirus pandemic continues to show signs of slowing in the state, it’s time to help our struggling communities by letting them get back to work,” Davis and Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Call on Governor Wolf to Increase Funding for Morrisville School District

(May 05, 2020)

MORRISVILLE, May 1—State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140) held a virtual press conference today to discuss the critical need for funding to support Morrisville School District. They were joined by representatives of Morrisville School District and Morrisville Borough. The legislators called on Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to review demographic data that has been used to calculate the state funding Morrisville School District receives. The shortfall in funding stems from an unintended consequence in the way that both the existing and new funding formulas are calculated for Morrisville (a conclusion supported by the fact that even under the new, so-called fair funding formula, Morrisville actually receives less support from the state than under the older allocation). For the 2020-21 fiscal year, the formulas are based in part on a projected 5-year median household income in Morrisville of nearly $75,000, well above some of the most challenged districts in the state. But that number is not accurate. It is not limited to the income of people living within the municipal – and, therefore, school district – boundaries of Morrisville Borough. Instead, it includes large numbers of residents in nearby Lower Makefield Township and Yardley Borough, who share the 19067 zip code with their neighbors in Morrisville. When looking only at Read more

 

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Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $5K grant to support census outreach activities

(Mar 18, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, March 18 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library received a $5,000 grant to support grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 Census across Pennsylvania. The funds were awarded by the Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program. The program focuses on supporting efforts to promote participation in the census 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 population; and individuals experiencing homelessness . “The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library has played a leading role in community building in the Bristol Borough for generations,” Galloway said. “I’m glad to see its critical grassroots efforts to promote participation in the census in Bristol Borough will be supported.” The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library is named after the sister of the late Pennsylvania state Sen. Joseph R. Grundy. The Grundy Foundation maintains and operates the senator's family home as a museum; maintains and operates a community library; and makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest to those in Bristol Borough. Read more

 

Bipartisan Bucks County House Delegation working together to address coronavirus

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG- March 13 . State representatives from Bucks County have come together to release the following joint statement regarding the coronavirus: “As our neighboring county, Montgomery County, moves to the mitigation phase to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we as your state representatives know our constituents are concerned. It is very important for all of us to take the coronavirus seriously and to implement commonsense measures to prevent illness. However, we need to stay calm while exercising caution in our daily lives. “We have had daily conference calls to keep us up to date. Additionally, Secretary of Health Dr. Levine has conducted daily public press conferences. We, both state representatives and senators, will head to Harrisburg on Monday to work with Governor Tom Wolf and our respective legislative leaders on the items they have identified as necessary to assist Pennsylvania in this time of need. “We will work together with our county offices and local school districts to assure that the most up-to-date information is being shared and all appropriate protocols are being met. Most importantly, we are working together as we focus on the health and wellbeing of our community. In the meantime, if you have medical questions, the PA Department of Health has set up a hotline for calls. Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). Online updates are here: Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Announce $500,000 in Funding to Morrisville Borough School District
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Oct 21, 2020

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Bucks County state representatives announce $547K in COVID-19 grants for Bucks County fire, EMS agencies
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Galloway: Local school to provide fresh fruits and veggies to students thanks to state grant
Sep 22, 2020

Davis and Galloway: $149K in grant funding for Truman Senior High School
Aug 26, 2020

Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway, Announce $35,050 Grant to Morrisville Borough School District for Education Continuity
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Galloway self-discloses potential exposure to COVID-19: Lawmaker’s last contact with Harrisburg complex was prior to potential exposure
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Sen. Santarsiero, Reps. Warren and Galloway Announce $227,805 Grant to Morrisville Borough to Improve Pedestrian Safety
Jul 17, 2020

Bucks County state representatives announce state grants for county
Jun 10, 2020

Galloway Introduces two COVID-19-related financial services bills
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Bucks County House Democrats: ‘We worked with Gov. Wolf to reopen Bucks County’: Bucks County to move to yellow phase by June 5
May 22, 2020

Ullman, Galloway announce Bucks County Opportunity Council received $68,341 to help prevent hunger and food waste
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Galloway’s children’s mental health bills voted out of committee
May 20, 2020

Davis, Galloway sign letter of support for curbside pickup sent to governor
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Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Call on Governor Wolf to Increase Funding for Morrisville School District
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