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Isaacson applauds $5.7 million in state grants for district

(Aug 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 –State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced just over $5.7 million in state funding is being invested in her district for five economic development projects. The state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program awarded funding for the following: $1 million to the Philadelphia Bar Association for the Equal Justice Center, an energy-efficient 160,000-square-foot office building that will contain 14 legal services organizations providing nonprofit legal services to low-income residents. Housing these organizations in one place will also reduce rent and additional operating costs. $702,000 to WHYY Inc. for the finishing stages of the HVAC replacement LED work light installation, a studio LED wall replacement, and window treatment. $1.5 million to the Pennsylvania Ballet Association for a 15,000-square-foot dance facility that will include 50,000 square feet of studios, offices and support spaces; and renovations to the current building. $1.5 million to Yards Brewing Co. for renovations to the 70,000 square-foot space to accommodate the brewery’s production and entertainment spaces, the purchase and installation of brewing equipment and improvements to the facility’s foundation. $1 million to the Parents United for Better Schools Inc. for Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia to construct a two-story gymnasium that will include a basketball court, overlapping cross-courts and proposed Read more

 

Feeling helpless after getting catcalled? In Philly, there’s a training for that.

(Jul 15, 2019)

So last week at the Lutheran Settlement House, Pa. Rep. Mary Isaacson, whose district includes Fishtown, partnered with educators from Women Organized Against Rape to host what they believe is the city’s first training session specifically for responding to street harassment. Read more

 

Isaacson announces $237,000 in preservation state grants

(Jun 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Four projects to repair and restore historic sites in the 175th Legislative District were awarded a combined $237,286 in Keystone Historic Preservation grants, announced state Rep. Mary Isaacson. “The district is home to many historical buildings that are desperately in need of repair. They create a unique ambience to those who live here and provide cultural and historical significance to both residents and visitors alike,” Isaacson said. “These grants will help preserve these important landmarks and their stories for generations to come.” The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks was awarded $90,000 to replace the roof on the Powel House and restore other portions of the historic facility. "As an 88-year-old nonprofit stewarding four historic house museums, PhilaLandmarks is incredibly grateful to receive the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for our Powel House Restoration Project,” said Kayla Anthony, executive director. “The assistance received from this grant is integral to the completion of our project and will ensure that the Powel House, the last great Old City Mansion that Washington frequented, remains a cultural asset of the Philadelphia region and an innovative window into the varying historical interpretations of our past.” Additional grant recipients are: Read more

 

Isaacson joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “The fee paid by landfill operators on waste received at their landfills was set 30 years ago and hasn’t changed since,” said Isaacson, D-Phila. “But in those three decades, the costs associated with recycling planning and processing by municipalities has gone up, and communities across the state are struggling to keep up. More and more recyclable items are being sent to incinerators and landfills. The increase I am proposing is just one dollar per decade, a fair price worth paying to ensure Pennsylvanians are provided with proper recycling programs and services.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in Read more

 

Isaacson: Grants announces for Delaware River trail, local sidewalk improvements

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., announced $650,000 in state funding was awarded for the development of a multi-use trail along the Delaware River in the 175 th District and the reconstruction of the 1100 block of Filbert Street. “I have been working in support of the Delaware River trail project since before I took office, so it’s been great to see this project get funding. This will help make the waterfront more accessible and more enjoyable for everyone,” Isaacson said. “I’m also excited to see Filbert Street get needed improvements that will make the area safer for pedestrians.” The Delaware River Waterfront Corp., was awarded $250,000 to assist with the development of a 1,232 foot trail for bicyclists and pedestrians in Penn Treaty Park. The trail will connect to an existing waterfront trail at the Sugarhouse Casino and run northward along the water’s edge to Beach Street. The pedestrian path will be made of stone, while the bicycle path will be asphalt pavement. Additionally, the $400,000 disbursed to the Reading Terminal Market Corp. will aid in the reconstruction of Filbert Street, between 11 th and 12 th streets. The curbs will be removed so that sidewalks can be widened. The improvements will also include new signage, installing retractable bollards, a mounted bicycle corral, and bands of textured asphalt to act as a traffic calming measure. The grants were awarded through the Multimodal Read more

 

Isaacson: We Must Make Voting Easier

(Feb 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Allentown for a roundtable discussion on protecting voting rights in Pennsylvania. The roundtable focused on a new legislative package from the House Democrats titled Your Vote Counts, which would allow for early voting, additional time for absentee ballots to be submitted, time off to vote, and mail-in ballots. Read more

 

Isaacson applauds Wolf for budget focused on education and good jobs

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for the initiatives contained in his proposed 2019-20 budget. Wolf delivered his proposal to a joint session of the House and Senate today. “Governor Wolf has really impressed me with his ability to find ways to increase funding for education while simultaneously creating no new taxes,” Isaacson said. “I look forward to his continued leadership and working side-by-side with my colleagues in the House to make sure the final budget he receives is just as innovative as proposed.” Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal includes: No new taxes; A new Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center; A minimum wage increase to $12 per hour; Lowering the age of mandatory school attendance from 8 to 6; Increasing the dropout age from 17 to 18; A study on the benefits of providing free full day kindergarten to all children 5 and up; $200 million more for basic education; $50 million more for pre-k and Head Start; $50 million more for special education; $7 million more for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; $8 million in one-time grants for community college students/graduates working in Pennsylvania. “A stronger economy that works for all of us needs a workforce educated enough to fill in all of the gaps,” Isaacson said. “As we fight for working families and affordable quality education, a robust Read more

 

Isaacson Discusses Committee Assignments

(Jan 29, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson is proud to be appointed to serve on a number of critical House committees. She discusses why each is vital in addressing issues facing her communities in Philadelphia. Read more

 

1/22/19 – Childhood Blood Lead Test – Philadelphia

(Jan 24, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mary Isaacson. Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

New bill proposes testing all Pennsylvania kids for lead

(Jan 23, 2019)

State Representative Mary Isaacson lead a hearing Tuesday about her House Bill 79 at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center. Read more

 

Isaacson: We Must Protect Our Children From Lead Poisoning

(Jan 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson hosted a public policy hearing to discuss her push to protect children from lead poisoning. She talked about how her legislation would address this growing health epidemic. Read more

 

Isaacson, Policy Committee Discuss Childhood Blood Lead Test Act

(Jan 22, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., hosted today’s House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the National Constitution Center to discuss her proposal to require mandatory childhood blood lead testing. Isaacson requested the hearing to gather stakeholder input on her H.B. 79, the proposed Childhood Blood Lead Test Act that would require all Pennsylvania children receive lead testing at ages one and two. “Pennsylvania is the second worst state in terms of childhood exposure to lead,” explained Isaacson. “We owe it to our children to implement mandatory testing that will ultimately help us identify and prevent harmful health and behavioral complications before it is too late.” House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, added, “This is a basic public safety issue, and I am happy to support Representative Isaacson’s commonsense measure that will detect if children have exposure and ensure they get the treatment needed to be healthy and safe.” In addition to Sturla, Isaacson was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Philadelphia, who also supports Isaacson’s proposal. The committee heard testimony from Dr. Loren Robinson, deputy secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Rachel Kaminski, member, Get the Lead OUT: Riverwards Philadelphia; Colleen McCauley, Read more

 

Isaacson to host Policy Committee hearing on proposed Childhood Blood Lead Test Act Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Jan 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., will bring the House Democratic Policy Committee to her legislative district to discuss her H.B. 79, the proposed Childhood Blood Lead Test Act. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the National Constitution Center, Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, 19106. The media and public are invited to attend. Isaacson requested the hearing to generate discussion on her bill that would require all Pennsylvania children to be tested for lead. Stakeholders will provide their thoughts and concerns to the committee. She will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Dr. Loren Robinson Deputy secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Pennsylvania Department of Health 2:40 p.m. Panel One: Rachel Kaminski, member, Get the Lead OUT: Riverwards Philadelphia Colleen McCauley, health policy director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth 3:20 p.m. Panel Two: Dr. Kevin Osterhoudt, medical director, The Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia George Gould, senior attorney, Community Legal Services 4 p.m. Closing remarks For more information about the Policy Committee, go to www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more

 

Isaacson Honors Ben Franklin's Birthday & Innovative Spirit

(Jan 16, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson honors the birthday of Founding Father Ben Franklin. Isaacson recognizes Franklin as an innovator and her predecessor in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as he served in the mid-1700s and as Speaker of the House in 1764. Read more

 

You’re invited: Ceremonial swearing-in Jan. 12

(Jan 08, 2019)

On Jan. 1, I took the oath of office to represent you and the 175th Legislative District here in Philadelphia. To celebrate, I invite you and your family to join me for a ceremonial swearing-in on Jan. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the GoPuff Headquarters, 454 N. 12th St. The Honorable Maria McLaughlin will be adminstering the ceremonial oath. This event also is a great opportunity for me to hear about the issues that matter most to you. I am ready to work on preventing childhood lead poisoning, getting our schools fully funded, protecting our environment, commonsense gun legislation and advocating for issues impacting women and the LGBTQ community. To RSVP, please email Samantha in my office at SPearson@pahouse.net. I welcome you to visit my constituent service office at 610 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, 19123 and invite you to visit my website – www.pahouse.com/Isaacson - which has links to information on state services and includes a form that allows you to email me directly. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on local events and see what’s happening in our neighborhoods. I look forward to seeing you and your family on Jan. 12. Read more

 

Isaacson sworn in for first term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson took the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony today at the Capitol, officially kicking off her first term as state representative for the 175th Legislative District. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent the 175 th legislative district and work to improve the Commonwealth for all who reside here,” Isaacson said. “During this term, my efforts will be focused on preventing childhood lead poisoning, implementing the fair funding formula for education, protecting the environment with a focus on the Delaware River, introducing common sense gun legislation, and continuing to advocate for issues facing women and the LGBTQ community.” Isaacson, a mother of two, said that her family inspires much of her public service initiatives. As a working mother with over 12 years of experience in the House of Representatives, Isaacson said she is uniquely positioned to understand the issues facing her district. Many of her priorities mirror the Plan for PA, which puts people first – above politics and special interests – to ensure good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools, and a fair economy for Pennsylvania’s working families. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 203rd legislative session. Read more

 

Isaacson & Kenyatta Helping Less Fortunate

(Dec 21, 2018)

Pa. state Reps.-elect Malcolm Kenyatta and Mary Isaacson helped wrap gifts for less fortunate families in their Philadelphia districts, along with the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association. Kenyatta and Isaacson jointly represent the Northern Liberties community in Philadelphia. Read more

 

Issacson seeks to strengthen whistleblower protections for harassment victims

(Dec 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – Rep.-elect Mary Louise Isaacson, D-Phila., is planning to introduce a bill that would extend the amount of time that the Whistleblower Law allows for employees to report harassment. "Many individuals who have experienced harassment in the workplace are not able to immediately report their experiences due to a variety of reasons," said Isaacson. "This legislation will ensure that employees are able to have their complaints appropriately heard when they are ready to tell their stories." The bill would give employees up to two years to report an incident of sexual harassment, discrimination, or other workplace harassment. Currently, victims only have 180 days. Additionally, this legislation would grant individuals who file a complaint the right to trial by jury and the recovery of punitive damages. Read more

 

Isaacson applauds $5.7 million in state grants for district
Aug 02, 2019

Feeling helpless after getting catcalled? In Philly, there’s a training for that.
Jul 15, 2019

Isaacson announces $237,000 in preservation state grants
Jun 06, 2019

Isaacson joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society
Apr 10, 2019

Isaacson: Grants announces for Delaware River trail, local sidewalk improvements
Mar 26, 2019

Isaacson: We Must Make Voting Easier
Feb 26, 2019

Isaacson applauds Wolf for budget focused on education and good jobs
Feb 05, 2019

Isaacson Discusses Committee Assignments
Jan 29, 2019

1/22/19 – Childhood Blood Lead Test – Philadelphia
Jan 24, 2019

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Jan 24, 2019

New bill proposes testing all Pennsylvania kids for lead
Jan 23, 2019

Isaacson: We Must Protect Our Children From Lead Poisoning
Jan 23, 2019

Isaacson, Policy Committee Discuss Childhood Blood Lead Test Act
Jan 22, 2019

Isaacson to host Policy Committee hearing on proposed Childhood Blood Lead Test Act Tuesday in Philadelphia
Jan 18, 2019

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20
Jan 16, 2019

Isaacson Honors Ben Franklin's Birthday & Innovative Spirit
Jan 16, 2019

You’re invited: Ceremonial swearing-in Jan. 12
Jan 08, 2019

Isaacson sworn in for first term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019

Isaacson & Kenyatta Helping Less Fortunate
Dec 21, 2018

Issacson seeks to strengthen whistleblower protections for harassment victims
Dec 20, 2018