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7/22/19 – Hospital Closures – Philadelphia

(Jul 25, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Kevin Boyle. Read more

 

Boyle to host Policy hearing on Hahnemann University Hospital closure Monday in Philadelphia

(Jul 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 17 –State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on hospital closures in Pennsylvania. The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 22 at American Legion Post 366-Corp. John Loudenslager, 7976 Oxford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111. The media and public are invited to attend. Boyle requested the hearing to discuss what more the state can do to address the impact on employment and public health when a hospital plans to close its doors, especially in the wake of Hahnemann Hospital announcing its scheduled closing in the fall, which will leave more than 1,000 employees unemployed. Boyle will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 3:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 3:10 p.m. Panel One: U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle, Pa.’s 2 nd Congressional District Chris Woods , executive vice president, District 1199C (the union that represents the Hahnemann workers who will be impacted by the closure) Maureen May, RN, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals 4:00 p.m. Panel Two: Dr. Marc Hurowitz , CEO of Jeanes Hospitals and CEO of Temple Physicians Inc. (testifying for Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center on behalf of Temple Health) Bill Ryan, assistant vice president of Read more

 

Rep. Boyle supports Gov. Wolf on bond for new voting machine purchases

(Jul 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 9 -- Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that the commonwealth will begin work to issue a bond that will assist counties with purchasing new voting systems, House State Government Committee Democratic Chairperson Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., released this statement: “Earlier this week, I applauded Governor Tom Wolf for standing up against voter suppression and vetoing Senate Bill 48. Senate Bill 48 would have removed the straight party button from voting machines, hurting communities of color and Democrats in the 2020 election in this swing state. “The governor and the Pennsylvania Department of State are now taking the initiative in helping counties pay for new voting machines. Funding new machines is the right move, as was vetoing the Republican attempt to disenfranchise voters and tie unnecessary strings to that funding. I look forward to continuing my work with Governor Wolf as we modernize and secure Pennsylvania’s voting systems in preparation for the next presidential election.” Read more

 

Boyle applauds Gov. Wolf’s veto of Senate Bill 48

(Jul 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 5 – Following Governor Wolf’s veto today of Senate Bill 48, House State Government Committee Democratic Chairperson Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., released this statement: “I applaud Governor Tom Wolf for standing up against voter suppression and vetoing Senate Bill 48. The bill would have removed the straight party button from voting machines, hurting communities of color and Democrats in the 2020 election in this swing state. Senate Bill 48 had motives similar to that of the Voter ID bill. The Voter ID bill prior to the 2012 election would have disproportionately excluded people of color, elderly, and lower income citizens from voting if they could not provide proper ID. It is simply un-American to make voting harder, and with the potential elimination of straight ticket voting, we again faced this risk of disenfranchisement of certain voting groups. We should be doing as much as we can to ensure that voting is easy and accessible for all citizens of the Commonwealth. As a state Representative and as Democratic Chairperson of the State Government committee, I will continue fighting to ensure ballot access for all citizens of the Commonwealth.” Read more

 

Boyle to distribute produce vouchers to low-income seniors

(Jun 27, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 27 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., announced he will be providing free produce vouchers for eligible low-income seniors in his legislative district. The vouchers will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11 in Boyle’s Mayfair office at 7420 Frankford Ave., 19136. Boyle said the vouchers are through Pennsylvania’s Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides low-income seniors with fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from approved farmers in the commonwealth. “This program is especially important for seniors because as we age, it is vital to be health and nutrition conscious,” Boyle said. “These vouchers will allow seniors who may not normally be able to afford fresh produce the opportunity to benefit from the nutrition that fresh fruits and vegetables provide while also supporting local farmers.” Boyle added in order to be eligible for the vouchers, seniors must be 60 or older by Dec. 31 of the program year with a household income of less than $23,107 for singles and less than $31,284 for married couples. Residents interested in obtaining the produce vouchers must bring identification and must schedule an appointment to pick up their vouchers by calling Boyle’s office at (215) 331-2600. Read more

 

Boyle holds rally on hate crimes expansion

(May 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., today held a Capitol rally to promote the passage of H.B. 635 and the expansion of what constitutes a hate crime. “Sadly, we continue to see acts of hatred and violence carried out across the commonwealth and the United States,” Boyle said. “We must change Pennsylvania’s hate crimes law to protect all people and combat this growing epidemic of hate crimes. Attacks like those against the Jewish community in California and Pittsburgh are just two examples in the upsurge of reported hate crimes in recent years. We need to take action and do whatever we can to prevent these tragedies.” Boyle has reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand the offense of ethnic intimidation to include malicious intention against the actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity of another person or group of people. April 27 marked the six-month anniversary of the Tree of Life tragedy in Pittsburgh, and another Jewish house of worship was attacked in California on the last day of Passover. Leaders of the Jewish community rallied behind Boyle to support his efforts to expand the state’s hate crimes statute. Boyle was joined by members of the state House and LGBTQ community, disability rights advocates and faith-based groups. For more information on this event and Boyle’s legislation, contact his office at (215) 331-2600. ### Read more

 

Boyle legislation to ban business with nation of Brunei

(Apr 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 3 – As the nation of Brunei enacts a new law today that implements stoning or whipping to death under anti-LGBT laws, state Rep. Kevin Boyle is calling on the commonwealth to end any business investments with that country. “This new law is inhumane and violates international human rights laws. It is medieval and should not be tolerated by anyone,” said Boyle, D-Phila. “While we here in Pennsylvania certainly can’t change the laws in Brunei, we can certainly punish the nation for its abhorrent actions of discrimination by cutting investment ties with it and any businesses located in Brunei.” Boyle is currently seeking co-sponsors for his legislation that would require the Public School Employees’ Retirement System, the State Employees’ Retirement System, the Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement System, and the state Treasurer's Office to no longer invest in companies that do business with Brunei. “For humanity’s sake, we cannot stand idly by and be associated with countries that commit such acts of abuse. These places, including Brunei, create risk and undermine the value of Pennsylvania’s investments,” Boyle said. Boyle said his proposed legislation would amend Act 44 of 2010, known as the Protecting Pennsylvania’s Investments Act, which already divests commonwealth-funded investments in Iran or Sudan, or with any company from either of those countries. Read more

 

Boyle sponsors House resolution for respectful opening prayer

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., today announced his sponsorship of H.R. 184 that would establish that all opening House prayers be crafted with the respect of all religious beliefs in mind. “What we saw earlier this week was a fire and brimstone Evangelical prayer that epitomizes religious intolerance,” Boyle said. “I walked off the floor in protest. Now, I’m sponsoring a resolution so that anyone who gives the House prayer knows that it must be done with the respect of all religious beliefs, reflecting a mutual human respect and religious tolerance of all of our colleagues and constituents. The opening prayer is not a time to intimidate, demean or degrade.” On Monday, March 25, state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., was scheduled to be sworn in as the first Muslim woman and newest member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, was given the chance to give an opening prayer. “Representative Borowicz invoked Jesus, the Lord or God about a dozen times in her one-minute-forty-second prayer. I cannot begin to imagine how uncomfortable that had to make Representative Johnson-Harrell and the 50 guests she had surrounded herself with that day from various religious backgrounds and beliefs,” Boyle said. “In addition, Representative Borowicz has doubled-down on these statements, saying she prays that way at home and would never apologize for praying. Read more

 

Spring 2019 newsletter

(Mar 26, 2019)

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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

 

Boyle: Philly's Biggest Issue is Poverty

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle joined other members of the Philadelphia House Delegation to unveil a new plan to tackle deep poverty, enforce criminal justice reform, and fight back against gun violence. He explains that one way to fight endemic poverty is through workforce development. 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

 

Boyle appointed as Democratic chairman of State Government Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., was appointed Democratic chairman of the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee today by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. "I'm honored to serve as chairman of this committee and I’m excited to start tackling a wide variety of issues,” Boyle said. “I also look forward to establishing more bipartisan cooperation in this session with the new Republican committee chairman, Representative Garth Everett.” The committee addresses issues such as voting rights, discrimination, government reform and redistricting. The committee is also responsible for lobbying disclosure, state agency procurement and labor agreements, campaign finance and election laws. Boyle represents the 172nd Legislative District, which includes part of Montgomery County and part of Philadelphia County. Constituents can visit his website at www.pahouse.com/Boyle for information on various state-related services and programs. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 17, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Boyle to host National Night Out event Aug. 7

(Jul 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 24 – State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle announced he will host a National Night Out event for residents of the 172nd Legislative District. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the Fox Chase Elementary School parking lot, 500 Rhawn St., 19111. Boyle said there will be games, prizes and giveaways, music entertainment, food, information about state and local resources, and chances to meet with local police and emergency personnel. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Read more

 

Boyle to partner with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer breast cancer screenings

(Jul 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 3 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle announced he will again partner with Fox Chase Cancer Center to host breast cancer screenings at his Fox Chase office. The annual mobile mammography event will be held outside of his district office at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20 at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave. Those interested in receiving a breast cancer screening are required to make an appointment. “Many of us have had either a friend or loved one who has battled this deadly disease. About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime and some will be diagnosed with it at a young age,” Boyle said. “Early detection is so important in the fight against breast cancer and I am pleased to continue this partnership with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer these lifesaving screenings.” Additional requirements include: Must be 40 or older. Name and address of the patient’s doctor. Prescription from a doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the past three years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months. Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Boyle’s district office at 215-695-1016. Read more

 

Boyle announces weekend voting legislation to strengthen voter engagement

(Jun 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, was joined by Congressman Brendan Boyle to announce companion legislation to officially change Election Day nationwide and statewide to the weekend after the first Friday in November in order to increase voting accessibility, engagement and turnout. “People should not be forced to decide between work, family responsibilities and participation in our democratic process. At this point in history, we need to make a move to encourage and facilitate the right to vote, not restrict it,” Boyle said. “Holding on to having the elections on a Tuesday is a deliberate effort to make voting difficult for people. It may have worked in the past, but now it just serves to inhibit people from voting. Specifically, when we know that a considerable amount of nonvoters have cited ‘too busy or conflicting schedule’ as the main reason not to vote. It’s long past time to fix this,” he said. Congressman Boyle, PA-13, said: “Countless other developed nations around the world currently hold elections on weekends. We have seen time and again, how low voter turnout results in disenfranchisement, frustration and civic apathy. Weekend voting is a proven method that increases accessibility, engagement, and turnout. “If work, school or other responsibilities become a roadblock for citizens wishing to exercise their right to vote, then it is the government’s obligation Read more

 

Boyle announces grant for solar array installation at Roosevelt Mall

(Mar 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 16 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, announced today that Brixmor Operating Partnership, LP, will receive a $790,400 grant for a solar project at its Roosevelt Mall Property. The Solar Energy Program funding request was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The money will go towards the purchase and the construction of a solar array on the roof of the Roosevelt Mall. The total project cost is $1,976,000, with Brixmor Property Group providing $1,185,600 in matching funds. “The grant will not only help improve the overall infrastructure of the mall, but it will make it more energy-efficient,” Boyle said. The solar array will provide 21 percent of the overall energy consumption at the mall while generating more than one million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.” The Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the CFA. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office Read more

 

Winter 2018 newsletter

(Feb 19, 2018)

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Boyle welcomes Wolf’s proposed increases for education, fight against opioid abuse epidemic

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, praised the proposed increase in education funding and opioid treatment in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget, in addition to the renewed call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. “Governor Wolf has kept the momentum going in restoring the funding cuts made by the former administration. We are seeing $120 million more in this proposal for school districts across the commonwealth, with higher investment in pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs, state universities and career and technical education. “The governor also is building on the investment made in the fight against the opioid and heroin epidemic that is taking lives and destroying families in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania,” Boyle said. “I also support Governor Wolf standing his ground in pushing for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. It’s mind-boggling to see such a tax in neighboring states and yet, Pennsylvania fails to make the drilling industry pay its fair share for doing business here. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to the upcoming budget hearings to have a seat at the table to ensure the agencies receive the needed funding while staying aligned with the governor’s budget proposal,” he said. Read more