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West Chester University honored for community service

(Apr 21, 2015)

It was my sincere pleasure to host on April 20, 2015, members of the West Chester University student body and faculty, who accepted a House citation for the university’s exemplary community-service accomplishments and for being named in December to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which is no small feat. Last year, West Chester Students logged more than 600,000 hours of community service with an undergraduate enrollment of 13,700 students, thanks in part to the courses that integrate community work into curriculum. Two-hundred faculty members included a service component in classes in 2013-14. That’s great work and great learning! Read more

 

Kinsey honors brother, military personnel

(Apr 14, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey honored his brother, Captain Barry Kinsey, who is retiring from the U.S. Army after nearly 25 years of service. Kinsey recognized the sacrifices and challenges that military personnel face while serving their country. Read more

 

90.5 WESA: Bill Aims to Deter Academic Fraud in PA (External Link)

(Apr 06, 2015)

90.5 WESA features an article about a bill sponsored by state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, which would make perpetrating academic fraud criminally punishable in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Northwest Raiders parade is Saturday, April 11

(Apr 06, 2015)

The 2014 AA Pop Warner National Super Bowl Champion Northwest Raiders will be honored with a parade at noon Saturday, April 11 from Wayne and Chelten avenues to the Lonnie Young Recreation Center . The Raiders defeated a team from Connecticut in a game that was held last year at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and televised on ESPN2. Their accomplishment was acknowledged by H.R. 34 , jointly sponsored by me and Rep. Rosita Youngblood. We can be proud of the way the Northwest Raiders played the game – and doubly proud of the fact that they emerged victorious. In so doing, they've become role models for countless other youths! You can watch a video of the Raiders being honored in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by clicking here . Read more

 

The PLS Reporter: As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts (External Link)

(Mar 27, 2015)

The PLS Reporter features an article about the three-week budget hearing process that ended March 26, 2015. State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., offers his thoughts about the hearings. Read more

 

Kinsey bill would make academic fraud criminal offense in Pennsylvania

(Mar 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Perpetrating academic fraud, like what occurred over two decades involving no-show classes at the University of North Carolina, would be criminally punishable in Pennsylvania under a bill proposed by state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila. His bill, which will be introduced into the House Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks, would legally define academic fraud as a felony. "When a college or university cheats for its students to keep scholarships or to remain competitive in an athletic arena, it is literally stealing from students and in many cases taxpayers," said Kinsey, D-Phila. "That is a crime, and it’s time we treat it as such." Academic fraud is not currently punishable in criminal courts. Under the proposal, a person would be charged with a third-degree felony if he or she attempted to or helped a student obtain a credit, grade or test score by fraudulent means, or changed a score, grade or credit in exchange for goods or services. A perpetrator involving student athletes would be charged with a second-degree felony if he or she accepted goods or services for teaching a no-show class, steered a student athlete into a no-show class for the sake of athletic eligibility, attempted to or forged a grade or credit, or systematically conducted fraudulent business to ensure a student athlete’s academic eligibility. UNC last year disclosed academic fraud, which is believed to have taken place Read more

 

Children's Nutrition Fair is Saturday, March 21

(Mar 20, 2015)

Councilwoman Cindy Bass and I are proud to present a day of fun for the whole family, focusing on nutrition and well-being from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Treasure’s Banquet Hall, 5549 Germantown Ave. A nutritionist will be on hand to help children learn the joys of a well-balanced diet. We will also hear from a fitness expert on the importance of being and active and exercising. Fun activities will include a bounce house, slide, face painters and balloon artistry. I hope to see you there! Read more

 

Kinsey: Wolf budget rooted in reality; refocuses attention to education

(Mar 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey today voiced support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal, unveiled this morning during a special joint session of the General Assembly. Wolf’s budget seeks to restore cuts to basic education with a four-year commitment to increase funding by $2 billion, while cutting the average homeowner’s property taxes by 50 percent and reducing the total tax burden on middle-class families. “Governor Wolf’s plan is rooted in reality and acknowledges that Pennsylvania needs long-term, sustainable funding and job growth to get its affairs back on track,” said Kinsey, D-Phila, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “We need a fresh approach to the budget – not more cuts, which have only served to devalue our education system and place our future prosperity in jeopardy. “At the same time, the proposal seeks $3.8 billion in local tax relief for homeowners, renters, individuals and businesses through property tax relief, wage-tax relief and expanded rent rebates. To me, this shows that while the governor recognizes the need for new revenue, he is balancing it with targeted cuts that help families prosper. I can get behind that, and I look forward to working his priorities into meaningful legislation. “Additionally, the governor embraces education in his budget and provides $1 billion toward restoring cuts to Pre-K through 12 and higher education, Read more

 

Kinsey: Legislature should have better reviewed privatization plan

(Feb 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Pennsylvania House Republicans’ plan to divest the state’s Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will likely add to increased crime, alcohol dependency and abuse, and should have been the subject of more public hearings, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey said today following his vote against the measure. “Looking beyond the fiscal impacts of the bill for a moment, it’s important to remember that this bill has just as much to do with health and social implications,” said Kinsey, D-Phila. “House Bill 466 potentially exposes children, teens and folks with alcohol addiction to a controlled substance, more frequently and at locations frequented by families. “Alcohol is addictive. We are effectively giving people the opportunity to consume a product that can become a dangerous addiction and lead to severe health problems and crime. “With Pennsylvania facing a $2.3 billion budget deficit, I think it was unwise for us to dismantle an established revenue source that was bringing in over $100 million annually. I believe that we should modernize our wine and spirit stores, and in the process maintain and sustain employment for thousands of our hard-working citizens.” The bill now goes to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus accepting applications for scholarship program

(Feb 19, 2015)

Scholarships from the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are now available for high school seniors and first-year college students who will be enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year Pennsylvania college or university. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, April 23. Students applying for the scholarship must be a minority student, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member, and demonstrate leadership qualities. A 500-word essay on the student’s academic plans and career goals also must be submitted. Only the first 250 applications submitted will be considered. The PLBC plans to award at least 10 scholarships this year. Each scholarship will be $1,000. To obtain an application and more details about the program, students can visit www.pahouse.com/plbc and click on the Scholarships tab. If they have any additional questions about the PLBC Scholarship Program, applicants residing in the 201st Legislative District can contact State Rep. Stephen Kinsey's office at 215-849-6896. Read more

 

Kinsey heralds Wolf decision to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania

(Feb 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – As a longtime supporter of expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., expressed his support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive today to fully expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act: “Today is a historic day for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who have been forced to wait out political games ahead of their own health,” he said. “Governor Tom Wolf realized what Governor Tom Corbett could never understand: a healthy Pennsylvania can lead to a prosperous Pennsylvania, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. It’s been a long ride, but I think we’re finally headed in the right direction. “It’s good to see the governor putting people first. It’s a welcome change .” Kinsey said anyone who needs assistance in signing up for health coverage should contact his office . The Office of the Governor provided this information today for those who may be impacted by this decision: How does Medicaid expansion differ from Healthy PA ? Medicaid expansion will allow for eligible adults to be placed into one streamlined adult package. This will increase continuity of care and reduce unnecessary processes to make individuals eligible for uncomplicated health care coverage faster. What does this mean for individuals who are in the Private Coverage Option? The department is currently working on a plan to transition individuals into one Read more

 

Rep. Stephen Kinsey talks on Philadelphia's Freedom Quest radio show

(Feb 09, 2015)

Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., talks on Philadelphia's Freedom Quest radio show on Feb. 8, 2015. Read more

 

Youngblood, Kinsey honor Northwest Raiders football team

(Feb 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 2 – Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship football team winners from the Germantown area of Northwest Philadelphia were honored on the House floor today, in a ceremony orchestrated by state Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood and Stephen Kinsey, both D-Phila. The Northwest Raiders, winners of the 2014 national Pop Warner title, defeated a team from Connecticut in a game held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and televised on ESPN2. Their accomplishment was acknowledged by H.R. 34 , jointly sponsored by Youngblood and Kinsey. "It is a pleasure and honor to recognize a group of young men who, in the truest display of dedication and teamwork, have accomplished such a lofty goal," Youngblood said. "Their success is proof that when you set a goal and put your mind to it, anything is possible. They have put themselves – and their community – on the national stage in an impressively positive way." Kinsey said, "The old adage goes, 'It's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.' We can be proud of the way the Northwest Raiders played the game – and doubly proud of the fact that they emerged victorious. In so doing, they've become role models for countless other youths." Youngblood made particular note of the strong educational component of the Pop Warner title, reiterating that the organization which operates in 42 states requires players to maintain academic standards Read more

 

It’s time for Pennsylvania to Put People First!

(Feb 02, 2015)

I believe it’s time to focus on priorities that will help working families, children and our seniors, while building a stronger economy and a better Pennsylvania for all. Families I will focus on policies that provide Jobs that Pay right here in Pennsylvania so that families can work their way out of poverty. That is why I support: Raising the minimum wage, NOW Providing paid sick and maternity leave for ALL workers Strengthening pay equity laws for ALL workers, regardless of sex, race, family status or sexual orientation Students I am committed to investing in our children, from pre-K programs through college, so that we can provide Schools that Teach our students and that provide access to teachers, counselors and programs that will help them succeed. That is why I support: A fair and balanced funding formula for ALL public schools across the Commonwealth Expanding and improving early childhood education investments Helping to make college more affordable Taxpayers I believe that Pennsylvania must move above partisan politics and reach across party lines to have a Government that Works to protect our seniors, our working families and our middle class. We can achieve this by ending policies that benefit wealthy corporations above everyday taxpayers. That is why I support: Passing a reasonable Marcellus Shale tax on natural gas drilling Closing, once and for all, the Delaware Loophole Preserving and expanding state Read more

 

NewsWorks: Community ushers in new legislative year with state Rep. Stephen Kinsey

(Feb 02, 2015)

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey held a community celebration at Treasures Banquet Hall on Germantown Avenue. Check out photos of the event on NewsWorks.org. Read more

 

Youngblood, Kinsey: Pop Warner Super Bowl champion Northwest Raiders to be honored by state House

(Jan 29, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Reps. Rosita C. Youngblood and Stephen Kinsey, both D-Phila., will join members of the state House of Representatives at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 in the House chamber to honor the Northwest Raiders football team for winning the 2014 Pop Warner National Super Bowl Championship. Youngblood and Kinsey jointly sponsored H.R. 34 , which would recognize the Northwest Raiders’ accomplishment of capturing their first ever Pop Warner Super Bowl Championship since the program began back in 1971. The Super Bowl was held at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and was nationally televised live on ESPN2 sports network. The Raiders, who hail from the Germantown area of Northwest Philadelphia, defeated Connecticut’s New Britain Raiders by a score of 26-6. “Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides youth football and cheer and dance programs in 42 states across the country, and is the only youth football program that requires participants to maintain academic standards in order to play,” Youngblood said. “I am looking forward to recognizing these young men who not only have proven themselves on the football field, but also as students and positive members of our community.” “It is fitting to honor Philadelphia’s Northwest Raiders,” Kinsey added. “Not only for their significant athletic accomplishment in winning the 2014 Pop Warner Super Bowl, but Read more

 

Kinsey to host Inauguration and Community Celebration on Saturday

(Jan 27, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., will hold a constituent service office open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at 5952-54 Germantown Ave., and his Inauguration and Community Celebration on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Treasurers Banquet Hall, 5547 Germantown Ave. Those interested in attending the inauguration must RSVP by calling 215-849-6592. "I will always consider it an honor to serve the community I grew up in," Kinsey said, "and I will continue to be a steadfast advocate for all constituents of the 201st Legislative District. We’re a proud community with many needs, but also many strengths and the heart to tackle obstacles. I invite everyone to come out and share your thoughts on this fresh start.” Kinsey said that residents are encouraged to sign up for periodic e-mail updates from him on state issues and services by visiting his website - www.pahouse.com/Kinsey - and clicking on the "Contact" tab. He also provides updates at http://www.facebook.com/RepKinsey and http://www.twitter.com/RepKinsey . Read more

 

Kinsey receives new committee assignments under House reorganization

(Jan 22, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was appointed Wednesday to the Pennsylvania House committees on Appropriations, Children and Youth, Finance, Human Services, and Transportation for the 2015-16 Legislative Session. He was also appointed to serve on the Committee on Committees and the Rules Committee. Kinsey will serve as subcommittee chair of Drug and Alcohol for the Human Services Committee. Kinsey’s appointments to the Rules, Finance and Appropriations committees are new this session for the Northwest Philadelphia legislator, who is serving his second term. “I fought hard to be on the Appropriations Committee this session because it represents one of the greatest opportunities to improve the lives of my constituents and all Pennsylvanians,” Kinsey said. “It will be a difficult budget year as we look to erase a $2 billion deficit, but I’m excited to push for new forms of revenue and better ways for the government to appropriate it. “Four years of cuts have devastated many communities across Pennsylvania. I believe it’s past time to right the wrongs and I’ll continue to work hard for constituents and families. Working directly on the budget with colleagues from both sides of the aisle and with a new governor will be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to helping make a difference.” The Appropriations Committee meets regularly while the House is in session to Read more

 

Kinsey sworn in to second term in state House of Representatives

(Jan 06, 2015)

Kinsey will hold a district-office open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at 5952-54 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, and a community inauguration celebration on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Treasurers Banquet Hall, 5547 Germantown Ave. Those interested in attending the inauguration must RSVP by calling 215-849-6592. Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more

 

West Chester University honored for community service
Apr 21, 2015

Kinsey honors brother, military personnel
Apr 14, 2015

90.5 WESA: Bill Aims to Deter Academic Fraud in PA (External Link)
Apr 06, 2015

Northwest Raiders parade is Saturday, April 11
Apr 06, 2015

The PLS Reporter: As House budget hearings end, Appropriations members offer thoughts (External Link)
Mar 27, 2015

Kinsey bill would make academic fraud criminal offense in Pennsylvania
Mar 26, 2015

Children's Nutrition Fair is Saturday, March 21
Mar 20, 2015

Kinsey: Wolf budget rooted in reality; refocuses attention to education
Mar 03, 2015

Kinsey: Legislature should have better reviewed privatization plan
Feb 26, 2015

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus accepting applications for scholarship program
Feb 19, 2015

Kinsey heralds Wolf decision to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania
Feb 09, 2015

Rep. Stephen Kinsey talks on Philadelphia's Freedom Quest radio show
Feb 09, 2015

Youngblood, Kinsey honor Northwest Raiders football team
Feb 02, 2015

It’s time for Pennsylvania to Put People First!
Feb 02, 2015

NewsWorks: Community ushers in new legislative year with state Rep. Stephen Kinsey
Feb 02, 2015

Youngblood, Kinsey: Pop Warner Super Bowl champion Northwest Raiders to be honored by state House
Jan 29, 2015

Kinsey to host Inauguration and Community Celebration on Saturday
Jan 27, 2015

Kinsey receives new committee assignments under House reorganization
Jan 22, 2015

Kinsey sworn in to second term in state House of Representatives
Jan 06, 2015

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law
Dec 28, 2014