Bi-Partisan Caucus holds first ever Zoom forum to discuss governor’s budget

(Feb 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – The PA House Bi-Partisan Caucus held a forum Friday where the co-chairs, state Reps. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and Greg Rothman, R-Cumberland, were joined by 45 other PA House members and three presidents of PA State System of Higher Education universities to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2022-23 budget proposal. The governor’s plan would invest $75 million for the operations of PASSHE. The three presidents included Dr. Christopher Fiorentino, West Chester University; Kenneth Long, East Stroudsburg University; and Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Penn West University. Penn West is the PASSHE chancellor’s integration plan that would make California University of PA, Clarion University and Edinboro University one institution. Kinsey said he was excited about the bipartisan support at the forum. “It was great to see 45 members and three university presidents come together for the common good that impacts not only the future of education in our state system, but the economy and workforce,” Kinsey said. “In today’s divisive political climate, it was great to have members from both sides come together to listen to these presidents as they detailed the impact that these dollars will have on their individual universities.” “Our biggest priority is ensuring a successful future for Pennsylvania, and this forum was an excellent opportunity to focus on that priority,” Rothman said. Read more

 

Kinsey: Budget Makes Needed Investments

(Feb 09, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey says that the priorities outlined in Gov. Tom Wolf's 2022-23 proposed state budget are aligned with his own priorities. Investments in education, seniors, criminal justice reform and more will be the focus for Kinsey through the upcoming Appropriations Committee budget hearings that will help craft the enabling legislation for these priorities. Read more

 

Kinsey pleased about Governor’s 2022-23 budget plan 

(Feb 09, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., made a statement regarding Gov. Wolf’s 2022 budget address. “I am happy with the proposed budget that Governor Wolf presented. His priorities are in line with what my constituents and I expect of this legislature,” Kinsey said. This includes increased spending for education, workforce development, supporting seniors, environmental/agricultural investments, gun violence reduction and criminal justice reform, which I recently rolled out seven pieces of legislation for. The money in this budget plan would help out with these reforms.” More details about the governor’s 2022-23 budget proposal can be found here: https://houseappropriations.com/Topic/BudgetYears/697 . Kinsey continued, “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will advocate for and support the governor’s initiative to make sure we can get those additional dollars where they’re needed. I’m looking forward to robust discussion over the next few weeks so we can inquire about a budget that will help serve the people of Pennsylvania.” Read more

 

Now open for applications: Homeowner assistance, nonprofit security, Act 13, and clean energy funding opportunities

(Feb 07, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Clean Energy Workforce Development Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania local workforce development board. Use : To assist the department with the creation of programs designed to engage and support businesses in the clean energy sector. Funds : Grants up to $500,000. Application Deadline : March 14, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Nonprofit Security Grant Program (Funding Source: Nonprofit Security Grant Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofits. Use : To enhance security and protect from hate crimes. Funds : Grants awards from $5,000 to $150,000. Application Deadline : March 2, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.pccd.pa.gov/schoolsafety/Pages/Non-Profit-Security-Grant-Fund.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Endowment Act – Direct Victim Service Organizations Grant Program (Funding Source: Monetary Penalty Endowments Trust Fund) Who May Apply : Direct victim service organizations. Use : To support residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who have been child victims of sexual Read more

 

Diverse by example: Increasing diversity in academia

(Feb 02, 2022)

Nationally, just 6% of college and university faculty are Black. Today, the PA House Democratic Policy Committee, along with co-hosts state Reps. Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware, and Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., explored the topics of diversity and inclusion among academic faculty in Pennsylvania at a hearing in State College, PA. Read more

 

Kinsey seeks solutions for problems in Pa. prison system

(Jan 26, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 26 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., held a news conference today with House and Senate colleagues and prison-reform advocates to discuss legislation to help address systemic problems in Pennsylvania’s prison system. Kinsey was joined by House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., House Minority Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila., state Reps. Amen Brown, Danilo Burgos, Joe Hohenstein, Darisha Parker and Brian Sims, all D-Phila.; Tim Briggs, Napoleon Nelson, Ben Sanchez and Joe Webster, all D-Montgomery; Bob Brooks, R-Westmoreland/Allegheny; Gina Curry, D-Delaware; Manuel Guzman, D-Berks; Dianne Herrin, D-Chester; Carol Hill-Evans, D-York; Patty Kim, D-Dauphin; Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny; Maureen Madden, D-Monroe; Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery; and Regina Young, D-Delaware/Phila.; along with state Sen. Sharif Street, D-Phila. and Anton Andrew from PA Prison Society. “Right now, in Pennsylvania and the entire United States, we have a prison system that does not work,” Kinsey said. “We must pass legislation to reform this system, so that those incarcerated have a chance to live dignified lives when they’re serving their sentence and when they’ve completed it.” The lawmakers are seeking enactment of several bills that would improve the prison system for incarcerated people and their families as well as save taxpayer dollars, including: Probation and Parole Reform: Earned Compliance Read more

 

Kinsey announces $1.75 million in redevelopment funding for Northwest Philadelphia

(Dec 06, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced $1.75 million in state grants were awarded to Northwest Philadelphia for redevelopment projects. WES Corp. is a minority-run mental health care organization located in the Logan section of Philadelphia that provides mental health services to thousands of residents across the city. WES Corp. will use the funds it receives to acquire and rehabilitate the Windrim facility by constructing administrative support offices and additional parking. The project will yield a state-of-the-art health care facility/business service hub and headquarters for WES Corp. “I am very excited to see this funding go to WES Corporation to improve the overall complex,” Kinsey said. “It is important that our health care facilities are in the best condition possible for workers and patients.” Work will include renovation of vacant 33,000-square-foot building to provide corporate, health care & physician offices for expanded behavioral health services, and state-licensed outpatient mental health clinics and programs. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Read more

 

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder treatment provider and veteran employment funding opportunities

(Nov 30, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder Provider Stabilization (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who Can Apply : Substance use disorder treatment providers. Use : Stabilization payments to substance use disorder treatment providers to assist with pandemic-related expenses. Funds : Up to $10 million will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : December 8 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/DDAPFunding/Pages/Funding-Opportunities.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Veterans Employment Program (Funding Source s : General Fund & Reemployment Fund) Who Can Apply : Local workforce development boards, non-profit and non-governmental entities, community-based organizations, education and post-secondary organizations, labor organizations, business associations, and economic development entities. There is a special emphasis on the following counties with the highest veteran unemployment rates: Beaver, Delaware, Fayette, Lackawanna, Clearfield, and Lycoming counties. Use : To implement a veterans employment program. Funds : Up to $200,000 each. $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : December 30 More Information : Click on Read more

 

Take My Issues Survey

(Nov 30, 2021)

Take this survey to rank the issues you feel are most important in our community. Read more

 

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

(Nov 04, 2021)

As winter approaches and we prepare to spend even more time indoors, utility bills are only going to get more expensive. Additionally, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn have made it difficult for many to keep up with home energy bills. No Pennsylvanian should ever have to worry that their heat will be shut off during the coldest and darkest months of the year. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Assistance is available for both renters and homeowners. LIHEAP helps some of the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens — children, older Pennsylvanians, people with disabilities, and low-income families — make ends meet. Anyone who may need help, or anyone who has loved ones or neighbors who could benefit from this program, is encouraged to apply for LIHEAP today. APPLY FOR LIHEAP LIHEAP FACTS How do I apply for LIHEAP? Depending on preference, different options are available to apply for LIHEAP: Apply online: Pennsylvanians can apply at www.compass.state.pa.us . Paper applications: Call the LIHEAP Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 to request a paper application. Paper applications can also be downloaded from the DHS LIHEAP web page . County Assistance Office (CAO) services are available if clients Read more

 

Kinsey hosts public safety meeting to discuss solutions to gun violence

(Oct 29, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., hosted a public safety meeting last night to address solutions to the gun violence that is occurring in Philadelphia. The meeting was held in partnership with U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Phila.; Councilmembers Cindy Bass, Cherelle Parker and Derek Green; State Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald, Darisha Parker and Chris Rabb, all D-Phila.; and State Sens. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery/Phila. and Sharif Street, D-Phila. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner were present as well as Police Inspector Jerreau Thomas, Police Captain Nicholas Smith of the 14 th Police District and Captain Michael Zimmerman of the 35 th Police District. There were also representatives from Governor Tom Wolf’s Office, Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Office, and Mayor Jim Kenney’s office present to hear the potential solutions offered by the audience. Kinsey noted that the meeting was moderated by the Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, which helped the meeting flow smoothly along. Roughly 400 community members attended the meeting with ideas and solutions to stop the gun violence in their communities. Some of the solutions presented were community policing, emphasizing skilled trades, teaching history in a different way, a citywide campaign against gun violence and better role models for children in the community. “We had a great Read more

 

Bill seeks accurate data on gun violence through nonpartisan research center

(Oct 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State lawmakers representing the Philadelphia region have introduced legislation to start and fund a nonpartisan, academic research center on gun violence in Pennsylvania with the goal of providing policymakers and the public with accurate data to develop policies and programs that prevent gun violence. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton joined state Reps. Joe Hohenstein and Stephen Kinsey in introducing the bill (H.B.2009), which was referred to the House Judiciary Committee for review. “In 2019, there were 1,541 people killed in Pennsylvania as a result of gun violence,” Hohenstein said. “There is a dire need to implement new policies that could prevent so much unnecessary death in our communities.” McClinton strongly agreed. “Gun violence has become a massive public-health crisis that must be addressed now,” McClinton said. “This center would provide key research to determine the main causes behind gun violence and what strategies are most effective at reducing it in Pennsylvania.” Gun violence is particularly rampant in Philadelphia, where more than 2,200 people were shot in 2020, according to statistics from the Philadelphia Police Department. “Shootings are happening more frequently and our current approach to combat them is not working,” Kinsey said. “Our duty as legislators is to protect and serve our constituents. Establishing this research center is Read more

 

Kinsey to host a Day of Remembrance Saturday

(Sep 21, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 21 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is partnering with EMIR Healing Center to host a Day of Remembrance from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at Vernon Park on Germantown Avenue. This event is to remember the people who have died in the last two years due to gun violence, by suicide and from COVID-19. “We are having this remembrance to mourn the loss of too many of our family, friends and neighbors, as well as to educate families on the resources available and support them in their healing process as they say goodbye to their loved ones,” Kinsey said. “Throughout the day, we will have discussions on my legislative work on these issues and how we can work together to prevent further unnecessary loss.” Supplies will be available for people to make remembrance art for their lost loved ones. There also will be music, food and prayer. More information is available at Kinsey’s office located at 5952-54 Germantown Ave., or by calling (215) 849-6592. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Public defender, prosecutor, humanities, gun violence, and library funding opportunities

(Sep 08, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Public Defender Training Initiatives Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funds) Who May Apply : Any organization that can demonstrate a history of providing training and technical assistance to public defenders in Pennsylvania. The applicant agency must also demonstrate the ability to provide training at a statewide level. Use : To provide training and technical assistance to public defenders in Pennsylvania. Funds : $550,000 will be distributed in total. PCCD expects to fund one grant over the two-year project period. Application Deadline : September 28 More Information : Click on https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Prosecutor Training Initiatives Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funds) Who May Apply : Any organization that can demonstrate a history of providing training and technical assistance to county prosecutors. The applicant agency must also demonstrate the ability to provide training at a statewide level and become certified by the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an accredited CLE provider. Use : To provide training and technical assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement professionals on legal issues relevant to adults and juveniles. Funds : $870,000 will Read more

 

Bullock, Kinsey introduce bill for health equity

(Sep 03, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 3 – State Reps. Donna Bullock and Stephen Kinsey, both D-Phila., have introduced a bill that would formally establish the Office of Health Equity in state statute to ensure that Pennsylvania’s current commitment to equitable health care for every resident continues. “Health care is a basic human right,” Bullock said. “This fundamental truth is acknowledged by the World Health Organization and embraced by scores of nations – developed and lower-income countries alike – that have built health systems devoted to providing equal access to quality health care for all citizens. In order to establish an ongoing commitment to the health of all Pennsylvanians, regardless of income, Zip code, etc., this is a necessary step to oversight and advocacy in health care.” According to the Pennsylvania Office of Health Equity, health equity means that every resident can live a healthy life regardless of race, sex, location, education or income level. The office works to ensure all Pennsylvanians receive the care they need, regardless of any of the social or economic factors listed above. “This last year has made abundantly clear that our health system discriminates against marginalized people and populations without access to care,” Kinsey said. “As this catastrophic episode in our history continues to claim the lives of the undervalued and underpaid, we can no longer ignore nor delay righting this Read more

 

Kinsey to host annual Unity in the Northwest Community summer event

(Aug 27, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 26 – After more than a year of quarantine, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is slated to host his annual Unity in the Northwest Community summer event. Distinguished members of the Northwest Philadelphia community will be honored with the Honorable David P. Richardson Jr. Legacy Award for their outstanding service to the northwest community. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 in the 5900 block of Germantown Avenue, 19144 , on the grounds of the historic Germantown High School. “We’ve had a difficult year, but I am thrilled to host this year’s event and bringing people together. Hopefully, this event will help to lift spirits of neighbors as we gather in a positive unified environment while listening to good music being performed by great local musicians,” Kinsey said. “We also can’t ignore that our ability to come together has been made possible in part by our neighbors who have demonstrated immense dedication toward working to keep our community healthy during these trying times.” Unity in the Northwest Community will feature local organizations providing health and public safety information to attendees, food vendors and live musical performances by Philadelphia’s own Breakwater Funk Band, The Jolly Brothers, Monte and Sherry Wilson-Butler. Joining Kinsey at Unity in the Northwest Community will be federal, Read more

 

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.

(Jul 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Manuel Guzman today announced that they will soon introduce legislation that would mandate ammunition manufacturers to encode ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers, making the bullet a more useable piece of evidence for law enforcement to solve more crimes in the wake of increasing gun violence. The bill would also require manufacturers to provide the serial numbers to the Pennsylvania State Police, who would be responsible for keeping a database on all encoded ammunition sold in Pennsylvania and allow law enforcement to easily trace the ownership of any ammunition involved in a crime. “Our commonwealth has experienced an uptick in gun violence, and very few of these crimes have resulted in an arrest or conviction because all that’s left at the crime scene is a victim and spent shell-casings,” said Kinsey, D-Phila. “Our bill that would require every piece of ammunition sold in this state to be encoded with identifying serial numbers -- much like the guns they’re discharged from. It is time for us to keep track of these lethal weapons and ensure that we have the tools necessary to convict individuals who use their firearms for unlawful purposes.” “Police investigations involving firearms go cold over a lack of evidence too often,” said Guzman, D-Berks. “By encoding ammunition, we will provide a much-needed tool in the fight to reduce firearm Read more

 

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey calls on President Biden to ensure Americans with the greatest need can access a basic necessity of modern life: high speed internet

(Jun 17, 2021)

For the past 15 months of the pandemic, broadband has become a lifeline for Pennsylvania’s disadvantaged and disenfranchised—low-income families, communities of color, and people with disabilities. Read more

 

Kinsey reflects on one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, reminds lawmakers to continue to fight for justice

(May 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – A day after the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., released the following statement: “Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the needless and horrific public execution of George Floyd by a police officer. Our nation and the world watched those heart wrenching 8 minutes and 49 seconds of a man, a father, a brother revert to basic childhood innocence and fearfully cry out for his deceased mother as he gasped for air due to being slowly asphyxiated to death by a knee to the neck. It was those cries that spurred countless global protests across the globe. “I also want to set the record straight that Mr. Floyd was not a martyr or a hero. He did not sacrifice his life for justice or anything grand, and that is perfectly fine. Like many of us, he was just a person existing in this world. This is what makes his murder more traumatic, especially to those of us who look like him. “This one-year anniversary was time of reflection on George Floyd’s life and our continued strides toward justice. We expressed sorrow in those unjustly taken from us, we spoke their names, but we also had glimmers of triumph. We once again relished in that feeling of finally being visible and respected when Mr. Floyd’s murderer was finally held accountable. “To those on the right side of this fight for justice, especially my fellow lawmakers who have a sworn duty to Read more

 

PLBC outlines legislative agenda for systemic equity

(May 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 5 – State House members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and supporters today outlined their legislative agenda for systemic equity at a Capitol news conference. Members spoke about bills that would resolve bias, create diversity and provide inclusion, bridging the racial divide and inequities in legislation, state government agencies and health care. “This agenda is a road map for changing the way we deliver services, distribute resources and otherwise do business in the Commonwealth in all matters so that everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, or Zip code, will have the same access and the same expectation as residents of Pennsylvania,” said PLBC Chair and state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “The inequities in health care, housing and employment that were exacerbated by the pandemic are not new. They are systemic and often rooted in generations of racism. To address these systemic inequities, we have to remove stigmas, address implicit bias, and invest in systemic equity in ways that provide fair and equitable access to wealth, health, safety and more. We cannot continue doing things as we’ve done in the past and expect the outcome to be different. I have said that before, it still holds true and will continue to be true until we make substantial changes. We won’t relent until we see these changes.” “I truly appreciate the leadership of PLCB Chairwoman Bullock to keep us Read more

 

Bi-Partisan Caucus holds first ever Zoom forum to discuss governor’s budget
Feb 14, 2022

Kinsey: Budget Makes Needed Investments
Feb 09, 2022

Kinsey pleased about Governor’s 2022-23 budget plan 
Feb 09, 2022

Now open for applications: Homeowner assistance, nonprofit security, Act 13, and clean energy funding opportunities
Feb 07, 2022

Diverse by example: Increasing diversity in academia
Feb 02, 2022

Kinsey seeks solutions for problems in Pa. prison system
Jan 26, 2022

Kinsey announces $1.75 million in redevelopment funding for Northwest Philadelphia
Dec 06, 2021

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder treatment provider and veteran employment funding opportunities
Nov 30, 2021

Take My Issues Survey
Nov 30, 2021

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Nov 04, 2021

Kinsey hosts public safety meeting to discuss solutions to gun violence
Oct 29, 2021

Bill seeks accurate data on gun violence through nonpartisan research center
Oct 26, 2021

Kinsey to host a Day of Remembrance Saturday
Sep 21, 2021

Now open for applications: Public defender, prosecutor, humanities, gun violence, and library funding opportunities
Sep 08, 2021

Bullock, Kinsey introduce bill for health equity
Sep 03, 2021

Kinsey to host annual Unity in the Northwest Community summer event
Aug 27, 2021

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.
Jul 01, 2021

State Rep. Stephen Kinsey calls on President Biden to ensure Americans with the greatest need can access a basic necessity of modern life: high speed internet
Jun 17, 2021

Kinsey reflects on one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, reminds lawmakers to continue to fight for justice
May 26, 2021

PLBC outlines legislative agenda for systemic equity
May 05, 2021