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Kinsey Stands Up For A Diverse Workforce

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Kinsey joined his colleagues in fighting for a diverse workforce. He explains why it’s critical for Pennsylvania’s economy that all entrepreneurs have equal opportunities. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus to host Tuskegee Airmen program for Black History Month

(Feb 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced that the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus will host a Black History Month program to celebrate the Tuskegee Airmen. The ceremony will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, 7500 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119. "The Tuskegee Airmen’s excellent combat record served as an example to all who doubted the leadership skills of black Americans'” Kinsey said. “Even before the civil rights movement took shape, these heroes helped open doors for black Americans in the military and beyond.” The event will feature a panel discussion with members of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen hosted by Junious R. Stanton. Speakers include Tuskegee Airmen and women Nathan O. Thomas, Dr. Eugene Richardson, Bertram Levy and Alma Bailey. Read more

 

Kinsey Kicks Off Budget Hearings By Pushing To Raise The Wage

(Feb 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey participated in the first of a series of hearings regarding Pennsylvania’s 2019-20 budget. He focused his discussion on why it’s critical to raise the minimum wage. Read more

 

Kinsey & PLBC Kickoff Black History Month

(Feb 04, 2019)

Chairman of the Pa. Legislative Black Caucus, Rep. Stephen Kinsey, talks about the power of the messages spoken and the inspiration of the next generation in their creative efforts at the Black History Month kickoff event. Read more

 

PLBC hosts Black History Month event at state Capitol

(Feb 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – In commemorating Black History Month, members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus hosted an event in the Main Capitol Rotunda. This year’s theme was “Black Migrations,” observing the movement of people from African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. “The African-Americans who embarked on the journey of migration were all trailblazers in their own right. They broke culture barriers while facing extreme prejudice and economic, political and social challenges,” said Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC chairman. “The program provided us with the opportunity to not only celebrate the achievements our ancestors pursued that ultimately laid a foundation in our history, but also to remember the struggles they endured; for these struggles continue to plague people of color in today’s society.” “The Great Migration changed the course of the lives of many African-Americans and their children. Some families attained success, others found that racial injustices and disparities weren't limited to the south,” said Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairman. “Through Black History Month programs, like our showcase at the state Capitol, we have a responsibility to honor our ancestors' journey, celebrate our achievements, defend democracy and fight injustices everywhere.” The program also included speaker Dr. Chieke E. Ihejirika, professor at Lincoln 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

 

Northwest Economic Empowerment Business Summit Jan. 19

(Jan 11, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald will be joined by Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Chris Rabb, Sen. Art Haywood and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker to co-host an annual summit to help current and future business owners succeed and prosper. The 2 nd Annual Northwest Economic Empowerment Business Summit, organized by Fitzgerald, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Masjidullah, the Center for Human Excellence, 7433 Limekiln Pike, 19138. The theme of this year’s summit is “Continuing the Journey.” Those attending the summit can take part in a variety of workshops and hear from expert panelists about starting a business or making an existing business thrive. “Business owners are a vital part of our community,” Fitzgerald said. “We want to provide constituents with the opportunities and resources to assist them, whether it’s starting their own business venture or growing their existing business.” Fitzgerald said there will be door prizes and continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Congressman Dwight Evans will be the keynote speaker. Representatives and their staff also will be available to answer questions and provide information on state government-related services. For more information and to RSVP, please call Fitzgerald’s office at 215-549-0220 or by email at repizzy@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Summer jobs - $13.56 per hour – for college students!

(Jan 08, 2019)

PennDOT will again sponsor an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce. These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, enrolled full-time in college for the fall 2019 semester, and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The pay is $13.56 per hour. If you're interested, you should apply online AND you can also seek a recommendation from my office. If you are seeking a recommendation from me, please contact my office by Feb. 8. Remember, to be considered for this opportunity, you must apply online at www.employment.pa.gov to the PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program posting under the Open Jobs section of the website, even if you have worked for PennDOT before. Read more

 

New PLBC Leadership Takes Oath

(Jan 04, 2019)

The new leadership for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus took their oath of office in Harrisburg. Now, they’re ready to get to work to tackle the issues that people of color, those people disenfranchised and those that have been marginalized in our society continue facing each and every day across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

PLBC statement on Mummer’s Parade

(Jan 03, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after seeing reports of racist behavior at the Mummer’s Parade: “The issue we are seeing here is a history of controversial characters and portrayals,” said state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, chairman of the PLBC. “The actions of those involved was intended as a form of comedy, but many viewers on the outside of the event believe it was in poor taste. We want to work on educating the public about how these actions can affect those around them, and how we might be able to better work for the future by working together on this parade as a whole community. The PLBC will continue our fight against acts of racism and fight for non-discriminatory legislation that updates the laws to help combat racism and racist behavior. Even if we cannot defeat it altogether, we should have better laws in place to discourage hateful practices and better educate the public.” “It doesn’t matter if it’s blackface or a black face, racial insensitivity has no place in Philadelphia,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., former chairman of the PLBC and House Democratic Whip. “Sadly, this Parade has a tradition of racial insensitivity at best and racism at worst. It’s high time the sponsors and all others involved take a deliberate look at the messages being put forth by the parade. I look forward to joining other Read more

 

Kinsey sworn in for fourth term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey took the oath of office to begin his fourth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “It’s an honor to be able to serve the people back home in the 201st district of Philadelphia,” Kinsey said. “I reaffirm my commitment to my community. I will push for more legislation to answer the needs of my district and their families, and bring awareness to the issues affecting us most.” During his third term, Kinsey secured state money to protect children from bullying and rid classrooms of dangerous toxins. He also helped to pass a law that offered a clean slate to those trying to turn their lives around. “As we head into the New Year, I plan to stand up to senseless gun violence, push for quality schools, rally to create jobs, and work to increase the minimum wage. We continue to make progress, but we cannot stop fighting to achieve our goals. Only by working together can we make the change that we want to see a reality,” Kinsey said. The 2019-20 legislative session marks Kinsey’s first term as chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, a position his colleagues elected him to serve in November. Kinsey said, “I’m proud to serve in this new capacity, and I will continue my fight to make sure no one feels left behind in the fight for equality, tolerance and Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus selects new leadership

(Nov 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Calling it a great opportunity to continue to be the voice for African-Americans and minorities across the commonwealth, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was elected Wednesday to serve as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Being chosen by my colleagues to serve as the chairman of the PLBC is truly an honor. It is a tremendous responsibility that I will not take lightly,” Kinsey said. “It is the job of the PLBC to be a voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania. As we have witnessed in recent years, minorities are facing injustice and discrimination more than ever, not only in the commonwealth but across our nation. I look forward to advancing the discussion to ensure African-Americans and people of color are equally respected and represented in Pennsylvania.” The PLBC leadership team is further made up of Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman; Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, secretary; and Rep.-elect Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, treasurer. “I am honored to be reelected as vice chairwoman of the PLBC and will continue working to create opportunities and reduce barriers for black Pennsylvanians,” Bullock said. “I will keep having tough conversations with my colleagues in the House to make sure that our communities are heard and that legislation and policies from Harrisburg are inclusive of all communities.” “I am extremely honored Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 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

 

Kinsey Honors the late Rep. David P. Richardson, Jr.

(Oct 31, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey honored the legacy of public service of the late Honorable David P. Richardson, Jr., a giant in the Northwest Philadelphia community of Germantown, with the addition of his name to the now Pastorius-Richardson Elementary School. Read more

 

Kinsey Kappa Alpha Psi Day

(Oct 17, 2018)

Rep Kinsey welcomes Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity to the state capitol as the PA House recognizes Kappa Alpha Psi Day in the state of Pennsylvania 2018. Read more

 

Kinsey: State grant to restore historic site in Germantown

(Sep 18, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced Awbury Arboretum Association will receive a $75,000 grant to restore a historic man-made pond at the arboretum in Germantown. “The arboretum’s watercourses have faced many challenges to maintain their water sources and hold onto their fragile ecosystem. This grant will help achieve a successful restoration of the site by taking a holistic approach to do it,” Kinsey said. “The Awbury Arboretum is an ecological education facility that we must preserve to diversify our classrooms, while reducing flooding and sewer overflows, and improving surface water quality.” Kinsey said the funding was provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program. The money will go toward a series of expansions to increase the capacity of safely conveying offsite storm water to the property, with the goal of adding an additional 13.95 acres to the existing 24.8 drainage area. The total project cost is $278,971. The purpose of the WRPP is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of nonpoint source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Impaired Waters list. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for Read more

 

Kinsey to host Human Services job fair on Sept. 20

(Sep 17, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced he will hold a Human Services job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Treasures Banquet Facility, 5549 Germantown Ave., 19144. “In a series of meetings with constituents, we listened to their concerns on the need for employment in the northwest,” Kinsey said. “My colleagues and I understand that looking for a job can be a very frustrating process and that’s why we came up with this job fair – to fill in many positions available in the human services field. Folks who come to the job fair should have a sense that they are coming with the intent to work in this specific field.” Kinsey said more than 25 agencies will be in attendance looking to fill various human services positions that are currently open. Candidates should dress to impress and bring copies of their resume. More information can be obtained calling Kinsey’s constituent service office at (215) 849-6592. Read more

 

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11

(Sep 11, 2018)

On this, the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Somerset County, Pa., and on the United States as a whole, we reflect on our painful past, but are grateful for how much our nation has accomplished in the face of tragedy. It is painful to remember that day, and it will always be painful. But let us not forget the stories of heroism, courage and bravery that reflect the very core of what it means to be American. Let us never forget the first responders who saved lives in New York City and Washington D.C., or the group of courageous passengers who saved lives by fighting back on that plane that crashed in Somerset County. Were it not for them, the loss could have been much worse. The actions of our soldiers, firefighters, EMTs and police officers are courageous. Today, we reflect on what now is the most somber occasion for our nation. We also mark this occasion by sharing not only in our grief, but in our patriotism and overwhelming pride for our country. Today is a date that will always be sacred in America. Our backgrounds and our lives may differ greatly, but there is a common thread that holds us all together and connects us on a very deep level; that is that this country has shaped those lives, this country has affords us all opportunities and allowed many of us to see our dreams and the dreams of our children come true. That common thread is that we all take pride in our country and its people. Read more

 

Kinsey: $1 million grant for WES health service hub and headquarters

(Sep 07, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., is pleased to announce that WES Corp. has been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to build a state of the art medical service hub and headquarters on 13th Street. “I’m thrilled to see WES getting this grant,” Kinsey said. “This money will help them fulfill and grow their mission of promoting the total wellness of our neighbors. As a state representative, it is my job to make health resources more accessible and affordable for people. I’m proud to take part in the amazing job WES is doing to improve the well-being of our communities.” The project includes a new four-story office building to hold corporate and service staff. It will also host medical offices to service behavioral health needs, outpatient clinics, patient direct services, underground parking and complementary business services including daycare and retail services. The RACP grant program is administered by the governor’s Office of the Budget to foster economic, cultural, civic and historical projects with significant potential for improving economic growth with new jobs. Read more

 

8/30/18 – Victim Support Services – Philadelphia

(Aug 30, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Stephen Kinsey and State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald. Read more