Daley, Policy Committee highlight the importance of unions at public hearing

(Apr 24, 2019)

PLYMOUTH MEETING, April 24 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the UFCW Local 1776 Meeting Hall titled, “Why Unions?” focusing on the role unions play in protecting workers’ rights. Daley requested the hearing to bring together her legislative colleagues from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and stakeholders to discuss the need unions play for workers. "Basic worker rights such as the 40-hour work week, workplace safety regulations, child labor laws and much more. It’s important that we recognize as the workforces evolve and times change, that we must keep up with the times and provide protections workers drastically need,” stated Daley. “Last year, CEO wages went up nearly 18 percent while worker wages stayed stagnant. Unions help to ensure that hardworking men and women are paid family-sustaining wages. When we allow CEOs and big companies to pay low wages, we’re giving them a free pass while their workers must rely on state assistance just to get by,” explained Sturla. “I’m happy to stand with Rep. Daley to support unions and workers who help boost Pennsylvania’s economy.” The committee heard testimony from: Gerald Oleksiak, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; and a panel of unions including: Wendell Young IV, President, United Food & Read more


Unions matter now more than ever

(Apr 23, 2019)

Union membership faded after the industrial booms of centuries past, right? Fewer dangerous factories and mines, so no real need for laborers to organize, right? No. In fact, unionization matters now more than ever. Corporations possess inordinate power and influence in Pennsylvania and national politics. Last year’s Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court case overturning precedent and the will of our commonwealth’s legislature reinforced this fact by taking even more power from the women and men whose work drives our economy. Therefore, the time is now to stand up to corporate interests and the lawmakers and lobbyists whose priorities seem to be tax cuts for the rich. Capitalism and organized labor go hand in hand as workers continue to fight for fair wages, benefits and working conditions. The first union in the United States – the Federal Society of Journeymen Cordwainers (shoemakers) – started in Philadelphia in 1794. Unions continued growing in Pennsylvania, with our state serving as the epicenter of the coal and steelworkers’ unions. Today, Pennsylvanians continue the fight for workers’ rights, though in decreasing numbers as we see rules and regulations and continuous tweaking that benefit corporations. In the late 1930s, unionization sparked sweeping federal legislation that provided for collective bargaining and set a federal minimum wage. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 10.7 percent of workers today Read more


Daley Studying Maternal Mortality

(Apr 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep Mary Jo Daley attended a public hearing of the House Democratic Policy Committee to investigate the place of doulas in maternal care and what the state can do to reduce the rising rate of maternal deaths. Read more


Daley applauds more than $4 million in grants to parts of Montgomery County

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – Funding grants will benefit a variety of local projects, all expected to improve infrastructure and create jobs within Montgomery County, state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced today. "We very much appreciate the investment in our district," Daley said. "These projects, with the help of the grant funding, will improve our community and create jobs for those who live here. I'm grateful to all who helped make this happen." Funding totals for these various projects surpass $4 million, either through the request of the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority via the Local Share Account or Keystone River Crossing Elm with assistance from the Multimodal Transportation Fund . Within the 148 th Legislative District represented by Daley, funds will funnel into projects in Conshohocken and Plymouth Meeting. A grant of $1 million has been issued to assist with the construction of a SORA West Gateway office building and parking garage in downtown Conshohocken. Another $1 million will go toward a SORA West Gateway hotel in the same area. More than $2 million will assist intersection improvements and pedestrian accessibility improvements at the SORA West site. Additionally, $500,000 has been granted to help construct a new retail space at Plymouth Meeting Mall that will be marketed to an arts and crafts purveyor, a craft brewery and several restaurants. These grants, among dozens others statewide, were Read more


Daley appointed to serve on four House committees, chair Women’s Health Caucus

(Jan 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – Women’s health and affordable health care, a clean environment, a fair economy for all Pennsylvanians and accountability in government will be in focus for state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, who this week received her committee assignments for the two-year legislative session. Daley was appointed on Monday to serve on the House Ethics, Environmental Resources & Energy, Finance and Health committees. She also will serve as Democratic House chair of the Women’s Health Caucus. “Women’s health, mothers and babies, and the reproductive rights of women have been top legislative proprieties for me since taking office,” Daley said. “It is a great honor to lead the caucus and to serve on committees that have an impact on people’s constitutional rights. These committee assignments will allow me to work on legislation that matters to the people of Montgomery County and beyond. I am eager to be able to continue to advocate for women, protect Pennsylvania’s natural resources and the right to clean air and water, work toward a fair economy for all, and ensure quality health care that people can afford.” Daley said the Women’s Health Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators working together to develop and implement legislation and social policy to protect and respect a woman’s right to make private, personal medical decisions. This is Daley's first term as chair of Read more


Daley sworn in for 4th term as state legislator

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, was sworn in today at the state Capitol to begin her fourth term representing the 148 th Legislative District. Daley said that she that she will continue to strongly fight for the rights of all Pennsylvanians regardless of gender, race, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identification or any other status. In addition, she co-sponsored 30 gun safety bills, encompassing topics such as school safety, background checks and registration and licensing, among others. She also hosted a public hearing on environmental education programs, hoping to expand programs across the commonwealth to support local students. “I am honored to continue serving as the voice for my neighbors and everyone in the 148 th district in the General Assembly,” Daley said. “I will continue fighting for what is best for our community and for all of Pennsylvania. I am ready to continue my work and dedication to community service, social justice and protecting our environment.” Daley said that she also looks forward to working with other House Democrats on their recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. Education continues to be a priority for Daley, she said, and she wants to see investments in education so that Read more


More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Montgomery County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. 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


10/24/18 – Environmental Education Programs – Gladwyne

(Oct 26, 2018)

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


Daley, Policy Committee explore environmental education programs

(Oct 24, 2018)

GLADWYNE, Oct. 24 –State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on environmental education programs at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Daley was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of establishing environmental education programs to support the career paths of local students. Daley said that the committee’s work would help expand environmental education programs across the state, as the demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs increase, due to environmental needs and industry innovations. “Today’s hearing was a productive discussion on environmental education programs designed to help preserve our environment and prepare our youth to become future leaders in this field,” Daley said. “For the sake of our children and the generations to come, we must learn more about keeping our communities safe and sustainable.” Sturla added, “Implementing environmental educational programs in our communities is an important responsibility. We need to better prepare our students for brighter futures. I applaud Representative Daley for being a leader on this issue.” The committee heard testimony from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn; Riverbend Environmental Read more


Daley announces $794,036 in recycling grants for Montgomery County

(Oct 17, 2018)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced four municipal recycling programs in her legislative district have been awarded state grants totaling $794,036. Read more


Opioid, alcohol safe-harbor bills could save lives

(Oct 12, 2018)

WEST CHESTER, Oct. 12 – Two bills introduced by state Rep. Carolyn Comitta could help people overdosing from opioids or who are in danger after drinking while underage. The two bills would extend the immunity protections to victims in either case, including cases of self-reporting and Good Samaritan intervention. Comitta was joined during a news conference today in West Chester by state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, an early co-sponsor of the bills. “The opioid epidemic has proven to be the biggest public health crisis in a generation,” said Comitta, D-Chester. “Too many among us have witnessed firsthand its ravaging effects on our family, friends, neighbors and children. “Victims have been overlooked far too long and deserve compassion rather than punishment for making their best attempt to survive.” Daley is the state representative for Mary Ciammetti, whose son died from alcohol poisoning after a party. She said these protective bills could have saved Christian Ciammetti’s life. “When we look at the legislation introduced in Harrisburg, we have to ask ourselves: will it make a positive impact on Pennsylvania and will it help foster a healthier, better life for our constituents,” Daley said. “In this case, the answer is most undoubtedly yes. These bills will save lives. No one should have to choose between acting to save their life and admitting to a mistake that millions of people can make. Read more


Daley announces school safety grants for area schools

(Oct 04, 2018)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley announced that a Merion Station school and the Wissahickon School District were both recipients of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s competitive Safe Schools Targeted grant totaling $100,000. Read more


Daley announces grant for Wissahickon Valley Public Library

(Sep 25, 2018)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley announced that the Wissahickon Valley Public Library was awarded a state grant to help with renovations and improvements. Read more


Daley announces grants for three projects in Montgomery County

(Sep 19, 2018)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced state grants totaling $739,559 were awarded for three projects in Montgomery County by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more


Daley announces $1 million grant for Whitpain Township projects

(Sep 12, 2018)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley announced today that Wissahickon Park and Wissahickon Valley Boys and Girls Club have been awarded a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant. Read more


Get pre-verified now for your REAL ID

(Sep 05, 2018)

In an effort to keep you informed on the state’s progress in implementing REAL ID, I wanted to pass along an important update from PennDOT. The agency says it is now pre-verifying residents for REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses or ID cards . As you may know, beginning in October 2020, you will need a federally accepted ID (whether it’s a REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. Passport, military ID, etc.) for identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building. Although getting a REAL ID is not mandatory , you’ll want to get one if you want to use your PA driver’s license or state-issued photo ID as identification for these purposes. The cards will become available in March 2019 , but PennDOT is encouraging people to become pre-verified beforehand. If you received your first driver’s license after September 2003 , the agency may already have the necessary documents on file. In that case, you can apply online for REAL ID pre-verification . However, if you received your license before that time, it is likely PennDOT does not have the necessary information on file. That means you will need to bring specific documents to a driver’s license center so they can be verified in person. Find out which items you should bring with you here . After REAL IDs become available next March, you’ll have three options for obtaining one. If you are pre-verified, you can order your REAL ID Read more


It's easy to sign up for CHIP

(Aug 22, 2018)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health care insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. It's easy to sign up for CHIP If you think your children are eligible for CHIP, you can sign them up by calling 1-800-986-KIDS or visit www.chipcoverspakids.com . You can also contact my office for questions about your situation. What does CHIP cover? Immunizations Routine Check-ups Diagnostic Testing Prescriptions Dental, Vision, Hearing Services Emergency Care Maternity Care Mental Health Benefits Up to 90 Days Hospitalization in any Year Durable Medical Equipment Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Partial Hospitalization for Mental Health Rehabilitation Therapy Home Health Care Does my family qualify? The following factors are considered for a child's eligibility for CHIP: Must not be eligible for Medicaid or have any other health insurance. Must be under age 19. Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful alien. Must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 30 days, except for a newborn. The family's income is within certain levels. Read more


Photos for SEPTA Key senior ID cards to be taken at Ambler Senior Adult Activities Center on Aug. 10

(Jul 26, 2018)

AMBLER, July 26 – Ambler-area seniors who need their photo taken for a SEPTA Key senior ID can have their picture taken and applications filed during a free application Day at Ambler Senior Adult Activities Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10. SAAC is located at 45 Forest Ave. Cards will be delivered by mail. State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, and her staff will be on hand during the event to help seniors with state programs and other services. Applicants must bring a photo ID to apply – preferably either a driver’s license or state issued ID. Seniors will no longer be able to use paper Pennsylvania Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards for SEPTA travel starting on Sept. 1, and SEPTA no longer accepts Medicare cards. A SEPTA Key Senior photo ID will be needed to take advantage of free rides on Transit and $1 Regional Rail fares. Read more


Daley: Keep Families Together

(Jun 21, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley rallied with colleagues and advocates to fight for immigration reform that ensures families stay together and aren’t ripped apart at the border. Read more