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McCarter, Solomon host successful conversation with veterans

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Reps. Steve McCarter and Jared Solomon hosted “A Conversation with Veterans” on Saturday at Salus University in Elkins Park as an opportunity for the legislators to hear directly about the daily experiences and ongoing concerns of our military service members. The goal: to find meaningful solutions to the problems veterans face in areas of health, finances, education and employment. The members noted that life after military service presents significant challenges, including embarking on new career paths, finding housing, pursuing further education, coping with unfamiliar civilian demands and addressing psychological fallout – such as PTSD, survivor’s guilt, depression and substance abuse – from traumatic experiences. “There are many things in Pennsylvania we have done to try to help the veteran population; at the same time, we know there are probably a hundred more things that we have not yet addressed,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “We are trying to pinpoint veterans’ needs and concerns so we can identify what we can do in Pennsylvania to help their situations.” Said Solomon, D-Phila., “The experience of a deployed service member is such a unique one that a lot of people in our society really can’t comprehend what that is about. One of the reasons for this event was to get service members to speak openly about that experience, then we in the legislature Read more

 

Click here to take action: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKING FAMILIES, PENNSYLVANIA’S ECONOMY

(Mar 19, 2019)

It's time to act for the good of working people, our economy and our state. Please pass a minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

SIGN HERE to Say YES to Fairness in Pennsylvania

(Feb 21, 2019)

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McCarter appointed to House Appropriations Committee

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Steve McCarter today announced he was assigned to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, in addition to other influential committees. McCarter was also reassigned to the Education and Aging and Older Adult Services committees and is chairman of the bipartisan, bicameral Climate Caucus. The House Appropriations Committee is responsible for reviewing bills that regulate state spending. “The Appropriations Committee directs how we invest in our future, and I look forward to giving Southeastern Pennsylvania a greater voice in that process,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “Through these committee assignments, I will also continue my strong advocacy for excellence in public education and for programs that benefit senior citizens – two of the cornerstones of my work in Harrisburg since I was first elected in 2013.” The Education Committee reviews bills related to education funding as well as bills related to the Department of Education and other agencies. The Aging and Older Adult Services Committee works with the Department of Aging and reviews bills that would affect senior citizens. And the Climate Caucus addresses all manner of issues relating to climate change in Pennsylvania, including jobs, industry, manufacturing, clean air and clean water. Read more

 

McCarter applauds executive order establishing statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania

(Jan 08, 2019)

State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order establishing the first statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania and the GreenGov Council: Read more

 

McCarter Hosts 6th Annual Senior Fair

(Sep 05, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter hosted his sixth annual Senior Fair to assist area seniors and their families in getting information and resources they need for a happy and healthy life. Read more

 

Update from meeting on water quality concerns

(Aug 08, 2018)

Materials from water quality meeting Read more

 

Save the Date: Senior Fair is Aug. 30

(Jul 18, 2018)

Mark your calendars: My sixth annual Senior Fair will be held this year from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027. Nearly 100 exhibitors — including representatives from federal, state, county and local agencies as well as non-government exhibitors — will be there to offer information on health care, volunteer opportunities, prescription-drug plans, identity theft, unclaimed property and so much more. Read more

 

McCarter to host community resource forum on opioid crisis June 9

(May 31, 2018)

GLENSIDE, May 31 – State Rep. Steve McCarter and the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol will host an Opioid Crisis: Community Resource Forum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9 in the Commons Great Room at Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road in Glenside to share information, conversation and community around the addiction crisis. Exhibitors will include county and local agencies as well as organizations relevant to treating addiction, preventing addiction and supporting those with loved ones in the throes of addiction. All who suffer from addiction, their loved ones and anyone eager for information about the opioid crisis and what to do to help those in crisis are encouraged to attend. Attendees can receive on-site training on how to save a life by administering naloxone, commonly sold under the brand names Narcan, Evzio or others. According to the most recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the commonwealth has the fourth-highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the country. State health officials, citing increases in 2017 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses, expect the death toll only to rise. “None of us is untouched by this epidemic,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “It is evident in our towns, on our streets and, sometimes, in our very homes. If we are to help ourselves, our neighbors and fellow Pennsylvanians, we need insight into the problem, information about Read more

 

With Harrisburg mired in partisanship, Democrats and Republicans join forces to tackle climate change

(Apr 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 18 – With Earth Day only days away, Democratic and Republican legislators from every corner of the commonwealth and from both chambers of the General Assembly came together to introduce groundbreaking legislation to make Pennsylvania a leader in the effort to solve climate change. The matching bills were introduced by state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and state Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks. The newly introduced legislation (H.B. 2132/S.B. 1140) sets out to transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The scientific community in Pennsylvania and internationally have stated that we must eliminate global warming pollution by 2050 to avoid a climate change “tipping point” from which the planet cannot turn back. "The vast majority of scientists agree: Climate change is real. And you don't have to be a scientist to notice its effects. We've seen so many weather extremes in recent years, including Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria. Those last three all happened just last year," Rabb said. "Our military – hardly a liberal bastion – is already preparing for the effects of climate change. The changing climate will force us to move some bases, and it threatens to increase instability around the world. As the bipartisan American Security Project says, climate security is national security." While similar proposals are pending in state legislatures in California, Read more

 

Sign here to say NO to arming PA teachers

(Mar 27, 2018)

I strenuously oppose Senate Bill 383 and the alarming idea of arming teachers. Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – PA SAFE Caucus members today outlined their legislative goals related to gun safety reform during a Capitol news conference, one month following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and coinciding with a national student walkout calling for immediate changes to gun laws across the country. Lawmakers spoke about their frustrations with trying to pass commonsense legislation as well as specific House bills that they would like to see move from committee. “The time is now to finally say enough is enough — to listen to the students whose wisdom and bravery is inspirational,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Madeleine Dean , D-Montgomery. “We can and must do something to combat this gun violence epidemic, not just to prevent mass shootings like in Parkland, but to combat the everyday violence that claims 33,000 lives a year in this country, and injures 80,000 others in the crossfire.” Members expressed their expectations ahead of a special set of hearings on gun laws scheduled for the week of April 9. "We are pleased to see that the House Judiciary Committee will give members a chance to speak about important gun safety proposals,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Dan Frankel , D-Allegheny. “But we also know that a hearing is not enough – we expect the chance to vet some of these bills on the House floor in the very near future.” “Family and close friends are often the first to notice Read more

 

McCarter to hold extended office hours March 19; Boyle’s office to participate too

(Mar 06, 2018)

GLENSIDE, March 5 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, will hold special extended office hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19 at his district office, 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8. Congressman Brendan Boyle’s office staff will hold extended office hours in his office, which is located in Suite 1 in the same complex, on the same night. “It’s important that constituents who are unable to visit during normal working hours have full access to state- and federal-government services,” McCarter said. McCarter’s staff will be on hand until 8 p.m. to help with property tax and rent rebates, SEPTA Key Senior ID cards, birth and death certificate requests, PACE, PennDOT problems and all other state government-related issues. Boyle’s staff also will be available until 8 p.m. to address concerns involving Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, passports and visas, IRS issues and any other federal government-related issue. No appointments are necessary. Read more

 

McCarter, Boyle, Haywood to co-host town hall on opioid crisis Feb. 17

(Feb 13, 2018)

GLENSIDE, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle and state Sen. Art Haywood will host a “Conversation about the Opioid and Addiction Crisis” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road in Elkins Park. The lawmakers will host local addiction experts to talk about what’s being done to combat the growing crisis in the region and across Pennsylvania, and to answer questions. Experts scheduled for the event are: Dr. Joseph D’Orazio Assistant professor of emergency medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and a member of the City of Philadelphia Opioid Task Force Alison Slickers Addiction specialist and peer leader coordinator with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Kevin Steele Montgomery County district attorney Kay McGowan Administrator of the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol According to the most recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the commonwealth has the fourth-highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the country. State health officials, citing increases in 2017 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses, expect the death toll to rise. “None of us is untouched by this epidemic,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “It is evident in our towns, on our streets and, sometimes, in our very homes. If we are to help ourselves, our Read more

 

RSVP: Conversation About The Opioid Crisis is Feb. 17th

(Feb 06, 2018)

You’re invited to talk with your elected representatives and experts about what’s being done to combat the growing opioid and addiction crisis in our neighborhoods and all across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McCarter: Gaming Expansion is a Lack of Leadership

(Oct 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter argues against the expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania as a way to balance the state budget, calling it a failure of leadership. Read more

 

McCarter, Boyle announce extended office hours Sept. 26 in Glenside

(Sep 13, 2017)

GLENSIDE, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Steve McCarter will hold extended office hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 26 in his district office at 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8. The extended hours will give constituents the opportunity to meet with staff after normal business hours for help with property tax/rent rebates, SEPTA Senior Key ID cards, birth and death certificates, PACE (the state’s prescription assistance program for seniors), PennDOT problems and other state government-related issues. U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle’s office, which is in the same building in Suite 1, also will hold extended office hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 26. His staff will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns involving the federal government, such as veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, Social Security and Medicare, passports and visas, and IRS issues. No appointments are necessary. Those interested should contact McCarter’s district office staff with any questions at (215) 572-5210 . Read more

 

McCarter senior constituents can get applications, photo taken for SEPTA Key Senior ID card at district office

(Jul 14, 2017)

GLENSIDE, July 14 – Seniors age 65 or older can obtain a free SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID card any weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the district office of state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8, Glenside, PA 19038. SEPTA is in the process of transitioning to electronic key cards for all of its services, including the Seniors Ride Free program, which allows seniors to ride free at all times on buses, trolleys and subways, pay $1 on regional rail for travel within Pennsylvania and pay 50 percent of the weekday fare for travel to and from New Jersey and Delaware. “In an effort to provide our seniors every chance to benefit from these programs, I wanted to ensure that my office would be available,” McCarter said. “Many seniors within this community rely on SEPTA services for work, shopping and medical appointments, so it’s important that we provide the necessary information and support to make their trips a little easier.” McCarter’s office has processed more SEPTA Senior Key applications than any other legislative office in southeastern Pennsylvania so far. Seniors should bring a state-issued proof of birthdate (such as a photo driver’s license or Pennsylvania non-driver’s photo ID) to McCarter’s office. Applicants will then fill out a form to have a photograph taken; SEPTA will mail the completed key card directly to the applicant when it is ready. Read more

 

McCarter, Sturla seek to amend the way cyber charter schools are funded

(Jun 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – At a Capitol news conference today, state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, called attention to legislation that would amend the Public School Code to change the way cyber charter schools are funded. Their bill — H.B. 1206 — seeks to cap the amount of funding unaffiliated cyber charter schools receive for students who live in an area in which the school district or an intermediate unit operates its own cyber charter school. Under their proposal, unaffiliated cyber charter schools would receive either the per-student funding amount of the school district cyber school program or the intermediate unit cyber school program, whichever figure is higher. “The actual cost of cyber charter education has dropped dramatically in the 20 years since Pennsylvania’s charter school legislation was passed, whereas our reimbursement formula for cyber charters, which is still based on the cost of a brick-and-mortar education, has not, and the Pennsylvania taxpayer has shouldered the burden,” McCarter said. Sturla added: “I want all Pennsylvania kids to have access to exceptional educational opportunities and to do that, we need to have fair, reasonable and accountable reimbursement practices in place. The proposal by Representative McCarter and myself is a fair and reasonable approach that makes sure cyber charters aren’t receiving more than what it Read more

 

McCarter announces $89,784 state grant to improve area traffic flow

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced an $89,784 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant to improve area traffic signals. The money will pay for replacing all of the yellow bulbs in traffic lights, as well as install battery backups in the lights, in Jenkintown Borough. Jenkintown Borough will provide the remaining 20 percent match of the total project cost of $112,230. “These types of projects are very important to our local communities and ensure our infrastructure is getting the attention, maintenance and upgrades needed,” McCarter said. The grant comes from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. The Green Light – Go Program was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure investment plan passed in 2013. Read more

 

McCarter, Solomon host successful conversation with veterans
Apr 16, 2019

Click here to take action: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKING FAMILIES, PENNSYLVANIA’S ECONOMY
Mar 19, 2019

SIGN HERE to Say YES to Fairness in Pennsylvania
Feb 21, 2019

McCarter appointed to House Appropriations Committee
Jan 28, 2019

McCarter applauds executive order establishing statewide goal to reduce carbon pollution in Pennsylvania
Jan 08, 2019

McCarter Hosts 6th Annual Senior Fair
Sep 05, 2018

Update from meeting on water quality concerns
Aug 08, 2018

Save the Date: Senior Fair is Aug. 30
Jul 18, 2018

McCarter to host community resource forum on opioid crisis June 9
May 31, 2018

With Harrisburg mired in partisanship, Democrats and Republicans join forces to tackle climate change
Apr 18, 2018

Sign here to say NO to arming PA teachers
Mar 27, 2018

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania
Mar 14, 2018

McCarter to hold extended office hours March 19; Boyle’s office to participate too
Mar 06, 2018

McCarter, Boyle, Haywood to co-host town hall on opioid crisis Feb. 17
Feb 13, 2018

RSVP: Conversation About The Opioid Crisis is Feb. 17th
Feb 06, 2018

McCarter: Gaming Expansion is a Lack of Leadership
Oct 26, 2017

McCarter, Boyle announce extended office hours Sept. 26 in Glenside
Sep 13, 2017

McCarter senior constituents can get applications, photo taken for SEPTA Key Senior ID card at district office
Jul 14, 2017

McCarter, Sturla seek to amend the way cyber charter schools are funded
Jun 07, 2017

McCarter announces $89,784 state grant to improve area traffic flow
May 11, 2017