Mullery lauds governor’s urging passage of unemployment compensation bill

(Oct 22, 2021)

Mullery is the Democratic chairman of the PA House Labor & Industry Committee and introduced the legislation earlier this session. He said he is optimistic that it will gain additional support in the current session. Read more

 

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

(Oct 21, 2021)

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Read more

 

Residents recall post-speech interactions with President Biden

(Oct 21, 2021)

"We've got aging infrastructure, we've got roads and bridges that desperately need attention and rebuilding," Mullins said. "We've got schools with lead pipes and asbestos issues." Read more

 

Cruz calls on Berks County officials, Department of State to correct mail-in ballot instruction error affecting 17,000 Latino voters

(Oct 21, 2021)

Berks County recently sent 17,000 Spanish-speaking voters mail-in ballots with an instruction page that says their ballot should be returned by Nov. 18, instead of the actual upcoming municipal election date of Nov. 2. Read more

 

Guzman demands answers about ‘mistake’ potentially taking away the vote of 17,000 Spanish-speaking Berks County residents

(Oct 21, 2021)

“People make mistakes, but when a mistake potentially silences the voices of tens of thousands of people, there must be more accountability than essentially shrugging one’s shoulders and saying, ‘My bad.’" Read more

 

At home in Scranton, facing a fight in D.C., Biden pitches his sprawling domestic agenda

(Oct 21, 2021)

‘This has been declared dead on arrival from the moment I introduced it,’ Biden said. ‘But I think we’re going to surprise them because I think people are beginning to figure out what’s at stake’ Read more

 

After confusing language over ballot question on English language, Allentown council, state Rep. are trying to prevent that from happening again

(Oct 21, 2021)

Schlossberg has been doing outreach on social media to explain the referendum and why he thinks his constituents should vote in favor of getting rid of the official language provision. Read more

 

Two-day hearing discusses how colleges fill in-demand careers

(Oct 20, 2021)

Testifiers highlighted the importance of career and technical education and the unique partnerships Lackawanna College and the Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium have made with small businesses and industry in the region. Read more

 

Madden Discusses Healthcare Consolidation Trend

(Oct 18, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee in Stroudsburg to discuss the impacts of recent healthcare consolidation trends in our communities and their effects on workers and overall patient care. Read more

 

Hearing addresses corporate consolidation of health care facilities in Northeastern PA

(Oct 18, 2021)

The Northeast Delegation Chairwoman, Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Stroudsburg Monday afternoon discussing corporate consolidation of health care facilities so that elected officials can learn more about the issue. Read more

 

McNeill: We have much work to do addressing domestic violence, and the time is now

(Oct 15, 2021)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in seven men, and one in four women have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner. Last year, 109 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to domestic violence, including one Lehigh County resident; 56 of those deaths were at the hands of a current or former intimate partner. Read more

 

Labor union honors Kosierowski

(Oct 08, 2021)

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union 1176 has honored state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski for her advocacy and work to advance legislation that prioritized health and safety initiatives for essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

McNeill announces nearly $2,800 in funding to Coplay Library for technology and internet services

(Oct 08, 2021)

State Rep. Jeanne McNeill announced today that a total of $2,753 was awarded to the Coplay Library for internet services and digital equipment. Read more

 

Kosierowski: $480,000 awarded to help students stay connected

(Oct 07, 2021)

Grant funding of $480,000 will help ensure students in the Riverside School District have the technology tools needed to stay connected to the internet. Read more

 

Kosierowski named 2021 Legislator of the Year

(Oct 01, 2021)

The Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology has recognized state Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna, with the 2021 Legislator of the Year Award in recognition of her strong advocacy for pediatric cancer research and her work to bring forward a bipartisan bill supporting the largest effort to fund pediatric cancer research in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Education officials, advocates call for adequacy and equity in basic education funding at Samuelson virtual hearing

(Sep 01, 2021)

BETHLEHEM, Sept. 1 – Citing that only a small portion of overall education is run through the Fair Education Funding Formula, state Rep. Steve Samuelson held a virtual hearing to learn more from educators and advocates on how Pennsylvania can fulfill its constitutional obligation to provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth. “Adequate state funding can make education resources more equitable based on the way we choose to allocate money,” Samuelson said. “The Fair Funding Formula was approved in 2016 but has not yet been fully implemented. We made progress this year with $100 million in Level Up funding distributed to underfunded districts like the Bethlehem Area School District. We need to continue efforts to fully implement the Fair Funding Formula.” Sean Brandon, Budget Analyst for the House Appropriations Committee began his presentation noting the importance of that constitutional commitment and shared how the Fair Funding Formula and budget practices allocate funds to school districts across the state. Joseph Roy, Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent and Karen Beck-Pooley, Bethlehem Area School District Director, shared from a district-level perspective of how they use the state funds received, noting challenges with charter school reimbursements and rising special education costs. Communities of color are disproportionately Read more

 

Fairly funding education focus of Samuelson hearing Wednesday

(Aug 31, 2021)

Bethlehem, Aug. 31 – Pennsylvania regularly falls at the bottom nationally when it comes to adequately funding basic education and state Rep. Steve Samuelson is hosting a public hearing to discuss how the fair funding formula can help better serve students and the economy. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1 online at www.pahouse.com/policy . The public and media are welcome to tune in online. Media inquiries may be submitted to policy@pahouse.net . Samuelson, D-Northampton, will be joined by Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee, to further discuss how education investments ultimately result in economic returns to the state in the form of a more prepared workforce and productive citizens. Level Up funding from the current fiscal year will also be discussed. Read more

 

Kosierowski lauds funding awarded to NEPA

(Aug 05, 2021)

State Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski joined Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Marty Flynn outside Café Rinaldi in Old Forge to highlight a total of $2.3 million in state grants awarded to Lackawanna County restaurants adversely affected by the pandemic. Read more

 

Prescription drug pricing reforms essential for public health, and economy

(Jul 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 12 -- State Representatives Emily Kinkead and Eddie Day Pashinski today hosted a public hearing to discuss the need for drastic reforms to drive down the costs of prescription drugs for the well-being of Pennsylvanians who rely on medications for an improved quality of life. The hearing, a meeting of the Policy Committee’s Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People, included testimony on how prescription drug pricing is calculated, some of the cost drivers and legislative action needed to regulate pricing. Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, chair of the subcommittee, and legislators from across the state joined both in person and online for the discussion. Sean Zmenkowski, a constituent services advisor for Rep. Kinkead, shared his experience as a type one diabetic reliant on insulin to survive and the career choices he has had to make in order to maintain access to life-sustaining medication. “Far too many Pennsylvanians have to make painful choices regarding life-saving medications – going without or rationing their medicine – either option is inexcusable,” said state Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny. “I remain committed to working with my colleagues to come up with solutions, including a prescription drug importation program, to ensure the prescription drugs our residents need are accessible and affordable. It’s clear we need long-term solutions to help our residents, and we can make it happen.” Read more

 

Kinkead, Pashinski to discuss driving down drug costs

(Jul 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – The runaway costs of prescription medication will be the focus of a virtual hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, Emily Kinkead and Eddie Day Pashinski. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 12. The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Kinkead, D-Allegheny, and Pashinski, D-Luzerne, will be joined by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss innovative approaches to reducing drug costs, providing pathways to low-cost prescriptions, and how drug costs factor into Pennsylvania’s healthcare framework. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Mullery lauds governor’s urging passage of unemployment compensation bill
Oct 22, 2021

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Oct 21, 2021

Residents recall post-speech interactions with President Biden
Oct 21, 2021

Cruz calls on Berks County officials, Department of State to correct mail-in ballot instruction error affecting 17,000 Latino voters
Oct 21, 2021

Guzman demands answers about ‘mistake’ potentially taking away the vote of 17,000 Spanish-speaking Berks County residents
Oct 21, 2021

At home in Scranton, facing a fight in D.C., Biden pitches his sprawling domestic agenda
Oct 21, 2021

After confusing language over ballot question on English language, Allentown council, state Rep. are trying to prevent that from happening again
Oct 21, 2021

Two-day hearing discusses how colleges fill in-demand careers
Oct 20, 2021

Madden Discusses Healthcare Consolidation Trend
Oct 18, 2021

Hearing addresses corporate consolidation of health care facilities in Northeastern PA
Oct 18, 2021

McNeill: We have much work to do addressing domestic violence, and the time is now
Oct 15, 2021

Labor union honors Kosierowski
Oct 08, 2021

McNeill announces nearly $2,800 in funding to Coplay Library for technology and internet services
Oct 08, 2021

Kosierowski: $480,000 awarded to help students stay connected
Oct 07, 2021

Kosierowski named 2021 Legislator of the Year
Oct 01, 2021

Education officials, advocates call for adequacy and equity in basic education funding at Samuelson virtual hearing
Sep 01, 2021

Fairly funding education focus of Samuelson hearing Wednesday
Aug 31, 2021

Kosierowski lauds funding awarded to NEPA
Aug 05, 2021

Prescription drug pricing reforms essential for public health, and economy
Jul 12, 2021

Kinkead, Pashinski to discuss driving down drug costs
Jul 08, 2021