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Pashinski introduces Universal School Property Tax Relief Rebate bill

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, introduced legislation today to provide $800 in school property tax relief to every property taxpayer in Pennsylvania. “I am proud to formally introduce my practical and balanced Universal Property Tax Relief Rebate program to provide school property tax relief to working families and seniors who are struggling to stay in their homes,” Pashinski said. “It’s clear that a new approach to providing tax relief is needed following decades of failed attempts to fairly replace the needed $14 billion to completely eliminate school property taxes. I strongly believe this bill is a great start to begin providing that relief.” Under Pashinski’s H.B. 2119 , an $800 rebate would be available to all school property taxpayers, as well as a $50 rebate for renters. The plan would be fully funded through a small Personal Income Tax increase to 3.49% and the expansion of sales tax to certain luxury items and services. “Property Tax Relief is needed in communities of all shapes and sizes across the commonwealth,” Pashinski said. “That’s why I am grateful and encouraged that my bill already has support from a bipartisan group of 18 representatives from urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania.” More specifically, the approximately $2.8 billion in replacement revenues to pay for the plan would come from an estimated $2.05 billion in Read more

 

Pashinski applauds approval of I-81 project to increase safety & mobility

(Dec 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of a proposed state Transportation Department Public-Private Transportation Partnership project to reconstruct a 4.5-mile section of I-81 near Wilkes-Barre. “I applaud and thank the PennDOT Public-Private Transportation Partnership Board for recognizing the growing need for investments in northeast Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges,” Pashinski said. “The approval of this project gives us a rare opportunity to get ahead of the maintenance demands created by increasing traffic and aging infrastructure.” The 4.5-mile section’s improvements include the widening of the Interstate to three lanes in both directions from Exit 164 to Exit 168, realigning 2.5 miles of I-81 southbound and replacing eight bridges, as well as other related improvements. Safety and mobility improvements include eliminating a left-hand exit on I-81 northbound (Route 309), among others. “Because this is a P3 project, private companies will have the opportunity to competitively bid to take on this project, helping our local economy and efficiently using taxpayer funds,” Pashinski said. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on mobility and safety in our region for generations to come.” The Public and Private Partnerships for Transportation Act was signed into law in 2012, which authorized P3 projects in Read more

 

To stop more kids from getting hooked on nicotine and tobacco, ban flavored vaping products

(Nov 21, 2019)

There is an epidemic spreading among our children. What is it? Vaping. Everyone knows and evidence has proven that smoking is bad and unhealthy. Fortunately, that message has helped reduce tobacco use among American teens for decades. Disturbingly, this trend is being drastically reversed before our eyes because of vaping – especially flavored vapor products. In order to stop this sudden increase in teen tobacco use, I have introduced H.B. 1994 to ban the sale and purchase of the flavored vapor products responsible for getting children hooked in Pennsylvania. Many people don’t think of vape pens and e-cigarette cartridges as tobacco products, but they are. The nicotine in these products was originally extracted from tobacco leaves, as was all nicotine, which means that they are legally a tobacco product and by law are regulated by the FDA. Whether it is vaped or smoked in a cigarette, this nicotine is extremely addictive, especially to the still-developing brains of young people. In 2014, for the first time, more teenagers used e-cigarettes or vaped nicotine than smoked cigarettes. Since then, as cigarette use declines, teen e-cigarette usage is growing – and much faster. Suddenly, it skyrocketed in 2018 with nearly 1 in 5 high schoolers and 1 in 20 middle schoolers using an e-cigarette in the past month, leading the FDA to publicly identify the drastic shift as an “epidemic.” This problem is not going to go away on its own. Just Read more

 

Pashinski Recognizes "One Health Day" In Pa.

(Nov 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski speaks on the House floor recognizing November 3, 2019 as "One Health Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Pashinski, Mullery announce $850,000 grant awarded for local state forest expansion

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski and Gerald Mullery, both D-Luzerne, announced today that Newport and Hanover townships have received $850,000 in state funds to expand state forest land. The funding will be used for the acquisition of approximately 1,400 acres in the townships for an addition to Pinchot State Forest. “This is major investment in our state forest, I’m glad the residents and visitors of both townships will benefit from this with a clean, green place to enjoy for generations,” Pashinski said. “This grant is a win-win for Luzerne County. It will not only go a long way in expanding our green space, but also will further protect the natural beauty of our landscape,” Mullery said. The grants are among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through its Community Conservation Partnerships Programs. DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here . Read more

 

Important information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and deer

(Nov 15, 2019)

With deer season approaching, I wanted to make sure to provide our hunters, meat processors and food banks with the most up-to-date information on the latest research and best practices for identifying and managing harvested deer potentially infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). At this time, current published scientific studies support the hypothesis that there is a strong species barrier protecting humans from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), and to date, there have not been any documented cases of humans being infected with CWD. Since CWD has been in Pennsylvania for several years, there is a heightened awareness of the disease among Pennsylvania hunters. There are voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) that should be practiced by hunters. These BMPs include handling carcasses properly and discarding high-risk parts with abnormal proteins - including brain, eyes, tonsils, lymph nodes, backbone, spleen and anything containing visible brain or spinal cord material. In addition, many hunters are participating with the PA Department of Agriculture and PA Game Commission to test the heads of wild deer for CWD in Disease Management Areas. These practices help protect hunters and their families against CWD. Research continues in search of a cure and rapid test for CWD, which was recently accelerated with the issuance of the CWD research Request for Applications published by the PA Department of Agriculture. It is important to follow commonsense Read more

 

$200,000 grant awarded to Commission on Economic Opportunity in Luzerne County toward ending hunger in region by 2025

(Nov 15, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Nov. 15 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of a $200,000 Neighborhood Partnership Program grant for the Commission on Economic Opportunity – Luzerne County for its project to end hunger in Northeast Pennsylvania by 2025. “In a county, commonwealth, and country abundant with food and resources, no family or individual should have to go hungry,” Pashinski said. “This valuable funding will help CEO meet its goal of increasing food access and decreasing food insecurity, improving the health and stability for families throughout our region.” The funding, announced earlier today by Gov. Tom Wolf, comes through NPP, which is part of the Neighborhood Assistance Program, whose goal is to promote community participation and collaborations among nonprofits, businesses and residents while producing outcomes that assist a distressed area or the low-income population in a neighborhood. “Congratulations to CEO for securing this funding and I thank them for their commitment to addressing food insecurity in our area,” Pashinski said. “Food insecurity can devastate families through no fault of their own, resulting from medical emergencies, unexpected expenses, job loss and more. I thank Governor Wolf for recognizing this need in our community and helping to approve funds to invest in food acquisition, distribution, partner networking, household level access and improving Read more

 

Six Luzerne County projects awarded state funding

(Nov 13, 2019)

Other projects receiving funding:• The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund Inc.: $500,000 for the multimodal transportation improvement project.• Plymouth Borough: $150,000 for the Plymouth Borough Main Street improvement project.• Luzerne County, on behalf of NorthPoint Development, LLC: $100,000 for the new Hanover Street and New Commerce Boulevard intersection improvement project.• Hanover Twp.: $50,000 for the Safe Route for School and Travel project.State Reps. Gerald Mullery, D-119, Newport Twp.; Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre; and Mike Carroll, D-118, Avoca, assisted Yudichak with securing funding for the 14th Senatorial District projects. Read more

 

Luzerne representatives call for Corrections secretary to be fired

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – Three Luzerne County state representatives are asking Gov. Tom Wolf to dismiss Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel following comments he made at the recent public hearing regarding the proposed closure of SCI-Retreat. Read more

 

Pashinski introduces bill to ban flavored vaping products in Pa.

(Oct 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today introduced his “Ban on Flavored Vapor Products Act”, H.B. 1994, which would remove flavored vaping products from store shelves across Pennsylvania. “Vapor products have been repeatedly called ‘safe’ or ‘less dangerous’ than cigarettes,” Pashinski said. “While it is true that vapor products contain far fewer carcinogens and toxicants, they still contain significant amounts of nicotine – the drug that makes cigarettes addictive in the first place.” House Bill 1994 would reduce access to these dangerous products by penalizing retail stores up to $500 for the sale or production of flavored vaping products, with penalties increasing if violations continue. Individuals either selling or producing these products would also face increasing fines, starting at $250, and individuals buying these products would receive a fine of up to $200 as well as up to 75 hours of community service. “For decades, the amount of young people using tobacco products was steadily declining, but that is no longer true,” Pashinski said. “From just 2017 to 2018, the percentage of high schoolers using tobacco products jumped from nearly 20% to 27%. This dramatic increase was mainly caused by flavored vaping products. My bill will swiftly address this disturbing trend by keeping these harmful products off Pennsylvania’s Read more

 

Pashinski Celebrates Diwali

(Oct 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski participated in the Diwali celebrations at the Capitol. The holiday, a centuries old festival of lights that originated in India, highlights the importance of recognizing other cultures across the commonwealth. Read more

 

ABC 27 News: Pennsylvania lawmaker has new plan to reduce property taxes

(Oct 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – After years of lawmakers trying and failing to pass bills to eliminate school property taxes, a state representative is trying a different approach.State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) plans to introduce a bill that would establish a property tax relief rebate program.? The proposal would provide an $800 rebate to all property taxpayers for their school property taxes and a $50 rebate to renters. Read more

 

Pashinski Discusses His Plan to Reduce Property Taxes

(Oct 11, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski discusses his Universal Property Tax Relief Rebate Plan, which aims to provide responsible and meaningful reductions in school property taxes for seniors and working families across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Pashinski Visits New Solomon Creek Floodwalls

(Oct 01, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski recently visited South Wilkes-Barre as the $10 million project to replace floodwalls wrapped up along Solomon Creek. Read more

 

Rep. Pashinski Sings the National Anthem at the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration Day

(Sep 25, 2019)

Rep. Pashinski sings the national anthem to open the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration Day at the state Capitol! This wonderful event celebrates the diversity that makes the United States of America such a strong and unique nation, and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this year’s festivities. Read more

 

Pashinski: Keep White Haven Center Open

(Sep 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Pashinski attended a Department of Human Services hearing in White Haven to listen to hundreds of families and community members offer testimony about the pending closure of the White Haven Center. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $165,000 in CFA grants for 121st Legislative District

(Sep 17, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval of two Commonwealth Financing Authority grants by the state Senate totaling $165,000 for North Branch Land Trust and Hanover Township. The funds will go toward two separate projects, including: $115,000 to North Branch Land Trust to construct a 6-mile section of D&L Rail trail. $50,000 to Hanover Township for the restoration of a 600-foot reach of Spring Run through natural stream design. “Each of these grants will help to fund important projects improving the quality of life in the 121st District and our region,” Pashinski said. “Once completed, these efforts will reduce pollution and provide another tremendous opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast PA. I’m truly appreciative to state Senator John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, and his senate colleagues for their support for these projects, as well as Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.” North Branch Land Trust’s grant will go towards the construction of the final 6 miles of the 165-mile D&L Heritage corridor and includes Laurel Run Borough, Plains and Wilkes-Barre townships. The trail will begin in Oliver Mills and end at North Hampton Street in Wilkes-Barre Township. The project includes trail construction, installation of wood fencing and gates at pedestrian crossings, signage Read more

 

Lancaster Farming: Agritourism Risk Tops Concerns at Lawmaker Tour

(Aug 26, 2019)

SUGARLOAF, Pa. — Insurance costs are a major headache for agritourism operations, farmer Chris Maylath told local lawmakers this week.Tuesday’s farm tour at Maylath Farm & Orchard was organized by the Luzerne County Farm Bureau.Maylath raises produce and grass-fed beef, and runs a fall agritourism program that includes a corn maze, pumpkin patch and hay rides. Read more

 

$3.5 million in RACP funding announced for projects to enhance economy, infrastructure

(Aug 02, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Aug. 2 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of three Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $3.5 million toward projects that will enhance Luzerne County’s economy, boost tourism and preserve historic structures. “Each of these projects will improve Luzerne County’s quality of life by, preserving and rehabilitating a historic landmark, creating new opportunities to live and stay in the city, and assisting a major employer locally,” Pashinski said. “These are exactly the types of efforts the RACP was created to support and I look forward to seeing the impact of these grants for years to come.” These organizations in the 121st Legislative District were awarded funding in the following amounts for the listed purposes: Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund – $2 million toward the Gateway Center (Wilkes-Barre) project , a mixed-use urban development, comprising: a four-story building containing an 83-key select-service hotel, and an 8-story mid-rise building with 33 market-rate residences above the hotel's conference/banquet facility. Irem Temple Restoration Project Inc. – $1 million toward the Irem Temple Restoration Project, Phases One & Two . These phases will include site security that will secure all doors and windows and install security and fire alarm systems; masonry repairs that will remove plant growth and repaint the building; roof Read more

 

Spotted Lanternfly Continues to Strike

(Jul 26, 2019)

Pa. state Representatives Pashinski, Malagari and Hanbidge came together to inform local citizens about the dangers of the Spotted Lanternfly and the importance of eliminating this invasive species. Read more

 

Pashinski introduces Universal School Property Tax Relief Rebate bill
1 day ago

Pashinski applauds approval of I-81 project to increase safety & mobility
Dec 05, 2019

To stop more kids from getting hooked on nicotine and tobacco, ban flavored vaping products
Nov 21, 2019

Pashinski Recognizes "One Health Day" In Pa.
Nov 19, 2019

Pashinski, Mullery announce $850,000 grant awarded for local state forest expansion
Nov 19, 2019

Important information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and deer
Nov 15, 2019

$200,000 grant awarded to Commission on Economic Opportunity in Luzerne County toward ending hunger in region by 2025
Nov 15, 2019

Six Luzerne County projects awarded state funding
Nov 13, 2019

Luzerne representatives call for Corrections secretary to be fired
Oct 29, 2019

Pashinski introduces bill to ban flavored vaping products in Pa.
Oct 25, 2019

Pashinski Celebrates Diwali
Oct 23, 2019

ABC 27 News: Pennsylvania lawmaker has new plan to reduce property taxes
Oct 16, 2019

Pashinski Discusses His Plan to Reduce Property Taxes
Oct 11, 2019

Pashinski Visits New Solomon Creek Floodwalls
Oct 01, 2019

Rep. Pashinski Sings the National Anthem at the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration Day
Sep 25, 2019

Pashinski: Keep White Haven Center Open
Sep 17, 2019

Pashinski announces $165,000 in CFA grants for 121st Legislative District
Sep 17, 2019

Lancaster Farming: Agritourism Risk Tops Concerns at Lawmaker Tour
Aug 26, 2019

$3.5 million in RACP funding announced for projects to enhance economy, infrastructure
Aug 02, 2019

Spotted Lanternfly Continues to Strike
Jul 26, 2019