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Help Obtaining Unemployment

(Apr 03, 2020)

If you live in the 121st Legislative District and need help contacting the Department of Labor and Industry regarding an application for Unemployment Compensation, please download the this form (you also can click on the form below) and email the completed form to Erica Boote in my district office. Please note: Ignore the instructions on the form to fax it and email the completed version to Erica Boote at EBoote@pahouse.net Read more

 

Unemployment Request for UCSC Constituent Contact Form

(Apr 03, 2020)

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Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities The following link provides you with information on what steps Pennsylvania utilities have taken to assist customers, including a moratorium on shutoffs for all regulated utilities: https://pahouse.com/News/?id=113134 Sign Up for PA Alerts Sign up for emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, building alerts and other Read more

 

Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more

 

Mullery, Carroll, Pashinski announce district offices closed until further notice

(Mar 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 17 – State Reps. Jerry Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski, both D-Luzerne, and state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, today announced the closure of their district offices until further notice per Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest COVID-19 mitigation plan. The staff of district offices will be working remotely and will be able to continue providing assistance for state-related issues and concerns via email at the following: Mullery: RepMullery@pahouse.net Pashinski: RepPashinski@pahouse.net Carroll: RepCarroll@pahouse.net “This is an unprecedented but critical action to take in order to keep residents, staff and everyone safe,” Mullery said. “It is vital that everyone take precautionary action, social distancing, and if you can stay home, please stay home.” “I know a lot is being asked of all of us right now, and that this can be a stressful time,” Pashinski said. “If everyone does their part, following the Department of Health’s recommendations, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and minimizing your contact with others, we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and get back to normal much faster.” “The governor’s plan may sound dramatic, but it is so important that everyone who can work and stay home do it,” Carroll said. “By closing our offices, we are taking action and showing how important social Read more

 

Proposed plan could allow students to attend college without financial worries

(Feb 28, 2020)

NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Millions of people across the United States are swamped with student loan debt. Democratic State Representative Eddie Pashinski is trying to change that for future students.“They wouldn’t have to pay a dime until they graduate and get a job and then 2% of that salary for ten years goes back to Luzerne County to pay for their debt, interest free.” Stated Pashinski as he explained his bill to Eyewitness News. Pashinski’s bill is designed to help students like Endy Santos, a student at Luzerne County Community College, who knows how crippling student loan debt can be. Read more

 

Mullery, Pashinski announce school safety grants awarded to local school districts

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State funding in the amount of $362,800 through the School Safety and Security Grant Program has been awarded to six local school districts, state Reps. Gerald Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski, both D-Luzerne, announced today. “The safety of our children and the security of our schools is one of my most critical priorities,” Mullery said. “Funding like this allows our schools to develop initiatives and programs that ensure student safety, and I am pleased to be working with our school districts to secure these funds.” “Our children deserve to learn, and our teachers deserve to work in the safest possible environment,” Pashinski said. “I am happy to see this funding coming back to our school districts to improve safety and security in their buildings.” The school districts that received funding are: Crestwood School District - $40,000 Greater Nanticoke Area School District - $40,000 Hanover Area School District - $40,000 Hazleton Area School District - $152,800 Wilkes-Barre Area School District - $45,000 Wyoming Valley West School District - $45,000 The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the Read more

 

2/20/20 – Community College Affordability – Nanticoke

(Feb 20, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. Read more

 

Pashinski, HDPC discuss plan to increase community college affordability

(Feb 20, 2020)

NANTICOKE, Feb. 20 – State Rep. Eddie Pashinski, D-Luzerne, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today on his Delayed Payment Plan legislation (H.B. 2287) at Luzerne County Community College. Pashinski was joined by fellow state legislators to discuss the issues of community college affordability, student debt, and the current and projected future skills gap in Pennsylvania. Pashinski currently has legislation to create a Delayed Payment Program , which would provide a pathway for community college students at any of Pennsylvania’s 14 state community colleges to complete their degree or certificate program in a high-need employment area and land a steady job before having to repay their tuition interest-free for up to 10 years. “Pennsylvania is facing a critical void in our workforce while the price of higher education is discouraging and preventing Pennsylvanians from pursuing a degree or certificate to fill that void,” Pashinski said. “My Delayed Payment Plan would help address the issues of student debt and the skills gap in the Pennsylvania workforce. It will allow young Pennsylvanians to improve their career prospects without being burdened by higher interest on their loans.” The committee heard from a community college panel that included Endy Santos, a student from Luzerne County Community College; Thomas Leary, the president of LCCC; and Elizabeth Bolden, the president and CEO of the Read more

 

Pashinski to hold Policy Committee hearing on community college affordability Thursday in Nanticoke

(Feb 14, 2020)

WILKES-BARRE, Feb. 14 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on his legislation ( H.B. 2287 ) to provide a pathway for community college students at any of Pennsylvania’s 14 state community colleges to complete their degree or certificate program and land a steady job before having to begin repaying their tuition interest-free for up to 10 years – the Delayed Payment Plan. The hearing will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 at Luzerne County Community College, Campus Center-Building 14, 3rd Floor, Multi-Purpose Room, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke, PA 18634. Pashinski requested the hearing to discuss the issues of community college affordability, student debt, and addressing the skills gap in Pennsylvania. He will be joined by fellow legislators from across the state. The current agenda is: 9 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 9:10 a.m. Endy Santos, student, Luzerne County Community College 9:30 a.m. Panel from community colleges: Thomas Leary, president, Luzerne County Community College Elizabeth Bolden, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges 10:10 a.m. Panel from Pennsylvania CareerLink Luzerne County Christine Jensen, Administrator, PA CareerLink® Luzerne County Trina Moss, Director of Operations and Programs, Read more

 

Pashinski introduces Delayed Payment Plan for Burden Free Community College

(Feb 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, introduced legislation today to provide a pathway for community college students at any of Pennsylvania’s 14 state community colleges to complete their degree or certificate program and land a steady job before having to begin repaying their tuition. “Student debt is crushing Pennsylvania’s higher education students and discouraging young people from pursuing a degree that can significantly increase their ability to find a good job,” Pashinski said. “Meanwhile, well-paying jobs go unfilled across the state because we don’t have enough workers with the education needed to fill those roles. My Delayed Payment Plan would help address each of these issues, allowing our young people to improve their career prospects while filling the family-sustaining jobs of today and tomorrow.” Once established, the Delayed Payment Plan program would pay up-front for the community college education for participating PA students who attend one of 14 state community colleges, pursue a degree in a high-need career path, and agrees to stay in Pennsylvania after graduating until their tuition is repaid. The agreement would require the graduate to pay back what they owe using a minimum of 2% of their future earnings within 10 years of graduating. Anyone with an outstanding balance following those 10 years would be required to pay a below-current market interest rate of 3.5% Read more

 

Pashinski Applauds Governor’s State Budget Proposal

(Feb 05, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $100,000 Dairy Investment Program grant award for PA Dairymen’s Association

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program grant for the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “Promoting Pennsylvania Agriculture – especially our dairy industry – is always one of my top priorities as the Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee,” Pashinski said. “PA dairy farmers and producers produce the finest milk and dairy products anywhere — strengthening our diets and our economy. These funds will help the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association continue promoting and supporting our incredible dairy industry.” The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association grant will go toward building their Choose PA Dairy, Goodness that Matters campaign – which was started in 2018 using a previous PDIP award – into a sustained promotion campaign for 2020. This continued marketing campaign will use a multi-faceted approach to educate consumers about the benefits of purchasing and consuming Pennsylvania dairy products through advertising, sponsorship and targeted statewide public announcements. “Thank you to the Pennsylvania Dairyman’s Association for your continued commitment to educating Pennsylvanians to drink Pennsylvania milk by looking for the PA Preferred label or for the plant number ‘42,’ which is Read more

 

Wilkes University gets $30,000 It’s On Us state grant

(Jan 17, 2020)

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University is lone school in Luzerne County to get an It’s On Us grant from the state this year. The $30,000 will be used to raise awareness about sexual and intimate-partner violence.“Creating a safe, welcoming environment for all of our students is our highest priority,” said Wilkes interim President Paul S. Adams in a news release. “We want to thank Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. John Yudichak and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski for their continued support of Wilkes students, especially when it comes to combating sexual assault.” Read more

 

Pashinski applauds $70,000 in PAsmart Grants for local districts to advance science, technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf today following the announcement of two PAsmart Grants worth $35,000 each to the Crestwood and Wilkes-Barre Area school districts to help expand computer science classes and teacher training. “Congratulations to both Crestwood and Wilkes-Barre Area school districts for pursuing and being awarded funding to enhance STEM education for their students and teachers,” Pashinski said. “It is critical that our students are prepared to meet the demands of the next generation of jobs, with more and more careers requiring science, technology, engineering and math skills.” Each grant recipient will receive $35,000. The grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach computer science. The new targeted grant awardees from across the commonwealth have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities, according to the administration. “I applaud and thank Governor Wolf for his administration’s continued commitment to putting much needed resources into workforce development, especially in our schools,” Pashinski said. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please Read more

 

McCarter, Pashinski introduce Prescription Drug Importation bill for Pennsylvania

(Jan 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – State Reps. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, introduced legislation Wednesday that would make sure Pennsylvania has studied and is prepared to implement a prescription drug importation program if and when the federal government approves final regulations allowing states to do so. "The increasing cost of prescription drugs is driving up health care costs, which is driving up every Pennsylvanian's cost of living," Pashinski said. "This legislation makes sure Pennsylvania is developing a long-term solution to this problem by preparing the state to effectively implement a prescription drug importation program once federal regulations are issued - potentially saving the state and consumers millions of dollars." House Bill 2225 would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to study the potential savings of importing less expensive prescription drugs from Canada and design a potential prescription drug importation program for our state when the study demonstrates savings for consumers and pending federal action. Last month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued draft rules that would allow states to start these programs, which still must go through a public comment period and may be years away from a final rule. Several states have already passed laws establishing programs that would import prescription drugs from Canada in hopes of passing along savings Read more

 

Wolf Administration announces $500,000 in grants for agriculture education

(Jan 10, 2020)

The Wolf Administration announced that the Agriculture and Youth Grants Program will make $500,000 available to improve access to agriculture education in Pa.Monday at the Farm Show, Agriculture Secretary Redding along with state representatives announced the money will fund 55 projects that promote development in farming and vocation training. Read more

 

Pashinski Talks PA Farm Bill with Secretary Redding

(Jan 09, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski sits down with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding at the Farm Show to discuss all things agriculture, including the PA Farm Bill. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $50,000 in Teacher in the Workplace grants for Crestwood, Hanover Area school districts

(Jan 06, 2020)

WILKES-BARRE, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced that the Crestwood and Hanover Area school districts will each receive a $25,000 in Teacher in the Workplace grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The funds will go towards enabling teachers to visit local employers and learn the skills and industry trends to enhance their classroom instruction, student learning and career readiness. “This money will help teachers in the Crestwood and Hanover Area school districts to better prepare their students for in-demand family-sustaining jobs upon graduation – many of which employers are currently struggling to fill,” Pashinski said. “By connecting our local educators with local businesses, we are not only providing a practical education experience for our students, we are building a stronger community and economic future.” The Teacher in the Workforce grants from PDE are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act and from the Department of Labor and Industry through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations and economic development entities. To learn more, please visit: Read more

 

Help Obtaining Unemployment
Apr 03, 2020

Unemployment Request for UCSC Constituent Contact Form
Apr 03, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 26, 2020

Closure List Exemptions
Mar 20, 2020

Mullery, Carroll, Pashinski announce district offices closed until further notice
Mar 17, 2020

Proposed plan could allow students to attend college without financial worries
Feb 28, 2020

Mullery, Pashinski announce school safety grants awarded to local school districts
Feb 26, 2020

2/20/20 – Community College Affordability – Nanticoke
Feb 20, 2020

Pashinski, HDPC discuss plan to increase community college affordability
Feb 20, 2020

Pashinski to hold Policy Committee hearing on community college affordability Thursday in Nanticoke
Feb 14, 2020

Pashinski introduces Delayed Payment Plan for Burden Free Community College
Feb 06, 2020

Pashinski Applauds Governor’s State Budget Proposal
Feb 05, 2020

Pashinski announces $100,000 Dairy Investment Program grant award for PA Dairymen’s Association
Jan 22, 2020

Wilkes University gets $30,000 It’s On Us state grant
Jan 17, 2020

Pashinski applauds $70,000 in PAsmart Grants for local districts to advance science, technology education
Jan 17, 2020

McCarter, Pashinski introduce Prescription Drug Importation bill for Pennsylvania
Jan 16, 2020

Wolf Administration announces $500,000 in grants for agriculture education
Jan 10, 2020

Pashinski Talks PA Farm Bill with Secretary Redding
Jan 09, 2020

Pashinski announces $50,000 in Teacher in the Workplace grants for Crestwood, Hanover Area school districts
Jan 06, 2020