One Fair Wage means a better life for millions of working Pennsylvanians

(Mar 18, 2019)

It’s time to give hard-working Pennsylvanians their first pay raise in more than 10 years. Many of the men and women in Pennsylvania we entrust with taking care of the people most important to us -- our infants and small children while we work, our older family members, our loved ones with physical and cognitive disabilities -- don't earn enough to raise their own families. These working Pennsylvanians make tremendous sacrifices every day to support our families; we need to show them that we support theirs. Our One Fair Wage proposal makes sure the working people who watch our children, clean our homes and hotel rooms, prepare and serve our food, and even care for our parents and grandparents earn a wage allowing them to support themselves and their families. When we raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $12 per hour, guarantee it’s raised annually until it reaches $15 an hour, and tie future raises to the actual cost of food, rent and medicine we make sure workers don’t fall behind again, and also make sure workers can afford to be customers, growing a stronger economy for everyone. And, for the first time in our state’s history, One Fair Wage would set the tipped wage at the same level as the minimum wage. Right now the tipped wage is – and we’re serious -- $2.83 per hour. After taxes, that’s a take-home pay of about $80 a week. The tipped wage has created a system of unfair pay that hurts women and people of Read more

 

Rabb to reignite effort to reform special elections for Pa. legislature

(Mar 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that he plans to re-introduce legislation to reform the special election nomination process for the Pennsylvania legislature. “Far too often, special elections across the commonwealth fail to honor our participatory democracy, where the people, not a political party, are supposed to be in charge of choosing a candidate,” Rabb explained. “My bill aims to prevent nominees from being hand-picked, putting the responsibility solely in the hands of voters, and restore public faith in the special election process for senators and representatives in the General Assembly.” Under Rabb's bill , people interested in running in a special election would be required to: File their candidacy with the political party in each county of the legislative district. Pay a modest filing fee. Prepare, or publicly opt out of preparing, a short video announcing their candidacy, which would be posted on the Department of State's website and made available to the Pennsylvania Cable Network. Rabb's bill also would require political parties to advertise and hold a public meeting to consider each person who seeks nomination as a candidate in a special election. “The whole point of an election is to choose the best person fit to serve, period,” Rabb said. “Instead, current special election rules favor a process that deters a wide variety of candidates from Read more

 

Rabb seeks nominations for 'phenomenal women'

(Mar 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 1 – State Rep. Chris Rabb is calling on his constituents to nominate a woman from the 200th Legislative District who is making in a difference in the community, home or at work. Rabb will honor these women during a luncheon from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 15 at the Pleasant Recreation Center, 6757 Chew Ave., Philadelphia. The media is invited to attend. The luncheon also will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about state-related programs that could benefit them and their families. Rabb said constituents can nominate a phenomenal woman by visiting his website at www.pahouse.com/Rabb , or by calling his office at 215-242-7300. The deadline for nominations is March 11. Read more

 

Rabb to host annual millennial brunch

(Feb 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 15 – In his continued effort to connect with young people in his district, state Rep. Chris Rabb announced he will host his third annual millennial brunch from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Mt. Airy Nexus, 520 Carpenter Lane, 19119. Rabb said the brunch is a great opportunity for residents, students, activists and leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 to gather for food and networking and to get information about what they can do to improve their schools, help fight crime and improve their neighborhood. Residents interested in attending are urged to call Rabb’s office at 215-242-7300. Read more

 

House Democrats fight to protect your right to work without fear

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – To better protect workers, independent contractors and even volunteers at businesses of all sizes, House Democratic lawmakers announced new proposals today to help end workplace discrimination and harassment. The “Work Without Fear – It’s Your Right” plan is designed to give people the tools they need to protect themselves and their coworkers while also helping companies make sure everyone knows the rules. The plan includes: The PA Fairness Act – sponsored by Rep. Dan Frankel, Allegheny County – finally brings Pennsylvania into line with surrounding states by making sure nobody can be fired from a job or denied housing because of who they are or who they love. Until now, we’ve been counting on individual counties and cities to do the right thing and people and our economy has suffered. Give Victims Time for Justice – sponsored by Rep. Margo Davidson, Delaware County, and Rep Mary Isaacson, Philadelphia – gives victims the power to choose when to seek justice and guarantees them a right to trial by jury to seek damages by extending the timeline to file a complaint beyond the current 180 days. Ignorance is No Excuse – sponsored by Rep. Melissa Shusterman, Chester & Montgomery counties, makes sure workers and employers have the facts by requiring Employment Fair Practices notices posted in the workplace to include clear descriptions and examples of abuse so everyone is on the Read more

 

Rabb hosting appreciation day for federal employees impacted by shutdown

(Jan 25, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., is hosting an appreciation day for federal employees impacted by the federal government shutdown from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Upper Room Baptist Church’s food bank located at 7236 Ogontz Ave. Rabb said community organizations will be at the event to provide groceries to federal workers who show their federal ID. Rabb and his staff will be there to share information on the home heating assistance program, commonly known as LIHEAP, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and Congressman Dwight Evans also will share information about local resources. “Trump’s federal shutdown for political posturing – the longest in U.S. history – has resulted in enormous hardships for the hardworking people who keep our government running,” Rabb said. “The callousness shown by the president and his administration regarding the real struggles of federal workers is troubling and disheartening. I am hosting this event to show our federal workers that we know their struggles are real and serious and that there are people out there who care about their well-being.” According to Rabb, the appreciation day is still taking place despite the deal reached today to halt the shutdown and keep the federal government open for the next several weeks. He believes that federal employees will still need assistance as they move Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Rabb applauds Gov. Wolf’s consideration of general use cannabis

(Jan 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today issued a statement supporting Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s launch of a statewide listening tour on the possibility of legalizing the sale and adult consumption of cannabis – more popularly known as “marijuana.” “I’m glad to see our governor seriously considering the legalization of recreational cannabis use,” Rabb said. “As a founding member of the PA Cannabis Caucus and the founding chairman of the PA House Democratic Caucus Equity Committee, I want all of my constituents to know that I strongly support the legalization of general use cannabis in Pennsylvania. One in four young adults uses cannabis already and with 64 percent of Americans in favor of legalization, we could be frontrunners in this industry rather than lagging behind. It is clear that the war on drugs has failed, and it’s time we started to treat cannabis use as a public health issue, not a criminal one.” Rabb went on to say that the policies enacted ultimately need to include: Comprehensive criminal justice reform as it relates to the thousands of people who have languished in jails and prisons over cannabis-related drug offenses. A rigorous social equity rubric regarding how licenses are applied for and secured by prospective business owners of cannabis grow facilities and dispensaries. Allocation of a portion of tax revenue from cannabis sales to go Read more

 

Rabb explores fair school funding at House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(Jan 23, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the moral implications and practical solutions to addressing Pennsylvania’s ranking as the worst state in the U.S. on public education funding equity. Rabb was joined by state legislators from across the state, many of whom are advocates for a fair and equitable funding formula, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who previously served on the Basic Education Funding Commission, Rep. James Roebuck, chairman of the House Democratic Education Committee and Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. “We had the opportunity to talk to advocates and superintendents from across the state to see how the current inequities in funding are impacting students. This open dialogue gave us great insight into how we can move forward to make changes to directly reach the students and districts that need resources most,” Rabb explained. Sturla added, “As a member of the Basic Education Funding Commission, I had the opportunity to help craft the current funding formula. Unfortunately, the formula only applies to new dollars invested in education. We really need to find a way to accelerate that equitable funding to ensure that generations of students are not left behind.” The committee heard testimony from Christopher Dormer, superintendent, Norristown School District; Read more

 

Rabb to host Policy Committee hearing on fair school funding Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Jan 18, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 18 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the moral implications and practical solutions to addressing Pennsylvania’s ranking as the worse state in the U.S. on public education funding equity. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Eleanor C. Emlen School, 6501 Chew Ave., Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. He will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who previously served on the Basic Education Funding Commission, Representative James Roebuck, chairman of the House Democratic Education Committee and Representative Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia County Delegation. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:30 p.m. Panel One: Christopher Dormer , superintendent, Norristown School District Dr. Daniel McGarry, superintendent, Upper Darby School District Dr. Damaris Rau , superintendent, School District of Lancaster Stephen Rodriguez , superintendent, Pottstown School District Jerry Jordan , president, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers 3:20 p.m. Panel Two: Deborah Gordon Klehr , executive director, Education Law Center Marc LeBlond , senior policy analyst, Commonwealth Foundation David Lapp, J.D . director of policy research, Research for Action Kelly Lewis , Read more

 

Rabb Stands Behind New Plan to Move Philly Forward

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb joined the Philadelphia House Delegation to announce a new plan to move Philadelphia forward by tackling issues like poverty, gun violence, healthcare, and economic development. He explains how this will not just benefit the city but the entire state. Read more

 

Upcoming Senior Chat and Chew

(Jan 11, 2019)

Upcoming Senior Chat and Chew Seniors: would you like to learn more about REAL ID, ways you can help your home be more energy-efficient, or find out more about the Share Food program? Then don’t miss the next Senior Chat & Chew event from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Pleasant Recreation Center, 6757 Chew Avenue. Enjoy refreshments and giveaways and learn more about REAL ID, get helpful energy-saving tips, and details on the Share Food program. PECO Energy will be at the event to provide energy-saving information to attendees and distribute light bulbs. For more information, please contact Rep. Rabb at his district at 215-242-7300 or by email at RepRabb@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Northwest Economic Empowerment Business Summit Jan. 19

(Jan 11, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Isabella Fitzgerald will be joined by Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Chris Rabb, Sen. Art Haywood and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker to co-host an annual summit to help current and future business owners succeed and prosper. The 2 nd Annual Northwest Economic Empowerment Business Summit, organized by Fitzgerald, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Masjidullah, the Center for Human Excellence, 7433 Limekiln Pike, 19138. The theme of this year’s summit is “Continuing the Journey.” Those attending the summit can take part in a variety of workshops and hear from expert panelists about starting a business or making an existing business thrive. “Business owners are a vital part of our community,” Fitzgerald said. “We want to provide constituents with the opportunities and resources to assist them, whether it’s starting their own business venture or growing their existing business.” Fitzgerald said there will be door prizes and continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Congressman Dwight Evans will be the keynote speaker. Representatives and their staff also will be available to answer questions and provide information on state government-related services. For more information and to RSVP, please call Fitzgerald’s office at 215-549-0220 or by email at repizzy@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Rabb and Redding Discuss the Diversity of Agriculture

(Jan 10, 2019)

PA State Representative Chris Rabb and Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding talk about the important and diverse ways that agriculture affects Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Rabb’s Chat & Chew event to teach seniors about scams

(Jan 02, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 2 – Scammers continue to prey upon so many unsuspecting and trusting folks in our communities, especially seniors, so Rep. Chris Rabb is taking action. Rabb will host a Senior Chat & Chew event from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at the Wadsworth Library, 1500 Wadsworth Ave , to discuss the top 10 scams impacting seniors. “Scammers, unfortunately, are always on the lookout for new victims, especially seniors,” Rabb said. “So we’re stepping up and providing a crash course for anybody who wants to learn more about how to recognize and combat these would-be scammers.” The event will feature special guest Anthony Luker, an education and outreach specialist with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, as Rabb hopes to raise awareness and build knowledge for those most at risk. He and his office staff will also be on hand to answer questions and help with problems with state-related programs. For more information, Rabb said people may contact him via phone at his district office (215-242-7300), email at RepRabb@pahouse.net , through his website at www.pahouse.com/Rabb , or on social media at www.facebook.com/RepRabb and www.twitter.com/RepRabb . Read more

 

Rabb sworn in for second term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Chris Rabb took the oath of office to begin his second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “I’m looking forward to beginning this New Year and the new legislative session. Thank you to those who re-elected me to continue my service to the 200th district of Philadelphia,” Rabb said. “I will continue to work for the people of my district, looking out for their interests and what’s best for them. I’m proud to work together with them to create our ideal community.” During his first term, Rabb sponsored legislation to transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, update non-discrimination law and stop sexual assault in police custody – and he provided personal testimony on gun violence and public safety legislation. He also helped secure state funding for library projects and gun violence reduction initiatives. “My commitment is stronger than ever to sponsor and push for legislation that reduces gun violence, ensures high-quality public schools, protects the future of our environment and enables those with diverse backgrounds to be celebrated. As we stand up for our values, we will see the barriers of discrimination fall, and an economy that moves us all forward,” Rabb said. Rabb encourages constituents to contact him via email at RepRabb@pahouse.net , through his Read more

 

Rabb hosting Holiday Open House Dec. 19

(Dec 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced that he will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. at his district office located at 7216 Germantown Ave., 19119. “I’m always excited for the chance to hear from my constituents and to celebrate the holidays together,” Rabb said. “But it’s also important to keep in touch and to make sure that fellow community members know how to apply for and access programs like LIHEAP that can be crucial for keeping the heat on during these cold winter months.” District office staff will be available to assist constituents with applications and information on LIHEAP, SEPTA Key and Property Tax Rent Rebate assistance programs, or other state-related issues. Refreshments such as hot chocolate, coffee, tea and dessert will be available. Contact the district office at (215) 242-7300 for more information. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: dbixler@pahouse.net Read more

 

Rabb Honors the late Rep. David Richardson

(Nov 01, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Chris Rabb speaks about the legacy of the late state Rep. David P. Richardson from the neighboring Germantown area of Northwest Philadelphia. The Pastorius Elementary School which Richardson attended as a boy was recently renamed in his honor as the Pastorius-Richardson Elementary School in honor of his lifetime of public service. 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

 

PLCB Poster Contest Rules

(Oct 12, 2018)

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