Face the State | Rep. Mike Sturla

(Mar 06, 2018)

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Sturla to discuss workforce development at House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable Tuesday in Lancaster

(Mar 01, 2018)

LANCASTER, March 1 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on workforce development. The roundtable discussion will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at Tec Centro, 102 Chester St., Lancaster. The media and public are invited to attend. Sturla requested this meeting to collect input on how to improve workforce development. The discussion will feature local leaders, policy experts and state legislators from all across the state. The current agenda is: 3:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 3:10 p.m. Discussion with Panelists: Jerry Oleksiak , secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Carlos Graupera , executive director, Spanish American Civic Association Cathy Rychalsky , executive director, Lancaster County Workforce Development Board Bob Shoemaker , project executive, Lancaster City Alliance Tom Baldridge , president & CEO, Lancaster Chamber Scott Fiore , vice president/partner, TriStarr Staffing Vanessa Philbert , household stability impact team leader, Community Action Partnership Dr. Zoann Parker , vice president for academic affairs, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Victor Ramos , vice president, HACC-Lancaster and Lebanon Campuses Victor Rodgers , associate provost for workforce development and continuing education, HACC Matt Johnson , Mayor’s chief of Read more


Sturla expresses optimism for Wolf's 2018/19 fiscal year budget proposal

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, released the following response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address for the 2018/19 fiscal year: “The governor’s budget address was positive and promising. I’m in full support of his efforts, which will help move Pennsylvania forward. “The governor’s proposed investment in job training and education provides an outlook for a brighter future for Pennsylvanians. We need to work with all levels of government and private enterprises to meet the workforce needs of current and prospective businesses to continue to build and energize Pennsylvania communities, starting with investing in pre-K through K-12 and post-secondary education. “Pennsylvania has the lowest minimum wage of our neighbors. Raising the wage will help working men and women better provide for their families while depending less on social programs, thus increasing revenues for education funding and workforce development. “We heard again this year about how a modest severance tax will help us make that happen. We’re the only state with natural gas resources that doesn’t impose a severance tax. This resource will help pay for the investment in education and our future. “Additionally, the governor proposed shrinking the size of the waiting list for services for individuals with autism and intellectual disabilities, and making contributions to the state’s rainy day fund. Read more


Office Hours

(Jan 25, 2018)

LANCASTER: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CAPITOL: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more


Schweyer to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on health care access Wednesday in Allentown

(Jan 05, 2018)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss health care access at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10 at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Health and Technology Center, Main Level Conference Room, 850 S. 5 th St., Allentown. Schweyer requested the hearing to discuss the need for improved health care access with policy experts, some of whom provide care to the most vulnerable citizens. State legislators from all over the commonwealth will be in attendance, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Health care access is part of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA . The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks John Kristel , president & CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Dr. David Burnmeister , chairman of Department of Emergency & Hospital Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network Alan Jennings , executive director, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. 2:40 p.m. Panel Two: Melissa Miranda , executive director, Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley Deb Gilbert , director of the Parish Nursing/Community Outreach Department, Sacred Heart Healthcare System Kelly Berk , network director of maternal child health initiatives for Nurse-Family Partnership, St. Luke’s University Health Network 3:20 p.m. Panel Three: Maggie Murphy , Read more


Sturla announces Commonwealth Financing Authority Funding for Lancaster Projects

(Nov 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster announced today that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved project grants and loans totaling $12.65 million in the City of Lancaster. “I thank the CFA for approving these important projects that I supported for the betterment of Lancaster’s economy and community. I will continue to work with the City of Lancaster and local developers in helping to keep Lancaster a thriving area,” Sturla said. A $175,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant was awarded to the City of Lancaster to be used for Farnum Park renovations. The City also received a $1.225 million Multimodal Transportation Fund Program grant for S. Duke St. improvements that include improving ADA accessibility, the addition of a roundabout, street lighting and bike lane construction. This fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to residents of the commonwealth. A $2 million Business in Our Sites grant and $3 million Business in Our Sites loan will be used for the development of City Gate Corporate Center, which will generate nearly 500 jobs. Business in Our Site Grants and Loans are used for site development and business, infrastructure, land and buildings. Loans are repaid at rate of two to three percent over a period not to exceed 20 years. The EDC Finance Corporation was also awarded a $6.25 million Building PA Read more


Sturla urges residents to sign up, review ACA healthcare coverage

(Nov 02, 2017)

LANCASTER, NOV. 2 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced that open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2018 is now underway and residents are urged to sign up for healthcare and renew or change current benefits. “Despite confusion and threats from the Trump Administration, The Affordable Care Act is still in effect and those who need healthcare can gain access through the ACA,” Sturla said. Residents can shop for plans on their own at www.healthcare.gov or contact a local navigator for assistance at localhelp.healthcare.gov. Navigator services are free to consumers. Local Southeast Lancaster Health Services is one of many local navigators and can be reached by calling 717-917-3756; emailing info@selhs.org ; or visiting 625 South Duke Street, 515B Hershey Avenue or 333 North Arch Street in Lancaster. Sturla added, “More than 16,000 Lancaster County residents have insurance through the Affordable Care Act and it’s important that we spread the word to make sure all who need access are aware that it’s out there. More insured Pennsylvanians means healthier Pennsylvanians, health care providers get paid for the services they provide and our economy improves.” The 2018 Open Enrollment deadline is Dec. 15, 2017. Read more


2017 Back to School Event Recap

(Oct 27, 2017)

The 6th Annual Education Celebration and Back to School Giveaway was a great success! This year, we were fortunate to take the event to the Lancaster Barnstormers’ Clipper Magazine Stadium and expand the offerings from backpacks and school supplies to include uniforms, shoes and books! Below, you can find photos and video from the event. There’s also a list of all the sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible. SAVE THE DATE for next year – August 19, 2018 at the Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium. If you’re interested in volunteering or contributing in any way, contact Mena Rodriguez by calling my 150 E. King St. office or click here for her email. Read more


Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Face the State | Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Toys for Tots Applications Accepted at Sturla's Office

(Sep 29, 2017)

If you know of a family in need this holiday season, my office will serve as an application site for the Toys for Tots program. Registration can be done at this link or at my office located at 150 E. King St. My staff will provide free assistance with the application process and will help make sure the application is filled out thoroughly and completely to ensure eligibility. All submissions are due by November 3, 2017 . A valid identification for parents/legal guardians and children will be required when toys are picked up. Parents/guardians will receive a postcard in the mail in December with information on toy pick-up. Please contact my office at 717-295-3157 or stop by 150 E. King St for free help with submitting your request. Read more


PODCAST: PA Budget Talk with Eric Epstein/WHP 580

(Sep 27, 2017)

PA State Rep. Mike Sturla talks with Eric Epstein, filling in on The Ken Matthews Show, on WHP 580 about the state budget and Republican's failure to close the budget deficit. Read more


Sturla: Republican Budget Gimmicks Hurt Pennsylvanians

(Sep 14, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Sturla says the risky and reckless Republican budget that robs millions from special funds is just a budgeting gimmick that will add to our structural deficit and cause cuts to many programs and services that Pennsylvanians rely on. Read more


It's easy to see where the blame lies for state's fiscal failures

(Sep 07, 2017)

FEATURED IN LANCASTER ONLINE We’ve passed the fiscal year budget deadline of June 30, the July Fourth holiday, and now Labor Day. So why has no revenue plan been approved for Pennsylvania? In spite of all that Pennsylvania has going for it, the state is in some dire financial straits. Through a series of bad decisions that have compounded over the years, Pennsylvania has descended from near the top of the heap when compared to other states, to near the bottom when it comes to state finances and our ability to attract outside investment, businesses and jobs. So that begs the question, who is to blame? Looking back over the last 24 years, we’ve had multiple governors, both Democrats and Republicans — in fact, twelve years for each party. First blush says to blame all politicians regardless of political party. But a closer look is much more enlightening. Any governor (executive branch), Republican or Democrat, needs to deal with the co-equal branch of government, the Legislature — the House and Senate. On this mark, the culprit is pretty clear. Republicans have controlled the Senate for the entirety of the past 24 years, including all the way back to 1981. In the House, the Republicans have been in control for 20 of the last 24 years, with the brief exception of 2007-10, when Democrats had a one-vote and then five-vote edge compared to the Republicans’ current 39-vote edge. Ironically, the Republican House and Senate leaders continue Read more


Sturla Getting Kids Ready to Go Back to School

(Aug 14, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Sturla held his annual Back to School Giveaway, outfitting Lancaster City K-5 students with backpacks and school supplies for the new school year. This year, Sturla also provided school uniforms and shoes. The day was an Education Celebration with books giveaways, face painting, free haircuts and more attracting an estimated 5000 people from the community at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Read more


Under the Dome: View this virtual tour

(Jul 18, 2017)

A tour of the PA Capitol Dome Read more


REPORT: Opioid Addiction Treatment in Pennsylvania

(Jul 07, 2017)

The Joint State Government Commission recently released a report requested by House Resolution 893 of 2015 on Opioid Addiction Treatment in Pennsylvania. Read more


Sturla to host 6th annual Back to School Giveaway Saturday, Aug. 12

(Jun 28, 2017)

State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will hold his sixth annual Back to School Giveaway Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Read more


Veterans Appreciation Open House – Wednesday, July 12

(Jun 28, 2017)

Veterans are welcome to attend a Veterans Appreciation Open House from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 12 at my Lancaster office located at 150 E. King St. Veterans will have the opportunity to speak with me and representatives from the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the American Legion of PA and the Lebanon VA Hospital. Come and enjoy light refreshments and gain information about state and federal services available to veterans. Some of the topics to be discussed include: State programs VA benefits Disability Education Burial benefits Please RSVP by July 7 by calling my office 717-295-3157 or email Rep.MikeSturla@pahouse.net . Read more


The Truth About My Vote for Video Gaming Terminals

(Jun 26, 2017)

You may have recently received a mailer claiming that I voted to create 12,000 mini-casinos or “drastically reduced funding” for prescription drug coverage and property tax/rent rebates for seniors. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more