Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus responds to DHS equity report

(Feb 16, 2021)

The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus recently commended the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on its first Equity Report, according to PLBC chairwoman, State Rep. Donna Bullock (D-195th Dist.). Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 16 Update

(Feb 16, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Agricultural Hemp Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations. Use : Projects aimed at increasing sales, export or consumer awareness of Pennsylvania hemp products. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion. Funds : Reimbursement grants up to 50% of project costs. The minimum matching grant is $1,000. A total of $253,000 will be available statewide. Application Deadline : March 5 More Information : See the February 13, 2021, PA Bulletin at Pennsylvania Bulletin (pacodeandbulletin.gov) . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Fund ing ) Who May Apply : State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. Use : Projects that will increase visibility and competitiveness of the state’s horticultural specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, culinary herbs and spices, medicinal plants and nursery crops. Funds : Requests may be made for a minimum of $20,000, provided the amount reasonably represents the cost of the Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Feb. 1 Update

(Feb 02, 2021)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: ATV/Snowmobile Grants (Funding Source: ATV and Snowmobile Registrations) Who May Apply : Municipalities, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations. Use : Planning, land acquisition, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, equipment, and educational programs related to ATV and/or snowmobile trails and facilities. Funds : No match required. However, applications that provide match funding will be given additional consideration. Application Deadline : March 31 More Information : Click on https://www.brcgrants.dcnr.pa.gov/ and choose “Grant Opportunities” and then “All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile.” Commonwealth Financing Authority: Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program (Funding Source: Marcellus Legacy Fund) Who May Apply : For-Profit Businesses, Municipalities, Councils of Governments, Authorized Organizations, Institutions of Higher Education, Watershed Organizations. Uses : Abatement and treatment of AMD through treatment facility system construction, as well as treatment system repair, upgrade or operation and maintenance of existing passive and active treatment systems. Funds : Grants shall not exceed $1,000,000. A match of at least 15% of the total project cost is Read more

 

PLBC responds to DHS equity report

(Jan 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus this week commended the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on its first Equity Report, according to PLBC chairwoman, state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “The report hits many points that we on the PLBC fight for every day,” Bullock said. “As Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller pointed out, this cannot be a momentary, singular conversation because we watched George Floyd be murdered before our eyes without cause. This needs to be addressed every day, for every person of color, in both the workplace and our living communities.” “Every year I ask questions about racial equity at our appropriations hearings,” Bullock said. “I want to know, encourage and even urge our departments to provide diversity training, include employees of color in all aspects of managerial levels and decision-making, and ensure a healthy work environment for all at the highest levels of government. Our government agencies should, at the very least, ensure that they are representative of the people of our commonwealth for whom they serve.” The report provides information on efforts that DHS is undertaking on diversity, equity and inclusion so they may be a partner in correcting systemic racism within their own offices. While the report covers many areas within the department and where it will provide this training, it is a starting point for efforts moving forward. Read more

 

Parker assigned to standing House committees

(Jan 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Darisha Parker, D-Phila., today was officially assigned to four standing House committees, including Aging and Older Adult Services, Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Affairs. This committee selection is for the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “With these committee assignments, I now know my exact role as a member of this chamber and what issues I will work on for the greater good of the commonwealth,” Parker said. “I look forward to lending my voice to those issues in order to help us develop legislation and devise a plan to tackle problems or inequities we see in the state. The committee process is an essential part of what we do as legislators and helps to bring us all together on the issues affecting all of our constituents from across the state.” In addition to committee assignments, Parker said her own priorities in her first term include enacting criminal justice reforms, giving a voice to seniors, preserving parks and recreation centers, and providing affordable health care to all Pennsylvanians. She is also a member of the Philadelphia Delegation and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, where she will serve as chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Women and Girls of Color this legislative session. Parker is one of 25 new members who were sworn in Jan. 5. There are 11 new Democrats and 14 new Republicans. Read more

 

Parker Sworn In to Begin 1st Term as State Representative

(Jan 05, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Darisha Parker has officially kicked off her first term in the Pa. House of Representatives after being sworn in as state representative of the 198th Legislative District. She explains her priorities and how she'll put her neighbors first. Read more

 

Parker takes oath of office for first term

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Darisha Parker, D-Phila., today was sworn in for her first term in office, representing the 198 th Legislative District. The noon swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2021-22 session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Parker said her priorities in her first term, among others, include enacting criminal justice reforms, giving a voice to seniors, preserving parks and recreation centers and providing affordable health care to all Pennsylvanians. “I am honored and humbled to represent the people of the 198 th District,” Parker said. “I am committed to working every day to pursue legislation and other initiatives that will help the residents of my district to have an enriched and purposeful life. My office is ready to help you with all of your state government needs.” She is a member of the Philadelphia Delegation and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, where she will serve as chairwoman of the subcommittee on woman and girls of color this legislative session. S he will receive standing House committee assignments later in the month. “I am very excited to serve as subcommittee chairwoman for this very important work,” she said. “I hope to provide a voice to the issues that are of significance to all females of color.” Parker is one of 25 new members who were sworn in. There are 11 new Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Dec 01, 2020)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more