Remembering my dad and the amazing care given to him this Memorial Day

(17 hours ago)

This Memorial Day is significant to me as I lost my favorite veteran and hero, my dad, earlier this year on March 5. Melvin Fleming proudly served as a member of the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. My dad had been facing medical issues caused by COPD over the last eight years, but during the last two years in particular his condition deteriorated. During this time, I got to know a number of amazing public employees who are there to support our veterans in their time of need. I was taking him to the Lebanon and Cumberland VA Medical Centers, where he was cared for by amazing staff that showed tremendous care and compassion as they helped us through every step of the process. I had the help of Thomas Coreau, the Director of the Dauphin County Veterans Affairs office who was extremely patient in walking me through applying for veterans benefits for my father. The day my father died, staff from the Dauphin County Coroner's office were so thorough and took great care to assess the cause. After my father’s passing, I was guided through the estate process with Dauphin County Register of Wills Jean Marfizo King who was always there to answer any questions I had. I am proud to work alongside this group of dedicated public servants who are there to help not just my dad and I, but all veterans and their families in Dauphin County. There are countless government agencies and organizations out there to help Read more

 

Kim, Fleming, Madsen to host free paper-shredding event May 18

(May 10, 2024)

HARRISBURG, May 10 – State Reps. Patty Kim, Justin Fleming and Dave Madsen will host a free paper shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is full) on Saturday, May 18. The shredding event will take place in the Susquehanna Township Middle School parking lot, 801 Wood St., in Harrisburg. Interested attendees are invited to bring their old, sensitive documents such as tax paperwork, utility bills and bank statements to be securely shredded on site. There is a three-box limit, and the event will be held rain or shine. All material will be recycled. Read more

 

Fleming’s Mixed-Use Revitalization Program legislation passes House

(May 10, 2024)

HARRISBURG, May 10 – This week the House passed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Justin Fleming that would establish the Mixed-Use Revitalization Program to incentivize the revitalization of blighted commercial properties . “Communities across the commonwealth are seeing a rise in large, abandoned and blighted commercial properties like the Colonial Park Mall in Lower Paxton,” said Fleming, D-Dauphin. “As they stand vacant and fall into disrepair, these looming eyesores are negatively impacting communities by cutting into tax rolls, failing to pay utility bills, deterring traffic to nearby businesses, draining local services, and often posing significant safety concerns. "I believe we can transform these drains on our economy into thriving places to live and work, bringing new restaurants, retail shops, health care facilities, recreational spaces, and residential housing for working families.” Property redevelopment is a financially significant undertaking with large parcels often accruing substantial demolition and site preparation costs. Fleming’s bill would help provide capital funding to developers to purchase these large properties and expedite the redevelopment process. “My bill would establish a dedicated Mixed-Use Revitalization Fund administered through the Commonwealth Financing Authority that would provide matching grants to incentivize the purchase and Read more

 

Harrisburg area lawmakers release statement on death of Justin Johnson

(May 01, 2024)

State Reps. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, Dave Madsen, D-Dauphin, and Patty Kim, D-Dauphin/Cumberland, released the following statement regarding the death of Justin Johnson, a 10th-grade student at Central Dauphin High School. Read more

 

Fleming mourns death of Central Dauphin student, issues statement on investigation

(Apr 29, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 29 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, today made this statement after learning about the death of a Central Dauphin High School student. “First, I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Justin Johnson, a 16-year-old Central Dauphin High School student who died suddenly over the weekend,” Fleming said. “As the parent of two, I grieve along with the family for a life lost entirely too soon. “My office has been contacted and made aware of a social media post that appears to show other teenagers chasing after Justin and using insensitive language during their pursuit. Bigotry has no place in our community and our commonwealth – a place created to welcome all those seeking safety from oppression. “I am hopeful that the current extensive law enforcement investigation by multiple agencies working collaboratively will determine the facts of this tragic incident. Any additional information or inquiries about this case should be directed to the Lower Paxton Township Department of Public Safety at 717-657-5656.” Read more

 

Fleming helped Lower Paxton Township secure $1.2 million transportation funding award

(Apr 26, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, said he helped Lower Paxton Township secure a competitive grant award of more than $1.18 million from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to extend the township’s sidewalk network. “This investment in Lower Paxton Township will help enhance quality of life in the township by increasing pedestrian safety,” Fleming said. “The funding will be used to extend the township’s sidewalk network to make important connections between neighborhoods and key destinations such as the Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center, Central Dauphin Middle School, and many neighborhood-serving businesses. This is a smart use of our taxpayer dollars to strengthen the connections in our community and provide easier access to critical services.” Fleming added that the new sidewalk connections will include all necessary signage, ADA-accessible ramps and crosswalks, and will narrow the width of the roadway on Prince Street, which will act as a traffic calming feature, and improve pedestrian safety. The grant award comes from the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside, also known as the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside). The grant funds projects that improve the accessibility of biking and walking paths and amenities, pedestrian access to public transportation, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation projects and trails. Read more

 

Fleming congratulates area school districts for safety grants

(Apr 26, 2024)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, today announced that over $1.14 million in state grants have been awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to reduce gun and group violence in local Dauphin County schools. “Every child in our community should feel safe in school so they can flourish and preventing acts of violence is the best way to do that,” Fleming said. “These grants, which were funded by our votes in Harrisburg, will give our schools the tools they need to be more effective when it comes to reducing violence.” The total award amounts approved for schools in the district are: Central Dauphin School District - $307,321 Susquehanna Township School District - $631,469 Dauphin County Technical School - $70,000 Infinity Charter School - $70,000 Reach Cyber Charter School - $70,000 View a full list of awards, including dollar amount and school entities approved for funding, here: ? School Safety Awards . Nonpublic School Awards . Funds will advance the School Safety and Security Committee’s goal of ensuring that all Pennsylvania students can learn in safe, healthy school environments by helping school entities address basic safety needs and mental health services identified in the Committee’s recently adopted Revised Baseline Criteria Standards . Read more

 

Grants, April 9

(Apr 09, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Agriculture: Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program Who May Apply: Agricultural producers or processors and nonprofits, for-profits, local government entities, and institutions such as schools, universities or hospitals that operate middle of the food chain activities or invest in equipment that will benefit middle of the supply chain activities. Use: Activities that expand capacity and infrastructure for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling or distribution of targeted local and regional agricultural products Funds: Grants will be awarded to the extent that funds are available. Grant requests shall be between $10,000 and $100,000. Application Deadline: May 15, 2024 More information: PDA Website Department of Health: WalkWorks Grant Program Who May Apply: Municipalities located in either a PA Department of Health State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) priority county or in communities with an overall percentile rating above 60 in the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s PennEnviroScreen Tool. The 10 current SPAN counties include Clearfield, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Northumberland, and Philadelphia. Use: Funds and structured pre-planning assistance will be available to a limited number of municipal and/or multi-municipal applicants to complete the Read more

 

Fleming announces nearly $319,000 in state support for road project in Lower Paxton Township

(Mar 26, 2024)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, announced today that $318,750 in state funding was awarded to make safety improvements at the Prince Street and Houcks Road intersection with Jonestown Road in Lower Paxton Township. The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. “Jonestown Road is the lifeline of Lower Paxton Township, serving as both home to many small businesses as well as serving as residents’ connector to Harrisburg and beyond,” Fleming said. “I am therefore very glad to see this nearly $319,000 in state funding awarded so the township can make critical roadway improvements on Jonestown Road, making the road easier and safer for motorists and pedestrians to travel to get groceries for the week or commute to family-sustaining jobs.” The CFA’s Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure the commonwealth has a safe and reliable system of transportation. Funds may be used to develop, rehabilitate, and enhance transportation assets to existing communities, including streetscape, lighting, and sidewalk enhancement; implement pedestrian safety projects; improve the connectivity of transportation assets; and foster transit-oriented development. The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District

(Mar 19, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Drop-In Centers Who May Apply: Existing organizations that have the capacity to provide or expand drop-in center services for individuals with SUD, including single county authorities, DDAP licensed treatment providers, organizations that offer clinical services and recipients of DDAP’s prior funding opportunities for Drop-In Centers. Use: To expand drop-in center services for individuals with SUD. Funds: Up to $6,575,000 is available. DDAP expects to award approximately eight grants totaling $750,000 each. Application Deadline: April 12, 2024 More information: DDAP Website PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grant Who May Apply: Farmers, prospective farmers, and others may apply. Use: Strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or support transition of ownership. Funds: $500,000 in funding is available. Grants shall not exceed $7,500. Application Deadline: Applications will be received until funds are exhausted. More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Recruitment Incentives for Law Enforcement Who May Apply: Local law enforcement agencies, campus or university police, railroad or street railway police, airport authority police, and county park police. Use: Funding is explicitly to support Act 120 training and recruitment Read more

 

Grants, March 13

(Mar 14, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Commonwealth Financing Authority: Public School Facility Improvement Grant Who May Apply: School entities, defined as a school district or an area career and technical school. Use: Facility improvement projects, including but not limited to roof repair/replacement, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, plumbing systems, window repair/replacement, health and safety upgrades, and accessibility projects. Funds: $100 million in total funding is available. Grant requests shall not exceed $5 million per eligible improvement project. School entities may submit more than one application, but no school entity shall receive more than 20% of the total funding available. Application Deadline: May 31, 2024 More information: CFA Website Commission on Crime and Delinquency: STOP Violence Against Women Grant Program Who May Apply: County governments and non-profit victim service agencies are eligible to apply. Faith-based organizations may be eligible to apply under certain circumstances. Use: Funds may be used to support cross-system, collaborative efforts to respond to victims of violence against women crimes. This includes, but is not limited to, personnel and benefit costs associated with specialized units in law enforcement or core direct victim services, supplies and operating expenses related to the STOP project, equipment necessary for implementation, and training Read more

 

Khan to roll out healthcare workforce legislative package

(Mar 14, 2024)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Rep. Tarik Khan, D-Phila., today announced that he plans to introduce two bills to help address shortages of healthcare workers so that all Pennsylvanians can receive high-quality medical care. These bills would provide for the recruitment and retainment of nursing faculty members and health care preceptors. The first bill would establish the New Nursing Faculty Grant Program to provide grants of up to $10,000 per year for newly employed, full-time nursing faculty members. The second bill would establish the Pennsylvania Health Care Preceptor Deduction to incentivize qualified individuals to serve as preceptors for advanced practice nurses, physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses by providing a $1,000 tax deduction for doing do. “As a nurse practitioner, I know how important it is to keep our healthcare workforce supply strong,” Khan said. “Recruiting nursing faculty is often difficult, and healthcare preceptors are often hard to find. Our bill will help ensure critical support for both nursing faculty and healthcare professional preceptors.” The nursing faculty grant program is modeled after a Maryland program that was highly successful. The second bill would make Pennsylvania the sixth state to take action to incentivize medical professionals to enter preceptorships. Nearly 80,000 applicants across the nation were not Read more

 

Rite Aid resolves severance pay issue for laid-off workers after meeting with local lawmakers

(Mar 13, 2024)

“I am glad that Rite Aid has agreed to pay laid-off workers the severance pay they are contractually obligated to receive,” Fleming said. “Rite Aid’s first obligation should have been to the people who served them faithfully for years and who now—due to the company’s bankruptcy—are out of work and may be struggling to make ends meet. I’m glad that the company rectified this issue and more importantly are taking steps to ensure that they have the funds to pay employees the severance they’re owed moving forward.” Read more

 

Kim, Fleming, Madsen release statement on Rite Aid ‘reversal’ of payment to laid-off workers

(Mar 08, 2024)

HARRISBURG, March 8 – State Reps. Patty Kim, Justin Fleming and David Madsen released the following statement today upon learning the Rite Aid Corporation chose to “reverse” severance payments to workers laid off as part of the company’s bankruptcy agreement, leading to some of those laid-off workers having already-paid money removed from their bank accounts. “We are disappointed and angered to learn Rite Aid not only isn’t paying laid-off workers the severance pay they are contractually obligated to receive, but Rite Aid actually went so far as to take already-paid money out of workers’ bank accounts. Rite Aid owes a lot of money to a lot of creditors as they navigate bankruptcy proceedings, but the first people who should get paid should be the laid-off workers who need the money they are owed to buy food, medicine, and heat -- not the banks, hedge funds and venture capital firms with billions in cash on hand. “We are calling on Rite Aid to immediately get this money back in the wallets of the people who are owed, to take responsibility for any and all overdraft or late payment fees incurred by those impacted, and to never do this again. “We plan on convening legislative hearings to investigate and will also be consulting with the attorney general as to the legality of such decisions by any corporate entity.” Read more

 

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(Mar 07, 2024)

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Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(Mar 05, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Agriculture: Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Who May Apply: State and local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other eligible specialty crops stakeholders. Use: The purpose of the Program is to enhance, but not replace, the Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program by establishing a Commonwealth Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for specialty crops that are not currently eligible for grant payments under the Federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, or that are otherwise designated high-priority specialty crops by the Secretary. Funding for the Program will assist the growth, certification of seed and marketing of these eligible specialty crops. Funds: $460,000 in funding is available. Application Deadline: April 19, 2024 More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grant Who May Apply: Farmers, prospective farmers, and others may apply. Use: Strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or support transition of ownership. Funds: $500,000 in funding is available. Grants shall not exceed $7,500. Application Deadline: Applications will be received until funds are exhausted. More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Recruitment Incentives for Law Enforcement Who May Apply: Local law enforcement Read more

 

REVIEW: Celebrating Black History in Our Nation’s Capital

(Mar 04, 2024)

I hope you are well! I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on community news, the latest from our budget hearings, expanded government programs cutting costs for our seniors and working families, and ways to fund your education. As always, I hope you find this informative and useful. Read more

 

Remembering my dad and the amazing care given to him this Memorial Day
17 hours ago

Kim, Fleming, Madsen to host free paper-shredding event May 18
May 10, 2024

Fleming’s Mixed-Use Revitalization Program legislation passes House
May 10, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 07, 2024

Harrisburg area lawmakers release statement on death of Justin Johnson
May 01, 2024

Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 01, 2024

Fleming mourns death of Central Dauphin student, issues statement on investigation
Apr 29, 2024

Fleming helped Lower Paxton Township secure $1.2 million transportation funding award
Apr 26, 2024

Fleming congratulates area school districts for safety grants
Apr 26, 2024

Grants, April 9
Apr 09, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
Apr 04, 2024

Fleming announces nearly $319,000 in state support for road project in Lower Paxton Township
Mar 26, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District
Mar 19, 2024

Grants, March 13
Mar 14, 2024

Khan to roll out healthcare workforce legislative package
Mar 14, 2024

Rite Aid resolves severance pay issue for laid-off workers after meeting with local lawmakers
Mar 13, 2024

Kim, Fleming, Madsen release statement on Rite Aid ‘reversal’ of payment to laid-off workers
Mar 08, 2024

Winter 2024 NL
Mar 07, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
Mar 05, 2024

REVIEW: Celebrating Black History in Our Nation’s Capital
Mar 04, 2024