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

 

Winter 2024 NL

(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

 

Roundtable discusses contributions of Children’s Advocacy Centers

(Feb 29, 2024)

“When I learned about Child Advocacy Centers and their mission, I was so relieved these organizations and professionals are in place to support children throughout the state,” said Policy Committee roundtable host Rep. Justin Fleming, who represents portions of Lower Paxton and Susquehanna townships as well as the borough of Pennbrook in Dauphin County. “If we really want to support children and their recovery, then we need to prioritize Child Advocacy Centers.” Read more

 

Government Grants, Feb. 26

(Feb 29, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Education: Tutoring Program for Adults Grant Who May Apply: School districts, intermediate units, area career and technical centers/vocational-technical schools, community colleges, literacy councils, local libraries, community-based organizations, any other educational entity recognized by the Secretary of education for providing appropriate and effective adult or family literacy programs. Use: Funds may be used to provide adult literacy education for eligible adults, family literacy education for eligible parents and children, training for volunteer adult literacy education instructors, and administration, support services for learns, and outreach activities. Funds: $1.084 million in funds is expected to be awarded. Application Deadline: March 20, 2024 More information: PDE Website Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Assessing Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Who May Apply: Institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, or for-profit institutions. Organizations must have experience, expertise, and credibility to conduct key project deliverables associated with this funding announcement. Use: To pay for expenses directly related to the activities, management and coordination of the project, to provide stipends/compensation for individuals contributing to qualitative research activities, for other Read more

 

Fleming lauds $79K in state support for district fire and EMS organizations

(Feb 16, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, announced today that four fire companies and an EMS provider in the 105th district received $79,112 in state grants from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program. “Our district’s residents will be safer thanks to this grant funding providing crucial support to our fire departments and emergency medical services,” Fleming said. “Our communities across the commonwealth need a strong safety infrastructure in order to thrive, and that’s why I will support the renewal of this program this year and the governor’s budget plan to double the program’s size.” The following organizations received funding: Citizens Fire Co. 1 of Pennbrook Fire $13,839.63 Colonial Park Fire Company No 1 Fire $16,951.99 Progress Fire Company Fire $16,951.99 Rescue Fire Co. # 1 Fire $16,368.42 Susquehanna Township Emergency Medical Services EMS $15,000.00 The grant money can be applied to a combination of up to two projects in the following categories: Construction and/or renovation of the fire company's or ambulance service’s facility. Purchase or repair of firefighting, ambulance, or Read more

 

Fleming lauds the $85,000 state investment in area’s career and technical school

(Feb 09, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, announced that the Dauphin County Technical School has been awarded a grant of $85,000 by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the purchase of new equipment to help train students in skills required for high-demand occupations. “Our career and technical students must have access to best-in-class educational opportunities so they can develop the critical skills necessary to thrive in the highly competitive 21 st century global economy,” Fleming said. “This grant will help provide the Dauphin County Technical School with first-class equipment so their students will have the opportunity to develop hands-on experience with cutting-edge tools and technology. I am very glad that students in the 105 th district will be able to receive a world-class education at Dauphin County Technical School thanks to this grant award. I applaud the state’s investment in Dauphin County’s workforce.” Gov. Josh Shapiro’s 2024-25 state budget proposal includes more than $121 million for career and technical education, and $15 million for career and technical education equipment grants. Read more

 

REVIEW: Black History Month Kicks Off About the Arts!

(Feb 02, 2024)

February is Black History Month. This month we honor the history, achievements, and legacies of Black Americans. February is a time to recognize the tremendous impact the Black community has had on Pennsylvania and American History – and continues to have every day. Read more

 

New Govt Grants

(Jan 30, 2024)

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Fleming’s historic bill to repudiate racially restricted deed covenants becomes law

(Jan 29, 2024)

Gov. Josh Shapiro today held the ceremonial bill signing for state Rep. Justin Fleming’s H.B. 1289, which was signed into law as Act 54 of 2023 in December. The law helps rectify the legacy of biased housing practices by making it easier for property owners to repudiate discriminatory deed covenants. Read more

 

Fleming: $125,000 in state grants for Susquehanna Township park rehabilitation project

(Jan 16, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, announced today that he helped secure $125,000 in Commonwealth Financing Authority-awarded grant funding for the Crown Point Park Playground Rehabilitation project in Susquehanna Township though the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. “This investment in our community will help Susquehanna Township replace aging playground equipment, ensuring that our kids have safe and accessible places to stay active and lead healthy lifestyles,” Fleming said. The Commonwealth Financing Authority was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the state Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. Read more

 

Fleming: $2.4M in state grants for water infrastructure and arts projects

(Dec 20, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 19 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, announced today that he helped secure $2,428,357 in state funding to support water infrastructure projects and a community arts organization in the 105th district. “I am glad I was able to help bring back our tax money to our district to help rehabilitate and replace critical sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure so that our water remains clean and healthy,” Fleming said. “I am also glad that the arts in our community will be supported by a grant to the Harrisburg Community Theater.” Funds distributed through the H2O PA Program provide for single-year or multi-year grants to municipalities or municipal authorities to assist with the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm water projects. Act 54 of 2022 appropriated $205.4 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to the H2O PA – Water Supply, Sanitary Sewer and Storm Water Projects Program. $893,773 for Susquehanna Township’s Fox Run Trunk Line and Force main sanitary sewer improvement project $1,400,826 for Lower Paxton Township’s PC-3E sanitary sewer and storm sewer replacement/rehabilitation project. Funds distributed through the Small Water and Sewer program provide for small water, sewer, and storm system water infrastructure projects. Act 54 of 2022 appropriated $105.6 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds to the PA Small Water and Sewer Program. $112,150 for Lower Read more

 

Historic bill to repudiate racially restricted deed covenants passes PA Senate

(Dec 14, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 14 – The Pennsylvania Senate made history Wednesday by unanimously passing state Rep. Justin Fleming’s legislation ( H.B. 1289 ) that would help rectify the legacy of biased housing practices by making it easier for property owners to repudiate discriminatory deed covenants. “The progress of racial, ethnic, and religious minority groups has been stifled by restrictive deed covenants and practices like redlining, resulting in massive inequality in wealth and home ownership rates,” Fleming said. “My legislation would help rectify this historic wrong by making it easy and affordable to repudiate discriminatory language from these documents.” A covenant stipulates what existing or future owners can and cannot do to a property. Racially discriminatory real estate covenants were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948 under the Shelley v. Kraemer decision, ruling that these covenants are unenforceable under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. In addition, the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited deed covenants that discriminate against protected classes. Although these covenants are no longer enforceable, Fleming said this harmful and discriminatory language still exists in many property deeds. Fleming’s bill impacts all restrictive covenants for classes of individuals covered under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and would allow a property owner – should they Read more

 

Fleming presents $100K check to Central PA Food Bank to Support Its Mission

(Nov 28, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Justin Fleming today presented a $100,000 check from the PA Department of Human Services to Joe Arthur, CEO of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, to support its efforts to eliminate food insecurity in the region. “Despite the fact we live in the richest country in the world, thousands of Pennsylvanians don’t know where or when their next meal is coming from,” Fleming said. “This state grant money will support the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in its life-supporting mission ensuring everyone in our region has access to the food needed to lead a healthy, productive life. With the expiration of pandemic funding, our charitable organizations like the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank will be struggling to meet demand for the basic necessities of life like food. I strongly encourage residents to donate their time and money this holiday season so that their neighbors and their families don’t go hungry this winter.” Central Pennsylvania Food Bank CEO Joe Arthur thanked Fleming for the check, saying, “There is a huge demand for food from the charitable network right now, with many of our agency partners now serving more neighbors than they were at the height of the pandemic.” Arthur added, “Rep. Fleming’s strong leadership and this additional support from DHS helps us to advance our mission and continue to provide healthy meals for our neighbors in needs in Read more

 

Fleming Appointed to the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee

(Nov 13, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, has been appointed by House Speaker Joanna McClinton, D-Phila., to the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee. The committee oversees issues involving sports and athletic competitions sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The committee also receives an annual report from the PIAA with recommendations for the General Assembly. Fleming said he brings a unique perspective to the committee as a lettered high school athlete in baseball at Susquehanna Township High School. “Athletics offers kids opportunities to learn critical physical, emotional and intellectual skills that will serve them their whole lives,” Fleming said. “As a former student-athlete and the father of two children who participate in athletics, I have an interest in the committee’s issues and look forward to working with my colleagues, as well as the PIAA to ensure all student-athletes are competing safely and fairly.” The six-member committee consists of two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one appointed by the House minority leader, two appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate and one appointed by the Senate minority leader. Read more

 

Central Pennsylvania state representatives to hold Veterans Day breakfast Nov. 9

(Oct 24, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Reps. Justin Fleming, D-Cumberland, David Madsen, D-Dauphin, and Patty Kim, D-Dauphin/Cumberland, will hold a Veterans Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 at the AFSCME Conference Center, 150 S. 43rd St., Harrisburg. A delicious breakfast will be offered to veterans in recognition of their service. The state representatives and their staff will be available to help with state related issues and questions attendees might have. “We wanted to celebrate and honor those who sacrificed their time with their families and their personal comfort to put their lives at risk for our country and our freedoms,” a statement by the representatives said. “We encourage all area veterans to come and enjoy some delicious food, meet fellow servicemembers and learn about state services benefitting veterans.” Residents who are veterans and would like to attend can click on the link associated with their state representative below to RSVP: Rep. Justin Fleming: https://www.pahouse.com/fleming/Form/?id=1521 . Rep. Patty Kim: https://www.pahouse.com/Kim/Form/?id=1521 . Rep. David Madsen: https://www.pahouse.com/madsen/Form/?id=1521 . Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus installs new officers

(Oct 06, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus announced its new officers after a reorganizational meeting this week. The following members were installed as officers: Chairman, state Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D–Montgomery Vice Chair, state Rep. Darisha Parker, D–Phila. Secretary, state Rep. Ismail Smith Wade-El, D–Lancaster Treasurer, state Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin Outgoing chair state Rep. Donna Bullock, D–Phila., passes the baton to Nelson. Bullock will continue to focus on issues facing Pennsylvania’s children and youth; she chairs the PA House Children & Youth Committee. “We are grateful for Representative Bullock’s leadership, and I look forward to building on the momentum we have to achieve real results for minority communities throughout this Commonwealth,” Nelson said. “I am humbled by this honor.” Bullock guided many PLBC initiatives, including the annual Crystal Bird Faucet Awards, honoring women within state government and Speaker K. Leroy Irvis Day of Action, where business owners, public officials and organizations gather to discuss, learn, and network legislative bills, community concerns and visit the Capitol Complex. “Chairing the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience,” Read more

 

Fleming: $76,392 in federal funding to encourage healthy snacking in area schools

(Aug 16, 2023)

State Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, today announced $64,564 in state funding has been awarded two area schools to provide fruits and vegetables to students under the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Read more

 

Madsen and Fleming to hold free community shred event Aug. 26

(Aug 15, 2023)

“I cannot stress enough how this shredding event is one of best ways to ensure that your confidential and sensitive documents are properly disposed of, and your information is not used without your knowledge,” Fleming said. “I hope that residents take advantage of this free service that protects their personal security in an environmentally safe way.” Read more

 

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

Roundtable discusses contributions of Children’s Advocacy Centers
Feb 29, 2024

Government Grants, Feb. 26
Feb 29, 2024

Fleming lauds $79K in state support for district fire and EMS organizations
Feb 16, 2024

Fleming lauds the $85,000 state investment in area’s career and technical school
Feb 09, 2024

REVIEW: Black History Month Kicks Off About the Arts!
Feb 02, 2024

New Govt Grants
Jan 30, 2024

Fleming’s historic bill to repudiate racially restricted deed covenants becomes law
Jan 29, 2024

Fleming: $125,000 in state grants for Susquehanna Township park rehabilitation project
Jan 16, 2024

Fleming: $2.4M in state grants for water infrastructure and arts projects
Dec 20, 2023

Historic bill to repudiate racially restricted deed covenants passes PA Senate
Dec 14, 2023

Fleming presents $100K check to Central PA Food Bank to Support Its Mission
Nov 28, 2023

Fleming Appointed to the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee
Nov 13, 2023

Central Pennsylvania state representatives to hold Veterans Day breakfast Nov. 9
Oct 24, 2023

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus installs new officers
Oct 06, 2023

Fleming: $76,392 in federal funding to encourage healthy snacking in area schools
Aug 16, 2023

Madsen and Fleming to hold free community shred event Aug. 26
Aug 15, 2023