REVIEW: Legislative Update: Safeguarding Our Land and Water

(Feb 02, 2024)

As you may know, I’ve been working with the Pennsylvania departments of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, as well as local and industry stakeholders, to address the issue of food processing residue being used on local farmlands. While many of us use food scrap compost to help fertilize our gardens, there has been a good deal of legitimate concern about safety issues of the residue used as fertilizer from mass produced, commercial food processing. Read more

 

Grant Memo: Cultural, Educational, Environmental, Public Safety, and Redevelopment Opportunities For Your District

(Feb 02, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Conservation and Natural Resources: Community Conservation Partnerships Program Who May Apply: counties, municipalities, municipal agencies, nonprofit organizations, state heritage areas, prequalified land trusts, for-profit organizations (for some grant types). Use: Funds may be used for projects related to parks, recreation, and conservation, including, but not limited to, park and recreation rehabilitation and development, recreation and conservation planning, trail planning and construction, land acquisition and conservation, river access and conservation, community and riparian tree planting, and regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources. Funds: Funds for this program come from a mix of state and federal sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the Snowmobile Restricted Account, the All-Terrain Vehicle Restricted Account, and more. The 2023 funding round provided over $52 million in awards. Application Deadline: April 3, 2024 More information: DCNR Website Community and Economic Development: COVID-19 ARPA PA Multi-Purpose Community Facilities Program Who May Apply: Units of local government and community anchor institutions ( as defined in Act 96 of 2021 ). Use: Funding is to be used for community projects that construct, acquire, or improve facilities (shared office space, recreation centers, schools, libraries, etc.) Read more

 

Revamping Water Infrastructure: Chester County Receives Over $2M in Grants for Essential Projects

(Jan 25, 2024)

This influx of funding underscores the importance of maintaining and upgrading water infrastructure. Aging systems can lead to inefficiencies, higher operating costs, and even health risks. By proactively investing in these projects, Chester County is not only ensuring reliable service but also safeguarding public health. Read more

 

$2.2M In State Grants For Sewer Projects In Northern Chesco

(Jan 25, 2024)

“These projects are vital in protecting public health and our water supply, but they’re extremely costly for municipalities to afford on their own,” Friel said. “State investments into our community's infrastructure help our local officials and authorities secure our wellbeing for years to come.” Read more

 

Friel announces more than $2.2M in state grant funding for local infrastructure projects

(Jan 19, 2024)

Following advocacy from state Rep. Paul Friel, D-Chester, the Commonwealth Financing Authority recently awarded grants to help fund eight projects in the 26th District that concern local water supply systems, sewer systems, or stormwater management. Read more

 

300K State Grants Awarded To Chesco For Park And Sewage Upgrades

(Jan 19, 2024)

Projects will enhance the regional trail network, improve playground accessibility, help develop sewage plans, State. Rep. Paul Friel said. Read more

 

Chester County Bags $307,250 in State Grants for Outdoor Space Rehabilitation and Development

(Jan 17, 2024)

In a significant win for Chester County’s outdoor spaces, state Rep. Paul Friel, D-Chester, announced Tuesday that two local projects will receive state grants totaling $307,250. The funds, awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), are earmarked for the development and rehabilitation of public parks and recreation areas. Read more

 

Friel announces more than $300K in state grant funding

(Jan 16, 2024)

Following advocacy from state Rep. Paul Friel, D-Chester, two projects in Chester County will receive state grants totaling $307,250 to help develop and rehabilitate outdoor spaces, he announced Tuesday. Read more

 

Pa. representative proposes bill to make school standardized tests online

(Jan 03, 2024)

In the proposal, Representative Paul Friel said the months-long lag between standardized tests being taken and the final assessment data being available means the usefulness of the results has “largely expired.” Friel said this wastes taxpayer dollars and the schools’ energy and time on a process that “fails to serve our students.” Read more

 

Pennsylvania Eyes Tax Credit for Employers Contributing to College Savings

(Dec 14, 2023)

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Friel (D-26), proposes a tax credit for employers contributing to their employees’ PA 529 College and Career Savings Program accounts. Read more

 

Lehigh Valley lawmakers want to stop ‘book ban’ arguments. They just disagree on how.

(Dec 11, 2023)

State Rep. Paul Friel, D-Chester, sponsored the House measure because of his experience as a former school board director. Community members would often come to meetings to call for the removal of books that weren’t even in district libraries, he said. Read more

 

Fall '23 Newsletter

(Nov 30, 2023)

Read my Fall 2023 newsletter here. Read more

 

Pennsylvanians address rise in censorship, book bans

(Nov 16, 2023)

“Books are the window that allow our students to see and explore the world. They can teach us, they challenge us, they open our imaginations, but they are also safe places,” said Rep. Friel. “Sometimes, our kids, they’re out there, they’re by themselves. They think they’re alone, but it is in the library where they discover they are not.” Read more

 

Repairs to St. Peter’s Road in Chester County announced

(Oct 27, 2023)

The road carries about 800 vehicles per day, many of them school buses. Photo: Evan Brandt for The Pottstown Mercury Read more

 

Friel, Muth Joined by PennDOT Secretary Carroll to announce St. Peters Road Project

(Oct 27, 2023)

The press conference, held at Saint Peter’s Bakery in Elverson, highlighted the problems with St. Peters Road that have been caused by years of erosion of the steep slope between the roadway and French Creek in Warwick Township (Chester County). Read more

 

Anti-trans policies in Pa. schools don’t just impact LGBTQ kids

(Oct 24, 2023)

On the rare occasions when LGBTQ issues do come up at school, they serve to educate, not influence. Read more

 

Censorship Crisis: PA Democrats Tackle Rising Book Bans in Public Libraries

(Oct 08, 2023)

Friel has introduced House Bill 1506, the Freedom to Read Act, which aims to streamline the process for appeals against book bans. The bill, now in the House Education Committee, proposes that the responsibility for reviews be placed with a regional committee of instructional experts. Read more

 

Hearing Explores Troubling Increase in Book Bans

(Oct 06, 2023)

HARRISBURG, PA − October 6, 2023 – State Senator Katie Muth (D-Chester/Montgomery/Berks), chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and state Rep. Ryan Bizarro (D-Erie), chair of the House Majority Policy Committee, joined Senator Amanda Cappelletti (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Rep. Paul Friel (D-Chester) to co-host a public hearing in Harrisburg yesterday on the impact of censorship and book bans in public and school libraries. The hearing, held at the State Capitol, featured three panels of testimony that included perspectives from educators, parents, and policy experts who discussed the rise in book bans across the Commonwealth and the country. “Book bans are part of a fear mongering, hate-filled, discriminatory, national political agenda that is taking aim at our public schools and libraries across the nation and here in our Commonwealth. All students – no matter what they look like, how they identify, where they are from, or who they love – deserve to see themselves or discover themselves in stories told in books – and book bans strip that freedom away,” Muth said. “Book bans and censorship are part of a greater movement to whitewash history and silence already marginalized and minority communities – and we need our all elected officials to stand up for free speech and protect all of our children from any attack that threatens their ability to thrive and be who they are.” The American Read more

 

CCCBI Holds 2023 State Legislative Forum with Six Bipartisan Elected Officials

(Oct 05, 2023)

Each panelist was given the opportunity to address what is happening in their perspective districts across Chester County. Read more

 

A ban on book bans? Teachers, students call on PA lawmakers to make it happen

(Sep 26, 2023)

Groups tracking book challenges, like the American Library Association (ALA), have reported that many challenged books are often related to books about racism and the LGBTQ community. Read more

 

REVIEW: Legislative Update: Safeguarding Our Land and Water
Feb 02, 2024

Grant Memo: Cultural, Educational, Environmental, Public Safety, and Redevelopment Opportunities For Your District
Feb 02, 2024

Revamping Water Infrastructure: Chester County Receives Over $2M in Grants for Essential Projects
Jan 25, 2024

$2.2M In State Grants For Sewer Projects In Northern Chesco
Jan 25, 2024

Friel announces more than $2.2M in state grant funding for local infrastructure projects
Jan 19, 2024

300K State Grants Awarded To Chesco For Park And Sewage Upgrades
Jan 19, 2024

Chester County Bags $307,250 in State Grants for Outdoor Space Rehabilitation and Development
Jan 17, 2024

Friel announces more than $300K in state grant funding
Jan 16, 2024

Pa. representative proposes bill to make school standardized tests online
Jan 03, 2024

Pennsylvania Eyes Tax Credit for Employers Contributing to College Savings
Dec 14, 2023

Lehigh Valley lawmakers want to stop ‘book ban’ arguments. They just disagree on how.
Dec 11, 2023

Fall '23 Newsletter
Nov 30, 2023

Pennsylvanians address rise in censorship, book bans
Nov 16, 2023

Repairs to St. Peter’s Road in Chester County announced
Oct 27, 2023

Friel, Muth Joined by PennDOT Secretary Carroll to announce St. Peters Road Project
Oct 27, 2023

Anti-trans policies in Pa. schools don’t just impact LGBTQ kids
Oct 24, 2023

Censorship Crisis: PA Democrats Tackle Rising Book Bans in Public Libraries
Oct 08, 2023

Hearing Explores Troubling Increase in Book Bans
Oct 06, 2023

CCCBI Holds 2023 State Legislative Forum with Six Bipartisan Elected Officials
Oct 05, 2023

A ban on book bans? Teachers, students call on PA lawmakers to make it happen
Sep 26, 2023