Burgos and Guzman call on President Biden to waive a federal law to allow essential fuel shipments to Puerto Rico

(Sep 29, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – State Reps. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila, and Manuel Guzman, D-Berks, today sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting to waive the maritime shipment restrictions stated in the Jones Act to help restore power in Puerto Rico. In the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona, the island is struggling to get the necessary loads of fuel to move forward. The Jones Act requires that ships transporting goods between United States ports be made in America and owned by American companies. The lawmakers, who lead the Pennsylvania Latino Caucus, emphasized that this Act, also known as Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is narrowing the survival chances of victims of Fiona. “The Jones Act is one of the core factors limiting the recovery of the island against the backdrop of Hurricane Fiona. A clock is ticking for all the people impacted by this natural disaster,” Burgos said. “We urge President Biden to ease the burden for Puerto Ricans, regardless of political or statehood status, and manage this situation with the same urgency that would involve any of the 50 states in the country. This is a matter of survival and empathy.” Guzman explained that the island-wide power outrage has left an estimated 320,232 homes and business without power, relying on generators on a daily basis, which has worsened the living conditions of residents of the Caribbean Island. “As of today, according to LUMA Energy which operates Puerto Rico’s Read more

 

Burgos and Guzman: Joint letter to President Biden calling for immediate action to rescue Puerto Rico

(Sep 29, 2022)

Thanks to your immediate federal response and subsequent aids of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security, Puerto Rico has been able to get on the path to recovery from the disastrous impact of Hurricane Fiona. However, much more needs to be done. Read more

 

Guzman and Burgos join efforts to aid people affected by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

(Sep 19, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 19 – State Reps. Manuel Guzman, D-Berks, and Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today announced they are joining forces to help people affected by severe flooding and damages caused by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. The lawmakers, who lead the Pennsylvania Latino Caucus, thanked Governor Tom Wolf for deploying two members of PA Task Force 1 to Puerto Rico to support Hurricane Fiona response. They also urge Wolf to use the full force of his power to help the islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. “The flooding has already impacted the water system and many families are now homeless. Puerto Rico is still suffering from the lingering effects of Hurricane Maria and currently experiencing an island-wide black out,” Guzman said. Guzman and Burgos call on Gov. Wolf to use PEMA to immediately offer humanitarian assistance to these islands. Pennsylvania has the fourth largest population of Puerto Ricans outside the island. “A lot of people are suffering the effects of Hurricane Fiona. As a legislator I feel compelled to work diligently to provide resources and the necessary help to people impacted by this natural catastrophe. To help them is also to help the people that I represent in my district because they are concerned about the well-being of their relatives back home in the islands,” Guzman said. Burgos emphasized that it is crucial to receive the support of PEMA because it would Read more

 

Guzman kicks off celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

(Sep 16, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Manny Guzman and others in the PA House Democratic Caucus celebrate the growing Hispanic community throughout the commonwealth, but also reminds that there is more to go and more to do. Read more

 

Fixing one problem with Pa.’s elections could bolster public confidence, Democrats say

(Sep 15, 2022)

“We can continue to, you know, blame incompetence at the top … or we can get to work to do the people’s work that we’re all elected here to do. I know all Democrats are ready to get to work. And we’re asking our Republican colleagues to join us in that effort,” Guzman said. Read more

 

Rep. Guzman: Election issues silencing Latinos in Berks

(Sep 15, 2022)

Guzman said the push follows years of election issues surrounding the Latino/Spanish community in Berks. Read more

 

Guzman: Voting Dysfunction Leads to Disenfranchisement

(Sep 15, 2022)

Guzman says dysfunction leads to disenfranchisement and is calling for measures to better streamline our election process across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities

(Aug 30, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation, cooperatives or any other legal entity. Use : To support projects that grow agricultural infrastructure in urban food deserts to improve access to fresh, local food and provide opportunities for hands-on learning, community-building, and for people to become social entrepreneurs. Community gardens are eligible projects. Funds : $2,500 micro grants or up to $50,000 for collaboration grants. Application Deadline : September 16, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Urban-Ag-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation or any other legal entity. Use : To support the development and expansion of current or future very small meat and poultry processing operations. Funds : Grants are limited to no more than $100,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : September 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Very-Small-Meat-Processor-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Agriculture and Youth Grant Program Read more

 

Summer 2022 Newsletter!

(Aug 29, 2022)

I am making sure that the voices of my constituents are heard. Read more

 

Guzman hosts Policy Committee for tour of Reading businesses

(Aug 17, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee took a tour of three downtown Reading businesses and held a roundtable with business leaders, local colleges, and the District Attorney John Adams Wednesday morning, hosted by state Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks. Read more

 

Guzman demands accountability from Berks County Commissioners in light of recent report describing ‘chaos’ during primary election

(Aug 05, 2022)

READING, Aug. 5 — State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today issued the following statement in response to the surge of problems linked to the elections process in Berks County. “The people of Berks County deserve better. From the failures hitting people of color the hardest before the election, to the refusal to obey state law and count legal ballots, to the curious resignation of the person who was in charge for those debacles, it’s clear we have to refocus on what matters: restoring the people’s faith in their democracy,” Guzman said. The lawmaker said he plans to call for public hearings and investigate ways to guarantee an open and truthful process before November’s general election. “I plan on calling for open public hearings to find out how these mistakes happened and, more importantly, how we can make sure the people are never denied their voice again for any reason,” he said, added: “I want to thank the Reading Eagle for this vital journalism and always holding government at every level accountable, especially when our sacred constitutional rights are at stake.” Guzman, who has been on the front lines of election’s issues, also warned the community of irregularities with voting machines during the past primary election. Read more

 

Guzman urges authorities to put a halt to gun violence in Reading

(Aug 01, 2022)

READING, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, today released the following statement in the wake of two homicides that took place early Sunday and within an hour of each other in the city of Reading. “We need to put a halt to gun violence; I urge the residents to cooperate with local authorities,” Guzman said. “I am profoundly saddened by these tragic events. Enough is enough. We cannot acknowledge violence as part of our daily routine, as part of our lives, we must keep fighting to curb this spate of horror. “As a concerned resident and elected official, I’m working to secure more effective actions. I believe that gun violence is preventable. I’m proactively collaborating with Berks County DA John Adams and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and I will not stop until we reach bolder actions on gun control. I will not cease until we bring peace of mind to our community.” The Reading Police Department is investigating the deadly shooting. The officers found the first victim on Spring Garden Street and a second one on Church Street. Read more

 

Housing, Public Health Infrastructure, and Clean Energy Funding Opportunities

(Jul 21, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Pregnancy Support Services Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Any entity that is able to serve pregnant or postpartum women in recovery from SUD. Use : To provide support services to pregnant women and postpartum women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Funds: Awards up to $600,000. Application Deadline : July 29, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-03%20Pregnancy%20Support%20Service.pdf . Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania. Use : To assist in a transition to cleaner fuel transportation. Funds : Up to $300,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : There are two application periods. The program will collect and review all applications submitted by August 26, 2022, and again by December 16, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Statewide Victim Witness Training Project 2023 Read more

 

2022 Mid-Year Review

(Jun 20, 2022)

2022 Mid-Year Review Read more

 

Wolf Administration, Guzman Highlight $200 Million Nellie Bly Scholarship Plan to Make College Affordable, Build Workforce in Needed Fields

(Jun 10, 2022)

“For far too many Pennsylvania students, aspiring to attain a postsecondary education means being anchored down by a heap of student loan debt. The Nellie Bly proposal aims to alleviate this financial burden and encourage those to pursue their dream careers, while simultaneously ensuring the vitality of Pennsylvania’s workforce,” said state Rep. Manuel Guzman. Read more

 

Reading project cited as an example of the success of Pa. investment in redevelopment

(Jun 10, 2022)

“We all want to see Reading become that diamond in the rough we all know it can be,” Guzman said. “I wholeheartedly believe in the future of Reading.” Read more

 

Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities

(Jun 02, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Quality Improvement Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An entity enrolled with the Department’s OLTL as a Medical Assistance provider type 59 and have a signed OLTL-HCBS Waiver Agreement and be actively rendering services to participants in the CHC or OBRA waiver programs or both as of the date of May 1, 2022. Use : To help HCBS providers implement projects to improve the quality of services provided to individuals in the CHC and the OBRA waiver programs. Funds : Up to $40,000 in funding. Application Deadline : December 31, 2022 or until funds are expended. More Information : Click on https://www.dhs.pa.gov/providers/Providers/Pages/Long-Term-Care-Providers.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Work Force Support Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Certified child care providers. Use : To support the work force of DHS certified child care providers. Funds : Amounts vary by award. Application Deadline : June 17, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.pakeys.org/workforcesupportgrants/ . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022 Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy and Implementation Program Read more

 

Reading youth and young adults tour Muhammed Ali’s training camp

(May 23, 2022)

The Real Deal partnered with Reading Film Office, Berks Community Action Program, Fighter’s Heaven in Deer Lake, Reading School District and the Olivet Boys & Girls Club, with sponsorship help from Berks Community Action Program, state Sen. Judy Schwank and state Rep. Manny Guzman, organizers said. Read more

 

Berks County primary election faces technical problems, errors and criticism

(May 18, 2022)

Rep. Manny Guzman alerted the public of issues he encountered while trying to vote Tuesday morning. Read more

 

Guzman warns of problems with Berks County voting machines

(May 17, 2022)

“When I went to cast my ballot today, what should have been a quick, simple process turned into a multi-hour ordeal,” said Guzman. “A simple mistake took more than an hour and the personal intervention of the county election director to fix. Workers were not trained on the new voting machines and the county provided no paper ballots to backup any potential problems - in fact ballots are only being distributed today, hours after the polls opened.” Read more

 

Burgos and Guzman call on President Biden to waive a federal law to allow essential fuel shipments to Puerto Rico
Sep 29, 2022

Burgos and Guzman: Joint letter to President Biden calling for immediate action to rescue Puerto Rico
Sep 29, 2022

Guzman and Burgos join efforts to aid people affected by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic
Sep 19, 2022

Guzman kicks off celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
Sep 16, 2022

Fixing one problem with Pa.’s elections could bolster public confidence, Democrats say
Sep 15, 2022

Rep. Guzman: Election issues silencing Latinos in Berks
Sep 15, 2022

Guzman: Voting Dysfunction Leads to Disenfranchisement
Sep 15, 2022

GRANT MEMO: Youth Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, and Watershed Cooperative Funding Opportunities
Aug 30, 2022

Summer 2022 Newsletter!
Aug 29, 2022

Guzman hosts Policy Committee for tour of Reading businesses
Aug 17, 2022

Guzman demands accountability from Berks County Commissioners in light of recent report describing ‘chaos’ during primary election
Aug 05, 2022

Guzman urges authorities to put a halt to gun violence in Reading
Aug 01, 2022

Housing, Public Health Infrastructure, and Clean Energy Funding Opportunities
Jul 21, 2022

2022 Mid-Year Review
Jun 20, 2022

Wolf Administration, Guzman Highlight $200 Million Nellie Bly Scholarship Plan to Make College Affordable, Build Workforce in Needed Fields
Jun 10, 2022

Reading project cited as an example of the success of Pa. investment in redevelopment
Jun 10, 2022

Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities
Jun 02, 2022

Reading youth and young adults tour Muhammed Ali’s training camp
May 23, 2022

Berks County primary election faces technical problems, errors and criticism
May 18, 2022

Guzman warns of problems with Berks County voting machines
May 17, 2022