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2022 Summer Newsletter

PLBC response to Gov. Wolf’s budget address

(Feb 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 –The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus responded today to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2022-23 budget proposal, applauding his investment in important programs without a tax increase, according to PLBC Chairwoman Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “Continuing our work in addressing issues that impact communities of color will remain our focus as we move forward in this year, reaching out to the governor in urging his support for meaningful initiatives,” Bullock said. “We’ve been able to secure funding for important programs that combat community and gun violence but so much more work needs to be done. We will remain steadfast in our determination to provide guidance to the governor on these and other issues that are of importance to the people of Pennsylvania who are affected by these particular issues, like fair education funding, access to healthcare, environmental justice and programs to combat gun violence, to name a few.” “The governor’s budget address is just the first step in the long process of crafting a budget that benefits as many Pennsylvanians as possible, said PLBC Vice Chairwoman Summer Lee, D-Allegheny. “We need to draft a spending plan that funds fixes to our toxic schools, ensures fair wages for all workers, and helps folks who are struggling to pay their bills. It’s time to get to work and create a budget that is fair and equitable for all Pennsylvanians, Read more


Letter to Gov. Wolf: Community Support for Beth Sholom Repairs

(Feb 03, 2022)

A letter from Rep. Nelson and community leaders to Governor Wolf advocating for grant dollars for repairs at Beth Sholom in Elkins Park. Read more


Nelson: $74,000 awarded to schools, community agriculture efforts

(Feb 01, 2022)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, announced grants to assist local schools and improve local agriculture infrastructure. The Springfield Township School District will receive two grants of $12,713 each to go toward the purchase of new refrigerated cases to hold food and drink items in student cafeterias. The funding is part of package of competitive grants awarded to 44 elementary, middle and high schools through a program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. “Lunch is one of the most important times of the day for our students,” Nelson said. “These merchandisers will help provide students with easily accessible food and drink options to enjoy while helping streamline the work of our busy and dedicated cafeteria staff.” Funding for the PDE program is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and grants are awarded to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the funding to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers. Additionally, Nelson announced a $50,000 grant has been awarded to LifeLeaf Organic Farms and FarmerJawn Agriculture to build a nano-farm, a corner store and a kitchen/market to serve the local community. FarmerJawn is a black-owned agricultural company aiming to eliminate Read more


From the House Floor: Support for Nurses

(Jan 28, 2022)

Looking for speakers for my conference! Read more


Weekly Update: Free COVID-19 Tests

(Jan 21, 2022)

Plus state resources and more available to you. Read more


Rep. Nelson Hosts Town Hall on Bethlehem Pike Construction and Flood Mitigation

(Jan 21, 2022)

This week, we held a town hall meeting in Springfield Township to provide residents in the area surrounding and down-stream of Cisco Park and Hillcrest Pond with an update on the coming stormwater remediation efforts. Township staff, commissioners, and PennDOT representatives were all on hand to address the next steps in our efforts to reinforce our literally crumbled infrastructure so that it may better withstand our current weather realities. As a recap and a heads up to the entire district, look for some construction along Bethlehem Pike around the area of Gordon Lane, Brookside Road, and Montgomery Avenue during the month of February and again around April or May to replace crumbled 100+ year old stormwater pipes and inlets. Feel free to check out this video of the meeting to get caught up on the discussion and, as always, contact my office, the township staff, or your local commissioners for more information. There are several other neighborhoods that have reached out to us regarding flood issues. We have not forgotten about you in the slightest. We are working to get caught up with the local municipalities on any pertinent background information as well as identifying plans or processes to bring forward. We will continue to advocate and will schedule additional townhalls as soon as is productive. Read more


Weekly Email Update: Honoring MLK Through Action

(Jan 14, 2022)

More important updates inside Read more


Open Letter to Governor Wolf: Declare an Emergency on Omicron

(Jan 11, 2022)

Do you have school-aged children or loved ones who work in school buildings? Are you close to a health care worker caring for a COVID-impacted neighbor? Check on them. They are not OK! Our global battle against the novel coronavirus has taken many different forms and has presented countless narratives. We are in a better position today than we were two years ago, before the shutdown measures were first needed. We know more about this virus and the preventative measures necessary to fight it. Many of us are vaccinated , boosted and/or recovered from COVID-19 . Many others have been provided ample opportunity to get vaccinated and have chosen a different path that they believe makes the most sense for them. What should be crystal clear to us all is the critical importance of leadership and the information needed to make decisions that best protect our communities . I commend local health and education decision-makers for doing their best to lead now that the virus has turned pages and medical guidance, supply of resources and public sentiments have shifted. You are doing your best, but sometimes your best needs additional support . It is time for Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a state of emergency to address the presently dominant Omicron variant and its impact on our school and health care capacity. Maryland has done so . Delaware has done so . Several counties here in Pennsylvania have done so. What is more alarming is the haphazard guidance and decision-making Read more


Weekly Update: Let's Get To Work!

(Jan 07, 2022)

Important updates for you in 2022. Read more


That's a Wrap!

(Dec 23, 2021)

Here's what to remember as 2021 ends. Read more


Weekly Update: Legislative Redistricting Update

(Dec 17, 2021)

Information on Adverse Childhood Experiences, new legislative maps, and more. Read more


Weekly Update: The Best Gift You Can Give

(Dec 10, 2021)

Info on redistricting, donation drives and more. Read more


Weekly Update: Approaches to Combating Violence

(Dec 03, 2021)

Plus Medicare resources and traffic updates Read more


Now open for applications: Substance use disorder treatment provider and veteran employment funding opportunities

(Nov 29, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder Provider Stabilization (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who Can Apply : Substance use disorder treatment providers. Use : Stabilization payments to substance use disorder treatment providers to assist with pandemic-related expenses. Funds : Up to $10 million will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : December 8 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/DDAPFunding/Pages/Funding-Opportunities.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Veterans Employment Program (Funding Source s : General Fund & Reemployment Fund) Who Can Apply : Local workforce development boards, non-profit and non-governmental entities, community-based organizations, education and post-secondary organizations, labor organizations, business associations, and economic development entities. There is a special emphasis on the following counties with the highest veteran unemployment rates: Beaver, Delaware, Fayette, Lackawanna, Clearfield, and Lycoming counties. Use : To implement a veterans employment program. Funds : Up to $200,000 each. $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : December 30 More Information : Click on Read more


All About the Kids

(Nov 22, 2021)

Plus Harrisburg updates and more. Read more


Weekly Update: Votes Honoring Vets

(Nov 12, 2021)

Community updates and more inside. Read more


Weekly Update: Children's COVID Vaccines available NOW!

(Nov 05, 2021)

Bills affecting you and more inside. Read more


Weekly Update: It's Go Time

(Oct 29, 2021)

Election reminders and a tip of the cap to a dying breed. Read more


Deasy: Legislation to provide restaurants relief passes House

(Oct 27, 2021)

Deasy, the Democratic chair of the House Liquor Control Committee, said the Senate amended H.B. 425 to include language from his proposed legislation to remove barriers to outdoor dining. The legislation also included initiatives authored by state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, to relax some requirements for safekeeping liquor licenses and by state Rep. Napoleon Nelson, D-Montgomery, expanding off-site catering permits. Read more


Weekly Update: Important Election and Vaccine Info

(Oct 25, 2021)

Election deadlines, COVID-19 booster shot information, and more Read more