Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean has drafted a House bill that would grant free background checks every three years to all current and future volunteers in Pennsylvania. As a result of changes to the state’s child abuse laws this year, volunteers who work directly with children are now required to undergo multiple background checks every three years, which can total as much as $48. Her bill, which has broad bipartisan support, seeks to alleviate some of those costs. “All across Pennsylvania, volunteers work diligently to improve our commonwealth and the lives of its citizens,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “This legislation would ensure that the measures intended to protect our children do not create an undue burden for volunteers and the organizations they serve. It also ensures that the fees associated with clearances do not deter interested individuals from volunteering.” The legislation would allow a volunteer to obtain one free clearance from the Pennsylvania State Police and another from the Department of Human Services every three years. If the volunteer requests more than one clearance over the course of three years, he or she must pay the fee for each additional request. The bill also would preserve existing exemptions for affiliates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs. The State Police Criminal Record Check costs $10, the Child Abuse History Clearance costs Read more
Dear Neighbor, Thank you for your patience while Abington Township, the solicitor’s office, and PennDOT work to complete the right-of-way packets for the Edge Hill/Tyson Reconstruction Project. A meeting to distribute the completed packets has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at the Ardsley Community Center, 2828 Spear Ave. in Ardsley, PA 19038. All residents are strongly encouraged to come to the meeting to get their packet. If you have questions after you receive the packet, please contact Georgeann Fusco, with Rudolph Clarke, LLC, at 215-633-1890. Interim Maintenance I also want to update you about the interim maintenance along Edge Hill/Tyson that we have requested. Weather permitting, base repairs and spot patching along Edge Hill Road and Tyson Avenue from Jenkintown to Susquehanna roads are scheduled to begin tonight through Tuesday. This work will take place overnight between the hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Residents should expect temporary traffic re-routing and construction noises. Additionally, weather permitting, base repairs and spot patching are scheduled to begin on Edge Hill Road from Susquehanna Road to Route 63, and then on Tyson Avenue from Susquehanna Road to Edge Hill Road on Tuesday, June 9. This work is scheduled during the day, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and is expected to take three days to complete. Sincerely, Rep. Madeleine Dean Read more
ABINGTON, May 27 – Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 budget supported by Democrats puts the commonwealth on the right track toward healthy and balanced education funding, state Rep. Madeleine Dean said during a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Abington today. The hearing examined Wolf’s budget proposal, which advocates for increased education funding, reduced property taxes and a commitment to invest $2 billion in public education over the next four years under the Education Reinvestment Act. Local- and state-level education experts also provided insight during the hearing. “As a legislator, I have a moral duty to advocate for an adequate, equitable and consistent education system that is excellent for all children in Pennsylvania,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “This year’s budget presents the opportunity to do so with historic reform that would help Pennsylvania emerge as a leader in education.” Under the Wolf budget plan, Abington School District would receive a $508,144 funding increase, with an estimated 20-percent reduction in property taxes. Upper Dublin School District would also see a 20-percent property tax reduction, as well as increased funding of $148,530. “Governor Wolf’s budget increases the state’s portion of public education funding to 50 percent, while also increasing availability of high-quality early education – which is critical for children’s development and Read more
As the legislature's Women’s Health Caucus unveiled their "Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health" today, state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, had the opportunity to outline her legislation that would allow for early termination of a lease with 30 days’ notice if the tenant is the victim of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, and to have their locks changed within three days at the tenant’s expense. Read more
The League of American Bicyclists has declared May 11-15 as “Bike to Work Week” in our nation. During this week, employers across the country are holding events that encourage employees to bike to work as a healthful, economical and environmentally friendly means of commuting. Here in Pennsylvania, the House unanimously adopted House Resolution 244 , designating the month of May 2015 as “Bike Month,” May 11-15, 2015 as “Bike to Work Week,” and May 15, 2015 as “Bike to Work Day” in Pennsylvania. I encourage everyone to take up the challenge and bike to work this Friday! To kick off “ Bike to Work Week ” I had the pleasure of participating in the annual Executive Bike Ride in Harrisburg this morning with Pennsylvania department heads, fellow legislators and bicycling advocates. You can watch the video above. Whether for recreation or transportation, people who are physically active are generally more alert, take fewer sick days, and are more productive than sedentary employees. The practice of biking to work provides an efficient and enjoyable way to get the exercise we need in the course of our daily commute without having to schedule additional time to work out at an exercise facility. Biking also is good for the environment, helps to reduce traffic congestion, and can save commuters fuel and other expenses associated with driving to work. Bicyclists also typically arrive sooner to their workplace than Read more
ABINGTON, May 12 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on education funding from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 27 in the Abington School District Administration Building, 970 Highland Ave. The hearing will examine Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget, which includes increased early-education funding, property tax reductions and funds to offset recent cuts to Pennsylvania schools. Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will co-chair the hearing, which will feature testimony by local school districts, advocates for education investments and the Wolf administration. The current agenda is as follows: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Sarah Galbally, deputy secretary for Office of Policy and Planning, Office of the Governor 10:30 a.m. Panel One: Dr. Amy Sichel, superintendent, Abington School District Dr. Deborah Wheeler, superintendent, Upper Dublin School District Frank Gallagher, superintendent, Souderton School District An Abington school director 11:10 a.m. Panel Two: Cecilia Bradbury, special education teacher, Philadelphia School District Lawrence Feinberg, circuit rider, Campaign for Fair Education Funding Donna Cooper, executive director, Public Citizens for Children and Youth 11:50 a.m. Closing Remarks The event is open to the public. Read more
ABINGTON, April 28 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, will host two town hall meetings Saturday focusing on the state budget and school funding. The first meeting will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Upper Dublin Township building, 801 Loch Alsh Ave. The second meeting will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Starbucks Café in the Roslyn Giant store at 2350 Susquehanna Road. Dean, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, will focus on details of Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget, especially as they pertain to education funding across the state and for the Abington and Upper Dublin school districts, as well as property tax reform and a proposed severance tax on natural gas. Dean said anyone needing help with state government or wanting to learn more about the budget process can contact her office at www.pahouse.com/Dean . Read more
As part of the update to the commonwealth's 12-Year Transportation Program , PennDOT is encouraging the public to visit www.Talkpatransportation.com to provide input on what transportation priorities are important to them and to register for an interactive online public meeting scheduled for April 16. The 12-Year Transportation Program is updated every two years and serves as a blueprint of the state's prioritized transportation projects. The online public meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 16. During the meeting, PennDOT Acting Secretary Leslie Richards will provide an update on the state's recently released transportation performance report and the public comment period. The public is encouraged to register for the meeting at www.talkpatransportation.com and questions may be submitted in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org . Through May 29, the public can also submit feedback at their convenience by emailing email@example.com or calling 717-787-2913 to request a printed survey copy or by taking the public survey once it's posted on the website on April 16. Read more
When Gov. Wolf delivered his first budget address this month to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, he made his highest priority clear: investing in public education. "We are starting with education," he said, "because, in many ways, education is at the core of everything else that we want to achieve."
HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean today voiced her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget proposal, unveiled this morning during a special joint session of the General Assembly. “Governor Wolf’s goal to invest in public education, raise the minimum wage and support fairness for the middle class are a welcome breath of fresh air in the Capitol,” said Dean, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “I believe he is taking bold steps to get Pennsylvania moving in the right direction, and I look forward to helping translate his priorities into legislative initiatives over the coming months.” Wolf’s budget proposes to restore cuts to basic education with a four-year commitment to increase funding by $2 billion while cutting property taxes paid by the average homeowner by 50 percent, and reducing the total tax burden on middle-class families. “As the governor eloquently pointed out this morning,” Dean said, “‘we are starting with education because, in many ways, education is at the core of everything else that we want to achieve.’” Dean said that she was particularly pleased to learn that Wolf’s proposal could also increase pre-kindergarten enrollment across the state by as much as 75 percent. “Not only is early-education funding an investment in our children’s futures, it’s a real benefit for all Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 9 – As a longtime supporter of expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, expressed her support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s directive today to fully expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. “Governor Wolf’s decision to withdraw HealthyPA for a full embrace of expansion represents a commitment to the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who need coverage now,” she said. “As many of us recognized in 2010 when the program was proposed, the only fiscally responsible and morally right decision was to expand the program outright. We lost some time along the way, but I believe Governor Wolf put Pennsylvania back on track today. “In addition to delaying full expansion, permanently depriving Pennsylvania of billions of critical dollars for our budget, the previous plan was harmful and out of reach to the very people who need health insurance the most. By requiring a search for work or premiums of the working poor, the former administration misunderstood both the need and the purpose of the law. “I’m extremely proud that a new dawn has come to the commonwealth – one that puts Pennsylvanians first and will have real benefits for our struggling budget.” The Office of the Governor provided this information today: How does Medicaid expansion differ from Healthy PA ? Medicaid expansion will allow for eligible adults to be Read more
In the weeks following the tragic shootings in Paris we have heard the refrain "Je suis Charlie" - reminding us that for good or for bad we are all interconnected, that ours is a shared humanity. Read More at PennLive.com. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, says Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration brings needed change to the state after four years of funding cuts and failed policies. Dean said she supports the governor’s plan to focus on efforts benefitting all of Pennsylvania, including fair education funding, job creation and helping middle-class families. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, was sworn in to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Tuesday, beginning her third term as a legislator. Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of the 2015-16 legislative session and the 199th of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. "With 2015 here and all eyes on a fresh start, the Pennsylvania legislature and Governor-elect Tom Wolf will need to find sustainable ways to fund important issues such as education and transportation going forward," Dean said. "The session will bring new challenges but with them amazing opportunities to work with a new administration and a renewed spirit." Dean said she will continue the work started last year toward an adequate severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas. She is reintroducing House Bill 2020 from the 2013-14 session, which would collect a 4 percent severance tax on the extraction of natural gas in Pennsylvania, in addition to the current impact fee."Adequately taxing our natural resource would benefit all people and bring much-needed dollars to fund education and environmental protections, steering the commonwealth to a more balanced budget for years to come," she said.A lifelong resident of the area, Dean said she is most proud to represent the communities and people of the 153rd District."I will continue to focus on what is important to my constituents in Abington and Upper Dublin Township," Dean Read more
PennLive.com recently published an opinion written by state Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, on the need for a severance tax on shale gas in Pennsylvania.
In it, she states how adequately taxing natural gas would bring "much-needed dollars to fund education and environmental protections, steering our Commonwealth to a more balanced budget for years to come."
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