It’s a great day in northeastern Pennsylvania and a great example of how local and state government can work hand-in-hand with citizens and businesses to move our community forward. Read more
The final chapters of the 2017-18 Pennsylvania state budget were being scripted this week, but they won’t provide a long-term fix to the state’s financial woes.Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski told farmers on Oct. 22 that the solutions are universal health care and a Marcellus shale severance tax. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, is inviting senior citizens to his annual free Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at St. Mary’s Center, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. Read more
At a capitol rally in Harrisburg, Pa. state Rep. Sid Kavulich speaks in defense of jobs that provide family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Sid Kavulich joined numerous disability related organizations at a Capitol rally to highlight the dire need for funding in the 2017-18 state budget to protect and enhance the right of people with disabilities to live, learn, work, and thrive in their communities. Read more
The Pennsylvania Treasurer's Office wants to hear from all fire companies in my district about possible unclaimed property. The Treasurer's Office has generated a list of fire companies and you can search the website at www.patreasury.gov or call the department at 1-800-222-2046. The treasury holds nearly $180,000 in unclaimed property. Each year, the treasury receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property – money from items such as abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks and contents of safe deposit boxes. Fire companies and first responders in my district are facing financially hard times so it is important that they receive the property that belongs to them. If you have a state-related concern, please contact my office . Read more
I’m joining with the PUC and PA American Water to let you know you can speak out and offer your input on the proposed hike. Read more
State Rep. Sid Kavulich, D-Lackawanna,, today announced that Clark Summit and Scott Township will each benefit from a share of the $400,000 in state funding awarded to his legislative district. “I am very happy that Clarks Summit and Scott Township have been able to get funding for this project,” Kavulich said. “When our communities are hit with many unfunded mandates from the Commonwealth, it’s necessary to assist with funding for important projects such as this.” The projects are as follows: • $200,000 to Clarks Summit Borough for its sanitary sewer rehabilitation project. The project will pipe clean, smoke test and inspect sanitary sewer lines. • $200,000 to Scott Township Sewer and Water Authority to upgrade and refurbish six pump stations, eliminating the possibility of sewage overflows. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of state’s funding programs designed to help our infrastructure system. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Sid Kavulich speaks at a rally to prevent individuals with disabilities from being forced to leave day programs and sheltered workshops where they are comfortable. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without compromising services to citizens or raising taxes on the middle class. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more
You can use the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's online interactive trout stocking schedule page to find out when your favorite streams will be stocked. Click the link for the website. Read more
Concerned about the proposed closure of SCI-Waymart, state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich attended a hearing conducted by the Senate Majority and Minority Policy Committees and Senate Judiciary Committee in the Capitol today, hopeful the hearing would illustrate enough reasons to delay a closure announcement slated for Thursday, Jan. 26. “It’s disappointing that today’s events don’t seem to be making an impact on Department of Corrections’ officials, despite what they are hearing,” Kavulich said. Kavulich maintains that more time is needed to review the issue via additional hearings so that the impact and potential alternatives to closures can be vetted more fully before any final closure decisions can be made. “With the number of issues involved, from public safety to the lives of those who work at the facility, and in spite of the number of people at today’s hearing, they seem to be holding firm on making a decision this week,” Kavulich added. “To me, that’s disheartening.” Read more
All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more
As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said a $1.5 million state grant has been awarded to NorthEast Environmental Technology to redevelop and revitalize an existing office building and surrounding land in Mayfield to create a technology-friendly business park. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said today’s House Gaming Committee hearing concerning local share payments to casino-adjacent counties made it clear lawmakers should not get distracted by unrelated changes to the gaming law.
Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich welcomed members and staff from the AAA National Champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders baseball team. The RailRiders earlier won the International League championship, then went on to defeat the El Paso Chihuahuas to capture the overall National Championship of Triple-A Baseball. Read more
MOOSIC, Sept. 7 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s ongoing toll hikes and uncollected E-ZPass revenue were some of the topics of state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Moosic. Kavulich said he wanted to host a hearing on the turnpike’s financial health to determine if the legislature could make changes to the turnpike’s structure to help protect drivers. “The financial cause and effect is getting out of hand because not only are drivers in the commonwealth paying for it, but those either traveling through or stopping to visit in Pennsylvania pay as well,” Kavulich said. “We should find solutions to either slow down or stop the growing financial problems to possibly help the state’s turnpike system.” “Thank you to Representative Kavulich for hosting this hearing to discuss the turnpike’s fiscal well-being,” said Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. “The Pennsylvania Turnpike has provided a faster route across the state for nearly 80 years. It’s important that we continue to monitor operations to ensure things are being run as efficiently as possible.” Testifiers included Mark Compton, chief executive officer, Pennsylvania Turnpike; Craig Shuey, chief operating officer, Pennsylvania Turnpike; and Keith Williams, traffic engineer, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Kavulich noted his Read more
Pa. state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Moosic to hear from Pennsylvania Turnpike and PennDOT officials to talk about the financial health of the Turnpike system and using part of it as a bypass to elevate traffic on Interstate 81 in the Scranton area. Kavulich is concerned about repeated toll hikes as well as uncollected E-ZPass fares and this hearing allowed lawmakers to hear directly from turnpike officials and talk about ideas to fix the problems. Read more
State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Lackawanna, said $666,400 in state funding has been awarded to help fund nine local projects ranging from improving the safety of police officers, to addressing municipal issues, to opening up new options for public recreation.
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