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HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order to provide a minimum wage of $10.15 per hour for all employees who work under his jurisdiction and for employees of state government contractors. "Thanks to Governor Wolf, no state employee who works full-time will have to live below the poverty line," Kim said. "I am hopeful that this is a first step towards the passage of my bill, which would increase the minimum wage for all workers in Pennsylvania." Kim’s bill, H.B. 250, would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the earnings of a full-time worker by more than $5,900 to $21,008. For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, this would get her family above the poverty line, which is $19,790 for a household of three. Currently, someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only makes $15,080, which is more than $4,700 below the poverty line, requiring many people to use government assistance programs just to get by. Kim also said that a minimum wage increase will help the state’s economy because most workers making minimum wage need their paychecks to make ends meet. "They don’t save their money because they can’t," Kim said. "They spend their money quickly, which Read more
As Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order today that ensures employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour, Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim continues to fight for a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvanians. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim took her opportunity to speak at the multi-agency celebration of Black History Month and addressed the children in the audience from Harrisburg area schools. Kim talked about her own path to becoming proud of where she came from and encouraged the students to do the same as they work to build a better future. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim joined Governor Tom Wolf today as he signed into law a bill that expands criminal record sealing in Pennsylvania in order to reduce recidivism, relieve the pardon system, and provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce. Rep. Kim knows this will give a second chance to tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are held back by a minor crime or charge years ago. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – Language that would allow criminal record expungement in certain situations, written by state Reps. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Jordan Harris, D-Phila., is on its way to becoming law. “I am thrilled that criminal expungement legislation will finally become law in Pennsylvania,” Kim said. “There are too many cases in which people make a mistake when they're young and it wreaks havoc on their life for years to come. Making record expungement more accessible prevents a completed sentence from becoming an indefinite sentence.” Kim and Harris’ language is in S.B. 166 , which would allow people convicted of a third- or second-degree misdemeanor, if at least 10 years have passed since they completed their sentence, to request the opportunity to appear before a judge and ask for an order for limited access of their criminal record. Criminal justice and government agencies would not be subject to the order for limited access, and they still would be able to see a person’s entire criminal record information. “This will help thousands of Pennsylvanians who have turned their lives around to find employment and contribute to society,” Kim said. “The more people who are successful after prison means less of a financial drain for prison costs and court systems.” The governor is expected to sign the bill in the next few days. ### Read more
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 12 – As co-chairwoman for Harrisburg’s 2016 MLK Day of Service, state Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, urged area residents to sign up to volunteer on the Jan. 18 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Kim said there are a number of volunteer opportunities available across Central Pennsylvania. She said interested volunteers can look at the various opportunities and register to participate at www.centralpamlkday.org . “Martin Luther King Jr. Day should be celebrated as a day on and not a day off,” Kim said. “I believe we can best honor his legacy by volunteering to help our fellow citizens.” Area residents are also invited to attend the 2016 MLK Day of Service opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at Steelton-Highspire High School cafeteria, 250 Reynders Ave., Steelton. The opening ceremony includes: Children’s activities (crafts/face painting) On-site volunteer opportunities Collection bin for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Donations accepted for local shelters. President Bill Clinton signed legislation making the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday a national day of service in 1995. Over the past 20 years, millions of people have volunteered across the country on the January holiday. ### Read more
Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim spoke at a rally in Harrisburg to support her bill to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage. In the middle of the ongoing budget impasse, Kim explained how raising the minimum wage helps close the budget deficit and reduces the use of government assistance by working families. Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
As Governor Tom Wolf and Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced today that Pennsylvania’s state inmate population decreased by nearly 850 inmates in 2015, Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim highlights her recent efforts to help ex-offenders find employment and potentially expunge non-violent crimes from their records. Read more
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