PHILADELPHIA, May 3 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced he will hold a town hall meeting to discuss upcoming legislation and critical issues facing the Commonwealth and communities. The meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at the First United Methodist Church of God, 6001 Germantown Ave. “Part of my responsibilities as state representative is to keep people informed,” Kinsey said. “Town halls provide the perfect setting to allow me to update folks on the legislative process, to let them know what I am working on in Harrisburg, and for me to obtain vital feedback on what issues are important to my constituents.” Kinsey said he urges all constituents to attend, because of the importance of face-to-face communication in providing good government. “The best way that I can represent the 201 st District is by hearing the concerns of constituents, and I look forward to the opportunity to share that dialogue,” Kinsey said. “Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the meeting.” Kinsey will be joined by city and state officials, as well as representatives from the Police District, the Street Department, Licenses and Inspections, Philadelphia Gas Works and the Philadelphia Water Department, among other agencies. Read more
Pa. state Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey, Stephen Kinsey, Patty Kim and others celebrated April as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania. With the help of musician Calvin Stemley, they recognized the treasured American art form's contributions to PA and the world. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey co-sponsored a House Resolution honoring the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson and celebrating April 15, 2017 as the 70th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Read more
Pa. state Rep Stephen Kinsey hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at SpArc Philadelphia to discuss concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. Kinsey hopes to learn what resources are needed and how legislators can take action to help our most vulnerable citizens live a normal life. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 11 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Isabella Fitzgerald, both D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today at SpArc Philadelphia to discuss concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. "This hearing is an opportunity to hear from those on the front lines,” said Kinsey, a longtime advocate for individuals living with disabilities. “At the end of the day, it is incumbent upon us as a lawmaking body to help the thousands of disabled Pennsylvanians who are disadvantaged get the support and services they need and deserve. I look forward to continuing this conversation by working with my colleagues and finding ways to ensure that we are providing the necessary means to support the needs of our most vulnerable citizens here in the commonwealth." “It’s our responsibility to help each individual, regardless of disability, to reach their maximum level of achievement and independence, given their specific circumstances,” Fitzgerald, cohost of today’s hearing, said. “We’re here to empower people with disabilities and provide them equal access to opportunities. They need to be treated fairly because they certainly have a lot to teach us and a lot to offer to society.” “As policy makers, we need to work together with all stakeholders to pinpoint where the greatest needs lie. From there, we can establish ways to ensure those in need receive the care and support Read more
HARRISBURG, April 7 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said the House Republican budget bill unveiled this week has damaging cuts in it and leaves out commonsense ways to raise revenue. "House Republicans are advancing a set of budget cuts that would hit working families and the middle class so they can preserve tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations. Those priorities are exactly backwards," Kinsey said. "Republicans drafted this budget bill in secret, with no Democratic input, and it shows. "I and most House Democrats agree with Governor Wolf that we need to pass overdue, commonsense ways to balance the budget like closing corporate tax loopholes, finally taxing natural-gas drilling like all the other major gas states already do, and raising the minimum wage – which would reduce the need for public assistance." Instead, Kinsey said, House Republicans are pushing a budget bill that would: Cut $50 million from Wolf's proposed increase for early childhood education; Cut $350 million from human services compared to Wolf's request; Cut $130 million from the Corrections Department compared to the governor's request, even though House Republicans also passed a mandatory-minimums bill this week that would raise prison costs by $66 million to $85 million per year; Cut assistance with child care expenses for low-income families; and Cut $12 million from the Read more
PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey, Isabella Fitzgerald, and Chris Rabb, all D-Phila., will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on concerns for people with intellectual disabilities. The public hearing will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 11 at SpArc Philadelphia, 2350 W. Westmoreland St., Philadelphia. Kinsey, Fitzgerald, and Rabb requested the hearing to collect input from local groups about how state government can better address concerns of the intellectual disabilities community. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel from Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services Larry Pace , director of operations Liat Richardson Owens , program manager 10:30 a.m. Panel Two: Kathy Brown-McHale , CEO, Special People In Northeast, Inc. Marsha Drenth , program director, Deaf-Blind Living Well Services Marian Baldini , president and CEO, KenCrest Services 11:10 a.m. Panel Three: Audrey Coccia , co-executive director, Vision for Equality Ed McNicholas , advocacy manager, Vision for Equality Marian Baldini , consumer and family satisfaction team manager, Vision for Equality Boyd Carroll , resident, Inglis House 11:50 a.m. Closing Remarks Read more
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey congratulates the Urban League of Philadelphia on over 100 years of advocacy for African-Americans and other minorities. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey co-sponsored a House Resolution that designates March 2017 as Disability Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Kinsey hopes that bringing awareness to the prejudice and barriers faced by those living with disabilities we can ensure that they are provided with the dignity, respect and accommodations they deserve. Read more
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PHILADELPHIA, March 23 – Philadelphia state Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey today hosted a public meeting on the issues relating to stop-and-go establishments that sell alcohol and how they impact surrounding communities. "This is an opportunity to address this issue head on. Bringing everyone together under one roof allows concerns to be addressed and provides an avenue for all of us to be part of the solution," Fitzgerald said. "I remain committed to working with local and state agencies and organizations to reverse the negative trend of consequences associated with the nuisance establishments that are taking advantage of the state's liquor laws." In addition to discussing the effect of these stop-and-go establishments on a state level, the public meeting also addressed how these stores may disrupt local communities. "Overwhelmingly, this boils down to a public safety issue. The residents of northwest Philadelphia, south Philadelphia, northeast Philadelphia and the entire city deserve to live their lives without the problems caused by stop-and-go issues," Kinsey said. "I am encouraged by the actions taken today to ensure that we continue the conversation on how we can answer the public's call to provide them with the best quality of life as possible." Among the testifiers were Inspector Anthony L. Washington, Northwest Police Division commanding officer and personnel from Pennsylvania State Police Read more
PHILADELPHIA, March 15 – Philadelphia state Reps. Isabella Fitzgerald and Stephen Kinsey will host a public meeting on the issues relating to stop-and-go convenience stores that sell alcohol and how they impact surrounding communities. It will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23 at the Oak Lane Library, 6614 N. 12 th St., 19126. Along with the representatives, personnel from the Liquor Control Board and Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement will be on hand to address concerns and discuss potential solutions. For more information, constituents can call Fitzgerald’s district office at (215) 549-0220 or Kinsey's district office at (215) 849-6592. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey discusses some of the insight he gained from the second week of Appropriations Committee hearings on the state budget proposal, including Liquor Control on closing "stop-and-go's," the public Utilities Commission on the proposed rate hike by PGW, Dept. of Corrections and increasing tourism in Northwest Philadelphia. Read more
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey continues to fight for social services funding that serve the most vulnerable, and a quality education for all Pennsylvania students. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey talks about what he's gathered from the first week of hearings on Pennsylvania's 2017-18 state budget proposal. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., said he was relieved to learn at a House Appropriations Committee budget hearing that the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education currently has no plans to close Cheyney University.
At the hearing, Frank Brogan, chancellor of the State System of Higher Education, reassured Kinsey that the PASSHE board is currently focused on putting the struggling historically black university on a path to a sustainable future and that there were no plans to close the institution.
“After years of unequal funding, I am glad to see that Chancellor Brogan is clearly committed to ensuring a bright future for Cheyney University,” Kinsey said. “This historic African-American institution of higher learning has gone through some tough financial time recently and has often gotten the short end of the stick. But investing in this unique institution’s future is sure to pay dividends for countless students and the state for many years to come.”
Kinsey also asked Brogan multiple questions about enrollment trends at PASSHE schools and the search for a permanent president for Cheyney University.
“I applaud Chancellor Brogan and the PASSHE board for focusing on opportunities to grow and advance our state schools,” Kinsey said. “As a strong supporter of education, I firmly believe that our system of state schools is an invaluable asset to the state.”
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey discusses strengthening enrollment at Pa. State Schools of Higher Education campuses during an Appropriations Committee hearing on the 2017-18 state budget proposal. Kinsey also asks about leadership at Cheyney University and the future of the state's only historically Black University. Read more
As three weeks of House Appropriations Committee public hearings on the state budget begin, Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey talks about the process and his priorities for Philadelphia in the spending plan. Read more
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Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey says that Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal is a bold investment in Pennsylvania's education system and social services. Read more
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