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
HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s “sensible” approach to the 2017-18 state budget, introduced by the governor today during an address to a joint session of the General Assembly. Kinsey said Wolf's proposed budget would build on the last two state budgets by boosting investments in education and fighting the opioid crisis while keeping spending increases below the rate of inflation and making significant inroads in eliminating Pennsylvania's ongoing fiscal deficit. “Governor Wolf’s proposal would invest more than $200 million in schools, funding that is badly needed and especially in Philadelphia, without a broad-based tax increase,” Kinsey said. “The proposal would offer reforms to save the state more than $2 billion, while still being able to expand the school breakfast program so students from disadvantaged backgrounds can start the day ready to learn. I applaud Governor Wolf for his commitment to our schools and students.” Kinsey said Wolf’s budget proposal would also fully fund the coming year's pension obligations to avoid further debt, reduce waiting lists for intellectual disability services, and streamline and simplify services through health and human services agency-related consolidation. These savings and efficiencies are targeted at saving the state as much as $2.1 billion. “Today's address by Governor Wolf is just a starting Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 25 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., has been appointed to seven committees for the new legislative session. Kinsey will serve on the Appropriations Committee, which oversees the state budget; the Finance Committee, which handles tax legislation; the Health, Human Services and Transportation committees; the Ethics Committee, which receives complaints about alleged violations of House rules; and the Rules Committee, which some consider to be the most powerful House committee since it is in charge of facilitating the flow of legislation in the House. Kinsey will serve as the Democratic chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Democratic chairman of the Human Services Subcommittee on Drug and Alcohol. In addition to serving on seven committees, Kinsey is also a member of the West Chester University Council of Trustees and the board of the Pennsylvania Business Minority Development Authority. "I embrace the opportunity to advocate for my constituents and the people of Pennsylvania on so many important issues," Kinsey said. "We have quite a few old issues that have not been resolved under the Republican leadership in the House and Senate, such as pensions and sustainable funding for our schools, as well as funding for our social services programs. With the change that has happened in Washington, D.C., I have grave concern about whether federal dollars will continue to come to our state to support such Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was recently nominated by Gov. Tom Wolf, and confirmed by the state Senate, to serve on the West Chester University Council of Trustees. "This appointment is a tremendous honor and privilege," Kinsey said. "I was in those shoes that tens of thousands of students are walking in today and I understand the importance of receiving a quality education. I look forward to the opportunity to help West Chester continue to move forward and help create even greater opportunities for future generations." Kinsey is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in elementary education. "I can attest to the value of this great institution," Kinsey said. "Serving on the council is an opportunity to look forward to advancing the university, as well as give back to my alma mater." Kinsey will serve as a member of the Advancement Subcommittee, which will review and recommend to the council actions of the president regarding private sector support and the public image of the university, and serve as the liaison for the Pennsylvania Association Council of Trustees. Each Pennsylvania-owned university has a council of trustees, consisting of 11 members who are nominated and appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate. Student members of the council are nominated by their respective campus. The trustees are tasked with making recommendations to the chancellor for Read more
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey discusses his priorities for Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after taking the Oath of Office for the 2017-18 legislative session. Read more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., today announced that a $1.2 million grant has been awarded to help fund the redevelopment of Logan Triangle. The grant, which was authorized by the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, will help transform a blighted 40-acre site east of North Broad Street into a vibrant commercial and community development. “This is a crucial investment into our community that will create jobs and other opportunities for the people of the Logan community. This grant will also help to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists while greatly increasing quality of life for the community,” Kinsey said. “I want to thank Gov. Tom Wolf for understanding the important nature of this investment in the future of Philadelphia.”When complete, the project will include approximately 582,000 square feet of retail, convenience, professional and medical office space. The project also will include a $25 million youth-sports and education facility. Grant funds also will be used to make improvements to the failing infrastructure around Logan Triangle, including the replacement of concrete curbing, sidewalks and Americans with Disabilities Act curb ramps. Additionally, the grant will allow for the installation of crossing lights and signage, ornamental street lighting, trash receptacles, pavement markings for bicycles and bus routes, as well as bike and pedestrian pathways throughout. Read more
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