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
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey welcomes leaders and members of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity to the Pa. House of Representatives. Kinsey relates his own experience as a member of the fraternity, as the House unanimously approved his resolution designating October 25, 2016 as Kappa Alpha Psi Day in Pennsylvania. Read more
State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., plans to introduce legislation that would remove the state from operating the Philadelphia Parking Authority and its limousine and taxi service. Kinsey said since the state took over the authority in 2001, there have been ongoing concerns regarding the leadership and operations of PPA. Kinsey also said maybe it’s time to have local authorities be responsible for and operate all limousines and taxi services in the city. Kinsey said there has been ongoing turmoil within the authority’s operation and the legislature should explore the possibly of stripping the agency of state control. The proposal would allow lawmakers to continue to discuss ways of revitalizing the board without the threat of session ending for the legislative term on Nov. 30, commonly referred to as sine die. Under Kinsey’s legislation, state oversight of the Philadelphia Parking Authority would expire on June 30, 2018. Read more
State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., announced $2 million was awarded to the Logan Pointe Roadway Improvements Project to redevelop the land and improve access in the area of Ninth Street and Wyoming Avenue in North Philadelphia. The grant was awarded through the state Transportation Department's Multimodal Transportation Fund. "This project is designed to make improvements to the Logan Triangle by performing a road reconstruction project," Kinsey said. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development, create jobs and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to residents. Kinsey said funds may be used for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, pedestrian safety and streetscape, lighting and sidewalk enhancement. Read more
State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., applauded a $1 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program grant to the Eye Institute of Salus University, formerly the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, for a patient-centered medical home within the facility. “This is very good news for our area in terms of continued revitalization in the 201 st Legislative District,” Kinsey said. As planned, the patient-centered medical home would occupy a space of about 12,000 square feet. “The funding is being invested in the right area and this is more of a facility expansion to an already existing business and building,” Kinsey said. Kinsey thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for approving the grant to help revitalize the area he represents. The RACP grant program is administered by the governor’s Office of the Budget to foster economic, cultural, civic and historical projects with significant potential for improving economic growth and new jobs. Read more
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted a resolution ( H.R. 970 ) co-sponsored by state Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., which designates the month of September 2016 as "Emergency Preparedness Month in Pennsylvania. Kinsey said their resolution urges Pennsylvania residents to observe this month by encouraging them to visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency websites and utilize educational resources to learn how they can become prepared for emergencies. "It’s always a good idea to have an emergency management plan in place whether it be at home, at work or within your community because the best defense is knowing what to do during emergencies," Kinsey said. Kinsey said it is especially important to help children, older adults and individuals with access and functional needs during an emergency. He is especially mindful of people who take medicine or require medical treatment every day and urges those people to have enough medicine in hand to last for at least one week. "It also may be a good idea for people to keep a list of their prescriptions, including the name of the medicine, dosage and other directions just in case," Kinsey said. Kinsey said people can find out more about emergency preparedness by visiting the Pennsylvania Emergency Management website www.ReadyPa.org . Each year, the president of the Read more
Pa. state Rep. Stephen Kinsey thanks his colleagues for voting to adopt H.R. 972, a Resolution designating the week of September 25 through October 1, 2016, as "Direct Support Professionals Week" in Pennsylvania. Read more
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution (H.R. 972) that designates the week of Sept. 25 through Oct. 1, 2016 as “Direct Support Professionals Week” in Pennsylvania. Kinsey said direct-support professionals and support coordinators assist people every day by helping to improve their lives. “Many of us lawmakers have support workers who live in our districts and we know that their jobs are vital in caring for others,” Kinsey said. Kinsey said these workers generously provide services and support for seniors, people with developmental disabilities, people with mental illness and those with chronic medical conditions. “One day is not enough to properly thank our direct support professionals for the unselfish work they do 365 days a year,” Kinsey said. In addition, Kinsey said the state has set up a My Learning Center online video training program for direct-care workers. The center was made possible through more than $1.2 million in funding from the state Department of Aging. It is hosted by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association website. There is no charge to view the videos but registration is required. There is a wide range of video lessons offered, covering a variety of topics, including Alzheimer’s, seniors and aging, end-of-life, safety, privacy, medication and pain, and infection control. There is also information on bed bug control, assisting people with behavioral issues, ethics and Read more
State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Jason Dawkins, both D-Phila., co-chaired a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on legislation, H.B. 2135 , introduced by Dawkins, which would abolish life without parole in Pennsylvania and extend parole eligibility to people sentenced to life imprisonment. Kinsey said the bill would allow the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole to consider the circumstances of each inmate serving a life sentence. “So many people could be impacted by House Bill 2135 that I think it is important for us, as legislators, to hear from our constituents on this very important matter,” Kinsey said. “Today’s hearing highlights the need for prison sentencing reform. A continuum review of profiling, mandatory minimum sentences, prison overcrowding, halfway houses, drug and alcohol treatment, and life sentences need to be a part of this discussion. Representatives Kinsey and Dawkins are strong advocates of reform and I thank them for hosting today’s hearing,” said committee Chairman Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. "Those sentenced to life in Pennsylvania have no chance of release, even if their age or health make it extremely unlikely that they will ever reoffend," Dawkins said. "Not only is this an injustice to those who are incarcerated and have demonstrated their commitment to rehabilitation, it also is fiscally irresponsible to require taxpayers to foot the bill for Read more
July and August are typically the hottest months of the year. I have teamed up with Councilwoman Cindy Bass for "Project Hydration". This program encourages seniors to drink plenty of water especially during this time of year. We are delivering more than 5000 bottles of water to area residents to keep the senior citizens hydrated. Anyone working outdoors should take more frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Pets should be kept in cool places with plenty of water. Please visit this website for more information https://alpha.phila.gov/posts/mayor/2016-07-08-spraygrounds-pools-cooling-centers-stay-cool-during-the-heat/ Read more
I am happy to tell you that this Thursday I will be meeting with senior White House officials to discuss relevant issues that affect residents of Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. It is my intent to exchange ideas about President Barak Obama’s domestic policies. I am hoping to have the opportunity to discuss issues such as education funding, community and police relations, jobs and senior healthcare. It is such an honor to be invited to the White House for this very important discussion. I am very eager to provide valuable input as well as listen to ideas that would help to improve the quality of life for my constituents. I will keep you updated on my progress after I meet with officials in Washington. It is always a pleasure keeping my constituents informed on very important issues affecting them. If you have a state-related issue please contact my office Read more
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