Two state grants worth $355,000 have been awarded in Clinton County and Lock Haven to boost recycling programs in the region. Read more
Grant will enhance recycling in Lawrence and Mercer counties. Read more
FOLSOM, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky announced today that several local municipalities were awarded grants to boost recycling and leaf collection programs. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to 195 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup. The following local municipalities received grants: Aston Township - $244,808 - recycling collection program Brookhaven Borough - $37,962 - recycling collection program Nether Providence Township - $292,149 – leaf waste collection program Ridley Township - $163,018 – leaf waste and recycling collection Swarthmore Borough - $192,182 – leaf waste and recycling collection “The programs offered by our local municipal agencies make it simpler for residents to make recycling part of their daily lives,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “We have to do everything we can to take care of our environment, and I’m pleased to see the state award these grants to encourage recycling in our communities.” Projects eligible for the grants include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, and continuing or creating curbside recycling programs. Learn more at www.dep.pa.gov . Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Jeanne McNeill said three municipal recycling programs in her legislative district have been awarded state grants totaling $582,325. “Recycling programs help to lessen the burden on our landfills and in turn, help to maintain our environment for future generations to enjoy,” said McNeill, D-Lehigh. “It’s great to see that successful programs being conducted in Salisbury Township, Whitehall Township and Fountain Hill are being rewarded with these state grants.” Local grants include: Salisbury Township, $221,499. Whitehall Township, $299,827. Fountain Hill, $60,999. The Recycling Development and Implementation Grants are distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The grants can be used for a number of things. Funding eligibility is allocated for expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials or operating leaf compost facilities. Nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded grants for recycling collections, education and leaf litter pickup. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program. Read more
CARMICHAELS, Oct. 12 – Recycling and leaf composting efforts in Greene County will get a boost from a $145,000 grant announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the funding comes in the form of a Recycling Development and Implementation Program grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “I’m pleased to announce this latest state investment in Greene County,” Snyder said. “Recycling and composting not only saves landfill space, which helps the environment; it also has the potential to maintain and create employment for those involved in sorting recyclable materials.” Snyder said eligible uses under the grant program include expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing or creating curbside recycling programs, developing educational materials, or operating leaf compost facilities. Up to 90 percent of approved recycling program costs are eligible under the grant program, Snyder said, noting that nearly 200 county and municipal governments were awarded under the program. Read more
NORRISTOWN, Oct. 12 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $372,590 in competitive Recycling Development and Implementation Grants in the 70 th Legislative District. The funding consists of $199,961 to East Norriton Township and $172,629 to Plymouth Township to boost to their recycling and leaf collection programs. “Congratulations to both East Norriton and Plymouth townships on earning these awards to improve their recycling programs,” Bradford said. “Thanks to their efforts, these communities will be better able to reduce pollution and provide a clean and safe environment for residents.” Through the grant program, municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 percent funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10 percent of approved costs. Grants were also awarded based on programs designed to meet current market demands for recyclable goods. Examples of eligible projects include operating leaf compost facilities; developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers; expanding recycling processing facilities; installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles; continuing and creating curbside recycling programs; and developing educational Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today joined fellow legislators in passing legislation that would expand the PACENET prescription-drug coverage income limits, allowing for an estimated additional 17,000 seniors to be eligible for the program. “Unfortunately, seniors citizens across the commonwealth are struggling to get by,” Davis said. “This bill looks to ease the burden on their wallets, meaning they’d no longer have to decide between food, heat, rent or the medicine they desperately need.” Under H.B. 270, the income limit for PACENET prescription-drug coverage for a single person would increase from $23,500 to $27,500; for married couples it would go from $31,500 to $35,500. House Bill 270 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – Thousands more senior citizens would be eligible for the state’s prescription assistance program under legislation that passed the House of Representatives today, according to state Rep. Gerald Mullery. “Senior citizens should not be forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions and buying groceries. The state’s PACE and PACENET programs are virtual lifesavers for many Pennsylvanians and I was proud to co-sponsor and vote for this important bill,” said Mullery, D-Luzerne. PACE provides low-cost prescriptions to those 65 or older who earn up to $14,500 for single people and up to $17,700 for married couples. House Bill 270 would enhance the additional tier of assistance for moderate-income people, known as PACENET, by increasing the income limit from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. According to estimates from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, more than 14,000 people would be eligible for benefits if the bill becomes law, including hundreds more in Luzerne County. “My office staff are happy to help people learn more and apply for PACE and PACENET, as well as other state programs. Anyone who’s interested should give us a call or stop by for assistance,” said Mullery, who maintains offices at 156 S. Market St. in Nanticoke (570-740-7031) and at 407 Centre St. in Freeland (570-636-3500). PACE and PACENET are funded by proceeds from Read more
Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today joined members of Pennsylvania House of Representatives in passing legislation that calls to expand the PACENET prescription-drug coverage income limits, allowing for an additional 17,000 seniors to be eligible for the program. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, said he hopes to clear up confusion about what REAL ID is and why residents might decide they want to purchase one when they become available next spring. “I’ve been hearing from constituents who still have many questions about what REAL ID is and whether it’s necessary,” Readshaw said. “I want people to understand that they are not required to get a REAL ID driver’s license or identification card, but they may find one useful depending on their needs. “The federal government passed the REAL ID Act in response to 9/11. The act creates certain minimum standards that all state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards must meet in order to be accepted for certain purposes. Those purposes include boarding domestic commercial flights and entering military bases and other high-security federal facilities. “Although many states, including Pennsylvania, have been given extensions to come into full compliance with the act, the ‘hard’ deadline for card-based enforcement is October 1, 2020. As of that date, residents will no longer be able to use their regular state-issued driver’s license or identification card to board domestic commercial flights, visit military bases or enter other high-security federal facilities. Instead, they will either have to use the new REAL ID or rely on their passport, military ID or other form of federally accepted Read more
SCRANTON, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today announced close to $75,000 in grants for five local companies to assist with employee training for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The training investments are made through the Workforce and Economic Network Pennsylvania (WEDnetPA), and primarily help manufacturing and technology industries offer a wide range of training opportunities to their workforce, ranging from basic math to software engineering and advanced machine operations. “Investments in workforce training and development are critical to maintaining a strong and healthy workforce in Scranton,” said Flynn. “By providing opportunities for hardworking individuals to advance their skills, local companies are able to flourish in a dynamic and ever-changing economy. I am proud to advocate for strategic job development in Scranton, and I look forward to continuing my advocacy for support from Harrisburg.” The Azek Company received $9,100, Olympia Chimney Supply Inc. received $428, Scranton Electricians JATC received $27,000, Scranton Products received $15,000 and Simplex Industries Inc. received $23,398, all in the form of WEDnetPA grants. Flynn said WEDnetPA is Pennsylvania’s premier incumbent worker training program, and includes a network of 26 community colleges, State System universities and other partners. Companies provided funding work closely with these partners to assess training needs and develop plans of Read more
READING, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at his district office. “Shredding old documents that contain confidential information is a great way to protect yourself from identity theft,” said Rozzi, D-Berks. “This event makes it easy to dispose of those papers safely. The shredded papers will be recycled, so it’s better for the environment, too.” The event will take place in the parking lot behind the office at 4933 Kutztown Road, Temple. Residents of the 126 th District can bring up to 10 boxes of documents to be securely shredding on site and recycled. Attendees are advised to remove all plastic bags, tape and paper clips in advance. Anyone with questions should contact Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921. Read more
FOLSOM, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky will host a free shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 at Northley Middle School. Residents of the 161 st Legislative District can bring documents that contain personal or confidential information to be shredded for free on-site. “Privacy can be a concern when trying to dispose of sensitive materials that might contain information like credit card or bank account numbers,” said Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware. “This shredding event offers the opportunity to get rid of those old papers safely and in an environmentally friendly way.” The shred event will take place in the parking lot at Northley Middle School, 2801 Concord Road in Aston. Those attending should enter from Concord Road. No electronics will be accepted. Read more
The project aims to renovate three adjoining properties to provide 6,000 square-feet of retail space and six apartments. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – Thousands of seniors in the commonwealth would receive vital assistance paying for prescription medicines under a bill the House passed unanimously today, according to the bill’s co-sponsor, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. House Bill 270 would increase the income limit for PACENET prescription-drug coverage from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. According to estimates from the state Department of Aging, the expanded guidelines would make more than 14,000 additional seniors eligible for the state-sponsored prescription assistance program. “I have spoken to a number of area seniors who are in need of prescription assistance but who don’t meet the current income guidelines,” Longietti said. “This legislation aims to provide these folks with the help that they need. Our Mercer County seniors are the backbone of our community. They should never have to choose between paying for food, rent or heat and paying for prescription medications.” The PACE and PACENET programs offer lower-cost prescription medications to qualified residents 65 or older. Funding is provided by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The bill now heads for the state Senate for consideration. Read more
State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today announced that Lock Haven University was awarded another $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding for Phase II of an integral restoration project. Read more
State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, joined Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith and state Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, chairwoman of the House Children and Youth Committee, to announce Pennsylvania is expected to receive $479,307 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to develop a kinship navigator program. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Daniel Deasy, D-Allegheny, said a Community Conservation Partnership Program grant in the amount of $200,000 that will help revitalize Townsend Parklet was awarded today through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Deasy said Townsend Parklet was awarded the funding in order to help provide additional playground equipment and renovate a basketball court, along with installing new surface material and lighting. Townsend Parklet is located at 817 Chartiers Ave., and sits on almost 2 acres in Pittsburgh. “I couldn’t be more pleased that our community will receive this funding to renovate one of our recreational areas,” Deasy said. “Providing safe spaces that are accessible to all of our residents is important and imperative.” Deasy, who advocated on behalf of the project that is located in the Elliott neighborhood of his district, said the renovation will create a more welcoming atmosphere for the community. The source of funding for the grant is the Keystone Fund. More information about the grant is available on the DCNR website. Read more
State Rep. Joanna McClinton is applauding today’s House passage of two bills aimed at helping innocent people challenge their wrongful conviction. “Far too often, we see individuals sent to prison for crimes they didn’t commit,” McClinton, D-Phila., explained. “This bipartisan effort is a major win for criminal justice reform that not only gives people the second chance they deserve but also saves taxpayers in the process.” The first piece of legislation (H.B. 2307) would improve the Post-Conviction Relief Act by extending the time a person has to submit new DNA or other types of evidence supporting a claim of innocence from 60 days to within one year it’s made available. It also provides protections for crime victims and witnesses from improper investigative tactics by explicitly requiring investigators to identify themselves along with their reason for contact. The other (H.B. 2308) would update Pennsylvania’s current law by making DNA more accessible by: Allowing those who pleaded guilty to be eligible for testing : courts have interpreted current law to bar people who pleaded guilty from accessing post-conviction DNA testing. Removing the supervision requirement to obtain DNA testing post-conviction : currently, a person must be incarcerated, on parole or probation to be eligible. Clarifying that testing is permitted with newer technology : even if DNA testing was previously conducted, Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – State Rep. Perry Warren today voted in favor of a bill today that would make it easier for patients on donor lists to find organ donations. Senate Bill 180, which would create the Donate Life PA Act, passed the House unanimously and will head to the governor’s office, where it is expected to be signed. The new act will provide for education to increase awareness of organ donation, institute best clinical practices for organ donations and seek to increase the number of organs available for donation. “More than 8,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in Pennsylvania and this bill will help their needs be better met,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “Thousands more are in need of tissue transplants and this legislation will help them, as well. “We are a donor family. Our son, Peter, died 20 years ago this month; he was 3 years old. He was an organ donor. It is hard to express how meaningful it was for me and my family that this bill passed with my vote and support in my first term in the House, and at the 20th anniversary of our loss of Peter. “My family is grateful for the compassionate support from Gift of Life when we were first grieving the sudden loss of our son. While we were on the sad side of organ donation then, we are grateful for the additional gift of life that organ donation gives, and I am pleased to be in a position to pass the bill that has been six years in the making." Read more
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