HARRISBURG, June 18 – Two bills supporting workers’ rights in Pennsylvania passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support today, announced state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks. Galloway’s two bills—H.B. 716, which would establish a task force to prevent misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, and H.B. 1170, which would create the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act—together would help ensure an even playing field. “I am proud that members on both sides of the aisle came together to protect workers’ rights to fair pay in Pennsylvania,” said Galloway, the prime sponsor of H.B. 716. "Pennsylvania needs a task force to prevent the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, which effectively robs the Commonwealth and workers of the pay and benefits they earned.” Galloway said unethical employers often misclassify employees as independent contractors to save money. The practice both withholds the pay and benefits workers have earned and creates an uneven playing field for law-abiding businesses. He said potential revenue loss due to misclassification of employees is significant. According to the Keystone Research Center, a misclassified worker loses an estimated $6,000 annually due to lost overtime pay. The center also estimates that Pennsylvania may be losing $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenue, as much as $83 million in Read more
COATESVILLE, June 17 – Students from Bishop Shanahan High School’s STEM team won the grand champion title at Gov. Wolf’s STEM Competition this year. The theme was “Improving Pennsylvania through STEM.” The team of seven students won the overall medical category by creating a portable, life-saving device that improves the success rate of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. This prototype earned Bishop Shanahan’s STEM team first place out of 26 student teams from across Pennsylvania. The challenge was to address the needs of Pennsylvanians while utilizing their STEM-related knowledge and skills. On Wednesday, June 12, Williams welcomed the Bishop Shanahan STEM team into the House chamber to be recognized for their accomplishment. “To see the innovation and dedication these students gave to building a life-saving device is truly remarkable. Our future is in good hands with these bright minds. I’m so pleased that my House colleagues joined me in recognizing these fine students and thank Governor Wolf and Senator Dinniman for taking time out of their day to congratulate them as well,” Williams said. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, today announced that H.B. 1168 has been approved by the House Finance Committee. “This bill is all about fixing an interpretation of tax exemption for traffic signals,” Caltagirone said. “I want to make sure that our local municipalities are protected from paying hidden fees to collect more revenue. The way that the law is currently being interpreted leads to higher costs for our local municipalities. We need to clarify the language of this law so that costs continue to stay low for the maintenance and installation of traffic signals. In my opinion, the current narrow interpretation is absurd.” The tax code provides an exemption from the state Sales and Use Tax for traffic signals as long as the traffic signal will be transferred to a tax-exempt governmental entity. In the past, the Department of Revenue exempted all the materials used to install traffic signals, but under the last administration the department narrowed the interpretation to only exempt the light assembly – the housing that holds the red, yellow and green light. More information on this or other state-related matters is available by contacting Caltagirone’s district office at 610-376-1529. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Read more
HARRISBURG, June 18 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, to help Pennsylvania veterans who are farmers as part of the historic Pennsylvania Farm Bill package making its way through the legislature. The bill, H.B. 1521 , would help bolster enrollment and promote the Homegrown by Heroes program for Pennsylvania veterans who are giving back to their communities through agriculture after serving their country. The program is an extension of the PA Preferred Program, which labels and promotes Pennsylvania’s exceptional local produce, dairy, agriculture, meats, nursery products and hardwood goods. “This bill will help raise awareness about the many fine goods offered by the 8% of Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans,” Pashinski said. “I thank my colleagues for passing this bill supporting Pennsylvania’s veterans who have chosen to continue serving us as farmers, ranchers, fishermen and value-added producers.” PA Preferred is working with the Homegrown by Heroes program by combining the logos to let consumers know they are supporting Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans. This program helps these farmers become more successful by selling their products and goods. “By purchasing products with these labels, Pennsylvanians are providing tangible support to our commonwealth’s heroes while having confidence in the quality of their Read more
HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration for its support of rehabilitation projects in Berks County. “These Historic Preservation Tax Credits will go a long way toward rehabilitating a vacant office building, and turning a separate industrial building into apartments for local artists,” Caltagirone said. “I want to thank Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, and Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission Executive Director Andrea Lowery for putting our communities first and investing in projects that will revitalize historic spaces and create new opportunities right in our district.” A $200,000 tax credit has been awarded to Thomas A. Willson Co. in Reading, to rehabilitate an industrial building into apartments for artists in the GoggleWorks complex. Another $50,000 tax credit has been allocated to Corbit Brothers Building in Reading, to upgrade an office building in the Callowhill Historic District. For more information about historic preservation or community development in Pennsylvania, visit the PHMC website or the DCED website . ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Democratic Communications Office Phone: 717-787-7895 ext. 6221 Email: email@example.com Read more
Located in Hazelwood, the John Woods House was constructed in 1792, and was home to Woods, a local prominent figure and politician whose father laid out the plan for the city of Pittsburgh. Read more
ERIE, June 18 – Several historic buildings in downtown Erie will see new life as residential apartments thanks to a $500,000 tax credit, which will leverage nearly $5 million to cover construction costs, state Reps. Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, both D-Erie, announced today. Merski said the project – to rehabilitate four Second Empire houses in the West Sixth Street Historic District located at 328-332 W. 6th St. into market-rate apartments – will bring multiple benefits for the community and the local economy. “This tax credit is great news because it’s an investment in our past as well as our future,” Merski said. “We’re preserving the history and character of our neighborhood while at the same time creating jobs and expanding housing options for residents, which in turn will attract more business to the area.” Harkins agreed, noting, “We’re not just rehabilitating buildings, we’re revitalizing the social and economic landscape, as well, by opening the door to new residents and stimulating investment in the community. It’s a win-win for everyone.” The tax credit for the Erie project is one of 24 projects throughout the state receiving $3 million in tax credits, which are expected to leverage an estimated $113 million in construction projects. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered by the Department of Community & Economic Development and Pennsylvania Read more
SCRANTON, June 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, has announced that $300,000 in funding from two tax credits will help convert historic buildings in downtown Scranton into neighborhoods apartments. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – The Philadelphia Delegation of the General Assembly released the following the statement following a weekend in which 28 victims were involved in 19 shootings leaving five dead in the city: “Father’s Day weekend, in which 28 Philadelphians were shot, opened a wound of gun violence that we can’t let fester. Our constituents and our city deserve a safe environment, and it’s imperative that we have all hands-on deck from various levels of government to deal with this issue. “With that in mind, we’re asking Governor Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner to work together in a coordinated way to reduce the scourge of gun violence in our city. We’re also asking Mayor Kenney to issue an executive order to formulate an emergency response in Philadelphia to facilitate these coordinated efforts. There is no more time for thoughts and prayers. We need action before we unnecessarily lose more life in our city. “This weekend can’t set the tone for what this summer will be like in Philadelphia. More and more, these incidents are impacting our teenagers and young adults, and until we have concrete steps to take to address this public health epidemic the number of victims will only continue to rise. We look forward to working together with all parties to find a resolution to this epidemic that works for the city now, not later.” Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – American jobs should be for American workers, not people who are in our country illegally, said state Rep. Frank Burns, who is again championing a measure that would halt construction companies from hiring undocumented workers. “For years, I have demanded we crack down on companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants who are willing to work for less,” said Burns, D-Cambria. “If we are serious about stopping illegal immigration, then we must stop companies from hiring and exploiting illegal workers for profit.” Burns acknowledged that for generations immigrants have come to the United States in search of a job; however, he is also aware that illegal immigration is a constant drain on our country’s resources. According to a 2018 article in The New York Times, undocumented immigrant workers account for 15 percent of those employed in construction – or about 1.35 million workers nationally. “This bill is about saving Pennsylvania jobs by penalizing unscrupulous contractors who hire illegal workers in our state,” Burns said. “It’s time we hold corporate America accountable for profiting from illegal immigration. “Bottom line: E-verify works and has been working well for more than six years here in Pennsylvania. Construction companies must now comply or face stiff penalties, including the loss of their state-issued license.” The E-verify program, which is managed by Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced that the deadline for older adults and Pennsylvania residents with disabilities to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2018 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, according to the Department of Revenue. “Seniors and people with disabilities are susceptible to foreclosures and evictions as a result of tax liens, which is why the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is so beneficial,” Cephas said. “The application deadline extension ensures that more residents in my district and across the commonwealth can have the opportunity to apply.” As of June 1, the department has received 432,411 applications, but will not be distributed until July 1, by law. After June 30, eligible applicants will receive rebates, distributed by direct deposit. “It’s highly recommended that eligible residents apply as soon as possible,” Cephas said. Cephas said 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 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible applicants can come to Cephas’ district office with their documents or obtain an application at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. In 2017, the Property Tax/ Rent Read more
Harrisburg, June 17, 2019 — State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne) announced a $100,000 Historic Preservation Tax Credit today from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The tax credit will be used to rehabilitate the Spring Brook Water Supply Company building in the River Street Historical District for the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering program at King’s College. The project has an estimated construction expenditure of $4.6 million. “Public-private partnerships are the driving force behind the economic revitalization occurring in downtown Wilkes-Barre. As the engineering program continues to grow at King’s College, students will work toward their future goals while honoring the history of the Spring Brook Water Supply Company building,” said Senator John Yudichak. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, administered by DCED and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission since 2013, has invested more than $18 million to rehabilitate 105 historic buildings leveraging an estimated $1.5 billion in construction expenditures. “I’m pleased that this competitive tax credit has been allocated and will help King’s College preserve this beautiful building while advancing their Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Read more
HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will host a free safety awareness program, “Controlling the Opioid Epidemic in our Aging and Disabled Populations,” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 at the Greenville Senior Center in Riverside Park, 45 Alan Ave., Greenville. The program will feature a presentation by Special Agent Alan McGill of the Office of Attorney General, followed by a question-and-answer session. “It’s critically important to address opioid abuse among our seniors and individuals with disabilities who are among the less-recognized victims of this epidemic,” Longietti said. “The numbers show that even as opioid abuse decreased in younger groups from 2002 to 2014, it nearly doubled among those over 50. “The statistics also show that in 2016, one in three patients with a Medicare prescription drug plan received an opioid prescription. But the same Medicare programs that pay for these prescriptions often don’t provide coverage for drug addiction treatment. It’s my hope that this event will offer help and hope for seniors and their family members who are seeking answers.” Longietti said those interested in attending are encouraged to R.S.V.P. by contacting Carmella Ansinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 724-588-1005. Registration will be held before the event, at 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., is introducing legislation (H.B. 1643) that would require the Secretary of the Commonwealth to develop a mandatory professional certification and poll watcher training program to be used by county election officials. “The only lawful requirement for a poll watcher is that they must be a registered voter in the county of the polling place and certified by their county board of elections, but there is no official training process. Insufficiently trained poll watchers can lead to chaos, disorder and disruption of an election,” Cruz said. “In fact, the haphazard training poll watchers do receive is from their candidate, a political party or organization which, in today’s political climate, could easily result in voter intimidation and suppression. We must do all we can to prevent that from happening.” Cruz’s legislation would establish a state mandated uniform training and certification procedure to be used by all 67 county election boards. It would also limit poll watchers to perform election activities in the district they permanently reside in. “Election tampering has been reported in many areas in our commonwealth, and nationally,” Cruz said. “It’s important that the basic American cornerstone of representative democracy- the right to vote- is protected at all costs.” Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Liz Hanbidge will soon introduce legislation to help Pennsylvanians who suffer from hearing loss by requiring Pennsylvania insurance companies to provide coverage for hearing aids. “The average cost of a hearing aid is $2,300, but that price tag can climb as high as $4,000,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “Hearing aids are only required to be covered for Medicaid recipients who are younger than 21, so that leaves others forced to pay for them out of pocket. That cost could deter many – especially seniors on fixed incomes – from seeking the help they need.” Through the Affordable Care Act, Americans have access to a core package of items and services deemed “essential health benefits” that must be covered by private insurance plans. Hanbidge’s legislation would require that private insurance companies in Pennsylvania provide coverage for the cost of hearing aids by adding them to the “essential health benefits” list. “More than a million Pennsylvanians live with hearing loss. This legislation addresses the health risks associated with hearing loss for the elderly, students and workers, and also improves the health and wellness of Pennsylvanians by helping to mitigate the cost of hearing aids,” Hanbidge said. Hanbidge also plans to introduce a resolution urging Congress to expand Medicaid coverage to include hearing aids for all Americans in need of Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution commemorating 100 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Poland, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, announced today. Merski said he introduced H.R. 353 to honor both the strong relations between the countries and the rich Polish-American heritage shared by so many Pennsylvanians. “I’m thrilled that the House unanimously adopted my resolution commemorating a century of strong diplomatic relations between the United States and Poland,” Merski said. “Polish Americans – including more than 800,000 Poles and Americans of Polish ancestry who call Pennsylvania home – treasure the bond our countries share and the ways in which the United States and Poland have stood shoulder-to-shoulder through the decades as staunch supporters of democracy. “We are also deeply proud of the ways in which Polish-American customs and traditions have enriched life in Pennsylvania and of the many influences Polish Americans have had on science, the arts and industry in Pennsylvania.” Guests present for the vote on the resolution included Kamil Henne, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York; Deborah Majka, Honorary Consul of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Peter Obst, representative of the Poles in America Foundation; and Sylwia Czajkowska, Hanna Wewiora, and Michael Wewiora, secretary, treasurer, and member, respectively, of the Kosciuszko Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – Services that help victims of crime and domestic violence in the Lehigh Valley will be expanded and two local police departments will benefit from $1.89 million in grants, announced state Rep. Jeanne McNeill. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 17 – Grants totaling $758,056 will enhance services for domestic abuse victims and at-risk youth, support county drug treatment programs, and fund an updated police recordkeeping system, announced state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. The funding comes from grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, acting on recommendations by various advisory committees. “I’m extremely pleased that our work to help secure this funding paid off,” Matzie said. “For our community to thrive, we all need to thrive, and that means recognizing that the consequences of violence, trauma and abuse go well beyond individual victims to impact families, neighborhoods and communities. These grants will go a long way toward restoring normal lives for residents who are endangered or at risk.” Matzie said the funding comes from five separate grants, including: $293,631 to the Women’s Center of Beaver County to support the center’s mission of providing support and services for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The grant comes from the 2019-20 Victims of Crime Act funding, overseen by the Victims Services Advisory Committee. $152,528 to The Bradley Center for the center’s Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools program in the Aliquippa School District. The program works to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and behavioral problems in Read more
SCRANTON, June 17 – Area veterans are invited to take part in the monthly support program next week at the office of state Rep. Marty Flynn. Read more
The statewide funding through the PCCD is designated to help improve the justice system and to make communities safer for all citizens. Read more
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