HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 – In conjunction with a resolution unanimously approved by the House on Monday ( H.R. 984 ) recognizing "Diaper Need Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood and state Sen. Daylin Leach hosted a Capitol news conference today promoting the 3rd Annual Capitol Diaper Drive . “Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults,” said Youngblood, D-Phila. “Unfortunately, across our commonwealth, and across this country, there is a growing epidemic as many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments.” To demonstrate the scope of the problem, Youngblood and Leach cited these statistics from the National Diaper Bank Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the diaper gap in the Unites States: One in every three mothers finds it difficult to provide diapers for her children; Nearly 5.3 million children under 3 suffer from diaper need; and For incontinent seniors on fixed incomes, purchasing what they often view as their most important item of clothing can cost as much as $1,000 a year. “With little or no access to clean, dry diapers, children and incontinent adults can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to significant health problems,” said Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware. “And Read more
HARRISBURG, July 22 – Coinciding with the start of the Democratic National Convention where the Democratic Party is expected to nominate the first woman for president of the United States, The Walnut Club – a private, professional women’s organization – has selected state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood as one of the first recipients of its “Women Making History” award. Youngblood was nominated for the award, along with other accomplished women in all aspects of business, media, arts and politics, for her efforts as a state representative in the Pennsylvania House, and for becoming the first black female elected to a leadership position in the history of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which was first formed in 1692. She was elected to serve as the House Democratic Caucus Secretary in November 2014, breaking through the racial and gender divide that had existed in leadership posts for more than three centuries. “There are truly no words to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for this honor, and for being selected alongside such a group of successful, powerful and ambitious women," Youngblood said. "It is overwhelmingly humbling to be recognized by an organization working and fighting for equality, and one that believes in the great power of women helping women.” Youngblood said that this award, and her election to leadership in 2014, is lifted on the backs of so many women who came before her in the state Read more
HARRISBURG, July 13 – Noting a lack of appetite for a repeat of last year’s budget battle, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., said passage of the 2016-17 budget, including the money to pay for it, will ensure Pennsylvania avoids another breakdown in Harrisburg like the one that rattled communities across the state last year. The legislature has now sent the budget bill and companion revenue package to the governor, Youngblood said, avoiding a repeat of partisanship that served as the hallmark of last year’s budget impasse. “I voted in favor of a new state budget because we simply could not let what happened last year happen again. Too many people were caught in the middle of a partisan fight that left everyone bruised in the end,” Youngblood said. “This budget ensures that nonprofits and public schools will have their funding now, not months from now as we saw with last year's budget debacle.” Youngblood said the new budget boosts school funding by $250 million, including an additional $25 million for pre-K programs and $20 million more for special education. Additionally, Youngblood said higher education spending saw a $40 million boost, which benefits state-owned, state-related and community colleges and universities across the state. The budget also includes an extra $15 million to treat heroin abuse and ensures that those who rely on and provide social services won’t suffer from uncertainty as they did Read more
The revenues Pennsylvania collects from regulated gambling are nothing short of impressive. Amid difficult budget years, legislative leaders may look at these numbers and think that gaming expansion, especially internet or iGaming, is the panacea to all of our state’s budget needs. I understand the impulse, and don’t get me wrong – there is definitely revenue to be had through expanded opportunities like iGaming and daily fantasy sports. But, in my opinion, the revenue projections related to expanded gaming for this budget year is irrelevant when it comes to the real goal: keeping Pennsylvania competitive while focusing on protecting our state’s citizens. That is why I have been one of the leading proponents for a detailed, comprehensive and focused gaming bill that puts regulation, not solely revenue, at the forefront of the discussion. Specifically, when it comes to legalizing iGaming in the commonwealth. The debate around iGaming is not about whether we finally allow it to exist within our borders – because the reality is, it’s already here. iGaming exists in Pennsylvania, just in the shadows of unregulated space. For me and many of my House Democratic colleagues, regulating iGaming is the only way to truly gain traction on an off-shore business that provides little consumer protections, does not address underage gambling and does nothing to help combat problem or compulsive gambling. Many advocates outside of the gaming Read more
The deadline to file a 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2016 and my office is here to help! The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The maximum standard rebate is $650. My office can help with the applications . Please don’t assume you are not eligible. Half of Social Security income is discounted, and claimants are not disqualified from rebates solely because of Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. The official deadline for applying is always June 30, but, like this year, it is almost always extended through the end of the calendar year. Please be aware that the House last year passed legislation, House Bill 406, which would permanently extend the application deadline to Dec. 31 each year. It also would double the death benefit exemption to $10,000 when calculating income eligibility for the program. Read more
State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Rosita Youngblood, both D-Phila., are holding a conversation event with Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas in Philadelphia this week. The discussion will occur 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 26 at the Horizon House, 3275 Stokley St. The conversation will center on the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), long-term living/home and community-based services, child and adult care food programs and many more topics. Kinsey said people will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion during a question and answer section of the program. "My constituents are interested in human services topics because they are directly affected by these programs so I know a one-on-one discussion with Secretary Dallas will be valuable to them," Kinsey said. "This should be a very productive and enlightening meeting, and I encourage all of my constituents to attend," Youngblood added. In 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Dallas as secretary of the Department of Human Services. Since taking over the department, Dallas has implemented a full Medicaid expansion program that has provided health care to about 450,000 Pennsylvanians who were previously uninsured. Dallas was recently chosen to receive a national award from the Casey Family Programs for his contributions to the child welfare field and his efforts to improve the lives of children and families. Previously he was awarded the Thomas J. Zuber Memorial Read more
Today, March 28 is the deadline to register to vote or make changes – such as name, address or party -- to your registration before the April 26 primary election. The best part is you can do it all online ! Once you submit your online registration, an application number will be emailed to you if you provide an email address. With it, you can track your application status using this link . The county voter registration office will mail your voter registration card to your residence. If you don’t receive it within 14 days, please contact your county voter registration office. As always, please contact my office for help with any state-related matter. Read more
After yesterday’s bold action by Gov. Tom Wolf in raising the pay of minimum-wage state workers, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood encouraged her General Assembly colleagues to follow suit by increasing the pay for all Pennsylvania workers earning minimum wage.
“The governor’s order is an important first step and must serve as a wake-up call to the state legislature to stop delaying action on a statewide raise in the minimum wage,” Youngblood said. “We have an opportunity here to provide living, sustainable wages for more than a million additional workers across the state, which would have significant, positive impacts on our citizens and our economy.”
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. 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 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood congratulates her colleague, Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz on his election as President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Below is a statement from state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address today:
“Once again I stand with Governor Wolf on his plan to provide an honest and truthful solution to our budget situation. I applaud his dedication to putting people first – putting people before politics and fully funding our schools; putting people before politics and fully funding human services; putting people before politics and being honest about our financial realities to truly protect the citizens of Pennsylvania. Ignoring the stark reality we as a state are facing and not being truthful about what is on the horizon is not ‘standing up for the taxpayers.’ It’s setting the taxpayers up for a devastating financial crisis.
Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more
State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., said she wishes to inform 198th Legislative District constituents that free flu shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 28, at her constituent service office, 310 W. Chelten Ave.
Light refreshments will also be provided, and anyone wishing to obtain more information on this event or any state-related issue should call (215) 849-6426.
The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee sent a comprehensive gaming bill to the full House earlier this week; an action state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., says will finally provide consumer protections and regulation for Internet gaming, or iGaming, in the Keystone State.
Youngblood, who represents northwest Philadelphia and is House Democratic caucus secretary, said the reforms passed by the committee will enhance Pennsylvania’s successful gaming industry, which has provided more than $11 billion in total tax revenue and created more than 25,000 jobs.
Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood kicks off Diaper Need Awareness Week at the state Capitol. Youngblood says access to clean and dry diapers is a growing problem in Pennsylvania, with many families and seniors on fixed incomes finding it difficult to afford expensive diapers and other undergarments. She adds it’s important to support local diaper banks and help friends and neighbors in need. Youngblood is also sponsoring legislation to provide grants to help offset the costs associated with operating a diaper bank, in addition to hosting a diaper drive around the Capitol in the coming weeks. Read more
In conjunction with her resolution (H.R. 443) recognizing "Diaper Need Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood hosted a Capitol news conference today promoting the 2nd Annual Capitol Diaper Drive.
“Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults,” Youngblood said. “Unfortunately, across our commonwealth, there is a growing epidemic as many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments.”
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