House Democratic leaders support Gov. Wolf’s response to state health crisis

(Mar 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic leaders said criticism of Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to use emergency powers to shut down non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania is off-base in light of the most up-to-date medical guidance for dealing with COVID-19. “This unprecedented national public health emergency demands leadership from all levels of government. This is a matter of life and death, without hyperbole. That’s a reality we all need to confront. In conjunction with top medical professionals, the governor is leading our state and working to make the best decisions based on medical evidence. Every hour we see more of that evidence in front of us. “Now is the time to reduce people’s contact in order to lessen the impact of this crisis and reduce its duration. Simply put, the action taken by the governor, which is strongly supported by Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, will save lives. Taking swift action sooner rather than later will lessen the long-term impact on businesses and help our employers and employees return to normal as soon as possible. “The governor is facing impossible choices and is making decisions based on the advice of medical experts. We will continue to work and offer help and guidance to all affected employees and employers. We thank all the business owners who have led the way in this effort and helped prevent the spread of the virus, as well as the medical Read more

 

Pennsylvanians are sending a message; House Democrats’ Plan4PA responds

(Mar 17, 2020)

By the PA House Democratic leadership team When we return to Harrisburg after spending time in our legislative districts, we always bring back with us a pretty simple and clear message from the people we represent. The families, local business owners and community leaders we speak with at home want a Pennsylvania where public officials are fighting for them, not just the special interests and politically connected who lobby at the state Capitol every day. Working families are tired of struggling day after day to get by while big corporations and special interests get all the breaks. Our neighbors tell us it’s time for Harrisburg to stop putting politics ahead of the people, and it’s time to for us to stand together for a Pennsylvania that works for all of us. That’s why PA House Democrats have made the priorities we share with the people we represent the engine that drives our Plan4PA policy agenda. We want to grow our economy and create Good Jobs everywhere. That’s why our Plan4PA calls for jobs that pay real wages and support families. Our plan protects workers, gives them a voice in the workplace and a chance to retire. It supports careers and financial stability, not just a temporary job and the constant fear of insecurity. We want people to have access to Affordable Health Care so they can visit the doctor when they are sick. That’s why our Plan4PA Read more

 

Complete the Montgomery County Office of Senior Services survey

(Mar 03, 2020)

The Montgomery County Office of Senior Services is conducting a needs assessment in order to collect feedback that will assist the office in creating its four-year plan. Click here to complete the survey. The office requests the surveys be completed by March 31. Read more

 

School safety grants awarded around Montgomery County

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Montgomery County state representatives today announced school safety and security grants awarded to school districts throughout the county. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded a total of $53.7 million in school safety grants. Montgomery County awards are as follows: Abington School District: $455,550 Agora Cyber Charter School: $143,226 Cheltenham Township School District: $45,000 Colonial School District: $45,000 Hatboro-Horsham School District: $45,000 Jenkintown School District: $30,000 Lower Merion School District: $45,000 Lower Moreland Township School District: $40,000 Methacton School District: $221,370 Norristown Area School District: $467,756 North Montco Technical Career Center: $150,000 North Penn School District: $45,000 Perkiomen Valley School District: $45,000 Pottsgrove School District: $40,000 Pottstown School District: $490,000 Souderton Area School District: $460,437 Springfield Township School District: $40,000 Spring-Ford Area School District: $45,000 Upper Dublin School District: $45,000 Upper Merion Area School District: $45,000 Upper Moreland School District: $40,000 Upper Perkiomen School District: $40,000 Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center: $72,994 Wissahickon School District: $45,000 Below are reactions from Democratic state Read more

 

E-BLAST: What you need to know this February

(Feb 19, 2020)

Read about the 2020 Census, funding to help first responders, and the many ways my offices can help you. Read more

 

House Democrats embrace Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – House Democratic leaders praised the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined today by Gov. Tom Wolf, saying it closely tracks the Democratic Caucus’ own policy agenda, the Plan For Pennsylvania . “Governor Wolf is showing the way to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, learn and work,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “House Democrats are matching his vision with our plan for affordable health care, quality schools, good jobs, a safe and healthy environment, and justice for all people.” Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “This budget is a bold approach to fixing some of Pennsylvania’s most pressing issues, including reducing gun violence, increasing the minimum wage, ensuring our schools are safe places for our children to learn and addressing the rising cost of higher education,” said Democratic Whip Jordan Harris. “I’m especially glad to see Governor Wolf address the student debt crisis. Education is the elevator out of poverty and considering Pennsylvania’s students have the highest level of student loan debt in the nation, that elevator is essentially broken. The legislature must act to address this Read more

 

PennDOT services at my offices

(Jan 31, 2020)

My office can assist with a variety of PennDOT issues, including disability plates and placards, birth and death certificates, reduced registration renewals for those who qualify, and photo card applications. Read more

 

E-BLAST: What you need to know this January

(Jan 23, 2020)

Included is information on programs and services to take note of this month. Read more

 

Bradford announces over $100K in funding for local first responders

(Jan 22, 2020)

“Fire and rescue services are the backbone of any successful community, and I am grateful for the heroic work of our firefighters and emergency personnel,” Bradford said. Read more

 

Bradford announces $2K Ag and Youth grant for Stewart Middle School in Norristown

(Jan 09, 2020)

The funding will support the garden program for students to gain hands-on experience. Read more

 

Important SEPTA Update

(Jan 06, 2020)

Important information on SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards. Read more

 

My offices can assist with REAL ID

(Jan 03, 2020)

If you have questions about obtaining your REAL ID, my Cedars and Norristown offices can assist you. Read more

 

Notary services at my district offices

(Dec 03, 2019)

Did you know you can visit either one of my district offices to obtain free notary services for state-related documents? Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate deadline, plus LIHEAP applications

(Nov 25, 2019)

Information available on both the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program and LIHEAP applications. Read more

 

Bradford discusses minimum wage on Comcast Newsmakers

(Nov 20, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford recently had the opportunity to talk about minimum wage on Comcast Newsmakers Read more

 

Bradford announces $184K in fresh food grants to Norristown Area School District elementary schools

(Jul 17, 2019)

These grants not only keep the youngest students in Norristown School District well nourished, but the program also allows educators to teach more about smart and healthy eating habits. Read more

 

Reps. Bradford, Saylor Vow To Work Together To Eliminate Hate In PA

(Jun 27, 2019)

We didn't get to include money in the 2019/20 budget to create a nonprofit security grant program and help organizations like the Tree of Life better protect themselves against hate crimes, but we did get a commitment today to make sure action happens in the fall. Read more

 

House Government Oversight Committee Launches First Investigation, Reps. Grove and Bradford Announce

(May 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG – Republican House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) and the committee’s Democratic chairman, Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery), announced today the committee has launched its first investigation. Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Alleghey/Westmoreland) request the committee investigate the implementation of a recently enacted lobbying disclosure law. “The spirit of the law was to make lobbying more transparent in Pennsylvania and the committee has been tasked with finding out if this is indeed the case,” Grove said. “The aim of the committee is to provide oversight within state government. It is extremely fitting Leader Cutler requested this investigation as it is a law he drafted for which we are providing oversight.” Specifically, the Republican and Democratic leaders requested the committee review the Department of State’s implementation of transparency provisions to determine if the goals are being met. Under the law, the Department of State must publicly post on its website filings from lobbyists within seven days of receipt. “I’m very much looking forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure transparency. The unique nature of this committee’s structure allows truly bipartisan work, and I'm looking forward to what we can accomplish together,” Bradford said. The nine-member Read more

 

Bradford announces $1 million in grant funds awarded in Montgomery County

(Mar 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, today applauded funding for a pair of redevelopment projects in Montgomery County. The funding, totaling $1 million, will benefit projects in Norristown and Plymouth Meeting. Each project will receive $500,000, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority , which administers a variety of Pennsylvania’s funding programs to help grow the Commonwealth’s economy, create jobs and improve cultural and recreational assets across the state. “This is outstanding news for our region,” Bradford said. “I am thankful to the CFA for its investment and for partnering with the Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority on these projects.” At Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, the funds will be used to build a new parking lot between the lower lot and Harding Boulevard. The new lot will add 222 parking spaces and will allow the zoo to continue its expansion. In Plymouth Meeting, the funds will be used at the Plymouth Meeting Mall to construct new retail space and market the space to an arts and crafts purveyor, a craft brewery and several restaurants. Bradford, who also serves as the House Democratic Appropriations Committee chairman , represents the 70 th Legislative District in central Montgomery County. Read more

 

Bradford Working To Increase Minimum Wage, Close Delaware Loophole

(Feb 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Matt Bradford joined his colleagues to kick off a series of hearings about Pennsylvania’s upcoming budget. He discussed the importance of increasing the state’s minimum wage and closing the Delaware Loophole. Read more