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

 

Chairman Bradford Delighted to Serve Among Historically Diverse Colleagues on Democratic House Appropriations Committee

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – With lawmakers preparing to decide how to best serve all Pennsylvanians in the 2019-20 budget, the newly elected chairman of the Democratic House Appropriations Committee said he will be joined by 15 smart and thoughtful members of his caucus to serve with him for the new two-year session. An historic number of women comprise nearly half of the Democratic members. “A former mayor, several attorneys, a TV reporter and a retired teacher are some of the responsibilities these good men and women have under their belts,” said Democratic Committee Chairman Matt Bradford, who was elected to the position by his caucus in November. “What we all have in common is the willingness to not settle for business as usual, and we are ready to get to work. “Taxpayers need people who will go to bat for them. We are diverse, experienced, unafraid of getting our hands dirty, and we are ready to step up,” Bradford said. Fifteen Democrats will serve with 22 Republicans on the panel, which is charged with determining the fiscal impact of legislation and is instrumental in developing each commonwealth budget. “We understand how Pennsylvania got into its current fiscal predicament and will work with the governor to continue to right these wrongs,” Bradford said. The members of the Democratic Appropriations Committee include Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila.; Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.; Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny; Rep. Read more

 

Approps Chair Bradford Says Performance-Based Budgeting Will ‘Help Drive Results’ for PA Taxpayers

(Jan 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – To help drive better results for Pennsylvanians, the Democratic chairman of one of the state’s most influential budgeting oversight committees said today he believes the new performance-based budgeting effort will make a difference. “This new effort to link expected outcomes or results with specific programs will help to improve efficiencies and ensure that the money hardworking women and men send to Harrisburg is being used in the best way,” Rep. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery), the Democratic chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said today as the first-ever round of performance-based budgeting hearings concluded. “Performance-based budgeting will mean improved transparency and it addresses the common criticism of ‘wasteful government spending’ or ‘excessive budget growth’,” Bradford said. “Performance-based budgeting helps to drive results,” the chairman said, “and that’s what taxpayers want and deserve.” Pennsylvania, like other states, has had a degree of performance-based budgeting in its budget-making process, but this new effort, which now involves the Independent Fiscal Office and public hearings to review proposed outcomes, heightens the policy’s impact. This new process came into being in 2017 when the governor signed the Performance-Based Budgeting and Tax Credit Efficiency Act (Act 48) into law. Read more

 

REAL ID Update

(Jan 22, 2019)

REAL IDs will be available starting in March 2019. Use this guide to learn what READ ID is, how and where to get it and more. Read more

 

Burns welcomes Appropriations Committee chairman to Cambria County

(Jan 10, 2019)

EBENSBURG, Jan. 10 – For the first time in recent history, the Democratic chairman of the influential House Appropriations Committee today visited state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, to gain a firsthand assessment of the 72 nd Legislative District and its most pressing needs. State Rep. Matt Bradford, from Montgomery County in eastern Pennsylvania, came to Burns’ district in one of his first official acts of 2019 since being elevated to the key committee chairmanship in November. “I cannot emphasize enough how much I appreciate Representative Bradford, a longtime House colleague of mine, coming to get a firsthand view of our district and its needs,” Burns said. “This is a first during my tenure as a state representative, and it’s an honor to welcome a House member of his stature who wants to help.” Burns said Bradford’s committee plays a pivotal role in forming recommendations for state budget and fiscal-related matters, and is integrally involved in the annual budget process. He said the committee also has jurisdiction over the state budget process, the offices of Auditor General and state Treasurer, and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. “We can’t forget about our small towns and rural districts across Pennsylvania, which is why coming to Representative Burns’ district was important to me. We’re committed to keeping their needs on the radar as our committee moves forward with Read more

 

Bradford elected as Democratic state House Appropriations Committee chairman

(Nov 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Representative Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced that he was elected into House Democratic Caucus leadership as Democratic Appropriations Committee chairman for the 2019-20 legislative session. “It’s an honor to be elected to serve as Appropriations chairman,” Bradford said. “During most of my time in the legislature, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Appropriations committee. I learned during those years that a budget is a statement of values – almost all matters of public policy come down to the matter of funding, and that’s where you see government’s priorities. I look forward to playing even more of a role in crafting those priorities.” He joins the new Pennsylvania House Democratic leadership team comprising Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, Whip Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, Administrator Neal Goodman, D-Schuykill, Secretary Rosita Youngblood, D-Philadelphia, Caucus Chair Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., and Democratic Policy Committee Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The Appropriations Committee meets regularly while the House is in session to consider fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings each spring to review and evaluate the governor's executive budget proposal. In accordance with House rules, the committee also evaluates legislative proposals for fiscal implications prior to voting a bill out of committee. The committee plays a Read more

 

Bradford Elected To House Democratic Caucus Leadership

(Nov 14, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Matthew Bradford has been elected to serve as the next Democratic Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. He explains why his new leadership role is important to the community he serves. Read more

 

Bradford announces $31,500 environmental grant for Norristown

(Oct 19, 2018)

NORRISTOWN, Oct. 19 – S tate Rep. Matthew Bradford today announced that Norristown was awarded a $31,500 state grant to perform an environmental assessment of the former Howie Corporation site, with the goal of transforming it into a residential/mixed use property. The grant is through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program. The program aims to clean up former industrial sites and prepare them for occupation by businesses and residential properties. “This grant money is critical to supporting Norristown’s continued economic growth,” said Bradford, D-Montgomery. “The new property will attract critical investments and will truly be an asset to the region.” Under the program, if properties contain environmental contamination, developers must first perform an extensive environmental clean-up before the property can be developed. The ISRP provides loans and grants to help offset the costs of environmental assessments and remediation to foster the cleanup of the contaminated material at these industrial sites. Read more

 

Bradford announces over $370,000 in grants to boost local recycling and leaf collection programs

(Oct 12, 2018)

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

 

Bradford announces $311,912 in state grants for East Norriton Township

(Sep 18, 2018)

NORRISTOWN, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced today that East Norriton Township was awarded $311,912 in state grants to help complete phase one of the Heroes Park Improvement Project and for sanitary sewer improvements for Stony Creek. The township was awarded a $125,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant for the Heroes Park Improvement Project, which will rebrand Calvert Hurdle Park as Heroes Park to honor the unsung heroes of East Norriton Township. The funding will go towards replacing deteriorating amenities, expanding existing ones and to naturally reduce pollutants in Stony Creek. Firefighter- and law enforcement-themed equipment will replace the deteriorating playground equipment. New benches, waste receptacles and park signs will be installed, while mulch and drainage stone will be installed to help with storm water management. The total project cost is $157,807. “Congratulations to our local officials in East Norriton Township on securing this grant to fund another exciting redevelopment project to improve the quality of life for their residents,” Bradford said. “I’m also pleased that this project will serve to honor the many men and women who work each day to keep us safe.” The Heroes Park grant was approved Tuesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program awards funding for the planning, acquisition, development, Read more

 

Bradford announces $1.5 million state grant for new local union hall

(Sep 13, 2018)

NORRISTOWN, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced that Laborers' Local 135 will receive a $1.5 million grant for the construction of a new union hall and community meeting room through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The new facility will contain office space and a 3,000-square-foot hall which will be available to the community as a meeting or general purpose room. “Thanks to the work of many local officials and community members, Norristown, our county seat, is in the midst of many exciting redevelopment projects,” Bradford said. “This project will be an asset to the region as we work to ensure our local workforce is part of this redevelopment.” RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

Bradford, Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer breast cancer screenings

(Jul 12, 2018)

NORRISTOWN, July 12 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, will host Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Mobile Mammography Screening Unit at his district office next month. The van will be located outside his office at 750 E. Johnson Highway at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 to offer breast cancer screenings. Women interested in receiving a screening are required to make an appointment with Andrea Tillman of Fox Chase Cancer Center at 215-214-1744. Additional requirements for participants include: Must be 40 or older Have a prescription from their doctor for a screening mammogram May not be breast feeding or have breast fed within the last nine months Must not have a breast cancer diagnosis within the past two years Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months Must be able to board the van and stand unassisted while being examined Read more

 

Bradford announces $500,000 grant for Norristown Area School District

(May 17, 2018)

State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced a $500,000 Pennsylvania Department of Education grant for the Norristown Area School District’s athletic complex. Read more

 

Bradford announces $4,000 grant for Montgomery County Historical Society

(May 16, 2018)

State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced a $4,000 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission grant for the Historical Society of Montgomery County. Read more

 

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline

(Apr 23, 2018)

The 2018-19 PA State Grant application filing deadline is Tuesday, May 1. This deadline applies to all renewal applicants and first-time applicants who plan to enroll in colleges, universities, or a college transfer program at 2-year public or private colleges (except community colleges and designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institutions). Additionally, unlike a student loan, a grant is gift aid which does not have to be repaid. To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants can access this form online by clicking here or here . In addition to completing the FAFSA, first-time applicants must also submit a completed PA State Grant Form. First-time applicants who submit the FAFSA online will be automatically redirected to the SGF by following the onscreen prompts on the confirmation page. First-time applicants who have already submitted their FAFSA but have not completed the SGF will receive an email directing them to PHEAA’s secure Account Access site for completion. Both applications are free to submit. First-time applicants who plan to enroll in a community college, business, trade, or technical school, a hospital school of nursing, a designated Pennsylvania Open Admission institution, or a non-transferable 2-year degree program at a community, 2-year or 4-year college have until Aug. 1, 2018 to complete their PA State Grant application. Students and families are Read more

 

Governor Wolf Awards $2 Million in 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants

(Apr 20, 2018)

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 41 senior centers throughout the commonwealth will be the recipients of the Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants – totaling $2 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Lottery. “Senior community centers serve as gateways for older adults to access vital community services,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants give senior centers the resources they need to revitalize and expand services that enrich the lives of Pennsylvania’s senior population.” Senior centers have a wide variety of offerings that may include: nutritious meal programs; educational opportunities; transportation services; financial and insurance counseling; exercise programs; and social and recreational activities. There are over 500 senior community centers across the 67 counties of the commonwealth, and these grants are designed to help centers provide services that attract a new generation of participants. “Throughout Pennsylvania, senior community centers are constantly seeking innovative and creative ways to meet the needs of an aging population,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “This investment of funds serves to ensure that Pennsylvania’s seniors can continue to benefit from programs and services that promote active community engagement and enjoyment of life.” For more information on senior community centers, visit aging.pa.gov . Read more

 

Bradford announces $184K in fresh food grants to Norristown Area School District elementary schools
Jul 17, 2019

Reps. Bradford, Saylor Vow To Work Together To Eliminate Hate In PA
Jun 27, 2019

House Government Oversight Committee Launches First Investigation, Reps. Grove and Bradford Announce
May 09, 2019

Bradford announces $1 million in grant funds awarded in Montgomery County
Mar 27, 2019

Bradford Working To Increase Minimum Wage, Close Delaware Loophole
Feb 12, 2019

Chairman Bradford Delighted to Serve Among Historically Diverse Colleagues on Democratic House Appropriations Committee
Jan 29, 2019

Approps Chair Bradford Says Performance-Based Budgeting Will ‘Help Drive Results’ for PA Taxpayers
Jan 24, 2019

REAL ID Update
Jan 22, 2019

Burns welcomes Appropriations Committee chairman to Cambria County
Jan 10, 2019

Bradford elected as Democratic state House Appropriations Committee chairman
Nov 14, 2018

Bradford Elected To House Democratic Caucus Leadership
Nov 14, 2018

Bradford announces $31,500 environmental grant for Norristown
Oct 19, 2018

Bradford announces over $370,000 in grants to boost local recycling and leaf collection programs
Oct 12, 2018

Bradford announces $311,912 in state grants for East Norriton Township
Sep 18, 2018

Bradford announces $1.5 million state grant for new local union hall
Sep 13, 2018

Bradford, Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer breast cancer screenings
Jul 12, 2018

Bradford announces $500,000 grant for Norristown Area School District
May 17, 2018

Bradford announces $4,000 grant for Montgomery County Historical Society
May 16, 2018

PHEAA Reminds Students of Approaching 2018-19 PA State Grant Application Deadline
Apr 23, 2018

Governor Wolf Awards $2 Million in 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants
Apr 20, 2018