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 $40,000 state grant for local high school

(Apr 04, 2018)

State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced Central Montco Technical High School will receive a $40,000 grant to advance its pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship programs in Montgomery County. Read more

 

Bradford announces grant for solar PV system installation at Norristown Borough business

(Mar 16, 2018)

NORRISTOWN, March 16 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced today that United States Roofing Corp. will receive a $425,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a 369.6 kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic system on its facility in Norristown Borough. The Solar Energy Program funding request was approved Friday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The funding will go towards the purchase and installation of a rooftop solar PV system on its three existing adjacent buildings, the warehouse, office headquarters and one unit rented to another entity. Together, the roofs should fit about 1,056 solar panels, providing 70 percent of its existing energy consumption. The total project cost is $850,000, with United States Roofing Corporation providing $425,000 in matching funds. “Congratulations to United States Roofing Corporation for successfully earning this state grant to expand alternative-energy use and reduce costs using solar technology,” Bradford said. “Sustainable infrastructure investments are so important to the long-term success of our communities and I’m thrilled that this investment is being made in Norristown Borough.” The Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Read more

 

Bradford announces Jan. 20 open house for new Norristown district office

(Jan 11, 2018)

NORRISTOWN, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, is hosting an open house for his new permanent district office located at 750 E. Johnson Highway in Norristown on Jan. 20 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Attendees will be able to tour the new office, learn about state programs and available assistance and meet district staff. “I am excited that we will once again have two permanent district offices to serve the people of Montgomery County,” Bradford said. “This is a great opportunity to see our new space, enjoy hot chocolate and light refreshments as we enjoy some New Year comradery and discuss the latest from Harrisburg.” The new office is now open to serve constituents from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more about Bradford and the services offered in his district offices, please visit www.pahouse.com/Bradford or call 610-270-1150 . Read more

 

Bradford congratulates Worcester Twp. on state grant for cleaner water runoff

(Dec 07, 2017)

NORRISTOWN, Dec. 7 – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded Worcester Township a $42,804 grant to improve water quality and conditions in the Skippack Creek Watershed at the corner of Defford and Clyston roads, state Rep. Matt Bradford announced today. Sediment deposits and eroded areas in the basin bottom nearby that intersection will be removed and repaired. Native seed mixes will be sown, and native plant species will be planted to help prevent erosion and catch pollution from entering the creek. It’s estimated that the new basin will remove about 19,400 pounds of sediment per year. “Congratulations to Worcester Township supervisors and staff on their successful bid for this well-earned state infusion,” said Bradford, D-Montgomery. “The new buffer will lend to a cleaner creek, and the township’s work on the grant lowers the cost for residents. “Our region has shown time and again that it’s a great investment for the commonwealth, which is directly attributable to the quality of people here and our pride in the community.” DEP’s Growing Greener grant program – the largest single investment of state funds to address Pennsylvania’s environmental challenges – is supported by the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives its funding from landfill tipping fees. Since it was launched in 1999, the Growing Greener program has provided more than $296 million Read more

 

Bradford announces $219,120 in school safety grants for area schools

(Nov 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced today several state school-safety grants in the 70 th Legislative District, totaling $219,120. The Pennsylvania Department of Education awarded the Norristown Area School District and the West Norriton Township and East Norriton Township police departments each a Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant for $60,000 over two years. Those grants, which total $180,000, will go toward paying and training school resource officers and school police officers. Also, Colonial School District was awarded a Safe Schools Equipment Grant for $19,145 and Norristown Area School District received $19,975 under the same program. The equipment grants will go toward resources and tools that reduce student disciplinary actions, promote a climate of greater productivity, and create an environment that fosters better safety within the building. Additionally, Norristown Borough was awarded the second allocation of its 2016-17 Safe Schools School Police/Resource Officer Grant for $30,000. “Congratulations to all the local school and municipal officials who successfully bid for these competitive grants,” Bradford said. “Their work will keep students safe from violence and allow them to focus on what they go to school to do: learn the lesson plan and gain valuable skills.” Read more

 

Bradford congratulates Peter Wentz Farmstead, Plymouth Township on historic preservation grants

(Jun 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 29 – State Rep. Matt Bradford congratulated Plymouth Township and the Peter Wentz Farmstead, which were each awarded a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission awards the grants to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archeological resources in Pennsylvania, municipal planning initiatives focused on historic resources, as well as construction activities at resources listed or eligible to be in the National Register of Historic Places. Montgomery County’s Peter Wentz Farmstead was awarded a $5,000 grant, and the Plymouth Township Parks and Recreation department was awarded a $25,000 grant. “These grants recognize the important role that historic and archeological sites play in our communities, and I’m glad to see local agencies among those working to preserve these resources,” said Bradford, D-Montgomery. “I offer congratulations to Montgomery County and the Peter Wentz Farmstead, and to Plymouth Township and its Parks and Recreation Department, and I look forward to seeing their work to improve our communities continue.” The grants receive funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which is supported each year from a portion of the state realty transfer tax revenue. Read more

 

REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions

(Jun 23, 2017)

What is REAL ID? Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting, for official purposes, licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. What is Pennsylvania doing about REAL ID? On May 26, 2017, Governor Wolf signed Act 3 of 2017 (SB133) into law, which did the following: Repeals Act 38 of 2012, which prohibited any state agency from complying with REAL ID. Creates a an Opt-in system, where Pennsylvanians can choose to get a standard-issued driver’s license or photo ID that DOES NOT comply with REAL ID, or a new driver’s license or photo ID that DOES comply with REAL ID. Prohibits the Commonwealth from mandating REAL ID for any reason. With the enactment of Act 3 of 2017, the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is currently in the process of working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement REAL ID. How will REAL ID affect me? A standard-issued PA driver’s license and photo ID does not currently comply with REAL ID. As a result of Act 3 of 2017, PennDOT applied for an extension for compliance until October 2020. DHS has recently granted Pennsylvania an extension through Oct. 10, 2017. Meaning, a PA driver’s license or photo ID WILL BE accepted to access Federal facilities, military installations and nuclear sites that Read more

 

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

(Jun 01, 2017)

NORRISTOWN, June 1 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced today a $4,000 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission grant for the Historical Society of Montgomery County. The Historical Society uses collections and historic sites to showcase the history of Montgomery County and its contributions to the state and country. “Congratulations to the Historical Society of Montgomery County,” Bradford said. “The society’s historians do a wonderful job of preserving and telling our story, and their work reflects highly on our communities. “The state realized a great investment in historical preservation and is helping Montgomery County continue telling its story.” The PHMC awarded almost $2 million in grants to 141 eligible museums and official county historical societies from 57 Pennsylvania counties that met the following criteria: Museums located in Pennsylvania with annual operating budgets exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff person. Official County Historical Societies designated as the official historical society for the county. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Read more

 

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

Bradford announces $40,000 state grant for local high school
Apr 04, 2018

Bradford announces grant for solar PV system installation at Norristown Borough business
Mar 16, 2018

Bradford announces Jan. 20 open house for new Norristown district office
Jan 11, 2018

Bradford congratulates Worcester Twp. on state grant for cleaner water runoff
Dec 07, 2017

Bradford announces $219,120 in school safety grants for area schools
Nov 20, 2017

Bradford congratulates Peter Wentz Farmstead, Plymouth Township on historic preservation grants
Jun 29, 2017

REAL ID Frequently Asked Questions
Jun 23, 2017

Bradford announces $4,000 grant for Montgomery County Historical Society
Jun 01, 2017