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

 

Bradford announces $659,990 in state grants to improve area traffic flows

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced $659,990 in Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grants to improve area traffic signals in two local townships. The first two grants will provide $329,750 for Germantown Pike adaptive traffic signal control and $108,300 for video detection in East Norriton Township. East Norriton Township will provide the remaining 50 percent match of each of the total project costs of $659,500 and $216,600 respectively. The other two grants will provide $141,700 for traffic signal upgrades and $80,240 for the Germantown Pike traffic signal interconnect in Worcester Township. Worcester Township will provide the remaining 20 percent match of each of the total project costs of $177,120 and $100,300 respectively. “I am thrilled that not one, but two Montgomery County municipalities are receiving grants to increase efficiency and reduce congestion,” Bradford said. “I was proud to support the bill making this funding possible and will continue to support programs like this one that improve the quality of life in our communities.” The grants come from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. The Green Light – Go Program was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure investment plan passed Read more

 

Pa. Tax Amnesty Program runs from April 21 to June 19, 2017

(Apr 13, 2017)

A tax amnesty period for Pennsylvanians will run from April 21, 2017 through June 19, 2017. During this limited 60-day period, the state Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest on eligible tax delinquencies for anyone who participates in the 2017 Tax Amnesty Program. For more information, please click here . Read more

 

Valley Forge PA Legislative Appointment Initiative extended to July 1st

(Apr 03, 2017)

Applicants now have until July 1st each year to apply for the LAI to attend Valley Forge Military College in the fall. There is no difference in process or award amounts between 1st-round nominees and 2nd-round nominees. What is the PA Legislative Appointment Initiative? The Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative (LAI) currently allows each of Pennsylvania’s 203 Representatives, and 50 Senators, to appoint a student from their district as the Commonwealth Scholar for guaranteed admission and a guaranteed partial scholarship to Valley Forge Military College — The Military College of Pennsylvania. A student awarded the Legislative Appointment Initiative Scholarship may receive the award for up to two years. Am I eligible to apply? The Legislative Scholarship is only available to Pennsylvania residents only at Valley Forge Military College, The Military College of Pennsylvania. The minimum academic requirements are a cumulative high school GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1000 (or an ACT score of 17). You can apply directly through your local state representative’s or senator’s office or you can apply for the program by applying first to Valley Forge. You must be a Pennsylvania resident. You also must be a legal resident of the district from where you apply. When can I apply? You can apply at any time during your senior year up until July 1st of the year you wish to attend. Read more

 

Bradford announces grant for sewer upgrade in Montgomery County

(Mar 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Matthew Bradford, D-Montgomery, today announced that East Norriton Township will benefit from $88,127 in state funding awarded to his legislative district. “I am very happy that East Norriton Township has been able to get funding for this project,” Bradford said. “These funds will to aid in replacing a force main pipeline that caused an estimated two million gallons of sewage overflow into Stony Creek at the Norris City Avenue Pump Station when it failed in 2016.” The project is as follows: The project, with a total cost of $467,612, will replace 1,150 linear feet of 16 inch cast iron force main, with 1,150 linear feet of 16-inch ductile iron pipe between Swede Road and the Norris City Avenue Pump Station. The new pipe will be installed in the same location as the existing pipe, minimizing any piping conflicts. The funding was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of state’s funding programs designed to help our infrastructure system. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more

 

Wolf Administration Extends Pennsylvania Home Heating Assistance Program Deadline

(Mar 28, 2017)

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvanians struggling to pay home heating bills will now have until April 7 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally funded program was slated to end March 31, 2017, but the Wolf Administration decided that given the unpredictable weather this winter, Pennsylvania would extend the program, giving people extra time to apply for funding. “Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable were able to heat their homes this winter because of LIHEAP,” said Governor Wolf. “By keeping the program open longer, we hope to provide additional assistance to those who are struggling to keep their family warm.” LIHEAP offers assistance in the form of a cash grant sent directly to the utility company or a crisis grant for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Some households are eligible for both types of assistance. Cash grants are based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and region. In addition to proof of income and household size, applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel used. “Everyone deserves a safe, warm home. I encourage Pennsylvanians to apply today to ensure they have the necessary resources to stay warm as the climate continues to be unpredictable,” said Department of Read more

 

PA's HealthyWoman program

(Mar 17, 2017)

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering a program to provide free breast and cervical cancer screenings to Pennsylvania residents. Early detection is, of course, key in fighting these debilitating diseases, so I strongly encourage anyone who has not had recent testing done to learn more about this opportunity. For those who meet eligibility requirements, HealthyWoman offers clinical breast exams, mammograms, pelvic examinations and Pap smears, and follow-up diagnostic tests for abnormal results. Eligibility is based on age, Pennsylvania residency, income and insurance status. For a full list of eligibility requirements and details on the program, please click here . Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women, and since the risk increases with age, it’s vitally important to schedule regular checkups with your doctor or use the HealthyWoman program. As always, if you had any questions or concerns about any state government-related issue, please don’t hesitate to contact my office. Read more

 

Bradford announces grant for community revitalization in Montgomery County

(Feb 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 16 – State Rep Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced that $250,000 in state funding through the Keystone Communities program will support a community revitalization effort in Norristown. “Investment in our communities is an investment in our future,” Bradford said. “When we are able to aid our communities in ways that encourage revitalization, we are planting seeds for a prosperous future that will contribute to the overall benefit of the commonwealth.” Bradford explained that Genesis Housing Corp. is one of nine community revitalization projects across Pennsylvania slated to receive a total of $1.4 million in funding. The amount allotted to Montgomery County will be used to ensure completion of 34 affordably priced townhouse units in a distressed, transitional area of Norristown. “This project replaces a blighted property and will provide opportunities for first-time homeowners,” Bradford said. “It is important that we recognize the value this program and these partnerships have as a means of addressing housing needs and making Pennsylvania an encouraging option for job expansion and retention.” For more information about the Keystone Communities program, visit www.dced.pa.gov . Read more

 

Pa. granted extension on REAL ID compliance

(Jan 20, 2017)

Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, but the General Assembly must still act quickly to comply. Without action, Pennsylvanians could be denied access to federal facilities and eventually even airline travel. Specifically, Pennsylvanians will need federally approved ID for air travel beginning Jan. 22, 2018, and with the limited extension we will need a federally approved ID to access federal buildings, nuclear power plants and military bases beginning June 7, 2017. Rest assured, I am following this issue very closely and am doing everything possible to ensure that we pass comprehensive changes to comply with the federal government. Please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/pennsylvania for the most up to date information on the requirements and remember that my office can help you obtain a birth certificate or driver’s license. Read more

 

Bradford named chairman of State Government Committee

(Jan 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 19 – State Rep. Matt Bradford will serve as the Democratic chairman of the House State Government Committee during the 2017-18 session, according to Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. "I'm honored to be asked to lead this important committee and I look forward to getting to work quickly on a wide array of issues,” Bradford said. “I also hope to work with the majority chairman to promote productive discussions among all committee members.” Bradford noted the committee handles many hot-button issues such as voting rights, discrimination, redistricting, government reform, lobbying disclosure, state agency procurement and labor agreements, campaign finance and election laws. “Many of the questions considered in the State Government Committee come down to protection of people’s most basic rights. I’m committed to standing up for what’s right,” Bradford said. “This is a new role for Matt on a key legislative committee,” Dermody said. “I know he’s well prepared for it and will provide valuable leadership.” Bradford, an attorney, has served in the House since 2009 and represents the 70 th District which includes Norristown, East Norriton and Worcester townships, and part of Plymouth Township. Read more

 

Bradford sworn in as state representative

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Matt Bradford today was sworn into office for a fifth term as representative for the 70th Legislative District during a ceremony in the Capitol. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in corresponds with the first Tuesday in January, every two years. This year is Pennsylvania’s 201st legislative session. “As state representative, I am eager to represent my district’s voice in Harrisburg, as well as here at home,” he said. “My office doors always are open, and I look forward to interacting with as many neighbors, friends and constituents as possible.” Bradford said that he is looking forward to another legislative session, as well, when he will focus on supporting sensible gun safety laws, increasing education funding and helping to pass a sustainable, long-term state budget that benefits all Pennsylvanians. “I am aware of the challenges facing Pennsylvania today, but I am optimistic because of the great strides we’ve made since the great recession,” said Bradford, D-Montgomery. “Going forward, I’m looking forward to working across the aisle and affecting positive change for our commonwealth.” Bradford’s website is at www.pahouse.com/Bradford . His legislative social media accounts can be found on Facebook and Twitter . Read more

 

License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more

 

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

Bradford announces $659,990 in state grants to improve area traffic flows
May 11, 2017

Pa. Tax Amnesty Program runs from April 21 to June 19, 2017
Apr 13, 2017

Valley Forge PA Legislative Appointment Initiative extended to July 1st
Apr 03, 2017

Bradford announces grant for sewer upgrade in Montgomery County
Mar 30, 2017

Wolf Administration Extends Pennsylvania Home Heating Assistance Program Deadline
Mar 28, 2017

PA's HealthyWoman program
Mar 17, 2017

Bradford announces grant for community revitalization in Montgomery County
Feb 17, 2017

Pa. granted extension on REAL ID compliance
Jan 20, 2017

Bradford named chairman of State Government Committee
Jan 19, 2017

Bradford sworn in as state representative
Jan 03, 2017

License Your Dog in PA
Dec 22, 2016