PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber

(Mar 26, 2019)

Members from Philadelphia and of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today condemned a divisive opening prayer delivered Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Here’s a selection of quotes. Rep. Stephen Kinsey, PLBC chairman: “On a day that should have been celebrated, we found ourselves confused and mortified. The swearing-in of Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell as the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was overshadowed by the outrageous remarks made by the Republican member. This is disgusting behavior. I choose to celebrate the diversity of our caucus, and welcome Representative Johnson-Harrell with open, loving arms. I believe our Democratic Leader Frank Dermody said it best, ‘It was beneath the dignity of the House.’ There is no room for hate.” Rep. Donna Bullock, PLBC vice chairwoman: “It is unfortunate that prayer was used to intimidate and divide. As our state legislature becomes more diverse, as we elect more women, more people of color, and people of different faiths and experiences, our ability to work together for all Pennsylvanians will be tested. I pray that my colleagues come to understand that Pennsylvania's diversity is our strength, not the enemy.” Rep. Summer Lee, PLBC treasurer who represents a portion of Allegheny County: ”We want to foremost, recognize and celebrate the historic victory and swearing-in of Read more

 

Bullock Fights For Diversity in PSP

(Feb 25, 2019)

During a House Budget Hearing in Harrisburg, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock questioned the lack of diversity in the Pennsylvania State Police. She discussed why it’s critical to have troopers of all different backgrounds. Read more

 

Bullock Pushes for Community Solar

(Feb 19, 2019)

At a Capitol news conference, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock promotes legislation enabling community solar projects in Pennsylvania. In community solar, participants can subscribe to a portion of an offsite solar project and receive credit on their electricity bill for the power produced, just as if the panels were on their roof. Read more

 

Bullock Fights For Quality Schools

(Feb 12, 2019)

During the second day of budget hearings, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock talked about the need to invest more money in Pre-K all the way to college. She stressed the importance of our state’s system of higher education to paving a brighter future for students. Read more

 

Bullock Continues Pushing To Raise The Wage

(Feb 12, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock joined her colleagues to kick off the 2019-20 budget hearings in Harrisburg. She discussed how increasing the minimum wage will help strengthen Pennsylvania as a whole. Read more

 

Bullock Reacts to Wolf's Budget Proposal

(Feb 07, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock is responding to the governor’s budget, commending him for his commitment to funding education, creating good paying jobs, and strengthening our workforce. Read more

 

Bullock receives committee appointments for 2019-20 legislative session

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., announced that she was appointed to serve on several House committees in order to better provide for and serve her district for the 2019-20 legislative session. Bullock has been selected to serve on the Appropriations, Professional Licensure, Urban Affairs and Consumer Affairs committees. “I look forward to returning to the Appropriations Committee for a third term, as well as serving on three new committees” Bullock said. “On the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for an on-time, balanced budget that is not balanced on the backs of working people and does not kick the can down the road. Pennsylvania deserves a budget that reflects its values and makes sound investments in the future. I hope to be a voice for Philadelphia families on the Urban Affairs, Consumer Affairs, and Professional Licensure committees, addressing issues that matter to our city and to our commonwealth.” Bullock added that while all of these committees are crucial to better serving her district, she plans to focus closely on the budgeting process, ensuring that resources are allocated to services that she said, “can improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.” She also plans to address issues like poverty, livable wages and quality education. Bullock encourages residents to stay up to date on her work by signing up for her periodic e-mail updates through her website, Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office 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 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Bullock: We Must Test Our Children Early

(Jan 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock continues working as an advocate to protect children from lead poisoning. She participated in a public hearing, where she joined her colleagues to push for legislation to mandate lead testing for kids at an early age to prevent future health problems. Read more

 

Bullock: Philadelphia Needs to be More Green

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock was part of the Philadelphia House Delegation announcement of their legislative platform to improve the city. Bullock spoke about the need to improve the air & water quality so that Philadelphians can lead a more healthy life. Also, the platform strongly invests in green and alternative energy sources, which would create and develop new jobs and industries, improving the economy and the environment at the same time. Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more

 

PLBC statement on Mummer’s Parade

(Jan 03, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released the following statements after seeing reports of racist behavior at the Mummer’s Parade: “The issue we are seeing here is a history of controversial characters and portrayals,” said state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, chairman of the PLBC. “The actions of those involved was intended as a form of comedy, but many viewers on the outside of the event believe it was in poor taste. We want to work on educating the public about how these actions can affect those around them, and how we might be able to better work for the future by working together on this parade as a whole community. The PLBC will continue our fight against acts of racism and fight for non-discriminatory legislation that updates the laws to help combat racism and racist behavior. Even if we cannot defeat it altogether, we should have better laws in place to discourage hateful practices and better educate the public.” “It doesn’t matter if it’s blackface or a black face, racial insensitivity has no place in Philadelphia,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., former chairman of the PLBC and House Democratic Whip. “Sadly, this Parade has a tradition of racial insensitivity at best and racism at worst. It’s high time the sponsors and all others involved take a deliberate look at the messages being put forth by the parade. I look forward to joining other Read more

 

A record number of women will join the Pa. General Assembly. But we have a long way to go

(Dec 31, 2018)

Every day in Pennsylvania, women are treated as less than men. This is a fact. Across the state women earn an average of 80 cents for every dollar earned by a male colleague — before accounting for the added impact of racial wage gaps. Read more

 

Harris names Bizzarro, Solomon chief deputy whips, Bullock assistant whip

(Dec 28, 2018)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., announced today that he has named state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., as chief deputy whips and state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., as his assistant whip for the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more

 

People First in 2019

(Dec 12, 2018)

As the year comes to a close, Pa. state Rep. Donna Bullock looks back at her accomplishments and looks ahead to her priorities for 2019. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus selects new leadership

(Nov 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – Calling it a great opportunity to continue to be the voice for African-Americans and minorities across the commonwealth, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., was elected Wednesday to serve as the chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “Being chosen by my colleagues to serve as the chairman of the PLBC is truly an honor. It is a tremendous responsibility that I will not take lightly,” Kinsey said. “It is the job of the PLBC to be a voice for African-Americans and people of color across Pennsylvania. As we have witnessed in recent years, minorities are facing injustice and discrimination more than ever, not only in the commonwealth but across our nation. I look forward to advancing the discussion to ensure African-Americans and people of color are equally respected and represented in Pennsylvania.” The PLBC leadership team is further made up of Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chairwoman; Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, secretary; and Rep.-elect Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, treasurer. “I am honored to be reelected as vice chairwoman of the PLBC and will continue working to create opportunities and reduce barriers for black Pennsylvanians,” Bullock said. “I will keep having tough conversations with my colleagues in the House to make sure that our communities are heard and that legislation and policies from Harrisburg are inclusive of all communities.” “I am extremely honored Read more

 

Bullock Calls for Environmental Inclusion and Equity

(Oct 25, 2018)

Environmental injustice can mean more than pollution and hazardous living conditions. Some environmental improvements can increase land and property values to the point that people can no longer afford to stay in their homes. Read more

 

Bullock Cares About Our Seniors

(Oct 24, 2018)

PA State Rep. Donna Bullock partnered with City Council President Darrell L. Clarke and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to host the fourth annual Golden Life Senior Fair at The Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University. This was a great opportunity to connect seniors and their families with state and local resources available to them. Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Philadelphia and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Bullock: Legislature passes bill to rename street after Frank Oliver

(Oct 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., is applauding her colleagues for unanimously passing S.B. 1156 with her amendment to rename a portion of State Route 3011, also known as 29th Street, between Master Street and Thompson Street as the Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway. The legislation, which would designate multiple bridges and highways throughout the commonwealth, now awaits the governor’s signature. “Frank was a staple in our community, playing an active role as an advocate for minority hiring and inclusion, affordable housing and criminal justice reform. His inspirational fight to protect our most vulnerable populations ended in much-needed laws being passed. With the designation of 29th Street as the Frank L. Oliver Memorial Highway, we honor his contributions and remind everyone of his hard work and dedication to the people of Philadelphia,” Bullock said. Frank L. Oliver represented the 195th Legislative District from 1973 to 2010 and retired as the most senior African-American elected official in the commonwealth and the longest-serving member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly after 37 years of service. During his tenure in the state legislature, he introduced legislation that enhanced first amendment freedoms and benefits for women and minority civil service employees. Read more