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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

 

Burgos appointed to serve on Governor’s Census Commission

(Mar 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 15 -- State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission as Pennsylvania prepares for the 2020 census. Gov. Tom Wolf formed the commission to make sure Pennsylvania is taking the appropriate steps to achieve a complete and accurate count of the population. Burgos said that the commission will be making recommendations on methods and policies that will help make the 2020 census more accurate and easier to achieve. “I am looking forward to working with, and facilitating the most complete and accurate census count in 2020. Including implementing strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas,” Burgos said. “This is an important appointment as the commonwealth prepares for the census next year. We need all people to be counted, from our biggest cities to our small and rural communities Pennsylvania may suffer deep consequences if the population is miscounted. “From losing seats in Congress to receiving billions of dollars less in federal funds for a variety of services and programs, there is a lot at stake. It is why the work of this commission is so important, and why it is an honor for me to be chosen for this important work,” he said. Some of the organizations joining Burgos on the commission are the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Service Employees International Union and the NAACP. Burgos was appointed Read more

 

3/5/19 – Toxic Poverty – Philadelphia

(Mar 08, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and State Rep. Danilo Burgos. Read more

 

Kenyatta, Burgos discuss eliminating toxic poverty at Policy Committee hearing

(Mar 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the health impacts of deep poverty and how to reverse the trend. The freshmen legislators brought together legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and local officials and advocates to discuss how they can work together to create better opportunities to break the cycle of toxic poverty. “Poverty is a public health crisis and we must address it as such. Toxic poverty systemically diminishes educational opportunities for our kids and in communities hardest hit,” Kenyatta said. “Securing a family sustained job that can build generational wealth and lift folks out of this cycle is too often out of reach. Today’s discussion further emphasized that eradicating poverty is the moral and economic issue of our time and brought light to how we can work together to invest our resources in educating our communities, children and adults, and reduce the need for correctional and unnecessary medical costs.” “The poverty cycle is hard on families. It’s a depressing cycle that is difficult to overcome,” Burgos said. “If we can work together as a community to empower people, address the mental and physical toll poverty takes on individuals and help lift them up, we can make real change that improves life for Read more

 

Kenyatta, Burgos to discuss toxic poverty at Policy Committee public hearing Tuesday in Philadelphia

(Feb 28, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 28 – State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta and Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., are hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss the health impacts of deep poverty and how to reverse the trend. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Warnock Village, 2850 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. The media and public are invited to attend. The freshmen legislators requested the hearing to bring together local officials and advocates to discuss how they can work together to create better opportunities to lift Pennsylvanians out of poverty. They will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Dr. Loren Robinson , Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Pennsylvania Department of Health 2:40 p.m. Octavia Howell , Officer, Philadelphia Research Initiative The Pew Charitable Trusts 3:10 p.m. Panel of Advocates 3:40 p.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which is focused on putting people first, good jobs, healthcare access, quality schools and jobs training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com . More information about the Policy Committee is available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Burgos Celebrates Dominican Independence Day

(Feb 19, 2019)

As the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Pa. state Rep. Danilo Burgos gave the keynote address in Harrisburg to honor 175 years of independence for the Dominican Republic. He explains the legislation he’s working on to help people of all backgrounds achieve the American Dream. Read more

 

Burgos receives 2019-20 House committee assignments

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., today announced he has been appointed to serve on several key House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session. House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody appointed the freshman legislator to the chamber’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs; Children and Youth; and Human Services committees. “As a new legislator, I am eager to represent the interests of my district on these important committees. From making sure our children are protected and safe, to helping residents get the assistance and resources they need; whether it is help for addiction or trying to make ends meet, these committees serve as great platforms to benefit the people of north Philadelphia and the entire commonwealth,” Burgos said. In addition to being appointed to the three committees, Burgos is a member of the newly created bipartisan, bicameral Criminal Justice Reform Caucus. “Criminal justice reform is one of my top priorities. We have many people in Philadelphia who have committed minor crimes, served their punishment and have returned to society, yet they are having difficulty getting back into the workforce because of their past. This needs to change,” Burgos said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to move good legislation forward to help these people in the city and across Pennsylvania.” Burgos represents the 197th Legislative District in north Philadelphia including the 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

 

Burgos to host Open House Jan. 31

(Jan 22, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Danilo Burgos, D-Phila., invites constituents to his open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at his district office at 635 W. Erie Ave., 19140. “I’ve rolled up my sleeves and am ready to work for the people who brought me here,” Burgos said. “I want to cut the red tape and make government more accessible to them, so we can all have the tools we need to succeed and to make our communities better. This will also be an opportunity to hear firsthand from my constituents about the issues most important to them, so I can refine my work in Harrisburg.” Burgos said he and his staff will discuss the ways his office can connect constituents to state-related programs and services, such as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). They will also provide updates and information on how to get a Real ID in Pennsylvania. No RSVP is required. For more information, constituents can contact Burgos’ office at (215) 223-1890. Read more

 

Summer jobs - $13.56 per hour – for college students!

(Jan 08, 2019)

PennDOT will again sponsor an extensive Summer Maintenance Program for college students. The program runs May through August 2019 to supplement the permanent workforce. These students assist in completing summer maintenance work and sign upgrade services, provide maintenance and custodial services at roadside rest facilities, and perform laboring and flagging duties in maintenance organizations and highway worksites. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, enrolled full-time in college for the fall 2019 semester, and have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license. The pay is $13.56 per hour. If you're interested, you should apply online AND you can also seek a recommendation from my office. If you are seeking a recommendation from me, please contact my office by Feb. 8. Remember, to be considered for this opportunity, you must apply online at www.employment.pa.gov to the PennDOT Summer Maintenance Program posting under the Open Jobs section of the website, even if you have worked for PennDOT before. Read more

 

Burgos sworn in for first term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol to open the 203rd legislative session, state Rep. Danilo Burgos took the oath of office to begin his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. “It’s time to get down to business. I’m ready to get to work for my neighborhoods in north Philadelphia,” Burgos said. “My children drive my passion for a better, safer, and stronger community. I want to break down any barriers that exist for our children’s future, and foster a city and state of understanding.” Burgos is the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Prior to being elected, Burgos served as Director of Zoning and Business Development for Philadelphia Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez. In that role, he oversaw the expansion of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and the plaza Allegheny shopping center, as well as developing and managing several revitalization projects. He is also the former Director of Constituent Services for Councilman At-Large Allan Domb. “I have big plans for the future -- a focus on improving public education and job training, reducing unemployment, and promoting small business development throughout the district,” Burgos said. “But I will not forget my commitment to criminal justice reform, and working towards the reduction of recidivism. It’s crucial that we provide ex-offenders with a Read more

 

Cruz and Burgos announce $200k supporting revitalization projects

(Dec 19, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 – On Monday, state Rep. Angel Cruz and state Rep.-elect Danilo Burgos, both D-Phila., announced $200,000 in tax credits approved through the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support community revitalization projects for Nueva Esperanza, Inc. and Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises, Inc. “It’s always exciting to see money going back into the community,” Cruz said. “Thanks to these tax credits, HACE and Nueva Esperanza will be able to stand by their commitments to helping low-income communities with meaningful projects that promote economic and community development. I will continue my fight for meaningful investments for the future success of our neighborhoods.” “We’re building on progress that’s already being made here,” Burgos said. “Some of these areas are at the epicenter of the opioid crisis and require urgent care. It’s going to take coordinated efforts between the City of Philadelphia, Conrail, and the community to continue the resident engagement, beautification, and stabilization of these projects and neighborhoods.” HACE will receive $120,000 to continue implementation efforts of its Good Lands 2025 Neighborhood Plan in the Fairhill and St. Hugh neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This community was already struggling with poverty, unemployment, and crime, and has recently become a hot-spot for opioid abuse. In 2017, the land was cleared and fenced, Read more

 

Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more