“I’m encouraging folks to stop by and meet me, ask questions and learn about the state-related services my staff and I can assist people with on a regular basis,” said Haddock. Read more
“I introduced my bill to ensure future generations of Pennsylvanians understand the events of 9/11, as well as the impact it continues to have on the lives of all Americans," Haddock said. Read more
Summer and warmer weather is right around the corner. Pa. state Rep. Jim Haddock stresses the importance of boat safety whenever you’re out on one of Pennsylvania’s waterways. National Safe Boating Week is May 20 – May 26, and Haddock highlights important safety tips to keep in mind before you and your family or friends hit the water! Read more
“In alignment with the CFA Local Share Account goal to invest in projects of public interests, these funds are essential to improve the local community and enhance the quality of life in the 118th Legislative District,” said Haddock. Read more
House Democrats want to make sure we do our small part to repay the sacrifice of our servicemembers and their families. We can start by doing everything we can to make it easier for families of our men and women in uniform to afford the education they need for a better future. Read more
“It is an honor and privilege to welcome Representative Haddock to the library as we celebrate all that we do here for the Greater Pittston area as a community center during National Library Week,” library Director Jessica Lane said. Read more
Here are some of the latest state programs now open for applications. Read more
From technical glitches to mysterious usage rates, questions about PPL's billing practices have the attention of lawmakers in Harrisburg. Representative Jim Haddock has taken many of the same phone calls that Newswatch 16 has over the past three months. Read more
HUGHESTOWN, March 16 – State Rep. Jim Haddock today announced 15 area projects in his district were awarded state funding totaling $2.04 million through the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “This funding will provide significant improvements to several aspects of our infrastructure, parks and green space and community revitalization efforts,” said Haddock, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna. “I want to thank my fellow northeast legislators and Senator Marty Flynn for working with me to secure this funding and recognizing the importance of these projects to improve the region for the residents and visitors alike.” According to Haddock, $1.54 million was awarded locally through the CFA Local Share Account: Pittston City - $500,000 to assist with blight remediation of six properties located in the city. Avoca Borough - $221,600 to renovate the Avoca Borough VFW building. Avoca Borough - $130,000 to renovate the Avoca Borough Community Center. Avoca Borough - $50,532 to purchase a new police cruiser. Dalton Borough - $105,000 to purchase a backhoe for public works. Dalton Borough - $38,427 to purchase police cameras and safety equipment. Dalton Borough - $33,847 to purchase a Kubota diesel tractor for the public works department. Dupont Borough - $100,000 to acquire and develop greenspace for the Dupont Public Park Enhancement Project. Duryea Borough - $25,200 to expand the storage facility for the Duryea Wildcats Junior Football Read more
HARRISBURG, March 9 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and Jim Haddock, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne, introduced this week H.B. 113, to expand the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program in Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvanians are struggling under high inflation to pay for basic necessities, especially housing,” Ciresi said. “I firmly believe that we must help our seniors and people with disabilities stay in the homes they’ve lived in for years for their own health and for community stability. Unfortunately, while inflation and cost of living has risen, PTRR’s income limits, rebate amounts and other provisions have not been updated to correspond with economic changes, so fewer people qualify for the program, and the rebates don’t provide the needed financial assistance.” “We must act now to expand PTRR as next year, thousands of seniors will lose eligibility because their Social Security cost-of-living adjustments will push them above the eligibility threshold,” Ciresi said. “It is time to make sure that our seniors can remain eligible, and that more individuals can seek assistance from this vital program.” The legislation would increase income limits for homeowners and renters to $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, recognizing the impact inflation has had since the last increase in 2006. In addition, the legislation would permanently reinstate a provision that would ensure individuals are not deemed ineligible for Read more
“This is a historic vote as Speaker McClinton is the first woman speaker and I was excited to be a ‘yes’ vote on making history,” Haddock said. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Jim Haddock today announced six grants totaling $226,669 have been awarded to enhance food safety and prepare healthy meals for students at local schools. “Access to regular and nutritious meals is key to nurturing students’ minds and keeping them on a path to success in school,” said Haddock, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna. “This funding ensures these schools can continue providing healthy meals and food services to our students through the entire school year.” According to Haddock, the grants will benefit the following schools in his legislative district: Luzerne County: Pittston Area Senior High School - $128,439 for the purchase of a dishwasher. Pittston Area Middle School - $10,077 for the purchase of an electric convection oven. Wyoming Area Primary Center - $15,867 for the purchase of an electric tilting kettle. Wyoming Area Kindergarten Center - $8,684 for the purchase of an electric convection oven. Lackawanna County: Riverside Elementary School West - $33,512 for the purchase of an outdoor freezer. Riverside Junior Senior High School - $30,090 for the purchase of an indoor freezer. Added Haddock, “I would like to thank Governor Shapiro and the PA Department of Education for awarding this essential funding to these schools here in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and to schools across the commonwealth.” Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Read more
State Representative James Haddock says customers deserve to know what happened and what’s being done to prevent it from happening again. Read more
HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – Today, state Rep. Jim Haddock sent a letter to the PA House Consumer Affairs Committee regarding ongoing billing issues with PPL Electric Utilities: The text of the letter reads: “I am respectfully requesting a hearing by the House Consumer Affairs Committee on the recent billing debacle by PUC Electric and their subsequent response. “Since the week of January 16, 2023, my district office has been overwhelmed with phone calls from constituents regarding their unusually high PPL bills. Many stated it was a financial hardship and they could not get through to PPL by phone. “I personally called PPL Customer Service and received a message that the hold time would be 22 minutes. In fact, I was on hold for over an hour – both times I called. “On January 25th, I placed a call with the PPL State Government relations representative about this issue. I asked simple questions, such as what caused the billing issue and how many people were affected both in my Legislative District and statewide? I also expressed my dissatisfaction with the customer services response to this issue relative to the ratepayers. I followed my phone call with an email on January 27th. I still, as of today, have not received a response to my inquiry or answers to my questions. “What is of an additional concern is that PPL was recently approved for an 18% rate increase by the PUC. This adds insult to injury to the affected customers. Read more
Haddock said he believes this continuing matter deserves to be examined in a public forum. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Jim Haddock attended House Speaker Mark Rozzi's Listening Tour in Wilkes-Barre to hear from area residents about their concerns around how the legislature operates. Haddock says he was impressed with everyone's passion and insight and is hopeful the issues raised will help bring about much needed change in Harrisburg. Read more
HUGHESTOWN, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Jim Haddock congratulated several fire companies and emergency medical services within the 118th Legislative District on receiving grant funding to continue to support their ability to provide emergency response, support and treatment. “Our first responders answer the call every day and go above and beyond to keep our communities safe,” said Haddock, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna. “I am pleased to see these companies receive this essential funding so they can do everything necessary to protect us and provide emergency aid.” Haddock said the grants awarded locally included: Lackawanna County: Dalton: Dalton Fire Company - $13,335 Moosic: Greenwood Hose Company No. 1 - $15,000 Old Forge: Eagle McClure Hose Company No. 1 Station 93-3 - $14,563; Old Forge Hose and Engine Company - $13,580 Taylor: Taylor Fire and Rescue - $14,317 Luzerne County: Avoca: Avoca Hose Company No. 1 - $14,808; Avoca Ambulance Association – EMS - $10,000 Dupont: Dupont Vol. Hose Company No. 1 - $11,861 Duryea: Excelsior Hose Company No. 2 - $14,317; Germania Hose Company - $14,808 Laflin: Laflin Volunteer Fire Department - $13,335 Pittston: Eagle Hose Company No. 1 - $26,063; Greater Pittston Ambulance & Rescue Association - EMS - $30,000 Hughestown: Hughestown Hose Company No. 1 – Fire - $14,071; Hughestown Hose Company No. 1 – EMS - $10,000 Jenkins Township: Jenkins Township Read more
There’s a digital calendar available featuring scenes from the state Capitol throughout the year. Read more
Haddock, a former Pittston Area school director, said he will pursue more funding for school districts, charter school funding reform and “meaningful property tax reform.” Read more
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