State education funding levels at center of budget talks, court case

(Jun 19, 2022)

“It is time to adequately fund these 500 school districts,” state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-118, Avoca, said June 1 to students at the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center. Read more

 

Carroll lauds LSA grants totaling $3.35 million coming to the region

(Jun 10, 2022)

SCRANTON, June 10 – State Reps. Mike Carroll, Bridget M. Kosierowski, Kyle Mullins and Thom Welby today announced the distribution of Lackawanna County’s Local Share Account grants to communities throughout the county. A total of $3,352,343 was awarded by the Commonwealth Finance Authority to applicants in the communities served by Carroll, Kosierowski, Mullins and Welby. “These funds will allow our municipalities and local governments to undertake critically important projects that will improve the local economy and keep residents and visitors to our area safe,” said Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna. “These grant awards are great examples of how LSA funding helps Pennsylvania communities improve infrastructure and safety.” “These grants will strengthen our communities and make improvements to the quality of life in the region, all while ensuring that the cost of these critical projects doesn’t fall on local taxpayers,” said Mullins, D-Lackawanna. “It was a pleasure working with my House colleagues, municipal officials and organization leaders to successfully secure these funds.” “As our region continues to boom and grow in becoming one of the top places to work and live, it’s important that municipalities can receive the funds they need to keep communities attractive for families and businesses alike,” said Welby, D-Lackawanna. “I am pleased to see the CFA Board recognize the Read more

 

Workforce shortages growing, business leaders push for more public ed money

(Jun 02, 2022)

State Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Avoca, echoed Gov. Tom Wolf’s contention that this is a good year to boost public school spending in the state budget, as Wolf has proposed. “We cannot do it on the cheap any longer,” Carroll said. “And we have the money.” Read more

 

Pennsylvania gasoline price hits new record of $4.46 a gallon Friday; Gov. Wolf says it shows need for relief checks up to $2,000

(May 06, 2022)

State Rep. Mike Carroll of Luzerne County, the top Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, said the prices show it’s time to get serious about electric vehicles. Read more

 

NEPA Lawmakers: Scranton-to-NYC passenger rail service makes perfect sense for our region

(Jan 08, 2022)

The Scranton-to-NYC corridor would include rail stations in Tobyhanna, Mount Pocono and East Stroudsburg, plus several stops in New Jersey. Read more

 

Support for Scranton-to-NYC passenger train project picks up steam

(Jan 04, 2022)

Amtrak’s study of a proposed Scranton-to-New York City passenger train should be done by August, a railroad official said Tuesday. Read more

 

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open

(Nov 01, 2021)

Pennie is Pennsylvanian's insurance marketplace and provides individuals and families with the ability to shop for high-quality health care plans and easily apply for financial assistance. Read more

 

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

(Oct 21, 2021)

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Read more

 

Carroll, Mullery and Pashinski highlight LSA awards Grants totaling $12.1 million coming to area communities

(Jul 20, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 20 – State Reps. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, Gerald Mullery and Eddie Day Pashinski, both D-Luzerne, today lauded the distribution of Luzerne County’s Local Share Account grants to communities throughout the county. While the distribution has been delayed for the past year, the recognition of these critical projects with significant grant funding is spectacular news for the people of Luzerne County. A total of $12,118,583 was awarded to applicants in the communities served by Carroll, Mullery and Pashinski. “Considering the financial challenges faced by our communities, school districts and area non-profit organizations due to the pandemic, these grants will ensure critical safety, infrastructure and quality of life projects to be completed, “said the State Representatives. “Each year we each passionately advocate for the people and communities we serve to secure the financial support offered by the LSA program. Many urgent projects have been completed in the past and this year’s awards will further extend these successes,” added the legislators. Among the highlights of this year’s awards are: $336,160 for a new Avoca Fire Department Building. $322,880 to repair Wilkes-Barre City Hall. $366,666 for Main Street Plymouth streetscape and stormwater improvements. $500,000 Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

Election code bill to be introduced by Carroll

(Jan 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21 – State Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, will introduce legislation to amend the Pennsylvania Election Code later this month. Carroll said the implementation of changes in voting procedures last year that included mail ballots, among other adjustments in the state’s voting processes, brought to light the urgent need for a series of changes that can improve and clarify what voters must do and how counties process ballots. “After witnessing the June and November elections in 2020 and the experiences we’ve all had with the changes related to mail-in ballots, it’s become quite obvious that many adjustments are necessary for both voters and counties,” Carroll noted. The changes being offered by Carroll include: Return the voter registration deadline to 30 days before election day. Change the absentee and mail-in ballot application deadline to three weeks before election day. Eliminate the mail-in ballot secrecy envelope. Require that the pre-canvassing of mail-in ballots begin on the Saturday prior to election day. Require counties to install one ballot drop box per 30,000 residents. Prohibit the curing of ballots once received by the county board of elections. Prohibit the receipt of mail-in or absentee ballots after 8 p.m. on election day, except for military ballots. Read more

 

Rep. Mike Carroll's 2021 Capitol Scenes calendar

(Dec 08, 2020)

Rep. Mike Carroll's 2021 Capitol Scenes calendar is available to download. Read more

 

Carroll, Blake announce infrastructure grants to area communities

(Aug 17, 2020)

Carroll, Blake announce infrastructure grants to area communities LACKAWANNA/LUZERNE, Aug. 17 -- State Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne, and state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe, said they are pleased to acknowledge the award of Small Water and Sewer, as well as H2O, grants to communities in Greater Pittston and nearby communities earlier today. Nearly $1.7 million has been provided to fund many critical sewer and water projects throughout the region. Considering the financial challenges faced by these communities, the legislators said the significant grants will ensure important safety, infrastructure and quality-of-life projects advance to completion. The projects include installation of a sewer line on Clark Rod in Duryea, repair of the concrete flood control channel in Dupont, extension of a storm water line in Avoca and the upgrade of a sewage treatment facility in Springbrook Township. “Mike Carroll has always been an effective advocate for projects in Dupont that are critically important to meet the needs of our residents,” said Dupont Borough Council President Stanley Knick. “Whenever important funding decisions are made in Harrisburg, I’ve always strived to ensure our communities are the beneficiary of funding for projects the communities identify as urgent. These grants immediately solve four of our region’s infrastructure shortcomings,” Carroll said. Read more

 

Carroll: $1.9 million for road reconstruction in Pittston

(Jul 16, 2020)

PITTSTON, July 16 – Rep Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne/Lackawanna, has announced that the city of Pittston has been awarded a $1.9 million PennDOT Multimodal grant to realign North Main Street from its intersection with Mill and New streets. Carroll said considering the financial challenges faced by communities such as Pittston due to the COVID-19 impact, these significant grant funds will ensure this important infrastructure project is completed. “Each year, I passionately advocate for the communities I represent to guarantee our region benefits from this grant program and each year these efforts have proved wildly successful,” Carroll said. “Pittston’s Main Street is a source of particular community pride and this project on North Main extends the significant improvements we’ve made along Main Street through the city.” “Mike Carroll’s unyielding support for Pittston and the surrounding communities could never be duplicated and this critical grant highlights Mike’s seniority as chairman of the House Transportation Committee and the ability to deliver for our residents,” Michael Lombardo, Pittston mayor said. The total project cost is roughly $2.5 million with matching funding provided by the city of Pittston. Read more

 

Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jun 30, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief beginning Monday, June 29. At that time, applications will be accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at www.PHFA.org . Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program, the applicant must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the applicant-homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for Unemployment Compensation. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For more information Read more

 

Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more

 

Carroll, Mullery thankful for COVID-19 test site in Luzerne County

(Apr 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – State Reps. Mike Carroll, D-Avoca, and Jerry Mullery, D-Nanticoke, extended their thanks to Gov. Tom Wolf, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, PEMA Director Randy Padfield and Adjutant Gen. Anthony Carrelli of the Pennsylvania National Guard for their leadership in establishing a COVID-19 mass testing site at the Mohegan Sun Arena near Wilkes-Barre. “Many critical health and economic decisions lie ahead for all of us. The availability of testing and the compiled results will significantly help to inform everyone as critical decisions are faced in the coming weeks and months. It’s our sincere hope the testing that begins at the arena is just the beginning of widespread testing across the state that will more clearly identify the impact of the virus,” Carroll said. “The ongoing efforts to relax social distancing and re-open businesses across the state can more readily be accomplished with the exact information that is gathered from additional testing. There is no perfection in any of these decisions and a search for the perfect solution will result in perpetual inaction. It is obvious that no community is immune to the COVID-19 virus and every person and every community has a role to play in this struggle,” Mullery said. “Before the public returns to work, dines at restaurants or shops at retail businesses, we need to dramatically increase the availability Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more