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Delaware County Lawmakers offer a mid-July Budget Update

(Jul 13, 2017)

House Democratic Members from Delaware County give an update to citizens on the 2017-2018 state budget Read more

 

Davidson Recognizes St. Laurence Parish

(Jul 10, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson offers a resolution recognizing St. Laurence Parish in Upper Darby for its 100 year anniversary in the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Davidson to host summer senior services event

(Jul 10, 2017)

UPPER DARBY, July 10 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is hosting a senior services event from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 13 at Watkins Center, 326 Watkins Ave., Upper Darby . Davidson said there will be resources for senior citizens, refreshments and that her staff will be on-site to provide state services and free notary service. They also will be taking photos for the new SEPTA senior ID cards. "This is a great opportunity for seniors, their family members and caregivers to learn more about programs and services available to them in our community," Davidson said. This event is part of a series of Senior Celebration events Davidson is hosting throughout the 164 th District of Yeadon, Upper Darby, Millbourne, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne, in places where seniors live and meet including Simpson Gardens, Grace Court and Watkins Center, St. Alician Homes and Manor Care. For more information, please call Maureen McGrory at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson Fights For Jobs

(Jun 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson speaks at a Capitol labor rally in defense of jobs that provide a family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more

 

Davidson, Krueger-Braneky to host budget town hall

(Jun 12, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 12 – State Reps. Margo Davidson and Leanne Krueger-Braneky are inviting community members to a Pennsylvania State Budget Town Hall at 6 p.m. Friday, June 16, at Penn Wood Senior High School, 100 Green Ave., Lansdowne. The lawmakers will offer information about the next fiscal year’s state budget, currently being debated in Harrisburg. There will be time to hear questions and concerns. “We have concerns about the current budget proposal that is currently being debated in the Senate, and we want to make sure constituents know how it could affect our communities,” Davidson said. Davidson and Krueger-Braneky said the House-passed budget bill contains many cuts that would be harmful to Pennsylvanians. It underfunds early childhood education, cuts funding for 1,200 Pennsylvanians who need treatment for substance use disorder, and cuts home and community-based services for over 300 seniors. There are also concerns about the Fair Funding Formula, cuts in the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and significant reductions in county justice, corrections and health care services. “We’ve still got a chance to fix the budget before it becomes law, and we want to hear your priorities,” Krueger-Braneky said. Davidson added, "Residents have a right to know how the state budget and state government actions will affect their daily lives." Read more

 

Davidson on Sickle Cell Advocacy

(May 23, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson spoke to a group of advocates gathered in the State Capitol for Sickle Cell Advocacy Day. Davidson authored legislation that included Sickle Cell Anemia in Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana law. Davidson encouraged them to speak to as many legislators as possible and to advocate with anyone who will listen for restored funding in the state budget for Sickle Cell resources. Read more

 

Davidson to host Veterans Fair

(May 22, 2017)

UPPER DARBY, May 22 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host her fourth annual Veterans Fair on Thursday, June 15, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the East Lansdown Borough Hall, 155 Lexington Ave. Veterans and their families are invited to attend the fair where they will have the opportunity to learn about the services and benefits they have earned. The event will feature housing, health care, employment, education and much more. Notary services and Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans Outreach Van will be on site as well. “Helping connect the men and women who have worked, fought and toiled to protect our freedom is one small way we can give back to those who have given so much,” Davidson said. “This annual event is always one of the highlights of the year for me and I look forward to spending time with and assisting local veterans and their families again at this year’s fair.” The Pennsylvania Mobile Veterans Outreach Van is a service provided by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in order to make benefits more accessible to Pennsylvania veterans and their eligible family members. Such benefits might include service-connected disability compensation, improved pensions, death pensions, VA health care benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation and much more. For more information and to RSVP, please contact A. Brazington by calling 610-259-7016 or emailing abrazington@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson sponsoring community health fair May 18

(May 03, 2017)

UPPER DARBY, May 3 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will sponsor a community health fair from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at Yeadon Presbyterian Church, 541 Holly Road in Yeadon. “In its seventh year, my community health fair is a perfect opportunity for residents of the 164 th Legislative District to receive free screenings – and get lots of health questions answered -- by making just one visit,” Davidson said. “I think it’s very important for the health and safety of my constituents who may not have access to health care that my office provides this service.” Medicare and Affordable Care Act experts will be on hand to answer questions about the federal health care programs. The health fair will also include: Free health screenings. Information on health wellness from providers, state and county agencies and non-profits. Door prizes and giveaways. For more information about the health fair, please call Maureen McGrory at 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Delaware County Pre-K for PA honors Davidson as Pre-K Champion

(May 03, 2017)

DREXEL HILL, May 3 – Delaware County Pre-K for PA this week named state Rep. Margo Davidson as a 2017 Pre-K Champion based on her work supporting early childhood education. Davidson was one of seven lawmakers honored during a ceremony Monday at Delco Early Learning Center. According to the group, Pre-K for PA Campaign identified Davidson because of her leadership and advocacy for greater access to high-quality pre-k in Pennsylvania communities. New state pre-k funding in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 state budgets was welcome news, as more than 6,000 income-eligible three- and four-year-olds were afforded access to programs such as Pre-K Counts and Head Start. Access to high-quality publicly funded pre-k must remain a priority for the commonwealth in the 2017-2018 state budget as more than 113,000 young children across the state lack access to this opportunity, the group wrote in a release. “Children’s brains experience the greatest amount of growth before they are 5 years old,” Davidson said. “We must invest any and all resources to them during this precious time. For my part, that includes money just as much as it includes a healthy diet full of vegetables and protein. “For every dollar we spend teaching children at a young age, we are saving seven dollars down the line on the chances for incarceration, illiteracy or joblessness. It is a privilege to accept this award, for doing something that I am morally bound to support. Read more

 

Davidson: 300 residents receive help during annual tax preparation event

(May 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D- Delaware, announced 300 district and Delaware County residents received help during her annual tax preparation event for local constituents. “I completely understand the confusion and frustration that can come with preparing tax filings, “Davidson said. Tax filing help days were Jan.25- April 15, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Davidson’s 164 th Legislative District office, in order to help residents as they completed their 2016 tax documents. “Government should do all it can to help taxpayers through this annual process and I was happy to connect people with this free resource, Davidson said. Davidson said those who owe back taxes should now look into Pennsylvania’s Tax Amnesty Program. The state Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest on eligible tax delinquencies for anyone who participates in the program. The Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty program is underway, but only for a limited time. Now through June 19, eligible individuals and businesses can apply and pay past-due state taxes to benefit from having all penalties waived and the interest cut by half. Individuals and businesses are eligible if they have unpaid or underpaid taxes as of the end of 2015 and unfiled tax returns for periods due on or before December 31, 2015. To apply visit www.backtax.pa.gov or call 844-PA-STATE-TAX (844-727-8283). Read more

 

Yeadon to receive $9.5 million low-interest loan for sewer upgrades

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced Wednesday that Yeadon will receive a $9.5 million low-interest loan to complete sewer upgrades in the borough. The loan was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. The project consists of replacing 12,750 feet of clay pipe, repairing 49 manholes and replacing 217 connections from the sewer line to private property line. Cracks and shifting in the existing pipes is causing inflow and infiltration into the sewer line. “Having solid infrastructure is so important for our communities,” Davidson said. “This loan allows Yeadon to complete much needed work to ensure the sewer system will be in good shape for years to come.” Pennvest serves Pennsylvania communities by funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects. The projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and residents’ health, as well as provide jobs and opportunities for economic growth. 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

 

Davidson: Mandatory Minimums Do Not Work

(Apr 05, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Margo Davidson took to the House floor to fight against bringing back mandatory minimum sentencing. Davidson argues that these laws create a justice system ripe for discrimination and abuse. They allow some prosecutors to use the threat of mandatory minimums to force plea bargains from defendants without quality representation, and to arbitrarily seek longer prison terms for certain defendants and not others. Read more

 

Davidson announces grant for Lansdowne Borough sewer line

(Apr 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 3 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, announced that Lansdowne Borough will receive a $43,208 grant from the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Fund, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, to re-line sewer lines in the borough. Davidson said the funding was released by the Commonwealth Financing Authority as part of DCED's grant program for water and sewer projects. The funds will be used to replace one brick manhole and 219 linear feet of deteriorating clay pipe beneath the one block of Pennock Terrace. “This award will help Lansdowne Borough repair pipe that conveys approximately half of the sewage service flow out of the borough,” Davidson said. “These repairs will help protect the local aquifer from contaminants that can escape from deteriorating infrastructure.” Under auspices of DCED, the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer grant program funds activities to assist with the construction, improvement, expansion, or rehabilitation or repair of a water supply or sanitary sewer system. Eligible projects must have a total project cost between $30,000 and $500,000, and funding is available for municipalities and municipal authorities. Read more

 

Another View: Time for honesty on equal pay in the Pa. workplace

(Mar 15, 2017)

Recently, an editorial written by two of our fellow legislators from the Senate was published advocating for S.B. 241 and equal pay for equal work – the idea that women should rightfully be paid the same as men for doing the same job. We would like to applaud Sens. Jake Corman and Tom McGarrigle for supporting this idea, however we believe it is vital to inform them that S.B. 241, which passed the Senate in February, would actually take several steps away from achieving pay equity. Read more

 

Davidson to host Financial Fitness Forum

(Mar 02, 2017)

UPPER DARBY, March 2 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will host her annual Financial Fitness Forum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at Saint Laurence Catholic Church, 8245 West Chester Pike Upper Darby, 19082. This expo will include free information on a variety of financial issues. Exhibitors and speakers will provide presentations on money management, improving your financial health, and state programs to help families, homeowners and small business owners. “This expo is an excellent opportunity for area residents to gather information to help them improve their current financial situation or to prepare for the future,” Davidson said. “We will have a number of financial experts to provide resources on money matters and my staff will help with state programs and services that affect family finances, including unclaimed property and property tax rebates.” Organizations scheduled to participate include the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, financial institutions, credit counselors and many more. Davidson has held events on this topic in previous years that were highly attended so she urged residents to register to reserve their space. For more information or to register, please contact (610) 259-7016 or jcarey@pahouse.net . 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

 

Davidson to host College Planning Fair Thursday, Jan. 26 in Lansdowne

(Jan 12, 2017)

LANSDOWNE, Jan. 12 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, will hold a College Planning Fair from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne, 140 N. Lansdowne Ave. in Lansdowne. “Financial aid is more important than ever thanks to increasing tuition at colleges and universities,” Davidson said. “I will continue advocating for fair funding for our colleges and universities and the students and families they serve.” At the College Planning Fair, students and parents will learn about saving for college and will receive information and assistance completing applications for colleges and financial aid. The event will include presenters from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the state Treasury, as well as representatives from several local colleges. The PHEAA presenter will provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. That application is a mandatory first step for most federal, state, local and individual college grants. The Treasury presenter will discuss college savings programs. For more information and to register, please call 610-259-7016 or email mmcgrory@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Davidson sworn in as state representative for fourth term

(Jan 05, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 4 – State Rep. Margo Davidson on Tuesday was sworn into office for a fourth term as representative for the 164th 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. "I am excited to continue serving the great people of Upper Darby, East Lansdowne and Millbourne and Yeadon. As a voice for my constituents in Harrisburg, I want to connect people to state services that can help them and their families," she said. "I’d also like to advocate for the legislative priorities that I have focused on since I started in office, including keeping taxes low and stimulating job creation through small business development." Davidson said that she also is looking forward to continued work to increase the minimum wage, committing more money to classrooms from pre-K to colleges, supporting economic opportunities, and supporting vibrant communities, among other legislative initiatives. “It’s an honor to represent the community that I love so dearly,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “I remain committed and engaged with hard-working families, students and retirees in the 164th Legislative District, and I will continue to be a steadfast fighter for the people that I am honored to serve.” Davidson’s Read more

 

Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more