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Dawkins: Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery bonuses are unacceptable

Dawkins announces $54,000 grant for his district

(Oct 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., announced that the Frankford Community Development Corp. is receiving a Local Share Account grant via the Department of Community and Economic Development. The corporation will use the $54,610 grant to help renovate a vacant property at 4663 Paul St. that became blighted following a fire several years ago. “The Frankford Community Development Corporation is always championing to beautify and improve the community. This grant provides the opportunity to build on those goals for the betterment of the neighborhood and its citizens,” Dawkins said. “It is always my privilege and honor to advocate to bring funding to the district and I will continue to be an advocate for more state dollars in the future.” LSA funds are used for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community improvement and public interest projects in the City of Philadelphia. Read more

 

Dawkins: Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery bonuses are unacceptable

(Sep 10, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 10 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has issued the following statement in response to news that Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery executives were given $4.6 million in bonuses before declaring bankruptcy: “The decisionmakers at PES were closing the refinery and preparing to lay off most of the 1,100 employees, while simultaneously paying out millions in bonuses to just eight individuals. It is absolutely disgusting that these executives would lay off their employees without severance pay and health benefits, while stuffing their own pockets. “At a time when we are fighting so hard to eradicate poverty in Philadelphia, it is disappointing to see a company act so heartless towards its employees. These families will be losing vital income and be at risk of facing astronomical costs should they need medical care without health insurance. “The economic impact of this closure will be felt in Philadelphia for some time, but the added insult of paying out bonuses to key officials while the fire was still burning really highlights how unfairly the employees have been treated in this process. “It shows me that there were never plans to fight for the hardworking people who kept that facility running day in and out.” Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation Members thank Commissioner Ross after 30 years of service

(Aug 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 21 – Following Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr.’s abrupt resignation on Tuesday, state Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and its members thanked Ross for his nearly 30 years of service to the city in law enforcement. “It has been an esteemed honor to stand beside Commissioner Ross in our efforts to improve the lives of all Philadelphians, especially to combat the increasing gun violence in the city,” Dawkins said. “Members of the delegation thank him for his nearly three decades of dedicated service to the city of Philadelphia. “However, we are disheartened to hear of the new accusations against the police force. As members of the House of Representatives, we take any charge of sexual harassment, gender or racial discrimination very seriously. “We trust that new leadership within the Philadelphia Police Department, presently under acting Commissioner Christine M. Coulter, will continue to work to overcome any issues of discrimination or harassment existing within the department.” Read more

 

Dawkins Commends Police, Demands Action on Gun Violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

As chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins joined Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, the Philadelphia Police Department, and other local leaders to respond to the recent shooting that left six officers shot. He explains the action needed to ensure the safety of communities across the city. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation commends courage of police after six officers shot, calls for sensible gun reform to get guns off the street

(Aug 15, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the PA House of Representatives, along with delegation members, on Thursday commended the courage and service of the Philadelphia Police Department after six officers were shot, and others were injured during a shootout Wednesday. “These officers put their lives on the line every day that they go to work and serve their community,” Dawkins said. “They know the dangers they face when they put on their uniform, head out the door, leaving their families behind, to serve and protect us.” A gunman began firing shots around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when police were at a house in the 3700 block of North 15 th Street in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia to serve an arrest warrant, according to news reports . Six officers were shot, all of them were eventually treated at the hospital and released, and the gunman was taken into custody after a 71/2-hour standoff. “The officers who were injured in this heinous act will have the Philadelphia House Delegation’s full support as they recover,” Dawkins said, adding “We must do all we can to prevent such senseless acts of gun violence in the future. We must do more to keep guns off the streets and out of the hands of criminals.” Dawkins pointed to the more than two dozen gun reform measures that could be voted on today as steps to take to reduce gun violence and access to Read more

 

Kenyatta, Dawkins condemn latest act of gun violence involving multiple officers

(Aug 14, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 14 – State Reps. Jason Dawkins and Malcolm Kenyatta, both D-Phila., tonight are reacting to the ongoing office involved shooting in North Philadelphia. Dawkins is chairman of the House Philadelphia Delegation while Kenyatta is vice chairman. “First and foremost my prayers are with the officers injured in today’s incident,” Kenyatta said. “I’m fervently praying for a speedy end to this situation. I urge folks in the area to stay indoors and follow police instructions. When our law enforcement agents put on their uniforms and go into the field every one of their families prays to not see headlines like we’re seeing today. There are far too many guns on our streets, and today’s incident is one more sober reminder of it.” Dawkins agreed. “As 80 children waited in place at a nearby daycare and Temple University went on lockdown, I not only thought of these young people and their families, I thought of all the lawmakers in Harrisburg and across the nation who for years have turned a blind eye to this anguish and devastation. While I pray for the injured officers and their families, and all of those affected by this ongoing standoff, I also strengthen my resolve to hold this state and our nation accountable for any more lives lost to senseless gun violence.” Dawkins, Kenyatta and a number of their colleagues recently called for an emergency session of the General Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation calls on state, federal lawmakers to act, once and for all, on gun violence

(Aug 05, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 5 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the PA House of Representatives, along with delegation members, called on state and federal lawmakers Monday to act on sensible gun reform. “The tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, have pained our hearts,” Dawkins said. “The news of more lives lost to gun violence is tragic. And not enacting sensible gun reform in Pennsylvania is a travesty. Dawkins pointed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statement on Sunday, in which the governor tweeted that we can ban assault weapons and institute stricter background checks, target white nationalism and promote tolerance and invest in mental health care to help those who are struggling; but we must not accept this violence as normal. Dawkins said there are currently more than two dozen gun reform bills that could be voted on today that would make a difference in people’s lives . While we must fight back against hatred and bigotry, which seem central to the shootings this weekend, Dawkins said keeping guns out of the hands of those who wish to do harm is something we can do right now. “We are in what seems like an endless cycle of violence, killings, heartbreak, and then thoughts and prayers,” Dawkins said. “This cycle started long before El Paso and Dayton. And this cycle happens even when the shooting incidents don’t end up in national news headlines. Five people were Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds $4.3 million state funding for lead paint stabilization projects in public schools

(Aug 01, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug 1 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation in the House of Representatives, along with delegation members, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for providing $4.3 million in state funding for lead paint stabilization at Philadelphia school buildings. “Many of our children are educated daily in public school buildings that were built years, even a century prior to the 1978 federal ban on lead-based paints. The buildings have not undergone any modernization updates, despite lead’s harmful, irreversible effects on children’s development, especially during their most formative years,” Dawkins said. “I am grateful for Governor Wolf continuing his commitment to alleviate these environmental hazards to ensure children, teachers and staff no longer learn and work in toxic environments.” To date, Dawkins said, the governor has invested a total of $11.9 million for lead paint alleviation in schools across the city over two years, with $7.6 million provided last year. Since June 2018, through a combination of state funding and $11 million provided by the Philadelphia School District, 32 elementary schools will have undergone lead paint stabilization by the start of the upcoming school year. Nearly 18,000 students will attend schools with newly painted classrooms, auditoriums, cafeterias and gym. “I am excited children across Philadelphia will begin the academic year in learning environments Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds $2.5 million increase for Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force

(Jul 12, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, July 12 – As the state budget came to a close in late June, members of the House Philadelphia Delegation were able to increase funding, by $2.5 million, for Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Task Force, said state Rep. Jason Dawkins, the delegation’s chairman. “Gun violence is a public health crisis in Philadelphia, and I am proud that my colleagues and I were able to help increase funding for this program within the attorney general’s office,” Dawkins said. These funds will help make our communities safer and will help provide the tools we need to stop the shootings.” The Gun Violence Task Force is a program within the attorney general’s office that targets gun traffickers and gets illegal guns off the street in Philadelphia. The attorney general has also been granted the ability to prosecute straw purchases or sales, or felons who possess firearms. Members of the delegation supported these changes on a statewide level, so that all 67 counties would be able to use every resource available to combat the epidemic of gun violence. With this focus on Philadelphia, it’s the hope of the delegation that the attorney general and Philadelphia District Attorney continue to work together to utilize every available opportunity to combat this problem. “This is an issue that requires all hands on deck to come up with real solutions. We must get the illegal guns off the street and provide our young people with Read more

 

Lawmakers call for life-without-parole reform

(Jun 27, 2019)

House Bill 135, sponsored by state Rep. Jason Dawkins (D-Philadelphia), would provide a chance to seek parole after serving 25 or 35 years of a life sentence. Read more

 

Philly lawmakers continue fight to save general assistance, fight poverty in GOP-controlled legislature

(Jun 26, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, June 26 – State Reps. Jason Dawkins, Malcolm Kenyatta, and Elizabeth Fiedler, all D-Phila. and leaders of the House Philadelphia Delegation, today said they will continue their fight to save the General Assistance program and help people living in poverty, despite the many roadblocks being put up by Republican leaders in this month’s state budget debate. Last week the House passed legislation (H.B. 33) that would eliminate Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program, which provides about $200 per month to people who are temporarily or permanently unable to work because of disability or other hardship and costs the state about $50 million per year. Every Democrat but one voted against the measure. It passed the Senate today also along party lines, 26-24. “House Democrats put up nearly 30 amendments last week to save this lifeline for the more than 10,000 Pennsylvanians who rely on it to afford the most basic of necessities,” said Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation. “But our efforts to save it and help the most vulnerable among us continue to be met with indifference and derision by the Republican-led majority.” Kenyatta, vice chairman of the delegation, praised his Senate colleagues for attempting to offer the same amendments to save the program as House Democrats and denounced GOP tactics in both chambers. He said Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati today ruled Senate Read more

 

Dawkins, Street call for life-without-parole reform in Pa.

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins and Sen. Sharif Street, both D-Phila., were joined by their colleagues to push for criminal justice reform by giving some people who are serving life without parole a second chance. “We are locking away so many positive role models that could diffuse a lot of the crime that we are seeing throughout this nation and throughout this world,” Dawkins said. “There are some powerful stories being told of experience. These lessons are the one thing young people are missing. If they have the chance to hear the experience of the folks who spent 25, 35 or even 45 years behind bars, they may make different decisions about their lives.” House Bill 135, sponsored by Dawkins, would provide a chance for people to get parole after serving 25 or 35 years of a life sentence, regardless of their crime. They would go before the Board of Probation and Parole and would be released on parole if they deserve it and do not present a safety risk to the public. Dawkins added people convicted of murdering a law enforcement officer would not be eligible. The legislation also would create an Office of Reentry program to assist those who are released under the new eligibility standards. Street, who has a companion bill ( S.B. 942 ) in the state Senate, said their legislation highlights the growing need to reform parole for lifers in the commonwealth. “The economic and moral imperatives of this reform are clear. Read more

 

You’re invited to my Town Hall and Health Fair

(Jun 10, 2019)

Please join us at the Lawncrest Recreation Center for a Town Hall and Health Fair. You can learn about state and local services that could benefit you and your family, as well as talk with me about any concerns you may have. When: Saturday, June 15 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Ave., 19111 I hope to see you there! Read more

 

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

 

Dawkins: Nearly $2.6 million in grants will expand Philadelphia job, workforce development opportunities

(Feb 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, today announced that nearly $2.6 million in state grants will help expand registered apprenticeships and workforce development opportunities, and increase job-training opportunities for students and job seekers in Philadelphia. The grants, which are part of the PAsmart initiative, will be used to identify local needs and connect students and other job seekers to Philadelphia industries, while helping those industries become more competitive. “Apprenticeship programs are a great way for people to earn while they learn because these opportunities could turn into family-sustaining careers,” Dawkins said. “I have been partnering with local labor unions to host workshops designed to inform people about apprenticeship programs and I have received positive feedback. The Philadelphia House Delegation is united in pushing for more of these programs as part of our platform to get people to work and help reduce Philadelphia’s 26 percent poverty rate. These grants will help in our efforts.” Award recipients are: The Wistar Institute – $128,262 District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund – $495,950 Philadelphia Youth Network Inc. – $45,950 Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center – $40,000 Philadelphia Area Labor - Management Committee – $190,000 Philadelphia Works – $580,038 Labor Union 14 Joint Apprentice Read more

 

Dawkins: We Will Make Sure Philadelphia's Voices are Heard!

(Feb 07, 2019)

Philadelphia Delegation Chairman Jason Dawkins thanked Governor Wolf for his budget proposal. He also added that his team wants to be a partner in crafting the policies that they believe are important to Philadelphians. Read more

 

Philadelphia House Delegation unites to raise communities out of poverty

(Feb 05, 2019)

Philadelphia’s poverty rate has remained at roughly 26 percent since 2013. That is unconscionable to our delegation. While we see skyscrapers rise in Center City and other signs of growth and affluence, many of our communities — indeed our constituents — live a very different daily reality that includes contemplating buying food or paying the bills. This needs to change. 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

 

Dawkins Announces New Plan to Put Philly First

(Jan 17, 2019)

As chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, Pa. state Rep. Jason Dawkins joined his Democratic colleagues to unveil a new comprehensive plan that tackles the issues facing Philadelphia and creates solutions that puts their communities first. 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

 

Dawkins announces $54,000 grant for his district
Oct 31, 2019

Dawkins: Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery bonuses are unacceptable
Sep 10, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation Members thank Commissioner Ross after 30 years of service
Aug 21, 2019

Dawkins Commends Police, Demands Action on Gun Violence
Aug 16, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation commends courage of police after six officers shot, calls for sensible gun reform to get guns off the street
Aug 15, 2019

Kenyatta, Dawkins condemn latest act of gun violence involving multiple officers
Aug 14, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation calls on state, federal lawmakers to act, once and for all, on gun violence
Aug 05, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds $4.3 million state funding for lead paint stabilization projects in public schools
Aug 01, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation applauds $2.5 million increase for Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force
Jul 12, 2019

Lawmakers call for life-without-parole reform
Jun 27, 2019

Philly lawmakers continue fight to save general assistance, fight poverty in GOP-controlled legislature
Jun 26, 2019

Dawkins, Street call for life-without-parole reform in Pa.
Jun 26, 2019

You’re invited to my Town Hall and Health Fair
Jun 10, 2019

PLBC condemns divisive invocation given in the House Chamber
Mar 26, 2019

Dawkins: Nearly $2.6 million in grants will expand Philadelphia job, workforce development opportunities
Feb 13, 2019

Dawkins: We Will Make Sure Philadelphia's Voices are Heard!
Feb 07, 2019

Philadelphia House Delegation unites to raise communities out of poverty
Feb 05, 2019

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Jan 24, 2019

Dawkins Announces New Plan to Put Philly First
Jan 17, 2019

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20
Jan 16, 2019