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Donatucci Winter 2020 Newsletter

(Feb 11, 2020)

Read my Winter 2020 Newsletter and get updates about what's happening around the 185th and in Harrisburg! Read more

 

Donatucci applauds Wolf’s budget provisions

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, applauded the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined today by Gov. Tom Wolf. “Governor Wolf’s proposal is progressive and postures Pennsylvania to truly be the commonwealth that is fair, safe and equitable for all residents,” said Donatucci, who serves as Democratic secretary and subcommittee chair of economic impact and infrastructure on the House Appropriations Committee. “Ensuring that the governor’s proposals become a reality is a top priority in my committee work.” Donatucci said Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. He also proposed a new scholarship program to help students attending State System of Higher Education universities avoid crushing student debt. “Focusing on every academic stage of pupils across Pennsylvania promotes a crop of residents who are well-educated and well-prepared to flourish in their future careers,” Donatucci said. Reiterating his strong commitment to keeping Pennsylvanians safe, Wolf provided additional measures to protect vulnerable populations, and renewed his call for legislators to pass measures to reduce gun violence, including a “red flag” law and universal background checks on firearm purchasers. “Communities across our Read more

 

Protecting workers, protecting businesses, protecting YOU from getting sick

(Jan 29, 2020)

A potential worldwide pandemic has cities quarantined, travel restricted and people terrified. But, here in Pennsylvania, in the highly unlikely event the Wuhan coronavirus arrived, someone who caught it would have to choose between protecting the public health or keeping their job. Here in Pennsylvania, right-wing extremists are fighting for your freedoms: The freedom to eat a hamburger cooked by someone with the flu (or worse) who is too sick to work, but also too broke to be able to afford to take the day off. The freedom to be handed a wad of slightly damp bills as change from a cashier who was up all night with the chills and diarrhea (or worse). The freedom to pass a case of pink eye (or worse) from one child at a day care to themselves and then to your child – and eventually to you. The freedom to potentially get the Wuhan coronavirus if you’re unlucky enough to cross paths with an infected worker who couldn’t stay home. By preserving Pennsylvania’s antiquated laws, laws that can be traced back to pre-Union days when workers had absolutely no rights and an injured miner or factory worker’s family would be charged for the damage their injuries caused to the company’s machines, we defend this funhouse mirror version of freedom. Or, we can get real and finally start providing paid sick leave to Read more

 

Donatucci introduces resolution celebrating Chinese New Year in Pennsylvania

(Jan 24, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., announced today that she has introduced H.R. 675 to designate Jan. 25, 2020, as Chinese New Year in Pennsylvania. “We are lucky to live in a beautifully diverse state that continues to grow and become more vibrant each year,” Donatucci said. “The ideals behind the Chinese New Year – family, community and friendship – are values that every culture celebrates with their own holidays. I’m honored to officially recognize Chinese New Year in Pennsylvania to highlight the incredible contributions that the Chinese community has made to our state, while also reminding each of us how much we have in common.” Chinese New Year is an annual two-week-long celebration that begins on the first day of the traditional Chinese calendar. This year is the Year of the Rat. Read more

 

Donatucci announces nearly $238K in state funding for Workforce Development projects

(Jan 22, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., announced today that state grant funds have been awarded to two workforce development boards in the 185 th District. A grant for $137,951 was awarded to the Philadelphia County Workforce Development Board to provide 200 middle school students with career exposure in fields related to science, math, engineering and technology. The program is designed to increase interest in middle-skill, high-skill and professional careers in these high-priority industries. Another $100,000 grant was awarded to the Delaware County Workforce Development Board to create the Two-Generation Career Exploration and Education Program. The program is designed to serve adults and high school students in Delaware County who are interested in exploring careers in manufacturing or health care. Students and their parents would be connected to pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities to disrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty. These funds were awarded as part of the Business-Education Partnership program, through the Department of Labor & Industry. More than $2.4 million was awarded to local workforce development boards across the Commonwealth. Read more

 

SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards expiring in 2020 will be extended for 12 months

(Jan 02, 2020)

SEPTA has informed my office that it is providing a one-year extension of all SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards expiring in 2020. Seniors with a card expiring in 2020 can continue to ride SEPTA using their current card for 12 months beyond the expiration date printed on it. If you want to renew your card in the coming year, even though it will remain valid, you can do so at SEPTA Headquarters (1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107) and at the SEPTA Accessible Travel Center at Suburban Station (Room #109, 15 N. 16 th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107). Both locations offer same-day renewal. My office cannot help you renew any SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards until SEPTA fine-tunes its renewal process for 2021. In the coming year, I will be working with SEPTA as it develops a process that will allow my office to handle card renewals in the future, and I will keep you informed of SEPTA’s progress. If you have any questions, please call my office at (215) 468-1515 . Read more

 

Delaware County state officials applaud $1 million grant to William Penn School District

(Dec 06, 2019)

UPPER DARBY, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Margo Davidson, chair of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Southeast Delegation, announced today that a collective effort among area state senators and representatives secured a $1 million state grant for the William Penn School District. “I’m proud that our collective efforts on behalf of the William Penn School District have helped to garner this funding,” said Davidson, D-Delaware. “This grant money will help level the playing field, giving the children of Delaware County the chance at an education they deserve. This funding is a critical investment in our children and our society’s future.” “For the second year in a row, I’m grateful and humbled to have played a part in securing this important Ready to Learn grant funding for the William Penn School District,” said state Rep. McClinton, D-Phila. “We know that children in lower Delaware County are underserved due to unfair education funding. This grant is a step in the right direction toward fixing that imbalance.” “Unfair funding has unfortunately had a large impact on the students of William Penn School District, and grants like this help bridge the gaps,” said state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila. “Every bit of extra funding helps to offset the negative effects that these children have experienced as a result of inequitable school funding.” "No school district in the Read more

 

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent

(Dec 05, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maria Donatucci says applications are being accepted NOW for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. Contact her office to see if you're eligible and for help applying. Read more

 

Donatucci announces $500K grant award for local school district

(Dec 04, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., announced today that a $500,000 state grant is headed to the William Penn School District. “Unfair funding has unfortunately had a large impact on the students of William Penn School District and grants like this help bridge the gaps,” Donatucci said. “Every bit of extra funding helps to offset the negative effects that these children have experienced as a result of inequitable school funding.” The funds were awarded as part of the Ready to Learn Block Grant program through the Department of Education. The grant is intended to help schools establish, maintain or expand academic programs in alignment with commonwealth education standards. Read more

 

Fall 2019 newsletter

(Dec 03, 2019)

Read my fall 2019 newsletter. Read more

 

Donatucci announces $250K DCNR grant for FDR Park

(Nov 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci on Thursday announced a $250,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has been awarded to FDR Park. “I’m thrilled to see this money come to my district, to benefit a public space that so many Philadelphians and visitors alike enjoy,” Donatucci said. “Our public parks are such valuable spaces, any time we can put state funding into our public parks we’re providing a service to all those who use our parks for recreation.” The grant will fund rehabilitation and further development of FDR Park, specifically geared toward construction of stormwater management measures; installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and related site improvements. The funding for the grant comes from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to assist local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to parks, recreation and conservation. To learn more about the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, visit the grants page online . ### Read more

 

10/31/19 – Film Tax Credit – Philadelphia

(Nov 01, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Maria Donatucci and State Rep. Joe Ciresi. Read more

 

Donatucci, Ciresi, Policy Committee look at PA film tax credit

(Oct 31, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the Museum of the American Resolution on the film tax credit. Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the Pennsylvania film tax credit program and what more the state can do to expand the film industry. They were joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Pennsylvania has been the backdrop of many popular movies and TV productions, and an attractive incentives program will keep it a viable option for drivers in the film industry,” Donatucci said. “The economic benefits are vast. Expanding the film industry is not only investment in the local arts culture, but also industries, such as the trades and small businesses.” Ciresi added, “When we invest in the arts and provide tax credits to filmmakers, studies show we can benefit through economic opportunity and higher civic engagement. When you consider all of the expenses that will be incurred while filming, the numbers begin to add up quickly between travel expenses and purchases from local merchants. We need to attract more leaders from the film industry to choose Pennsylvania.” Sturla said, “As today’s hearing revealed, Pennsylvania should remain competitive with the many states seeking Read more

 

Donatucci, Ciresi to host Policy Committee hearing on film tax credit October 31 in Philadelphia

(Oct 24, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 23 – State Reps. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the film tax credit next week. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3 rd St., 19106. The media and public are invited to attend. Donatucci and Ciresi requested the hearing to discuss the economic impacts of the film tax credit program and what more the state can do to grow the film industry. They will be joined by legislators from across the state, including Policy Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks. 10:10 a.m. Carrie Lepore, deputy secretary for Office of Marketing, Tourism and Film, DCED. 10:25 a.m. Panel One: Sharon Pinkenson , executive director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office. M. Night Shyamalan , filmmaker. Angela Miele , vice president of state tax policy, MPAA. 10:55 a.m. Panel Two: Nancy Glass , CEO/executive producer, Glass Entertainment Group. Mark Wiley , writer and producer. David Haas , member of board of directors, Wyncote Foundation. Mike McCann , board member, Pennsylvania Film Industry Association. Jeff Rotwitt , CEO and president, Sun Center Studios. 11:30 a.m. Panel Three: Thomas O’Donnell , president, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817. Read more

 

Bill to establish volunteer no firearm purchase list passes House Judiciary Committee

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci today said her bill that would help address people with mental health issues and firearms has been voted out of the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 165 would establish a voluntary "no firearm purchase list" that the Pennsylvania State Police would maintain. A person could request to be placed on the list for at least one year and up to five years. State police also would inform a person 20 days before his or her time ends on the list and provide a way for reenlistment should that person desire. “This bill is similar to legislation that created the existing voluntary gambling self-exclusion list. It would help people who are struggling with mental or physical health issues and who fear they may be a danger to themselves or others,” Donatucci said. “House Bill 165 would also give health care providers, family and friends the opportunity to suggest that a person who is dealing with mental health issues to voluntarily surrender their firearms. If my legislation could save at least one life, then it is truly worth it.” House Bill 165 now goes to the full House for a vote. Donatucci is a member of the PA SAFE Caucus , which is made up of 70 members of the PA House and Senate who believe in reducing all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services; stronger tools for law enforcement; Read more

 

Donatucci disappointed by refinery closure and layoffs

(Aug 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 – In response to the shutdown of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery yesterday and the resulting layoffs, state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., issued the following statement: “The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery has been vital to our economy for over 150 years. Closing this site, which is the largest of its kind on the East Coast, is a nearsighted solution that doesn’t fully consider the impact of the loss of 1,000 good, family-sustaining jobs at the refinery, as well as thousands of jobs at other companies that are affected by the refinery’s operations. Also, thousands of people across the region will see increasing prices at the gas pump and for in-home oil heating. “The refinery has filed for bankruptcy before and I worked with many parties to prevent its shutdown and save jobs then. I’m disappointed that a solution couldn’t be reached at this time to help PES stay open for the employees and contractors who worked there. Although a handful of staff will be kept on board to keep the refinery stable until its fate can be determined, our community will feel the impact of this loss immediately. I always try to find the balance between the environment and economics and I’m continuing to look for a viable solution. “I am hopeful that more answers will emerge about the cause of the fire and the future of the refinery site as the investigation wraps up and the PES Refinery Read more

 

Donatucci commends Gov. Wolf's executive order on gun violence prevention

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order today on gun violence prevention: “After the shooting in Las Vegas, a ban on bump stocks was enacted because legislators realized that guns with a high rate of fire make it much easier to kill lots of people in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, we haven’t extended that same sense of urgency to banning all assault weapons. When we look at Dayton, where a gunman killed nine people in under a minute, it becomes even clearer that we must act now. “People are living in fear wondering if they will be the next victim of violence as more churches, schools and malls are targeted by shooters. Governor Wolf is taking an important step in protecting Pennsylvania citizens without infringing on our Second Amendment rights. “I strongly support the governor’s actions to reduce gun-related incidents in Pennsylvania and I believe that an executive order on gun violence is not enough. My colleagues and I must take up common sense gun legislation to prevent those who are deemed a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns. That is why I introduced House Bill 164 to create a voluntary no-buy list for weapons sales. This could help keep guns out of the hands of individuals with mental health issues who fear that they may harm someone at a future time. “The safety of all Pennsylvanians is Read more

 

Donatucci announces $5.5 million in state funding awarded to economic development projects in Philadelphia

(Aug 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced three projects in Philadelphia have been awarded $5.5 million in funding. “It is awesome to see projects in my district awarded these state funds,” Donatucci said. “These dollars will go far to improve life for so many in our community.” Grants from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program were awarded to the following projects in the 185 th District: WURD Radio LLC awarded $500,000 . The scope of work entails the Tenant Improvements/Fit-out of the WURD Radio Station and office space consisting of 6,000 square feet at Project Site 1 (36th & Haverford). In addition, capital improvement to WURD Radio's infrastructure through the repairing of two AM tower antennas located at Project Site 2 (6501 Essington Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19153). Passyunk Energy Center LLC awarded $2 million . The Passyunk Energy Center plans to invest approximately 5.2 megawatts of solar photovoltaic equipment at the Passyunk site. This would be the largest single solar installation within the city and a commitment to zero emission energy throughout the Commonwealth. This solar production will generate enough electricity to operate all the equipment at the Passyunk Energy Center, as well as all the Philadelphia Gas Works electricity needs for the Passyunk site. With associated equipment, this production will support a microgrid, enabling the site to Read more

 

Donatucci: protecting workers’ jobs should be top priority for refinery executives

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – With the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery scheduled to close next month following a fire at its site, state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., issued the following statement about the economic ramifications on jobs and the economy in her district, where the refinery is situated: “The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery is the largest refinery on the East Coast and has been the backbone of our economy for over 150 years. Closing the refinery may be a nearsighted solution that doesn’t touch on the resulting implications. These implications include the loss of 1,000 good, family sustaining jobs, as well soaring gas prices for everyone -- both at the pumps and for oil heat in homes and businesses -- once the production of roughly 325,000 gallons of oil a day cease. It’s also important to recognize that the closure of this refinery will impact numerous other businesses in our region that depend on its operation. “We’ve been at this similar crossroad before when there was discussion about closing the refinery in 2012. I worked with many parties to prevent its shutdown and save jobs then, and I’m hopeful we will be just as successful this time around. I have always sought to balance the economic and environmental concerns surrounding this refinery, and I will continue to do so. “I’m grateful Governor Wolf is involved in helping the affected workers and coordinating with Read more

 

House adopts Donatucci resolutions focused on women, civil rights

(Jun 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, announced the unanimous adoption of resolutions she sponsored to bring awareness to issues important to Pennsylvanians. According to Donatucci, House lawmakers on Monday said yes to: Women’s Equality Day ( HR 379 ): The resolution celebrates the accomplishments of the many women who have fought for the right to vote and renews the state’s support for efforts to promote women’s equality. Aug. 26 falls in line with the national recognition of Women’s Equality Day. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Month ( HR 380 ): As many as 5 million women across the United States are affected by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disease that can cause irregular ovulation or fertility and makes women more susceptible to serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Although causes for the disease remain unknown, experts identify several factors, including genetics, as suspected causes. To raise awareness of this disease, H.R. 380 recognizes September 2019 as “Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. Peace Day ( HR 381 ): Drawing from the United Nations International Day of Peace and the organization’s arm in Greater Philadelphia’s Peace Day Philly, H.R. 381 designates Sept. 21, 2019 as Peace Day, a day to promote peace, tolerance and acceptance throughout the commonwealth. “It’s reassuring to see my Read more

 

Donatucci Winter 2020 Newsletter
Feb 11, 2020

Donatucci applauds Wolf’s budget provisions
Feb 04, 2020

Protecting workers, protecting businesses, protecting YOU from getting sick
Jan 29, 2020

Donatucci introduces resolution celebrating Chinese New Year in Pennsylvania
Jan 24, 2020

Donatucci announces nearly $238K in state funding for Workforce Development projects
Jan 22, 2020

SEPTA Key Senior ID Cards expiring in 2020 will be extended for 12 months
Jan 02, 2020

Delaware County state officials applaud $1 million grant to William Penn School District
Dec 06, 2019

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent
Dec 05, 2019

Donatucci announces $500K grant award for local school district
Dec 04, 2019

Fall 2019 newsletter
Dec 03, 2019

Donatucci announces $250K DCNR grant for FDR Park
Nov 14, 2019

10/31/19 – Film Tax Credit – Philadelphia
Nov 01, 2019

Donatucci, Ciresi, Policy Committee look at PA film tax credit
Oct 31, 2019

Donatucci, Ciresi to host Policy Committee hearing on film tax credit October 31 in Philadelphia
Oct 24, 2019

Bill to establish volunteer no firearm purchase list passes House Judiciary Committee
Sep 24, 2019

Donatucci disappointed by refinery closure and layoffs
Aug 21, 2019

Donatucci commends Gov. Wolf's executive order on gun violence prevention
Aug 16, 2019

Donatucci announces $5.5 million in state funding awarded to economic development projects in Philadelphia
Aug 02, 2019

Donatucci: protecting workers’ jobs should be top priority for refinery executives
Jun 26, 2019

House adopts Donatucci resolutions focused on women, civil rights
Jun 11, 2019