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Donatucci announces $500K grant award for local school district

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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

(1 day ago)

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

 

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 seeks support for strengthening notary public seals

(Jun 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci announced she is seeking co-sponsors for her legislation that would crack down on an increasing problem in Philadelphia: home thefts through fraudulent property transfers. “In many cases, homeowners who are in poor health or who don’t have any close family or friends fall victim to this illegal practice. They don’t realize that someone has transferred ownership of their property,” said Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware. Donatucci said her legislation would help to prevent fraud cases by requiring companies or organizations that manufacture notary stamps to be licensed. The manufacturer would be assigned an identification number that would be included on the stamp to prove a legitimate, licensed company made it. In addition, when a notary public begins their commission, they would receive a Certificate of Authorization they would use to purchase a stamp from a list of permitted, licensed manufacturers. Donatucci stated this process would restrict unauthorized people from going to any store or online shop to have an illegal stamp made for themselves. “These unscrupulous people are scheming with someone who isn’t a notary but was able to purchase a seal online. They work together to sign over the property without the true owner knowing that it is happening,” Donatucci said. “With my legislation, we would be taking proactive measures to stop this type of illegal 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

 

Harris, Donatucci praise opening of Rowhouse Grocery in Point Breeze

(Jan 11, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., joined state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila., in praising the opening of a new grocery store in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia to help an underserved community access affordable, healthy food options. “The opening of this store is truly welcoming news. The city is overwhelmed with food deserts and for people who live in these areas, they may not have the means to travel to get access to fresh foods and produce,” Donatucci said. “I applaud Rowhouse Grocery for providing healthy options in this community.” “This grocery store comes in at a time when there’s more focus than ever before on healthy eating, yet many of our constituents simply don’t have access to the fresh fruits, vegetables and meats they need,” Harris said. “If the products aren’t accessible or affordable to the people we represent, then they simply don’t exist to them. I hope that Rowhouse Grocery gives an opportunity for people to explore meals that are nutritious, yet still affordable.” A food desert is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a location without easy access to fresh, health and affordable foods. People who live in food deserts tend to consume foods that are higher in cholesterol, sugar and fat. Rowhouse Grocery is located at 1713 McKean St. in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia. Sections of Point Breeze are represented by Read more

 

Donatucci sworn in for 5th term as state legislator

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, was sworn in today at the state Capitol to begin her fifth term representing the 185 th Legislative District. “I am honored to continue representing everyone in the 185 th District,” Donatucci said. “I will continue making sure our schools, public safety departments, healthcare facilities, transportation systems and other resources are able to effectively serve all of our residents.” Her legislative goals mirror the recently unveiled Plan4PA , a comprehensive strategy from the House Democratic Caucus that is focused on putting people first. Major components of the plan include job creation, affordable health care, a fair economy and quality schools. Donatucci has served in the House of Representatives since 2011, when she succeeded her late husband, then-state Rep. Robert Donatucci, after winning a special election. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives swearing-in ceremony is mandated by the state constitution to convene at noon on the first Tuesday in January. Today marks the start of the 203 rd legislative session. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

Our seniors should never have to choose between paying for medicine and paying for heat or rent or food. I was proud to put people first and stand up for a stronger PACE program by voting for this legislation. Read more

 

Donatucci: House passes breast, cervical cancer screening bill

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – More women would have access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings through legislation introduced by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, which unanimously passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today. Donatucci’s bill H.B. 562 would amend the Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Screening Act to expand screenings to low-income, underinsured and uninsured women 30 to 65 through the Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program. Currently, only women 40 to 49 are eligible for the program. Donatucci is a member of the Women’s Health Caucus, which is championing this bill as part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health. “About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime and some will be diagnosed with it at a young age. Many of them win the battle due to early detection,” Donatucci said. “We must ensure every eligible woman in the commonwealth has access to these potentially life-saving screenings.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates eight out of every 100,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. According to Breastcancer.org, more than 40,000 women in the U.S. are expected to die this year from breast cancer, despite the decrease in death rates since 1989. House Bill 562 will now go to the Senate for consideration. ### CONTACT: Daniel Bixler House Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation remembers state Rep. Mike O’Brien

(Oct 16, 2018)

State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, chair of the Philadelphia Delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, released the following statement today in response to the passing of Rep. Mike O’Brien, D-Phila. “On behalf of the Philadelphia Delegation, our prayers are with Mike’s family during this extremely difficult time. We’ll never forget his kind heart, positive attitude, and undeniable passion he exhibited in both Harrisburg and Philadelphia. “His accomplishments, endless knowledge, and determination as a state representative were truly an inspiration to all of us. Mike always put his community first by leading the charge for a fair, balanced and on-time state budget, while fighting for better schools, family sustaining jobs, and a safe environment. “Today, the Pennsylvania Legislature didn’t just lose a distinguished member but a loving husband, devoted father, and genuine friend whose legacy will live on forever,” Donatucci said. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at all public buildings and grounds throughout the state in honor of O’Brien. They will remain at half-staff through sunset on the day of his interment. Read more

 

Get Help with Your Property Tax and Rent
18 hours ago

Donatucci announces $500K grant award for local school district
1 day ago

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

Donatucci seeks support for strengthening notary public seals
Jun 10, 2019

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

Harris, Donatucci praise opening of Rowhouse Grocery in Point Breeze
Jan 11, 2019

Donatucci sworn in for 5th term as state legislator
Jan 01, 2019

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 01, 2018

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people
Oct 23, 2018

Donatucci: House passes breast, cervical cancer screening bill
Oct 17, 2018

Philadelphia Delegation remembers state Rep. Mike O’Brien
Oct 16, 2018