Driscoll honors fallen firefighters and their survivors

(May 03, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution authored by state Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., that commemorates firefighters who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and their survivors. House Resolution 841 designates the week of May 9-15 as Fallen Firefighters Survivors’ Week and May 13 as Fallen Firefighters Survivors’ Day in Pennsylvania. "Firefighters and their loved ones know that they are risking life and limb each time they answer the call of duty. To those who did not make it home, there remains a terrible void in the lives of all their friends, family and fellow firefighters," Driscoll said. "This resolution is offered in some small way to recognize these men and women and their survivors as true heroes." Read more


Area ambulance companies receive nearly $29,000 in state grants

(Apr 21, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, April 21 -- State Reps. Mike Driscoll, Ed Neilson, Jason Dawkins and Kevin Boyle announced today that four ambulance companies in Northeast Philadelphia are sharing nearly $29,000 in state grants. "First responders are essential to public safety, and these grants provide them with resources so they can remain more focused on saving lives than on raising funds," Driscoll said. "These men and women make a tremendous sacrifice, and I applaud their service to our communities." The grants are from Pennsylvania's Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program and were awarded in February. In all, 2,538 grants were awarded statewide. The grants are partly funded from gaming revenue. "Northeast Philadelphia relies on these ambulance companies and their volunteers to be there for us when every second counts," Neilson said. "These grants will help them continue to provide this invaluable services to our community." Grant recipients and amounts awarded in Northeast Philadelphia are as follows: • Northeast First Aid Corps – $7,202 • Burholme First Aid Corps Inc. – $7,202 • Rhawnhurst Bustleton Ambulance Association Inc. – $7,202 • Wissinoming Volunteer First Aid Corps – $7,202 "Serving on the front lines whenever there is a fire, accident or other calamity, these essential service providers are among the most worthy recipients of state aid," Dawkins said. "These funds will allow them to continue their mission of providing life-saving services for our Read more


Driscoll: Historic vote to legalize Medical Marijuana

(Apr 13, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll says today’s historic House vote brings Pennsylvania into line with 23 other states that already treat Medical Marijuana as medicine, and sets up standards for how the medicine will be distributed in the state. Read more


Driscoll views Penn's original charter

(Mar 22, 2016)

State Rep. Mike Driscoll visits the Pennsylvania State Museum to view William Penn’s original Charter, which was signed by King Charles II of England and granted Penn a tract of land that would eventually become known as Pennsylvania. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my 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 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


Driscoll: Put People Before Politics

(Feb 10, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more


PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more


The Driscoll Dispatch -- Winter 2016

(Feb 04, 2016)

Last January, I was sworn in to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to represent the people of Northeast Philadelphia. My family and friends were present for this special day and stood witness as I took the oath of office. Since then, I have been focused on advocating for the people of the 173rd Legislative District, both in Harrisburg and at home in our district. Read more


CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more


PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more


Neilson, Driscoll blast canceled session during budget impasse

(Dec 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Reps. Ed Neilson and Mike Driscoll, both D-Phila., questioned today’s move by Republican House leaders to adjourn without taking up a bill that would end the nearly six-month state budget impasse. “I don’t understand why we aren’t in session right now voting on a budget compromise that has been largely agreed to by all parties involved,” Neilson said. “We were supposed to be in session on Sunday, but Republican leaders canceled it. We were supposed to be in session on Monday, but Republican leaders canceled it. Now, I have to return to Northeast Philadelphia and tell my neighbors that, because of the unwillingness of a few, the state will continue to be unable to fund counties, human service providers and nonprofits. The Philadelphia School District is just weeks away from being unable to open their doors and they try to pull this. It’s nothing but nonsense.” Senate Bill 1073, a General Appropriations bill that reflects the spending framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, passed the House yesterday on second consideration and was scheduled to receive its third and final consideration today, but the chamber’s GOP speaker abruptly canceled session. “This move to adjourn pulled by House Republican leaders is an unconscionable decision, especially as many individuals across this commonwealth are suffering because of this extended budget impasse,” Driscoll said. “Now, House Republicans are on Read more


Start Saving for College NOW with PA 529

(Dec 02, 2015)

If a college education is in your child’s future – even if that child is still in diapers – you may want to check out the two PA 529 College Savings Program options. To find out more or to enroll just visit www.pa529.com or call 1-800-440-4000. The Pennsylvania Treasurer's Office started this plan to help parents pay for future college costs by letting account owners save for tomorrow’s college expenses at today’s plan rates. Read more


Driscoll invites constituents to grand opening of Torresdale office

(Sep 02, 2015)

PHIILADELPHIA, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., is inviting area residents to attend the grand opening of his new constituent service office. The grand opening ceremony will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 12 and officially launch Driscoll’s new office located at 7104 Torresdale Ave. “It’s my goal to ensure that my staff and I are effectively serving all constituents no matter where they live in the district,” Driscoll said. “I am hopeful that this new convenient location will make it even easier for residents from all over the district to connect to the state-related services they need.” Driscoll said light refreshments will be available at the grand opening. In addition, Driscoll’s staff will be on hand to assist constituents with any questions they might have about state resources and programs. Beginning Sept. 14, the Torresdale office will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (215) 333-9760. Driscoll said in the meantime, if constituents have any questions, they should contact his main constituent service office, located at 3294 Red Lion Road. The phone number is (215) 281-3414. Read more


Driscoll: Help All Pa. Students

(Jun 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll says it’s time to restore cuts to the public education system so that a child’s education no longer depends on their zip code. Driscoll adds the GOP budget plan doesn’t go far enough in bringing back the teachers, staff, extracurricular programs, and classes cut by the previous administration. He warns that the crisis facing Philadelphia public schools could easily spread to the rest of the state, so the time is now to fix public education funding in Pennsylvania. Read more


Driscoll: Sham Budget Denies Property Tax Relief

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more


Driscoll welcomes the Bambies to the Capitol

(May 12, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Driscoll, D-Phila., welcomed the St. Hubert Catholic High School For Girls cheerleading team to the state Capitol Monday and presented them with an official citation from the state House of Representatives. Read more


WATCH: Wolf Budget a Great Start

(Mar 03, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Michael Driscoll said the 2015-16 budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf signals a return to responsible leadership in the governor's office and a willingness to move Pennsylvania forward and rebuild its middle class. Read more


Driscoll: Wolf's budget proposal a promising start

(Mar 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Michael Driscoll, D-Phila., released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf's 2015-16 budget address: "I would like to commend Governor Wolf for his ambitious plan for rebuilding Pennsylvania's middle class. While many details of his plan will be further clarified when the House has the opportunity to hold budget hearings, I am glad he is focused on restoring our schools, improving our economy and reducing the burden of property taxes throughout the commonwealth. "The past few years have been marked by a crippling disinvestment in our institutions of education, which in turn has increased the property tax burden on homeowners and small business owners. The only way to solve this problem is by properly funding our schools, and ensuring that level of funding is sustainable and secure. I am also optimistic that Wolf will be successful instituting a fair funding formal to ensure every penny of education funds is going where it is needed most. "With a $2.3 billion budget deficit currently facing the state, bold action and innovative ideas are going to be needed to put us back on the right path. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and the House to ensure that final budget works for the good of all Pennsylvanians." Read more