2/18/20 – Municipal Tax Burden – Scranton

(Feb 20, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Marty Flynn. Read more

 

Flynn: What Are We Doing to Protect our Workers?

(Feb 19, 2020)

During a labor hearing in the capitol, Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn raises questions about how the state can better protect workers from exploitation. Read more

 

Flynn: How Can We Remove Inefficiencies?

(Feb 19, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Marty Flynn, a member of the House Appropriations Committee asks about ways to remove inefficiencies from the licensing process for health care professionals. Read more

 

Rep Flynn, Policy Committee look at municipal tax burden in the state

(Feb 18, 2020)

SCRANTON, Feb. 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today led a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center to discuss the municipal tax structure for residents. Flynn requested the hearing since the tax burden on residents, including senior citizens, is at a critical level and affecting too many hardworking families in the area. “One of the most troubling challenges homeowners are facing right now is the skyrocketing cost of property taxes,” Flynn said. “We need to make living in our homes more affordable because people should not have to choose between putting food on their tables, paying for their medication or paying property taxes. Today’s hearing showed we need to do better at regulating high property taxes.” The panel of testifiers included Paige Cognetti, mayor of Scranton; Mike Lombardo, mayor of Pittston; Rick Schuettler from the Pennsylvania Municipal League; Debi Domenick, Lackawanna County commissioner; and Gerald Cross, executive director, Pennsylvania Economy League Central Division. This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials will be at Read more

 

Rep. Flynn to hold Policy Committee hearing on municipal tax burden Tuesday in Scranton

(Feb 12, 2020)

SCRANTON, Feb. 12 - State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced that he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing next week on the municipal tax burden. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Casey Ballroom, 100 Adams Ave. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Flynn requested the hearing since the tax burden on residents, including senior citizens, is at a critical level and affecting too many hardworking families in the area. He will be joined by fellow state legislators from across the Commonwealth. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel from Pennsylvania Municipal League: Paige Cognetti, mayor of Scranton Mike Lombardo, mayor of Pittston Rick Schuettler, executive director 3 p.m. Debi Domenick, Lackawanna County commissioner 3:30 p.m. Gerald Cross, executive director, Pennsylvania Economy League Central Division 4 p.m. Closing remarks This hearing is part of a series being held across the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing good jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com and hearing materials will be at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee Read more

 

Proposed budget increases funding for education, seniors and infrastructure

(Feb 11, 2020)

https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/opinion/columns/44117/around-the-state-budget-increases-funding-for-education-seniors-and-infrastructure Read more

 

House passes human trafficking bills to protect victims

(Jan 31, 2020)

House passes human trafficking bills to protect victims Read more

 

Rep Flynn supports governor's plan to address Scranton School District's high lead and asbestos contamination

(Jan 29, 2020)

Flynn supports governor’s plan to address Scranton School District’s high lead and asbestos contamination HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D- Lackawanna, joined Gov. Tom Wolf at a news conference today to support a remediation program that would fix toxic schools and address the lead problem in the Scranton School District and other schools across the state. The governor has proposed including more than $12.1 billion in the 2020-21 state budget to reduce the risks to Pennsylvanians from lead and asbestos, and remediating existing toxins in schools, day care centers, homes and public water systems. Flynn said nine buildings in the Scranton School District have water fountains with high levels of lead and all but four schools have asbestos contamination. “We must do everything that is necessary to complete what should have been corrected 20 plus years ago and these health concerns to our children, teachers and staff must be addressed soon,” Flynn said. “Without proper and fair funding of our school districts we do not have the resources to properly educate our children, let alone provide for this costly remediation.” The Lackawanna County legislator said everyone is very much aware that the greatest threat from these contaminants is the long-term negative effects on the children, including cognitive impairment, low IQ and poor ability to pay attention. Wolf’s proposed budget investments to Read more

 

Rep. Flynn brings home more than $800K for economic projects

(Jan 22, 2020)

Flynn brings home more than $800K for economic projects HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Commonwealth Financing Authority today approved 14 projects in his district totaling $857,838. “These projects will improve the quality of life for our residents and enhance our long-term economic development plans,” Flynn said. “I would like to thank state Senator John Blake and my fellow legislative colleagues for working together in a bipartisan way to bring funding back to Northeast Pennsylvania.” The Local Share Accounts grants include: $125,000 to the Greater Scranton YMCA to replace 16 boilers at its Dunmore facility. The total project cost is $299,675. $125,000 to Lackawanna College for Mobile E-Sports Arena Space for technology upgrades. The total project cost is $201,866. $100,000 to United Cerebral Palsy of Northeast PA to purchase two wheelchair vans fitted for ADA accessibility for its Adult Day Training program. The total project cost is $108,350. $100,000 to the West Scranton Community Development Building Acquisition project to purchase and renovate a building located at 310-316 N. Main Ave. and 1018 Lafayette St. in Scranton. The total project cost is $143,785. $90,000 to MetroAction to establish a small business revolving loan fund for small businesses in Lackawanna County. The total project cost is $2.5 million. $75,000 to Read more

 

New laws take effect and state liquor system has banner year

(Jan 13, 2020)

https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/opinion/columns/43812/around-the-state-new-laws-take-effect-state-liquor-system-has-banner-year Read more

 

Rep Flynn: Pennsylvania's hemp program accepting applications

(Jan 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s 2020 hemp program will begin accepting applications from both commercial growers and processors in the state starting Jan. 4 through April 1, 2020. Flynn said this year growers and processors of hemp are required to apply. “It’s not often that we get to renew or promote a new industry in our commonwealth, particularly one that has the potential of becoming a major industry in the next decade,” Flynn said. Over the last two years, the state House of Representatives unanimously passed, and sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk, legislation including language sponsored by Flynn that established an industrial hemp research pilot program in Pennsylvania. The legislation was signed by the governor. In 2017 and 2018, the department administered the Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program, legitimized by the 2014 Farm Bill and authorized in Pennsylvania statute by the Industrial Hemp Research Act. The 2014 Federal Farm Bill only allows pilot programs initiated and performed by colleges and the state Department of Agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. The legislation passed and created such a program. “This is particularly ironic in that Pennsylvania was the capitol of hemp farming in the mid 1700’s, also one of the first pieces of commonwealth legislation, was a bill passed by the Read more

 

Rep Flynn: $25,000 in state revitalization funding coming to Scranton

(Dec 30, 2019)

SCRANTON, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said the United Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania will receive a $25,000 grant to create a neighborhood revitalization plan for the Pinebrook section of Scranton. “This funding is an investment in our area, which will continue to make Scranton a location where local businesses will thrive and help our local economy,” Flynn said. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's Keystone Communities program. The Keystone Communities program supports local initiatives designed to grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, foster effective public-private partnerships, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents. For more information, visit the DCED website . Read more

 

Flynn: $50,000 grant awarded to area technical school to train local students

(Dec 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 19 – A $50,000 grant from the state Department of Education has been awarded to the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County, according to state Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna. “Today’s students will be the employees of tomorrow and they deserve every investment we can make to ensure they are prepared for their future,” Flynn said. “This funding will ensure these students will get the experience they need and give them a better path to success when they enter the workforce.” Flynn noted that the funding will be used to purchase the following: HVAC and refrigeration training equipment. Automotive training equipment including a heavy duty 2-post lift, an ironworker machine and a Power MIG 350 welder. In all, Gov. Tom Wolf approved $1.2 million in competitive grants for 32 different projects throughout Pennsylvania. Each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source which could include local school funds or contributions from businesses and industry partners. Read more

 

Rep Flynn announces more than $182K state funding for Scranton

(Dec 18, 2019)

SCRANTON, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, said community improvement projects inthe 113 th Legislative District will receive $182,500 in state funding through the Neighborhood Assistance Program. NAP encourages private capital in projects designed to help distressed areas or low-income populations in a neighborhood by offering tax credits for the investment. $160,000 will be awarded to United Neighborhood Center of Scranton. $22,500 will be awarded to Scranton Neighborhood Housing Services. “The private partnership encouraged by the Neighborhood Assistance Program can benefit many important projects designed to help the people of Scranton, such as with affordable housing, community services, crime prevention, education, job training, charitable food, eradicating blight, veterans’ initiatives, long-term community revitalization and addressing special population issues,” Flynn said. Flynn said the United Neighborhood Center of Scranton will use its community investments to enhance the business district on Cedar Avenue corridor by creating an incubator for small business, offering entrepreneurship and leadership skills to the immigrant community and expanding the community farmers market, as well as assisting city residents with crucial homeownership services to help prevent future mortgage delinquency and foreclosure. Scranton Neighborhood Housing Services will use its investment to assist Read more

 

Rep Flynn: $25,000 in state funding awarded to JED Pool Tools Inc. in Scranton

(Dec 16, 2019)

Flynn: $25,000 in state funding awarded to JED Pool Tools Inc. in Scranton. Scranton, Dec. 16 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, announced a $25,000 Pennsylvania Ben Franklin Technology Partners investment grant has been awarded to JED Pool Tools Inc. to further develop sales and operations planning and to enhance the business productivity. Flynn said the company manufactures pool and spa maintenance equipment. “I am pleased that JED Pools has been recognized as a recipient of this grant to enhance their business and allow the company to work with Lehigh University Center for supply chain management,” Flynn said. Flynn said JED Pool Tools also provides plastic fabrication toll manufacturing through its custom injection molding division, Northeastern Plastics. As the only domestic producer of its line, JED can address difficult international competition and promote reshoring initiatives. The Lackawanna County lawmaker said Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ strategy encompasses three key areas. Developing and growing early-stage, technology-oriented companies. Supporting established manufacturers as they creatively apply new technology to help them succeed globally by producing better, faster and at a lower cost. Promoting an innovative community-wide infrastructure that supports Pennsylvania ‘s business technology ecosystem. Read more

 

Ways to safeguard your personal information while holiday shopping online

(Dec 16, 2019)

Ways to safeguard your personal information while holiday shopping online Read more

 

Flynn announces $500,000 in state funding for Scranton School District

(Dec 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today announced $500,000 in state education funding has been approved for the Scranton School District. “This funding goes to the children in school districts that need more help,” Flynn said. “As I continue fighting for fair education funding, this money will benefit the students of the Scranton School District to give them more opportunities to succeed.” The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Empowerment funds, which was created in 2000 under the Education Empowerment Act. The funds are only distributed to school districts that are either in financial recovery or have a history of low-test performance. The Scranton School District is currently undergoing a five-year long recovery plan to resolve its mounting financial problems. Read more

 

The state accepting LIHEAP applications

(Dec 03, 2019)

The state is accepting LIHEAP applications Read more

 

2019-20 Veterans’ Trust Fund is accepting grant applications for programs

(Nov 19, 2019)

2019-20 Veterans’ Trust Fund is accepting grant applications for programs. Area counties are encouraged to submit their applications Read more

 

Rep Flynn announces $215K in local transportation projects

(Nov 12, 2019)

SCRANTON, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna has announced two transportation funding grants totaling $215,000 to make upgrades to area roadways in Lackawanna County. Flynn worked in cooperation with state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, to obtain the grant funding. Flynn outlined the grants awarded: $120,000 grant to South Abington Township to pave Simerell Road, which is currently a gravel road. $95,000 grant to rehabilitate the Cliff Street underpass to make it ADA-compliant across the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Lackawanna County Intermodal Transportation Center, which is accessible only by vehicle down a very narrow winding incline to the site. “These projects are an important part of Scranton’s continued economic and recreational development, and it’s rewarding to be able to continue to invest in local projects,” Flynn said. Flynn said Simerell Road serves as direct access to South Abington businesses and larger travel arteries such as state routes 6 &11, I-81 and I-476. Simerell Road is also a bus route, which serves Abington School District. Total project cost is $142,670. Flynn said the Steamtown project cost totals $107,467 The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. Read more

 

2/18/20 – Municipal Tax Burden – Scranton
Feb 20, 2020

Flynn: What Are We Doing to Protect our Workers?
Feb 19, 2020

Flynn: How Can We Remove Inefficiencies?
Feb 19, 2020

Rep Flynn, Policy Committee look at municipal tax burden in the state
Feb 18, 2020

Rep. Flynn to hold Policy Committee hearing on municipal tax burden Tuesday in Scranton
Feb 12, 2020

Proposed budget increases funding for education, seniors and infrastructure
Feb 11, 2020

House passes human trafficking bills to protect victims
Jan 31, 2020

Rep Flynn supports governor's plan to address Scranton School District's high lead and asbestos contamination
Jan 29, 2020

Rep. Flynn brings home more than $800K for economic projects
Jan 22, 2020

New laws take effect and state liquor system has banner year
Jan 13, 2020

Rep Flynn: Pennsylvania's hemp program accepting applications
Jan 03, 2020

Rep Flynn: $25,000 in state revitalization funding coming to Scranton
Dec 30, 2019

Flynn: $50,000 grant awarded to area technical school to train local students
Dec 19, 2019

Rep Flynn announces more than $182K state funding for Scranton
Dec 18, 2019

Rep Flynn: $25,000 in state funding awarded to JED Pool Tools Inc. in Scranton
Dec 16, 2019

Ways to safeguard your personal information while holiday shopping online
Dec 16, 2019

Flynn announces $500,000 in state funding for Scranton School District
Dec 04, 2019

The state accepting LIHEAP applications
Dec 03, 2019

2019-20 Veterans’ Trust Fund is accepting grant applications for programs
Nov 19, 2019

Rep Flynn announces $215K in local transportation projects
Nov 12, 2019