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House committee OKs extended participation in Main Street program

(May 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 16 – The House Local Government Committee unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Robert Freeman that would allow communities to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street program from five years to 10 years. Read more

 

Improvements proposed to historic preservation tax credit program

(May 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Reps. Robert Freeman, Lee James and state Sen. David G. Argall said a report about the state’s historic preservation incentive tax credit program shows it is successful but that it should be enhanced. Read more

 

Auditor general would examine legislature’s expenses, under Freeman bill

(Apr 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – The state auditor general would be required to audit the General Assembly’s expenses and its legislative services agencies annually, under legislation introduced by state Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton. Read more

 

Freeman bill would permit extended participation in Main Street program

(Apr 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 16 – Communities would be allowed to extend their participation in the state’s Main Street program an additional five years, for up to 10 years, under legislation introduced by state Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Improvements proposed to historic preservation tax credit program

(Apr 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – State Reps. Robert Freeman and Lee James and state Sens. David G. Argall and Judy Schwank today introduced legislation that would make improvements to the state historic preservation incentive tax credit program. Read more

 

Easton projects funded through $3.1 million in state grants

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – An elementary school, numerous streetscape and pedestrian safety improvements and a new hydro facility will be built in Easton, thanks to more than $3.1 million in state grants that were awarded today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, announced Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Freeman: Easton to receive community revitalization grant

(Feb 25, 2019)

EASTON, Feb. 25 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced the city of Easton has received a $25,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities program. As one of 43 recipients, Easton will utilize the funding to develop a comprehensive and citywide economic development strategy to continue building on current successful initiatives and to assist in attracting new investments, increasing the tax base and lowering the overall crime rate. “I am happy to see that Easton received this critical funding and to be able to continue building a stronger community,” Freeman said. “Strong communities and strong economies go hand-in-hand, and I am proud to advocate for investments that support both. This grant will help assess what currently works and what more can be done in the future to enhance all aspects of our community.” The Keystone Communities program is designed to support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents. Since January 2015, the Wolf administration approved more than $22 million through the program to fund 131 projects statewide, including façade grants for businesses, accessible housing projects, public infrastructure improvements, and other projects to strengthen Read more

 

Lower Saucon Road Bridge to be replaced with state grant

(Feb 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – A Northampton County bridge will be replaced thanks in part to a $219,640 state grant which was awarded today, according to Rep. Robert Freeman. Read more

 

Rep. Freeman joins bipartisan effort to push rules reform

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, participated in a news conference today to unveil resolutions designed to give Pennsylvania residents more transparency in the legislative process. A group of House Democrats and Republican lawmakers are offering several reforms to the House rules at the beginning of the 2019-20 legislative session. Freeman plans to introduce a resolution that would amend the House rules to ensure the integrity of the discharge resolution process. This resolution is one in a package of proposed rules changes being promoted by Fair Districts PA. “My resolution would ensure that parliamentary maneuvers could not be used to block the discharging of a bill from committee,” Freeman said. Freeman said under his proposal to change the rules, once the discharge resolution has been placed on the House calendar, the committee in possession of the bill would not be able to take any action on the bill other than reporting it to the full House for consideration without amending it. “The House rules procedure is complicated enough and this package of bills would provide a clearer rules process that allows good legislation to move forward without being bottled up in committee,” Freeman said. Other proposals the bipartisan group is fighting for include: Giving citizens more time to offer input on House Rules by making the rules adopted on January 1 st temporary for 75 days and Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 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! Read more

 

Rep. Freeman reappointed Democratic chiarman of the House Local Government Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

Freeman reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Bob Freeman, D-Northampton, has been reappointed Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. Freeman has served as the Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee since 2006. He authored legislation that created the state’s Elm Street program, which assists older urban residential areas in revitalizing their neighborhoods. He was also one of the leaders in the Municipalities Planning Code revisions enacted in 2000 that became Acts 67 and 68 of that year. “I am extremely honored to serve as Democratic chairman of the House Local Government Committee since 2006,” Freeman said. “I have many shared goals with local governments to implement legislation that would benefit the communities of Pennsylvania." The 136 th Legislative District includes Easton, all of Williams and parts Lower Saucon and Palmer townships, and the boroughs of Freemansburg, Glendon, Hellertown Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Samuelson, Freeman to hold holiday diaper drive starting Dec. 3

(Nov 28, 2018)

Samuelson, Freeman to hold holiday diaper drive starting Dec. 3 BETHLEHEM, Nov. 28 – State Reps. Steve Samuelson and Bob Freeman, both D-Northampton, will be accepting donations of children’s and adult diapers at their constituent services offices. The diaper drive will be held from Dec. 3-21 at Freeman’s office at 215 Northampton St., Easton and Samuelson’s office at 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. “I am encouraging everyone to donate diapers during this holiday season because many families in our community struggle to cover the cost of diapers, and having an adequate supply of diapers available is a basic necessity for those who care for children and incontinent seniors,” Samuelson said. Samuelson and Freeman said they are accepting adult and children’s disposable diapers including newborn to size six, as well as adult diapers and undergarments sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. “The diaper drive will greatly help families with what can be a sizeable part of a limited family budget,” Freeman said “We are seeking to collect diapers to help needy families because there is no federal or state safety-net program to specifically cover the cost of diapers, which can run $900 or more per year,” Samuelson said. “And our network of food banks in the Lehigh Valley do not receive regular donations of diapers. Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Northampton County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. 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

 

Statement from Jewish members of Pa. House on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

(Oct 27, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – State Reps. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, Michael Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., today issued the following statement on the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh: “We are shocked, horrified and deeply saddened by the tragic shooting today at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Our deepest sympathies are with the victims, their families and friends, and the entire community as we all begin to come to terms with what transpired today. We are also immeasurably grateful to the swift and courageous response of local law enforcement who managed to force the suspect into surrendering, and we salute particularly those officers who were injured in the fight. “These acts of hate and violence have no place in our communities, our Commonwealth or our country. Sadly, they have become all too common. And for it to occur in a synagogue on the Sabbath is all the more heartbreaking, that someone would take the holiest of days to murder innocent worshipers. “With each shooting we all ask, 'Will this be the one that prompts real change?' Yet, instead of fostering change, it seems to foster a numbness and a callousness in our culture, a culture that accepts these incidents as a fact of life. We cannot and will not live in a society where we have to explain to our children and their children that this behavior is something that just happens in the United Read more

 

Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Northampton County and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Pennsylvania receives extension for REAL ID

(Oct 11, 2018)

Pennsylvania has been granted a REAL ID enforcement extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through August 1, 2019. This extension means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities or boarding domestic commercial aircraft through at least that date. REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and photo ID cards will be available from PennDOT at the customer’s option beginning March 2019. PennDOT is encouraging customers to pre-verify for REAL ID the required documentation as soon as possible, giving them ample time to prepare. More information about what documents will be required is available on PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website . More information about REAL ID, including frequently asked questions , can be found at www.dmv.pa.gov . Read more

 

Your Report from Rep. Robert Freeman: Fall 2018

(Sep 06, 2018)

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Freeman announces preservation grant for Easton’s Simon silk mill project

(Aug 09, 2018)

EASTON, Aug. 9 – State Rep. Robert Freeman announced today that the Simon Silk Mill in Easton was awarded $200,000 in tax credits through the 2017-18 Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, leveraging more than $7 million in estimated construction expenditures. “The use of these historic tax credits will greatly assist the ongoing revitalization of the former silk mill complex," said Freeman, D-Northampton. "We have already seen how the Simon Silk Mill is being transformed into apartments, restaurants and other commercial spaces. This funding will compliment that effort and help keep it moving forward." Freeman said the use of historic tax credits for the rehabilitation of the impressive 19 th -century buildings that make up the silk mill complex reflects the historic significance of this National Historic Register-listed property. “The Simon Silk Mill complex demonstrates the great potential that comes from the adaptive reuse of older factory buildings,” Freeman noted. The Department of Community and Economic Development, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, administers the Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program. Since 2013, the program has invested more than $15 million to revitalize 81 historic buildings across the commonwealth that contribute to the distinct character of Pennsylvania. The application date for fiscal year 2018-19 is Nov. 1. More information about the program can be Read more