Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Announce $500,000 in Funding to Morrisville Borough School District

(Oct 23, 2020)

BUCKS COUNTY – October 23, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced today that Morrisville Borough School District will receive $500,000 in supplemental funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). In 2019, Senator Santarsiero and Representatives Warren and Galloway were able to secure an agreement by the state to provide the District with a total of $1 million in supplemental funding. The supplemental funding was needed to help the District overcome budget shortfalls created, in part, by the fact that for many years Morrisville has not received its fair share in funding from the state under Pennsylvania’s basic education funding formula. The first $500,000 of that money was released in 2019. This payment represents the remainder of the supplemental funding under that agreement. “This funding for Morrisville School District helps meet a critical need to support the district in providing quality education to all students,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “These funds will ensure the district can continue to meet the needs of its students and faculty, as it works to protect the health and safety of its teachers and students amid the ongoing pandemic. As I have said many times before, I am a strong advocate for increasing funding for Morrisville School District by fixing the state funding formula which unfairly shortchanges the district. I will Read more

 

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill headed to governor’s desk

(Oct 21, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. John Galloway announced that his H.B. 716, to establish a joint agency task force to address the misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, unanimously passed the Senate today and awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s action. “A whole cottage industry has emerged to teach people how to break laws and misclassify workers as independent contractors,” he said. “By taking advantage of loopholes, employers deliberately cut labor costs, pay fewer tax dollars and avoid paying people a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. “Pennsylvania also could be losing $200 million or more a year in federal income taxes, $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenues, and as much as $83 million in workers compensation premiums. A misclassified worker also loses an estimated $6,000 in overtime pay due to this illegal practice. “What we’re talking about is money: More than anything else this is a revenue bill. We’re talking about recouping hundreds of millions of dollars lost every single year.” Galloway added that intentionally misclassifying employee labor also creates an uneven playing field, on which law-abiding businesses lose. The bill would amend the Administrative Code of 1929 to establish the Joint Agency Talk Force on the Misclassification of Employees. Members of the task force would include Pennsylvania’s attorney general; secretary of Labor Read more

 

House passes Galloway bill to create mental health resource network for schools

(Sep 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30 – A bill sponsored by state Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, to help Pennsylvania schools connect families to community mental health resources unanimously passed the House today. House Bill 2331 would create a mental health care services clearinghouse to help school personnel connect families to community mental health resources. “Too many children struggle with untreated mental health issues, and it can be difficult for schools to provide them with the necessary care and services. This bill would create a critical network to help schools, communities and health care providers share information about mental health resources and programs,” Galloway said. “I’m grateful to my colleagues for their support and I hope the Senate will consider this legislation quickly. It’s time we make sure students receive the care they need.” According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five youths younger than 14 have a mental health condition, but less than half of these children receive mental health care. The mental health care services clearinghouse would be a publicly accessible registry of mental health care resources available across the commonwealth. In addition, this clearinghouse would allow school personnel to learn about and take advantage of existing programs and resources for their schools. Galloway has also sponsored Read more

 

Galloway: Local school to provide fresh fruits and veggies to students thanks to state grant

(Sep 22, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Sept. 22 – State Rep. John Galloway announced today that Snyder-Grotti Elementary School has been awarded grant money to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day. “Students need fresh, healthy foods to perform well at school and to grow into healthy adults,” Galloway, D-Bucks, said. “I’m pleased that the Department of Education is providing this grant money during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption and positively impact students’ present and future health. FFVP was first implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and expanded to all 50 states in 2008. Funding priority is given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Grantees are required to spend a majority of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables and must develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs. Schools are also required to provide nutrition education to students but cannot use FFVP funding to purchase nutrition education materials. For a list of the 2020 grant recipients, visit PDE’s Read more

 

Davis and Galloway: $149K in grant funding for Truman Senior High School

(Aug 26, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 26 – State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced that Truman Senior High School had been awarded $149,278 in grants to improve its educational services for historically underserved students. The school had been designated for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. “The coronavirus pandemic has affected schools’ ability to teach their students, especially their most vulnerable student populations,” Davis said. “This funding will help Truman put systems in place so that all students are academically engaged during this challenging period.” This grant money comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which authorizes governors to determine the educational use of Governor's Emergency Education Relief funds. ESSA requires states to develop plans to designate schools for support and improvement based on the performance of individual student groups in key areas, including academic achievement and growth; graduation rate and English learner progress; and student success factors such as regular attendance and chronic absenteeism. Student groups include race, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Galloway said, “We don’t know what the fall will bring in terms of the pandemic, so I am glad that Truman will have the funds needed to Read more

 

Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway, Announce $35,050 Grant to Morrisville Borough School District for Education Continuity

(Aug 07, 2020)

MORRISVILLE – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced that Morrisville Borough School District will receive a $35,050 Continuing of Education Equity Grant (CEEG) for the 2020-21 academic year from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). CEEG grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. These grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used towards providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority in receiving these grants. “I am pleased to see Morrisville School District receive this critical funding to help ensure its students have the resources they need to succeed,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “During these uncertain times, our school districts need support as they work to protect the health and safety of teachers and students while providing quality education to all students. I have long advocated for funding for Morrisville School District, and will continue to urge PDE to increase funding to the district.” “With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the transition to Read more

 

Galloway self-discloses potential exposure to COVID-19: Lawmaker’s last contact with Harrisburg complex was prior to potential exposure

(Aug 03, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, Aug. 3 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today released the following statement regarding contact with an individual who recently tested positive for COVID-19. “This morning I was informed that I have been in contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19,” Galloway said. “Due to this exposure, I have my closed my district office, I have advised my staff to self-quarantine and I will be self-quarantining for the next 14 days. “Upon learning of this exposure, I immediately contacted the Democratic Caucus Human Resources Office who, in turn, notified the Chief Clerk’s office in Harrisburg. My district office will remain closed for the next 14 days. “The last time I was in Harrisburg was for legislative session on July 14, 2020, so Human Resources is not concerned about any possible transmission from this exposure to the Harrisburg complex.” Read more

 

Sen. Santarsiero, Reps. Warren and Galloway Announce $227,805 Grant to Morrisville Borough to Improve Pedestrian Safety

(Jul 17, 2020)

BUCKS COUNTY?– State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10), along with State Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140), announced that Morrisville Borough will receive $227,805 from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Multimodal Transportation Fund. The funding will go toward improving the pedestrian and traffic signals at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Trenton Avenue in Morrisville Borough. “This funding for Morrisville Borough will help make much-needed safety improvements at this busy intersection,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “The forthcoming changes will help keep both pedestrians and drivers safe, while improving pedestrian access to the local businesses nearby. I am pleased to support Morrisville and its continued progress to improve the community.” "The improvements funded by this grant will enhance both traffic safety and quality of life in Morrisville,” said Rep. Warren. “I was pleased to assist Morrisville Borough Council and the Mayor with their efforts in pursuing this funding for the benefit of their residents, neighbors and businesses." “This is great news for the residents of Morrisville Borough,” said Rep. Galloway. “This money can help improve the quality of life for all of the Borough.” The Morrisville Borough project is one of 27 projects announced statewide through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. PennDOT Read more

 

Galloway Introduces two COVID-19-related financial services bills

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, announced that his Covid-19 related bills, which would waive penalties for early CD withdrawals during COVID-19 (H.B. 2580) and would waive fees for remote banking and ATM charges during COVID-19 (H.B. 2581), were both introduced and referred to the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday. “Families across Pennsylvania have been hard hit financially from the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Galloway said. “My bills are aimed at alleviating the pains that have ensued by removing penalties from early withdrawals of CDs and by making it illegal for financial institutions to charge fees for remote transactions or uses of ATMs. “If they were enacted, both bills would be in effect until 90 days after the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration issued by the governor has expired.” Galloway said that CDs, or a certificates of deposit, are popular products offered by banks and credit unions because they provide higher interest rates in exchange for leaving a lump-sum deposit untouched for a period of 6 months to 3 or more years.. At the end of the term, known as the maturity date, the depositor can withdraw his or her funds penalty free, and with a few dollars in earned interest on top of the initial deposit. According to Galloway, CDs are a safer and more conservative way for people to invest their money than Read more

 

Galloway’s children’s mental health bills voted out of committee

(May 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 20 – State Rep. John Galloway today announced his two bills to expand and support children’s mental health services in Pennsylvania’s schools were unanimously voted out of committee. “Our students are crying out for help,” Galloway said. “Earlier this year, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that the majority of the 40,000 calls last year to the anonymous tip line, Safe2Say Something, concerned students struggling with mental health issues such as suicide, self-harm, depression and anxiety. “Now it’s time to expand the mental health resources available for our children in the commonwealth.” According to Galloway, approximately one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, only half of these children receive counseling. Those left with untreated mental health disorders often: struggle with behavioral and academic issues in school, such as delinquency and dropping out; have trouble with the criminal justice system; abuse drugs as a means to cope with their illness; become dependent on social services; and, in extreme cases, commit suicide. “Children’s untreated mental health issues are one of the most pressing issues our society faces,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Early detection and treatment of mental health issues literally saves lives, Read more

 

Davis, Galloway sign letter of support for curbside pickup sent to governor

(May 19, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, May 19 – State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway, both D-Bucks, announced today they signed a letter sent by the Senate Democratic Caucus to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that the commonwealth allow for curbside pickup at all retail locations. “At this point, we can open additional sectors of the economy while continuing to flatten the curve as long as social distancing and good hygiene is practiced, and personal protective equipment (PPE) is used,” Davis said. “It’s time to get our economy moving again,” Galloway said. “Our small businesses can have curbside pickup while using the tools and practices that will protect the public health.” In the letter, the legislators contend that the 18 counties still in red phase are close to moving to yellow, and are ready and able to take the necessary steps needed to open additional sectors of the economy in a way that is consistent with the goal of mitigation. They point to neighboring state New Jersey as an example of a state that allows for curbside pickup. Davis and Galloway said that the collective sacrifices made to protect vulnerable populations in this pandemic has led to grave economic insecurities and hardship for many in Bucks County. “As the coronavirus pandemic continues to show signs of slowing in the state, it’s time to help our struggling communities by letting them get back to work,” Davis and Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Call on Governor Wolf to Increase Funding for Morrisville School District

(May 05, 2020)

MORRISVILLE, May 1—State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representatives Perry Warren (D-31) and John Galloway (D-140) held a virtual press conference today to discuss the critical need for funding to support Morrisville School District. They were joined by representatives of Morrisville School District and Morrisville Borough. The legislators called on Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to review demographic data that has been used to calculate the state funding Morrisville School District receives. The shortfall in funding stems from an unintended consequence in the way that both the existing and new funding formulas are calculated for Morrisville (a conclusion supported by the fact that even under the new, so-called fair funding formula, Morrisville actually receives less support from the state than under the older allocation). For the 2020-21 fiscal year, the formulas are based in part on a projected 5-year median household income in Morrisville of nearly $75,000, well above some of the most challenged districts in the state. But that number is not accurate. It is not limited to the income of people living within the municipal – and, therefore, school district – boundaries of Morrisville Borough. Instead, it includes large numbers of residents in nearby Lower Makefield Township and Yardley Borough, who share the 19067 zip code with their neighbors in Morrisville. When looking only at Read more

 

COVID-19 Legislation

(Mar 26, 2020)

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Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $5K grant to support census outreach activities

(Mar 18, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, March 18 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library received a $5,000 grant to support grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 Census across Pennsylvania. The funds were awarded by the Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program. The program focuses on supporting efforts to promote participation in the census that target hard-to-count populations including, but not limited to, those who do not speak English as their primary language; ethnic minority, immigrant, and rural communities; children; the elderly; the LGBTQ population; and individuals experiencing homelessness . “The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library has played a leading role in community building in the Bristol Borough for generations,” Galloway said. “I’m glad to see its critical grassroots efforts to promote participation in the census in Bristol Borough will be supported.” The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library is named after the sister of the late Pennsylvania state Sen. Joseph R. Grundy. The Grundy Foundation maintains and operates the senator's family home as a museum; maintains and operates a community library; and makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest to those in Bristol Borough. Read more

 

Galloway: United Christian Church awarded $24K in security grants

(Mar 11, 2020)

LEVITTOWN, March 11 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced United Christian Church in Levittown received a $24,016 security grant award. “This grant money will help keep the members of this faith community safe so they can worship without fear,” Galloway said. The money may be used for the following: safety and security planning; purchase of safety and security equipment or technology; safety and security training; and threat awareness and response training. The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime or had a credible hate-crime threat. More information on the program is available at this link . Read more

 

Galloway introduces bill to create mental health care services clearinghouse

(Mar 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 6 – State Rep. John Galloway introduced a bill in the House this week that would create a mental health care services clearinghouse to assist school personnel in connecting families to community mental health resources. “Untreated mental health issues are one of the most pressing issues our society faces,” said Galloway, D-Bucks. “Early detection and treatment of mental health issues literally saves lives, mitigating the effects of the illnesses and giving our children the skills to cope with them. “But our schools lack the resources needed to provide care and services to their students.” Approximately one in six children between the ages of 6 and 17 in the United States has a treatable mental health disorder, such as depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, Galloway said, only half of these children receive counseling in part due to the school counselor to student ratio in Pennsylvania is 1 to 387. Children left with untreated mental health disorders often struggle with behavioral and academic issues in school, such as delinquency and dropping out; have trouble with the criminal justice system; abuse drugs as a means to cope with their illness; become dependent on social services; and, in extreme cases, take their own lives. Galloway says there is a critical need for a network between schools, communities and health providers to share information about mental health care resources and programs. Read more

 

Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $4K state grant

(Mar 04, 2020)

DOYLESTOWN, March 4 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, today announced the Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum received a $4,000 grant. The funds were awarded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. The program provides general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agencies operating support programs. “This grant money is well deserved,” Galloway said. “The museum reminds us both of Bucks County’s rich historical past and the legacy of a great public servant -- Senator Joseph R. Grundy -- who, through his philanthropic foundation, continues improve the lives of many in the area.” The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Museum is named after the sister of the late Sen. Grundy. The museum brings to life the late Victorian era in which the Grundys lived. The Grundy Foundation maintains and operates the senator's familial home as a museum; maintains and operates a community library; and makes charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest to those in Bristol Borough. For more information about this program, visit https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx . Read more

 

Galloway to attend Bucks Crime Stoppers Tipster Rewards

(Feb 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 24 – State Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, will accompany District Attorney Matthew B. Weintraub to tonight’s event awarding rewards for tips submitted to the Bucks County Crime Stoppers Push Out the Pusher campaign at 5:30 p.m. at Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Road, Warrington. Established in 2017, the Push Out the Pusher campaign’s goal is to enable Bucks County inhabitants to take an active role in driving drug dealers out of their neighborhoods. Rewards of up to $5,000 are offered for tips that lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of drug dealers. As Crime Stoppers’ president, Galloway has been a strong promoter of the Push Out the Pusher campaign. “Push Out the Pusher empowers Bucks County residents to reclaim their streets from drug dealers, making their neighborhoods safe for everyone,” Galloway said. “I’m very pleased by the success of the Push Out the Pusher campaign to rid Bucks County of persons who are literally poisoning our neighborhoods with drugs.” The tips rewarded tonight directly aided in drug dealers’ convictions as well as the seizure of drugs. A tipster from Quakertown exposed two neighbors in 2019 who had conspired to sell drugs, including THC and methamphetamine, out of their homes. The dealers were both sentenced to county prison. Tips from Warminster helped police close a multi-million-dollar heroin and fentanyl Read more

 

Bucks County lawmakers announce $306,254 grant for criminal justice diversion programs for opioid use disorder

(Feb 18, 2020)

State Reps. John Galloway and Perry Warren announced the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs will award a $306,254 grant for the implementation of new criminal justice diversion programs and the expansion of existing programs in Bucks County for individuals with opioid use disorder. Read more

 

Galloway announces grant to fund food service equipment for Penn Valley Elementary School

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – A grant of $5,709 will allow the Penn Valley Elementary School to purchase needed equipment for its cafeteria, including a convection steamer, state Rep. John Galloway announced today. Galloway, D-Bucks, said the grant is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias. “This grant will ensure our students are getting healthy school lunches, which will help them grow physically and intellectually. School lunch programs are particularly crucial for food insecure students for whom their school lunch is their main meal of the day,” Galloway said. “I am glad that Penn Valley Elementary School has received assistance to help them carry out this important mission.” Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to ensure safe food handling. Read more

 

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Announce $500,000 in Funding to Morrisville Borough School District
Oct 23, 2020

Galloway’s employee misclassification bill headed to governor’s desk
Oct 21, 2020

House passes Galloway bill to create mental health resource network for schools
Sep 30, 2020

Galloway: Local school to provide fresh fruits and veggies to students thanks to state grant
Sep 22, 2020

Davis and Galloway: $149K in grant funding for Truman Senior High School
Aug 26, 2020

Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway, Announce $35,050 Grant to Morrisville Borough School District for Education Continuity
Aug 07, 2020

Galloway self-discloses potential exposure to COVID-19: Lawmaker’s last contact with Harrisburg complex was prior to potential exposure
Aug 03, 2020

Sen. Santarsiero, Reps. Warren and Galloway Announce $227,805 Grant to Morrisville Borough to Improve Pedestrian Safety
Jul 17, 2020

Galloway Introduces two COVID-19-related financial services bills
Jun 10, 2020

Galloway’s children’s mental health bills voted out of committee
May 20, 2020

Davis, Galloway sign letter of support for curbside pickup sent to governor
May 19, 2020

Senator Santarsiero, Representatives Warren and Galloway Call on Governor Wolf to Increase Funding for Morrisville School District
May 05, 2020

COVID-19 Legislation
Mar 26, 2020

Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $5K grant to support census outreach activities
Mar 18, 2020

Galloway: United Christian Church awarded $24K in security grants
Mar 11, 2020

Galloway introduces bill to create mental health care services clearinghouse
Mar 06, 2020

Galloway: Bristol museum awarded $4K state grant
Mar 04, 2020

Galloway to attend Bucks Crime Stoppers Tipster Rewards
Feb 24, 2020

Bucks County lawmakers announce $306,254 grant for criminal justice diversion programs for opioid use disorder
Feb 18, 2020

Galloway announces grant to fund food service equipment for Penn Valley Elementary School
Jan 28, 2020