Isaacson Rallies For Menstrual Product Accessibility

(1 day ago)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson participated in a rally to address period poverty. She discussed legislation that would help make menstrual products more accessible across the commonwealth. Read more


Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School receives $12,000 Safe School Targeted Grant

(Oct 21, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School has been awarded $12,205 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives. “We unfortunately live in a time where making such measures are a necessity. No child or staff member should have to fear for their lives. Our schools are supposed to provide a safe, learning environment,” Isaacson said. “Crucial investments like these grants for our schools not only provide a little peace of mind, but also continue to be great investments for our future.” The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced $7.2 million in Safe Schools Targeted Grants, awarded to schools to prevent and reduce violent incidents. The grants are used to purchase safety and security-related equipment, and grants can be used to fund training for staff and police officers. “Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School appreciates being selected for this grant. We believe that our student’s safety is paramount. This grant gives us the means to maintain a safe environment and continue our efforts to be a beacon of hope in inner city Philadelphia,” said Ed Coleman, principal. PDE’s Office for Safe Schools offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants of up to $25,000; program grants of up to $20,000; School Police Officer grants of up to $40,000; and School Resource Read more


Isaacson calls for more action to fight opioid epidemic

(Sep 17, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17 – This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is recognizing Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week following a resolution introduced by state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila. While Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week is also nationally recognized, Isaacson said her resolution is meant to underscore the need for a solution in the Commonwealth, which suffered one of the highest rates of opioid-related deaths in the nation in 2017. “The opioid crisis has taken a physical and emotional toll on millions of Pennsylvanians, and it impacts people across races, genders, incomes and religions,” Isaacson said. “It is time for us lawmakers and elected officials to recommit ourselves to finding a solution to this problem so we can all continue the long process of healing together.” Isaacson also expressed support for the opioid disaster declaration signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in June. The declaration, which loosens regulations that slow down access to treatment, includes planned naloxone distribution days to get free kits into the hands of Pennsylvanians. Two upcoming distribution days are slated for Sept. 18 and 25 . Read more


Isaacson: $175,000 awarded to local project

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced that $175,000 in funding has been awarded to help Delaware River Waterfront Corp. with a local project. The $175,000 grant was given for improvements to the Beach Street Trail located in Philadelphia. “I am glad to see this money come to the district to help improve the Delaware River Trail and recreation for residents,” Isaacson said. “I hope the Riverwards community and neighbors will get more use out of this area once the project is complete and further enjoy all that the waterfront has to offer.” The project will include the acquisition of 2.7 acres of property adjacent to the Delaware River in Fishtown, as well as a 1/3-mile extension to the multi-modal Delaware River Trail. This segment of the trail will also connect other segments of the Delaware River Trail via Richmond, Beach and Cumberland streets. The total project cost is estimated to be $4.3 million. The funds were awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Read more


Isaacson Fights To Rid Schools Of Dangerous Toxins

(Sep 06, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson joined the House Democratic Policy Committee to talk about the health concerns outdated school buildings are creating across the commonwealth. She explains the action needed in Harrisburg to ensure students and teachers have a safe learning environment. Read more


Isaacson joins Wolf in call for commonsense gun safety reforms

(Aug 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 16 – The week Philadelphia endured its eighth mass shooting of the year, state Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., joined Gov. Tom Wolf in calling on state legislative leaders to schedule votes on the commonsense gun safety reforms supported by most Americans. At a Capitol news conference today, Wolf signed an executive order directing his administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. He also called on the legislature to act on legislation to make sure guns don’t get in the wrong hands. Isaacson said there are at least a half dozen bills waiting to be voted on to help reduce gun violence in the state. “What more can we say? What more can we do to convince these people that guns are the problem and that there are commonsense solutions,” Isaacson asked, referencing the state and federal lawmakers who have been blocking gun reforms. “The only thing left to be said is that further bloodshed that could be prevented by the commonsense reforms we propose is blood on their hands. The amount of gunfire coming out of the house in North Philly on Wednesday and the amount of gunfire seen in too many other shootings in recent years has our nation at the tipping point and parents afraid Read more


Isaacson Committed To Passing Gun Reform

(Aug 16, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson joined Gov. Tom Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, the Philadelphia Police Department, and other lawmakers in response to the recent mass shooting in the city. She explains her commitment to taking action and passing commonsense gun reform. Read more


Isaacson applauds $5.7 million in state grants for district

(Aug 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 –State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., today announced just over $5.7 million in state funding is being invested in her district for five economic development projects. The state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program awarded funding for the following: $1 million to the Philadelphia Bar Association for the Equal Justice Center, an energy-efficient 160,000-square-foot office building that will contain 14 legal services organizations providing nonprofit legal services to low-income residents. Housing these organizations in one place will also reduce rent and additional operating costs. $702,000 to WHYY Inc. for the finishing stages of the HVAC replacement LED work light installation, a studio LED wall replacement, and window treatment. $1.5 million to the Pennsylvania Ballet Association for a 15,000-square-foot dance facility that will include 50,000 square feet of studios, offices and support spaces; and renovations to the current building. $1.5 million to Yards Brewing Co. for renovations to the 70,000 square-foot space to accommodate the brewery’s production and entertainment spaces, the purchase and installation of brewing equipment and improvements to the facility’s foundation. $1 million to the Parents United for Better Schools Inc. for Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia to construct a two-story gymnasium that will include a basketball court, overlapping cross-courts and proposed Read more


Feeling helpless after getting catcalled? In Philly, there’s a training for that.

(Jul 15, 2019)

So last week at the Lutheran Settlement House, Pa. Rep. Mary Isaacson, whose district includes Fishtown, partnered with educators from Women Organized Against Rape to host what they believe is the city’s first training session specifically for responding to street harassment. Read more


Isaacson announces $237,000 in preservation state grants

(Jun 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Four projects to repair and restore historic sites in the 175th Legislative District were awarded a combined $237,286 in Keystone Historic Preservation grants, announced state Rep. Mary Isaacson. “The district is home to many historical buildings that are desperately in need of repair. They create a unique ambience to those who live here and provide cultural and historical significance to both residents and visitors alike,” Isaacson said. “These grants will help preserve these important landmarks and their stories for generations to come.” The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks was awarded $90,000 to replace the roof on the Powel House and restore other portions of the historic facility. "As an 88-year-old nonprofit stewarding four historic house museums, PhilaLandmarks is incredibly grateful to receive the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for our Powel House Restoration Project,” said Kayla Anthony, executive director. “The assistance received from this grant is integral to the completion of our project and will ensure that the Powel House, the last great Old City Mansion that Washington frequented, remains a cultural asset of the Philadelphia region and an innovative window into the varying historical interpretations of our past.” Additional grant recipients are: Read more


Isaacson joins in ‘Zero Waste PA’ bill package to address single-use plastics, litter and a ‘throwaway’ society

(Apr 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 10 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson today joined other lawmakers and PennEnvironment to announce a package of bills aimed at addressing single-use plastics, pervasive issues of litter and the various environmental harms caused by a "throwaway" society. Legislation in the “Zero Waste PA” package works to address issues created by a disposable society including single-use plastics such as straws, plastic bags and Styrofoam takeout food containers, electronic waste, funding Pennsylvania’s recycling programs and more. “The fee paid by landfill operators on waste received at their landfills was set 30 years ago and hasn’t changed since,” said Isaacson, D-Phila. “But in those three decades, the costs associated with recycling planning and processing by municipalities has gone up, and communities across the state are struggling to keep up. More and more recyclable items are being sent to incinerators and landfills. The increase I am proposing is just one dollar per decade, a fair price worth paying to ensure Pennsylvanians are provided with proper recycling programs and services.” “Every day, unwitting Pennsylvanians are barraged with products that we’re expected to purchase and use, and then throw away. Only, there is no ‘away,’” said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. “Instead, it ends up in landfills where it can cause water pollution, in Read more


Isaacson: Grants announces for Delaware River trail, local sidewalk improvements

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., announced $650,000 in state funding was awarded for the development of a multi-use trail along the Delaware River in the 175 th District and the reconstruction of the 1100 block of Filbert Street. “I have been working in support of the Delaware River trail project since before I took office, so it’s been great to see this project get funding. This will help make the waterfront more accessible and more enjoyable for everyone,” Isaacson said. “I’m also excited to see Filbert Street get needed improvements that will make the area safer for pedestrians.” The Delaware River Waterfront Corp., was awarded $250,000 to assist with the development of a 1,232 foot trail for bicyclists and pedestrians in Penn Treaty Park. The trail will connect to an existing waterfront trail at the Sugarhouse Casino and run northward along the water’s edge to Beach Street. The pedestrian path will be made of stone, while the bicycle path will be asphalt pavement. Additionally, the $400,000 disbursed to the Reading Terminal Market Corp. will aid in the reconstruction of Filbert Street, between 11 th and 12 th streets. The curbs will be removed so that sidewalks can be widened. The improvements will also include new signage, installing retractable bollards, a mounted bicycle corral, and bands of textured asphalt to act as a traffic calming measure. The grants were awarded through the Multimodal Read more


Isaacson: We Must Make Voting Easier

(Feb 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Allentown for a roundtable discussion on protecting voting rights in Pennsylvania. The roundtable focused on a new legislative package from the House Democrats titled Your Vote Counts, which would allow for early voting, additional time for absentee ballots to be submitted, time off to vote, and mail-in ballots. Read more


Isaacson applauds Wolf for budget focused on education and good jobs

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for the initiatives contained in his proposed 2019-20 budget. Wolf delivered his proposal to a joint session of the House and Senate today. “Governor Wolf has really impressed me with his ability to find ways to increase funding for education while simultaneously creating no new taxes,” Isaacson said. “I look forward to his continued leadership and working side-by-side with my colleagues in the House to make sure the final budget he receives is just as innovative as proposed.” Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal includes: No new taxes; A new Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center; A minimum wage increase to $12 per hour; Lowering the age of mandatory school attendance from 8 to 6; Increasing the dropout age from 17 to 18; A study on the benefits of providing free full day kindergarten to all children 5 and up; $200 million more for basic education; $50 million more for pre-k and Head Start; $50 million more for special education; $7 million more for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; $8 million in one-time grants for community college students/graduates working in Pennsylvania. “A stronger economy that works for all of us needs a workforce educated enough to fill in all of the gaps,” Isaacson said. “As we fight for working families and affordable quality education, a robust Read more


Isaacson Discusses Committee Assignments

(Jan 29, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson is proud to be appointed to serve on a number of critical House committees. She discusses why each is vital in addressing issues facing her communities in Philadelphia. Read more


1/22/19 – Childhood Blood Lead Test – Philadelphia

(Jan 24, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Mary Isaacson. 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


New bill proposes testing all Pennsylvania kids for lead

(Jan 23, 2019)

State Representative Mary Isaacson lead a hearing Tuesday about her House Bill 79 at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center. Read more


Isaacson: We Must Protect Our Children From Lead Poisoning

(Jan 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson hosted a public policy hearing to discuss her push to protect children from lead poisoning. She talked about how her legislation would address this growing health epidemic. Read more


Isaacson, Policy Committee Discuss Childhood Blood Lead Test Act

(Jan 22, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., hosted today’s House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at the National Constitution Center to discuss her proposal to require mandatory childhood blood lead testing. Isaacson requested the hearing to gather stakeholder input on her H.B. 79, the proposed Childhood Blood Lead Test Act that would require all Pennsylvania children receive lead testing at ages one and two. “Pennsylvania is the second worst state in terms of childhood exposure to lead,” explained Isaacson. “We owe it to our children to implement mandatory testing that will ultimately help us identify and prevent harmful health and behavioral complications before it is too late.” House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, added, “This is a basic public safety issue, and I am happy to support Representative Isaacson’s commonsense measure that will detect if children have exposure and ensure they get the treatment needed to be healthy and safe.” In addition to Sturla, Isaacson was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Rep. Joe Hohenstein, D-Philadelphia, who also supports Isaacson’s proposal. The committee heard testimony from Dr. Loren Robinson, deputy secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Pennsylvania Department of Health; Rachel Kaminski, member, Get the Lead OUT: Riverwards Philadelphia; Colleen McCauley, Read more