Isaacson: We Must Address Outdated Charter School Laws

(May 09, 2023)

Pa. House Majority Policy Committee Vice Chair Mary Isaacson leads a hearing focused on the effect of charter schools on public school districts in the Commonwealth. Isaacson points out that laws governing charter schools in Pa. have not changed in more than a quarter century. Read more


Policy hearing details need for cyber, charter school reform

(May 08, 2023)

“Students and their parents will always have the choice to attend cyber or charter schools,” Policy Committee Vice Chair Mary Isaacson said. “Choice is not part of the debate. The debate is centered on why Pennsylvania allows a reimbursement process to exist that doesn’t take into account actual costs, and what can be done to create a fairer system for students and taxpayers.” Read more


Isaacson Rallies Support for Community Colleges

(Apr 24, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson knows that access to higher education is a critical component to growing and retaining a strong workforce in the Commonwealth. As Democratic Chair of the Community College Caucus, she stands with legislators and advocates to allocate necessary resources in the next state budget to keep community colleges accessible and affordable for all. Read more


Isaacson Working for Maternal Health Equity

(Apr 13, 2023)

As a member of the Women’s Health Caucus and Vice Chair of the House Majority Policy Committee, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson wants to fix the disparity in maternal healthcare for Black women. Currently, Black women in America are 3-5 times more likely to die from pregnancy related causes than their white counterparts. Read more


Isaacson: Direct Support Professionals Deserve Living Wages

(Apr 13, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson took part in a hearing of the House Majority Policy Committee focusing on the need to fairly compensate Direct Support Professionals in the Commonwealth. Isaacson says that these care providers play a critical role in allowing Pennsylvanians with disabilities to live full, productive lives. Read more


Workforce Development, Infrastructure, and Housing Funding Opportunities

(Apr 13, 2023)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: DEI in the Building and Construction Trades Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Organizations that serve as sponsors or intermediaries of Registered Apprenticeship and/or Pre-Apprenticeship in the building and construction trades. Use : To develop diverse talent pipelines and reach underrepresented populations within the building and construction trades. Funds : $1 million in total program funding. Application Deadline : April 26, 2023 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT): Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Program (Funding Source: State, Federal, & Private Funding) Who May Apply : Private companies. Use : To develop innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation, and ports. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : April 30, 2023 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Youth Reentry Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Read more


McClinton Reaffirms House Democrats' Commitment to Ensuring Fair Education Funding, Fixing Unconstitutional System

(Apr 11, 2023)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – Citing February’s landmark Commonwealth Court ruling that Pennsylvania’s education funding system is unconstitutional, Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said today that the state needs to act now to fix the inequitable system that has shortchanged a generation of students, and reappointed state Reps. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., to serve on the state’s Basic Education Funding Commission. Sturla and Isaacson will join House Education Committee Chairman Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, on the commission. “These three lawmakers are proven leaders on education issues and true champions for our public schools and students,” McClinton said. “Pennsylvania’s shared future depends on a well-educated workforce, and we build that future today by ensuring our students thrive academically, socially and civically. We need to tackle the commonwealth’s school funding challenge thoughtfully and swiftly.” The Basic Education Funding Commission was first established in 2014 to address the inequities in Basic Education Funding across the commonwealth and examine the state’s Basic Education Funding formula. The commission released a report in 2015 recommending the General Assembly adopt a new formula to deliver state dollars to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts. By accounting for need-based factors like student enrollment and local wealth, the Read more


ICYMI: Women Leading the 175th

(Mar 31, 2023)

In honor of Women’s History Month, I am honoring women leaders in our district by hosting the annual Women Leading the 175th Program. Each of these women have had significant impact not only in our neighborhoods but across the city of Philadelphia. They have received official Pennsylvania House of Representative Citations because of their outstanding contributions to our communities. The theme for Women’s History Month this year is Celebrating Women who Tell our Stories. We are honoring women who have devoted their lives to making the 175th District a great place to live, work and grow. Rep. Isaacson is honored to tell these women’s stories. Their perseverance, integrity and fight for equality will not go unrecognized. I am humbled and full of gratitude for these women and their lasting contribution to the betterment of Philadelphia. Sheri Cole is Career Wardrobe’s (also known as The Wardrobe) founding executive director and has been with the agency since 2000. Under her leadership, The Wardrobe has grown from a grassroots volunteer organization to a nonprofit social enterprise that has scaled its impact throughout the Philadelphia region and the Wardrobe’s mission is to eliminate clothing insecurity and to do that provides outfits for work or life to anyone in need throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2003, Ms. Cole was honored by The Philadelphia Business Journal as one Read more


Pennsylvania lawmakers, Turnpike at odds over EZ-Pass prices

(Mar 29, 2023)

Driving from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia costs $34.70 for EZ-Pass drivers, but non-EZ-Pass drivers have to pay $70.80. Although taking the same Turnpike the non-EZ Pass driver is billed more than double the EZ-Pass rate.Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia) said, “We need to get some uniformity going with regard to how people are charged.” Read more


Isaacson Ready for a Budget that Invests in Pennsylvanians

(Mar 08, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson is ready to work with Gov. Josh Shapiro on a budget that invests in Pennsylvanians. She says his proposed budget would make historic investments in education, childcare, mental health treatment, the environment, and still work to make PA a competitive place to do business. She's eager to invest in workers by raising the wage and creating safer work spaces. Read more


Isaacson Remembers Heroes of January 6th

(Jan 09, 2023)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson and colleagues from the Pa. Senate met at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia to honor the sacrifices of law enforcement and security personnel who fought to defend the U.S. Capitol from seditionists on January 6th, 2021. Isaacson called the attack an attempted coup and called on all Pennsylvanians to focus on rebuilding our democracy by fighting the lies and hyper-partisanship that fueled the Jan. 6th attack in the first place. Read more


Isaacson Sworn-in for Third Term

(Jan 03, 2023)

With a promise to continue to fight for her neighbors and across the Commonwealth, Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson takes the oath of office and begins her third term in the House. She vows to focus her energies on education, the environment and effective, working government. Isaacson also congratulated newly elected Speaker of the House, Rep. Mark Rozzi and says she is ready to get to work for the people of Pennsylvania. Read more


2023 Calendar

(Dec 29, 2022)

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Isaacson and Saval secure $72,000 in funding for Vision Plan Initiative

(Dec 20, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, along with state Sen. Nikil Saval, were instrumental in securing funding for the Fishtown-Kensington Business Improvement District’s Vision Plan Initiative. A grant for $72,750 was awarded to the Fishtown Kensington Area Business Improvement District to complete the project. “I am committed to bringing funding home to the district that will enhance the safety and quality of life of my constituents,” Isaacson said. “This award will go a long way to improve a vital transportation hub while also creating spaces for art and connection, highlighting local artists and vendors.” The legislators aid the program seeks to rejuvenate Front Street and Girard Avenue by activating and beautifying a transportation hub to illuminate, connect, and make this busy intersection safer and more accessible to the thousands who pass by daily. The upgrades also will include space under the Market-Frankford Line, which will be a combined space that merges art with community services. “Public transit and spaces that are safe, accessible and beautiful are core to upholding Philadelphians' right to freedom of movement,” Saval said. “This grant is an investment in the lives and livelihoods of the thousands of neighbors who pass through this space every day. I'm proud to add my efforts with those of the community.” Read more


Bizzarro welcomes new leaders to House Democratic Policy team

(Dec 08, 2022)

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, announced new vice chairs, as well as two new subcommittee chairs. Read more


State programs now open for applications

(Dec 05, 2022)

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Innovative Solicitation (Funding Source: Justice Reinvestment Fund) Who May Apply : Existing PACTT Affiliates. Use : To improve services for delinquent youth receiving academic and career/technical training services. Funds : Awards up to $75,000 for 24-month projects. Application Deadline : December 23, 2022 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission: Clean Vessel Act (CVA) Pumpout Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Local governmental entities and private businesses that own and operate boating facilities. Use : To fund the construction, renovation, and maintenance of pumpout and dump stations to service pleasure boats. Funds : Reimburse up to 75% of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations. Application Deadline : December 30, 2022 More Information : Click on . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: 2022-23 School Safety and Security Training and Technical Assistance Program (Funding Source: FY 2022 School Safety and Security Grant Program Fund) Who May Apply : Non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education (not-for profit), and for-profit organizations. Use : To Read more


PTRR Deadline Reminder

(Dec 01, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson reminds you that the December 31st deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is fast approaching. Rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2021 are available to many older or disabled adults living in Pa. To see if you qualify or for help applying, call Rep. Isaacson's district office at 215-503-3245. You can also get more information or apply online at Read more


State Rep. Mary Isaacson brings home $3.3M to the district

(Nov 21, 2022)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., has continued her support for community projects by securing $3.3 million in state funding for her district. The amount of $750,000 will be awarded to KPG-MCG Curtis Tenant LLC for renovations in the Curtis Building Life Science Redevelopment. This project will transform currently vacant space into first-class laboratory research space, plus include work on the HVAC and electric throughout the building. Nerd Street Gamers Inc. received $550,000 for construction of a state-of-the-art esports training room, sound stages for broadcast and back-office support. It will also support construction, electrical and HVAC throughout the building. Two million dollars was secured for Roman Catholic High School for its Vision of Promise campus extension. This funding will provide for a new fieldhouse for sports events and a community fitness center. “I will never stop working to bring home state funding to invest in the district,” Isaacson said. “Investments in these three projects are investments in the communities and future of not only my legislative district, but Philadelphia as a whole.” Read more


Isaacson Celebrates Enactment of Child Lead Testing Act

(Nov 10, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson has advocated for the importance of child lead testing since taking office and her efforts were finally realized. The Child Lead Testing Act provides for blood lead assessment and testing of children up to six years of age and pregnant women. Isaacson says though this is a major step toward keeping kids safe, there is still much work to be done on the issue of lead poisoning and infrastructure. Read more


Isaacson Ready to Help with LIHEAP Applications

(Nov 02, 2022)

The application period for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now open. And Pa. state Rep, Mary Isaacson’s office can help you and your loved ones to apply for help with winter bills. Call her office at 215-503-3245 or go to for more information. Read more