Isaacson announces more than $3.3M in PHARE funding for 16 organizations in 175th District

(Jun 15, 2021)

State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced more than $3.3 million in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement, of PHARE (PHARE) funds, has been awarded to 16 organizations in the 175th Legislative District. Read more


Isaacson announces $100K historical grant awarded in 175th District

(Jun 14, 2021)

It's always wonderful to share that grant dollars are coming back to our district! This award is one of 54 awarded to organizations through the state. Learn more about all the awards here . Read more


Investing in Women

(Jun 01, 2021)

Check out the Investing in Women presentation that the PA Department of Banking and Securities and I have partnered to give. Read more


Legislation aims to address gender pay gap

(May 30, 2021)

Nationally, women’s median weekly earnings are $891 versus men’s median weekly earnings of $1,082. That translate to women earning 82 cents for each dollar men earn. Read more


State Rep. Isaacson, Sen. Saval announce $14K grant awarded to fight blight in Fishtown

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson and Sen. Nikil Saval announced today that a $14,000 grant to fight blight in Fishtown has been awarded to the Fishtown Kensington Area Business Improvement District. “I am very excited to help bring this money home to the business district as well as Fishtown and Kensington neighbors to both address quality of living issues and make investments and improvements on a block-by-block basis,” Isaacson said. “Our public spaces are the hearts of our communities,” Saval said. “This grant is important for the health and vitality of the district and its residents, and I’m proud to join Representative Isaacson in offering support and congratulations!” The Fishtown Kensington Area Business Improvement District requested the funds because, it noted in its application, the Fishtown District has suffered from blight, hindering its economic growth. The Fishtown Kensington Area Business Improvement District said it would use grant funds to develop a comprehensive blight plan where one currently does not exist. “Blight, no matter what the scope, hinders the continued growth and vitality of the Fishtown/Kensington commercial corridor,” said Marc D. Collazzo, executive director of the Fishtown Kensington Area Business Improvement District. “We are gratified to receive this generous funding award to prepare an active and comprehensive plan to take blighted, vacant Read more


Isaacson: Invest in Education, Invest in Our Future

(May 06, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson explains how the #PaRescuePlan would invest in education and in our future. This plan is all about making sure that funding helps the hardworking families and children who need it most. Read more


Isaacson: Workers and Local Businesses are Key to Recovery

(Apr 27, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson and her colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus have a plan to make the most of billions in federal American Rescue Plan funds on their way to the Commonwealth. Two major components of the Pennsylvania Rescue Plan are helping local businesses and non-profits to reopen and making sure our workforce has the resources it needs to get back to work. Read more


Shuttered Venue Operators Grant portal reopens Saturday, April 24th

(Apr 23, 2021)

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal will reopen on Saturday, April 24. Updated documents and guidance will be available today (Friday, April 23rd) by clicking here . This is a grant program established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, and is administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue , with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees. Eligible entities include: Live venue operators or promoters. Theatrical producers. Live performing arts organization operators. Museum operators. Motion picture theater operators (including owners). Talent representatives. Other requirements of note: Must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. Venue or promoter who received a PPP loan on or after December 27, 2020, will have the SVOG reduced by the PPP loan amount. Read more


Women Leading the 175th

(Mar 30, 2021)

In honor of Women’s History Month, Representative Mary Isaacson has launched the annual Women Leading the 175th recognition program, a program that recognizes and honors the impact women are making across the 175th legislative district. Each of the 2021 inaugural honorees of Women Leading the 175th has been chosen due to the actions she has taken in shaping the future of our neighborhoods and our great City. Each honoree has received a Pennsylvania House of Representative citation formally celebrating each of their contributions. Read more


PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – -- will serve as a great Read more


Isaacson: We Are All Americans and Must Stop the Hate Crimes

(Mar 24, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson joined many of her Democratic House colleagues at a press conference to speak out against the racism and hate crimes that are destroying our communities. The press conference was held by Rep. Patty Kim, the only Asian American Pacific Islander member of the Pa. House to push for stronger anti-hate laws in response to the recent murders in Georgia. Read more


Isaacson Working to Help “Stateless” in Pa.

(Mar 23, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Isaacson met with Karina Ambartsoumian-Clough, founder of United Stateless - a human rights organization working on behalf of people who are not recognized as citizens of any country. Read more


More Women Than Ever Are in the PA Legislature. That’s Still Not Enough.

(Mar 18, 2021)

Women make up approximately 51% of the state population, but just under 29% of the state Legislature. Several groups are working to change that. Read more


Electric vehicle use bills are introduced

(Mar 09, 2021)

Rep. MaryLouise Isaacson, D-Philadelphia, has introduced two pieces of legislation in the state House of Representatives. House Bill 524 was referred recently to the House Finance Committee. It would amend the Tax Reform Code of 1971 to create a tax exemption for any zero-emission vehicle. Read more


You're invited to my Housing Town Hall on March 18

(Mar 04, 2021)

Expert panelists will provide information about housing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how and where you can get for assistance. Read more


Reforms needed to address Charter Crisis

(Mar 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – The charter school crisis has only worsened through the COVID-19 pandemic and a public hearing hosted by state Rep. Mary Isaacson examined the statewide impact on public schools. "Our Pennsylvania Constitution requires that we provide for and maintain a thorough and efficient public education system," said Isaacson, D-Phila. "That constitutional mandate doesn't disappear when there's a global pandemic. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on school districts' budgets throughout our commonwealth, presenting new challenges to meet the constitutional mandate. Being able to have a discussion now with administrators on the front lines of dealing with the impact of COVID-19 and the charter school funding crisis was an important step in working toward solutions." The committee heard testimony from Uri Monson, CFO for the Philadelphia School District, and superintendents statewide including Dr. Shane Hotchkiss, Bermudian Springs School District and chair, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Legislative Committee; Ken Berlin, Wattsburg School District, Erie County; Richard Scaletta, General Mclane School District, Erie County; Dr. Brian Bliss, Solanco School District, Lancaster County; David Burkett, Fannett Metal School District, Franklin County; and Jim Estep, Mifflin County School District. “Testifiers were economically and geographically diverse, yet they could agree that the current approach Read more


Kinkead, Isaacson: Bill would enable students to easily transfer from community college to PASSHE

(Mar 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 1 -- State Reps. Emily Kinkead and Mary Isaacson have introduced a measure that would make it easier for community college students to transfer to a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said more and more students are beginning their higher education careers at a community college due to increasing costs. To help these students obtain their bachelor’s degree in a timely manner, her bill would provide guaranteed PASSHE university admission for community college students who complete an approved associate degree for transfer program. “Each year, roughly 300,000 students begin their higher education journey at a community college before transferring to another university to finish their degree,” Kinkead said. “Our state has made significant strides to help streamline that transfer process, and this legislation would make that process even easier without requiring students to take on crippling financial debt. Community colleges are critical in making higher education accessible and affordable to the most students, especially as we work to address equity in education and economic opportunity. This program has been quite successful in California and I’m confident our state can reap similar rewards, encouraging students to achieve baccalaureate degrees and improve overall access to cost-effective higher education.” “Every college student’s pathway to higher education Read more


COVID/Charter Crisis focus of Tuesday’s virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(Mar 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 1 -- House Democratic Policy Committee Vice Chair Mary Isaacson, D-Philadelphia, will host a virtual hearing to discuss the charter school crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 2 . To view, the media and public can tune in to or the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to . Isaacson will be joined by committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro and Democratic Policy Committee members to examine the impact charter school enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic has had on public school budgets. The meeting is one in a series collecting information that will help Pennsylvania better recover from COVID-19 and improve access to quality education. Read more


Isaacson leads discussion on protecting the Delaware River Basin

(Feb 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 22 – At today’s House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing, state Rep. Mary Isaacson highlighted the importance of the Delaware River Basin and Pennsylvania’s role in preservation efforts. Isaacson, who represents the River Wards along the Delaware River from Old Richmond to Queen Village, highlighted the state’s responsibility to fully fund its commitment to the basin. “Pennsylvania has the most square mileage of any state in the basin. While the agreed upon funding contribution was $893,000 annually, the state is only fulfilling $217,000 of that commitment. We must do better. Water quality, recreation and economic development in the region depends on it,” Isaacson explained. The committee heard testimony from Kristen Bowman Kavanagh, deputy executive director of the Delaware River Basin Commission, Dr. Ron MacGillivray, senior environmental toxicologist of the Delaware River Basin Commission, and Beth Brown, director of the Delaware Watershed Program for the Pennsylvania Audubon. “Efforts to defund the Delaware River Basin Commission have greatly impacted their monitoring abilities and this ultimately impacts keeping the waterways clean. Healthy waterways can boost local economies. They attract businesses, recreational users and we have to do our part to give the commission the resources they need to carry out these functions,” state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, the Policy Committee chairman, said. Read more


Protecting the Delaware River Basin focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing Monday

(Feb 19, 2021)

HA RRISBURG, Feb. 19 -- At the request of state Rep. Mary Isaacson, the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will host a virtual hearing to discuss the Delaware River Basin and the value it brings beyond the region. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22 and can be viewed at or the committee’s Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. The public and media are encouraged to tune in and can submit questions to . Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, Isaacson and members of the Democratic Policy Committee will discuss the health of the Delaware River Basin, the resources and economic activity it generates, and state and federal efforts to improve water quality. Isaacson serves the 175th Legislative District representing the River Wards along the Delaware River from Old Richmond to Queen Village and has taken an active role in preserving and enhancing the economic and environmental vitality of the Delaware River Basin. Read more