Boyle sponsors House resolution for respectful opening prayer

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., today announced his sponsorship of H.R. 184 that would establish that all opening House prayers be crafted with the respect of all religious beliefs in mind. “What we saw earlier this week was a fire and brimstone Evangelical prayer that epitomizes religious intolerance,” Boyle said. “I walked off the floor in protest. Now, I’m sponsoring a resolution so that anyone who gives the House prayer knows that it must be done with the respect of all religious beliefs, reflecting a mutual human respect and religious tolerance of all of our colleagues and constituents. The opening prayer is not a time to intimidate, demean or degrade.” On Monday, March 25, state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., was scheduled to be sworn in as the first Muslim woman and newest member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, was given the chance to give an opening prayer. “Representative Borowicz invoked Jesus, the Lord or God about a dozen times in her one-minute-forty-second prayer. I cannot begin to imagine how uncomfortable that had to make Representative Johnson-Harrell and the 50 guests she had surrounded herself with that day from various religious backgrounds and beliefs,” Boyle said. “In addition, Representative Borowicz has doubled-down on these statements, saying she prays that way at home and would never apologize for praying. Read more

 

Spring 2019 newsletter

(Mar 26, 2019)

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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

 

Boyle: Philly's Biggest Issue is Poverty

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle joined other members of the Philadelphia House Delegation to unveil a new plan to tackle deep poverty, enforce criminal justice reform, and fight back against gun violence. He explains that one way to fight endemic poverty is through workforce development. Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more

 

Boyle appointed as Democratic chairman of State Government Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., was appointed Democratic chairman of the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee today by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. "I'm honored to serve as chairman of this committee and I’m excited to start tackling a wide variety of issues,” Boyle said. “I also look forward to establishing more bipartisan cooperation in this session with the new Republican committee chairman, Representative Garth Everett.” The committee addresses issues such as voting rights, discrimination, government reform and redistricting. The committee is also responsible for lobbying disclosure, state agency procurement and labor agreements, campaign finance and election laws. Boyle represents the 172nd Legislative District, which includes part of Montgomery County and part of Philadelphia County. Constituents can visit his website at www.pahouse.com/Boyle for information on various state-related services and programs. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 17, 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

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline is Dec. 31

(Dec 17, 2018)

The deadline to file a state Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application is Dec. 31. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers age 50 or older, and people with disabilities age 18 or older. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates can boost it to $975. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, but please don’t assume you are not eligible. Half of Social Security income is discounted, and people are not disqualified from rebates solely because of Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. Applications for rebates for 2018 rent or property taxes will be available in early February 2019. Please share this information with anyone you think may benefit. Read more

 

Boyle to host National Night Out event Aug. 7

(Jul 24, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 24 – State Rep. Kevin J. Boyle announced he will host a National Night Out event for residents of the 172nd Legislative District. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the Fox Chase Elementary School parking lot, 500 Rhawn St., 19111. Boyle said there will be games, prizes and giveaways, music entertainment, food, information about state and local resources, and chances to meet with local police and emergency personnel. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Read more

 

Boyle to partner with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer breast cancer screenings

(Jul 03, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, July 3 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle announced he will again partner with Fox Chase Cancer Center to host breast cancer screenings at his Fox Chase office. The annual mobile mammography event will be held outside of his district office at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20 at 7801-A Hasbrook Ave. Those interested in receiving a breast cancer screening are required to make an appointment. “Many of us have had either a friend or loved one who has battled this deadly disease. About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime and some will be diagnosed with it at a young age,” Boyle said. “Early detection is so important in the fight against breast cancer and I am pleased to continue this partnership with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer these lifesaving screenings.” Additional requirements include: Must be 40 or older. Name and address of the patient’s doctor. Prescription from a doctor. May not be breast feeding nor have breast fed within the last nine months. Must not have had a breast cancer diagnosis within the past three years. Must not be under treatment for breast cancer. Must not have had a mammogram in 12 months. Must be able to board the van and stand while being examined. To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Boyle’s district office at 215-695-1016. Read more

 

Boyle announces weekend voting legislation to strengthen voter engagement

(Jun 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, was joined by Congressman Brendan Boyle to announce companion legislation to officially change Election Day nationwide and statewide to the weekend after the first Friday in November in order to increase voting accessibility, engagement and turnout. “People should not be forced to decide between work, family responsibilities and participation in our democratic process. At this point in history, we need to make a move to encourage and facilitate the right to vote, not restrict it,” Boyle said. “Holding on to having the elections on a Tuesday is a deliberate effort to make voting difficult for people. It may have worked in the past, but now it just serves to inhibit people from voting. Specifically, when we know that a considerable amount of nonvoters have cited ‘too busy or conflicting schedule’ as the main reason not to vote. It’s long past time to fix this,” he said. Congressman Boyle, PA-13, said: “Countless other developed nations around the world currently hold elections on weekends. We have seen time and again, how low voter turnout results in disenfranchisement, frustration and civic apathy. Weekend voting is a proven method that increases accessibility, engagement, and turnout. “If work, school or other responsibilities become a roadblock for citizens wishing to exercise their right to vote, then it is the government’s obligation Read more

 

Boyle announces grant for solar array installation at Roosevelt Mall

(Mar 16, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, March 16 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, announced today that Brixmor Operating Partnership, LP, will receive a $790,400 grant for a solar project at its Roosevelt Mall Property. The Solar Energy Program funding request was approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The money will go towards the purchase and the construction of a solar array on the roof of the Roosevelt Mall. The total project cost is $1,976,000, with Brixmor Property Group providing $1,185,600 in matching funds. “The grant will not only help improve the overall infrastructure of the mall, but it will make it more energy-efficient,” Boyle said. The solar array will provide 21 percent of the overall energy consumption at the mall while generating more than one million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.” The Solar Energy Program provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds to promote the use of solar energy in Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Environmental Protection under the direction of the CFA. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of DCED to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. It is responsible for funding programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office Read more

 

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(Feb 19, 2018)

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Boyle welcomes Wolf’s proposed increases for education, fight against opioid abuse epidemic

(Feb 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, praised the proposed increase in education funding and opioid treatment in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 budget, in addition to the renewed call for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. “Governor Wolf has kept the momentum going in restoring the funding cuts made by the former administration. We are seeing $120 million more in this proposal for school districts across the commonwealth, with higher investment in pre-kindergarten and Head Start programs, state universities and career and technical education. “The governor also is building on the investment made in the fight against the opioid and heroin epidemic that is taking lives and destroying families in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania,” Boyle said. “I also support Governor Wolf standing his ground in pushing for a severance tax on natural-gas drilling. It’s mind-boggling to see such a tax in neighboring states and yet, Pennsylvania fails to make the drilling industry pay its fair share for doing business here. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I look forward to the upcoming budget hearings to have a seat at the table to ensure the agencies receive the needed funding while staying aligned with the governor’s budget proposal,” he said. Read more

 

Boyle: $500,000 grant awarded to Fox Chase Cancer Center

(Feb 02, 2018)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, was joined by state Sen. Tina Tartaglione, Dr. Richard Fisher and Fox Chase Cancer Center leadership to present a $500,000 check to the cancer center from the state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Boyle said the funding will be used to renovate the Infusion Center and increase the number of chairs available for patients from 36 to 50, doubling the square footage of the building from 9,245 to 18,085 square feet. “I am honored to have worked with officials from Fox Chase in obtaining this grant. This funding will help deliver efficient and safe patient care, while improving the overall patient experience,” Boyle said. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

Boyle speaks out on PPA audit findings, demands local control

(Dec 08, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today responded to Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s findings that the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s former executive director sexually harassed employees, manipulated leave records, ignored outdated employment policies, and caused the School District of Philadelphia to lose out on more than $77 million in revenue. Boyle called for the state legislature to return control of the PPA to the City of Philadelphia. He is a sponsor of H.B. 874 , which would sunset the commonwealth’s control of the PPA on June 30, 2018. “In recent years, when we put our quarters in the meter on Market Street, it paid for parking,” Boyle said. “Unbeknownst to us, for a period of time, it also paid for the executive director to get his perversions up and running by abusing a position of power through continued harassment and degradation of women under his supervision. The PPA board chairman knew about it – and did little to nothing to stop it from continuing. “This is beyond comprehension for any reasonable person. The PPA needs serious reform. It should not continue to operate under the leadership of Chairman Ashdale and it would behoove him to resign immediately. As a state legislator, I will continue to push for my legislation that would return the PPA back to the City of Philadelphia” H.B. 874 was introduced in March and currently sits in the House Urban Read more

 

Boyle Fighting for Good Jobs, Higher Pay for Pa.

(Dec 06, 2017)

Pa state Rep. Kevin Boyle is fighting to offer new job opportunities to hard working Pennsylvanians that provide a respectable paycheck to put food on the table and a roof over their head. Plan for PA will help open those doors of employment. Read more

 

McClinton, Boyle join House Democrats' push for Plan for Pa.

(Dec 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – State Reps. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Kevin Boyle, D-Phila./Montgomery, today joined fellow legislators for a Capitol news conference laying out the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania . At the news conference, House Democrats outlined the plan’s goals to put Pennsylvanians first through investing in good jobs, quality schools and a fairer tax system. McClinton, secretary/treasurer of the Philadelphia County Delegation, spoke on the importance of putting everyday Pennsylvanians first through fighting for fair wage policies such as increasing the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay for equal work. “Each day, I speak with countless neighbors in West and Southwest Philadelphia and they are tired of living paycheck to paycheck,” McClinton said. “As legislators, it is our duty to make sure that all Pennsylvanians are not only employed, but are financially secure. The Plan for PA allows us to find solutions to the complex problems residents face whether they live in Delaware County or Centre County.” Boyle, vice chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, spoke on the importance of growing Pennsylvania’s economy and investing in good jobs that would not only protect Pennsylvania’s middle class, but expand it. “The success of the Plan for PA starts with good jobs, but not just any job that offers a paycheck, but those that provide enough income for families to put food Read more

 

11/28/17 – Rise of Anti-Semitic Acts – Philadelphia

(Dec 01, 2017)

Testimonies from a public hearing hosted by State Rep. Kevin Boyle. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee discusses rise of anti-Semitic acts in Northeast Philly

(Nov 28, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 28 – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the recent rise of anti-Semitic acts in Northeast Philadelphia at the Congregations of Shaare Shamayim. Boyle requested the hearing to discuss recent incidents, including rocks thrown through windows at Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai in Tacony, and the more than 270 tombstones overturned at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wissinoming. The committee discussed how the community can work together to curb these senseless acts and was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, along with other committee members from across the state. “A recent report by the Anti-Defamation League stated that anti-Semitic incidents in Pennsylvania have increased by 71 percent this year. I could not stand by and continue to hear of these stories of vandalism, harassment and vulgar acts against our neighbors and not take further action. When teachers are receiving anti-Semitic letters with feces, or people are caught urinating on a religious building, there is a clear lack of respect and disregard for others. My hope is that following today’s discussion, we can determine a course of action that will significantly reduce the number of these unfortunate incidents,” Boyle said. Sturla added, “Acts of hate, terrorism or racism against any group of people is inexcusable. As today’s testifiers indicated, we must work together to Read more