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Kim invites constituents to new office opening

(Feb 06, 2017)

State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced today that residents of the 103rd Legislative District are invited to the grand opening of her new district office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at 46 Kline Village. Read more

 

Kim: #RaiseTheWage

(Jan 31, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim emphasizes the need to increase the state's minimum wage to grow the economy for all workers at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the YWCA in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Kim holds Policy Committee hearing on raising minimum wage

(Jan 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on raising the minimum wage. Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, co-chaired the hearing at the YWCA, which discussed the effects of increasing the minimum wage. “Pennsylvania is long overdue for an increase in the minimum wage,” Kim said. “It’s been eight years since the floor was raised to $7.25 in Pennsylvania. In 2016, the inflation-adjusted minimum wage was about one-third below its 1968 level – even though productivity has doubled since 1968.” “When we talk about a minimum wage, we should be talking about a livable wage,” Sturla said. “Pennsylvanians who work 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty. I support raising the minimum wage, and I’m glad the Policy Committee can bring more attention to the issue.” Currently, someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only earns $15,080, some $4,700 below the poverty line, requiring many people to rely on government assistance programs to get by. Testifiers were Sean Ramaley, deputy secretary at the state Department of Labor and Industry; John Traynor, owner of Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center and the Kitchen Bar; Mary Quinn, president and CEO of the YWCA Harrisburg; and Mark Price, Ph.D., a labor economist from the Keystone Research Center. For hearing testimonies, Read more

 

Patty Kim seeks minimum wage boost

(Jan 24, 2017)

State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, unveiled her updated minimum wage bill at a Capitol news conference today in the Capitol Media Center. During the event, Kim and other lawmakers discussed the merits of phasing in increases that differentiate for small businesses. This proposed change in the minimum wage scale for workers across the commonwealth will be further examined during a public hearing on the matter at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at the YWCA, Highmark Room, 1101 Market St. “In the budget negotiations, minimum wage should be a top priority,” Kim said. “Opponents will say we can’t afford to increase the minimum wage, but I must maintain, as we begin the 2017 legislative session, that this is something we simply cannot afford not to do.” Kim’s proposal includes seven scheduled increases, beginning with $12 per hour effective July 1, with additional 50 cent incremental increases yearly to $15 per hour by 2023. Currently, someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only earns $15,080, some $4,700 below the poverty line, requiring many people to rely on government assistance programs to get by. At next week's hearing, Kim will be joined by Mary Quinn, president and CEO of the YWCA Harrisburg, Mark Price, Ph.D., a labor economist from the Keystone Research Center, and others to discuss her proposal in more detail. For more information, contact Kim’s office at Read more

 

Pa. granted extension on REAL ID compliance

(Jan 20, 2017)

Pennsylvania received a limited extension through June 6 to update driver’s licenses to meet requirements under the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, but the General Assembly must still act quickly to comply. Without action, Pennsylvanians could be denied access to federal facilities and eventually even airline travel. Specifically, Pennsylvanians will need federally approved ID for air travel beginning Jan. 22, 2018, and with the limited extension we will need a federally approved ID to access federal buildings, nuclear power plants and military bases beginning June 7, 2017. Rest assured, I am following this issue very closely and am doing everything possible to ensure that we pass comprehensive changes to comply with the federal government. Please visit https://www.dhs.gov/real-id/pennsylvania for the most up to date information on the requirements and remember that my office can help you obtain a birth certificate or driver’s license. Read more

 

Kim eyes minimum wage increase as 3rd term begins

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, took the oath of office today to begin her third term representing the 103rd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more

 

License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more

 

Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more

 

Kim: Transportation Center Improvements Benefit City Residents

(Dec 08, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim says the proposed improvements to the Harrisburg Transportation Center and surrounding neighborhoods will benefit residents of the city as well as the over 1 million people who ride Amtrak, and the regional and local bus service. Read more

 

Kim: Stopping Hate Starts with Educating Each Other

(Dec 01, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim joined religious and community leaders at the Islamic Society of Greater Harrisburg to talk about a hate letter sent recently to the mosque. Kim spoke about how the local community and the nation as a whole need more conversation and compassion with Americans with different beliefs. Read more

 

Patty Kim to host veterans’ recognition ceremony

(Nov 04, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 4 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, announced she will host a veterans’ recognition breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon St., Harrisburg. At the ceremony, Kim will recognize those residents in her legislative district -- Harrisburg, Steelton, Highspire, Paxtang and part of Swatara Township -- who have served in the military. "This is one small way that we can thank those heroes who sacrificed so much for our freedom," Kim said. "I hope all area veterans will attend so they can receive the recognition and appreciation that they deserve." The event will also include the state’s Mobile Veterans Outreach Van to provide information and assistance on benefits available to veterans. Kim requests that veterans who want to be recognized and receive a personalized citation contact her office at 717-986-1673 or by email at ODouglas@pahouse.net . ### Read more

 

State Grant Provides $3 million for Revitalization Project in Allison Hill

(Nov 03, 2016)

Last week a $3 million state grant was awarded for the redevelopment of a blighted section of the South Allison Hill neighborhood in Harrisburg. The “MulDer Square” revitalization project includes streetscape improvements, construction of commercial retail space and affordable housing, and the demolition of several blighted properties in and around the intersection of Mulberry and Derry streets. The MulDer Square Project is anchored by four key components: · Streetscape Enhancement: Upgrades to streets, walkways, trees, storm water inlets, ADA curbing, and traffic signal. · Housing & Elimination of Blight: Redeveloping 15 Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority (HRA) properties and one privately owned property into 50 new, high quality affordable apartments. Harrisburg House Authority (HHA) will construct three new buildings: one 26-unit, one 21-unit, and one 3-unit. The first floor of one of the 26-unit building (Mulberry Apartments East) will house the commercial/retail space as part of the MulDer Square activity. This space is presently planned for use as a pharmacy. HHA will eliminate blight by demolishing seven abandoned, severely deteriorated houses to construct Mulberry Street Apartments. MulDer Square will demolish an additional three targeted houses in similar condition. · Economic Development: Developing 2,500 square feet of commercial/retail space within HHA’s Mulberry Street Apartments. This Read more

 

2016 Senior Fair a Success

(Sep 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim held her annual Senior Fair in Harrisburg Friday. By brining over 30 agencies and vendors together, Kim wants to give seniors one-stop convenience for any help they need as they get older. Even if folks couldn't make it out to the event, Kim is ready to help them at her offices in Harrisburg and Steelton. Read more

 

Patty Kim invites area seniors to health fair on Friday

(Sep 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, will host her fourth annual senior health fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2430 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. This year’s fair will focus on the health and welfare of senior citizens and will include: Free health screenings Information on programs to benefit seniors Free dental consultations A diverse group of vendors will offer information on transportation, fitness, insurance, housing disability and health care services. In addition, there will be free giveaways and light refreshments. "I hope many seniors will attend and gather information that may be helpful to them," Kim said. "I look forward to providing valuable information to my older constituents." Constituents may contact Kim’s office at 717-783-9342 with questions about the event. ### Read more

 

Kim: Everyone Deserves A Second Chance

(Aug 31, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim speaks in support of the state’s new criminal record expungement and pardon process. Criminal expungement can positively impact those who have served their time and are again trying to become responsible, contributing members of society. Read more

 

Kim and Teplitz to host informational session on Second Chance Law

(Aug 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, August 1 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and state Sen. Rob Teplitz, D-Dauphin/Perry announced that they are hosting an informational session on the recently enacted “Second Chance Law” for ex-offenders from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 27 at the Boys and Girls Club, 1227 Berryhill St., Harrisburg. Doors open at 9:15 a.m. and will close at 10:15 a.m. The event will include information about the state’s new criminal record expungement process and the pardon process. "Criminal expungement can positively impact those who have served their time and are again trying to become responsible, contributing members of society ,” Kim said. “I urge anyone with questions to attend to find out about opportunities to potentially clear their records.” “Giving ex-offenders a second chance to obtain employment and housing reduces recidivism and, more importantly, helps them get on the right track,” Teplitz said. “I’m pleased to team up with Representative Kim for this unique opportunity to assist the community and I encourage interested individuals to register and attend this informative event.” Free one-on-one expungement legal counseling is available to those who pre-register on Rep. Kim’s website at www.pahouse.com/kim , by calling her office at 717-986-1673 , on Sen. Teplitz’s website at www.senatorteplitz.com/RSVP or by calling his Read more

 

Kim Supports Reforming Life Sentences

(Jun 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim comments on the importance of reforming life sentences for certain inmates, giving them a chance to have a parole hearing when certain criteria are met. Read more

 

Patty Kim applauds minimum wage boost for state workers

(Mar 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for signing an executive order to provide a minimum wage of $10.15 per hour for all employees who work under his jurisdiction and for employees of state government contractors. "Thanks to Governor Wolf, no state employee who works full-time will have to live below the poverty line," Kim said. "I am hopeful that this is a first step towards the passage of my bill, which would increase the minimum wage for all workers in Pennsylvania." Kim’s bill, H.B. 250, would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the earnings of a full-time worker by more than $5,900 to $21,008. For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, this would get her family above the poverty line, which is $19,790 for a household of three. Currently, someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only makes $15,080, which is more than $4,700 below the poverty line, requiring many people to use government assistance programs just to get by. Kim also said that a minimum wage increase will help the state’s economy because most workers making minimum wage need their paychecks to make ends meet. "They don’t save their money because they can’t," Kim said. "They spend their money quickly, which Read more

 

Kim: We Must Raise the Wage

(Mar 07, 2016)

As Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order today that ensures employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour, Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim continues to fight for a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvanians. Read more

 

Kim: Be Proud of your Heritage

(Feb 24, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim took her opportunity to speak at the multi-agency celebration of Black History Month and addressed the children in the audience from Harrisburg area schools. Kim talked about her own path to becoming proud of where she came from and encouraged the students to do the same as they work to build a better future. Read more