Jazz Honored by PA House

(Apr 19, 2017)

Pa. state Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey, Stephen Kinsey, Patty Kim and others celebrated April as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania. With the help of musician Calvin Stemley, they recognized the treasured American art form's contributions to PA and the world. Read more


Pa. Tax Amnesty Program runs from April 21 to June 19, 2017

(Apr 13, 2017)

A tax amnesty period for Pennsylvanians will run from April 21, 2017 through June 19, 2017. During this limited 60-day period, the state Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest on eligible tax delinquencies for anyone who participates in the 2017 Tax Amnesty Program. For more information, please click here . Read more


Valley Forge PA Legislative Appointment Initiative extended to July 1st

(Apr 03, 2017)

Applicants now have until July 1st each year to apply for the LAI to attend Valley Forge Military College in the fall. There is no difference in process or award amounts between 1st-round nominees and 2nd-round nominees. What is the PA Legislative Appointment Initiative? The Pennsylvania Legislative Appointment Initiative (LAI) currently allows each of Pennsylvania’s 203 Representatives, and 50 Senators, to appoint a student from their district as the Commonwealth Scholar for guaranteed admission and a guaranteed partial scholarship to Valley Forge Military College — The Military College of Pennsylvania. A student awarded the Legislative Appointment Initiative Scholarship may receive the award for up to two years. Am I eligible to apply? The Legislative Scholarship is only available to Pennsylvania residents only at Valley Forge Military College, The Military College of Pennsylvania. The minimum academic requirements are a cumulative high school GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1000 (or an ACT score of 17). You can apply directly through your local state representative’s or senator’s office or you can apply for the program by applying first to Valley Forge. You must be a Pennsylvania resident. You also must be a legal resident of the district from where you apply. When can I apply? You can apply at any time during your senior year up until July 1st of the year you wish to attend. Read more


Kim Honors Fallen Fire Fighter

(Mar 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim honors Harrisburg Firefighter Dennis DeVoe, who lost his life responding to a fire on March 10, 2017. Read more


Kim Wraps Up 2nd Week of Budget Hearings

(Mar 03, 2017)

As a new member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim is using the budget hearing process to ask hard questions that matter most to her constituents. Read more


Kim Asks Hard Questions at Appropriations Hearings

(Feb 24, 2017)

As a new member of the House Appropriations Committee, Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim is using the budget hearing process to ask hard questions that matter most to her constituents. Read more


Kim: Governor’s Budget Plan A Good First Step

(Feb 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Patty Kim says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without compromising services to citizens or raising taxes on the middle class. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more


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


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