Governor Signs 2024-25 State Budget – Big Wins for Education and Community Services!

(52 minutes ago)

After spending most of the last six weeks at the State Capitol, I’m pleased to share that Gov. Josh Shapiro signed the 2024-25 state budget late Thursday night after it passed both the House and Senate. My son Wendell was with me at the Capitol when we voted on the budget. Read more

 

Upcoming blood drives and state House news

(Jul 09, 2024)

I am in the state Capitol again this week as we continue to work on the state budget. As we negotiate budget issues, we’re also passing bills to improve people’s lives. Here are a few more bills that passed recently with my support. Read more

 

Check out these upcoming events and legislative update

(Jul 02, 2024)

I am back in the Capitol this week as we work to negotiate a state budget deal. The Senate is here too and we’ll all be back this weekend in hopes of finalizing the state budget. There are a lot of bills that we are considering this week in conjunction with the budget. Here’s just a snapshot. Read more

 

Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District

(Jul 02, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Local Share Account: Monroe County Who May Apply: Municipalities, economic development agencies, or redevelopment authorities within Monroe County or the five contiguous counties to Monroe (Carbon, Lackawanna, Northampton, Pike, and Wayne). Use: Public interest projects, community improvement projects, economic development projects, or roadway improvement projects. Funds: Funded by gross terminal revenues of certain licensed gaming facilities. Application Deadline: September 30, 2024 More information: DCED Website Local Share Account: Category 4 Facilities Program (Berks, Cumberland, Westmoreland, and York Counties) Who May Apply: Municipalities, counties, redevelopment authorities, or economic development agencies in a county hosting a Category 4 licensed gaming facility. Use: Projects in the public interest. Funds: Funded by gaming revenues from Category 4 licensed facilities. Application Deadline: September 30, 2024 More information: DCED Website Local Share Account: Luzerne County Who May Apply: All Luzerne County municipalities and the Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority. Use: Projects in the public interest. Funds: Funded by 2% of gross terminal revenues of certain licensed gaming facilities. Application Deadline: September 30, 2024 More information: DCED Website Local Read more

 

House passes Krueger bill to ensure access to contraceptives in Pa.

(Jun 25, 2024)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – Landmark legislation that would add state-level protections for contraceptive access ( H.B. 1140 ) was approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today, according to the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Leanne Krueger. Krueger, D-Delaware, said efforts by extreme, anti-choice legislators and activists to deny people’s access to safe, proven and FDA-approved contraceptive methods to prevent pregnancy and treat other medical conditions prompted the need for this legislation that she has introduced every session since 2020. She said the legislation became more crucial when the U.S. Supreme overturned Roe v Wade in its 2022 Dobbs decision and gave each state the authority to decide women’s reproductive rights. "Contraception is health care, plain and simple, and no one but a woman and her doctor should decide what medical care she has the right to receive," Krueger said. “Pennsylvania currently has no protections in state law for contraceptive access, so attacks at the federal level jeopardize our access. This bill received unanimous approval in committee and passed with a bipartisan vote of 133-69 in the House. Today’s vote is an important first step to ensuring access to contraception for all Pennsylvanians who need, want and deserve it.” The bill would require all health insurance policies in Pennsylvania to provide coverage for all FDA- approved Read more

 

House recognizes local student; passes my bill to protect access to contraceptives and more

(Jun 25, 2024)

On Monday I was excited to welcome Strath Haven High School class of 2024 graduate Aditi Halpe and her family to the House floor in recognition of her winning the 2024 Pennsylvania House of Representatives Scholarship. Aditi will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, where she plans to major in healthcare finance. Read more

 

Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment, Technology, and Additional Grant Opportunities

(Jun 20, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Broadband Development Authority: COVID-19 ARPA Capital Projects Fund Digital Connectivity Technology Program Who May Apply: Libraries, community schools, municipalities, workforce training organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and other community anchor institutions. Use: Acquisition of digital connectivity technology that facilitates broadband internet access and promotes digital literacy and skills training. Funds: $20 million in federal ARP money is available for this program. Application Deadline: August 19, 2024 More information: DCED Website Department of Agriculture: Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Program Who May Apply: Applicants must meet the federal definition of a very small meat and poultry processing operation and currently be operating under a grant of inspection or planning to get a grant of inspection upon completion of project. Use: Grant reimbursement is available for eligible costs associated with meeting the requirements to obtain a grant of inspection, opening a new very small meat and poultry processing operation, expanding the capacity of a current very small meat and poultry operation, or a combination of those purposes. Funds: Funding is limited to no more than $100,000 per applicant. Application Deadline: August 2, 2024 More information: PDA Website PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Read more

 

Health, wellness and nutrition information and more

(Jun 18, 2024)

After we sent our e-mail newsletter last week, the House passed a few more bills that help people and improve our communities. We passed bills to improve access to healthcare and worked to help address the stigma around substance use disorder and improving awareness about how to effectively address overdoses. Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(Jun 14, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Labor and Industry: PAsmart Pathway Innovations to Registered Apprenticeships Grant Program Who May Apply: Organizations that serve as sponsors or intermediaries of new Registered Apprenticeships including businesses, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, industry associations, labor organizations, local education agencies, local workforce development boards, nonprofit organizations, post-secondary institutions, public libraries, and STEM ecosystems. Use: To support the creation and expansion of registered apprenticeship programs that offer earn-as-you-learn opportunities. Funds: $5,000,000 in funding is available. Application Deadline: July 12, 2024 More information: L&I Website Historical and Museum Commission: Historical and Archival Records Care Grant Who May Apply: Nonprofits and local government entities that have been in existence for two years prior to grant request submission. Use: To assist with preservation of historically valuable original documents. Funds: Single organizations can apply for up to $5,000. Projects with multiple organizations involved can apply for up to $5,000 for each organization (2 organizations can apply for $10,000, 3 organizations can apply for $15,000, etc.). Application Deadline: July 8, 2024 More information: PHMC Website Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Act Read more

 

House passes bill to significantly improve school funding system

(Jun 11, 2024)

on Monday we had a bipartisan vote to pass a bill that would transform public education funding. I was proud to vote yes on H.B. 2370. A legal case filed over a decade ago by Delco’s William Penn School District, parents and education advocates led to a 2023 Commonwealth Court decision which found Pennsylvania’s method of funding its 500 school districts to be unconstitutional and directed the legislature to fix it. H.B. 2370 would set in motion a new system to meet the court’s test for funding adequacy and equity. Read more

 

Student-focused week in Harrisburg

(Jun 04, 2024)

My heartfelt congratulations go out to the students, parents and loved ones of the graduating classes of 2024! I wish all students of our 161st Legislative District who recently had or will soon walk in their commencement much success in whatever they set out to do. Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(May 29, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: PA Statewide Drug and Alcohol Toll-Free Call Center Who May Apply: Applicant must be able to manage a statewide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Toll-Free Call Center. Use: DDAP will enter into a grant agreement with one entity to manage and oversee all aspects of the D&A Call Center to provide confidential referral services to consumers and their families seeking drug and alcohol treatment and who are experiencing difficulty as a result of substance use disorder (SUD). Funds: Up to $6,788,000 for five years for one grantee through DDAP’s Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Block Grant federal funding. Application Deadline: June 18, 2024 More information: DDAP Website PROGRAMS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Department of Agriculture: Farm Vitality Planning Grant Who May Apply: Farmers, prospective farmers, and others may apply. Use: Strategic business planning to expand or diversify farms or support transition of ownership. Funds: $500,000 in funding is available. Grants shall not exceed $7,500. Application Deadline: Applications will be received until funds are exhausted. More information: Pennsylvania Bulletin Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Recruitment Incentives for Law Enforcement Who May Apply: Read more

 

PA Medigap Webinar

(May 29, 2024)

Medicare is a complex system. This webinar at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 will focus on supplemental plans, also called Medigap. Please call my office at 610-534-6880 or email RepKrueger@pahouse.net to register and receive the webinar link. Read more

 

FREE backyard composting workshops coming in June; other upcoming events; and a school visit!

(May 28, 2024)

I hope you had a restful Memorial Day weekend and had the opportunity to attend some of the meaningful Memorial Day events around Delco. I started my Memorial Day weekend on Thursday at the Brookhaven American Legion Post 94 Memorial Day Service at Borough Hall. It was nice to join Mayor Leslie, the Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Notre Dame Players and VFW Post 3460 from Media. Read more

 

Look inside for Memorial Day events and legislation moving in the House

(May 21, 2024)

The House returned to voting session this week. Among the bills expected to pass this week are measures that would better support children and families in a variety of ways. The voting calendar includes legislation (H.B. 1958) that would build on the Child and Dependent Tax Credit for working families that I voted for last year by offering tax credits to businesses who help their employees with childcare expenses. This bill would help keep parents in the workforce and give them peace of mind while helping employers attract and retain great employees. Read more

 

Krueger invites seniors to Medicare 101 seminar

(May 16, 2024)

BROOKHAVEN, May 16 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, is inviting senior residents of her legislative district to a free Medicare seminar from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at the Brookhaven Municipal Center, 2 Cambridge Road. Krueger said a trained PA Medi counselor will be there to answer questions and discuss Medicare enrollment timing, supplemental plans, copays, deductibles and how to avoid penalties. “Medicare coverage can be consuming, and understanding the basics of it is crucial to keeping coverage and health care needs on track,” Krueger said. “There are important dates, deadlines and options every Medicare beneficiary should know. I encourage all Medicare-eligible or soon-to-be-eligible residents to attend this important seminar.” Registration for this free event is required . Interested residents can register by calling Krueger’s office 610-534-6880 or by emailing RepKrueger@pahouse.net . Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(May 14, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Wild Resource Conservation Program Who May Apply: Counties, municipalities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, conservation districts, and municipal authorities. Individuals, state government agencies, and for-profit businesses may be eligible depending on the project. Use: Grant applications will be accepted for species surveys, conservation, and management. Funds: Funding comes through the Wil Resource Conservation Fund and a portion of the Environmental Stewardship Fund. Grant size varies, but the average grant award is $30,000. Application Deadline: July 1, 2024 More information: DCNR website Department of Community and Economic Development: Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) The NAP is broken down into five components: The Neighborhood Assistance Program Tax Credit, the Special Program Priorities, the Neighborhood Partnership Program, the Charitable Food Program, and the Enterprise Zone Program Tax Credit. Please visit the link below for specific information on each component. Who May Apply: Depending on the program, eligible applicants include neighborhood organizations that hold a ruling from the IRS as nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations, and organizations operating as food banks, food pantries, or emergency food providers. Use: Use varies by program, but priorities for this funding Read more

 

Fighting for our first responders' mental well-being

(May 14, 2024)

The House passed legislation (H.B. 1632) with bipartisan support that would make post-traumatic stress injury an eligible claim for first responders filing for workers’ compensation. I voted yes. This is a bill that police officers, EMS workers and firefighters have been fighting for over many years. Our first responders’ selfless service often takes a toll on their mental well-being and receiving the care they need should not be blocked by state law. Read more

 

Protecting Pennsylvania's Healthcare Workforce

(May 08, 2024)

It’s National Nurses Week, a time to highlight and honor the incredible work of nurses everywhere. In addition to acknowledging their commitment to taking care of patients, we have a duty to ensure that they and all healthcare workers are afforded a safe, violence-free workplace where they can work and perform their duties without the fear of bodily harm or fear for their personal safety. Unfortunately, PA’s nurses and healthcare workers are reporting in alarming numbers that they have personally experienced violence in their workplace and that their hospital or facility does NOT do enough to protect them from it. Read more

 

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities

(May 07, 2024)

NEWLY LISTED PROGRAMS Department of Education: Public School Environmental Repairs Program Who May Apply: School districts, area career and technical schools, charter schools, and regional charter schools that operate school buildings. Use: Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the remediation and/or abatement of lead in water sources and paint, asbestos, and mold inside school buildings of eligible school entities. Funds: Up to $75 million in state funds will be competitively awarded. There is no minimum funding request. The maximum funding request is $10 million. One application per entity will be accepted, but the application may consist of more than one project in more than one school building. Application Deadline: June 30, 2024 More information: PDE Website Department of Agriculture: Farm-to-School Grant Program Who May Apply: Any school district, school, charter school, private school, or center with pre-K classes, kindergarten classes, elementary classes, or middle school classes through 8 th grade that participates in a Federal Child Nutrition Program. Use: The purpose of the Farm-to-School Program is to educate prekindergartners through eighth graders and their families about the importance of choosing healthy, locally produced foods and increase awareness of Pennsylvania agriculture. Eligible projects will achieve this purpose. Funds: $500,000 is available for Read more

 

Governor Signs 2024-25 State Budget – Big Wins for Education and Community Services!
52 minutes ago

Upcoming blood drives and state House news
Jul 09, 2024

Check out these upcoming events and legislative update
Jul 02, 2024

Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities For Your District
Jul 02, 2024

House passes Krueger bill to ensure access to contraceptives in Pa.
Jun 25, 2024

House recognizes local student; passes my bill to protect access to contraceptives and more
Jun 25, 2024

Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment, Technology, and Additional Grant Opportunities
Jun 20, 2024

Health, wellness and nutrition information and more
Jun 18, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
Jun 14, 2024

House passes bill to significantly improve school funding system
Jun 11, 2024

Student-focused week in Harrisburg
Jun 04, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Environmental, Public Safety, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 29, 2024

PA Medigap Webinar
May 29, 2024

FREE backyard composting workshops coming in June; other upcoming events; and a school visit!
May 28, 2024

Look inside for Memorial Day events and legislation moving in the House
May 21, 2024

Krueger invites seniors to Medicare 101 seminar
May 16, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 14, 2024

Fighting for our first responders' mental well-being
May 14, 2024

Protecting Pennsylvania's Healthcare Workforce
May 08, 2024

Grant Memo: Agricultural, Educational, Environmental, Redevelopment and Additional Grant Opportunities
May 07, 2024