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The scoop on REAL ID – whether you need one and how to become pre-verified

(Feb 19, 2019)

I want to get the word out about REAL ID – including helping you decide whether you need one and, if so, explaining how you can become “pre-verified” for one now to save time later. WHAT IT IS: A REAL ID is a new, optional form of driver’s license or identification card that PennDOT will issue after verifying certain identification and residency documents provided by you. REAL IDs will become available in March and will resemble a regular driver’s license or identification card, but will have a gold star. WHETHER YOU NEED ONE: Getting a REAL ID is not mandatory but may be useful depending on your needs. Once card-based enforcement of the REAL ID Act begins on Oct. 1, 2020 , you’ll no longer be able to use your regular, state-issued driver’s license or identification card to board commercial flights or enter high-security federal facilities such as military bases. Instead, you will either have to use the new REAL ID or rely on your passport, military ID or other form of federally accepted identification. You don’t need a REAL ID to visit regular federal buildings like the post office, vote, apply for or receive federal benefits, or gain access to hospitals and health clinics. WHAT DOCUMENTS YOU’LL NEED: If you decide you want a REAL ID, you can become pre-verified for one now by bringing the required documents to any PennDOT driver’s license center so they can be verified in person. (See below for Read more

 

Longietti: $327,000 grant to advance STEM and computer science learning, expand access to career development programs

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – A $327,000 state grant will promote computer science and STEM learning in Mercer County schools while expanding hands-on career development opportunities for students, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “Today’s high-paying, family sustaining jobs demand a strong grasp of STEM and computer science skills,” Longietti said. “The funding announced today will help Mercer County schools tailor these classes to the specific demands of the 21st century job market. The grant also will help connect students with educational and career development programs that offer stimulating, hands-on learning and real-world work experience.” The grant recipient – United Way of Mercer County – will use the funding to administer the 4C Catalyst program, a cross-sector partnership of area schools, businesses, workforce partners and community organizations that aims to engage 1,500 students in grades five through nine annually in computer science and STEM education. “We’re extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Jim Micsky, executive director of United Way of Mercer County. “We have been working hard to increase student learning and heighten awareness about STEM. A grant like this provides an opportunity to rally the community behind the importance of STEM training and education, and it will make our community a better place to live and work." The grant, administered Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $325,000 in grants will expand regional job opportunities, promote industry growth

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – Nearly $325,000 in state grants will expand job-training opportunities for students and job seekers in western Pennsylvania, including Mercer County, while helping area industries grow more competitive, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. The grants, which are part of the PAsmart initiative, will be used to identify local needs and connect students and other job seekers to regional industries, with a focus on strengthening and expanding apprenticeship programs. “Apprenticeship programs are excellent ‘earn while you learn’ opportunities for young Pennsylvanians,” Longietti said. “They provide hands-on training plus the guidance and support of a mentor, which helps students gain confidence as they acquire real-world skills. The programs are also great for area employers because they allow businesses to tailor training to their specific needs.” The funding – which is shared among multiple legislative districts – includes: A $280,555 Ambassador Network grant to Thomas P. Miller and Associates to convene a consortium of partners to identify needs, provide quarterly webinars and technical assistance and promote apprenticeship growth and retention. A $43,252 Next Generation Manufacturing Industry Partnership grant to NWPA Job Connect to create a partnership in the advanced manufacturing industry. The Ambassador Network grant is administered by the state Department of Labor Read more

 

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy

(Feb 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – To make sure attacks on healthcare coverage don’t hurt Pennsylvania’s working families, a group of House Democratic lawmakers are introducing a package of proposals to make sure people can always afford to see a doctor when they get sick. The “Healthy People, Stronger Economy” plan protects consumers even if special interests are able to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The plan contains four bills putting people first, including: Protecting Your Coverage, Protecting Your Health – sponsored by Reps. Tony DeLuca and Dan Frankel, both of Allegheny County – recognizes that a consumer paying for an insurance plan that doesn't cover items as basic as hospitalization and emergency services has insurance that is almost worse than having no insurance at all. The bill guarantees all insurance plans sold in the state cover 10 essential benefits: emergency services; hospitalization; prescription drugs; maternity & newborn care; mental health & substance abuse disorder services; prescription drugs; rehabilitation; laboratory services to aid in diagnosis and treatment; chronic disease management; ambulatory patient services pediatric services, including oral and vision care. “If the Federal Health Care Reform law is ever abolished by the United States Supreme Court or the Congress, you could be left with health insurance policies that don’t cover the essential services Read more

 

Longietti supports governor’s proposed budget investments for education, career and tech training

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 - State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget address: “I am pleased that Governor Wolf’s budget proposal includes important investments to move Pennsylvania forward by providing critical funding to educate our school children and train the next generation of workers while taking care of the needs of our senior citizens. “The governor spoke of the importance of funding basic education, which I believe is the most important investment we can make. Giving our kids the strongest possible start from preK-12 has always been important. Today, however, as technology assumes an ever-increasing role in the workplace, it’s more important than ever to provide our students with a broad curriculum that includes the latest science, technology, engineering and math concepts. Additionally, when the state increases funding to our local school districts, we reduce pressure on local sources of funding like property taxes. “I also strongly support the governor’s plans for increased investments in workforce development. By strengthening career and technical training for Pennsylvanians of all ages, we’re equipping the workers who will carry forward the economic future of the commonwealth. We’re providing them with the tools they need to succeed and to stay and raise families in the state. “Finally, I support funding that ensures that Read more

 

Longietti: More than $1.9 million in grants to fund infrastructure projects in Hermitage, Sharon and South Pymatuning Township

(Feb 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 1 – Three state grants totaling more than $1.9 million will fund multiple road, sidewalk and intersection improvements in Mercer County, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today. The grants – provided through the Multimodal Transportation Fund – will fund projects in Hermitage, Sharon and South Pymatuning Township. “It’s great to see our taxpayer dollars returning to the district to fund these critical projects,” Longietti said. “Our county’s hardworking residents depend on safe, well-maintained roads and walkways for access to jobs, businesses, schools, health care and recreation. It’s their efforts that keep the economy thriving, so it’s only fitting that these funds are invested back into local projects that will create jobs and benefit the local economy.” Longietti said the grants will fund the following projects: Nearly $1.3 million to the city of Sharon. This grant will largely fund Phase 3 of the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project and will include repaving and improving multiple streets throughout the city, completing ADA-compliant cutouts and sidewalks, and making these streets more accessible for commerce in the city. $345,541 to the city of Hermitage. This grant will fund construction of additional sidewalks linking to existing walkways in the city’s commercial district. The additional walkways will connect the district and residential Read more

 

Longietti hosts 2018 class 1A state high school football champs

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, hosted the Farrell Steelers High School Football Team Monday at the state Capitol to celebrate the team’s 2018 class 1A state football championship. Longietti presented a citation to the team and noted that their victory marked a first for the county. “Under the direction of Coach Jarrett Samuels, this incredibly talented group of young men captured the crown with a 55-20 victory over Lackawanna Trail,” Longietti said. “They also managed to do something no football team in Mercer County has done: they went undefeated on their path to the title. I’m incredibly proud of them, and I’d like to take this time to honor their achievement.” Longietti said the Steelers’ undefeated victory was especially notable because it came during the 100-year anniversary of the school’s football program. The team previously won state championships in 1995 and 1996. Read more

 

Longietti Talks About Testing Children For Lead

(Jan 23, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti participated in a hearing to discuss the importance of testing children for high lead levels early in life to prevent future health problems. Read more

 

Longietti: $140,000 in grants will bring computer science to the classroom

(Jan 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State grants worth $140,000 will bring computer science to the classroom for Mercer County students, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Each $35,000 grant to Greenville Area School District, Hermitage Area School District, Sharon City School District and West Middlesex Area School District will fund the districts’ professional development, equipment and training costs. “Computer science is an extremely valuable addition to the curriculum – both at the elementary and secondary school levels – because it can trigger kids’ interest and help them develop the skills needed for high-demand, high-paying jobs,” Longietti said. “The kinds of skills CS teaches – problem solving, logic, collaboration, working with data – are skills that translate to a wide range of higher-paying careers. And based on experiences of other schools who have already introduced computer learning classes, it’s a subject area kids of all ages readily embrace.” Longietti noted that the funding is targeted to school programs with little or no computer science in their curricula and will support CS programs in the following schools: • Greenville High School • Greenville Elementary School • Artman Elementary School • Case Avenue Elementary • Musser Elementary • West Hill Elementary • Luther Low Elementary • West Middlesex Jr. High • West Read more

 

$100,000 grant will help educators, families stay abreast of area’s latest career pathways, jobs

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – A $100,000 Business-Education Partnership grant will help keep Mercer County educators, families and students abreast of the latest high-priority career pathways and jobs, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. The grant to the West Central Workforce Development Board will allow the board to act as intermediary, convening planning sessions with educators and employers. The goal is to develop a comprehensive strategy that keeps students, teachers and school administrators up-to-date on career pathways and occupations in the area. "The workplace landscape is constantly evolving as new technology brings new demands – and new opportunities – to the job market,” Longietti said. “The funding announced today is critical for ensuring that area educators and students keep pace. With the proper planning, we can make sure education requirements remain current, that students and families have the tools they need to make informed career choices and that local employers attract applicants who are fully prepared to meet job demands. It’s a terrific investment in our future workforce and our economy." The grant is one of 22 awarded to local workforce development boards statewide. The awards were 100-percent federally funded through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act and administered through the state Department of Labor and Industry. Read more

 

Longietti reappointed Democratic chairman of House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, was reappointed by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve as the minority chairman for the House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session. “I am honored to serve as the Democratic chairman for the House Tourism and Recreation Development Committee,” Longietti said. "Tourism is not only important statewide, but it also is an important part of the economy of Mercer County. Many visitors enjoy outdoor activities at Buhl Park and Shenango Lake. Arts and culture festivals such as WaterFire Sharon draw tens of thousands of people from throughout the region. Attractions such as the Buhl Mansion, Tara, A Country Inn, and the Prime Outlets in Grove City bring in travelers from other states and even internationally. As a state, we can help promote these and other tourism assets which enrich our communities while providing family-supporting jobs." Tourism is a major industry in the commonwealth, bringing in $40 billion in revenue annually and supporting more than 490,000 jobs. “I have served on this committee since I was first elected to the legislature and I know the importance of investing in tourism for the commonwealth. When we effectively promote and support the variety of tourism assets that Pennsylvania provides, such as those locally, more people visit and we see an increase in income, jobs and tax revenue. This incredibly important Read more

 

During swearing-in, Rep. Longietti looks forward to work ahead

(Jan 01, 2019)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, today began his seventh term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he will continue to represent the 7th Legislative District. Read more

 

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(Nov 29, 2018)

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Longietti: $106,000 grant will expand recreational opportunities at Buhl Park

(Nov 08, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 8 – A $106,000 grant will fund construction of six new outdoor pickleball courts at Buhl Park in Hermitage, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti noted that the paddle sport – which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong – is growing in popularity and has been shown to promote multiple physical benefits. “I’m delighted to see this project I’ve supported come to fruition through funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,” Longietti said. “Buhl Park is an outdoor gem for our citizens and a gathering place for fishing, bicycling, walking, running, exploring nature and enjoying disc golf. This grant will allow us to add yet another recreational activity to the mix – one that has been shown to improve muscular strength, endurance and cardiovascular health.” Park staff noted that demand for the courts has been increasing. “We’re very excited to receive the news of the grant award, and extremely thankful to DCNR and our local community and state representatives for their support,” said Mary Lynn Reid, grant writer for Buhl Park. “A great many people in our community have been asking for us to install pickleball courts for several years, and I am sure they will be thrilled to hear this news.” The grant – made available through the Community Conservation Partnership Program – will fund the Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 05, 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

 

Longietti: New law will help thousands more seniors pay for medicine

(Oct 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – Thousands of seniors in the commonwealth will benefit from a new law that increases their access to the state’s prescription drug assistance program, according to state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, who was a co-sponsor of the legislation. The new law – Act 87 of 2018 – increases the income limit for PACENET prescription drug assistance from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. “By increasing the income eligibility limits for PACENET prescription drug assistance, the new law will allow the program to reach nearly 17,000 additional seniors, including many in Mercer County,” Longietti said. “What’s more, the new limits go into effect immediately. This is great news for the many seniors who need assistance now, but previously weren’t able to meet the income guidelines.” Longietti noted that in addition to increasing the income eligibility limits, the new law allows pharmacists to fill partial prescriptions so that participant's refills can all be refilled on the same day of the month. “Our seniors have spent their lives building families here and contributing to our community,” Longietti said. “Any change that makes their lives healthier and easier is a change for the better.” The PACE and PACENET programs offer lower-cost prescription medications to qualified residents 65 or older. Funding is provided by Read more

 

Longietti: Nearly $10 million awarded to fund Shenango Township sewer improvements

(Oct 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – Nearly $10 million in state funding has been awarded for completion of major sanitary sewer improvements in Shenango Township, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said the funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority – which includes a low-interest loan of approximately $7.87 million and a Pennvest grant of about $2.1 million – will finance the second and third phases of a project to extend sanitary sewer service in the township. “I was pleased to support Pennvest funding for this important project, which will allow Shenango Township to address a serious public health hazard,” Longietti said. “For years, the township has experienced a high failure rate of on-lot sewer systems, which are leaching untreated wastewater over the ground and into local streams. The funding will allow the township to move forward with remedying the problem and resolving a consent order with the state Department of Environmental Protection.” Longietti noted that the project includes installation of more than 42,000 feet of pipeline and five pumps and wastewater plant improvements that include replacing outdated, malfunctioning equipment. The current system serves 569 low-income residential customers, and the project would add an additional 289 customers. The Oakleaf Estates Mobile Home Park, which has experienced ongoing effluent violations, will be tied into the system. Read more

 

Longietti: Bill would help thousands more seniors pay for medicine

(Oct 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – Thousands of seniors in the commonwealth would receive vital assistance paying for prescription medicines under a bill the House passed unanimously today, according to the bill’s co-sponsor, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer. House Bill 270 would increase the income limit for PACENET prescription-drug coverage from $23,500 to $27,500 for single people and from $31,500 to $35,500 for married couples. According to estimates from the state Department of Aging, the expanded guidelines would make more than 14,000 additional seniors eligible for the state-sponsored prescription assistance program. “I have spoken to a number of area seniors who are in need of prescription assistance but who don’t meet the current income guidelines,” Longietti said. “This legislation aims to provide these folks with the help that they need. Our Mercer County seniors are the backbone of our community. They should never have to choose between paying for food, rent or heat and paying for prescription medications.” The PACE and PACENET programs offer lower-cost prescription medications to qualified residents 65 or older. Funding is provided by proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery. The bill now heads for the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Longietti: Mercer County school districts to receive $65,600 in safety grants

(Oct 04, 2018)

HERMITAGE, Oct. 4 – Two Mercer County school districts have been awarded a total of $65,600 in school safety grants, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. Longietti said funding to Farrell Area School District and West Middlesex Area School District will be used to provide school resource and police officers at two area schools. “Ensuring a safe learning environment in Mercer County schools is one of my top priorities,” Longietti said. “In evaluating safety, some of our school districts determined that school safety resource or police officers are necessary to enhance security. This funding will ensure that these districts can go forward with hiring the needed personnel. The result will be a safer place to learn and teach – and peace of mind – for students, teachers and school workers.” Longietti said the specific funding includes: A $35,600 Fiscal Year 2018-19 school police officer grant to Farrell Area School District. A $30,000 Fiscal Year 2017-18 school resource officer grant to West Middlesex Area School District. The grants are awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grants program. A total of $8.4 million in competitive grants has been awarded to prevent and reduce violent incidents in schools, purchase safety and security-related equipment and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. More Read more

 

The scoop on REAL ID – whether you need one and how to become pre-verified
Feb 19, 2019

Longietti: $327,000 grant to advance STEM and computer science learning, expand access to career development programs
Feb 11, 2019

Longietti: Nearly $325,000 in grants will expand regional job opportunities, promote industry growth
Feb 08, 2019

House Democrats fight for healthy people and a stronger economy
Feb 08, 2019

Longietti supports governor’s proposed budget investments for education, career and tech training
Feb 05, 2019

Longietti: More than $1.9 million in grants to fund infrastructure projects in Hermitage, Sharon and South Pymatuning Township
Feb 01, 2019

Longietti hosts 2018 class 1A state high school football champs
Jan 29, 2019

Longietti Talks About Testing Children For Lead
Jan 23, 2019

Longietti: $140,000 in grants will bring computer science to the classroom
Jan 18, 2019

$100,000 grant will help educators, families stay abreast of area’s latest career pathways, jobs
Jan 10, 2019

Longietti reappointed Democratic chairman of House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee
Jan 07, 2019

During swearing-in, Rep. Longietti looks forward to work ahead
Jan 01, 2019

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Nov 29, 2018

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Nov 29, 2018

Longietti: $106,000 grant will expand recreational opportunities at Buhl Park
Nov 08, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

Longietti: New law will help thousands more seniors pay for medicine
Oct 24, 2018

Longietti: Nearly $10 million awarded to fund Shenango Township sewer improvements
Oct 17, 2018

Longietti: Bill would help thousands more seniors pay for medicine
Oct 11, 2018

Longietti: Mercer County school districts to receive $65,600 in safety grants
Oct 04, 2018