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2016 Winter Newsletter

(Jan 25, 2016)

Stay up to date with the latest news from the district with Rep. Longietti's winter 2016 newsletter. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Longietti outraged at House speaker’s adjournment

(Dec 23, 2015)

Following Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai’s unilateral decision to adjourn the House without taking up a vote on a scheduled state budget bill, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement: “The House was poised to consider Senate Bill 1073, a 12-month spending plan, and an affirmative vote would have ended the nearly six month budget stalemate as Governor Tom Wolf planned to sign the legislation. Instead, speaker Turzai suddenly and unexpectedly adjourned the House from session, and members of the House Republican caucus scurried from the Capitol to return home. I will remain in Harrisburg to complete the budget process and am calling on the speaker to immediately return the House to voting session. The House remains on a six-hour call, but the current indication is that the speaker will not recall the House until after the end of the year. Read more

 

Longietti calls on speaker to return House to session

(Dec 11, 2015)

At a Capitol news conference today, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, joined over 20 House Democrats in calling for Speaker of the House Mike Turzai to return the House to session and end the budget impasse. Read more

 

Longietti: We're Ready to Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti says that he and his House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more

 

Longietti: Speaker needs to return House to session to finalize budget

(Dec 10, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, called on House Speaker Mike Turzai to immediately return the House to session in order to finalize work on a state budget. Longietti issued the following statement after the speaker unexpectedly adjourned the House until noon Saturday: “It is unfathomable to me that Speaker Turzai would adjourn the House when senior centers are closed, nonprofits have laid off employees and suspended services, and schools are considering closing their doors because a state budget has not been adopted. Read more

 

Bill reauthorizing Children’s Health Insurance Program passes House

(Dec 02, 2015)

Legislation authorizing the extension of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program until Dec. 31, 2017 and moving the program from the Insurance Department to the Department of Human Services unanimously passed the House Tuesday and moved to the Senate for consideration. “CHIP is a nationally recognized model for children’s health insurance that serves over 150,000 young people across the state, and I’m proud to support this program,” Longietti said. “We need to ensure that in the future, children and their families will have access to quality health care that allows them to visit the doctor when sick and get the necessary care they need. Read more

 

Bills to improve PACE and PACENET pass House

(Nov 24, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today that the House unanimously passed three bills aimed at improving PACE and PACENET for seniors who benefit from the prescription-drug programs. House Bill 493 is a package of bills from last session that would exempt veterans’ benefits from income eligibility calculations for state programs. Read more

 

Bill to delay Keystone Exams unanimously passes House

(Nov 23, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, voted today to delay the implementation of the Keystone Exams until the 2018-2019 school year. "The State Board of Education made Keystone Exams a graduation requirement without input from the legislature and it is clear we need to reexamine and rethink that requirement," Longietti said. "This bill will not only delay implementation of that requirement until 2018-19, but it will also require the Department of Education to investigate alternatives to a graduation requirement and report back to the legislature. Additionally, it ensures that no student is excluded from vocational-technical education or elective courses, like Art and Music, due to supplemental instruction related to Keystone Exams." Read more

 

Longietti supports delayed Keystone Exams as graduation requirement

(Nov 18, 2015)

Citing multiple possible hindrances, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, yesterday voted to report out of the House Education Committee legislation that would delay the implementation of the Keystone Exams until the 2018-19 school year. "Implementation of the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement was a product of the Pennsylvania Board of Education without legislative input,” Longietti said. “It’s time that we take a step back and fully assess this requirement, particularly with a new school funding formula on the horizon and the costs to school districts in terms of time and staffing.” Read more

 

Legislation protecting seniors' PACE and PACENET reported out of House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee

(Nov 18, 2015)

Legislation supported by Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, that would prevent seniors from losing access to PACE and PACENET medication assistance programs was approved by the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee yesterday and is positioned for a vote by the full House. House Bill 777, which Longietti co-sponsored, would extend the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment from being considered as income until Dec. 31, 2017. Under current law, the moratorium expires at the end of this year. Though there will be no Social Security COLA for 2016, PACE and PACENET are based upon the previous year’s income, meaning approximately 16,500 seniors would lose their access to the programs. Read more

 

Pennies for Pre-K

(Sep 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti met with some Pennsylvania Pre-K students to congratulate them on their Pennies for Pre-K program. The collection of pennies highlights the need for high-quality Pre-K education funding in Pennsylvania's budget. Rep. Longietti explains that whatever money is invested early in our kids will benefit everyone statewide. Read more

 

Sharpsville roundtable highlights job opportunities in STEM fields

(Sep 22, 2015)

State Reps. Mark Longietti and Chris Sainato on Friday led a roundtable highlighting the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education — subjects collectively known as STEM – and the abundance of financially rewarding career opportunities in those fields. The group, which included representatives from government, education, business and nonprofit organizations, concluded that there is a disconnect between how parents and students perceive STEM job opportunities, and pledged to hold more meetings about the topic. Read more

 

Longietti Fighting for Education

(Aug 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti is leading the fight for better schools and a better education for Pennsylvania's children. Read more

 

Longietti Helping Seniors

(Jul 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti hosted a Senior Fair for senior citizens to get information and help they need on a variety of state-related issues. Read more

 

Longietti votes against unbalanced gimmick budget that shortchanges school kids

(Jun 27, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti today voted against a budget bill crafted by Harrisburg Republican leaders because it perpetuates accounting gimmicks while shortchanging school kids. “The proposed budget doesn’t add up, adds to the structural deficit, and fails to restore significant classroom funding for school kids, which was cut by hundreds of millions of dollars under the Corbett administration,” Longietti said. Read more

 

Longietti: Education Funding Report a Start

(Jun 18, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mark Longietti talks about the findings from the Basic Education Funding Commission report released this morning. Longietti feels that public education can't improve until funding cuts are restored and a formula for funding schools is created. Read more

 

Laurel Technical Institute receives $149,000 state grant for upgrades, scholarships

(Jun 16, 2015)

State Rep. Mark Longietti announced that Laurel Technical Institute in Sharon has received a $149,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to upgrade equipment, provide scholarships and increase the use of technology in its classrooms. Read more

 

Good news for Mercer County volunteers

(Jun 11, 2015)

Gov. Tom Wolf has heard concerns that I and others have raised about the financial burdens placed on our volunteers by a state law enacted last year, and will waive state fees for mandated clearances and background checks. Read more