Responsible state budget negotiations, education investment and property tax relief sought by Democrats

(Jul 24, 2015)

CONSHOHOCKEN, July 24 – A group of local lawmakers joined House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla Friday morning at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School to call for responsible state budget negotiations which will lead to sufficient funding for education and lower property taxes. State Reps. Mary Jo Daley, Madeleine Dean and Matthew Bradford, all D-Montgomery, and Sturla, D-Lancaster, said Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of the Republican budget was necessary because it fails to address what Pennsylvanians want and favor, which is a fair and responsible tax on natural gas drilling to reinvest in education, property tax relief for the middle class and senior citizens and to fix the structural budget deficit. “I stand with Governor Tom Wolf and House Democrats in fighting for a budget that puts Pennsylvania’s children first and says goodbye to the budgeting gimmicks of the past. We cannot continue down the same path that Republicans and former Governor Tom Corbett did,” Sturla said. “Pennsylvanians made it clear that they valued education as a top priority and want a reasonable Marcellus shale severance tax to fund our schools when they elected Governor Wolf. “It’s pretty simple; we want a balanced budget with no future structural deficit, funding for schools with revenue from a reasonable Marcellus shale severance tax and property tax relief for hard-working, middle-class families,” Sturla said. Daley said Read more

 

Daley: We Must Get this Budget Right

(Jul 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley joins other lawmakers at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in her district to call for a reliable and sustainable budget. She says the past four years of drastic cuts have left schools without basic resources and driven up property taxes, pricing residents out of their homes. Daley adds Pennsylvania cannot continue on such a crash course to financial ruin. Read more

 

Daley: Help All Pa. Students

(Jun 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says it’s time to restore cuts to the public education system so that a child’s education no longer depends on their zip code. Daley adds the GOP budget plan doesn’t go far enough in bringing back the teachers, staff, extracurricular programs, and classes cut by the previous administration. She warns that the crisis facing Philadelphia public schools could easily spread to the rest of the state, so the time is now to fix public education funding in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Daley: Help All Pa. Students

(Jun 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says it’s time to restore cuts to the public education system so that a child’s education no longer depends on their zip code. Daley adds the GOP budget plan doesn’t go far enough in bringing back the teachers, staff, extracurricular programs, and classes cut by the previous administration. She warns that the crisis facing Philadelphia public schools could easily spread to the rest of the state, so the time is now to fix public education funding in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Daley Questions Budget Priorities

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley supports the vision of Gov. Wolf in his budget priorities, but questions those of the Republicans in their proposal. Read more

 

Daley announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline extension

(Jun 05, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today said that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2014 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older qualify for the benefits under the program. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income and any COLAs are excluded. “Rebates for this program still will be distributed beginning on July 1,” Daley said. “I encourage all qualified individuals to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of possibly getting up to $650.” Constituents may contact Daley’s office staff at 610-832-1679 for assistance with completing the form. The staff will let them know what paperwork they need to bring with them. Daley’s office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located at 815 Fayette St., Conshohocken. Parking is available in the back of the building, off Harry Avenue (between Eighth and Ninth avenues). The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief. The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming. For Read more

 

Daley, Frankel legislation calls for tax increase on cigarettes, other tobacco products

(May 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 21 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, and Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, recently introduced legislation that would both help enhance public health and generate revenue in the commonwealth. House Bill 1213 would increase the cigarette tax by $1 per pack and impose a 40 percent tax on the wholesale price of other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, “roll-your-own” tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Daley said imposing these taxes could help deter young people from using cigarettes and OTPs. “Many teens succumb to peer pressure by using tobacco products and end up becoming life-time users,” Daley said. “What’s troubling is there are now alternative products, such as e-cigarettes, that are growing in popularity and have the same addicting effects as regular cigarettes. “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013.” Frankel said Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that does not impose some type of tax on smokeless tobacco and one of two states that does not tax cigars. “It’s time that Pennsylvania joins every other state in the nation in levying a fair tax on these kinds of tobacco products,” Frankel said. “We’re faced with a $2 billion structural budget deficit and we cannot continue to overlook reasonable Read more

 

The Daley News-Spring 2015

(May 15, 2015)

Read Rep. Mary Jo Daley's Spring 2015 Newsletter Read more

 

Nursing mothers would benefit from Daley bill regarding breast milk collection in workplace (with video)

(May 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – As part of a comprehensive package aimed at improving women’s health, state Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today said she introduced a bill requiring employers to provide private, sanitary space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk. Daley said H.B. 1100, part of the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women’s Health and co-sponsored by state Rep. David Parker, R-Monroe, would add the commonwealth to approximately two dozen states that have laws requiring workplace accommodations for nursing women. Daley said current federal law requires employers to provide a private, sanitary space for female employees to pump milk – but only for up to one year after the birth of a child. She also said the federal law inexplicably does not apply to salaried employees. “Our legislation would fix two main loopholes in federal law,” Daley said. “First, it would apply to all employees, including those who are exempt from federal overtime provisions, such as salaried or management employees. Second, this bill would require employers to provide a private, sanitary space for mothers to pump milk beyond one year after birth. “I am delighted to work with my colleague Representative David Parker on this important legislation.” Daley noted this legislation would mirror federal law by exempting small employers from these requirements if they would present an undue hardship to the employer. She said an added economic benefit Read more

 

Daley to hold town hall meetings on budget, education funding

(Mar 26, 2015)

CONSHOHOCKEN, March 25 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, will hold three town hall meetings for residents in the 148th Legislative District. Daley said these meetings coming up in April will give residents a chance to hear about Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget and how it impacts them and their community. Daley will also discuss the issue of fair education funding. “With a new governor and new legislature in Harrisburg, I feel this budget is providing the 'fresh start' that the governor has been touting even before he took office,” Daley said. “I would like to give all my constituents an opportunity to ask questions about what this budget plan would mean to them and their families.” Daley’s town hall meetings will be held: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 , Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave., 19072. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 , Ambler Borough Hall, 122 E. Butler Pike, 19002. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16 , Plymouth Township Building, 700 Belvoir Road, Plymouth Meeting, 19462. Daley said she invites all of her constituents to attend, and those who do also may obtain important information on such issues as the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, health care and family services. Read more

 

Daley announces changes in mobile offices’ hours

(Mar 02, 2015)

CONSHOHOCKEN, March 2 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today announced upcoming time changes for her two mobile offices in the 148th Legislative District. Mobile office hours at the Ambler Borough Hall, 122 E. Butler Ave. will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m . the first and third Tuesday of each month. Mobile office hours at the Narberth Borough Hall, 100 Conway Ave. will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m . the second and fourth Tuesday of month. These changes will take effect Tuesday March 10. A legislative staffer will be present at these times, days and locations to provide brochures and forms, information on state programs and services, answers to questions and help with problems. “These time changes still allow my staff to provide quality services and assistance in the northern and southern portions of the 148 th District, along with my district office centrally located in Conshohocken,” Daley said. For more information about either mobile office, constituents can call Rep. Daley’s constituent service office at 610-832-1679. Read more

 

Pa. legislators discuss education issues with Lower Merion school officials

(Feb 26, 2015)

State Representatives Mary Jo Daley (D-148) and Tim Briggs (D-149) along with Merle Zucker, a representative from State Rep. Pam Delissio’s (D-194) office and Zack Hoover, chief of staff for State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-17) attended the forum that was held during the Lower Merion Board of School Director’s monthly Legislative Committee meeting for February. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Forms Now Available

(Feb 18, 2015)

My office has received Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application forms from the state Department of Revenue – and my staff is ready to help you file yours! Read more

 

Daley receives 2015-16 House committee assignments

(Jan 22, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, announced that she has been named to five standing committees within the House of Representatives. Those committees are: - Appropriations - Aging and Older Adult Services - Finance - Health - State Government "I am honored to return to the House Health, Finance, and State Government Committees during my second term as representative," Daley said. Daley added she is eager to serve on the Aging and Older Adult Services and Appropriations committees for the first time. Appropriations considers fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings to review and evaluate the governor’s executive budget proposal. "While Pennsylvania is facing several challenges, one of the biggest is dealing with a budget deficit of $2.3 billion," Daley said. "With Governor Tom Wolf as our governor, I am confident that my Democratic colleagues and I will now have a seat at the table to assist with closing this massive gap and bringing a more balanced budget." Read more

 

Daley: A Fresh Start for Our State

(Jan 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration brings needed change to the state, after four years of funding cuts and failed policies. Rep. Daley supports the governor’s plan to focus on efforts benefitting all of Pennsylvania, including fair education funding, job creation, and helping middle-class families. Read more

 

Daley sworn in for second term as state representative

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, was sworn in today to represent the people of the 148th Legislative District for the 2015-2016 legislative session.  Daley said some of her legislative priorities include making online voter registration a reality in Pennsylvania and for employers to provide private, sanitary space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk."These issues are just two of the bigger issues that could make a difference not only with my constituents, but with people across the Commonwealth," Daley said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues as well as Governor-elect Wolf to make Pennsylvania a better place to live."Daley invites her constituents to visit her newly redesigned webpage, www.pahouse.com/MDaley, for more information on her legislative priorities, outreach programs, and mobile office hours. Residents can also visit her constituent services office, located at 815 Fayette St., Suite 200, Conshohocken, or call her office at 610-832-1679.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th legislative session. The state constitution mandates that the legislature convene at noon on the first Tuesday of January. Read more

 

Breast Cancer Screening on Jan. 29

(Jan 05, 2015)

I want women to have the facts they need about their health. I am partnering with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer Breast Cancer screenings on Thursday, Jan. 29. Appointments available starting at 9 a.m. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call my district office at 610-832-1679. Read more

 

Apprise: FREE Health Insurance counseling for older Pennsylvanians

(Dec 31, 2014)

APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained staff and volunteers who can answer your questions about Medicare and provide you with objective, easy-to-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. An APPRISE counselor will be in our office every 3rd Monday starting in May 19th. She will be operating on an appointment only basis between the hours of 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please use the below form to setup an appointment. Read more

 

Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more