Daley votes to restore funding to provide for better future

(Oct 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, who today supported the tax component of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget for modest increases in order to restore education funding and provide additional property tax relief, issued the following statement: “After more than three months of Governor Wolf and the Democrats coming to the table for negotiations and the Republicans failing to compromise, the time is now to move forward,” Daley said. “The governor has submitted this compromise that will provide sustainable, recurring and predictable funding to move Pennsylvania in the right direction. Representative Joe Markosek’s amendment presents a fiscally responsible plan to bring Pennsylvania’s economy back to a stable position. “This plan would enact a long-overdue severance tax that will have natural gas drillers paying their fair share, helping to restore the education cuts made by the former administration. It will also ensure property tax relief for seniors and our veterans, and assist in rebuilding the commonwealth’s credit rating. “This funding is a far better alternative to budget stalemates and stop-gap budgets, which result in an unknown future for human service providers and school districts, and result in one-time fixes and gimmicks that would further cut finances in the months to come. “The Republicans say we cannot afford to provide the recurring and sustainable revenues necessary to Read more

 

Daley Supports Plan To Reinvest In Pa. Schools, Residents

(Oct 07, 2015)

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley explains why she voted on a plan to provide recurring revenue to fund Pa. schools, human services and other critical needs, in addition to providing property tax relief to hundreds of thousands. Read more

 

House adopts Daley resolution honoring Barren Hill Volunteer Fire Company

(Oct 05, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today thanked her colleagues for their unanimous approval of her resolution to honor a local fire company. House Resolution 522 commemorates the 100 th Anniversary of Barren Hill Volunteer Fire Company in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County. Daley welcomed some of the volunteers who were in attendance when the resolution was adopted. “We all know that volunteer fire companies are essential to the safety and wellness of our local areas, and Barren Hill is no different,” Daley said. “Through the years, they have shown tremendous dedication and excellence, so it is fitting that they are honored today.” The Barren Hill Volunteer Fire Company was organized in October 1915 after a fire completely destroyed a barn and killed several animals on the property of Whitemarsh Inn. Today, it responds to approximately 500 service calls annually and its volunteers put in more than 8,000 hours a year. Read more

 

Daley: We need a REAL budget

(Sep 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more

 

Daley Supports Online Voter Registration

(Aug 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley stood with Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés today and announced that Pennsylvania is the latest state to launch the convenient option of registering online to vote. Read more

 

Daley applauds launch of online voter registration in Pa.

(Aug 27, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 27 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, today noted her thrill that Pennsylvanians now have easier access and a more convenient option to register to vote. Daley joined Gov. Tom Wolf, Secretary of State Pedro Cortes and other state and elected officials to announce the launch of online voter registration application at www.register.votespa.com Daley said she has been a big proponent of providing this type of service to Pennsylvanians since she was elected state representative in 2013. “The launch of online voter registration brings Pennsylvania up to speed by making the process to register to vote easier – especially for our young people, who do most things electronically,” Daley said. “It is also beneficial for people who don’t have accessibility to get to an official place to sign up and vote. “The online service is also a cost-saving measure for counties and the state to process applications. It is really a great day for the commonwealth.” House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody echoed Daley’s comments following today’s launch. "Representative Daley and other legislators should be commended for pushing for this change for several years, as should Governor Wolf for finally making it a reality," Dermody said. "Just a few years ago, some in Pennsylvania were trying to make it harder for people to vote by passing restrictive ID requirements and other roadblocks. Read more

 

MJ Daley: PA Budget Too Important to Play Games With

(Aug 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley talks about why she supports Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal. Daley knows that critical support for education and human services is worth fighting for and she stands ready to vote for a responsible budget. Read more

 

Daley: Restore Funding for Pa.'s Most Vulnerable

(Aug 17, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says that it's time to restore the funding cuts of the past administration to human services and help the Commonwealth's most vulnerable citizens. Read more

 

Daley, Parker commemorate World Breastfeeding Week in Pa.

(Jul 31, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 31 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, and David Parker, R-Monroe, announced the week of Aug. 1-7 has been declared “World Breastfeeding Week” in Pennsylvania. House Resolution 429, which Daley and Parker co-sponsored and which was unanimously approved by the House in July, designates the first week of August to raise awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding. The benefits were compiled by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a group that advocates for a concerted global action to support women who breastfeed. This year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work,” a concept Daley and Parker said they are actively advocating for in Pennsylvania. “Research shows that mothers and children benefit from breast milk. For most babies, especially premature babies, breast milk is easier to digest than formula and helps fight against disease,” Daley said. “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the cells, hormones and antibodies in breast milk help protect babies from illness. For mothers, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of health problems such as diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers, and postpartum depression. “Moreover, breastfeeding mothers miss fewer days from work because their infants are sick less often.” Parker said, “I co-sponsored House Resolution 429 with my colleague, Read more

 

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)

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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