Daley to host town hall meetings on budget, gerrymandering

(Mar 17, 2016)

CONSHOHOCKEN, March 17 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, will host three town hall meetings for residents of the 148th Legislative District later this month. Daley said during these meetings, she will provide constituents with an update on the 2015-16 budget and discuss the recent budget hearings for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Daley also will address the issue of gerrymandering, which is attempting to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating district boundaries to create partisan-advantaged districts. “Many of my constituents had expressed their concerns regarding Pennsylvania’s current budget status. They see the political struggles that we are facing in Harrisburg to provide the commonwealth with a fully funded and responsible budget,” Daley said. “I have also heard from many residents on the need for redistricting reform in Pennsylvania. “By hosting these town hall meetings, I can have more intimate dialogue on these important issues and receive input from my constituents that I will take back to Harrisburg.” Daley’s town hall meetings will be held: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 24 , Ambler Borough Hall, 122 E. Butler Pike, 19002. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 , Bala Cynwyd Library, 131 Old Lancaster Road, 19004. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 31 , Conshohocken Borough Hall, 400 Fayette St., 19428. Daley said she invites all of her Read more

 

Daley Supports Redistricting Reform

(Mar 16, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley joined members of the House and Senate in calling for redistricting reforms now, allowing time to enact the potential changes before the next redistricting process in 2020. Read more

 

Daley lauds bipartisan support for redistricting reform

(Mar 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, today joined House and Senate Democrats and Republicans at the state Capitol to rally support for redistricting reform legislation. The bipartisan and bicameral redistricting reform group and its legislation has seven core principles: Assign redistricting authority to an independent citizens commission; reform both congressional and legislative redistricting; prohibit districts from being drawn to favor or discriminate against a political party or candidate; use statistically sound methodology when setting district boundaries; ensure transparency in the process with meaningful opportunities for active public participation; make all districts as equal in population as possible with a minimum range of deviation; and respect political subdivisions and communities of interest. "The political representation currently in Pennsylvania has made the commonwealth a national example of gerrymandering at its worst," Daley said. "Redistricting should result in a fair map, putting aside partisan interests and protecting the interests of the voters." Daley added that as a member of the redistricting reform group, she has authored legislation ( H.B. 878 ) that would create more openness and fairness in the redistricting process. "My legislation would require a commission to consider plans drawn by Pennsylvania residents, hold public meetings on those plans, and establish a website to share the Read more

 

Daley: Is PA Meeting Adult Disability Needs?

(Mar 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley asked Ted Dallas, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services about the Act 150 program and if it is meeting the needs of the Pennsylvanians that need it. The program helps qualified persons to continue to live in their home with support and services paid for by the state. Read more

 

Daley: Ag Funding a Priority

(Mar 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley questions Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding about the unique role the University of Pennsylvania plays in assisting the Ag Department. Daley also stresses the need to continue funding and supporting the Department of Agriculture in the upcoming budget. Read more

 

Daley Inquires About Female Inmates & Mental Illness

(Mar 04, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley asks Pennsylvania Corrections officials about female inmates in the system and the role mental illness plays in how they got there and how they are treated. Read more

 

Daley: State Funding Critical to College Costs

(Mar 03, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley spoke with Pennsylvania college and university officials about the role state funding plays in keeping higher education affordable for students. Read more

 

Daley: University Funding Cuts Impacts Statewide

(Mar 03, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley inquired about the role state funding plays in keeping the Penn State Agricultural Extension Program running in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Funding cuts could lead to the closing of the program. Read more

 

Daley: Budget Crisis Looms Over Community Colleges

(Mar 03, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley speaks with college officials during a House Appropriations hearing on Pennsylvania's budget to find out the real impacts that can come from a continuing budget crisis. Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

Daley calls for support of Wolf’s right path for Pa.

(Feb 10, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget proposal: “Governor Wolf has laid out a responsible budget plan that would finally put Pennsylvania back on track by balancing the budget and funding our schools properly. It is similar to his proposal that he presented during his first year as governor, which faced much resistance and still does to this day. “The governor has presented a choice for Pennsylvania: We can either follow a path with a budget that will invest in education, eliminate the deficit and put the commonwealth fiscally on the right footing; or we can continue down the same path that we have been traveling without putting the needs of our schools, our middle class and our homeowners first. “We are now dealing with an embarrassing and frustrating situation. Pennsylvania remains without a fully funded and responsible budget for 2015-16 and we will soon be holding budget hearings on the governor’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, so we have a lot of work to do. The legislature must finish its job that was vacated in December when the Speaker of the House adjourned session without a final vote on the budget framework. “It’s way past time for Republicans to stop playing politics and start working with Governor Wolf and Democrats to be honest and transparent with the people of Pennsylvania. We need to pass a Read more

 

Daley Calls For Open, Responsible Budget

(Feb 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more

 

Rep. Daley Winter 2016 Newsletter

(Feb 09, 2016)

Read Rep. Daley's Winter 2016 Newsletter. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. 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

 

Daley blasts House Republicans for leaving Harrisburg without a budget

(Dec 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, joined her House Democratic colleagues to express frustration with the House being adjourned today without members voting on a full budget. “We have a job to do and House Speaker Mike Turzai needs to realize that,” Daley said. “We are here to work and finally pass a budget and the House Republican leaders refused to call up the budget bill for a final vote.” The House was expected to vote on final passage of S.B. 1073, which is the budget framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, Senate Democrats and Republicans, and House Democrats. The plan would provide $350 million for education and increase funding for human service providers. The House Republicans backed out of the agreement and drafted their own plan which, Daley said, did not offer the additional funding so desperately needed by public education and human service organizations in Pennsylvania. “This budget process has been frustrating and exhausting because of the House Republicans, and here we are, nearly six months without a budget, and the Republicans have packed up and left Harrisburg,” Daley said. “As of today, Speaker Turzai called the House of Representatives into session on only 43 of the 176 days of the ongoing budget impasse. Speaker Turzai sets the schedule and decides which bills are brought before the House. “I urge my constituents to contact him and let him know their thoughts in Read more

 

Daley blasts House Republicans for leaving Harrisburg without a budget

(Dec 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery, joined her House Democratic colleagues to express frustration with the House being adjourned today without members voting on a full budget. “We have a job to do and House Speaker Mike Turzai needs to realize that,” Daley said. “We are here to work and finally pass a budget and the House Republican leaders refused to call up the budget bill for a final vote.” The House was expected to vote on final passage of S.B. 1073, which is the budget framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, Senate Democrats and Republicans, and House Democrats. The plan would provide $350 million for education and increase funding for human service providers. The House Republicans backed out of the agreement and drafted their own plan which, Daley said, did not offer the additional funding so desperately needed by public education and human service organizations in Pennsylvania. “This budget process has been frustrating and exhausting because of the House Republicans, and here we are, nearly six months without a budget, and the Republicans have packed up and left Harrisburg,” Daley said. “As of today, Speaker Turzai called the House of Representatives into session on only 43 of the 176 days of the ongoing budget impasse. Speaker Turzai sets the schedule and decides which bills are brought before the House. “I urge my constituents to contact him and let him know their thoughts in Read more

 

Daley Ready to Work, Ready for a Real Budget

(Dec 23, 2015)

Pa. state Rep.Mary Jo Daley speaks out against the sudden cancelation of the vote on the state’s 177-day-overdue budget scheduled for Wednesday and demands the Speaker bring the House back into immediate session so schools, social services and citizens statewide can get vitally needed funding. Read more