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12/3/19 – College Affordability – East Stroudsburg

(Dec 05, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Maureen Madden. Read more

 

Rep. Madden, Policy Committee look at college affordability

(Dec 03, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today led a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at East Stroudsburg University to discuss college affordability . Madden was joined by several of her legislative colleagues from across the state to hear testimony about the financial concerns of college students and what more the state can do to help keep them in college. “One of the most troubling challenges students and families are facing is the skyrocketing cost of higher education,” Madden said. “We need to make college more affordable for students because Pennsylvania’s per capita funding for higher education ranks 47 th in the nation. Today’s hearing showed we need to do better than this.” Madden added “Nearly 70% of Pennsylvania students graduate with debt. We must close the gap that has made getting a college degree unattainable for many low- and middle-income students.” The panel of testifiers included a group of East Stroudsburg University students; Dr. Jeff Weber, associate provost for academic affairs, East Stroudsburg University; and Ken Mash, president, Association of PA State College & University Faculties. The meeting was one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA , which focuses on legislation that promotes good jobs, affordable and accessible health care, quality schools and job training, and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is Read more

 

Rep. Madden to host policy committee hearing Tuesday on college affordability

(Nov 26, 2019)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, will host a Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss college affordability at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at East Stroudsburg University, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Room 336, 562 Independence Road. Joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, the committee will discuss college student debt and college affordability. The hearing agenda is: 3 p.m. - Welcome and opening remarks 3:10 p.m. Panel of East Stroudsburg University students Leila Bouchekouk , president, Student Government Association Shelby Jimcosky, academic affairs chair, Student Government Association Alex Reincke, school director, Stroudsburg Area School District 4:00 p.m. Panel Two: Dr. Jeff Weber , associate provost for academic affairs, East Stroudsburg University Ken Mash, president, Association of PA State College & University Faculties 4:50 p.m. Closing remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Rep. Madden supports legislation for better workers' rights at state Capitol rally

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, joined union officials and House and Senate colleagues at a Capitol news conference to promote her legislation (H.B. 1178) and a series of other bills designed to strengthen workers’ rights in Pennsylvania. Madden’s legislation would allow public sector workers in Pennsylvania to form a union with a simple majority card check vote, rather than the lengthy, bureaucratic process that workers have to go through now. “It’s time to stand up to all those who would deny hardworking Pennsylvanians the right of a paycheck that reflects the dignity of their hard work and I am proud to stand and fight with union members for as long as it takes,” Madden said. Participating in the news conference are members of the State Employees International Union (SEIU) and Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and AFSCME. “Our workers in Pennsylvania deserve to earn a decent living wage, work in a safe environment that is free of harassment and intimidation, and the right to form and join a union,” Madden said. Madden said she first introduced the legislation in 2018 in response to the Janus v. AFSCME U.S. Supreme Court decision. Janus v. AFSCME was a landmark labor law decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that collecting mandatory union fees in the public sector violated the First Amendment rights of workers. Read more

 

Rep. Madden brings home $500,000 grant for pedestrian and bike safety improvements in Stroudsburg

(Nov 12, 2019)

MONROE, Nov.12 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said she is pleased to announce that a $500,000 grant has been awarded to Stroudsburg in Monroe County for bike and pedestrian improvements to the downtown area. Madden said a bike lane will be added to 12 blocks of Main Street and the sidewalks will be improved for pedestrians. “The new bike lanes will make driving, biking and walking in downtown Stroudsburg safer,” Madden said. “The borough is making Bank Alley a one-way auto alley at low speeds and the other portion of the alley will be restriped to allow a bike lane to connect Stroud Greenway and downtown.” Additionally, Madden said, a bike lane parallel to Main Street will be added through an existing alleyway. Construction is set to begin on I-80 and the I-80 Task Force requested the borough come up with alternative modes of transportation for the 5-year project. In addition, Monroe County Transit Authority is installing nine bus stop/bike posts locations along Main Street. “ We are so proud of our beautiful downtown area and this grant will contribute to a sense of community pride with additional recreational and transportation options for everyone, young and more mature,” Madden said. The funding comes from Pennsylvania’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. Total project cost is $1,083,014. The funds were approved by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Read more

 

November Episode of Monroe Matters

(Nov 07, 2019)

On this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden discusses local efforts to curb the opioid addiction epidemic, the PA Farm Bill and its ties to hemp farming, and an up-close look at an innovative outdoor classroom. Read more

 

Rep. Madden: Career and technical education bill signed into law

(Nov 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 7 -- State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said her support for a statewide educational program that now expands access to career opportunities for students is another step toward helping students make decisions about their future. Gov. Tom Wolf signed Act 76 which makes the governor’s PAsmart website part of the law and establishes provisions that support career and technical education and workforce development in Pennsylvania. “I continue to be a staunch supporter of our career and technical education programs in Pennsylvania that offer our students the opportunity to develop skills through hands-on learning experiences and classes which can lead to good-paying, family sustaining jobs,” Madden said. Madden said the PAsmart website consolidates Pennsylvania’s education, training and job search tools for people pursuing an education or career in Pennsylvania. “The state is investing much of its resources such as $70 million in funding for the workforce development initiative with $30 million into job training,” Madden said. Madden said vocational training is like a job apprenticeship because students get vocational education and training in a short time compared to other educational programs which require three or four years of extensive studies to earn a degree. According to the Pennsylvania Vocational Pubic Schools Report for the 2019-20 school year, there are 82 top vocational public Read more

 

Madden: $100,000 in Safe Schools grants awarded

(Oct 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Maureen Madden said she is pleased that nearly $100,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants today were announced for schools in her legislative district. Read more

 

Madden to co-host ESU walk in recovery Saturday

(Sep 17, 2019)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Sept. 17 – Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, along with East Stroudsburg University's Wellness Education and Prevention Office and the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission, is hosting a walk to celebrate individuals in recovery at East Stroudsburg University. The walk will occur from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Rugby Field (behind Dansbury Commons). The event will feature: 9 a.m. - Information tables, vendors and activities.li> 10 a.m. - Walk begins. 10:30 a.m. - Butterfly release. 11:15 a.m. - Lunch served. 11:30 a.m. - Program – music, speakers, stories. The event is in coordination with National Recovery Month 2019, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. For more information, please call Madden’s office at (570) 420-2850. The media is invited to attend. Read more

 

Madden Stands with White Haven Center Residents and Families

(Sep 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden attended the Department of Human Services hearing about the announced closure of the White Haven Center to express her solidarity with the 112 residents, their families, and those impacted by the announcement. Read more

 

Madden Hosts Town Hall Meeting

(Sep 09, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden hosted a town hall meeting at the Eastern Monroe Public Library in Stroudsburg, giving area residents an opportunity to voice their concerns and learn about state issues that impact them. Read more

 

Madden secures grant for Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport

(Sep 06, 2019)

A sizeable grant will go toward improvements for the fuel farm at Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport thanks to the work of Representative Maureen Madden. Read more

 

Rep. Madden secures $150,000 for Pocono Municipal Airport

(Aug 28, 2019)

MONROE, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is being credited with getting a $150,000 state aviation grant for improvements to the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport for design replacement of the fuel farm. Madden said the airport serves thousands of travelers and business professionals each year. “I am pleased with this grant funding because it will ensure that our local airport obtains the equipment it needs for safe operation and it’s a huge transportation aviation economic investment that brings thousands of dollars in return to our area, “Madden said. Madden said most airports, such as the Pocono Municipal Airport have their own dedicated oil depots, usually referred to as” fuel farms” where aviation fuel is stored prior to being discharged into aircraft fuel tanks. Fuel is transported from the depot to the aircraft either by road tanker or a hydrant system. As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13 th in the country in the number of public-use aviation facilities with 127 airports, heliports and seaplane bases. Funded through PennDOT’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, Aviation Development Program and the Multimodal Fund, airport grant investments are meant to expand aviation-related operational and economic opportunities statewide. Read more

 

August Episode Of Monroe Matters

(Aug 28, 2019)

In this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden discusses the latest move to lower property taxes and increase funding for public schools, talks about a major victory in the fight to end gun violence, and provides details about her upcoming town hall. Read more

 

Rep. Madden to hold town hall meeting Sept. 8 in Stroudsburg

(Aug 19, 2019)

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 19 – As part of her commitment to address community issues, Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is holding a town hall meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 North Ninth St., Stroudsburg. Citizens can voice their thoughts and concerns regarding Property Tax/Rent Rebate, Real ID and other topics of interest. “Hearing constituents’ concerns is a critical part of improving the neighborhood,” Madden said. “It is an opportunity to speak with them and to not only listen to their concerns, but offer real solutions face to face.” Media is invited to attend. Attention News Editors : Please include the following in your community calendar listings if possible: State Rep. Maureen Madden invites you to her town hall meeting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 North Ninth St., Stroudsburg. For more information, please call Madden’s office at (570) 420-2850. Read more

 

Rep. Madden supports governor's plan to curtail gun violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, AUG. 16 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, attended today’s news conference held by Gov. Tom Wolf who signed an executive order making sweeping changes to executive branch agencies to better target gun violence. “I am troubled by what I am seeing throughout our communities," Madden said. "Gun violence has hit close home here in Monroe County where a young man was shot to death at the hands of another near my district office.” Madden said nearly two dozen new initiatives and reforms have been proposed in four primary categories: New oversight and data sharing. Reducing community gun violence. Combatting mass shootings. Addressing the rising number of gun-related domestic incidents and self-inflicting shootings. Madden said the governor will direct the administration to create new state offices focused on violence prevention and reduction, expand programs that promote safety, refocus departments on combatting gun violence as a public health crisis, and increase collaboration and data sharing between the public, government agencies and other states. “We cannot remain silent anymore because time and again we are left with another shooting in another town in another state and the same scenario plays out in the media. “Our loved ones are dying every day and that is why we must support common sense gun safety legislation and to ban assault weapons. “Our schools, our Read more

 

Madden brings home $1 million for new YMCA building

(Aug 01, 2019)

STROUDSBURG, Aug. 1 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has secured a $1 million state grant for the Pocono Family YMCA for a new facility. Madden said when completed, the new facility will provide adequate parking and up-to-date programmatic spaces, including a natatorium, gymnasium, childcare spaces, community spaces, wellness spaces, and a location for sporting activities. “I believe I speak for the community when I express our gratitude for the grant. Whether it be childcare for working moms or senior programs, the ‘Y’ has an essential footprint in downtown Stroudsburg and throughout the community,” Madden said. The grant was awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program. The program provides funding for regional, economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects. “I thank Governor Tom Wolf for authorizing this funding and showing his support for our town and recognizing it is an important part of Pennsylvania,” Madden said. “I am thrilled that a new YWCA building is coming to Stroudsburg,” Madden said. Read more

 

Monroe Matters with Rep. Maureen Madden

(Jul 29, 2019)

On this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden breaks down the 2019-20 state budget, including passage of a state-administered healthcare exchange and Pennsylvania's first Farm Bill. Plus, we visit the grand opening of the Women's Military Museum in Mount Pocono. Read more

 

Madden Working to Break the Addiction Epidemic

(Jul 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden attended a drug overdose simulation in Lehigh County at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and learned about the new ways medical students and staff are being trained to address those battling addiction. Read more

 

Summer 2019 Newsletter

(Jul 26, 2019)

Stay up to date by reading my Summer 2019 newsletter! Read more