Madden and Brown honor 200th anniversary of Stroud Township

(Dec 04, 2017)

Madden and Brown honor 200 th anniversary of Stroud Township HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives adopted a resolution ( H.R. 598) cosponsored by state Reps. Maureen Madden and Rosemary Brown, commemorating the 200 th anniversary of Stroud Township, Monroe County. Madden said Stroud Township was originally founded Jan. 22, 1817, as part of Northampton County. It later became part of Monroe County, which was formed in 1836. Madden said since the founding of Stroud Township, the municipality has experienced significant growth and development. “The township’s population of 1,206 in 1840, has swelled to 19,213 people who call Stroud Township home today,” Madden said. "Stroud Township has a rich and illustrious history, and is a good location to live, work and raise a family.” This year, members of the Stroud Township Bicentennial committee and officials from the Brodhead Creek Conservation District, the Broadhead Creek Regional Authority, the Pocono Arts Council and the Monroe County Historical Association held open hours to commemorate the bicentennial since the founding of Stroud Township. Madden represents the 115 th Legislative District. Read more


House adopts Madden resolution recognizing Novmber as National Diabetes Month in Pennsylvania

(Nov 20, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden’s resolution designating November 2017 as “National Diabetes Month” in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted today by the state House of Representatives. Madden’s resolution, H.R. 547 , calls attention to diabetes, which is known as the “silent killer” and is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. Madden, D-Monroe, said that she hopes her resolution provides a better understanding of diabetes and its deadly consequences. “In Monroe County, we have the Juvenile Diabetes ‘One Walk,’ which has been taking place since 2012 in Stroudsburg to raise tens of thousands of dollars each year to combat this deadly disease,” Madden said. “The 3-mile walk’s goal is to achieve a world without Type 1 diabetes, and I say thank you to all of the participants in the Stroudsburg walk.” Madden said that Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, usually is diagnosed in children and young adults and affects 5 percent of the population with diabetes – or about 1.25 million people. “Advocates from across Pennsylvania and nationally join together as a united community in the month of November to raise awareness, promote ongoing diabetes education, and support those living with this disease,” Madden said. “Either you know or will know someone with this disease, and if left untreated it can lead to serious health Read more


Rep. Madden to honor high school senior from Stroudsburg for diabetes work

(Nov 17, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, will hold a citation presentation to honor Lorynn Watt, a 17-year-old Stroudsburg senior, at 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Evergreen Community Charter School, Grace Avenue, Cresco. Madden is recognizing Watt with a Pennsylvania House of Representatives citation as a diabetes awareness advocate. Madden is hoping to create a bipartisan committee to continue supporting the lifesaving funding that helps prevent advanced complications and also supports research for a cure. Watt, who was diagnosed as having diabetes Type 1 as a 9-year-old, experienced her father passing away from complications relating to the disease. Watt has organized and participated in numerous fundraisers that have resulted in the collection of tens of thousands of dollars for diabetes awareness. Media coverage is invited. Read more


Rep. Madden: $240,000 grant for Lake Swiftwater Club to repair dam in Paradise Township

(Nov 14, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has announced a $240,000 grant for her legislative district has been approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Lake Swiftwater Club Inc. will use the funding for repairs to the dam located in Paradise Township, Monroe County. “It is important that we continue to upgrade and improve our infrastructure in Paradise Township, which in turn helps our area of Monroe County enhance facilities for local resident use,” Madden said. The project will consist of repairing the spillway, upgrading the earthen dam to ensure downstream safety by lowering the top of the dam, filling in part of the dam with a berm, and armoring the crest and downstream face of the dam with roller-compacted concrete. The dam was drawn down in August 2016 and will remain so until rehabilitation is complete. The rehabilitation of the Lake Swiftwater Dam is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The CFA is an independent state agency that administers several funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania’s economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. Madden represents the 115 th Legislative District. Read more


Pocono Record: Rep. Madden hosts education funding talk

(Nov 01, 2017)

How can Monroe County effectively fund public education without residents losing their homes to property taxes? Read more


Madden Hosts Policy Hearing on Education Funding

(Oct 31, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee in Stroudsburg to discuss education funding for Pennsylvania schools. Madden says that despite having a funding formula in place there are still inequities in how our schools are funded and she hopes today's hearing will provide insight into potential fixes to our state's education funding issues. Read more


House Democratic Policy Committee explores education funding

(Oct 31, 2017)

STROUDSBURG, Oct. 31 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Hughes Library to explore state education funding. Madden, who serves on the House Education Committee, was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other legislators from the across the state. “When the state adequately and equitably funds education, society as a whole benefits. Graduation rates increase, adult poverty rates fall, incomes rise and crime rates decline. It is important that we take a look at the bigger picture and equitably fund education so that all Pennsylvania children have access to a bright future,” Madden explained. Sturla added, “As a member of the Basic Education Funding Commission, I had the opportunity to be a part of crafting a new formula that takes into consideration factors including tax capacity, poverty and district conditions. This is an important component in making sure we’re directing funds to the schools that need it most. I thank Representative Madden for working to help us further close the education funding equality gap.” Hearing testifiers included Merlyn Clarke, school board member, Stroudsburg Area School District; Jeff Ney, vice president, Pennsylvania State Education Association; and Marc Stier, director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Hearing testimony, photos and video will be available at . Read more


Madden issues statement on passage of gaming expansion legislation

(Oct 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Maureen Madden issued this statement on the passage of the gaming expansion bill last week by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as part of the 2017-18 state budget. Read more


Madden to hold House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on education funding Tuesday in Stroudsburg

(Oct 26, 2017)

STROUDSBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced today that she will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on education funding at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 at the Hughes Main Library, 1002 N. Ninth St . Madden, who serves on the House Education Committee, requested the hearing to discuss the importance of education funding and how equitable funding from the state would best-benefit students. Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will be in attendance with other committee members from across the state. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. – Merlyn Clarke, school board member, Stroudsburg Area School District 10:40 a.m. – Jeff Ney, vice president, Pennsylvania State Education Association 11:10 a.m. – Marc Stier, director, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 11:40 a.m. – Closing remarks Media coverage is invited. Read more


Madden Fights To Protect Health and Safety of Pennsylvanians

(Oct 17, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden discusses the threat natural gas drilling has on the state’s drinking water and why she opposes H.R. 515, which could open the door to fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania. Read more


Madden: Republican Budget Bad For PA

(Sep 12, 2017)

After House Republicans offered millions in ill-advised cuts to a wide range of programs, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden joined her House Democratic colleagues at a press conference to tell our Republicans to stop playing games and get serious about finishing the 2017-18 budget. Read more


Madden: Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Stay Healthy

(Sep 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden visited Josie Porter Farm in Stroudsburg to help box produce for their Community Supported Agriculture Program, with today's share going to employees at St. Luke's University Health Network Monroe Campus. Read more


Looking for students looking to make a difference!

(Aug 25, 2017)

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Madden Hosts Women's Expo

(Jul 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden hosted a Women's Expo at Stroudsburg High School with information and speakers on women's mental, physical, and emotional well being along with free health screenings. Read more


Summer 2017 Newsletter

(Jul 14, 2017)

My latest legislative update includes information about my fight for equitable education funding, lower property taxes and more. Read more


PUC schedules Aug. 1 hearing on water rate hike request

(Jul 13, 2017)

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission announced the scheduling of nine hearings in late July and early August to gather public input on a rate increase request filed by Pennsylvania-American Water Company. Read more


Madden: A Budget We Can Live With

(Jun 30, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden voted to pass an on-time state budget that invests in schools, helps communities care for those in need and provides vital tools to battle the heroin epidemic – all without higher sales or income taxes. Read more


It's time for true equitable funding

(Jun 21, 2017)

Today I joined my colleagues at a rally demanding legislative accountability in education funding at the Capitol. As your State Representative, I believe it is time to revise the way we apply the PA basic Funding Formula to the entirety of the state basic education budget so that all students, regardless of where they reside in our commonwealth, receive the equal opportunity the deserve. True equitable funding is the constitutional right of every student across the Commonwealth. Read more


Get your voice heard on potential water rate hikes

(May 19, 2017)

Pennsylvania American Water has asked the Public Utility Commission (PUC) for a significant rate increase of roughly 17% a month for residential customers in our area. For example, a $200 water bill from PAWC would increase to $234 for the month. As a resident of Coolbaugh Township, I have filed a formal complaint with the PUC, asking them to reject the rate increase for myself and the residents I serve. The following is information I gathered to help you understand the process involved in considering such a drastic increase request: The PUC has 60 days to review the request that was submitted by PAWC on April 28, 2017. The PUC can suspend the request for investigation. The PUC will schedule public input hearings. At that point, the PUC will share the schedule of the input hearings with all the State Representatives whose districts are affected and a press release with the schedule will be issued from the PUC to the press directly. When we receive emails, letters or phone calls in my offices we document the complaints and forward all inquiries and complaints to the PUC. Public hearings are planned but not scheduled yet. I’ll pass on the information when I get it so you can attend, but, until that happens, to share your story with the PUC, you can write them at: Pennsylvania Utility Commission PO Box 3265 Harrisburg PA 17105-3265 You can also call the PUC at 1-800-692-7380 or you can visit them online and download a complaint Read more


Madden: Technical Schools Mean Jobs

(May 15, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden visited the Monroe Career and Technical Institute for a news conference to discuss the impact of a proposed 15 percent funding cut to the equipment procurement budgets at technical schools across the commonwealth. With many schools currently using outdated equipment, these cuts would put Pennsylvania students at a disadvantage when they enter the workforce, being unfamiliar with new technology in their industries. Read more