State Reps. Talk Property Taxes

(Jan 12, 2018)

State Representative Maureen Madden (D,) of the Monroe County area, holds a forum about property Taxes. Madden currently has a proposal for a raise in personal income tax to give residents some property tax relief. Read more

 

Madden Fights For Homeowners

(Jan 10, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee in Stroudsburg to discuss property taxes with local officials and residents. Reducing property taxes for homeowners is a key component of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, and Rep. Madden is putting forth her own property tax reform proposal to provide relief to struggling homeowners across the state. Read more

 

Madden to host House Democratic Policy Committee forum on property taxes Tuesday in East Stroudsburg

(Jan 05, 2018)

EAST STROUDSBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public forum for state and local officials and residents to discuss property taxes. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Dansbury Depot, 5 S. Kistler St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301. The public and media are invited to attend. Madden requested the forum to give the public an opportunity to discuss the need for property tax reform with policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Madden’s own property tax reform proposal will also be discussed. Reducing property taxes for homeowners is a key component of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA . Visit www.planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more

 

Monroe County awarded $170,000 grant to address homelessness

(Dec 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced that Monroe County has been awarded a $170,000 grant to help address homelessness. "I'm pleased the county will be receiving this funding to help respond to homelessness in the county," Madden said. "It's been proven that getting a family or individual experiencing homelessness into rapid rehousing programs as quickly as possible is key to getting them into permanent housing, thereby reducing the return to homelessness, increasing a household's self-sufficiency and decreasing homelessness overall." The federal Emergency Solutions Grant was provided through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The funding may be used for rapid rehousing, street outreach, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, homeless management information system and administrative costs. The ESG program is designed to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. Read more

 

Rep. Madden brings home $500K for downtown Stroudsburg parking facility

(Dec 22, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has announced that a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program grant has been awarded to the Monroe County Industrial Development Authority for a downtown Stroudsburg parking facility. Madden said the 400-space public parking facility is designed to attract more people to shop downtown and will allow employees who work downtown the availability of parking in a secure garage. “This funding is invested right here locally in the heart of Stroudsburg’s business district,” Madden said. "It’s a big boost to our local economy in the 115 th District and I am proud to assist in that continued development." The RACP grant program is administered by the governor’s Office of the Budget to foster economic, cultural, civic and historical projects with significant potential for improving economic growth and new jobs. Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Please download and enjoy this free 2018 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Rep. Madden says workplace sex offenders need to be held accountable

(Dec 11, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today joined fellow female legislators at a Pennsylvania House and Senate news conference to discuss a package of bills aimed at extending protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. Madden spoke at a “Me Too” news conference about her legislation that would extend protections against sexual harassment under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Presently, the PHRA only protects employees at businesses with four or more employees. Madden’s bill would bring any entity with three or fewer employees under the protection of PHRA. Under PHRA, sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex. “It doesn’t take having or being a mother, sister, a daughter or a wife to know that this is an issue that transcends all boundaries,” Madden said. “For far too long sexual harassment victims in the workplace have been retaliated against and ridiculed for coming forward. As a nation, we’ve built up a quiet culture of acceptance around sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender discrimination and that needs to stop.” While PHRA is a state-level protection for Pennsylvanians at companies with four or more personnel, Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act only applies to employers with 15 or more employees. Madden said these last few months have shown that the only way to get rid of this silent tolerance is to be loud and intolerant of this Read more

 

Madden: We Need Good Paying Jobs

(Dec 06, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden is fighting for a new way forward that focuses on good jobs, good schools and a system that finally puts working people first. Read more

 

Madden: 120 new jobs coming to East Stroudsburg

(Dec 06, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is pleased to announce that a new company, Terrafina LLC, will be relocating to Monroe County and creating over 100 jobs. Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Terrafina, a manufacturer of healthy snacks, will be relocating to East Stroudsburg from New York City and bringing with it 120 new jobs. “ I will continue to work with the governor to strengthen our economic climate and create more new jobs in the Poconos,” Madden said. Madden said the Northeast is a prime location to do business in Pennsylvania and she welcomes additional manufacturing companies to locate here. “We are centrally located in the Poconos for interstate commerce to flourish because of the vast transportation opportunities we have in our area,” Madden said. Terrafina will purchase a 72,000-square-foot facility in East Stroudsburg due to lower operating costs in Pennsylvania, as well as the company outgrowing space constraints in New York City. Madden said Terrafina received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for $240,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $54,000 in WEDnetPA employee training funding. Established in 2005, Terrafina offers a variety of health snack options under its own brand and private labels. The company manufactures blending nuts, dried fruits and trail mixes, and offers a number of packaging Read more

 

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 www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee . 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