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 With many schools currently using outdated equipment, these cuts would put Pennsylvania students at a disadvantage when they enter the workforce, being unfamiliar with new technology in their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

 

Lawmakers, business owners debate raising minimum wage

(May 05, 2017)

TOBYHANNA, Pa. - Governor Tom Wolf's recent proposal to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage has ignited a fierce debate about whether to raise the wage and how it may affect business in the state.Gov. Wolf wants to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $12.State Rep. Maureen Madden, who hosted Wednesday's hearing of House Democrats in Monroe County, wants to raise it too. Read more

 

Coolbaugh hosts minimum wage hearing

(May 05, 2017)

How can Pennsylvania raise its minimum wage to something employees can survive on without shutting down small, non-corporate, independently owned businesses which don’t get the tax-break subsidies that corporations do?This was the question discussed at a Wednesday public hearing at the Pocono Mountain Public Library in Coolbaugh Township. Read more

 

5/3/17 – Raising the Minimum Wage – Tobyhanna

(May 03, 2017)

Testimonies from House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by State Rep. Maureen Madden. Read more

 

Raising minimum wage focus of Madden’s Policy Committee hearing

(May 03, 2017)

TOBYHANNA, May 3 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Pocono Mountain Public Library to discuss raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss, fair, family-sustaining wages in Pennsylvania. Working full time should not equal living in poverty and raising the minimum wage is a must. The people in my district work hard and working hard shouldn’t leave workers in poverty,” Madden said. State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, added: “Minimum wage workers deserve a boost so they can provide for their families. All states surrounding Pennsylvania have raised their wage and it’s time we give low-wage workers a boost, too. I thank Representative Madden for hosting today’s hearing and continuing to be a voice for working families.” The committee heard testimony from Sean Ramaley, deputy secretary for safety and labor – management relations, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; a panel of business owners including Tarah Probst, owner of The Charcuterie and mayor of Stroudsburg Borough, and Lisa Diemer, owner of Pocono Soap and Kitchen Chemistry; and Mark Price, labor economist, Keystone Research Center. Hearing materials and video clips from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Madden: Severance Tax Can Help Middle Class

(May 02, 2017)

At a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the potential impacts of a Marcellus Shale severance tax, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden says that Pennsylvania is leaving billions of dollars on the table without a severance tax in place, and we need that revenue to address our current structural deficit. Read more

 

House adopts Madden’s proposal for swift transfer of student’s school records

(Apr 19, 2017)

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted an amendment authored by state Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, that would require schools to provide a timely transfer of students’ records to another school. Madden’s amendment covers students who transfer to another public school, including charter schools, or a nonpublic school. “My amendment protects students and their families regardless of their choice of school,” Madden said. The proposal was adopted into H.B. 97, which is expected to be voted on final passage when the House returns to session Monday. Madden said it is necessary that a student be provided continuity in their education program and her proposal ensures that a student’s records are transferred within 10 days from the school’s request for those records. The Monroe County lawmaker said the school would also need to evaluate the student’s needs and place him or her in the appropriate academic program, and provide a complete and accurate record of academic and attendance records. “I am hopeful that our schools will have more accountability because records provide proof and they also provide data that reveal students’ learning performance, which are vital to an educational system’s information cycle,” Madden said. Madden represents the 115 th Legislative District. Read more

 

Madden: Treat All Public Schools Equally

(Apr 19, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden stood with her House Democratic colleagues to unveil a package of eight charter school reform bills designed to treat all Pennsylvania public schools – both traditional and charter – and their students equally under law. Read more

 

Rep. Madden to introduce bill for timely transfer of students’ school records

(Apr 10, 2017)

State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said she plans to introduce legislation in the near future that would require schools to provide a timely transfer of students’ records to another school. "My legislation would protect students and their families regardless of their choice of school," Madden said. Madden said the legislation would include students who transfer to another public school, including charter schools, or a nonpublic school. "It is necessary that a student be provided with the continuity of their education program and my bill would ensure that a student's records are transferred within 10 days from the school’s request for those records," Madden said. The Monroe County lawmaker said the school would also need to evaluate students’ needs and place them in the appropriate academic programs, and provide a complete and accurate record of their academic and attendance records. "Record keeping is vital to an education system’s information cycle and school records are an important means of accountability because they provide proof and they also provide data that reveal students' learning performances," Madden said. Madden said school records help administrators and teachers make decisions about their students. Madden represents the 115 th Legislative District. Read more

 

More than $2 million in state grants benefit Monroe County

(Mar 29, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Maureen E. Madden said seven projects in the portion of Monroe County that she represents today were approved for $2.17 million in funding by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more

 

Madden seeks to help people find unclaimed property

(Mar 06, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 6 – In an effort to help people recover lost revenue and property, state Rep. Maureen Madden’s offices will hold a two-day unclaimed property event next week. Read more

 

Let Madden Help With Harrisburg

(Feb 24, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden has offices in Tobyhanna and Stroudsburg helping people with a variety of state government programs and services. If you need help, contact the nearest office. Read more

 

Madden: Let's Protect our State Game Lands

(Feb 22, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden recently met with officers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission to discuss the challenges they face in their day to day operations across the state and how she can help in Harrisburg. Madden received a tour of a new maintenance building and the shooting range at State Game Lands 127 in Monroe County. Read more

 

Madden hosting office open house Feb. 18

(Feb 08, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 – State Rep. Maureen Madden invites residents of the 115th District to an open house at her new Stroudsburg office. Read more

 

Madden: Governor’s Budget Plan a Good First Step

(Feb 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without compromising services to citizens or raising taxes on the middle class. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more

 

Madden: #RaiseTheWage

(Jan 31, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden emphasizes the need to increase the state's minimum wage to grow the economy for all workers at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the YWCA in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Madden sets priorities for first term in state House

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – During a ceremony at the state Capitol opening the 2017-18 legislative session, Rep. Maureen Madden took the oath of office to begin her first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more

 

License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more