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SIGN HERE to Support Taxing Plastic Bags in PA

SIGN HERE to Support Taxing Plastic Bags in PA

(1 day ago)

As part of a budget-related bill, Gov. Tom Wolf recently signed legislation barring municipalities in the commonwealth from taxing or banning the sale or distribution of plastic bags for one year while the economic and environmental impact of plastic bags is studied. Let’s not wait a year — let’s do the math right now: If every person in Pennsylvania (12.8 million) used one plastic bag per day for a year (365 days), more than 4.6 billion plastic bags (12.8 times 365 equals 4,672,000,000) would be added to our environment in just one year. I am co-sponsoring a bill that I believe would represent a significant start at eliminating the ubiquitous, single-use plastic bag. The bill seeks to charge 2 cents for each non-reusable plastic bag used by purchasers of consumer goods at retail establishments. If enacted, this modest measure would gross more than $1 million annually — 50 percent of which would be returned to stores to help improve their recycling practices and 50 percent would be used to fund state recycling programs. Want to support this measure and our environment in the commonwealth? Click here to support taxing plastic bags in the commonwealth immediately. It’s the smart, forward-thinking thing to do. Sign Here Thank you for your support. Read more

 

Upcoming Events

(Sep 19, 2019)

I have some community news and alerts to share: The first case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania this year was detected in a Philadelphia resident. Camp William Penn and Historic La Mott Day will be THIS Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Camp William Penn Gate, 7322 Sycamore Ave., La Mott, PA 19027. PennDOT representatives will attend the Cheltenham Public Works meeting on October 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Curtis Hall (1250 Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095) to discuss the Church Road/Greenwood Avenue improvement project. Get your questions answered and your documents checked at my REAL ID Event on Thursday, October 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Curtis Hall, 1250 Church Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. The PA House Democrats Montgomery County Delegation is sponsoring a Montgomery County Legislative Summit from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7 at the Science Center Theater at Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike, Whitpain Township, PA 19422. First Human Case of West Nile Virus in 2019 Discovered in Our Area The Department of Environmental Protection reported yesterday that Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2019 has been detected in a Philadelphia resident. Read more

 

News in the Community

(Sep 17, 2019)

Absentee Voting Just Got Easier! Previously in Pennsylvania, the only option for completing an absentee ballot application was through mail or hand-delivery to a county election office. As of this week, you will be able to apply online for an absentee ballot for the Nov. 5 election. This will quicken the application process and make it more accessible for thousands of voters. The deadline to apply by paper or online is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. You will still have to mail or hand-deliver your completed ballot to your county election office by the deadline, which is 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election, or Nov. 1 this year. For now, you will need a PennDOT driver license or ID number for your absentee ballot to be processed electronically. Learn More Evening Office Hours, Wednesday, Sept. 18 My office and United States Congresswoman Madeleine Dean’s office will be staying open until 7 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 18th, to allow constituents who are unable to visit our offices during normal business hours full access to state- and federal government-related services. Read more

 

McCarter announces $90,000 grant for Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel to implement stormwater management structures in Cheltenham Township

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced that Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel has been awarded a $90,000 state grant to implement stormwater management structures in Cheltenham Township. “This grant will benefit our local waterways by reducing both the velocity of the water and the number of pollutants running into the creek,” McCarter said. The $90,000 grant was awarded Monday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over funding programs and investments that benefit Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to Cheltenham Township is from CFA’s Watershed Restoration Protection Program. The total cost of the project is $106,000. Reform Congregation Keneseth lsrael is located in the Tookanyffacony-Frankford watershed, which has local stream-water quality impairments caused by uncontrolled urban runoff. The proposed Read more

 

McCarter announces $75,000 grant for Jenkintown Borough to develop Cedar Street Park

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced that Jenkintown Borough was awarded a $75,000 state grant to help create a pocket park on Cedar Street. “This park will be an oasis for the Cedar Street neighborhood,” McCarter said. “It will help foster community by providing the young and old a place to relax, exercise and play.” The $75,000 grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA is unique among state agencies in that project approval requires five affirmative votes, four of which must come from the legislative appointees who compose the board, along with the secretaries of the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Office of the Budget and the Department of Banking and Securities. The CFA provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. The grant awarded to Jenkintown Borough focuses on greenways, trails and recreation. The total cost of the project is $283,222. It will transform 36 acres of land on Cedar Streel into an attractive pocket park to provide the residents and visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy nature within the context of their close-knit neighborhood. Jenkintown Borough Read more

 

Bipartisan, bicameral legislators join call for quick, strong advancement of methane rules in face of federal rollbacks

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – A bipartisan group of state legislators joined environmental organizations today to urge Gov. Tom Wolf to advance a crucial state Department of Environmental Protection rule to cut methane pollution from the natural gas industry. The legislators urged the governor to act on his 2016 plan now, in the face of proposed rollbacks of federal methane standards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Controls that Wolf’s administration already emplaced cover new oil and gas drilling technology. The lawmakers said they also want Wolf to enact standards that cover methane emissions on existing sources of infrastructure used for natural gas development. “The climate crisis is urgent, and targeting infrastructure that has been polluting Pennsylvania for nearly a decade is necessary to protect clean air – especially as the Trump administration moves in the opposite direction,” said Rep. Steve McCarter, D- Montgomery . Recent analysis by Environmental Defense Fund found that methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry, the second largest in the nation, are five times higher than what is reported to the state Department of Environmental Protection – a staggering 520,000 tons of methane every year. “Gov. Wolf stood with us in July as we announced the state’s entry into the U.S. Climate Alliance and pointed to methane reduction as one of the solutions. Pennsylvania needed Read more

 

SIGN MY PETITION: TAX PLASTIC BAGS!

(Sep 11, 2019)

As part of a budget-related bill, Gov. Wolf recently signed legislation barring municipalities in the commonwealth from taxing or banning the sale or distribution of plastic bags for one year while the economic and environmental impact of plastic bags is studied. Let’s not wait a year — let’s do the math right now instead. Read more

 

RSVP Now: My Town Hall is TONIGHT

(Sep 10, 2019)

oin me TONIGHT, September 10, at my Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. at Wyncote Elementary School, 333 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. A mong other issues, I’ll be talking about funding for public education and, in particular, how cyber charter school funding affects the stream of money flowing to traditional public schools like Wyncote. Larry Feinberg, founder of the Keystone State Education Coalition and a strong advocate for public education, will join me for this discussion. I n addition, I will also answer any questions you may have and discuss what you feel are the most important issues facing our state and how best to deal with them. Please come—and to help my office plan accordingly, RSVP by clicking the button below or by calling (215) 572-5210 or emailing RepMcCarter@pahouse.net . RSVP If you have any questions about this or any other state government-related matter, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office . I hope to see you at Wyncote Elementary School this evening! Read more

 

RSVP Now: My Town Hall is TOMORROW

(Sep 09, 2019)

Join me tomorrow, September 10, at my Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. at Wyncote Elementary School, 333 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote, PA 19095 . Among other issues, I’ll be talking about funding for public education and, in particular, how cyber charter school funding affects the stream of money flowing to traditional public schools like Wyncote. Larry Feinberg, founder of the Keystone State Education Coalition and a strong advocate for public education, will join me for this discussion. In addition, I will also answer any questions you may have and discuss what you feel are the most important issues facing our state and how best to deal with them. Please come—and to help my office plan accordingly, RSVP by clicking the button below or by calling (215) 572-5210 or emailing RepMcCarter@pahouse.net . RSVP If you have any questions about this or any other state government-related matter, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office . I hope to see you at Wyncote Elementary School tomorrow evening! Read more

 

Upcoming Community Events

(Sep 06, 2019)

I want to alert you about four upcoming events in the community—opportunities for you to receive a naloxone kit for free, turn in any guns you want to get rid of, learn more about the 2020 U.S. Census and shred those important documents you’ve set aside for special disposal. Naloxone Distribution and Education Event: Tuesday, September 17 from 6 PM to 8 PM The Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services Offices of Drug & Alcohol and Public Health are sponsoring free quarterly Naloxone distribution events—they’re giving out one Naloxone kit per family for free. The first event is from 6 PM to 8 PM on Tuesday, September 17 at St. Anthony’s of Padua Parish, 259 Forest Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002. Registration is required. Click here to register . Gun Turn-In Event: Wednesday, September 18 from 4 PM to 8 PM Saturday, September 21 from 9 AM to 1 PM The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is sponsoring free gun turn-in events on Wednesday, September 18 and Saturday, September 21 at the Jenkintown Police Department, 700 Summit Avenue, Jenkintown, PA 19046. All unloaded firearms, including handguns, rifles and Read more

 

Helping Our Global Neighbors

(Sep 06, 2019)

We are only just beginning to learn the extent of the crushing devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian. The first major hurricane of the 2019 storm season slammed into the Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 storm. Its forceful winds and heavy rains caused unprecedented flooding and damaged countless homes and businesses on the islands. The death toll is still largely unknown and is expected to rise. My heart goes out to the citizens of the Bahamas and to all those along the South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia coasts along the storm’s northward path. In our increasingly global community, we are all neighbors. And neighbors help neighbors. Here’s some information on how you might be able to lend a hand to our global neighbors in need: Before giving any monetary donation, you can conduct research on what charities are responding to the storm aftermath by clicking on these links: Charity Navigator Click on “Hot Topic” and then “Hurricane Dorian” to find a list of highly-rated organizations providing aid and relief. Pennsylvania Department of State database for charitable organizations American Red Read more

 

RSVP Today for Tuesday's McCarter Town Hall

(Sep 05, 2019)

I, too, am going back to school this month, and I’m hoping you will join me. Next Tuesday, September 10, I will be holding a town hall meeting at Wyncote Elementary School, 333 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote, PA 19095. Among other things, I will talk about funding for public education and, in particular, how cyber charter school funding affects the stream of money flowing to traditional public schools like Wyncote. Larry Feinberg, founder of the Keystone State Education Coalition and a strong advocate for public education at the local, regional, state and national levels, will join me for this discussion. Please save the date—and to help my office plan accordingly, RSVP by clicking the button below or by calling (215) 572-5210 or emailing RepMcCarter@pahouse.net . RSVP Beyond discussing cyber charter funding reform and why it is desperately needed in Pennsylvania, I will answer any questions you may have and discuss what you feel are the most important issues facing our state and how best to deal with them. If you have any questions about this or any other state government-related matter, please don’t hesitate Read more

 

Fighting for Workers' Rights

(Sep 03, 2019)

Yesterday was the 125th anniversary of Labor Day, a holiday day that celebrates the enormous contributions the American worker has made to the strength and prosperity of our country and to the wide proliferation of its freedoms. It is a day of well-deserved picnics and parades—a day to celebrate victories such as paid sick leave, the federal Equal Pay Act and the American with Disabilities Act. With fellow legislators at the 2019 Philadelphia Labor Day Parade. But it is not a day to rest on our laurels. Here in Pennsylvania, we need to further support our workers by: Raising the minimum wage. At $7.25 an hour, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is the lowest in the Northeast. Raising the minimum wage could help up to 1.2 million Pennsylvanians (many of them women), put nearly $2 billion back into workers’ pockets and create more than 6,000 jobs. I am a co-sponsor of the One Fair Wage bill, which would raise the minimum wage incrementally to top out at $15 per hour in 2024 and would also set the tipped wage to the same level, ensuring that all workers get paid a living wage. Banning discriminatory Read more

 

McCarter Holds 7th Annual Senior Fair

(Sep 03, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter hosted his seventh annual senior fair, helping more older Pennsylvanians than ever (700-plus this year!) live happier and healthier lives. Read more

 

DON’T MISS IT! Rep. Steve McCarter’s 2019 SENIOR FAIR is THIS THURSDAY

(Aug 27, 2019)

STAY INFORMED HOW WE VOTED CONTACT ME Dear Friends, My seventh annual Senior Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. THIS Thursday, August 29, at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, 19027. RSVP if you haven’t already! RSVP Read more

 

THIS SATURDAY: Grab a Coffee with Rep. McCarter!

(Aug 22, 2019)

Dear Friends, Please join me for a cup of coffee from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. THIS Saturday, August 24th at Dunkin’ Donuts, 1403 W. Cheltenham Avenue in La Mott, 19027. RSVP to (215) 572-5210 or RepMcCarter@PAHouse.net. Hear about what’s brewing in Harrisburg and locally, ask me any questions you’d like and talk to me about your concerns. There will be no speeches, no agenda. Just good coffee and good conversation. This Coffee with McCarter event is the second of several I’m holding this summer and fall throughout the district. If you have a favorite neighborhood coffee place, let me know. I will look into hosting a coffee there next. If you have any questions about Coffee With McCarter or any state government-related matter, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office . Sincerely, Steve McCarter Pennsylvania State Representative Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough Read more

 

DON’T MISS: Special Evening Office Hours TOMORROW, Wednesday, August 21, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

(Aug 20, 2019)

Dear Friends, My office and United States Congresswoman Madeleine Dean’s office will be staying open late tomorrow, Wednesday, August 21st from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. to allow constituents who are unable to visit our offices during normal business hours full access to state- and federal government-related services. Evening Office Hours: Wednesday, August 21, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. My staff will be on hand to help with unclaimed property, REAL ID questions, SEPTA Senior Key ID cards, birth and death certificate requests, PACE, PennDOT problems and all other state government-related issues. U.S. Congresswoman Dean’s staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns involving Social Security, Medicare, veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, passports and visas, IRS issues and any other federal government-related issue. No appointments are necessary. Simply come to 115 E. Glenside Ave., Glenside, PA 19038. My office is in Suite 8; U.S. Congresswoman Dean’s office is just steps away in Suite 1. Don’t hesitate to call (215) 572-5210 if you have any questions. Sincerely, Read more

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: RSVP for Rep. Steve McCarter’s 2019 SENIOR FAIR

(Aug 13, 2019)

Dear Friends, Save the date—and time in line! RSVP for my seventh annual Senior Fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 29 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, 19027. RSVP Nearly 100 exhibitors—including representatives from federal, state, county and local agencies such as Transnet, PECO and the Aging and Adult Services and Veterans Affairs offices of Montgomery County as well as non-government exhibitors—will be there to offer information on health care, educational and volunteer opportunities, REAL ID, prescription-drug plans, identity theft, unclaimed property and much more. Seniors can also apply for SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID cards (with a state license or state non-driver’s photo ID), receive flu shots (with proof of insurance), get Montgomery County Veterans’ Photo ID Discount cards (with discharge papers—a DD214 or DD256) and dispose of unwanted or expired medications onsite. Last year’s event was a tremendous success. Check out the brief video below to get an idea of what you can expect. Read more

 

TIME IS RUNNING OUT: RSVP for Rep. Steve McCarter’s 2019 SENIOR FAIR

(Aug 13, 2019)

Dear Friends, Save the date—and time in line! RSVP for my seventh annual Senior Fair, which will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 29 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, 19027. RSVP Nearly 100 exhibitors—including representatives from federal, state, county and local agencies such as Transnet, PECO and the Aging and Adult Services and Veterans Affairs offices of Montgomery County as well as non-government exhibitors—will be there to offer information on health care, educational and volunteer opportunities, REAL ID, prescription-drug plans, identity theft, unclaimed property and much more. Seniors can also apply for SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID cards (with a state license or state non-driver’s photo ID), receive flu shots (with proof of insurance), get Montgomery County Veterans’ Photo ID Discount cards (with discharge papers—a DD214 or DD256) and dispose of unwanted or expired medications onsite. Last year’s event was a tremendous success. Check out the brief video below to get an idea of what you can expect. Read more

 

We Must Address Gun Violence and Extremism

(Aug 06, 2019)

Dear Friends, Legislation pending in the House and Senate includes bills to ban assault weapons, address access to guns for people at risk of violence to themselves or others and close the loophole for gun background checks, among others. These bills deserve a vote in Harrisburg. I and other members of the PA Safe Caucus are demanding it. Less than 24 hours apart, the mass shooting rampages in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 dead, many more injured and a nation reeling. Like many of you, I have been grieving for those killed, for their families and for the communities in Texas and Ohio in which they reside. I am also remembering the recent victims of gun violence much closer to home—in Philadelphia, in Allentown and in Pittsburgh, where a gunman terrorized morning Shabbat services at the Tree of Life Synagogue just shy of two years ago now. I am grieving for those families and those communities, and for us all, all over again. But grief is not enough. We must act. The PA Safe Caucus, a bicameral body of 70 members dedicated to reducing gun violence, of which I am a member, today requested that Gov. Wolf convene a special joint session of the legislature to address the epidemic of gun violence and the violent ideology that has rocked our nation. Mass Read more