School safety grants awarded around Montgomery County

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Montgomery County state representatives today announced school safety and security grants awarded to school districts throughout the county. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded a total of $53.7 million in school safety grants. Montgomery County awards are as follows: Abington School District: $455,550 Agora Cyber Charter School: $143,226 Cheltenham Township School District: $45,000 Colonial School District: $45,000 Hatboro-Horsham School District: $45,000 Jenkintown School District: $30,000 Lower Merion School District: $45,000 Lower Moreland Township School District: $40,000 Methacton School District: $221,370 Norristown Area School District: $467,756 North Montco Technical Career Center: $150,000 North Penn School District: $45,000 Perkiomen Valley School District: $45,000 Pottsgrove School District: $40,000 Pottstown School District: $490,000 Souderton Area School District: $460,437 Springfield Township School District: $40,000 Spring-Ford Area School District: $45,000 Upper Dublin School District: $45,000 Upper Merion Area School District: $45,000 Upper Moreland School District: $40,000 Upper Perkiomen School District: $40,000 Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center: $72,994 Wissahickon School District: $45,000 Below are reactions from Democratic state Read more

 

Coronavirus Considered a Global Health Emergency

(Jan 30, 2020)

Dear Friends, Earlier this week, I sent out an email concerning the coronavirus, a massive outbreak of a new respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and I promised to update you as things changed. Today, they did: A 16-person panel of independent experts with the World Health Organization (WHO) met today in Geneva to assess the current situation and decide whether the spread of the coronavirus constitutes an international emergency—a declaration they were disinclined to make last week because the panel felt it did not have enough information. Today, they felt they did and declared the coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The WHO has made only five PHEICs in the last decade: the H1 virus that caused an influenza pandemic (2009), West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, polio (2014), Zika virus (2016), and the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2019). To date, according to Chinese officials, the coronavirus has sickened more than 7,700 people in China and killed 170, most of whom have been older people with underlying illnesses. Cases have been confirmed in every province and region of the country, and as of yesterday, 68 cases had been reported around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 countries, including Hong Kong, have confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The United States is one of them. As of yesterday, the CDC reports that 165 Americans across 36... Read more

 

Coronavirus Update

(Jan 28, 2020)

Dear Friends,As I’m sure you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring a massive outbreak of a new respiratory illness first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Infections caused by the virus, which is a kind of virus called a coronavirus, are being reported in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. The CDC reports that as of today, there are five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. and 110 people in 26 states who are under investigation.This situation is rapidly evolving both here and abroad, and the statistics and health advisory information will likely change with it. But we can answer a few key questions now:What is a “coronavirus”?Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause infections in mammals, including humans, and birds. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections that can range from mild, like the common cold, to deadly.What are the symptoms of this coronavirus?A fever, dry cough, shortness of breath and trouble breathing. The CDC believes the incubation period is anywhere from 2 to 14 days. Reports out of China suggest that patients may be infectious before the onset of their symptoms, although the CDC has no clear evidence of that yet here in the United States.What are its origins?Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China, reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market there, suggesting animal-to-person spread.... Read more

 

Stay Up to Date with ONE CLICK

(Jan 22, 2020)

Dear Friends, Want to stay up to date about what’s happening here and in Harrisburg? Click on the link below to continue receiving updates from my office on a whole host of issues including REAL IDs, PennDOT plans and road closings, SEPTA Key Cards—the works. According to House rules, I’m not allowed to contact you at all during a 60-day “blackout” period prior to a House election unless you indicate you want me to do so. So please, tell me to do so: Opt in to stay connected to what’s happening at the local, county and state level. As always, if you need additional information about any state government-related issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to my office at 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8, Glenside, PA 19038 by calling (215) 572-5210 or emailing me at RepMcCarter@pahouse.net . Sincerely, Steve McCarter Pennsylvania State Representative Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough Read more

 

PA House Members laud Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as he moves his draft methane rule to the state’s Environmental Quality Board

(Dec 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 – Heeding the call of a majority of Pennsylvanians across the state who support immediate and multi-pronged action on climate, the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf today presented its draft methane rule to the Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Quality Board. Legislators statewide, including members of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus, led in the House of Representatives by Co-Chair state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and Vice Chair state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester, have urged the governor to act forcefully on climate, as families and communities in the commonwealth experience the increasingly harmful impacts of global warming. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas. Its emissions -- leaked from thousands of sources of natural gas development and infrastructure in the state -- are estimated to be five times higher than what is reported to DEP, or over 500,000 tons annually. Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. “Members of the Pennsylvania Climate Caucus came together in the Capitol this fall to call on Governor Wolf to move quickly to regulate methane emissions, and we are thrilled to say today that the governor heeded that call and those of Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth by taking action and launching a rulemaking process at the EQB,” McCarter said. “This is the kind of leadership we need on Read more

 

Climate Caucus Praises Governor’s Proposal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG- State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and state Representative Steve McCarter (D-154), co-chairs of the bipartisan, bicameral Climate Caucus, along with vice-chair state Representative Carolyn Comitta (D-156) offered praise for Governor Tom Wolf’s Executive Order this morning instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI is a cooperative effort among nine states to cap and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through regulation or legislation. “Pennsylvania joining RGGI allows yet another avenue for Pennsylvania to combat climate change while promoting economic innovation throughout the Commonwealth,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “In recent years, Pennsylvania has been seriously outpaced by stronger energy standards in neighboring states like Maryland, which is already a RGGI member, and New Jersey, which soon will be,” said Rep. McCarter. “Joining RGGI is an important step in reducing our CO2 emissions, improving our energy profile, spurring innovation in the clean energy economy and creating green jobs.” "I applaud Governor Wolf for his leadership,” said Rep. Comitta. “We must take strong action to stop climate change and shape a healthy future for our children. Joining RGGI, positions Pennsylvania to protect our children’s future while strengthening our economy.” The states currently Read more

 

Some More Good News Out of Harrisburg on Climate Change

(Oct 03, 2019)

Last spring, I wrote to you about joining Gov. Tom Wolf to announce Pennsylvania’s membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance. By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, the commonwealth became one of 24 states committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. I titled that email: “FINALLY some good news out of Harrisburg about climate change.” I’m happy to report, I have some MORE good news out of Harrisburg: Today, the governor announced that Pennsylvania will be joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (or RGGI, pronounced “Reggie”), a cooperative effort among nine states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont—to cap and reduce CO2 emissions from the power sector. New Jersey and Virginia will soon be a part of RGGI. Pennsylvania will be the 12th state on board. This is a great step in the right direction, and I applaud the governor for making the move. Here in Pennsylvania and across the globe, every industry, every project and every sector will be impacted by climate change. It will require our creativity and dedication to assure communities and workers impacted that they will not be left behind to suffer the ravages of change while others benefit. This is a challenge the commonwealth took steps to meet today. In recent years, Pennsylvania has been seriously outpaced by stronger energy standards in neighboring states like Read more

 

SIGN HERE to Support Taxing Plastic Bags in PA

(Sep 20, 2019)

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

 

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