With Harrisburg mired in partisanship, Democrats and Republicans join forces to tackle climate change

(Apr 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 18 – With Earth Day only days away, Democratic and Republican legislators from every corner of the commonwealth and from both chambers of the General Assembly came together to introduce groundbreaking legislation to make Pennsylvania a leader in the effort to solve climate change. The matching bills were introduced by state Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and state Sen. Charles McIlhinney, R-Bucks. The newly introduced legislation (H.B. 2132/S.B. 1140) sets out to transition Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The scientific community in Pennsylvania and internationally have stated that we must eliminate global warming pollution by 2050 to avoid a climate change “tipping point” from which the planet cannot turn back. "The vast majority of scientists agree: Climate change is real. And you don't have to be a scientist to notice its effects. We've seen so many weather extremes in recent years, including Hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria. Those last three all happened just last year," Rabb said. "Our military – hardly a liberal bastion – is already preparing for the effects of climate change. The changing climate will force us to move some bases, and it threatens to increase instability around the world. As the bipartisan American Security Project says, climate security is national security." While similar proposals are pending in state legislatures in California, Read more

 

Sign here to say NO to arming PA teachers

(Mar 27, 2018)

I strenuously oppose Senate Bill 383 and the alarming idea of arming teachers. Read more

 

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania

(Mar 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – PA SAFE Caucus members today outlined their legislative goals related to gun safety reform during a Capitol news conference, one month following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and coinciding with a national student walkout calling for immediate changes to gun laws across the country. Lawmakers spoke about their frustrations with trying to pass commonsense legislation as well as specific House bills that they would like to see move from committee. “The time is now to finally say enough is enough — to listen to the students whose wisdom and bravery is inspirational,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Madeleine Dean , D-Montgomery. “We can and must do something to combat this gun violence epidemic, not just to prevent mass shootings like in Parkland, but to combat the everyday violence that claims 33,000 lives a year in this country, and injures 80,000 others in the crossfire.” Members expressed their expectations ahead of a special set of hearings on gun laws scheduled for the week of April 9. "We are pleased to see that the House Judiciary Committee will give members a chance to speak about important gun safety proposals,” said PA SAFE Co-chair Dan Frankel , D-Allegheny. “But we also know that a hearing is not enough – we expect the chance to vet some of these bills on the House floor in the very near future.” “Family and close friends are often the first to notice Read more

 

McCarter to hold extended office hours March 19; Boyle’s office to participate too

(Mar 06, 2018)

GLENSIDE, March 5 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, will hold special extended office hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19 at his district office, 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8. Congressman Brendan Boyle’s office staff will hold extended office hours in his office, which is located in Suite 1 in the same complex, on the same night. “It’s important that constituents who are unable to visit during normal working hours have full access to state- and federal-government services,” McCarter said. McCarter’s staff will be on hand until 8 p.m. to help with property tax and rent rebates, SEPTA Key Senior ID cards, birth and death certificate requests, PACE, PennDOT problems and all other state government-related issues. Boyle’s staff also will be available until 8 p.m. to 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. Read more

 

McCarter, Boyle, Haywood to co-host town hall on opioid crisis Feb. 17

(Feb 13, 2018)

GLENSIDE, Feb. 13 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle and state Sen. Art Haywood will host a “Conversation about the Opioid and Addiction Crisis” from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road in Elkins Park. The lawmakers will host local addiction experts to talk about what’s being done to combat the growing crisis in the region and across Pennsylvania, and to answer questions. Experts scheduled for the event are: Dr. Joseph D’Orazio Assistant professor of emergency medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and a member of the City of Philadelphia Opioid Task Force Alison Slickers Addiction specialist and peer leader coordinator with the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania Kevin Steele Montgomery County district attorney Kay McGowan Administrator of the Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol According to the most recent data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the commonwealth has the fourth-highest rate of drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in the country. State health officials, citing increases in 2017 emergency room visits for opioid overdoses, expect the death toll to rise. “None of us is untouched by this epidemic,” said McCarter, D-Montgomery. “It is evident in our towns, on our streets and, sometimes, in our very homes. If we are to help ourselves, our Read more

 

RSVP: Conversation About The Opioid Crisis is Feb. 17th

(Feb 06, 2018)

You’re invited to talk with your elected representatives and experts about what’s being done to combat the growing opioid and addiction crisis in our neighborhoods and all across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McCarter: Gaming Expansion is a Lack of Leadership

(Oct 26, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter argues against the expansion of gaming in Pennsylvania as a way to balance the state budget, calling it a failure of leadership. Read more

 

McCarter, Boyle announce extended office hours Sept. 26 in Glenside

(Sep 13, 2017)

GLENSIDE, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Steve McCarter will hold extended office hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 26 in his district office at 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8. The extended hours will give constituents the opportunity to meet with staff after normal business hours for help with property tax/rent rebates, SEPTA Senior Key ID cards, birth and death certificates, PACE (the state’s prescription assistance program for seniors), PennDOT problems and other state government-related issues. U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle’s office, which is in the same building in Suite 1, also will hold extended office hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 26. His staff will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns involving the federal government, such as veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, Social Security and Medicare, passports and visas, and IRS issues. No appointments are necessary. Those interested should contact McCarter’s district office staff with any questions at (215) 572-5210 . Read more

 

McCarter senior constituents can get applications, photo taken for SEPTA Key Senior ID card at district office

(Jul 14, 2017)

GLENSIDE, July 14 – Seniors age 65 or older can obtain a free SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID card any weekday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the district office of state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8, Glenside, PA 19038. SEPTA is in the process of transitioning to electronic key cards for all of its services, including the Seniors Ride Free program, which allows seniors to ride free at all times on buses, trolleys and subways, pay $1 on regional rail for travel within Pennsylvania and pay 50 percent of the weekday fare for travel to and from New Jersey and Delaware. “In an effort to provide our seniors every chance to benefit from these programs, I wanted to ensure that my office would be available,” McCarter said. “Many seniors within this community rely on SEPTA services for work, shopping and medical appointments, so it’s important that we provide the necessary information and support to make their trips a little easier.” McCarter’s office has processed more SEPTA Senior Key applications than any other legislative office in southeastern Pennsylvania so far. Seniors should bring a state-issued proof of birthdate (such as a photo driver’s license or Pennsylvania non-driver’s photo ID) to McCarter’s office. Applicants will then fill out a form to have a photograph taken; SEPTA will mail the completed key card directly to the applicant when it is ready. Read more

 

McCarter, Sturla seek to amend the way cyber charter schools are funded

(Jun 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – At a Capitol news conference today, state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and House Democratic Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, called attention to legislation that would amend the Public School Code to change the way cyber charter schools are funded. Their bill — H.B. 1206 — seeks to cap the amount of funding unaffiliated cyber charter schools receive for students who live in an area in which the school district or an intermediate unit operates its own cyber charter school. Under their proposal, unaffiliated cyber charter schools would receive either the per-student funding amount of the school district cyber school program or the intermediate unit cyber school program, whichever figure is higher. “The actual cost of cyber charter education has dropped dramatically in the 20 years since Pennsylvania’s charter school legislation was passed, whereas our reimbursement formula for cyber charters, which is still based on the cost of a brick-and-mortar education, has not, and the Pennsylvania taxpayer has shouldered the burden,” McCarter said. Sturla added: “I want all Pennsylvania kids to have access to exceptional educational opportunities and to do that, we need to have fair, reasonable and accountable reimbursement practices in place. The proposal by Representative McCarter and myself is a fair and reasonable approach that makes sure cyber charters aren’t receiving more than what it Read more

 

McCarter announces $89,784 state grant to improve area traffic flow

(May 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 11 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, today announced an $89,784 Pennsylvania Department of Transportation grant to improve area traffic signals. The money will pay for replacing all of the yellow bulbs in traffic lights, as well as install battery backups in the lights, in Jenkintown Borough. Jenkintown Borough will provide the remaining 20 percent match of the total project cost of $112,230. “These types of projects are very important to our local communities and ensure our infrastructure is getting the attention, maintenance and upgrades needed,” McCarter said. The grant comes from PennDOT’s Green Light – Go Program, which provides state funds for the operation and maintenance of traffic signals along critical and designated corridors on state highways. The Green Light – Go Program was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure investment plan passed in 2013. Read more

 

McCarter applauds Cheltenham, Springfield and Jenkintown for upgrading to LED streetlights and reducing carbon emissions

(May 01, 2017)

GLENSIDE, May 1 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, congratulated Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough today for their participation in the Regional Streetlight Procurement Project, an energy savings project to upgrade streetlights, exterior lights and traffic signals in 35 southeastern Pennsylvania communities. “Congratulations to each of these communities for taking steps to reduce both their energy budgets and CO2 emissions,” McCarter said. “This is a great example of what can be accomplished when local, regional and state governments work together to reduce costs and increase efficiency.” Lighting costs typically account for 60-70 percent of a local government’s energy budget. McCarter said the project upgrades more than 26,000 streetlights, exterior lights and traffic signals. The 35 municipalities expect to achieve annual reductions of over 10,000 megawatt hours; 5,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions; and almost one million dollars in annual energy and operating costs. Construction is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The Regional Streetlight Procurement Project is led by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) in concert with the Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance Program (PennSEF) offered by state Treasurer Joe Torsella and the Pennsylvania Treasury Department and the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment. Program details were Read more

 

Daley, McCarter to host town hall on environmental issues

(Apr 20, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Reps. Mary Jo Daley and Stephen McCarter, both D-Montgomery, will host an environmental town hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Ambler Borough Hall, 131 Rosemary Ave., in Ambler. Both Daley and McCarter are members of the bipartisan, bicameral Climate Caucus, which was formed to provide a free-flowing and informal discussion forum for legislators to address all manner of issues relating to climate change in Pennsylvania -- jobs, industry, manufacturing, clean air, clean water, and specific regional impacts among them. Both said the need for detailed, up-to-the-minute information and dialogue surrounding climate change is now greater than ever. “I am delighted to co-host a Town Hall in Ambler Borough on the environment along with my colleague, Representative Steve McCarter,” Daley said. “We are also pleased that Matt Stepp of PennFuture will join us for a lively discussion on important issues that affect all of us.” The evening will include a discussion about the following topics: Impact of climate change; Environmental protections and regulations nationwide and within Pennsylvania; Impact of budget and regulatory changes on clean air and water; What citizens can do to help protect the environment in Pennsylvania Storm water management; and Methane; “Our climate is changing. 2016 was the nation’s second-warmest year on record and the Read more

 

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – House Democrats today unveiled 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. "I am hopeful we can pull together bipartisan support for these bills that improve efficiencies and accountability, which means that there will be more money available for education. Providing high-quality education to all Pennsylvania students should be the ultimate goal of our educational system," said Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Rep. James Roebuck, D-Phila., Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, has introduced a bill ( H.B. 1199 ) that would end conflicts of interest in tax-funded payments for charter school leases. "The auditor general's office has identified millions of dollars in questionable charter school leases. We need to prevent these conflicts of interest up front, and we need to recover taxpayers' money to benefit students when there has been an inappropriate payment for one of these leases. Every dollar that goes to an inappropriate lease is a dollar that doesn't go to educate our kids," Roebuck said. Rep. Mike Carroll, D-Luzerne, introduced a bill ( H.B. 1198 ) that would bring charter schools in line with school districts by imposing limits on the surpluses that charter schools may accumulate. "My legislation Read more

 

McCarter on Earth Week

(Apr 18, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter thanks the House of Representatives for their unanimous support for his resolution designating the week of April 22 through 29, 2017, as "Earth Week" in Pennsylvania. McCarter implores everyone to not turn their back on the scientific evidence of the danger that imperils our planet. Read more

 

McCarter to propose bill to hold charter educators to same evaluation standards as others

(Apr 17, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, will soon introduce legislation to include charter schools in the teacher evaluation system used for all other public school educators. Pennsylvania adopted a system of educator evaluation in 2011 that requires the combination of a structured observation system and various pieces of student performance data be used to calculate ratings for teachers, principals and other professional staff members. However, charter schools are currently not required to use the system. “We want effective, high-quality teaching for all of our students, regardless of what type of school they attend. So why wouldn’t we evaluate teachers in the same way at all schools?” McCarter said. “This bill will ensure that we’re using the same system to assess the instruction all of our public school students are receiving on a daily basis.” The legislation would require that charter schools and cyber charter schools use the same evaluation system as other public schools starting in the 2018-19 school year. McCarter said charter schools and traditional public schools should be treated equally under law since both receive tax dollars and both are considered public schools under Pennsylvania law. Read more

 

RSVP for Rep. McCarter's 2017 Town Hall

(Feb 27, 2017)

RSVP for Rep. McCarter's 2017 Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Glenside Memorial Hall to learn more about legislative and budget-related news and to ask any questions you may have. Read more

 

McCarter: Governor’s Budget Plan A Good First Step

(Feb 07, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Steve McCarter 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

 

McCarter & Boyle announce extended office hours Feb. 15, March 22 in Glenside

(Feb 02, 2017)

GLENSIDE, Feb. 2 – State Rep. Steve McCarter will hold extended office hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, March 22 in his district office at 115 E. Glenside Ave., Suite 8. The extended hours will give constituents the opportunity to meet with staff after normal business hours for help with property tax/rent rebates, SEPTA Senior Key ID cards, birth and death certificates, PACE, the state's prescription assistance program for seniors, Transportation Department problems and other state government-related issues. U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle’s office, which is in the same building in Suite 1, will also hold extended office hours on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Wednesday, March 22. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., his staff will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns involving the federal government such as veterans’ benefits, federal student loans, Social Security and Medicare, passports and visas, and IRS issues. No appointments are necessary. Those interested should contact McCarter’s district office staff with any questions at (215) 572-5210. Read more

 

McCarter joined by legislators, advocacy groups to announce formation of Climate Caucus

(Jan 25, 2017)

Citing the very real threat posed by climate change, state Rep. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, was joined today by legislators and advocacy groups to announce the formation of the bicameral Climate Caucus. Read more

 

With Harrisburg mired in partisanship, Democrats and Republicans join forces to tackle climate change
Apr 18, 2018

Sign here to say NO to arming PA teachers
Mar 27, 2018

PA SAFE Caucus calls for gun safety reforms needed in Pennsylvania
Mar 14, 2018

McCarter to hold extended office hours March 19; Boyle’s office to participate too
Mar 06, 2018

McCarter, Boyle, Haywood to co-host town hall on opioid crisis Feb. 17
Feb 13, 2018

RSVP: Conversation About The Opioid Crisis is Feb. 17th
Feb 06, 2018

McCarter: Gaming Expansion is a Lack of Leadership
Oct 26, 2017

McCarter, Boyle announce extended office hours Sept. 26 in Glenside
Sep 13, 2017

McCarter senior constituents can get applications, photo taken for SEPTA Key Senior ID card at district office
Jul 14, 2017

McCarter, Sturla seek to amend the way cyber charter schools are funded
Jun 07, 2017

McCarter announces $89,784 state grant to improve area traffic flow
May 11, 2017

McCarter applauds Cheltenham, Springfield and Jenkintown for upgrading to LED streetlights and reducing carbon emissions
May 01, 2017

Daley, McCarter to host town hall on environmental issues
Apr 20, 2017

Pa. charter school reform bills' goal: Treat all public schools equally
Apr 19, 2017

McCarter on Earth Week
Apr 18, 2017

McCarter to propose bill to hold charter educators to same evaluation standards as others
Apr 17, 2017

RSVP for Rep. McCarter's 2017 Town Hall
Feb 27, 2017

McCarter: Governor’s Budget Plan A Good First Step
Feb 07, 2017

McCarter & Boyle announce extended office hours Feb. 15, March 22 in Glenside
Feb 02, 2017

McCarter joined by legislators, advocacy groups to announce formation of Climate Caucus
Jan 25, 2017