House Democratic leaders mourn passing of Richard Trumka

(Aug 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 5 – House Democratic Caucus leaders released the following statement about the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today: “Richard Trumka was a great Pennsylvanian. He was born into a coal mining family in Nemacolin where Greene and Fayette counties meet and he went first to Penn State and then Villanova for law school. As an attorney for the United Mine Workers of America and then during his 26 years in the senior leadership of the AFL-CIO, he never forgot his Pennsylvania roots and he stayed involved in our state’s politics in many ways. His passing today is a terrible loss, not only for America’s working families but also for the many family and personal friends he leaves behind in Pennsylvania. “Richard Trumka’s leadership and vision made the lives of millions of people better and we are heartbroken he has left us. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to his immediate family and to all his brothers and sisters in labor who are mourning.” Read more

 

Now open for applications: Small business, school safety, public library, and truck and bus funding opportunities

(Aug 03, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Small Business Advantage Grant Program (Funding Source: Recycling Fund & Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund) Who May Apply : Registered Pennsylvania for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees and which are taxed as a for-profit business. Use : To purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment, or adopt waste reduction processes. Examples of eligible projects include HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency LED lighting, digital X-ray equipment, solvent recovery systems, water and waste recycling processes, auxiliary power units (APUs), and agricultural BMPs. Projects must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Natural resource protection projects must quantify the reduction of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment loadings reaching the receiving waterway. Funds : 50% matching reimbursement grants up to a maximum of $5,000. Application Deadline : First-come, first-served until funds are expended . More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/SmallBusinessOmbudsmanOffice/Pages/Small%20Business%20Advantage%20Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: ATV/Snowmobile Grants Read more

 

Now open for applications: Alternative fuels vehicle and infrastructure funding opportunities

(Jul 28, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection : Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipal authorities, municipalities, nonprofits, private businesses. Use : Purchase or retrofit vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, purchase and install refueling equipment, and research or develop new technologies. Funds: Infrastructure and innovative technology project g rants up to $600,000. Vehicle grants up to $100,000 per vehicle, depending upon class of vehicle. Application Deadline : August 27; a second application round will close December 17 More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program: Until Funds Expended ( Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities. - Rebates for Level 2 EV charging equipment for public use at government owned property, public use at non-government owned property, non-public use at work places, non-public use at multi-unit dwellings. DHS Children’s Read more

 

McClinton hosts free book giveaway to strengthen children’s reading skills

(Jul 23, 2021)

Understanding the critical role reading plays in a child’s future, House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Read by 4th and other community groups to give away free books to nearly 150 children. “Reading is fun, educational and opens the door to so many opportunities for our young people,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “This event was a way to strengthen literacy skills and encourage our kids to want to pick up a book. Getting them interested early helps keep them on the right path to a brighter future. I am so fortunate to work with community partners who share my passion to put our children first.” Their Youth Literacy Extravaganza at the Sayre Recreation Center Playground gave kids the chance to play fun literacy games while adults received information about the educational programs and services that are offered to families by the city and commonwealth. “Engaging with children and supporting families as they build literacy is a core part of what Read by 4th does in the community. We were excited to be able to bring that work to so many families today at the Youth Literacy Extravaganza,” said Jenny Bogoni, Executive Director of Read by 4th. Other organizations that made today’s event possible included Reading Recycled and Global Citizen. Read more

 

McClinton teams up with St. Joe’s Prep and other community groups to fight hunger in Philly

(Jul 22, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton joined St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and other local organizations today to connect 200 boxes of free food with 86 families.    Read more

 

McClinton statement on resignation of Rep. Margo Davidson

(Jul 22, 2021)

Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton issued the following statement about the resignation of State Representative Margo Davidson: Read more

 

Temple University recruiting job seekers for workforce readiness program

(Jul 20, 2021)

The Temple University Lenfest North Philadelphia Workforce Initiative is recruiting adult job seekers for a workforce readiness program. Read more

 

House Democratic Leaders blast social media troll for comparing Black lawmakers to rioters attacking the U.S. Capitol

(Jul 19, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila/Delaware, Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila, and Legislative Black Caucus Chair Donna Bullock, D-Phila., issued the following statement today after an elected official trolled social media for attention by comparing Black lawmakers to the insurrectionists who invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Read more

 

Looking for a job? Check out a recap of McClinton's Virtual Job and Career Fair

(Jul 16, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton partnered with the Church of Christian Compassion and Community of Compassion CDC, Inc. to host a virtual career fair.  Read more

 

McClinton applauds nearly $24,000 awarded to help Darby fire and EMS

(Jun 30, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton announced today that $23,993.20 is being awarded to help fire and emergency medical services in Darby. Read more

 

A list of grant opportunities available right now

(Jun 29, 2021)

From support for local businesses to job training, there are a number of grant funding opportunities in Pennsylvania. Here's a look at what's available right now. Read more

 

House Democrats: state budget full of missed opportunities

(Jun 25, 2021)

There are billions of dollars in surplus money that belongs to the people and should have been used to help fairly fund every school and maybe even cut property taxes for homeowners. I am determined to keep fighting to invest this funding into families across the commonwealth. Read more

 

Does the state have your unclaimed property? McClinton's office can help you find out!

(Jun 25, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton says there is more than $3.2 million of unclaimed property and money within the communities she serves. Read more

 

McClinton recognizes Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly

(Jun 22, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is applauding the Latino Affairs Caucus, calling it a reflection of the diverse communities that make up Pennsylvania. “We’ve come so far since the first Puerto Rican members were sworn into the state House, dating back to German Quiles in 1969 and Ralph Acosta some 15 years later,” explained McClinton. “Today, I’m proud to see individuals like Rep. Danilo Burgos in Philadelphia, who is the first Dominican elected to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, adding to the largest delegation to date of Latino members.” Led by state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., the Latino Affairs Caucus is the first formal bicameral and bipartisan caucus, focusing on issues and policies important to Latinx communities in the commonwealth. “As Pennsylvania’s Latino population has increased over the years, I’m excited to see the number of Latinx members has grown in the state legislature as well,” said Cruz, D-Phila. “Having lawmakers from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds helps strengthen our ability to ensure every voice is heard in Harrisburg.” Other members of the Latino Affairs Caucus include state Reps. Liz Hanbidge and Ben Sanchez, both D-Montgomery, and Manuel Guzman, D-Berks, who is a freshman legislator serving Reading, which is home to the largest community of Latinos in Pennsylvania. "This dedicated group Read more

 

Reducing gun violence requires a COVID-19 pandemic response

(Jun 17, 2021)

The same type of collaborative effort used to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is needed to combat gun violence. Read more

 

House & Senate Democrats join Gov. Wolf to call for investing in schools, delivering equity for all students

(Jun 08, 2021)

It’s impossible to calculate how much we have lost as a state, as a society, thanks to inequitable funding leaving kids behind instead of growing their unlimited potential. It’s time to make sure the playing field is level. It’s time to make sure a line drawn on a map decades ago isn’t a ticket to success for one child while being a ticket to struggle for another. We’ve had the tools, now we have the money. Let’s do this right.” Read more

 

McClinton commends awarding of $100,000 grant to repair historic buildings in Bartram’s Garden

(Jun 03, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton announced today that $100,000 in state funding is going to make critical repairs to two of Bartram’s Garden’s most historically significant buildings. McClinton said the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission awarded the Keystone Historic Preservation grant to the John Bartram Association to fix the roofs and masonry of the county’s oldest barn built in 1775 and the adjacent stable built in 1743. “Not only does Bartram’s Garden provide a safe outdoor space for our neighbors to enjoy, but it also attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year to southwest Philly,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “It’s imperative we continue investing these types of dollars in protecting this historic landmark so our local economy and families near and far can benefit for generations to come.” The nonprofit John Bartram Association works to maintain and enhance the 45-acre National Historic Landmark Bartram's Garden and House, as well as inspire people of all ages to care for the natural world through gardening and art. Keystone Historic Preservation Grants provide funding to support projects that identify, preserve, promote and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for both the benefit of the Read more

 

House Democrats seek to prevent prison gerrymandering

(May 26, 2021)

“It’s better for the purposes of drawing our legislative districts, which are population-based, to count these individuals in the communities they call home. It will result in better, more even representation for all Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

McClinton commends the more than $316,000 in state funding awarded to reduce blight in her West Philly and Delco communities

(May 26, 2021)

House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton is applauding $316,650 in state grants that will help to reduce blight in West Philadelphia and Darby Borough. McClinton said the funding was awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Blight Remediation Program and will be dispersed as follows: $16,650 to the nonprofit organization ACHIEVEability to create a comprehensive plan to address blighted and vacant commercial properties affecting West Philadelphia business corridors – specifically focusing on 46 th to 63 rd Market Street as well as the 60 th Street Commercial Corridor. $300,000 will support Darby Borough’s remediation project, which involves acquiring and demolishing properties located at 621 Main St. and 304 Marks Ave. “Cleaning up our communities and investing in long-term improvements not only attracts new people and businesses to our neighborhoods but entices those already here to stay, which ultimately strengthens our local economy,” said McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “Blight has also been connected to higher crime rates. By securing these dollars, we help create a safer environment for our neighbors.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development focused on fostering economic growth. More information about these grants can be found here . Read more

 

Rep. McClinton comments on Inspector General’s report

(May 26, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton made this statement after today’s release of a report by the state Inspector General about the Department of State’s failure to advertise a constitutional amendment in the summer of 2020 which halted a ballot question from being put to voters this year: “I want to thank the inspector general for this thorough and complete report. It answers the questions we had about what occurred and I applaud Governor Wolf for making sure it is public. “We were frankly surprised to learn that, throughout multiple administrations since the Pennsylvania Constitution outlined a process for amendments, it appears there were never any written procedures in place to ensure that amendments are advertised. I know the Wolf administration has already implemented policies and procedures to make sure that such an omission is never repeated. “As we are taking stock of this, I call on the Senate leadership to speedily bring up and pass House Bill 951 sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi. This is a statutory solution that will end the needless suffering still being endured by so many adult victims of childhood sexual abuse who are simply waiting to have their day in court.” Read more

 

House Democratic leaders mourn passing of Richard Trumka
Aug 05, 2021

Now open for applications: Small business, school safety, public library, and truck and bus funding opportunities
Aug 03, 2021

Now open for applications: Alternative fuels vehicle and infrastructure funding opportunities
Jul 28, 2021

McClinton hosts free book giveaway to strengthen children’s reading skills
Jul 23, 2021

McClinton teams up with St. Joe’s Prep and other community groups to fight hunger in Philly
Jul 22, 2021

McClinton statement on resignation of Rep. Margo Davidson
Jul 22, 2021

Temple University recruiting job seekers for workforce readiness program
Jul 20, 2021

House Democratic Leaders blast social media troll for comparing Black lawmakers to rioters attacking the U.S. Capitol
Jul 19, 2021

Looking for a job? Check out a recap of McClinton's Virtual Job and Career Fair
Jul 16, 2021

McClinton applauds nearly $24,000 awarded to help Darby fire and EMS
Jun 30, 2021

A list of grant opportunities available right now
Jun 29, 2021

House Democrats: state budget full of missed opportunities
Jun 25, 2021

Does the state have your unclaimed property? McClinton's office can help you find out!
Jun 25, 2021

McClinton recognizes Latino Caucus in Pa. General Assembly
Jun 22, 2021

Reducing gun violence requires a COVID-19 pandemic response
Jun 17, 2021

House & Senate Democrats join Gov. Wolf to call for investing in schools, delivering equity for all students
Jun 08, 2021

McClinton commends awarding of $100,000 grant to repair historic buildings in Bartram’s Garden
Jun 03, 2021

House Democrats seek to prevent prison gerrymandering
May 26, 2021

McClinton commends the more than $316,000 in state funding awarded to reduce blight in her West Philly and Delco communities
May 26, 2021

Rep. McClinton comments on Inspector General’s report
May 26, 2021