McClinton announces $7.9 million Pennvest investment for Susquehanna and Delaware estuaries

(Apr 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 19 – Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila.\Delaware, announced today that the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary was awarded a grant for $7.9 million to construct a freshwater mussel hatchery. Originally proposed last year, the grant was approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. “This hatchery will produce hundreds of thousands of mussels annually and contribute to the improvement of water quality in both the Susquehanna and Delaware estuaries,” McClinton said. The focus of this project is to restore historic populations of native mussel beds. Riparian buffers are normally used to play a key role in removing nitrogen and partially protecting a stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. Instead of buffers, the hatchery will be designed to filter out nutrients, particularly nitrogen, which run off the land and into hundreds of streams in both watersheds. It will provide for 4.3 million mussels in these areas and remove a higher amount of nitrogen. “In the years to come this investment will prove a positive environmental impact, as well as a financial one with significant cost reductions,” McClinton said. Pennvest serves the state of Pennsylvania by distributing grants and low-interest loans for design, engineering and construction of publicly and privately owned drinking water distribution and treatment facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and Read more

 

McClinton: Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness

(Apr 18, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton thanks the House of Representatives for their unanimous support of her resolution recognizing April 10, 2017 as "National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania. The day of awareness is aimed at reducing infections among young people nationwide. Read more

 

4/12/17 – Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform – Philadelphia

(Apr 17, 2017)

Testimonies from House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by State Rep. Joanna McClinton. Read more

 

McClinton: Bail & Pretrial Procedure Reform Needed

(Apr 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee in South West Philadelphia for a discussion on reforming the pretrial and bail procedures in Pennsylvania. Many inmates are stuck in jail because they have pretrial issues or simply cannot afford bail which not only increases costs for taxpayers, but also has a human cost for the incarcerated and their families. Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties have instituted some reforms that have seen positive results and McClinton is looking to apply that statewide. Read more

 

McClinton, Policy Committee discuss pretrial and bail procedure reform

(Apr 12, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 12 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Southwest Leadership Academy to explore pretrial and bail procedure reform. “I am excited the House Democratic Policy Committee came to discuss how we can potentially reform the bail process. There may be better options for those who are not a flight risk and not accused of serious, dangerous crimes. Implementing a new bail process gives these people the option to continue to work and provide for their families. I look forward to further House consideration of my legislation,” McClinton said. McClinton has introduced House Bill 1092 that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less costly criminal justice system. The bill would encourage and incentivize counties to establish pretrial service programs that utilize standards proven to reduce the monetary and human cost of corrections. “Representative McClinton’s hearing placed a spotlight on a reasonable effort that could ultimately save the taxpayers money. The reality is, the state is facing a $2 billion budget deficit and this is an innovative way to save while improving efficiency,” said state Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee. Testifiers included: Keir Bradford-Grey, chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia; Judge Benjamin Lerner (Ret.), Read more

 

McClinton to host Policy Committee Hearing on Pretrial and Bail Procedure Reform Wednesday in Philadelphia

(Apr 07, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, APRIL 7 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphia, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on pretrial and bail procedure reform at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 at the Southwest Leadership Academy, 7101 Paschall Ave. McClinton is introducing legislation that would reform Pennsylvania’s pretrial and bail procedures to provide a fairer, effective and less costly criminal justice system. The bill would encourage and incentivize counties to establish pretrial service programs that utilize standards proven to reduce the monetary, and human cost of corrections. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel One: Keir Bradford-Grey , chief public defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia Judge Benjamin Lerner , Deputy Managing Director for Criminal Justice, City of Philadelphia 2:40 p.m. Panel from County Commissioners of Pennsylvania: Maureen Barden , fellow Kevin Barnhardt , Berks County commissioner 3:10 p.m. Panel from Pennsylvania Pretrial Association: Nicole Schnovel , board president (Berks County) Shannon Danley , board treasurer (Dauphin County) Maureen McManus , board director-past president (Lehigh County) Janice Radovick-Dean , board director-past president (Allegheny County) Robin Campbell , communications director, Pretrial Justice Institute 4 p.m. Closing remarks Read more

 

McClinton hosts seminar to help citizens improve financial planning

(Apr 06, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted an event designed to provide constituents with tools and information they can use to make informative decisions about their finances. Over 50 constituents attended the event held on Thursday, April 6 at Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia. Attendees learned about banking, budget management, savings, investing, credit repair, retirement and repaying student loans. McClinton said financial literacy is crucial to help ensure people save enough to provide adequate income in retirement while avoiding high levels of debt that might result in bankruptcy and foreclosures. “Any improvement in financial literacy will have a profound impact on our citizens and their ability to provide for their future while avoiding the pitfalls of debt,” McClinton said. The agencies that provided advice to attendees are Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Budget Me Budget Services, Clarifi, The Student Loan Doctor, The Ivy Investor, Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. and Bryan’s Retirement Blue Print. McClinton said she wanted to thank Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia for their hospitality. Access photo gallery here . Read more

 

McClinton to host Financial Literacy Seminar

(Mar 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced she will host an event designed to provide constituents with tools and information they can use to make informative decisions about their finances. The Financial Literacy Seminar will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia, 501 S. 54th St., 7th Floor, 19143. McClinton said constituents can learn useful information to help them navigate their public and private financial matters, including ones concerning insurance, taxes, real estate, savings and more. “Financial literacy can benefit people in regards to entrepreneurship, home ownership, education, their community and their future,” McClinton said. “I hope everyone will attend this informative event and become more invested in their financial profile for years to come.” McClinton said that invited guests include Clarifi Credit Counseling, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, The Student Loan Doctor LLC, Budget Me Budget Services and The Ivy Investor. For more information about the event, constituents can contact McClinton’s office at (215) 748-6712. Read more

 

McClinton hosts Entrepreneurship Seminar to boost small businesses in the district

(Mar 31, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 31 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted a seminar to provide tools for local business owners and for people aspiring to open their own small business. About 10 federal, state and local government agencies offered assistance to nearly 100 entrepreneurs who attended the event held on Tuesday, March 28 at the Ezekiel Baptist Church. Attendees learned about the basic steps to establish a business and the available financial opportunities to help them start or expand operations. They also learned how to promote a brand effectively in all forms of media. “Small businesses are fundamental in our district. They contribute significantly to our economy, providing jobs and opportunities for our neighbors. If small businesses prosper we all win,” McClinton said. Local entrepreneurs shared their stories looking to provide motivation to those who have business ideas and desires to make them happen. “Having local entrepreneurs sharing their stories is a way to ignite a spark of inspiration on those who have business ideas, but for some reason are scared or not motivated to take the first step,” she said. The agencies who provided advice to attendees are The Enterprise Center, the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce's Office of Business Services, City of Philadelphia Department of Procurement, Read more

 

McClinton: Stop-and-Gos Must Go

(Mar 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton is working to rid Philadelphia of Stop-and-Go establishments that are a detriment on neighborhoods and families. McClinton attended the first of a series of public meetings across Philadelphia seeking information and resources on how to eliminate the negative impact of these illegal businesses. Read more

 

McClinton condemns bill for reviving unconstitutional mandatory minimums

(Mar 22, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, spoked out against H.B. 741, which aims to revive mandatory minimum sentences for a number of drug-related offenses. The bill was reported out of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. McClinton said a letter that she received from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association stated that mandatory minimums work to improve public safety, something that she said she wrestles with. “I wonder where the safety has improved,” McClinton said. “Time and time again, I look at the unfortunate homicide rate in Philadelphia and the number of non-fatal shootings where I live and they are always high, no matter how many people are behind bars serving 10-20, 25 to life.” House Bill 741 seeks to revive mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes that were ruled unconstitutional in cases before both the Pennsylvania and U.S. supreme courts. It also would increase sentences for certain offenses. “This bill would potentially get more support if there were studies that showed crime was reduced, that neighborhoods are safer, that people stop selling drugs at the same intersection where someone gets arrested,” McClinton said. “Where is the decreased recidivism? Why hasn’t it happened yet in my community? Why are there drugs readily available and we have all these sentences, yet nothing has changed?” McClinton has been a strong advocate on criminal Read more

 

McClinton: Mandatory Minimums Don't Work

(Mar 21, 2017)

In a Pa. House Judiciary Committee meeting, state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks out against legislation that would reintroduce mandatory minimum sentences for certain drug-related offenses. Read more

 

McClinton Leads the Pa. House in Prayer

(Mar 21, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton was asked by the Speaker of the House to lead the chamber in its opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Read more

 

McClinton to host Entrepreneurship Seminar March 28

(Mar 17, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, March 17 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, will host an event to provide helpful tools for current local business owners or for people aspiring to open their own small business. The Entrepreneurship Seminar will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Ezekiel Baptist Church, 5701 Grays Ave. Attendees will learn what it takes to establish a business and secure the necessary finances to make it happen, how to effectively establish a business by promoting a brand in all forms of media, and hear experiences in effectively establishing a business and the paths taken to achieve inspiration. “Small businesses are the backbone to our community, so we must assist them with tools to help them grow and remain successful. If small businesses thrive in our neighborhoods, then job opportunities are available to more neighbors,” McClinton said. “I encourage everyone – business owners or those looking to take on a different pathway and own a business – to come be inspired and informed.” McClinton noted seminar participants include the Enterprise Center, the U.S. Department of Small Business Administration, City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, Office of Business Services, City of Philadelphia Department of Procurement, Southwest Community Development Corporation, Citizens Bank, African Cultural Alliance of North American, INC. and local entrepreneurs. For more information, constituents Read more

 

Another View: Time for honesty on equal pay in the Pa. workplace

(Mar 15, 2017)

Recently, an editorial written by two of our fellow legislators from the Senate was published advocating for S.B. 241 and equal pay for equal work – the idea that women should rightfully be paid the same as men for doing the same job. We would like to applaud Sens. Jake Corman and Tom McGarrigle for supporting this idea, however we believe it is vital to inform them that S.B. 241, which passed the Senate in February, would actually take several steps away from achieving pay equity. Read more

 

McClinton: End Teen Dating Violence

(Mar 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton speaks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 110, a resolution designating February 2017 as "Teen Dating and Violence Awareness and Prevention Month" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

McClinton holds comprehensive energy forum

(Feb 24, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, hosted an Energy Forum for local residents as a way to learn more about weatherization, how to save on energy costs and energy-saving techniques. The forum was held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the 18th District Police Station, 5510 Pine St. and was integrated into the station's monthly Captain's meeting. "A big show of gratitude goes out to the station for sponsoring the forum and recognizing the significance of the event," McClinton said. "In particular, I'd like to thank Police Captain Robin Wimberly and Community Relations Officer Michael Davis for hosting us." Read more

 

McClinton Honors Rosa Parks

(Feb 08, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Joanna McClinton honors the life and legacy of civil rights hero and pioneer Rosa Parks. McClinton sponsored a House Resolution designating Ms. Parks birthday, February 4, 2017, as Rosa Parks Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania. The resolution was unanimously approved by the Pa. House of Representatives. Read more

 

Winter 2017 Newsletter

(Feb 08, 2017)

My legislative priorities include improving educational opportunities, connecting you to good jobs, and reforming our criminal justice system. In my new term, I am so excited to have been appointed to serve on the key House Judiciary Committee, where I plan to work with members from both parties to push for criminal justice reform. Read more

 

McClinton to hold monthly mobile office dates in Darby and Yeadon

(Feb 01, 2017)

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, announced that she will begin holding regularly scheduled mobile office hours for her constituents in Darby and Yeadon beginning this month. McClinton and her staff will be available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Darby Recreation Center, 1022 Ridge Ave., Darby, starting Feb. 7. She and her staff will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Thursday of every other month starting in March at the Yeadon Public Library, 809 Longacre Blvd., Yeadon. McClinton and her staff will offer the services that are always available at her main office, such as applying or renewing state Transportation Department items, completing applications for birth and death certificates and applying for numerous state programs. "I am thrilled to provide these mobile services to my constituents," McClinton said. "This is a perfect opportunity for me and my staff to offer these services to as many people conveniently as possible. I would like to thank the Darby Recreation Center and the Yeadon Public Library for providing the space for this outreach." McClinton added that her main office remains open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 6027 Ludlow St., Unit A. For more information on the new monthly mobile hours, contact McClinton's office staff at (215) 748-6712. Read more