McNeill hosts roundtable with Secretary Tennis on addiction and treatment

(May 19, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, May 19 – State Rep. Dan McNeill today hosted a roundtable discussion with Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis on addiction and treatment services. "Addiction is a problem that is plaguing not only the Lehigh Valley but the entire state," McNeill said. "We must get a handle on this problem, and today’s roundtable at St. Luke’s continues the conversation we started at my town hall in February." McNeill, joined by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, said he requested this discussion to raise awareness of the human cost surrounding Pennsylvania’s rapidly growing drug problem. "We are in the midst of the worst ever overdose death epidemic and the worst public health crisis of the last 100 years," Tennis said. "Governor Tom Wolf has made addressing the epidemic a top priority, and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has taken a lead role in helping keep Pennsylvanians alive and getting them into treatment and recovery." According to a study by the Pennsylvania Coroners and Medical Examiners, there were 2,488 drug-related deaths in 2014 with 85 of them in Lehigh County. "Pennsylvania unfortunately ranks among the top 10 states in per capita heroin and opioid deaths," Schlossberg said. "But discussions like the one hosted today by Representative McNeill are an important step in changing that reality. "What I heard today Read more

 

McNeill to co-host senior fair at Westgate Mall April 29

(Apr 22, 2016)

State Rep Dan McNeill will co-host his annual senior fair this year with state Sen. Lisa Boscola from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 29 at the Westgate Mall, Bethlehem McNeill said over 90 vendors will be on hand, with door prizes given out throughout the event. Free coffee, doughnuts, yogurt and water will be available, as well. “I am encouraging all senior citizens to come on out and enjoy the day with us,” McNeill said. “We will have free screenings for blood pressure, stroke, vision and other health problems.” In addition, McNeill said there will be free upper body massages and other free services, as well as important and valuable state-related information available for seniors. McNeill said the senior citizen population of the 133th District looks forward to this annual event, which, he said, he and the senator are pleased to offer. The Westgate Mall is located at 2285 Schoenersville Road. There is plenty of free parking and the mall is easy accessible from Route 22 and via LANTA bus 105 route. For more information contact McNeill’s office at (610) 266-1273. ATTENTION NEWS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS : Media coverage of this event is invited. Read more

 

Bill would withhold pay, per diems for lawmakers until budget is passed

(Apr 12, 2016)

HARRISBURG, April 11 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, has introduced a bill that would keep lawmakers from getting paid if the state budget is not completed by June 30 each year. "As state legislators, our primary responsibility is passing a balanced state budget in time, so we can pay bills, fund schools and other services, and meet the needs of Pennsylvanians in the new fiscal year," McNeill said. "Many believe the political games and posturing that characterized this year's protracted budget effort were the result of too much focus on the narrow desires of influential special interests rather than the needs of typical Pennsylvanians.” McNeill said the pay suspension would impact senators and representatives, the governor, lieutenant governor and the governor’s cabinet officers, but would not include staff. He has worked on this legislation for over year but it has failed to move forward because of a lack of co-sponsors. He is hopeful that with the support of House Democratic leadership, his bill will finally gain some traction. "We need to fix what is broken in Harrisburg,” McNeill said. “Removing salaries and per diems for state representatives and senators while a budget remains outstanding would help incentivize us to move the budget process forward. It would remind us of who really pays the bills and who we truly work for. I believe that this would lead to more meaningful negotiations and genuine Read more

 

McNeill hosts second town hall on heroin and opioid addiction

(Mar 31, 2016)

WHITEHALL, March 30 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, today hosted recovery experts, leaders of support groups, grieving parents, addicts in recovery, and concerned citizens from across the Lehigh Valley at his second town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing the area. McNeill was joined by Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Taylor, Drug Enforcement Agency; Nancy Howe of G.R.A.S.P. (Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing); Donna Jacobsen, parent leader of the Lehigh Valley Parent and Family Support Group; Devin Reaves, Young People in Recovery; Chelsea Ruane and Sarah McCann who are addicts in long-term recovery, and parents who have lost children to fatal heroin overdoses. Several concerned parents joined the discussion to find out how their children are becoming addicted and what options are available for treatment. McNeill said he hosted a second town hall meeting because his first event in February was so highly attended, and he wants to get as many people involved in discussions about this crisis as possible. “We need to keep this conversation going in order to educate everyone about the seriousness of this issue,” McNeill said. “I am hopeful that these events give parents the courage and tools they need to seek help for their children who may be addicted. If we can prevent one young life from being lost, it will be worth it.” McNeill cited a recently-released study by the Trust for Read more

 

McNeill to host second town hall meeting on heroin and opioid addiction epidemic

(Mar 21, 2016)

WHITEHALL, March 21 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, will host a second town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is plaguing the Lehigh Valley. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at American Club Pavilion, 300 Cherry St., Coplay . McNeill said he is hosting a second town hall meeting because his first event was so highly attended, and he wants to get as many people involved in discussions about this crisis as possible. “We need to keep this conversation going in order to educate everyone about the seriousness of this issue, McNeill said. “If we can prevent one young life from being lost, it will be worth it.” Some of the scheduled speakers include: Detective Sgt. Jeffrey Taylor, Drug Enforcement Agency; Nancy Howe of G.R.A.S.P. (Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing); Donna Jacobsen, parent leader of the Lehigh Valley Parent and Family Support Group; Devin Reaves, Young People in Recovery; and Chelsea Ruane and Sarah McCann, recovering addicts. Several parents who have lost a child to an overdose have also asked to speak. Parents and students are invited to ask questions and be part of the discussion. The meeting will continue the conversation about why children get involved with drugs, how drug use can be prevented through education, and what the a community can do to fight back against such destructive behavior with often-tragic results. ### Read more

 

McNeill hosts town hall on heroin and opioid addiction

(Mar 20, 2016)

WHITEHALL, Feb. 24 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, today hosted government officials, medical experts and concerned citizens from across the Lehigh Valley at a town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing the area. McNeill was joined by Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin; Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hannah; Lehigh County Administrator for Drug and Alcohol Layne Turner; Lehigh County Chief Deputy Coroner Andrew Kehm; Toxicologist in Emergency Medicine for Lehigh Valley Health Network Dr. Matthew Cook; Devin Reaves from Young People in Recovery; Mary Ellen Jackson from HOPE (Heroin and Opioid Prevention Education); Denise Continenza from Communities That Care/Penn State Extension; Denise Jacobsen, a parent leader of the Lehigh Valley Parent and Family Support Group; and Nicholas Labar, a recovering addict and advocate for clean and sober living. “Families across the Lehigh Valley are facing a battle every day to save the lives of their loved ones who are addicted to heroin or other opioids,” McNeill said. “I hope this meeting starts what will be the first of many steps toward ridding our neighborhoods of heroin, and I look forward to working with all concerned parties to begin solving these problems.” McNeill said he was moved to take action on this issue after seeing how widespread this epidemic has become. According to data from the Pennsylvania Coroners Association, over the past five years, heroin and opioid Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

McNeill to host town hall meeting on heroin and opioid addiction epidemic

(Feb 10, 2016)

WHITEHALL, Feb. 10 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, will host a town hall meeting on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic that is plaguing the Lehigh Valley. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall in the Large Group Instruction Room. Joining McNeill will be Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hannah and medical professionals from Lehigh Valley Health Network. Parents and students are invited to ask questions and be part of the discussion. The meeting will focus on how and why children get involved with drug use, how to identify children who are abusing the drugs, and what the community can do to fight back and prevent the use and abuse of such addictive narcotics. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

McNeill leads rally to call for responsible budget

(Sep 01, 2015)

WHITEHALL, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, led officials from across the Lehigh Valley in calling for a responsible state budget during a rally Wednesday evening at the Westgate Mall in Bethlehem. McNeill was joined by Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Northampton County Councilman Scott Parsons. Also in attendance were teachers, labor members and leaders, and senior citizens who are concerned about the lack of progress in passing a responsible budget. “People across the state are being crushed by high property taxes and our children have been hurt by cuts in education funding,” McNeill said. “This rally is to show that people support the governor’s vision for our state, and we will fight for them. I organized this rally because I am really angry that our residents are suffering and we can’t accomplish what we are elected to do, which is pass a budget that helps all Pennsylvanians.” McNeill said he and his Democratic legislative colleagues are committed to passing a 2015-16 state budget that addresses the core issues facing Pennsylvania: fixing the structural budget deficit, helping a drastically underfunded school system, implementing a severance tax on natural gas drilling, and reducing rising property taxes for seniors and middle-class families. “After four years of budgets that shortchanged schools, increased property taxes and relied on gimmicks and one-time revenue Read more

 

McNeill: The People Want A Responsible Budget Now

(Aug 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Dan McNeill held a rally in Bethlehem to call for a responsible state budget. Joining McNeill were teachers, labor members and leaders and seniors who are concerned about the lack of progress in passing a responsible state budget. Read more

 

McNeill to lead lawmakers in call for responsible budget

(Aug 10, 2015)

WHITEHALL, Aug. 10 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, will lead state lawmakers and local officials from across the Lehigh Valley at a rally to call for a responsible state budget and to address a few key issues that must be part of any proposed budget. The event will be held 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Joining McNeill will be teachers, labor members and leaders and seniors who are concerned about the lack of progress in passing a responsible budget. McNeill and his Democratic legislative colleagues are committed to passing a 2015-16 state budget that addresses the core issues facing Pennsylvania: a structural budget deficit, a drastically underfunded school system, and rising property taxes for seniors and middle-class families. McNeill will also be collecting school supplies which will be handed out to students in need in his district. Media coverage is invited. ### Read more

 

McNeill votes against flawed Republican budget

(Jun 28, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, said he voted against the Republican state budget plan for 2015-16 because it does not provide sufficient funding for the state’s education system. “After $1 billion in funding cuts under the previous administration, school districts have cut all they can and desperately need additional funding,” McNeill said. "This Republican budget, crafted without any Democratic input, once again woefully underfunds public education, which ultimately means increased property taxes.” McNeill said that in March, Gov. Tom Wolf offered a budget proposal that imposed a reasonable severance tax on natural gas drillers to provide $500 million for education, and also included $3.8 billion in much-needed property tax relief. “Governor Wolf opened the dialogue for the new budget and provided good starting points to get Pennsylvania moving in a positive direction but Republicans chose to ignore his suggestions and craft their own budget,” McNeill said. “I urge the governor to veto this bill if it reaches his desk so we can begin work on a real budget that includes money for our schools and helps Pennsylvania’s economy to get moving again.” ### Read more

 

McNeill honors Saquon Barkley in State House

(May 12, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 12 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, yesterday honored Whitehall High School football star Saquon Barkley on the floor of the state House of Representatives. McNeill presented Barkley with a citation for his outstanding athletic achievements on the gridiron for Whitehall. “It was my privilege to honor Saquon Barkley for his continuing commitment to excellence,” McNeill said. “He has truly become an invaluable member of his school, his community and this commonwealth.” Barkley won the 2014 Mr. Pennsylvania Football award, the 2015 Sammy Balliet Memorial Best of the Best award, and was recently inducted into the Lehigh Valley Sports Hall of Fame. He received a full scholarship and will continue his football career at Penn State. Attention editor: A high resolution photo of Rep. McNeill, Gov. Tom Wolf and Saquon Barkley is available by clicking here . ### Read more

 

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(Apr 14, 2015)

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McNeill, Boscola to host April 17 senior fair in Bethlehem

(Apr 09, 2015)

BETHLEHEM, April 9 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, and state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh/Northampton, will host a senior fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 17 at the Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem. Over 80 state and local organizations will be available to share information on programs and services benefiting older Pennsylvanians in the Lehigh Valley. McNeill and Boscola said the fair will also include free health screenings, refreshments and door prizes. "This event will provide a one-stop shop for seniors who want to learn more about what programs and services from the state and in our area are available to them," McNeill said. "There is plenty of free parking and the mall is accessible via the LANTA bus 105 route. I encourage all seniors to attend." Residents can get more information about the senior fair by calling McNeill’s Whitehall office at (610) 266-1273 . ### Read more

 

McNeill responds to Wolf’s inaugural budget address

(Mar 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – State Rep. Daniel McNeill, D-Lehigh, released the following statement today following Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal: “Governor Wolf opened the dialogue for the new budget and provided good starting points to hopefully get Pennsylvania moving in a positive direction and generate discussions that will reinvigorate opportunities for the middle class and our economic climate. “I am supportive of efforts to provide proposed property tax relief that will benefit seniors and hardworking families, and allow more families to consider purchasing homes. “Reinvesting in education and improving funding to Pennsylvania schools will help better prepare our children for the jobs of the future. I am excited to see investment at all levels of the state’s education system. “I am also very supportive of his efforts to increase the state’s minimum wage to provide a livable wage for Pennsylvania’s hardworking low wage earners. “I look forward to being a part of the ongoing discussion as we create a budget that will strengthen our state.” ### Read more