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Mullery announces constituent outreach dates in July

(Jul 06, 2016)

NANTICOKE, July 6 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced he will offer constituent outreach in July at various locations throughout the 119th Legislative District. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. to noon July 19, Nanticoke Active Adult Senior Center, 145 E. Green St., Nanticoke. 10 a.m. to noon July 20, White Haven Borough Building, 312 Main St., White Haven. 10 a.m. to noon July 21, Plymouth Active Adult Center, 160 E. Main St., Plymouth. 10 a.m. to noon July 26, Mountain Top Active Adult Center, 460 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. Residents can receive help on a variety of state matters, including the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the PACE/PACENET prescription drug program for seniors, unemployment compensation, hunting and fishing licenses, the Children's Health Insurance Program, consumer protection, and many more. Mullery said constituents may visit his district office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 156 S. Market St., Nanticoke. The number is 570-740-7031. Residents can also stop by his Freeland office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 532 Centre St. The number is 570-636-3500. Read more

 

Mullery: Nearly $3.5 million in state funding awarded to local projects

(Jul 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today announced that several projects in his legislative district were approved for nearly $3.5 million in grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. "Today’s investments approved by the CFA will prove to be beneficial to Luzerne County," Mullery said. "The scope of the projects is vast, but they help to enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors." The grants approved in Mullery's district are: • $40,073 for improvements to the Newport Township Community Park walking trail; • $75,000 for improvements at Plymouth's John Mergo Community Park; • $1 million for the extension of Hazle Township boulevard; • $673,000 for the acquisition and demolition of properties in Nanticoke City's downtown corridor; • $85,000 for upgrades of the Askam Borehole Mine Drainage Treatment System; • $505,000 for the Lower South Valley COG to purchase road restoration and construction equipment; • $241,351 to excavate and resurface borough streets in Plymouth; • $500,000 to construct a new municipal complex in Freeland; • $200,000 to excavate and resurface township roads in Rice Township; • $184,000 to complete renovations of the White Haven municipal building; • $250,000 to construct a pole barn in Newport Township to store township and COG equipment; and • $35,000 for improvements at Read more

 

Mullery votes for budget bill that boosts education funding

(Jul 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today supported passage of a state budget plan that increases education funding and expands efforts to fight our commonwealth’s growing opioid addiction crisis. "This plan isn’t perfect, but it provides much needed education funding, something our school districts have been anticipating for years," Mullery said. "The budget is on-time and doesn’t increase broad-based taxes." Senate Bill 1073 includes a $250 million increase for pre-K through 12 education funding, including $200 million for K-12, $30 million for pre-K and Head Start, and a $20 million increase for special education. According to information provided by the House Appropriations Committee Democratic staff, Mullery said school districts in his 119th Legislative District are slated to receive substantial increases. Mullery said the bill also provides funding for three additional Pennsylvania State Police cadet classes; transfers millions from the Oil and Gas Fund to the General Fund to give money to conservation programs and dedicates $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services. "This funding would help my district put more patrols in municipalities that don’t have local police," Mullery said. "The $15 million allocated to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic is crucial for so many families Read more

 

Mullery Helps Protect Prison Guards

(Jun 21, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery comments on the importance of a bill that would help protect our state corrections officers by allowing them to carry pepper spray while on duty. Read more

 

Mullery votes for careful pension changes for future public employees

(Jun 15, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, voted in favor of a pension reform bill that maintains benefits for current public employees and retirees while changing the pension structure for most future state and school employees. “Pennsylvanians have been demanding the General Assembly address the state’s public pension challenges and I feel this bill is a step forward,” Mullery said. “This bill will save nearly $6 billion in future pension costs. “I believe this bipartisan compromise is a vast improvement on the approach of previous years. While this action is not linked to the budget, it moves us closer to being able to focus on crafting a balanced state budget that invests properly in education and begins to fix our deficit.” The bill (S.B. 1071), which was amended in the House, would shift some financial risk away from taxpayers and reduce future pension costs while protecting retirement security for current employees and those who are already retired. Read more

 

Mullery Honors Plymouth Borough

(Jun 14, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Gerald Mullery commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Borough of Plymouth in Luzerne County. Read more

 

Mullery welcomes action to improve wine purchases, consumer convenience

(Jun 08, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for signing into law a bill (H.B. 1690) that will modernize and expand retail sales of wine in Pennsylvania and makes other steps to increase consumer convenience. Mullery, who voted for the bill, said the legislation will allow wine to be sold in many more locations, including grocery stores that already sell beer; give more flexibility to the Liquor Control Board to set prices and store hours across the state; and permit direct shipment of wine by licensed producers to consumers at their homes. “Consumers are finally getting what they have been requesting for years and that is greater convenience to purchase wine and spirits,” Mullery said. “While the legislation isn’t perfect, I am thankful that we were able to come up with a bipartisan compromise to move Pennsylvania forward.” Mullery said the legislation, which is expected to generate up to $150 million a year in new revenue for the commonwealth, will also protect nearly 5,000 family sustaining jobs. “By providing more convenience to consumers, the LCB has the power to set longer hours for Sunday sales, open stores on holidays and offer customer loyalty programs,” Mullery said. “The increase in sales in the Fine Wine and Spirits Stores alone will boost revenue and could potentially provide more jobs in the commonwealth. “I applaud the governor’s quick Read more

 

Mullery announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline extension

(Jun 06, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today said that the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older qualify for the benefits under the program. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income and any COLAs are excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates can boost the amount up to $975. "Rebates for this program still will be distributed beginning on July 1," Mullery said. "My staff can help residents find out if they are eligible and assist with filling out the necessary paperwork. “I urge residents to get their applications in as soon as possible so they can receive their rebates quickly.” Mullery said constituents can get help by visiting his office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at 156 S. Market St., Nanticoke or call 570-740-7031. Residents can also stop by his Freeland office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at 532 Centre St. The number is 570-636-3500. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s Read more

 

Mullery introduces legislation to reduce penalty for forgotten hunting

(May 26, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, today introduced legislation to significantly lessen the penalty for hunters who forget their license when they go into the woods. House Bill 2110 would reduce to $50 the penalty for people who have a hunting license but simply forget to bring it with them. Currently, the code treats hunting without buying a license and hunting but forgetting to bring a license as the same, with a fine of no less than $250 and no more than $500. “While it is important for a hunter to have their license on them while in the woods, sometimes human nature gets the best of them and they just forget and leave it either at home or in their vehicle,” Mullery said. “My legislation would make the punishment less harsh for forgetfulness, which occasionally happens to people.” Read more

 

Mullery announces constituent outreach dates in June

(May 24, 2016)

NANTICOKE, May 24 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced he will offer constituent outreach in June at various locations throughout the 119th Legislative District. "This is a great opportunity for my constituents to ask questions and get the assistance they may need on state services," Mullery said. "I look forward to meeting with residents in these communities and helping them with any issue they may have." Residents can receive help on a variety of state matters, including the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, the PACE/PACENET prescription drug program for seniors, unemployment compensation, hunting and fishing licenses, the Children's Health Insurance Program, consumer protection, and many more. The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m. to noon June 1 and 15, White Haven Borough Building, 312 Main St., White Haven. 10 a.m. to noon June 2, Plymouth Active Adult Center, Dan Flood Towers, 160 E. Main St., Plymouth. 10 a.m. to noon June 9, Mountain Top Active Adult Center, Wright Manor Apts., 460 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. 10 a.m. to noon June 14 and 28, Rose Tucker Active Adult Center, 145 E. Green St., Nanticoke. Mullery said constituents may visit his district office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 156 S. Market St., Nanticoke. The number is 570-740-7031. Residents can also stop by his Freeland office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 Read more

 

Mullery applauds Plymouth Township leaving Act 47 status

(May 03, 2016)

NANTICOKE, May 3 – After more than a decade of being designated as a distressed municipality, state Rep. Gerald Mullery today praised Plymouth Township for getting out of its Act 47 status. "It’s been a long journey for township officials to get to this point," said Mullery, D-Newport Township. "I applaud everyone for coming together to shed the label of being a distressed municipality." In 2004, the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Governor’s Center for Local Government Services declared Plymouth Township as financially distressed. Officials say it was due to years of uncontrolled spending and poor management. "Unfortunately, the situation spiraled out of hand and landed Plymouth Township into Act 47," Mullery said. "The hard work and dedication of the township supervisors have put their financial house in order and onto the right path of preventing this from happening again." Mullery added that the DCED’s Governor’s Center will continue to help Plymouth Township move forward with such things as grants. Read more

 

Mullery introduces legislation aimed at helping to reform Harrisburg

(May 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, introduced legislation that would help fix a broken Harrisburg by eliminating one of the perks given to elected officials and make members of the General Assembly more accountable. House Bill 2027 would require all legislators to contribute more towards the costs of their health insurance coverage. Under his legislation, each member of the General Assembly would be required to pay 10 percent of the annual premium for their health care starting January 1, 2017. Currently, members contribute 1 percent of their annual salary toward their health care coverage. "The time is long overdue for lawmakers in this commonwealth to pay a fair share of their own health care cost," Mullery said. "The savings gained could be used to invest in vital Pennsylvania programs." Mullery also introduced H.B. 2024, which would eliminate the automatic cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for members of the General Assembly, judges, and various elected and appointed positions of the executive branch, including the governor and lieutenant governor. Mullery said state legislators already make a base salary that is one of the highest in the nation. "Eliminating automatic pay raises is an important step in helping restore the public's trust in their elected leaders," Mullery said. Read more

 

Mullery announces multiple fire and EMS grants in 119th Legislative District

(Apr 21, 2016)

NANTICOKE, April 21 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced 36 fire and ambulance companies in his legislative district will receive more than $421,000 in state grants. “The volunteers who put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of their community must have all of the necessary equipment and training they can get,” Mullery said. “These grants will help them continue to provide these invaluable services to our community.” Mullery said the grants are made possible by the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, which is funded by gaming revenue. With the grant program set to expire on June 30, Mullery recently voted for H.B. 1877, which would extend the program for four years. The bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate. The organization in the 119 th Legislative District receiving grants are: A. K. Mowery Hose Co. No. 3, $11,511; Askam Fire Co. No. 6, $12,651; Dennison Township Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1, $11,739; Freeland Fire Department, $13,790; Freeland Northside Ambulance Association, $2,306; Glen Lyon - Alden Volunteer Hose Co. $23,239; Goodwill Hose Co. No. 1, $11,739; Goodwill Hose Co. No. 2 Plymouth, $12,651; Hanover Fire Co. No. 4 NFD, $12,651; Hanover Township Community Ambulance Association Inc., $7,202; Hanover Township Fire Department, $13,790; Hazle Township Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., $13,790; Honey Pot Volunteer Active Read more

 

Mullery to host shredding event April 9 at Greater Nanticoke Area High School

(Mar 28, 2016)

NANTICOKE, March 28– State Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Newport Township, announced he will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 9 in the parking lot of Greater Nanticoke Area High School off of Kosciuszko Street. "This is an opportunity for people to destroy unwanted documents that contain personal information and could be used by identity thieves,” Mullery said. "We had excellent turnout at the previous shredding events I hosted, and I'm pleased that my staff and I can again provide this public service." Unwanted items that should be shredded include credit card statements, credit card applications, bank statements, canceled checks, income tax information, insurance records and retirement or pension fund information. Residents are asked not to bring plastics, such as page protectors, binders and checkbook covers, and metals, such as large spring clips, wire from wire-bound notebooks and file folders with metal prongs in material to be recycled. Cassettes, binders, plastics, magazines, newspapers and books also will not be accepted. This event is only for residential documents. Business documents will not be accepted. Documents will be shredded on site. For more information, residents may call Mullery's Nanticoke office at 570-740-7031. Read more

 

Mullery votes to end nine-month state budget impasse

(Mar 16, 2016)

‘Luzerne County school districts need funding to properly finish school year’ HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery today voted in favor of a GOP spending plan to wrap up the long-overdue 2015-16 state budget. Mullery said the spending plan increases spending by 3 percent overall, and provides an additional $200 million more to public schools. Citing looming threats from school officials in his district who say they may have to close schools before the end of the year, Mullery said students can no longer be the victims of political gridlock in Harrisburg. "Today, I set aside party politics and voted for a budget. Although not perfect, this budget is a compromise that will increase funding to our schools and does not raise taxes," Mullery said. "Hopefully, this budget will bring an end to the nine-month struggle our schools and community organizations have endured. "It is time to begin the work on next year’s budget and make certain we do not make the same mistakes." Read more

 

Mullery introduces legislation to prohibit drones from interfering with outdoor sportsmen activities

(Mar 14, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 14 – State Rep. Gerald Mullery today introduced legislation that would prohibit individuals and organizations from using drones to interfere with lawful hunting, fishing, and boating activities. House Bill 1896 would make operating a drone a punishable offense when it intrudes on a person who is partaking in outdoor sportsmen activities. It also would make it a punishable offense to use a drone that interferes with someone engaging in the lawful taking of wildlife or other permitted activities. Mullery said while some drone operators claim they are operating them to spot illegal activities, many times, they are disrupting a law-abiding citizen’s leisure time, whether they are hunting, fishing, or boating. "The reality is that operating drones in this matter is becoming an overwhelming nuisance," said Mullery, D-Newport Township. "Many of these folks enjoying the great outdoors of Pennsylvania are doing so legally and they shouldn’t be disturbed by someone using a drone who thinks there may be illegal activity going on." Mullery added several states have already enacted laws making it an offense to use a drone to interfere with hunting and fishing activities. 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

 

Rep. Mullery Winter 2016 Newsletter

(Feb 12, 2016)

Read Rep. Mullery's Winter 2016 Newsletter. 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