Mullins announces $2.1M in state grants

(Nov 13, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, announced $2.1 million in state grants to fund improvement projects in several communities throughout the 112 th Legislative District. “From pedestrian safety to land redevelopment and conservation, these projects will have a tangible impact on our residents and the local economy,” Mullins said. “I’m grateful to Senator John Blake and borough officials for their partnership in advocating for these projects that will benefit our common constituency.” Dunmore Borough, and Elmhurst and Roaring Brook townships will receive $1.5 million for development of the North Pocono Trail. Work will include construction of 4 miles of trail between East Drinker Street in Dunmore to the Elmhurst Reservoir. Elements of the project include a pedestrian bridge and trailhead, along with fencing, gates, ADA access, signage and other related improvements. Of note, the trail is a former rail line purchased by Lackawanna County in the 1980s, which has remained undeveloped. A bridge associated with the trail will enable the state Transportation Department to refurbish an Interstate 84 bridge above, creating an opportunity for the county to leverage the construction to build the trail. Blakely Borough is receiving $350,000 to install new sidewalks, curbing and 30 ADA-accessible ramps from Keystone Avenue and extending along Main Street to Academy Street. This is the Read more

 

Mullins announces House passage of bills supporting emergency responders

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, announced the state House of Representatives approved a package of bills, which he co-sponsored, that would help both volunteer and paid emergency companies attract and retain more members. “These companies, which keep us, our homes and communities safe, have been facing a serious decline in membership,” Mullins said. “My colleagues and I are working hard to solve this crisis, while supporting these dedicated and hardworking people who put their life on the line when they answer a call.” The bills, which would expand support for emergency provider companies and reward first responders for their service, include: Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program ( H.B. 1834 ) – would expand the eligible uses of grants through the program to include recruitment and retention initiatives. Property Tax Relief for Volunteers ( H.B. 1839 , H.B. 1705 ) – would allow property tax credits of up to 100% for active members of volunteer fire companies and non-profit ambulance companies whose names are on their primary residence’s property tax bills – up to full property tax relief, depending on local ordinances and school districts. Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Forgiveness for Volunteers ( H.B. 1773 , H.B. 1786 ) – would create programs for tuition assistance and Read more

 

Mullins announces $25,000 school safety grant awarded to Lackawanna County school district

(Oct 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – The Valley View School District will receive a $25,000 school safety grant, state Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, announced today. Mullins said the funding will enable the district to purchase safety and security-related equipment to help reduce and prevent violent incidents. This grant follows similar school safety funding awarded earlier this year to Dunmore, Mid Valley, and Valley View school districts, all located within Mullins' House district. “Protecting our schoolchildren is one of the most important and essential investments we can make,” Mullins said. “This funding will help to ensure our schools are not only safe and secure learning environments for students, but for our hardworking teachers and faculty, as well.” The funding – awarded in the form of a 2019-20 School Equipment grant – is made available through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Safe Schools Targeted Grants. It is part of the $7.3 million in School Safety Grants being awarded to both public and non-public school districts throughout the commonwealth. Read more

 

Mullins invites constituents to open house Oct. 27

(Oct 17, 2019)

OLYPHANT, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, will host a Halloween open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 at his district office, 520 Burke Bypass, Olyphant. “I am proud to represent the hardworking people of the 112 th District,” Mullins said. “This open house event will be a great opportunity for my constituents to gain a firsthand understanding of what my office can do for them, while enjoying some Halloween family fun.” Mullins said residents of the district can learn about various state programs and services that may be available to them including Property Tax/Rent Rebates, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, Low Income Heating Assistance Program grants and much more. The 112 th District includes portions of Scranton as well as Archbald, Blakely, Dunmore, Jessup, Olyphant and Throop. The Halloween open house will also feature fun activities and treats for the whole family. For more information about the open house, call Mullins’ district office at 570-383-9795. Read more

 

Mullins to host Senior Fair Oct. 18

(Sep 30, 2019)

THROOP, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, will host a free Senior Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at Throop Community Center, 500 Sanderson St. More than 35 representatives from various agencies and organizations such as AARP, PennDOT, the Attorney General’s Office, United Way and many more will be on-hand to speak with attendees. These representatives will also provide valuable information about health care, prescription drugs, identity theft and scams, and REAL ID, as well as volunteer opportunities. “As the representative for Pennsylvania's 112th state House district, it's my honor to stand behind the hardworking men and women who have served and supported our communities so generously throughout their lives. "We are proud to announce our Senior Fair event this year because we know how important it is to strengthen and broaden benefits and services for seniors in Pennsylvania. But we also know that it's just as important for seniors and their caretakers to be aware of – and have access to – all of the outstanding benefits and programs that are in place specifically for them.” Mullins and his staff will also be available to answer questions and provide information on a wide array of government-related initiatives and programs. In addition to the government and exhibitor information, the Senior Fair will feature Read more

 

Mullins announces local grants totaling $2 million

(Aug 01, 2019)

The United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Wright Center for Community Health will benefit from grant awards totaling $2 million, according to state Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna. Read more

 

Mullins: Fund our Schools Equally

(Jul 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Kyle Mullins participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing regarding fair education funding in Scranton. Mullins says we must correct funding inequities and give all our students an equal chance to succeed in their education. Read more

 

Mullins announces $400,000 grant for NEIU

(Jun 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 12 – The Northeastern Intermediate Unit was recently awarded a $399,099 grant for use in the Scranton School District, according to state Rep. Kyle Mullins. Read more

 

Mullins, Blake announce $100,000 grant for Lackawanna College

(Jun 06, 2019)

SCRANTON, June 6 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins and state Sen. John Blake today announced a $100,000 grant to repair the historical roof at Angeli Hall on the campus of Lackawanna College. Read more

 

Representative Kyle J. Mullins visits ASEC

(Jun 03, 2019)

On Friday, May 24, 2019, African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) staff were delighted by a visit from Hon. Kyle J Mullins, the representative from 112th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

Mullins announces school safety grants for local school districts

(May 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 3 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, today announced state grants totaling more than $260,000 are headed to three school districts in the area of Lackawanna County he represents. Read more

 

Rep. Mullins opens new district office in Olyphant

(Apr 02, 2019)

OLYPHANT, April 2 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, today announced that he has relocated his district office to a new location in Olyphant. Mullins’ new office, located at 520 Burke Bypass, Suite 1, in Olyphant, will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The new office will replace his former office space, which was located at the Dunmore Community Center. “It was important to me to identify a central, convenient location for our new district office to ensure we are accessible to all residents of the 112th District,” Mullins said. “My staff and I look forward to continuing to serve our constituents and to help them navigate the many state programs and services available. From this new location, we are able to expand that reach." Mullins also plans to host outreach hours at community centers and municipal buildings throughout the district each month to ensure constituents can meet with his staff and receive the assistance they need. These dates and locations will be posted on his Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/RepKyleMullins ) and Twitter (@RepKyleMullins ) as they become available. In addition to his Olyphant office, Mullins also has an office in Harrisburg, located at 116B East Wing of the state Capitol Building. For more information on Mullins and the services provided at his district office, visit www.pahouse.com/Mullins or call 570-383-9795. Read more

 

Mullins: We Must Keep College Affordable

(Mar 28, 2019)

As a graduate of West Chester University, Pa. state Rep. Kyle Mullins understands the value of a State System degree, but also knows firsthand how student loan debts can burden students as they enter the workforce. Mullins says as we work through the budget process it will be his mission to keep college affordable so our students can have the best chance for success after they graduate. Read more

 

Mullins joins bipartisan effort to raise minimum educator salary

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, today joined state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, and state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne, to support a bicameral and bipartisan effort to raise the minimum educator salary in Pennsylvania, as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his annual budget address. “We face an alarming teacher shortage in Pennsylvania, and low wages are a major contributing factor,” Mullins said. “If we don’t attract and retain quality educators, we are jeopardizing critical and foundational experiences for our schoolchildren. We can’t risk that, and we can’t wait any longer to take action. The state must take action.” The current minimum salary for educators is $18,500 and was set more than 30 years ago in 1988. The proposal would increase the minimum starting salary to $45,000 and would benefit 3,100 educators in 216 school districts, intermediate units and career and technical centers across the commonwealth. “This is our chance to show just how much we value our educators,” Mullins said. “I am proud to join lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to make sure teachers are doing better than living paycheck to paycheck.” Mullins said this initiative would be fully funded through the state budget and would not necessitate an increase in local property taxes. Wolf’s proposed state budget would provide an estimated $13.8 million in basic Read more

 

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more

 

2/27/19 – Transportation – Dunmore

(Mar 01, 2019)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Kyle Mullins. Read more

 

State, local transportation issues focus of Mullins’ Policy Committee hearing

(Feb 27, 2019)

DUNMORE, Feb. 27 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, today hosted his first House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on state and local transportation issues at the Dunmore Community Center. Mullins was joined by state legislators from across the state including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Improving our roads and public safety are paramount. Today’s discussion brought local and state officials together to discuss how working jointly to mend our roadways and bridges can give our economy a boost while making our community safer,” Mullins said. Sturla added: “I agree with Representative Mullins that this is a public safety and economic issue. As we work to find transportation dollars to fund these projects, it’s important that we find efficiencies in government. Money earmarked for transportation projects should be used for just that.” The committee heard testimony from Richard Roman, bureau director for Maintenance and Operations/interim District 4 executive, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; John Pocius, member of Coordinating Committee and Steve Pitoniak, chairman of Technical Committee, both from the Lackawanna/Luzerne Metropolitan Planning Organization; Bob Fiume, executive director, County of Lackawanna Transit System; Carl Beardsley, executive director, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport; Charlene Wagner Doyle, director of administration, Pennsylvania Northeast Read more

 

Mullins to host Policy Committee hearing Wednesday in Dunmore on transportation

(Feb 22, 2019)

DUNMORE, Feb. 22 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on state and local transportation issues. The public hearing roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Dunmore Community Center, 1414 Monroe Ave., Dunmore 18509. The media and public are invited to attend. Mullins will be joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and opening remarks 2:10 p.m. Richard Roman, Burea Director for Maintenance and Operations/interim District 4 Executive, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2:40 p.m. Panel from Lackawanna/Luzerne Metropolitan Planning Organization: John Pocius , member of Coordinating Committee Steve Pitoniak , chairman of Technical Committee 3:10 p.m. Panel from local transportation systems: Bob Fiume , executive director, County of Lackawanna Transit System Carl Beardsley , executive director, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Charlene Wagner Doyle , director of administration, Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority 3:50 p.m. Panel from local unions: Thomas Calpin , business agent, Ironworkers Local 404 Ronald Tomasetti , business manager, Heavy and Highway Construction Workers’ Local 158 Dave Horn , business development representative, Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Read more

 

State Rep. Kyle Mullins statement re: Scranton School District chief recovery officer appointment

(Feb 07, 2019)

"I have been following the recent developments in the Scranton School District with great interest and concern. The financial and managerial deficiencies that have come to light during the recent audits conducted by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale – along with ongoing criminal investigations – have been alarming, to say the least. These failures have forced school administrators to cut programs such as the Accelerated Reader, library, health and fitness, and instrumental music programs, to name a few. We should be expanding – not eliminating – educational programming to give our children the best possible education. I applaud the recent decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to put the Scranton School District in Financial Recovery Status. By doing this and appointing a c hief r ecovery o fficer, we will be taking a crucial first step toward correcting the many issues facing the Scranton School District. The Department of Education recently conducted interviews with several qualified candidates resulting in the appointment of Dr. Candis Finan as Chief Recovery Officer. Finan brings a tremendous amount of expertise as both an educator and an administrator, and I believe she will bring relevant experience and objectivity to the many challenges facing the Scranton School District," Mullins said. Read more