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

 

Mullins lauds budget for focus on workforce development, education

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins offered the following observations about the 2019-20 budget proposal presented today by Gov. Tom Wolf. Read more

 

Mullins appointed to three key House committees

(Jan 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna, today announced he was appointed to serve on three House committees for the 2019-20 legislative session: Transportation, Game and Fisheries and Professional Licensure. “I am excited to serve on these critical committees as a first-term state representative,” Mullins said. “My appointment to these committees will allow me to serve as a voice for Lackawanna County residents in the important policy areas they will consider.” Mullins said committees are the starting block for all legislative proposals, allowing members to fine-tune those bills before moving them to consideration by the full House. “I look forward to working with members of both parties to make sure commonsense and well-vetted bills are advanced for a vote,” he said. “My assignments will allow me to work on important issues, such as roadway improvements and rail service; navigating the licensing process for a host of occupations; and representing the outdoor community.” Mullins represents the 112 th Legislative District. He encourages residents to visit his website ( www.pahouse.com/Mullins ) for information on services that his office can provide. His office is located at 1414 Monroe Ave. in Dunmore and can be reached at 570-342-2710 . Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free! Read more

 

Mullins sworn in to first term as Pa. legislator

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – Standing in a crowded House chamber with his wife, Lauren, and son, Conor, by his side, Kyle J. Mullins today took the oath of office to lead Pennsylvania’s 112th Legislative District. Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 28, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more

 

Mullins, Blake to host ACA enrollment event in Throop

(Dec 01, 2018)

SCRANTON, Dec. 1 -- Rep.-elect Kyle Mullins and Sen. John Blake will co-host an Affordable Care Act enrollement event Tuesday at the Throop Civic Center. Enrollment experts from the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance will be available to answer any questions and guide users through the process of enrolling in the individual insurance marketplace or Medicare. The consultations are free of charge and no appointments are necessary. The ACA enrollment event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Throop Civic Center, 500 Sanderson St. Anyone interested in pursuing enrollment must bring documentation to verify their annual income (W-2 or pay stub) and a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification. The event is part of a joint effort by Pennsylvania Senate and House Democrats to provide ACA enrollment opportunities for Pennsylvania residents during the open enrollment period, which runs through Dec. 15. Read more

 

Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more