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Ciresi determined to find mass transit solution for commuters

(Feb 06, 2020)

State Rep. Joe Ciresi traveled via mass transit from his home in Montgomery County to Philadelphia Thursday morning to illustrate the tremendous amount of time and effort commuters experience every day heading to work. Read more

 

Southeast Delegation elects Malagari treasurer

(Feb 05, 2020)

The House Democratic Southeast Delegation today elected state Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, treasurer. Read more

 

Wolf highlights Sanchez gun safety bill in budget address

(Feb 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – Gov. Tom Wolf highlighted state Rep. Ben Sanchez’s bill requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms in his budget address today as part of his plan to reduce gun violence in the Commonwealth. Sanchez’s H.B. 1288 would require any owner or other person lawfully in possession of a firearm who suffers the loss or theft of a weapon to report it to law enforcement within 72 hours of the discovery. If a person fails to do so, he or she could be charged with a summary offense. “I’m pleased that Governor Wolf singled out my commonsense gun safety bill, which would require stronger reporting requirements for lost and stolen firearms and help keep guns off the streets,” said Sanchez, D-Montgomery. “The bill would deter gun trafficking by making firearm owners more accountable for their weapons and make our communities safer for all of us.” If H.B. 1288 becomes law, Pennsylvania would join a growing list of other states such as Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia that require the reporting of lost or stolen firearms. Sanchez’s bill previously was introduced by former state Rep. Madeline Dean, and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Read more

 

Wheatley: Governor’s proposed budget provides needed investments in early education, infrastructure, criminal justice

(Feb 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2020-21 budget unveiled Tuesday: “I commend the governor on recognizing this critical need to both support a raise in the minimum wage and the fact that we have to continue to provide the necessary resources to help struggling families with childcare, transportation, and other supports. Of note, I want to thank Tammy Thompson, executive director of Circles of Greater Pittsburgh, for being an advocate for the benefits cliff, supporting working families who still need some subsidy support. "I support Governor Wolf’s commitment to investing in our infrastructure, especially our schools. The $1 billion is needed immediately, but we can't forget that our overall investment in our roads, bridges, water, air and other infrastructure is severely lacking, and we have to address it or continue to lose opportunities and families. "Once again, the governor has shown he understands and has listened to the citizens of Pennsylvania by making real investments in our education system. His push to provide full-time, all-day kindergarten is a testament to that fact. His efforts to help reduce the financial burden on our young people by supporting their college debt and to invest another $405 million in our K-12 system are definitely steps in the right direction. "I join him in his call to Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland responds to Gov. Wolf’s state budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

“Governor Wolf addressed so many critical issues, and I am hopeful all of us in the legislature can find some common ground so we can better fund our schools, increase the minimum wage, improve our communities and keep all in our commonwealth safer. I look forward to continuing to work for the 159th and all Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

Ciresi applauds education cost-saving reforms in budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2020-21 budget unveiled today: “With a clear plan to reduce costs through comprehensive charter school reform, while increasing state funding for public education, this budget outlines a path for supporting our schools and providing property tax relief,” Ciresi said. “I am proud to be working with Governor Wolf as a partner in the push for education reform.” The budget includes an additional $403 million for public education statewide, achieved through increased basic and special education funding and cost savings through charter school reform. The charter school reform that Ciresi and Wolf have partnered on will achieve close to $300 million in savings statewide. These reforms include using the same special education funding formula used by school districts and setting a data-driven statewide tuition rate for cyber charter attendance. The local impact of this for the 146th District would be: District-wide net increase of $3.4 million, including over $2.6 million in charter school cost savings: Perkiomen Valley SD: $509,390 Pottsgrove SD: $703,768 Pottstown SD: $1.27 million Spring-Ford Area SD: $914,374 “The budget also offers a plan to redesign the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education,” Ciresi said. “It paves the way for better systemwide coordination and a Read more

 

Deasy issues statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: “Today, Governor Tom Wolf presented his annual budget address before the state House of Representatives, and I’m happy to announce that I’m encouraged by what I heard. “Governor Wolf’s Plan for PA was detailed in his state budget proposal, and it’s a plan that I support. I’m committed to continuing House Democrats’ fight to increase the state minimum wage, increase education funding, improve the safety of our schools, fight the ongoing opioid epidemic, improve our workforce and much more. “I was also encouraged to hear the governor’s desire to give our teachers the raise they not only need but deserve. We task our teachers in the commonwealth with molding the minds of our youth, so it’s only just that we ensure they, too, have what they need to get the job done, personally and professionally. “With that, I’m hopeful for a brighter future for the commonwealth. The building blocks laid forth today by the governor provide the foundation for a positive budget situation come June. I am eager to get to work in a bipartisan fashion with my colleagues, I am confident in our ability to get the job done, and I am optimistic that it can be done on time.” Read more

 

Malagari applauds investments in Wolf's budget

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Steve Malagari, D-Montgomery, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2020-21 budget unveiled today. Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation lauds Wolf’s 2020-21 state budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – The House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation today lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget proposal for including many of the priorities they identified as important to improving the quality of life for Philadelphians and for people across Pennsylvania, according to Delegation Chairman Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila. Wolf outlined his proposal before a joint session of the General Assembly this morning. Led by Dawkins, members of the Philadelphia Delegation met with the governor earlier in the year to stress their budget priorities, including state funding to rid Philadelphia schools of toxins and fix crumbling infrastructure; funding to reduce waiting lists and provide more support for seniors, people living in poverty and those with disabilities; raising the minimum wage to a living wage; creating good jobs with an education plan to provide the skills to fill them; and addressing poverty and gun violence as a public health crisis. “The Philadelphia Delegation is grateful for Governor Wolf’s vision for the state in this, his sixth budget plan,” Dawkins said. “His proposals are people-focused and seek to provide more opportunities for everyone, not just the privileged few. We will be a loud voice in making sure they are included this year.” Dawkins said the governor’s budget proposal includes $1.1 billion to ensure students, teachers and staff can learn and work in classrooms that aren’t Read more

 

Innamorato joins Wolf in calling for minimum wage increase as part of state budget

(Feb 04, 2020)

Legislator vows to work with Gov. for more special needs funding as well Read more

 

Davis applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget plan

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: “Governor Tom Wolf today laid out a plan of prosperity, hope, and for a brighter future for Pennsylvania, one which will directly benefit working-class families in the Mon Valley. “To say I’m encouraged by what I heard today in the House chamber is an understatement. I’m hopeful for a better 2020 for all Pennsylvanians, and I’m excited to assess the budget proposal in the coming weeks in the House Appropriations Committee. “Today’s budget proposal encompassed the core values and issues that are of extreme importance to Mon Valley residents, including workforce development, raising the minimum wage, universal Pre-K for every child, and a continued emphasis in bolstering and advancing the commonwealth’s educational entities. “But it also included a push to curb the issue of gun violence, which unfortunately is a deep-searing pain for far too many families in the commonwealth. I believe the governor’s plan to tackle this issue is promising and an initiative that can be accomplished with bipartisan support. “While we’ve yet to reach the finish line, today’s budget proposal offers a progressive, calculated plan that reflects the base of House Democrats’ Plan for PA initiative, which includes putting people first, good Read more

 

Frankel: Wolf budget provides way forward on difficult, critical issues

(Feb 04, 2020)

Calls on legislature to pick up challenge and act on Pa.’s best interests Read more

 

Ravenstahl joins Gov. Wolf in calling for minimum wage increase

(Feb 04, 2020)

Allegheny Co. representative praises proposed continued investments in education Read more

 

Gainey applauds Gov Wolf’s commitment to education

(Feb 04, 2020)

Budget renews commitment to raising the minimum wage, criminal justice reform Read more

 

Conklin: Budget is very good news for all Pennsylvanians, including its youngest residents

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2020-21 budget unveiled today: “This budget is really good news for all Pennsylvanians. We have the opportunity to invest in our youngest children, especially through an expansion of full-day kindergarten, providing a wonderful opportunity for them to engage and learn at a critical time of their development. In addition, the governor’s proposed budget will make it easier for our older students to receive a college education, without having to go into significant amounts of debt. “With this budget, we also have an opportunity to provide a true livable wage, especially for single parents who have to work more than one job just to make ends meet. “I’m very pleased this realistic budget includes no new taxes and will truly do more to help all of our commonwealth’s residents. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the months ahead as we begin the budget hearings to discuss the proposals unveiled today in more detail.” Read more

 

Rep. Kirkland fights for improved recognition of childhood emotional abuse

(Feb 04, 2020)

House Resolution 119 acknowledges the warning signs, scope and lasting effects of childhood emotional abuse, Kirkland said, and encourages passing a bill to raise awareness, make detection easier, and provide proactive mental health services for victims and abusers. Read more

 

Lee: As governor proposes progressive budget, silence from conservatives

(Feb 04, 2020)

Braddock representative calls for action on critical issues, despite apparent conservative indifference Read more

 

Bizzarro lauds education, workforce development and environmental investments in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020 budget address

(Feb 04, 2020)

Following Governor Tom Wolf’s budget address, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said he’s looking forward to continuing to work for Pennsylvania and released the following statement Read more

 

Harkins: Budget proposals hold promise for state’s future

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Pat Harkins, D-Erie, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s address this morning on his proposed 2020-21 budget plan: “The budget plan the governor unveiled today is a work in progress, but I’m encouraged that it allocates resources to areas I feel are especially important to Pennsylvania’s future. “One of those areas is full-time kindergarten, a proposal I have been advocating for years. Studies show kindergartners who have access to a full-day program do better, both in terms of test scores and future long-term achievement, because they benefit from the extra time to develop literacy skills, social skills, confidence and more. I agree with the governor’s proposal to mandate free, full-time kindergarten, and I believe it's time for Pennsylvania to join other states that already do so. “On a related note, I support the governor’s proposal to address the problem of lead, asbestos and other hazards in our schools. Our community has been dealing with the problems of older buildings and the expenses associated with eliminating possible health hazards, and an investment of state resources will help ease the cost burdens and speed the process of ensuring our students have a safe environment. “Addressing the burden of loan debt for students graduating from our state-owned university system is another proposal I strongly Read more

 

Merski supports proposed budget’s investments in education, career training, healthy schools

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, released the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget address: “How we spend our state resources determines the direction our state takes. When we invest in our people – from our students to our seniors – we all move forward. After hearing the governor’s proposed budget plan for the year ahead, I’m encouraged that it’s a plan that can move us in the right direction – without adding any new tax burden to residents. “I’m especially encouraged by the plan’s focus on education, including an additional $30 million to fund high-quality pre-K. As a teacher for many years, I know that a quality education is the starting point that lays the groundwork for all successes that flow later. When kids are given the right start, they achieve and succeed – and our entire state grows and prospers based on those successes. “Equally important to classroom learning is a healthy school environment. I strongly support the governor’s proposed funding to address lead and asbestos hazards in our schools; the health of our students is paramount, and they can’t learn and thrive in a toxic environment. “I’m encouraged that in addition to strong educational funding, the budget plan proposes strong continued investments in workforce development. Career and technical training Read more

 

Ciresi determined to find mass transit solution for commuters
Feb 06, 2020

Southeast Delegation elects Malagari treasurer
Feb 05, 2020

Wolf highlights Sanchez gun safety bill in budget address
Feb 05, 2020

Wheatley: Governor’s proposed budget provides needed investments in early education, infrastructure, criminal justice
Feb 05, 2020

Rep. Kirkland responds to Gov. Wolf’s state budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020

Ciresi applauds education cost-saving reforms in budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020

Deasy issues statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address
Feb 04, 2020

Malagari applauds investments in Wolf's budget
Feb 04, 2020

Philadelphia Delegation lauds Wolf’s 2020-21 state budget proposal
Feb 04, 2020

Innamorato joins Wolf in calling for minimum wage increase as part of state budget
Feb 04, 2020

Davis applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget plan
Feb 04, 2020

Frankel: Wolf budget provides way forward on difficult, critical issues
Feb 04, 2020

Ravenstahl joins Gov. Wolf in calling for minimum wage increase
Feb 04, 2020

Gainey applauds Gov Wolf’s commitment to education
Feb 04, 2020

Conklin: Budget is very good news for all Pennsylvanians, including its youngest residents
Feb 04, 2020

Rep. Kirkland fights for improved recognition of childhood emotional abuse
Feb 04, 2020

Lee: As governor proposes progressive budget, silence from conservatives
Feb 04, 2020

Bizzarro lauds education, workforce development and environmental investments in Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020 budget address
Feb 04, 2020

Harkins: Budget proposals hold promise for state’s future
Feb 04, 2020

Merski supports proposed budget’s investments in education, career training, healthy schools
Feb 04, 2020