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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

 

Matzie calls budget ‘starting point,’ supports focus on education, healthy schools, workforce development

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, released the following statement regarding Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2020-21 budget address today. “The governor’s budget proposal is just the starting point. At first glance, there are several areas that I can fully support. More money for schools, a focus on cleaning up lead and asbestos, protecting drinking water and creating more opportunities for workers are priorities that I share and would benefit western Pennsylvania greatly. “Most importantly, it holds the line on taxes. “As always, I’ll work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and ultimately support what best serves Beaver County and the residents of my district.” Read more

 

Longietti supports proposed budget investments in education, workforce, vulnerable populations

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 - State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, released the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget address: “I’m encouraged by aspects of the budget plan Governor Tom Wolf unveiled today. “First, I am pleased that the proposal does not include any tax increases. “I’m also encouraged that the proposed budget includes increases in education for our children: a $100 million increase for K-12; a $25 million increase for special education; a $25 million increase for Pre-K Counts; and a $5 million increase for Head Start Supplemental. “The proposed budget would also commit resources to make higher education more affordable, with a $60 million increase in state grant funding through PHEAA to help students pay for college and post-secondary vocational education. “I am intrigued by the proposed $12 million competitive state grant program to address barriers to work such as transportation obstacles and childcare accessibility, and it is my hope that we will see a grant application from Mercer County. “I am encouraged by proposals to invest in innovation and entrepreneurship. One such proposal would invest $2.35 million in Invent Penn State, which previously helped the Mercer County-based nonprofit The Guardian Nest address the needs of veterans. Another proposal would invest an additional $5 million in Ben Read more

 

House Democrats embrace Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – House Democratic leaders praised the 2020-21 budget proposal outlined today by Gov. Tom Wolf, saying it closely tracks the Democratic Caucus’ own policy agenda, the Plan For Pennsylvania . “Governor Wolf is showing the way to make Pennsylvania a better place to live, learn and work,” said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “House Democrats are matching his vision with our plan for affordable health care, quality schools, good jobs, a safe and healthy environment, and justice for all people.” Wolf’s budget proposal includes heavy investment in public schools and early childhood education, as well a new workforce initiative to prepare more workers for in-demand jobs. Wolf proposed a new scholarship program to help students in the State System of Higher Education avoid crushing student debt. “This budget is a bold approach to fixing some of Pennsylvania’s most pressing issues, including reducing gun violence, increasing the minimum wage, ensuring our schools are safe places for our children to learn and addressing the rising cost of higher education,” said Democratic Whip Jordan Harris. “I’m especially glad to see Governor Wolf address the student debt crisis. Education is the elevator out of poverty and considering Pennsylvania’s students have the highest level of student loan debt in the nation, that elevator is essentially broken. The legislature must act to address this Read more

 

Daley supports limiting solitary confinement for most vulnerable

(Feb 03, 2020)

As the Democratic chairwoman of the Women’s Health Caucus, Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley joined her colleagues in supporting legislation that would limit solitary confinement for vulnerable individuals who are incarcerated. She explained why passing this bill is a critical component to criminal justice reform efforts in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Capacity crowd at Petrarca's Latrobe concealed-carry event

(Jan 31, 2020)

LATROBE, Jan. 31 – Nearly 400 people attended state Rep. Joseph Petrarca's first informational discussion Thursday night on concealed-carry and other firearms laws. The two-plus-hour event in Huber Hall allowed attendees to ask local law-enforcement, judicial and hunting officials questions about the state's firearms laws. "It was a great event with a great turnout," Petrarca said. "The presenters were thorough, and the questions were thoughtful. I'd like to thank everyone for attending and learning more about our Second Amendment rights in Pennsylvania." The presenters were Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro, Capt. Jennifer Shipley from the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania State Trooper Steve Limani, Latrobe Police Chief John Sleasman, and Officer Bill Brehun from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. They covered such topics as the Castle Doctrine, "open" carry vs. "concealed" carry, firearm safety and registration, and firearms law and safety related to hunting. Petrarca said that the question-and-answer session was the most popular feature, which lasted a couple of hours. "The questions ranged from when and where can you carry a concealed firearm, to how to properly interact with police officers when you are armed, and what crimes may prevent someone from owning a gun," he said. "I think everyone left Huber Hall with some Read more

 

Burns: Irene Huschak named 2019 Charlie Vizzini Volunteerism Award winner

(Jan 31, 2020)

Huschak has worked tirelessly to improve Portage community, preserve history Read more

 

Wheatley: Feb. 14 deadline for grants available to help with census outreach

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley said local nonprofit organizations, including religious groups and colleges and universities, are eligible for recently announced state funding to encourage participation in the U.S. Census. "The census is how this country counts its residents and is used as the basis for determining how billions of federal dollars are allocated and federal services are delivered to our local communities," Wheatley said. "But many groups have been historically undercounted, whether it's due to their distrust of the government because of their inequitable treatment, a language barrier, or even a lack of internet access. This grant program is designed to help everyone be counted." The Census 2020 Outreach Grant Program is intended to support grassroots efforts promoting awareness and participation in the 2020 Census in Pennsylvania with a focus on efforts targeting hard-to-count populations, such as non-primary-English speakers, ethnic minorities, immigrant and rural communities, children, the elderly, LGBTQ people and the homeless. Up to $50,000 is available per grant. The funds may be used for local media advertising, sponsoring census-related events in the community, technology rentals for census participation, event costs for outreach activities and administrative costs. Wheatley noted that this is a time-sensitive grant program; the deadline to apply is Feb. 14. For more information, visit Read more

 

Rabb announces $3,100 state grant awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy to provide quality meals for students

(Jan 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that a $3,193 state grant has been awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy to be used to provide quality meals for students. “Our schools feed our children’s minds, but increasingly, our schools also feed our children’s appetites for nutritious food, which is a vital service since we know that children who are hungry cannot concentrate in the classroom,” Rabb said. “This grant money will allow Hill-Freedman World Academy to purchase equipment that will provide nourishment to its students so that they can maximize their potential in the classroom.” Rabb said the grant awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias. Hill-Freedman World Academy will use the grant to purchase a new reach-in refrigerator. Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to ensure safe food handling. ### Read more

 

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

Matzie calls budget ‘starting point,’ supports focus on education, healthy schools, workforce development
Feb 04, 2020

Longietti supports proposed budget investments in education, workforce, vulnerable populations
Feb 04, 2020

House Democrats embrace Wolf’s vision for Pennsylvania
Feb 04, 2020

Daley supports limiting solitary confinement for most vulnerable
Feb 03, 2020

Capacity crowd at Petrarca's Latrobe concealed-carry event
Jan 31, 2020

Burns: Irene Huschak named 2019 Charlie Vizzini Volunteerism Award winner
Jan 31, 2020

Wheatley: Feb. 14 deadline for grants available to help with census outreach
Jan 30, 2020

Rabb announces $3,100 state grant awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy to provide quality meals for students
Jan 30, 2020