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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

State lawmakers Rep. Ciresi, Sen. Mensch to host interfaith forum

(Jan 30, 2020)

State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and Sen. Bob Mensch, R-Montgomery, will cohost an interfaith forum open to the community from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at The Carousel at Pottstown, 30 W. King St. Read more

 

Frankel slams Trump administration over attacks on Medicaid benefits

(Jan 30, 2020)

Calls on state legislature to take action to protect Pennsylvanians’ health care Read more

 

Neilson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to include $1 billion in budget for lead, asbestos remediation in PA schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Ed Neilson today commended Gov. Tom Wolf for his plan to include $1 billion in funding in the 2020-21 budget for lead and asbestos remediation in Pennsylvania schools. “Because of my career working in construction, I’m aware of the prevalence of asbestos around the Philadelphia region,” Neilson said. “I know that these toxic chemicals are nothing to play with, and yet we’ve allowed our children to go to schools where these toxins are present year after year. It’s time we make our children and teachers a priority, and I’m glad that Governor Wolf has stepped up to do the right thing.” Wolf today presented a series of proposed 2020-21 budget items totaling more than $1.1 billion to support reducing the risks to Pennsylvanians of lead and asbestos, and remediating existing toxins in schools, day care centers, homes and public water systems. Learn more about Wolf’s announcement on his website, https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-billion-dollar-plan-to-fix-toxic-schools-address-lead-across-pennsylvania/ . ### Read more

 

Cruz thanks Gov. Wolf for investment in lead abatement, but says more is needed to protect Pennsylvanians from the dangers of lead

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – State Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., today thanked Gov. Tom Wolf for his plan to allocate money in the budget for lead abatement work in schools across the commonwealth, but said more must be done to truly protect Pennsylvanians from the dangers of lead. “I am grateful that Governor Wolf is making lead abatement in our schools a priority,” Cruz said. “But the fact remains that lead poses a risk to people outside of school buildings. Lead endangers many people in their own homes, as infrastructure in places like Philadelphia County, where more than 70% of the housing stock was built before 1960, likely contains lead paint, and lead levels in some municipal drinking water poses a risk to the public. “It’s for these reasons that I’ve advocated strongly for a package of legislation , including House Bills 211, 212, 215 and 213, that would, respectively, provide for lead testing in children, lead testing of water, lead testing in children’s institutions and care centers, and would require that rental properties built before 1978 be subject to the same requirements that federal law has laid out for the sale of residential homes,” Cruz said. “Again, I am very grateful that Governor Wolf has laid out his plan to help make schools safer for children in Pennsylvania. But this budget announcement must be followed by action by my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this Read more

 

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools

(Jan 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29 – Members of the House Democratic Philadelphia Delegation, led by Rep. Jason Dawkins, today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to include funding to address lead issues in public schools, including those in Philadelphia, in the budget. “Our children deserve to learn, and our teachers deserve to teach, in schools that don’t make them sick,” said Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia Delegation. “This is something that we can all agree on. But for far too long, our children, teachers and anyone else who has entered school buildings in Philadelphia have taken their own lives into their hands because often lead and asbestos were lurking inside. “My delegation colleagues and I are overjoyed at the news that Governor Wolf will be making investments in lead and asbestos remediation projects in our schools. Finally, we can take the steps to make our school buildings safe places to learn and to teach,” Dawkins said. “After so many of us have fought for so long to bring attention to this crisis, we are so grateful that Governor Wolf is making this a priority.” Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., secretary of the Philadelphia Delegation, agreed that it’s great news Wolf plans to prioritize the funding to allow schools to get rid of toxins. “We won’t rest until this money is a reality,” Fiedler added. “Every single Pennsylvania student Read more

 

BIZZARRO: Senate Judiciary Moves Legislation to Establish Statewide Veterans Courts

(Jan 29, 2020)

State Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced that today the Senate Judiciary Committee moved legislation to establish statewide veterans’ courts. Read more

 

Burns announces $4 million for Lower Yoder sewer project

(Jan 29, 2020)

Brings total investment in township project to $25.6 million Read more

 

Cruz announces more than $22,000 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Angel Cruz today announced $22,561 in grants to help fund cafeteria improvements for two local schools. Cruz, D-Phila, said Antonia Pantoja Community Charter School received $16,300 to purchase a Combi Oven, and Sheridan Philip H. School received $6,261 to purchase a walk-in refrigerator. The grants were 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. “In our fight to end hunger, we must ensure our children are well fed in school,” Cruz said. “Quality nutrition is linked to quality performance in the classroom, and this funding plays an important role in helping fuel the mind of students.” 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

 

Neilson announces $5,800 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Ed Neilson announced today that Robert B. Pollock School and Anne Frank School each received a grant of $2,908 to purchase needed equipment for their cafeterias, including a milk cooler. Neilson, D-Phila, said the grant 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 . “A quality lunch plays a critical role in ensuring students have the energy they need to focus and excel in the classroom,” Neilson said. “This funding will go toward providing our schools the tools they need to prepare meals safely and help fuel the minds and bodies of our children.” Neilson noted that other two area schools also received funding: Stephen Decatur Elementary School: $8,314 for a walk-in freezer Abraham Lincoln High School: $3,193 for a 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

 

Isaacson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to fund lead remediation, testing in budget

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson issued the following statement to commend Gov. Tom Wolf for making lead remediation and testing a priority in the budget in response to news that he will be proposing a budget with “significant resources” for toxin cleanup in schools across Pennsylvania . “I’ve been advocating tirelessly for legislation that would protect our children from the grave dangers of lead poisoning,” Isaacson said. “From introducing legislation to fund lead abatement to creating a Childhood Blood Lead Test Act, which would require all children ages 1 and 2 in Pennsylvania be tested for lead, I have been speaking out on this critical issue for years. “I am so incredibly grateful that Governor Wolf has decided to make our children’s health a budget priority by allocating these vital funds toward getting lead out of our schools,” Isaacson said. “I have been in enough meetings, heard from enough people and read enough research to know the horrific health risk lead exposure poses to our children. Knowing that children in Philadelphia schools, and other schools across our state, where lead paint coats their classrooms and hallways might be spared dire health outcomes because of this funding is an immense victory.” While Isaacson said that she is incredibly hopeful about the news for the budget allocation, she intends to continue fighting to protect Read more

 

Isaacson announces $126K grant awarded to Perrystead Dairy LLC to start a new creamery in Fishtown-Kensington

(Jan 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 27 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that Perrystead Dairy LLC has been awarded a $126,039 state grant, which it will use to purchase equipment for its new dairy processing facility in Philadelphia. “Supporting the dairy industry in Pennsylvania means helping our incredible dairy farms,” Isaacson said. “This grant will support the dairy business in our commonwealth by funding the equipment for Perrystead Dairy to process exceptional PA milk into high value dairy goods that can be sold in other states." Yoav Perry, owner, area resident and a long time cheesemaking consultant to dairies across the nation said: “Perrystead Dairy will be an urban creamery set in Philadelphia’s Fishtown-Kensington area to produce premium dairy beverages and world-class artisan cheese, helping our community, city, PA’s family farm s, animals and land.” He added: “We are looking into scalable production that can double by year two to support a growing number of PA family farms with great land and herd practices. Their success is essential to ours here in the city, so paying high premium for superior PA milk is common sense.” The grant announced today is funded through the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, under the direction Read more

 

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

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

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

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

State lawmakers Rep. Ciresi, Sen. Mensch to host interfaith forum
Jan 30, 2020

Frankel slams Trump administration over attacks on Medicaid benefits
Jan 30, 2020

Neilson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to include $1 billion in budget for lead, asbestos remediation in PA schools
Jan 29, 2020

Cruz thanks Gov. Wolf for investment in lead abatement, but says more is needed to protect Pennsylvanians from the dangers of lead
Jan 29, 2020

Dawkins and Philadelphia Delegation applaud Gov. Wolf’s budget allocation to address lead, asbestos issues in schools
Jan 29, 2020

BIZZARRO: Senate Judiciary Moves Legislation to Establish Statewide Veterans Courts
Jan 29, 2020

Burns announces $4 million for Lower Yoder sewer project
Jan 29, 2020

Cruz announces more than $22,000 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students
Jan 28, 2020

Neilson announces $5,800 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students
Jan 28, 2020

Isaacson commends Gov. Wolf’s plan to fund lead remediation, testing in budget
Jan 28, 2020

Isaacson announces $126K grant awarded to Perrystead Dairy LLC to start a new creamery in Fishtown-Kensington
Jan 28, 2020