Pashinski announces $3.1 million in grants for his legislative district

WILKES-BARRE, July 8 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today that several projects in his district were approved for nearly $3.1 million in grants from gaming funds by the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

“The money for these projects will not only help improve the quality of life for people who live, work, and play in my district; it also invests in our children and creates jobs,” Pashinski said. “I commend the CFA members for approving funding for these important projects.”

Luzerne County SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) received $831,545 to operate a program for one year. SHINE is a successful, nationally recognized after-school program in existence for 10 years in Carbon County.

“As educational host for this exemplary program benefiting our youth, we’re pleased to see the value being placed on SHINE,” said Dr. Patrick Leahy, president of Wilkes University.

Also receiving grants are:

  • Children’s Service Center – $100,000 to build a new outpatient clinic in Wilkes-Barre and transform the current facility into a dental and medical clinic and pharmacy. This will add 30 full-time jobs.
  • Wilkes-Barre City – $500,000 to renovate and rebrand Public Square as a hub to promote technology, job growth and community development. This project would create over 50 new jobs.
  • Medico Industries, Inc. – $600,000 for the Hanover Township facility to assist with facility upgrades and a new press line. The expansion will lead to an increase of 22 to 30 full-time positions.
  • Hanover Township – $500,000 for sanitary sewer improvements, including replacement of sewer lines and manhole covers.
  • Wilkes-Barre City – $425,349 for repairing and replacing sections of retaining walls for Solomon Creek.
  • Luzerne County Convention Center Authority – $100,000 to assist in improving acoustics at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre Township.
  • Fairview Township – $40,000 to build a salt shed and facility to store two trucks.

The grants are funded by the Local Share Account, which receives gaming money generated by casinos, including Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The gaming funds provided by the casinos also distribute approximately $790 million statewide, which on average equals to a $215 reduction in property taxes for Pennsylvania residents for their primary residence.

CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania's economic stimulus programs.