Rep Pashinski sworn in to serve sixth term in the House of Representatives

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski was sworn in today to begin his sixth term representing the 121st Legislative District during a swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol for the 2017-18 legislative session.

Pashinski, who has become one the legislature’s senior members and one of the leading voices in the legislature, reiterated his support for reducing health care costs for working families and improving education in school districts.

“Prior to last year, the state had underfunded school districts for years, forcing the major financial burden of operation on the local districts, and in turn, on the taxpayers,” Pashinski said.

“One of the outstanding concerns I hear from constituents is the need to lower their property tax bill, and I agree,” Pashinski said. “We must continue to advocate in a bipartisan manner for bills that would provide property tax relief for our local citizens.”

In addition, Pashinski said his priorities for the new session continue to be greater access to medical care for the working class and improved services and benefits for senior citizens.

The Luzerne County lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation that would create a prescription drug donation program, clarify gaming-funded school property tax relief notices and create a budget impasse negotiation act that would provide for continued budget negotiations during a proposed budget impasse.

“Grandparents raising grandchildren also will continue to be one of my priorities,” Pashinski said. “Eighty-thousand grandparents are raising over 190,000 family members and a large percentage of the children are a result of the opioid crisis that is being experienced throughout the country.”

As a member of the HOPE (Heroin, Opioid, Prevention and Education) Caucus in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Pashinski said he will continue to work with colleagues to introduce legislation addressing that concern.

Also, Pashinski said he plans to reintroduce a proposal authorizing parking authorities in second- and third-class cities, such as Wilkes-Barre, to enforce parking ordinances and resolutions, and will continue to introduce legislation to help those cities with their budgetary concerns.

Pashinski invites all Luzerne County residents to visit his web site, www.pahouse.com/Pashinski for information about constituent services. Residents also may follow Pashinski on Facebook, www.facebook.com/RepPashinski, and his legislative Twitter account, www.twitter.com/RepPashinski.

Constituents also may visit his district office at 152 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, or call 570-825-5934.

Pashinski’s Luzerne County district includes the City of Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre Township, Ashley Borough, Fairview Township, most of Hanover Township and Laurel Run Borough.