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ABC 27 News: Pennsylvania lawmaker has new plan to reduce property taxes

(1 day ago)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – After years of lawmakers trying and failing to pass bills to eliminate school property taxes, a state representative is trying a different approach.State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne) plans to introduce a bill that would establish a property tax relief rebate program.? The proposal would provide an $800 rebate to all property taxpayers for their school property taxes and a $50 rebate to renters. Read more

 

Pashinski Discusses His Plan to Reduce Property Taxes

(Oct 11, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski discusses his Universal Property Tax Relief Rebate Plan, which aims to provide responsible and meaningful reductions in school property taxes for seniors and working families across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Pashinski Visits New Solomon Creek Floodwalls

(Oct 01, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski recently visited South Wilkes-Barre as the $10 million project to replace floodwalls wrapped up along Solomon Creek. Read more

 

Rep. Pashinski Sings the National Anthem at the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration Day

(Sep 25, 2019)

Rep. Pashinski sings the national anthem to open the 10th Annual Cultural Celebration Day at the state Capitol! This wonderful event celebrates the diversity that makes the United States of America such a strong and unique nation, and I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this year’s festivities. Read more

 

Pashinski: Keep White Haven Center Open

(Sep 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Pashinski attended a Department of Human Services hearing in White Haven to listen to hundreds of families and community members offer testimony about the pending closure of the White Haven Center. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $165,000 in CFA grants for 121st Legislative District

(Sep 17, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Sept. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval of two Commonwealth Financing Authority grants by the state Senate totaling $165,000 for North Branch Land Trust and Hanover Township. The funds will go toward two separate projects, including: $115,000 to North Branch Land Trust to construct a 6-mile section of D&L Rail trail. $50,000 to Hanover Township for the restoration of a 600-foot reach of Spring Run through natural stream design. “Each of these grants will help to fund important projects improving the quality of life in the 121st District and our region,” Pashinski said. “Once completed, these efforts will reduce pollution and provide another tremendous opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast PA. I’m truly appreciative to state Senator John Yudichak, D-Luzerne/Carbon, and his senate colleagues for their support for these projects, as well as Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for seeing the value that this money will bring to our area.” North Branch Land Trust’s grant will go towards the construction of the final 6 miles of the 165-mile D&L Heritage corridor and includes Laurel Run Borough, Plains and Wilkes-Barre townships. The trail will begin in Oliver Mills and end at North Hampton Street in Wilkes-Barre Township. The project includes trail construction, installation of wood fencing and gates at pedestrian crossings, signage Read more

 

Lancaster Farming: Agritourism Risk Tops Concerns at Lawmaker Tour

(Aug 26, 2019)

SUGARLOAF, Pa. — Insurance costs are a major headache for agritourism operations, farmer Chris Maylath told local lawmakers this week.Tuesday’s farm tour at Maylath Farm & Orchard was organized by the Luzerne County Farm Bureau.Maylath raises produce and grass-fed beef, and runs a fall agritourism program that includes a corn maze, pumpkin patch and hay rides. Read more

 

$3.5 million in RACP funding announced for projects to enhance economy, infrastructure

(Aug 02, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Aug. 2 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of three Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grants totaling $3.5 million toward projects that will enhance Luzerne County’s economy, boost tourism and preserve historic structures. “Each of these projects will improve Luzerne County’s quality of life by, preserving and rehabilitating a historic landmark, creating new opportunities to live and stay in the city, and assisting a major employer locally,” Pashinski said. “These are exactly the types of efforts the RACP was created to support and I look forward to seeing the impact of these grants for years to come.” These organizations in the 121st Legislative District were awarded funding in the following amounts for the listed purposes: Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund – $2 million toward the Gateway Center (Wilkes-Barre) project , a mixed-use urban development, comprising: a four-story building containing an 83-key select-service hotel, and an 8-story mid-rise building with 33 market-rate residences above the hotel's conference/banquet facility. Irem Temple Restoration Project Inc. – $1 million toward the Irem Temple Restoration Project, Phases One & Two . These phases will include site security that will secure all doors and windows and install security and fire alarm systems; masonry repairs that will remove plant growth and repaint the building; roof Read more

 

Spotted Lanternfly Continues to Strike

(Jul 26, 2019)

Pa. state Representatives Pashinski, Malagari and Hanbidge came together to inform local citizens about the dangers of the Spotted Lanternfly and the importance of eliminating this invasive species. Read more

 

Pashinski: Fund Our Schools Equally

(Jul 18, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing regarding fair education funding in Scranton. Pashinski says that the current funding formula still leaves some schools underfunded and as legislators we must find a way to provide equal funding for all schools across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Wolf Signs Farm Bill Package with Pashinski plan to support Pa. farmers who are veterans

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – Governor Tom Wolf signed the PA Farm Bill legislative package into law today, including a plan originally introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, to help Pennsylvania veterans who are farmers. Amended to include language from Pashinski’s H.B. 1521 , Rep. Pam Snyder’s H.B. 1520 was signed by Wolf as part of the historic PA Farm Bill package. Pashinski’s plan will help bolster enrollment and promote the Homegrown by Heroes program for Pennsylvania veterans who are giving back to their communities through agriculture after serving their country. The program is an extension of the PA Preferred Program, which labels and promotes Pennsylvania’s exceptional local produce, dairy, agriculture, meats, nursery products and hardwood goods. “This legislation will help raise awareness about the many fine goods offered by the 8% of Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans,” Pashinski said. “I thank my colleagues and Governor Wolf for including this language in the historic Pa Farm Bill package, highlighting their support for Pennsylvania’s veterans who have chosen to continue serving us as farmers, ranchers, fishermen and value-added producers.” PA Preferred is working with the Homegrown by Heroes program by combining the logos to let consumers know they are supporting Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans. This program helps these farmers become more successful by selling their products Read more

 

Pashinski Celebrates PA Farm Bill Package

(Jun 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined members of the House and Senate for a milkshake toast to celebrate Pennsylvania's first Farm Bill package, including his bill which promotes the Homegrown by Heroes program for Pennsylvania veterans who are giving back to their communities through agriculture after serving their country. Read more

 

House passes Pashinski bill supporting Pa. farmers who are veterans

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today passed legislation introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, to help Pennsylvania veterans who are farmers as part of the historic Pennsylvania Farm Bill package making its way through the legislature. The bill, H.B. 1521 , would help bolster enrollment and promote the Homegrown by Heroes program for Pennsylvania veterans who are giving back to their communities through agriculture after serving their country. The program is an extension of the PA Preferred Program, which labels and promotes Pennsylvania’s exceptional local produce, dairy, agriculture, meats, nursery products and hardwood goods. “This bill will help raise awareness about the many fine goods offered by the 8% of Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans,” Pashinski said. “I thank my colleagues for passing this bill supporting Pennsylvania’s veterans who have chosen to continue serving us as farmers, ranchers, fishermen and value-added producers.” PA Preferred is working with the Homegrown by Heroes program by combining the logos to let consumers know they are supporting Pennsylvania farmers who are veterans. This program helps these farmers become more successful by selling their products and goods. “By purchasing products with these labels, Pennsylvanians are providing tangible support to our commonwealth’s heroes while having confidence in the quality of their Read more

 

Senator Yudichak and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski Announce Historic Preservation Tax Credit

(Jun 17, 2019)

Harrisburg, June 17, 2019 — State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) and Representative Eddie Day Pashinski (D – Luzerne) announced a $100,000 Historic Preservation Tax Credit today from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The tax credit will be used to rehabilitate the Spring Brook Water Supply Company building in the River Street Historical District for the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering program at King’s College. The project has an estimated construction expenditure of $4.6 million. “Public-private partnerships are the driving force behind the economic revitalization occurring in downtown Wilkes-Barre. As the engineering program continues to grow at King’s College, students will work toward their future goals while honoring the history of the Spring Brook Water Supply Company building,” said Senator John Yudichak. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit program, administered by DCED and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission since 2013, has invested more than $18 million to rehabilitate 105 historic buildings leveraging an estimated $1.5 billion in construction expenditures. “I’m pleased that this competitive tax credit has been allocated and will help King’s College preserve this beautiful building while advancing their Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Read more

 

REAL IDs are now available

(May 16, 2019)

As you may know, REAL ID is now available for Pennsylvanians who want one. Effective October 1, 2020, Pennsylvanians will need a REAL ID to enter federal facilities that require identification, a military installation and board a domestic commercial flight. To get your REAL ID, gather the following documents: Proof of identity: (original or certified copy of a birth certificate or valid, unexpired U.S. Passport or passport card. Social Security Card Two proofs of current, physical PA address: examples include current, unexpired PA license or ID, PA vehicle registration, auto insurance card, or utility bill with the same name and address. Proof of all legal name changes: Certified marriage certificate, court order or divorce decree issued by your county’s family court. Visit one of the 12 PennDOT REAL ID Centers to receive your REAL ID at the time of service or your local PennDOT Driver License Center to receive your REAL ID within 15 business days. You DO NOT need a REAL ID to: Drive. Vote. Access hospitals. Visit the post office. Access federal courts. Apply for or receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or veterans’ benefits. A REAL ID driver's license or photo ID costs a one-time fee of $30, plus a renewal fee ($30.50 for a four-year, non-commercial driver's license or photo ID). More information on REAL ID is available here . Read more

 

Pashinski: ALL Kids Deserve a Quality Education

(May 07, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski spoke in support of educating ALL of our children and against taking tax dollars from our public schools to only help some. Pashinski says at a time when 143 PA school districts are underfunded – including in Luzerne County – the state legislature needs to focus on fully funding our public schools, supporting all of our school districts and the students they serve. Read more

 

Pashinski Discusses Legalizing Adult Cannabis Use

(Apr 30, 2019)

At a joint House/Senate Policy hearing in Harrisburg about legislation to legalize adult cannabis use in Pennsylvania, Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski asked Lt. Governor John Fetterman about the benefits of using the "state store" model for strict control and safety if legalization occurs. Read more

 

Pashinski Promotes Music in our Schools Month

(Apr 29, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined PMEA along with students and teachers from across Pennsylvania to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month at the capitol. Read more

 

Pashinski to introduce legislation to protect Pennsylvanians and their dogs

(Apr 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, April 29 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced his plan to introduce legislation that amends Pennsylvania’s Dog Law (Act 225 of 1982) to streamline the dog license structure to a single fee matrix and ensure the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement can perform its vital function to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians and their dogs. “The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement is essential to keeping both humans and our canine companions safe across Pennsylvania,” Pashinski said. “Despite taking on additional responsibilities over the last 20 years, their fees have not been increased since 1996 – jeopardizing the progress Pennsylvania has made to protect dogs in commercial breeding kennels and to help reunite stray dogs with their families. My proposal would make sure Pennsylvania is able to continue cracking down on illegal commercial kennels and bad actors while providing resources to protect the public from dangerous dogs.” The bureau's Dog Law Restricted Account fund is expected to run out of money if nothing is done to generate revenue and help its efforts to streamline operations, with dog licenses making up around 87 percent of the revenue. To finance these improvements and to keep dogs and the public safe, Pashinski’s bill would increase the cost of a dog license and combine spayed/neutered and unaltered animals into one blanket category. For example, the annual license fee for Read more

 

Give Workers What They Deserve

(Apr 22, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski recognizes that workers should be properly compensated for their work. Pashinski explained at a Carpenters Union rally in Harrisburg that he wants the see the law administered so that employees get the benefits they work so hard for. Read more