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Jermyn lining up land access for Rushbook flood control project

(Oct 03, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee met Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, at the Jermyn Borough Building with borough officials to discuss the proposed Rushbrook Creek Flood Control Project. Read more

 

Pashinski: Child Care Programs Can Change Lives

(Sep 29, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined Governor Tom Wolf in Wilkes-Barre to highlight a $25 million child care tax credit program that will help working families better afford care and provide children with more opportunities to succeed. Read more

 

Grandparents raising grandchildren discussion

(Sep 29, 2022)

Those in attendance spoke of the struggles they are facing, now being grandparents and taking on the role of caretaker for their grandchildren Read more

 

Hearing explores growing need to support grandparents

(Sep 28, 2022)

“I first became aware of this issue more than a decade ago when I was fortunate enough to meet several heroes in our communities – grandparents who stepped in to raise their grandchildren for various reasons,” said Pashinski, D-Luzerne. “We passed three bills in 2018 to create important resources for grandparents, bills that I’m very proud will help thousands of people in need. However, our work on this issue is not complete, and it’s one reason why I’m trying to pass House Bill 2858 that would provide for legal services – including adoption – that kinship care families desperately need.” Read more

 

Experts, advocates discuss challenges facing ‘grandfamilies’ in Pa.

(Sep 28, 2022)

‘Grandparents raising their grandchildren deserve and need the same amount of advocacy and support they are providing to those for whom they care,’ one advocate said Read more

 

Mullins hosts tour to illustrate local flood mitigation plans

(Sep 27, 2022)

“Flood damage, stormwater and erosion issues don’t abide by municipal or political boundaries,” said Mullins, D-Lackawanna. “Many miles separate our districts, but all the members of the Policy Committee here today represent municipalities with flooding concerns. It’s not only an issue when it comes to protecting homes, but – as we heard again today – municipalities have a need to find solutions that don’t place an undue burden on taxpayers.” Read more

 

Legislation to help grandparents raising grandchildren access legal help introduced by Pashinski

(Sep 27, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, introduced legislation today to create a Legal Services for Kinship Care Families Grant Program for eligible nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal services to kinship care families. “Many kinship families are low-income households already facing complex issues and aren’t equipped to navigate the complicated legal process on their own. This legal assistance will allow at-risk children to stay in stable family environments, relieving excessive pressure on the foster care system,” Pashinski said. “In Pennsylvania alone, there are an estimated 202,000 children who live in households that are headed by their grandparents or other relatives and they deserve to access to support and resources just like other foster families.” Under H.B. 2858, grant money through the PA Department of Human Services could used for administrative, civil legal services and other costs associated with a kinship caregiver retaining the services of a lawyer to ensure the safety and welfare of a child in their care, including, but not limited to, guardianship, adoption, power of attorney for medical and educational care, and mediation. The proposal builds on Pashinski’s 2018 legislation creating temporary guardianship for grandparents when parents of children are unable to care for them due to substance use disorder, as well as his H.R. 390, which authorized a Joint State Read more

 

State lawmakers examine activities involving burning coal refuse and mine reclamation

(Sep 27, 2022)

The House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing at the Earth Conservancy in Ashley and then toured several reclamation spots throughout the region. Read more

 

Legislation would help grandparents raising grandchildren get legal help

(Sep 27, 2022)

Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, has introduced legislation to create a Legal Services for Kinship Care Families Grant Program for eligible nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal services to kinship care families. Read more

 

Committee tours mine reclamation sites, learns about difficulties

(Sep 26, 2022)

“Pennsylvania is proud of its mining history, in fact, it’s what helped shaped many parts of the state,” Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski said. “Mining helped fuel everything from our state’s numerous industries to the small towns that formed and grew because of the jobs mines created. However, as we’ve seen in 45 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties that have abandoned mine lands, nothing improves unless organizations, working in lockstep with the government, address the issues created by abandoned mines. That’s why this work is so important, it transforms a problem into a resource.” Read more

 

Women's Re-Entry, Fire Company/EMS, and Open Space Funding Opportunities

(Sep 26, 2022)

Read about the latest state grant opportunities open for applications. Read more

 

Pashinski, O’Mara introduce legislation to reform hospital closure process

(Sep 24, 2022)

“We’re witnessing this firsthand in Luzerne County with the sudden announcement that First Hospital intends to close by October without any apparent plans in place to provide for continuity of care or help their staff transition,” Pashinski said. Read more

 

Pashinski, O’Mara introduce legislation with bipartisan support to reform hospital closure process

(Sep 23, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23 – State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, introduced legislation on Friday that would bring more accountability to the process of hospital closures to ensure that Pennsylvanians can receive uninterrupted care and that hospital systems must honor their duty to their patients, staff, and the communities they serve. The legislation is a companion to State Sen. Carolyn Comitta’s S.B. 1324 , introduced earlier this month. “When hospitals and health care facilities close or drastically reduce services with little or no notice, their patients, doctors, nurses, and staff suffer,” Pashinski said. “We’re witnessing this firsthand in Luzerne County with the sudden announcement that First Hospital intends to close by October without any apparent plans in place to provide for continuity of care or help their staff transition. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would be a significant step toward ensuring health care facilities planning to close provide local communities and government agencies the time, information, and opportunity they need to adequately address these significant impacts and plan for related challenges.” “Pennsylvania law needs to improve how it handles for-profit health systems, especially during shutdowns,” O’Mara said. “We need more time to study to find out the impact that closures have on communities, as well as on what Read more

 

Pashinski announces $100,000 grant to rehabilitate section of D&L Trail

(Sep 20, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 20 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority of a $100,000 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant to the Anthracite Scenic Trails Association for the Oliver Mills to Mountain Top D&L Trail segment. “Northeast PA and Pennsylvania are blessed with some of the most beautiful and bountiful natural landscapes anywhere,” Pashinski said. “Not only do these places provide excellent hunting and angling, as well as outdoor recreation opportunities, they also generate critical dollars for our communities. Thank you to Governor Wolf and his administration for recognizing the importance of the D&L Trail to our region’s beauty, economy, and quality of life.” Pashinski said the association will use the funds to rehabilitate 4.8 miles of the existing Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor trail located in Fairview and Hanover townships and Laurel Borough, Luzerne County. These CFA funds are in addition to the recently announced $826,000 investment from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program toward the Development of the D&L Trail in Fairview and Hanover townships and Laurel Run Borough. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds Read more

 

Pashinski Pushing for Expanded Access to Clean Diapers

(Sep 19, 2022)

At a Capitol press conference, Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski discusses the importance of clean diapers in preventing health issues and urges everyone to step up and help their fellow Pennsylvanians by donating diapers to those in need. Read more

 

House Democrats host news conference to address diaper needs in state

(Sep 19, 2022)

“Most public resources, such as SNAP and WIC, do not allow families to buy diapers with the money they are provided. It’s important that we recognize this critical problem facing Pennsylvania’s families with small children and adults with incontinence,” Pashinski said. “The lack of access to a clean, consistent supply of disposable undergarments is a serious health risk for many people, and we must do everything we can to address their needs.” Read more

 

Pashinski: Make Voting Easier

(Sep 14, 2022)

At a Capitol press conference on strengthening election integrity, Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says we need to make voting easier, not raise additional barriers for Pennsylvanians. Pashinski says House Democrats stand ready to pass measures to streamline our election process, including pre-canvassing legislation that poll workers say is greatly needed – like Pashinski’s H.B. 982. Read more

 

Pashinski urges passage of pre-canvassing legislation & supports free and fair elections

(Sep 14, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 14 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined House Democratic Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton and other House Democrats to support clean pre-canvassing legislation and urge support of free and fair elections. “Despite what some in the majority party would want you to believe, our elections are safe and secure and the things we want to do would only make them better,” said Pashinski, D-Luzerne. “By pre-canvassing mail-in ballots, it gives the time needed for counties to be able to process the ballots on election night and give all of us the results faster. This is something counties have been asking for and yet it has been tied up, thanks to the leaders on the other side of the aisle.” According to Pashinski, pre-canvassing involves election officials preparing mail-in and absentee ballots for counting. Currently, counties cannot start that process until 7 a.m. on Election Day and due to the increased number of these ballots being utilized in the November 2020 and May 2022 elections, Pennsylvanians have had to wait several days for final election results. Several House Democrats have introduced standalone legislation that would allow counties to pre-canvass mail-in and absentee ballots earlier – including Pashinski’s H.B. 982 . These have been referred to the House State Government Committee but have been held up by House Republican leadership. Pashinski said the lack of Read more

 

Pashinski: Grandparents continuing to make a difference in children’s lives

(Sep 14, 2022)

For generations, grandparents have held countless vital roles in Pennsylvania families, such as becoming a second set of arms to hug after a big day at school, an extra set of hands for busy parents, an additional set of ears for listening and most importantly an extra home when needed.In these times, especially here in Luzerne County, grandparents are taking on a far more demanding and critical role to help their grandchildren meet the challenges of everyday life. Read more

 

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities

(Sep 13, 2022)

Learn about the latest grant opportunities that are open for applications. Read more

 

Jermyn lining up land access for Rushbook flood control project
Oct 03, 2022

Pashinski: Child Care Programs Can Change Lives
Sep 29, 2022

Grandparents raising grandchildren discussion
Sep 29, 2022

Hearing explores growing need to support grandparents
Sep 28, 2022

Experts, advocates discuss challenges facing ‘grandfamilies’ in Pa.
Sep 28, 2022

Mullins hosts tour to illustrate local flood mitigation plans
Sep 27, 2022

Legislation to help grandparents raising grandchildren access legal help introduced by Pashinski
Sep 27, 2022

State lawmakers examine activities involving burning coal refuse and mine reclamation
Sep 27, 2022

Legislation would help grandparents raising grandchildren get legal help
Sep 27, 2022

Committee tours mine reclamation sites, learns about difficulties
Sep 26, 2022

Women's Re-Entry, Fire Company/EMS, and Open Space Funding Opportunities
Sep 26, 2022

Pashinski, O’Mara introduce legislation to reform hospital closure process
Sep 24, 2022

Pashinski, O’Mara introduce legislation with bipartisan support to reform hospital closure process
Sep 23, 2022

Pashinski announces $100,000 grant to rehabilitate section of D&L Trail
Sep 20, 2022

Pashinski Pushing for Expanded Access to Clean Diapers
Sep 19, 2022

House Democrats host news conference to address diaper needs in state
Sep 19, 2022

Pashinski: Make Voting Easier
Sep 14, 2022

Pashinski urges passage of pre-canvassing legislation & supports free and fair elections
Sep 14, 2022

Pashinski: Grandparents continuing to make a difference in children’s lives
Sep 14, 2022

Violence Intervention and Prevention, Transportation, and Local Law Enforcement Funding Opportunities
Sep 13, 2022