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Pashinski: Right to Work is Wrong for Pennsylvanians

(Apr 04, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined representatives from the AFL-CIO and other Pennsylvanian unions to discuss the danger of the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative Package, which includes Right-to-Work legislation. Read more


Local Share Account awards contribute $2,209,385 to local communities

(Mar 29, 2017)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today that multiple projects in the 121st Legislative District were receiving $2,209,385 in grant funding from the Commonwealth Financing Authority as part of the Local Share Account. Read more


Pashinski, Yudichak announce $550,000 in water and sewer system grants for Wilkes-Barre, Hanover Township

(Mar 29, 2017)

Calling it a tremendous help to ease the burden on municipalities, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Carbon/Luzerne, announced $550,000 in grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority as part of the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer program. Read more


Union members rally to oppose Senate bill

(Mar 24, 2017)

About 30 union members and leaders and state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre, rallied under the statue of union hero John Mitchell on the Lackawanna County Courthouse Square to protest Senate Bill 166, called the Protection of Public Employee Wages Act. Read more


Pashinski Supports Music and the Arts

(Mar 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski speaks about the importance of music and the arts in our schools and presents a house citation to members of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association recognizing March as music in our schools month. Read more


Governor Wolf proposes plan to increase minimum wage to $12

(Feb 22, 2017)

Pennsylvanians in favor of raising the minimum wage may see a victory in their long-standing battle soon. Read more


Unemployment Compensation Assistance

(Jan 20, 2017)

Get more info on what you can do now that several Unemployment Compensation Service Centers have closed and longer wait times are being experienced by those looking for help. Read more


Pashinski Talks Farm Show With Ag Secretary

(Jan 12, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski caught up with Secretary Russell Redding of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to talk about the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show. Agriculture is big business in the Commonwealth and the Farm Show highlights it all. Read more


Pashinski named Democratic chairman of House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

(Jan 05, 2017)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, has been named Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee by Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “I am extremely grateful for this appointment to be the chairman of the agriculture committee which represents the number one industry in the state,’ Pashinski said. “The committee’s agenda is full of important legislative bills that affect food, water, agricultural research, and the horse racing industry, which are all vital to Pennsylvania’s economy,” Pashinski said. “I intend to work with the majority chairman to keep agriculture jobs in our state and keep our food products safe for consumers.” In addition, the committee works in conjunction with the state Department of Agriculture for inspections of restaurants and food establishments throughout Pennsylvania. Pashinski is serving his sixth term in the House of Representatives. His Luzerne County district includes the city of Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre Township, Ashley Borough, Fairview Township, most of Hanover Township and Laurel Run Borough. Read more


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

(Jan 03, 2017)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski was sworn in today to begin his sixth term representing the 121 st 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 Read more


License Your Dog in PA

(Dec 22, 2016)

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents. Reasons for dog licensing: It’s the law. All dogs three months or older must have a current license. If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely. The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog. License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations. Read more


Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more


Prescription donation program proposed by Pashinski

(Dec 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, plans to introduce legislation that would create the Prescription Drug Donation Program. Read more


Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski announces $1.4 million in state funding for three projects

(Dec 06, 2016)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, has announced that he has secured $1.4 million in state funding for three projects. Pashinski said he is pleased that local officials now have the funding to improve these roads and to replace local sidewalks in compliance with the American Disabilities Act. The projects are as follows: $600,000 to Wilkes-Barre to replace the deteriorating sidewalks, sidewalk connections, crosswalks and pedestrian signs on George Avenue between Parkin Street and Scott Street. The project calls for installing handicapped ramps, new curbs and sidewalks. In addition, street lighting will be upgraded and trees planted to improve the overall safety and aesthetic appearance to the area. $430,000 for roadwork in Wilkes-Barre to improve a roadway between East Northampton and West Market streets and to make new sidewalks and crossing lights handicapped accessible. $100,000 to Ashley Borough to repair eight streets and to replace deteriorated sidewalks. “As part of the revitalization of the downtown area, these projects will continue the beautification and transformation of the city of Wilkes-Barre. The changes to Market Street Square will leverage private investment and enhance the whole appearance of the block, and the George Avenue streetscape will improve the small-business district by connecting the city to our neighborhoods,” Pashinski said. “The improvements to Ashley will not only improve Read more


Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority receives $215,000 state grant

(Oct 24, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today Wilkes-Barre ice skaters will benefit from a $215,000 state grant. The Coal Street Redevelopment Authority will use the funding for an expansion of the Coal Street Ice Rink, to add an additional rink. “The success of our very own Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins has inspired local school districts and colleges to begin ice hockey programs in NEPA. These successful programs have created a shortage of ice time; consequently, in order to accommodate these demands, another ice rink is needed,” Pashinski said. “I would like to thank the Commonwealth Finance Authority for awarding this grant to make these improvements to the Coal Street Ice Rink a reality.” The expansion plans include a single-story building addition to house the second ice rink, bleachers, team rooms, public restrooms, a referee’s room, a women’s changing room and additional parking. The building’s courtyard will be updated to include a new pavilion, access way, and fire pit. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of the state's funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania's economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide. Read more


Route 309 to receive improvements thanks to $800,000 state grant

(Oct 14, 2016)

WILKES-BARRE, Oct. 14 – The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund has been awarded an $800,000 grant for the Route 309 Safety Improvement Project, according to state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne. “This project will improve traffic patterns and increase safety. Congratulations to the Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund for its good work," Pashinski said. Pashinski noted the Route 309 Safety Improvement Project will include road construction and alignment of the Blackman Street Plaza and the intersection of Johnson Street and Route 309, traffic signal installation, and paving, grading and curbing. The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89, enacted in November 2013, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation funding plan. For the first time, transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes obtained dedicated sources of funds, putting the modes on a firmer footing for future initiatives. Read more


Students, parents: 2017-18 FAFSA can be filed starting Oct. 1

(Sep 27, 2016)

Please be aware that anyone who will be attending college in the 2017-18 school year will be able to file their FAFSA -- Free Application for Federal Student Aid -- beginning Oct. 1. Previously, the applications were not available until Jan. 1 of the school year. This is an important change, as the FAFSA must be filed each year for any college student who wishes to be considered for state or federal grants. Along with the date change, families will use their previous tax year information, instead of the tax information that would be filed by April of the school year. Both of these changes will make it easier to file the necessary application in a timelier manner and will better coincide with the actual college application process for incoming students. More information about paying for college is available at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency website, www.pheaa.org . And remember, the first word in FAFSA is FREE, so there is no need to pay anyone to file the application on your behalf. Read more


Pashinski: Keep Turnpike Tolls Affordable

(Sep 07, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Moosic to discuss rising tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Pashinski says the Turnpike is a vital roadway for commuters and he hopes legislators and Turnpike officials can work together to keep tolls affordable in the future. Read more


DEP awards recycling grants to Luzerne County, Wilkes-Barre

(Sep 02, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 2 – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded recycling grants to the city of Wilkes-Barre and to Luzerne County, said state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne. A $38,680 grant was given to Luzerne County under the County Planning Grant Program of Act 101 of 1988. It will be used to reimburse up to 80 percent of the costs to revise the county’s solid waste management plan. A $77,935 grant was awarded to Wilkes-Barre under the Recycling Performance Grant Program of Act 101 of 1988. It’s based on the 5,931.70 tons recycled in 2014 and the municipality’s population. “These grants will help both the city and the county improve upon their top-notch recycling efforts,” Pashinski said. “I applaud the residents of Wilkes-Barre for doing a tremendous job by recycling and not throwing out additional waste that unnecessarily ends up in our landfills.” Read more


Letter to the Editor: Expand support for Pennsylvania’s grandparents who are raising grandkids

(Aug 15, 2016)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski deserves great credit for his untiring support of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and state House Bill 662. Read more