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Rally held in support of raising state’s minimum wage

(Jul 07, 2017)

The minimum wage has not increased in Pennsylvania in about a decade, and a group gathered at City Hall on Thursday believes a hike is long overdue.Speakers at the rally said raising the $7.25-per-hour minimum rate is a critical step to increase the earnings of workers in Pennsylvania. It would also provide additional income tax revenue while ensuring that working families have access to basic needs, they argued. Read more


Pashinski Hails Stronger Animal Protection Law

(Jun 28, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined Governor Tom Wolf, lawmakers, animal activists and officials for the enactment of Act 10 of 2017, the landmark overhaul of Pennsylvania’s animal protection laws known as "Libre's Law" Read more


Pashinski fighting cuts in funding for opioid treatment

(Jun 27, 2017)

As the state budget deadline once again looms, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski on Monday toured CleanSlate Addiction Treatment Center to learn how proposed funding cuts would hurt treatment for opioid addiction.Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, said more than 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from opioid overdoses in 2016 and 2017 projections are even higher.“This is an epidemic,” Pashinski said. “We need to make sure these centers receive the funding they need to fight this problem.” Read more


Pashinski: Say “NO” to TrumpCare

(Jun 26, 2017)

At a capitol rally against TrumpCare, Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says the bill will not lower healthcare costs and ensure everyone can receive care when needed. Read more


Pashinski: Funding crucial to fighting opioid epidemic

(Jun 26, 2017)

Following a tour of a CleanSlate addiction treatment center in Wilkes-Barre, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, reiterated the importance of fighting Pennsylvania's opioid epidemic with proper funding in the soon-to-be finalized budget and expressed the need to reinstate funding called for by Gov. Tom Wolf that was cut from the Republican budget proposal. Read more


Pashinski: Right to Work is Wrong

(Jun 20, 2017)

Pa. state Eddie Day Pashinski speaks at a Capitol labor rally in defense of jobs that provide family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more


State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski’s measure will combat noxious weeds

(Jun 19, 2017)

A local state lawmaker is ready to do battle with an enemy that’s capable of consuming farmland, forests and even water.State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, recently introduced House Bill 790, which calls for a more aggressive approach in combating noxious and invasive plants. Read more


Democratic Ag Chairman Keeps Door Open to Learn More

(Jun 16, 2017)

Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski might not seem like your typical chairman on the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.He did not grow up on a farm or study agriculture, and he doesn’t represent a predominantly rural district.A relative newcomer to the agriculture committee, the six-term Wilkes-Barre Democrat was appointed the minority chairman in January and dived right into learning more about the issues facing farmers and rural Pennsylvanians. Read more


State legislators introduce new bills aim at making voting easier, increasing turnout

(Jun 14, 2017)

“We should never, never suppress the vote. Just be honest with the people. Let them make their choice. We have no problem with them making their choice.”State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski along with other state legislators, speaking at a press conference in Harrisburg today about new potential policy changes that could make it easier for Pennsylvanians to cast their votes in elections and hopefully increase voter turnout. Read more


Pashinski: It's Time for Early Voting

(Jun 13, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski spoke at a press conference in Harrisburg about making Pennsylvania's elections easier for voters to do their civic duty. Pashinski has introduced legislation that would establish early voting in Commonwealth elections. Read more


Pashinski introduces legislation aimed at helping grandfamilies

(Jun 12, 2017)

Citing a growing need due to Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at helping grandfamilies who take temporary custody of young relatives.“I’ve been working on this legislation for several years, but with families being broken apart by the opioid epidemic, it’s necessary now more than ever to help grandparents and other family members who are caring for grandchildren or nieces and nephews,” Pashinski said. “It’s easy to overlook, but grandfamilies often encounter unique legal problems where the law is unclear, such as making medical decisions or enrolling a child in school.” Read more


Pashinski bill targeting harmful weeds passes House

(May 22, 2017)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, thanked House legislators for supporting and ultimately passing his H.B. 790, legislation that would establish the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Act to regulate plants deemed harmful to agriculture. Read more


Their view: Vast components, complexities of health care

(May 08, 2017)

The ongoing attempt by President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act vaulted health care back into the national spotlight in a way we have not seen since the law was signed in 2010.The only way for our nation to understand the countless intricacies and complexities of health care is to engage in a healthy, factual and honest dialogue. Read more


5/1/17 – Marcellus Shale Severance Tax – Wilkes-Barre

(May 03, 2017)

Testimonies from House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. Read more


Officials argue for gas severance tax at hearing

(May 02, 2017)

With Pennsylvania sitting on the third largest pocket of Marcellus Shale natural gas in the world, the state is poised to become an energy exporting giant and should have a severance tax in place when the boom begins, state officials argued Monday during a public hearing. Read more


Pashinski hosts hearing on Marcellus Shale severance tax

(May 02, 2017)

At Monday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on the possibility of enacting a severance tax on the Marcellus shale industry, facts and opinions abounded and much of it was eye-opening. Read more


Hearing aims for "balance" on natural gas severance tax proposal

(May 02, 2017)

"Whatever you take out of the earth, you're gonna pay a percent per thousand cubic feet," says PA House Representative Eddie Pashinski (D-Luzerne). Read more


Shale Tax Policy Debate

(May 02, 2017)

A local university was the center of a controversial debate on the Marcellus Shale Industry.A local university was the center of a controversial debate on the Marcellus Shale industry. Read more


Pashinski: We Need A Severance Tax

(May 02, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee at Wilkes University for a hearing on the impacts of implementing a potential Marcellus Shale severance tax in Pennsylvania. Pashinski says a balance must be struck between supporting the natural gas industry and also having them pay their fair share in extracting a resource that belongs to all Pennsylvanians. Read more


Pashinski, Policy Committee discuss Marcellus shale severance tax

(May 01, 2017)

WILKES-BARRE, May 1 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at Wilkes University to explore the impacts of implementing a potential Marcellus shale severance tax in Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania is blessed with an abundance of quality natural gas, and by now the industry has had nearly 10 years to get their operations up and running,” Pashinski said. “The time has come to pursue an amicable severance tax that is fair to both the people of Pennsylvania and the Marcellus shale companies.” State Rep. Mike Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, added: “I thank Representative Pashinski for requesting this hearing, so we could hear good testimony from state officials, the Marcellus shale industry, and other experts about whether Pennsylvania should finally implement a severance tax. The state’s impact fee does not go far enough and it has been long overdue for the industry to pay its fair share for utilizing Pennsylvania’s natural resources.” The committee heard testimonies from Dennis Davin, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; Scott Perry, deputy secretary for oil and gas, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; Frank Joanlanne, president, Borton Lawson Engineering; Marleen Troy, professor of environmental engineering, Wilkes University; and Marc Stier, director, Pennsylvania Budget and Read more