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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

 

Pashinski: Over $2.5 million in state funding awarded to local projects

(Jul 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced that several projects in his legislative district were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for more than $2.5 million in grants. "These grants will provide my communities with excellent projects that will create and sustain jobs and enhance the quality of life for the residents," Pashinski said. "I thank Senator John Yudichak for helping to secure the funding for many of these projects and send a special shout out of CFA advisors for their good work and approval." The grants approved in Pashinski's district are: • $100,000 for Huber Breaker Preservation Society, Inc. to develop the Anthracite Coal Region Miners Memorial Park in Ashley; • $130,000 for King’s College to build a multi-purpose facility at the Robert L. Betzler Athletic Complex; • $550,000 for Hanover Safe Streets; • $650,000 for Wilkes University; • $249,465 for the Children’s Service Center to build a new outpatient clinic; • $50,000 for Wilkes-Barre to renovate the Wyoming Valley Art League’s building; • $278,351 for Hanover Township to rehabilitate the Solomon Creek Interceptor, a dilapidated 100-year-old sewer line that runs through Ashley Borough and Hanover and Wilkes-Barre townships. • $181,250 for Wilkes-Barre to renovate the Greater Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s rooftop playground, pool and wellness Read more

 

Pashinski: On-Time Budget Helps Schools

(Jun 30, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says the House passed an on-time state budget with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote that delivers an extra $250 million in funding for schools and gets vital funding to social service agencies without broad-based tax increases. Read more

 

Pashinski: Help Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

(Jun 27, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski highlights his H.B. 662, which would create a Kinship Navigator Pilot Program to connect grandparents raising their grandchildren to local and state resources. Pashinski was joined at a news conference at the state Capitol in Harrisburg by Beth O’Boyle, a grandmother from Luzerne County tasked with raising her grandchild. Pashinski says many times grandparents raising their grandchildren don’t have a support network, and find it difficult to obtain legal advice or access to rehabilitation services. As part of his legislation, Pashinski has provided a resource on his legislative webpage, www.pahouse.com/Pashinski, that provides links and information on topics that could be beneficial to grandparents and their grandchildren. Read more

 

Pashinski urges Senate action to help grandparents raising grandchildren

(Jun 27, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today held a Capitol news conference to request the Senate move on his bill that would help benefit grandparents who are the sole caregivers of their grandchildren in Pennsylvania. House Bill 662, which has been in the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee for more than a year, would create a Kinship Navigator Pilot Program to determine the needs of kinship caregivers, focusing on grandparents raising grandchildren, and assess the feasibility of establishing a statewide Kinship Navigator Program. Pashinski said there are more than 240,000 children in Pennsylvania who are being taken care of by family members. Of those children, 191,000 are being raised by 80,000 grandparents. "These grandparents face many challenges raising their grandchildren including no support network, no access to legal service or direction to service organizations, and no information on relief funds and rehabilitation services for grandparents and grandchildren," he said. "On average, it costs $27 a day to keep a child in foster care in Pennsylvania, which adds up to nearly $2 billion a year. The grandparents who are raising their grandchildren are saving the taxpayers serious money, so these grandparents deserve some reasonable assistance." Pashinski said he has provided a resource on his legislative webpage ( www.pahouse.com/Pashinski ) that provides links to resources and information on Read more

 

Grandparents raising grandchildren

(Jun 27, 2016)

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Pashinski votes against flawed gaming expansion amendment

(Jun 23, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 23 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today released the following statement after the vote on a gaming expansion amendment failed in the House of Representatives: “While I support bringing video gaming terminals into the commonwealth, I voted against the amendment that would have allowed 75,000 VGTs to flood the gaming market overnight. The legislation would have permitted five of these machines at liquor establishments and truck stops. It would have completely saturated the gaming industry and, in the long run, have done more harm than good to our small businesses, bars and taverns. “The overflow would also have had a negative flow of revenue -- anywhere between $80 million and $200 million -- to the Pennsylvania Lottery, which provides funding for programs for our senior citizens. “I currently have legislation, House Bill 1458 , that would allow three video gaming terminals in restaurants, bars and clubs with a valid liquor license. The legislation would not only help these small businesses compete with the casinos, but it would also help reduce the property tax burden that homeowners are continuously facing.” Read more

 

Pashinski supports bill expanding PACENET coverage for seniors

(Jun 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, voted for legislation that would expand prescription drug coverage to more than 32,000 older Pennsylvanians by increasing income eligibility guidelines for the PACENET program. The House voted unanimously in support of H.B. 2069, which would increase the annual maximum income limits in the state’s Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier from $23,500 to $31,000 for a single person and from $31,500 to $41,000 for a married couple. "Many of our seniors are struggling to get the things they need and something as vital as getting prescription medications shouldn’t break the bank," Pashinski said. "I believe we must do everything we can to assure that our seniors get the services and assistance they need and bumping up the income limits for the program would be a huge benefit." The last time income limits were adjusted was in 2003, but laws, known as COLA moratoriums, have been enacted periodically since 2008 to help seniors keep their prescription drug coverage. The laws keep Social Security cost-of-living adjustments from being counted as income and prevent many seniors from being pushed out of the program. The current moratorium was enacted in 2015 and is due to expire at the end of 2017. The income limits for the first tier of prescription drug assistance, PACE, remain at $14,500 or less for individuals and $17,700 or less for a Read more

 

Application deadline for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended until Dec. 31

(Jun 07, 2016)

As anticipated, the deadline to file a 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2016 and my office is here to help! The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates can boost rebates up to $975. My offices can help with the applications. Please don’t assume you are not eligible. Half of Social Security income is discounted, and claimants are not disqualified from rebates solely because of Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments. Read more