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House Professional Licensure Committee holds hearing on Pashinski Music Therapy Licensure bill

(Mar 23, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – The House Professional Licensure Committee recently held a hearing on state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski’s bill that would establish a state Board of Professional Music Therapy Licensure in Pennsylvania. “There’s a major difference between a music therapist and someone who either teaches or performs music,” Pashinski said. “A music therapist takes that art and uses it with a patient to stimulate their mind, help them physically, suppress certain emotion, ignite certain parts of their brain, and help them overcome their disability.” Those who testified on H.B. 1438 include officials from the American Music Therapy Association, Pennsylvania State Task Force for Music Therapy and Autism Society Greater Harrisburg, as well as parents of children who benefit from music therapy. One advocate said while Pennsylvania has 10 music therapy schools, which is the highest number in the U.S., 30 percent of graduates said they had difficulty obtaining employment as a music therapist in the commonwealth. “Many music therapy graduates are having to leave Pennsylvania in order to obtain full-time employment,” said Nicole Hahna, assistant professor of music therapy, Slippery Rock University. “Additionally, lack of licensure in Pennsylvania has meant that graduates are often not able to apply for music therapy positions that require licensure.” Pashinski said in addition to creating a state Read more


Pashinski: Music in Our Schools Month

(Mar 16, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski talks about the importance of music education in our schools, as part of his resolution to recognize March 2016 as Music in Our Schools Month in Pennsylvania. Read more


Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more


PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more


Rep. Pashinski Winter 2016 Newsletter

(Feb 09, 2016)

Rep. Pashinski's Winter 2016 Newsletter. Read more


Pashinski: End the Budget Crisis

(Feb 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more


Pashinski applauds Auditor General’s release of funding to Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Firefighters

(Feb 01, 2016)

WILKES-BARRE, Feb. 1 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski today said he was pleased with the results of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s audit that lifted the five-year freeze on state funding to the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association after an outstanding, undocumented loan was finally paid. The Department of the Auditor General withheld more than $252,000 after finding former relief association leaders failed to follow several audit recommendations from as far back as 2006. The auditor general attributed some of the mismanagement to an association officer who pleaded guilty to theft and was ordered to pay $45,000 in restitution to the Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department. Pashinski said today’s announcement is great news for the community and for the hard-working volunteers of the fire department. "The results of the audit and reconciling a past due loan will help restore the once-held good reputation of the department before it was tarnished by poor management practices," said Pashinski. "The association can now refocus on its primary goal of providing emergency services and assistance to the people of their community." Auditors will complete an on-site verification within 12 months to evaluate internal controls and compliance with audit findings. Auditors already verified a system of checks and balances to ensure future compliance. The new procedures will include opening of a new bank Read more


CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more


Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more


PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more


Pashinski ready to return to Harrisburg after line-item veto on budget

(Dec 29, 2015)

WILKES-BARRE, Dec. 29 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, released this statement after Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that he will line-item veto the budget passed by the Senate last week: “While our schools, counties and human services will finally receive funding to sustain their operations, Pennsylvania is still without a fiscally responsible budget. The governor’s action to line-item veto was a result of the Republicans failing to put the people of Pennsylvania first and pass a real budget -- a real budget that actually pays our bills, appropriately funds our schools, addresses our budget debt and puts Pennsylvania on a stable and fiscally responsible foundation for this year and next. “That real budget was presented last week in the House and ready for a vote when the Republicans up and left Harrisburg without finishing their job. It was irresponsible and reckless for them to leave town without passing the budget agreed to by the other caucuses and the governor. “My Democratic colleagues and I are ready to spend whatever time and energy is necessary to pass a legitimate, honest and fiscally responsible budget. So I am asking the people of Pennsylvania to contact House Speaker Mike Turzai and all of our leaders to demand that we return to the Capitol and get the job done post haste.” Read more


Pashinski: We're Ready to Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says that he and his House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more


Pashinski blasts canceled session during budget impasse

(Dec 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – On a day when the House was expected to be in voting session, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today joined more than 20 House Democratic colleagues to question House Speaker Mike Turzai's decision to cancel the session day amidst a six-month budget impasse. “The speaker’s actions once again show a lack of responsibility on the part of the House Republicans,” Pashinski said. “Just this week, they voted to ramrod another inadequate bare-bones plan through the chamber and now they are stalling a resolution to the impasse. We are wasting time. We have a budget bill we can vote on now that will get critical funding to our schools and our human service providers.” Senate Bill 1073, a General Appropriations bill that reflects the spending framework agreed to by Gov. Tom Wolf, House Democrats, Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, passed the Senate with a large bipartisan majority on Monday and was received in the House Tuesday. No action has been taken on the bill since that time. “About a month ago, all acting parties representing the House, the Senate and the governor agreed to the spending framework, but then the House Republicans backed out of the deal,” Pashinski said. “The canceling of session today is furthering a needless delay in finally getting a budget passed and getting it to the governor. The speaker of the House chose to take an unnecessary break, which is Read more


Pashinski congratulates Family Service Association of NEPA on $100K grant to help sex-abuse victims

(Dec 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced at a Capitol news conference today the approval of 44 Penn State Endowment grants to help victims of child sex abuse. A grant for $100,000 was awarded to the Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania to continue with the creation of a children’s advocacy center in Susquehanna and Wyoming counties. "The Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania does tremendous things to help children, families and communities throughout the city of Wilkes-Barre and northeastern Pennsylvania," said state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne. "The grant will help the organization reach out to help even more children and families with the services it currently provides." Read more


Pashinski: House Republican budget bill a ‘waste of time’

(Dec 08, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today released the following statement on his negative vote on the House Republican state budget plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year: “Today, I voted no for the House Republican budget plan that does nothing to properly fund education and human services or fix the structural deficit. This bill put before the House of Representatives today was a complete waste of time and prolongs the budget impasse even further. “A fiscally responsible budget is five months overdue and it appears the House Republicans can’t get it together. Fortunately, the Senate has approved a bipartisan budget that has the support from House Democrats and Gov. Tom Wolf. Just a few weeks ago, a budget was agreed upon by all acting parties representing the House, the Senate and the governor. However, the Republicans in the House have backed out of this deal today by trying to ramrod another inadequate bare-bones funding plan, which includes about half for education compared to the Senate’s version. Enough is enough. “We need to stop playing games now and join the Senate in passing this compromise budget bill, and give the people in the commonwealth a budget by next week.” Read more


Pashinski Fights To Keep Children Healthy With CHIP

(Dec 01, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski talks about the importance of extending the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2017. Pennsylvania's CHIP program puts health coverage within reach for all uninsured kids and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Read more


Pashinski’s bill to give smaller cities option to enforce parking laws passes House

(Nov 18, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has passed a bill introduced by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, that would give parking authorities in Scranton and 53 other cities, including Wilkes-Barre, the option to administer and enforce the city’s parking law. Pashinski said it would only be an option for the third-class and 2A cities, which has been requested by many of those cities. “House Bill 1455 would allow for an administration hearing process to provide more flexibility, reduce costs, and administer prompt resolution of disputes and appeals,” Pashinski said. “My bill would help shift the workload to the parking authorities and relieve some burden on the courts.” The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. Read more


Pashinski: Republican plan is a bad move for public health and safety

(Oct 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, criticized a vote made this week by House Republicans attempting to halt state regulations that protect public health, safety and more. The House voted on legislation that would add lengthy delays to the nonpartisan Independent Regulatory Review Commission process of finalizing regulations proposed by state government agencies. Under the bill (H.B. 965), the chairmen of standing committees could potentially bring the regulatory process to a halt by using a provision that prohibits IRRC from acting on a proposed regulation for a specified number of calendar days or "legislative" days, whichever is longer. Because of Republican majorities in the House and Senate, all committee chairmen are Republicans. "This is another example of how the Republicans are manipulating the process and preventing the public of vital information and delaying important regulations that are designed to protect the public and the environment," Pashinski said. "The Republicans only seem interested in this when a Democrat moves into the governor’s office." Pashinski added a similar push was made when Governor Ed Rendell was in office but not during Governor Tom Corbett’s time in office. Read more


Pashinski: Say ‘No More’ to Domestic Violence

(Oct 13, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski takes part in the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence's honoring of women and men who’ve died as a result of domestic violence in the past year. Pashinski reads the names of those who’ve lost their lives in Luzerne County and says it’s time to bring more awareness and encourage people to say “no more” to domestic violence and sexual assault. More information about this issue can be found at www.pasaysnomore.com. Read more


Pashinski Supports Plan To Reinvest In Pa. Schools, Residents

(Oct 07, 2015)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski explains why he voted on a plan to provide recurring revenue to fund Pa. schools, human services and other critical needs, in addition to providing property tax relief to hundreds of thousands. Read more