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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 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: 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


House passes Pashinski bill to establish Kinship Navigator Pilot Program (with video)

(Jun 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State. Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced the House today passed his bill that will focus on assisting grandparents raising grandchildren in Pennsylvania. House Bill 662 would establish a Kinship Navigator Pilot Program in the commonwealth to determine the needs of kinship caregivers and assess the feasibility of establishing a permanent program. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 191,000 children in Pennsylvania are being raised by 80,000 grandparents. Nearly 20 percent of these grandparents raising their grandchildren live in poverty. Pashinski said many grandparents in his district face challenges raising their grandchildren, including lack of a support network and absence of respite for the caregiver. “Grandparents often are not prepared financially or emotionally to provide for their grandchildren,” Pashinski said. “When taking on the role of parent, grandparents also often face custody battles that are costly, time-consuming and complicated. “These grandparents need qualified support and guidance to help them navigate the complexities of the system. It’s time for Pennsylvania to step up and help our grandparents and grandchildren by establishing a Kinship Navigator Pilot that would assist them in finding support they need to keep their family together.” Pashinski added that at least a dozen states have established similar and successful programs, including neighboring Read more


Wilkes gateway project kicks off

(Apr 24, 2015)

A $1 million project to build a gateway linking a South Main Street entrance to the heart of the Wilkes University campus is ready to start. Read more


Pashinski Helps Launch New Veterans Vans

(Apr 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski helped the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network dedicate new vans for use by DAV volunteers to assist Pennsylvania veterans in getting to medical appointments and facilities. Read more


House Bill 662 (Kinship Navigator)

(Apr 13, 2015)

Read about Rep. Pashinski's proposal on the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Pilot Program within the Department of Human Services. Read more


Pashinski Wants to Helps Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

(Apr 13, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinki introduces two Luzerne County families where the grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. He outlines this growing trend and why it's important to update current state laws to reflect the household challenges. Read more


Pashinski, Policy Committee examine education funding in Pa.

(Apr 07, 2015)

WILKES-BARRE, April 7 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from leaders in education, along with state officials, concerning funding for education in Pennsylvania at a hearing requested by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne. The meeting was held at Wilkes University and focused on Gov. Tom Wolf’s "Schools that Teach" plan, which is part of the governor’s three-step approach to strengthen the commonwealth. Pashinski said the governor’s proposal will not only help restore funding for education in two years, it will also reduce school property taxes by more than 50 percent to homeowners. "The governor’s plan is truly a win-win for the people of Pennsylvania," Pashinski said. "House Democrats and I believe this proposal is a strong investment to provide a solid education and better future for the youth of this commonwealth and connect the economic improvements to a quality education. "Gov. Wolf’s budget also provides property tax relief, which will help rebuild the middle class in this state." Pashinski co-chaired the hearing with state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who serves as House Democratic Policy Committee chairman. "As a former educator, Rep. Pashinski has always been an advocate for quality education," Sturla said. "By initiating this hearing, he is showcasing his strong support in Gov. Wolf’s plan for moving Pennsylvania in an upward and Read more


Vietnam veterans honored at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

(Mar 30, 2015)

State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, was on hand both to present a state resolution and to offer a bit of fellowship to about 80 veterans gathered. Read more