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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 Gov. Wolf’s plan to provide for the future of Pa.

(Oct 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – Regarding today’s House vote on the tax component of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, who supported the modest increases in order to restore education funding and provide additional property tax relief, issued the following statement: "I did not come to Harrisburg for a job; I came to the Capitol to try to improve the lives of our Pennsylvania citizens," he said. "I know tax votes are tough; no one wants to raise taxes, but Gov. Wolf did his homework. He heard the people say they expect the gas industry to pay their fair share and the people want their schools funded appropriately to reduce or eliminate their property taxes. "The governor is trying to put Pennsylvania on sound, stable and predictable financial footing. Without this funding, another $1 billion would be cut in education, resulting in increased property taxes, and more cuts to programs and staff, and human services will continue to be underfunded. "It is my hope that this vote will force all parties back to the table to negotiate a final agreement." 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

 

Pashinski: Veto of Stopgap The Right Decision

(Sep 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says Governor Tom Wolf did the right thing by vetoing the so-called “stopgap” budget that would have just temporarily postponed the state’s budget crisis and says it’s time for all parties to come together to negotiate a real, long-term solution that invests in our kids, protects those in need and builds a better future. Read more

 

Pashinski: We need a REAL budget

(Sep 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more

 

Pashinski bill to establish Kinship Navigator Pilot Program endorsed by National Association of Social Workers

(Sep 08, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, said his bill that will focus on assisting grandparents raising grandchildren in Pennsylvania has received endorsement by the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter. House Bill 662, which the House approved in June, 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. The bill is currently in the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee. 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 the endorsement is an honor and a strong indication the legislation is crucial for grandparents across the commonwealth. "The NASW-PA supports family preservation services through its dedicated workers, so my bill can further assist with keeping the family units together, especially in cases where grandparents are head of households," Pashinski said. There are many grandparents in my district facing challenges in raising their grandchildren, including lack of a support network and absence of respite for them. "I thank the National Association of Social Workers for standing with me on this important bill and for its support to get it passed in the Senate and then to the governor Read more

 

Pashinski: GOP Stunts Make Budget Impasse Worse

(Aug 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski talks about legislative stunts that House Republicans are resorting to instead of negotiating a complete and responsible budget. Read more

 

Pashinski: Citizens Lose With No PA Budget

(Jul 23, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says kids, seniors, and every Pennsylvanian suffers while we wait for a budget compromise. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $3.1 million in grants for his legislative district

(Jul 08, 2015)

WILKES-BARRE, July 8 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today that several projects in his district were approved for nearly $3.1 million in grants from gaming funds by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “The money for these projects will not only help improve the quality of life for people who live, work, and play in my district; it also invests in our children and creates jobs,” Pashinski said. “I commend the CFA members for approving funding for these important projects.” Luzerne County SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) received $831,545 to operate a program for one year. SHINE is a successful, nationally recognized after-school program in existence for 10 years in Carbon County. “As educational host for this exemplary program benefiting our youth, we’re pleased to see the value being placed on SHINE,” said Dr. Patrick Leahy, president of Wilkes University. Also receiving grants are: Children’s Service Center – $100,000 to build a new outpatient clinic in Wilkes-Barre and transform the current facility into a dental and medical clinic and pharmacy. This will add 30 full-time jobs. Wilkes-Barre City – $500,000 to renovate and rebrand Public Square as a hub to promote technology, job growth and community development. This project would create over 50 new jobs. Medico Industries, Inc. – $600,000 for the Hanover Township facility to assist with facility Read more

 

Pashinski: Protect Pa. Families

(Jun 30, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski speaks against the GOP pension bill that could devastate Pennsylvania teachers and public workers while not providing any relief to the state's pension debt. Read more

 

Pashinski: Sham Budget Denies Property Tax Relief

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more

 

Pashinski: Fund Schools, Cut Property Taxes

(Jun 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski supports a comprehensive and sustainable budget plan that moves Pennsylvania in the right direction, invests in education, rebuilds the middle class. 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