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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


House adopts Pashinski resolution designating March 2015 Music in Our Schools Month

(Mar 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, said he is proud to report that the state House today adopted his resolution recognizing the importance of music in the schools and acknowledging music educators across the commonwealth. House Resolution 44 designates March 2015 as Music in Our Schools Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution acknowledges the academic and creative benefits music provides to students. Pashinski said performances will illuminate the Capitol halls throughout the month and they are a testament to the hard work and dedication to their craft. "I have an undeniable passion for music and educating our children. I sincerely believe that the two go hand in hand in helping children develop and learn,” Pashinski said. The National Association for Music Education designated March for the observance of Music in Our Schools Month. The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association highlights Music in Our Schools Month by promoting concerts held in the Pennsylvania State Capitol, as well as encouraging members across the state to have concerts and remind parents, administrators and community members about the importance and value of music education. "This is a great opportunity for students in Pennsylvania schools to showcase the education they've received from outstanding music educators throughout the Commonwealth," said Dennis Emert, PMEA president and teacher of elementary instrumental music in the Fox Chapel Read more


Pashinski votes against liquor privatization bill

(Feb 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today voted against the bill to privatize liquor sales, noting it would cost consumers and the state more and do little to help Pennsylvania’s current fiscal crisis. Pashinski said the plan (H.B. 466) would result in higher prices with fewer selections and could require consumers to go from store to store to search the items they want. "Supporters of this bill say that it’s more convenient to consumers, but with 30 different kinds of licenses, it becomes more confusing and less convenient," Pashinski said. "When you realize you may have to travel to several stores to find the wine or spirit you desire, you may end up shelling out more money for gas along with paying the higher price for the liquor, so it’s really financially inconvenient in the end." Pashinski said the GOP-sponsored plan claims that privatizing the liquor stores would generate $1 billion in revenue for the state budget; however, only about $167 million of that would be available in the first year. In addition, the state would lose $80-100 million per year that liquor stores contribute to the state, as well as the transition costs estimated at $1.4 billion which would negate any real profit from the sale. "As we deal with a budget deficit of more than $2 billion, privatizing the state’s wine and spirits shops would be fiscally irresponsible," Pashinski said. "We need to Read more


Additional financial assistance available for veterans

(Feb 17, 2015)

If you or someone you know is a veteran or a single surviving spouse who is eligible for a VA pension and requires assistance from another person, or is housebound, you may be eligible for additional payments. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tells me that Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances are in addition to the monthly pension you may already receive. If you are not eligible for a basic pension because of excessive income, you may still be eligible for these allowances. You can qualify to receive the Aid and Attendance monthly addition if you meet one of the following conditions: You require assistance to perform personal functions needed in everyday living Your disabilities require you to be bedridden apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment You are in a nursing home due to a mental or physical incapacity Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to five degrees or less. The VA tells me that Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, a Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility. You can qualify for the Housebound monthly pension when you must remain home because of a permanent disability. To apply for either of these benefits or for more information, contact the VA regional office where you filed a claim for pension benefits. Please share this information with any veterans you may know. As Read more


Pashinski seeks passenger rail study

(Feb 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG — A Luzerne County lawmaker is calling for a legislative study to determine the feasibility of restoring passenger rail service between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre, said this project could be done in conjunction with the long-sought goal of resuming passenger train service between Scranton and New York City. Read more


Consensus among legislators on big issues facing state, differences in details to address them

(Feb 17, 2015)

Share on linkedin Share on reddit Share on tumblr Share on pinterest_share Share on digg Share on stumbleupon More Sharing Services WILKES-BARRE — State lawmakers from the area covered a wide variety of topics Saturday at the League of Women Voters Legislative Breakfast, often in agreement on such issues as pension reform and a severance tax on the natural gas industry, but differing in the details of addressing them. Read more


Bill would take parental rights away from rapists

(Feb 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG — For the second year in a row, a group of state lawmakers is seeking to close loopholes in what they say are outdated child-custody laws that protect the rights of rapists over their victims.. Read more


Pashinski calls for public health advisory on e-cigarette use

(Feb 05, 2015)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced his request of a public health advisory from the state Secretary of Health, urging residents to exercise extreme caution when using electronic cigarettes and to avoid smoking anything with serious health consequences. Read more


Protect yourself from utility company imposters

(Jan 26, 2015)

Utility companies are reminding you that criminals sometimes pose as their workers to gain entry and rob your home. These fake workers will say they are investigating a dirty water complaint by a neighbor or checking water pressure due to a nearby main break. Once they get inside, they will divert your attention by sending you to the basement or kitchen to run a faucet while they, or an accomplice, rob another area of your house. You should know that utility workers will never show up at your home without an appointment. However, if a workers does come to your home and you weren’t expecting them, DO NOT let them inside without proper identification. Also, a worker on scene will never ask for nor accept payment at a customer’s home or business. Don’t be afraid to ask for photo ID, and take the time to examine the ID badge whenever someone from a utility company arrives at your home. If you are still unsure and have any suspicions about the individual’s identity, call 9-1-1 immediately. Please share this information with your family and friends. As always, contact my office on any state-related issue. Read more


Pashinski: A New Beginning for Pa.

(Jan 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration brings needed change to the state, after four years of funding cuts and failed policies. Rep. Pashinski supports the governor’s plan to focus on efforts benefitting all of Pennsylvania, including fair education funding, job creation, and helping middle-class families. Read more


NEPA lawmakers weigh in on Pennsylvania’s budget woes

(Jan 08, 2015)

WILKES-BARRE — Democratic state legislators from Northeastern Pennsylvania said the $2 billion budget deficit disclosed at Wednesday’s Mid-Year Budget Briefing “should be laid at the feet of Gov. Tom Corbett and his Republican legislative allies.” Read more


Pashinski sworn in for fifth term as state representative

(Jan 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 6– State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, was sworn in today to represent the 121st House District for the 2015-2016 legislative session. Pashinski said some of his legislative priorities are continuing to work toward making health care affordable for all Pennsylvanians, appropriate funding for education, enacting a tax on Marcellus Shale drilling and reducing property taxes.“I am honored and privileged to once again represent the people of the 121st District, and I thank everyone who took the time to vote,” Pashinski said. “Since we will have a Democratic governor, we now have a seat at the table to balance the power between the executive branch and the Republican-controlled House and Senate. “2015 will certainly prove to be very challenging but it is our responsibility to get the job done for the people of Pennsylvania.”Pashinski invites all Luzerne County residents to visit his newly designed web page, www.pahouse.com/Pashinski for information about constituent services. Residents also may follow Pashinski via his legislative Facebook page, www.facebook.com/RepPashinski and legislative Twitter account, twitter.com/RepPashinski.Constituents also can visit his district office located at 152 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre or get help by phoning 570-825-5934.The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 199th Legislative Session. The state constitution mandates that the Read more


Hope for Hannah legislation becomes law

(Dec 28, 2014)

Pennsylvania's children have a new protection thanks to Hannah's Law, named after Hannah Ginion of Bristol Township, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder called Krabbe disease. Hannah passed away on Dec. 28, 2014. Read more


Beware IRS phone scams

(Nov 29, 2014)

Recently, my office received information about phone calls received statewide in which an individual claimed to be from the IRS and demanded payment on taxes owed. Please be aware – this phone call is a scam, and the IRS will NOT initiate first contact with you on the phone about taxes owed. Always be wary of unsolicited phone calls in which an individual claims to represent a business or government entity and aggressively demands payment. The IRS does not operate this way and will always send official correspondence through the mail to make its first contact with you. Read more


HEROIN: What you need to know about Pennsylvania’s Good Samaritan Law

(Nov 24, 2014)

Landmark legislation passed during the 2013-14 Legislative Session now allows first responders, including law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS or other organizations the ability to administer a medication known as naloxone, a life-saving opioid-overdose antidote. The law also allows individuals such as friends or family members who might be in a position to help a person at risk of experiencing an opioid-related overdose to obtain a prescription for naloxone. Additionally, Act 139 provides immunity from prosecution for those responding to and reporting overdoses. Read more


In the News: Dept. of Human Services name change better reflects mission

(Nov 24, 2014)

House Bill 993, which renamed the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, was signed into law as Act 132 during the 2013-14 Legislative Session. According to advocates for the change, renaming the department was long overdue, and as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the name change better reflects the department’s mission. Read more


Do you need help paying heating bills?

(Nov 24, 2014)

As we get into the coldest months of winter, many people are worried about affording their increasing heating costs. If you or someone you know qualifies, my office could help you take advantage of a program set up to curtail high home heating bills. Read more


Apply for health insurance by Feb. 16

(Nov 23, 2014)

The open enrollment period for health care coverage is now underway. If you or someone you know is in need of health insurance, please consider visiting the federal Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov. Applicants have until Feb. 16, 2015 to enroll. Everyone, no matter what age, needs health insurance. A random accident or unexpected illness could put you in danger of losing not only your good health but also your financial future. Read more


Sign up for the Do-Not-Call list

(Nov 22, 2014)

To register for the Pennsylvania and national do-not-call lists, visit http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/dnc.aspx or call 1-888-777-3406. Registration is free. There is a rolling enrollment; individuals may sign up at any time and the registration is good for five years. After that, you can re-enroll. And, signing up on Pennsylvania's list automatically adds those numbers to the national do-not-call list. Read more


Weatherizing your home saves you money on energy bills

(Nov 20, 2014)

Last year’s bitterly cold winter left many people struggling to pay higher-than-normal home energy bills. As we head toward the coldest months of the year, there are ways you can winterize your home to keep heat in, cold air out, and money in your pocket. Many businesses offer professional home energy audits, but you can perform your own by inspecting areas where heat escapes and cold air leaks in. Read more