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Pashinski introduces Delayed Payment Plan for Burden Free Community College

(Feb 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, introduced legislation today to provide a pathway for community college students at any of Pennsylvania’s 14 state community colleges to complete their degree or certificate program and land a steady job before having to begin repaying their tuition. “Student debt is crushing Pennsylvania’s higher education students and discouraging young people from pursuing a degree that can significantly increase their ability to find a good job,” Pashinski said. “Meanwhile, well-paying jobs go unfilled across the state because we don’t have enough workers with the education needed to fill those roles. My Delayed Payment Plan would help address each of these issues, allowing our young people to improve their career prospects while filling the family-sustaining jobs of today and tomorrow.” Once established, the Delayed Payment Plan program would pay up-front for the community college education for participating PA students who attend one of 14 state community colleges, pursue a degree in a high-need career path, and agrees to stay in Pennsylvania after graduating until their tuition is repaid. The agreement would require the graduate to pay back what they owe using a minimum of 2% of their future earnings within 10 years of graduating. Anyone with an outstanding balance following those 10 years would be required to pay a below-current market interest rate of 3.5% Read more

 

Pashinski Applauds Governor’s State Budget Proposal

(Feb 05, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski supports Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $100,000 Dairy Investment Program grant award for PA Dairymen’s Association

(Jan 22, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval of a $100,000 Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program grant for the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “Promoting Pennsylvania Agriculture – especially our dairy industry – is always one of my top priorities as the Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee,” Pashinski said. “PA dairy farmers and producers produce the finest milk and dairy products anywhere — strengthening our diets and our economy. These funds will help the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association continue promoting and supporting our incredible dairy industry.” The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association grant will go toward building their Choose PA Dairy, Goodness that Matters campaign – which was started in 2018 using a previous PDIP award – into a sustained promotion campaign for 2020. This continued marketing campaign will use a multi-faceted approach to educate consumers about the benefits of purchasing and consuming Pennsylvania dairy products through advertising, sponsorship and targeted statewide public announcements. “Thank you to the Pennsylvania Dairyman’s Association for your continued commitment to educating Pennsylvanians to drink Pennsylvania milk by looking for the PA Preferred label or for the plant number ‘42,’ which is Read more

 

Wilkes University gets $30,000 It’s On Us state grant

(Jan 17, 2020)

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes University is lone school in Luzerne County to get an It’s On Us grant from the state this year. The $30,000 will be used to raise awareness about sexual and intimate-partner violence.“Creating a safe, welcoming environment for all of our students is our highest priority,” said Wilkes interim President Paul S. Adams in a news release. “We want to thank Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. John Yudichak and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski for their continued support of Wilkes students, especially when it comes to combating sexual assault.” Read more

 

Pashinski applauds $70,000 in PAsmart Grants for local districts to advance science, technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf today following the announcement of two PAsmart Grants worth $35,000 each to the Crestwood and Wilkes-Barre Area school districts to help expand computer science classes and teacher training. “Congratulations to both Crestwood and Wilkes-Barre Area school districts for pursuing and being awarded funding to enhance STEM education for their students and teachers,” Pashinski said. “It is critical that our students are prepared to meet the demands of the next generation of jobs, with more and more careers requiring science, technology, engineering and math skills.” Each grant recipient will receive $35,000. The grants are used to help schools introduce and expand computer science programming and to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with training to teach computer science. The new targeted grant awardees from across the commonwealth have prioritized expanding access to computer science for underrepresented students, such as students of color, girls, low-income students and students in rural communities, according to the administration. “I applaud and thank Governor Wolf for his administration’s continued commitment to putting much needed resources into workforce development, especially in our schools,” Pashinski said. For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please Read more

 

McCarter, Pashinski introduce Prescription Drug Importation bill for Pennsylvania

(Jan 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – State Reps. Steve McCarter, D-Montgomery, and Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, introduced legislation Wednesday that would make sure Pennsylvania has studied and is prepared to implement a prescription drug importation program if and when the federal government approves final regulations allowing states to do so. "The increasing cost of prescription drugs is driving up health care costs, which is driving up every Pennsylvanian's cost of living," Pashinski said. "This legislation makes sure Pennsylvania is developing a long-term solution to this problem by preparing the state to effectively implement a prescription drug importation program once federal regulations are issued - potentially saving the state and consumers millions of dollars." House Bill 2225 would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to study the potential savings of importing less expensive prescription drugs from Canada and design a potential prescription drug importation program for our state when the study demonstrates savings for consumers and pending federal action. Last month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued draft rules that would allow states to start these programs, which still must go through a public comment period and may be years away from a final rule. Several states have already passed laws establishing programs that would import prescription drugs from Canada in hopes of passing along savings Read more

 

Wolf Administration announces $500,000 in grants for agriculture education

(Jan 10, 2020)

The Wolf Administration announced that the Agriculture and Youth Grants Program will make $500,000 available to improve access to agriculture education in Pa.Monday at the Farm Show, Agriculture Secretary Redding along with state representatives announced the money will fund 55 projects that promote development in farming and vocation training. Read more

 

Pashinski Talks PA Farm Bill with Secretary Redding

(Jan 09, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski sits down with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding at the Farm Show to discuss all things agriculture, including the PA Farm Bill. Read more

 

Pashinski announces $50,000 in Teacher in the Workplace grants for Crestwood, Hanover Area school districts

(Jan 06, 2020)

WILKES-BARRE, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced that the Crestwood and Hanover Area school districts will each receive a $25,000 in Teacher in the Workplace grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The funds will go towards enabling teachers to visit local employers and learn the skills and industry trends to enhance their classroom instruction, student learning and career readiness. “This money will help teachers in the Crestwood and Hanover Area school districts to better prepare their students for in-demand family-sustaining jobs upon graduation – many of which employers are currently struggling to fill,” Pashinski said. “By connecting our local educators with local businesses, we are not only providing a practical education experience for our students, we are building a stronger community and economic future.” The Teacher in the Workforce grants from PDE are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act and from the Department of Labor and Industry through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations and economic development entities. To learn more, please visit: Read more

 

Pashinski: Treat “Ghost Guns” Like Other Firearms

(Dec 16, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski is commending Gov. Tom Wolf and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro for taking action to protect Pennsylvanians from so-called "ghost guns." He explains how today’s announcement will help keep these firearms out of the hands of criminals. Read more

 

Pashinski introduces Universal School Property Tax Relief Rebate bill

(Dec 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, introduced legislation today to provide $800 in school property tax relief to every property taxpayer in Pennsylvania. “I am proud to formally introduce my practical and balanced Universal Property Tax Relief Rebate program to provide school property tax relief to working families and seniors who are struggling to stay in their homes,” Pashinski said. “It’s clear that a new approach to providing tax relief is needed following decades of failed attempts to fairly replace the needed $14 billion to completely eliminate school property taxes. I strongly believe this bill is a great start to begin providing that relief.” Under Pashinski’s H.B. 2119 , an $800 rebate would be available to all school property taxpayers, as well as a $50 rebate for renters. The plan would be fully funded through a small Personal Income Tax increase to 3.49% and the expansion of sales tax to certain luxury items and services. “Property Tax Relief is needed in communities of all shapes and sizes across the commonwealth,” Pashinski said. “That’s why I am grateful and encouraged that my bill already has support from a bipartisan group of 18 representatives from urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania.” More specifically, the approximately $2.8 billion in replacement revenues to pay for the plan would come from an estimated $2.05 billion in Read more

 

Pashinski applauds approval of I-81 project to increase safety & mobility

(Dec 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of a proposed state Transportation Department Public-Private Transportation Partnership project to reconstruct a 4.5-mile section of I-81 near Wilkes-Barre. “I applaud and thank the PennDOT Public-Private Transportation Partnership Board for recognizing the growing need for investments in northeast Pennsylvania’s roads and bridges,” Pashinski said. “The approval of this project gives us a rare opportunity to get ahead of the maintenance demands created by increasing traffic and aging infrastructure.” The 4.5-mile section’s improvements include the widening of the Interstate to three lanes in both directions from Exit 164 to Exit 168, realigning 2.5 miles of I-81 southbound and replacing eight bridges, as well as other related improvements. Safety and mobility improvements include eliminating a left-hand exit on I-81 northbound (Route 309), among others. “Because this is a P3 project, private companies will have the opportunity to competitively bid to take on this project, helping our local economy and efficiently using taxpayer funds,” Pashinski said. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on mobility and safety in our region for generations to come.” The Public and Private Partnerships for Transportation Act was signed into law in 2012, which authorized P3 projects in Read more

 

To stop more kids from getting hooked on nicotine and tobacco, ban flavored vaping products

(Nov 21, 2019)

There is an epidemic spreading among our children. What is it? Vaping. Everyone knows and evidence has proven that smoking is bad and unhealthy. Fortunately, that message has helped reduce tobacco use among American teens for decades. Disturbingly, this trend is being drastically reversed before our eyes because of vaping – especially flavored vapor products. In order to stop this sudden increase in teen tobacco use, I have introduced H.B. 1994 to ban the sale and purchase of the flavored vapor products responsible for getting children hooked in Pennsylvania. Many people don’t think of vape pens and e-cigarette cartridges as tobacco products, but they are. The nicotine in these products was originally extracted from tobacco leaves, as was all nicotine, which means that they are legally a tobacco product and by law are regulated by the FDA. Whether it is vaped or smoked in a cigarette, this nicotine is extremely addictive, especially to the still-developing brains of young people. In 2014, for the first time, more teenagers used e-cigarettes or vaped nicotine than smoked cigarettes. Since then, as cigarette use declines, teen e-cigarette usage is growing – and much faster. Suddenly, it skyrocketed in 2018 with nearly 1 in 5 high schoolers and 1 in 20 middle schoolers using an e-cigarette in the past month, leading the FDA to publicly identify the drastic shift as an “epidemic.” This problem is not going to go away on its own. Just Read more

 

Pashinski Recognizes "One Health Day" In Pa.

(Nov 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski speaks on the House floor recognizing November 3, 2019 as "One Health Day" in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Pashinski, Mullery announce $850,000 grant awarded for local state forest expansion

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski and Gerald Mullery, both D-Luzerne, announced today that Newport and Hanover townships have received $850,000 in state funds to expand state forest land. The funding will be used for the acquisition of approximately 1,400 acres in the townships for an addition to Pinchot State Forest. “This is major investment in our state forest, I’m glad the residents and visitors of both townships will benefit from this with a clean, green place to enjoy for generations,” Pashinski said. “This grant is a win-win for Luzerne County. It will not only go a long way in expanding our green space, but also will further protect the natural beauty of our landscape,” Mullery said. The grants are among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through its Community Conservation Partnerships Programs. DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here . Read more

 

Important information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and deer

(Nov 15, 2019)

With deer season approaching, I wanted to make sure to provide our hunters, meat processors and food banks with the most up-to-date information on the latest research and best practices for identifying and managing harvested deer potentially infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). At this time, current published scientific studies support the hypothesis that there is a strong species barrier protecting humans from Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), and to date, there have not been any documented cases of humans being infected with CWD. Since CWD has been in Pennsylvania for several years, there is a heightened awareness of the disease among Pennsylvania hunters. There are voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) that should be practiced by hunters. These BMPs include handling carcasses properly and discarding high-risk parts with abnormal proteins - including brain, eyes, tonsils, lymph nodes, backbone, spleen and anything containing visible brain or spinal cord material. In addition, many hunters are participating with the PA Department of Agriculture and PA Game Commission to test the heads of wild deer for CWD in Disease Management Areas. These practices help protect hunters and their families against CWD. Research continues in search of a cure and rapid test for CWD, which was recently accelerated with the issuance of the CWD research Request for Applications published by the PA Department of Agriculture. It is important to follow commonsense Read more

 

$200,000 grant awarded to Commission on Economic Opportunity in Luzerne County toward ending hunger in region by 2025

(Nov 15, 2019)

WILKES-BARRE, Nov. 15 -- State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today the approval of a $200,000 Neighborhood Partnership Program grant for the Commission on Economic Opportunity – Luzerne County for its project to end hunger in Northeast Pennsylvania by 2025. “In a county, commonwealth, and country abundant with food and resources, no family or individual should have to go hungry,” Pashinski said. “This valuable funding will help CEO meet its goal of increasing food access and decreasing food insecurity, improving the health and stability for families throughout our region.” The funding, announced earlier today by Gov. Tom Wolf, comes through NPP, which is part of the Neighborhood Assistance Program, whose goal is to promote community participation and collaborations among nonprofits, businesses and residents while producing outcomes that assist a distressed area or the low-income population in a neighborhood. “Congratulations to CEO for securing this funding and I thank them for their commitment to addressing food insecurity in our area,” Pashinski said. “Food insecurity can devastate families through no fault of their own, resulting from medical emergencies, unexpected expenses, job loss and more. I thank Governor Wolf for recognizing this need in our community and helping to approve funds to invest in food acquisition, distribution, partner networking, household level access and improving Read more

 

Six Luzerne County projects awarded state funding

(Nov 13, 2019)

Other projects receiving funding:• The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund Inc.: $500,000 for the multimodal transportation improvement project.• Plymouth Borough: $150,000 for the Plymouth Borough Main Street improvement project.• Luzerne County, on behalf of NorthPoint Development, LLC: $100,000 for the new Hanover Street and New Commerce Boulevard intersection improvement project.• Hanover Twp.: $50,000 for the Safe Route for School and Travel project.State Reps. Gerald Mullery, D-119, Newport Twp.; Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre; and Mike Carroll, D-118, Avoca, assisted Yudichak with securing funding for the 14th Senatorial District projects. Read more

 

Luzerne representatives call for Corrections secretary to be fired

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – Three Luzerne County state representatives are asking Gov. Tom Wolf to dismiss Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel following comments he made at the recent public hearing regarding the proposed closure of SCI-Retreat. Read more

 

Pashinski introduces bill to ban flavored vaping products in Pa.

(Oct 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 25 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today introduced his “Ban on Flavored Vapor Products Act”, H.B. 1994, which would remove flavored vaping products from store shelves across Pennsylvania. “Vapor products have been repeatedly called ‘safe’ or ‘less dangerous’ than cigarettes,” Pashinski said. “While it is true that vapor products contain far fewer carcinogens and toxicants, they still contain significant amounts of nicotine – the drug that makes cigarettes addictive in the first place.” House Bill 1994 would reduce access to these dangerous products by penalizing retail stores up to $500 for the sale or production of flavored vaping products, with penalties increasing if violations continue. Individuals either selling or producing these products would also face increasing fines, starting at $250, and individuals buying these products would receive a fine of up to $200 as well as up to 75 hours of community service. “For decades, the amount of young people using tobacco products was steadily declining, but that is no longer true,” Pashinski said. “From just 2017 to 2018, the percentage of high schoolers using tobacco products jumped from nearly 20% to 27%. This dramatic increase was mainly caused by flavored vaping products. My bill will swiftly address this disturbing trend by keeping these harmful products off Pennsylvania’s Read more

 

Pashinski introduces Delayed Payment Plan for Burden Free Community College
Feb 06, 2020

Pashinski Applauds Governor’s State Budget Proposal
Feb 05, 2020

Pashinski announces $100,000 Dairy Investment Program grant award for PA Dairymen’s Association
Jan 22, 2020

Wilkes University gets $30,000 It’s On Us state grant
Jan 17, 2020

Pashinski applauds $70,000 in PAsmart Grants for local districts to advance science, technology education
Jan 17, 2020

McCarter, Pashinski introduce Prescription Drug Importation bill for Pennsylvania
Jan 16, 2020

Wolf Administration announces $500,000 in grants for agriculture education
Jan 10, 2020

Pashinski Talks PA Farm Bill with Secretary Redding
Jan 09, 2020

Pashinski announces $50,000 in Teacher in the Workplace grants for Crestwood, Hanover Area school districts
Jan 06, 2020

Pashinski: Treat “Ghost Guns” Like Other Firearms
Dec 16, 2019

Pashinski introduces Universal School Property Tax Relief Rebate bill
Dec 09, 2019

Pashinski applauds approval of I-81 project to increase safety & mobility
Dec 05, 2019

To stop more kids from getting hooked on nicotine and tobacco, ban flavored vaping products
Nov 21, 2019

Pashinski Recognizes "One Health Day" In Pa.
Nov 19, 2019

Pashinski, Mullery announce $850,000 grant awarded for local state forest expansion
Nov 19, 2019

Important information about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and deer
Nov 15, 2019

$200,000 grant awarded to Commission on Economic Opportunity in Luzerne County toward ending hunger in region by 2025
Nov 15, 2019

Six Luzerne County projects awarded state funding
Nov 13, 2019

Luzerne representatives call for Corrections secretary to be fired
Oct 29, 2019

Pashinski introduces bill to ban flavored vaping products in Pa.
Oct 25, 2019