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Pashinski, Policy Committee explore tax fairness in Pennsylvania

(Aug 20, 2018)

WILKES-BARRE, Aug. 20 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at Kings College to discuss tax fairness issues in Pennsylvania. Pashinski has been a proponent of instituting a Marcellus Shale severance tax, reducing the Corporate Net Income tax while closing reporting loopholes such as the Delaware loophole, finding a way to reduce property taxes and exploring adjustments to the Personal Income Tax and Sales and Use Tax to better serve Pennsylvania’s middle class. Pashinski was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the state. “Taxation issues in Pennsylvania can be overly burdensome on the middle class and House Democrats have put forth a plan to change that,” Pashinski said. “I’ve supported options in the legislature to alleviate the pain of property taxes as well as lowering our high Corporate Net Income Tax combined with closing reporting loopholes and instituting a balanced Marcellus Shale tax to ensure corporations pay their fair share. The devil is always in the details and getting a majority of the legislature on board with a single plan is no easy task.” Sturla added: “Whenever you talk about tax fairness, one of the main topics is always property tax reform. House Democrats have supported Governor Tom Wolf’s property tax relief plan and various other relief plans that have been Read more

 

‘Today is a new day’: 14 graduate from Luzerne County Treatment Court

(Aug 13, 2018)

WILKES-BARRE — Fourteen people officially started new lives Friday as the latest graduates of Luzerne County Treatment Court.“What the 14 of you have accomplished is outstanding,” state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski told the graduates during a ceremony in a county courtroom. “Today is a new day, as is every day.” Read more

 

Our View: Legislature should pass Pashinski’s grandparents’ guardianship bill

(Aug 10, 2018)

Many people talk about solutions to the ongoing opioid epidemic.State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski has taken an important step toward addressing one of its often overlooked tolls.House Bill 1539, of which Pashinski is prime sponsor, would grant grandparents temporary guardianship of their grandchildren when the youngsters’ parents become unable to care for them due to addiction issues. Read more

 

Wolf hears from grandparents raising grandchildren due to opioid crisis

(Aug 08, 2018)

Local grandparents who are raising grandchildren due to the opioid crisis pleaded with Gov. Tom Wolf and area lawmakers Wednesday to provide more.Wolf heard stories of children being improperly unified with addicted parents, challenges in getting trauma counseling and financial woes during his visit to the Jewish Community Center. Read more

 

Grandparents raising grandchildren tell Gov. Wolf state ‘can do better’

(Aug 08, 2018)

When Gov. Tom Wolf asked a group of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren what the state needs to do for them, Brenda Saba had the answer.“Pennsylvania can do better,” she said. “Pennsylvania needs to do more for us.” Read more

 

Pashinski, advocates stress importance of dog licensing bill

(Jul 30, 2018)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, joined advocates from the Luzerne County SPCA to call for passage of H.B. 1463, legislation that would stabilize the Dog Law Restricted Account and streamline the dog licensing process.“Dog licensing fees go toward a number of valuable services in Pennsylvania, including securing stray dogs, inspecting licensed kennels and investigating dog bites,” Pashinski said. “The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has gone 21 years without raising the fee, but now, with the Dog Law Restricted Account close to operating in the red, it’s time to act to ensure these vital operations can continue to be performed.” Read more

 

Pashinski Fights for Pre-Existing Conditions Protection

(Jul 25, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Allentown to discuss a bill that would provide protections for Pennsylvanians who need health care but have a pre-existing condition. Read more

 

Pashinski announces early childhood grants for Wilkes-Barre area

(Jul 13, 2018)

Citing the importance of early educational opportunities for children, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced multiple locations in Luzerne County will be receiving grants for 2018-19 Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program. Read more

 

Ag Research Gets Boost in State Budget

(Jul 02, 2018)

Agricultural research will benefit from the expansiveness in Pennsylvania’s new budget.Gov. Tom Wolf signed a spending package June 22 that provides a 3 percent raise for Penn State research and Extension, and for the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school. Read more

 

Pashinski: Fight Back Against Inhumane Immigration Policies

(Jun 21, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined colleagues and advocates to fight to protect children, keep families together and crack down on President Trump’s inhumane immigration policies. Read more

 

Pashinski: Dozens of buildings suffered severe damage, are unsafe for re-entry following storm

(Jun 14, 2018)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, released the following statement in response to Thursday night’s confirmed tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township: “This morning, I spoke with the offices of Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey and Congressman Matt Cartwright to inform them of the weather devastation that was experienced in Wilkes-Barre Township. I also spoke with Laurel Run officials and Wilkes-Barre Township Mayor Carl Kuren to discuss the assessment and recovery operation. Read more

 

State officials deliver $1.4 million more for Solomon Creek work

(May 09, 2018)

A day before bids are to be opened for the Solomon Creek wall reconstruction, state officials Thursday delivered an additional $1.4 million for the infrastructure project to push the available funding over the $10 million mark. Read more

 

Final funding in place for Solomon Creek project

(May 09, 2018)

Shovels of dirt were symbolically tossed on the Barney Street bridge over Solomon Creek on Thursday, as officials announced the final piece of the funding puzzle for a flood control project decades in the making. Read more

 

House Democratic Policy Committee takes look at Pa. food banks

(Apr 30, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 30 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today held a public hearing in the Capitol to take an in-depth look at food banks in Pennsylvania, announced state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Sturla, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, was joined by Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and other legislators from across the state to hear from stakeholders to discuss the importance of food banks and food security. “Today’s hearing offered a great opportunity for public and private partnership to come together and discuss how we can tackle food insecurity throughout the commonwealth. I hope we can continue to work together and come up with innovative solutions to make sure all Pennsylvanians have access to healthy and fresh foods,” Sturla said. Pashinski added, “Food security is a basic human right, and many people would be surprised to know that in Pennsylvania one in eight adults and one in six children struggle with hunger. We must continue to support the food banks around our state that do so much good work to address hunger issues and try to ensure that every Pennsylvanian has access to the food they need.” The committee heard testimony from Erin Smith Wachter, director of advocacy and public policy, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Andy Figart, sales and marketing manager, Hess Brother’s Fruit Co.; Read more

 

Address needs of 'grandfamilies'

(Apr 30, 2018)

Multigenerational effects from the opioid crisis have grabbed the attention of policymakers.U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has co-sponsored a bill calling for a federal task force to help “grandfamilies” obtain information about resources, such as educational needs, social and support assistance. In the state Legislature, the House has advanced legislation related to grandfamily and child guardianship issues and kinship caregiving, including two measures sponsored by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, of Wilkes-Barre. Read more

 

Bipartisan grandparents raising grandchildren legislative package passes House

(Apr 17, 2018)

A legislative package aimed at helping grandparents raising grandchildren, introduced by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, passed the House today and moves to the Senate. “I’m tremendously appreciative to my fellow House members who recognize the benefit these bills would give to grandparents raising their grandchildren,” Pashinski said. “These grandparents are doing a tremendous service for their loved ones and saving Pennsylvania billions of dollars by keeping their grandchildren out of the foster care system. We owe it to them to work together to make their lives easier.” Read more

 

Pashinski: Let's Improve Gun Safety

(Apr 17, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski urges his colleagues to take action on commonsense measures to improve gun safety, particularly in and around schools in the Commonwealth. Read more

 

Wolf backs measures to help 'grandfamilies'

(Apr 12, 2018)

Gov. Tom Wolf is calling on the state House to take up measures intended to help grandparents cope with the challenge of raising their grandkids."One of the worst effects of the opioid crisis is the damage the disease of addiction has done to so many families across Pennsylvania," Wolf said Wednesday. "Many grandparents are stepping up to take care of their grandchildren and we need to make sure they have our full support as caregivers and legal guardians of children, our most innocent bystanders to this awful epidemic. Read more

 

Pashinski Recognizes Workers' Memorial Day

(Apr 12, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski offers a Resolution designating April 28, 2018, as "Workers' Memorial Day" in Pennsylvania in memory of workers killed, injured and disabled in the workplace and in recognition of the efforts of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council. Read more

 

Bill supports grandparents raising children

(Apr 11, 2018)

The devastation is nearly unimaginable, yet for too many grandparents reaching the prime years of their lives, it has become a sudden, unexpected and stark reality.A knock on the door, news that your son or daughter is dead and that their young child or children — your grandchildren — need your immediate care. Read more