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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


Bipartisan legislation to help grandparents raising grandchildren voted out of committee

(Apr 10, 2018)

Following a near unanimous vote in the House Children and Youth Committee, legislation aimed at helping grandparents raising grandchildren, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Watson, chairwoman of the House Children and Youth Committee, R-Bucks and Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, D-Luzerne, moved to the House for consideration. Read more


4/4/18 – Affordable Health Care – Wilkes-Barre

(Apr 06, 2018)

Materials from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. Read more


Seeking an affordable healthcare solution

(Apr 05, 2018)

A lack of affordable and accessible healthcare is a growing problem. While some of us are uninsured, many others who are insured have difficulty getting the treatment they need because they can't cover the cost. As Eyewitness News Reporter Mark Hiller explains, several state lawmakers met Wednesday in northeastern Pennsylvania to find a solution. Read more


State Rep. Pashinski hosts House hearing on affordable health care

(Apr 05, 2018)

Before a state House hearing on health care began Wednesday, Mike and Mary Jane Shinko wondered what they might learn.“We want affordable health care for everyone, not just for the very rich or very poor,” said Mary Jane, of Miners Mills. “The middle class can’t afford health care.” Read more


Pashinski, House Democratic Policy Committee explore affordable health care

(Apr 04, 2018)

WILKES-BARRE, April 4 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at King’s College to discuss affordable health care for Pennsylvanians. Pashinski requested the meeting to gain insight from state officials and policy experts on the current costs of health care and how to make it more affordable to meet the needs of all Pennsylvanians. Members of the Policy Committee from across the state attended, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “Between the year 2000 and 2009, health care costs rose on average 6.9 percent yearly,” Pashinski said. “Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act, costs still rose an average of 4.2 percent yearly. The ACA helped the continually rising cost of health care, but it didn’t help enough. We continue to be the only industrialized nation that doesn’t offer some form of universal health care, while at the same time paying nearly double in health care costs compared to those nations and we still have nearly one-third of Americans with zero or inadequate health insurance.” Sturla added: “I thank Representative Pashinski for inviting the Policy Committee to his legislative district, so we could get local input on various health care issues. House Democrats’ Plan4PA strives to achieve affordable health care for everyone while putting people first.” “To truly solve this problem, I believe Read more


Pashinski announces over $1.6 million in Local Share Account grants

(Mar 16, 2018)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced a total of 14 projects in his district would be receiving $1.65 million in gaming funds from the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Read more


Pashinski Recognizes Music in Our Schools Month

(Mar 14, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski speaks on his House Resolution 698, designating the month of March 2018 as "Music in Our Schools Month" in Pennsylvania. Read more