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Op-Ed: Mail-in voting is safe and secure

(Aug 24, 2020)

There is nothing more sacred to our democracy than the right of each American citizen to vote for their representatives in government. Perhaps just as important is the confidence our citizens place in our voting systems that determine who will represent ALL of us. That is why it is imperative that we institute policies that secure each citizen’s right to vote – while safeguarding against fraud and those who wish to undermine our system of elections. Read more


Mail-in Voting is Safe, Secure and Should Not Be a Political Issue

(Aug 19, 2020)

There is nothing more sacred to our democracy than the right of each American citizen to vote for their representatives in government. Perhaps just as important is the confidence our citizens place in our voting systems that determine who will represent ALL of us. That is why it is imperative that we institute policies that secure each citizen’s right to vote – while safeguarding against fraud and those who wish to undermine our system of elections. Mail-in voting, available in Pennsylvania since this year’s primary election, offers another option to make your voice heard without worrying about finding time to make it to the polls or the weather on election day. During a health emergency, this option provides a safe alternative to in-person voting and is widely available across the country. In fact, according to the Washington Post , 76 percent of eligible voters – 180 million people – are currently eligible to vote by mail in the Nov. 3 general election. Disturbingly, some of the very people who utilize vote by mail are trying to cast doubts on its security . That is why it’s important to remember that while no excuse mail-in voting may be new to most Pennsylvanians, it has been used by the U.S. military since Republicans implemented it during the Civil War . Five states now primarily conduct their elections by mail – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington – while another 28 states allow Read more


Pashinski announces $400,000 in grants for local water improvement projects

(Aug 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced the approval by the Commonwealth Financing Authority of two PA Small Water and Sewer fund grants totaling $400,000 to Hanover Township and Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority. The funds will go toward two separate projects, including: $100,000 to Hanover Township for Phase 3 of the Solomon Creek Interceptor rehabilitation. $300,000 to the Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Authority to replace the sanitary sewer system for Glen Summit development in Fairview Township. “Each of these grants will help to fund important projects improving the quality of our water and our lives locally,” Pashinski said. “Once completed, these efforts will reduce pollution and provide safe and reliable service for local users. I’m truly appreciative to my Senate colleagues for their support for these projects, as well as Governor Tom Wolf and his administration for seeing the value in investing these funds in our area.” Hanover Township’s grant will go toward the rehabilitation of 560 linear feet of an existing sewer interceptor along Ferry Road that is over a century old and in failing condition. The improvements will increase the interceptor’s capacity, reduce the infiltration of groundwater, reduce ongoing maintenance needs and provide more reliable sewer services for residents. Mountaintop Area Joint Sanitary Read more


Pashinski Discusses Reopening Schools Safely

(Jun 30, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski participated in a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing to discuss the many issues involved in the safe reopening of our schools this Fall. Read more


Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jun 30, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief beginning Monday, June 29. At that time, applications will be accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at www.PHFA.org . Homeowners who became unemployed after March 1 or who suffered at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income due to reduced work hours and wages related to COVID-19 may be eligible for financial assistance to help with missed mortgage payments. To qualify for the Pandemic Mortgage Assistance Program, the applicant must be an owner-occupant of their residence, the dwelling must consist of one or two separate units, the mortgage must be at least 30 days delinquent, and the applicant-homeowner’s annual household income must not exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For renters to be eligible for financial assistance under the CARES Rent Relief Program, they will need to document at least a 30 percent reduction in annual income since March 1 related to COVID-19, or they must have become unemployed after March 1. If unemployed, they must have filed for Unemployment Compensation. Their household income cannot exceed the Area Median Income for their county of residence adjusted for the number of people in their home. For more information Read more


Small Business Assistance grants available

(Jun 25, 2020)

Applications are expected to be available June 30 for a new program aimed at providing critical funding to local businesses hurt by the coronavirus. Read more


Pashinski: Stay Safe on the Water This Summer

(Jun 25, 2020)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski offers some safety reminders as Pennsylvanians get out and enjoy our waterways this summer. Read more


Pashinski: A Just Recovery Means Health Care for All

(Jun 23, 2020)

As House Democrats promote a just recovery plan from the COVID-19 pandemic and address the growing calls for racial justice, Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski highlights the importance of affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians. Read more


Madden, Pashinski and Schlossberg discuss legislative priorities for a ‘Just Recovery Plan’

(Jun 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Reps. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, held a “ PA Needs a Just Recovery” Zoom press event to discuss the steps the Pennsylvania General Assembly needs to take to create a just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to heed the call for racial justice demanded by Pennsylvanians. A Just Recovery for all Pennsylvanians includes: Racial justice and police reforms. Making sure that Pennsylvanians returning to work have the resources they need to protect themselves from COVID-19. Instituting additional small business stimulus packages. Making sure schools and students have the resources, including internet access, to facilitate proper socially distant learning. Working towards providing quality housing for every Pennsylvanian. Instituting tax fairness initiatives. Continuing to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to the vote so their voices can be heard. Madden said House Democrats are determined to work together, not just to protect and reward frontline workers during this crisis, but to ensure that everyone -- with no exceptions -- can secure fair pay, a safe workplace and to be able to stay in their homes. “Our constituents are undergoing record levels of unemployment and hourly work reductions, and they now have to face the grueling reality of paying rent,” Read more


Pashinski, House Democrats put Pennsylvanians’ health and safety first

(Apr 17, 2020)

WILKES-BARRE, April 17 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, is calling for the state legislature to stop playing political games and to focus on policies that put the health and safety of Pennsylvanians first. “At a time when people are dying every day, while doctors, nurses and first responders are struggling to get proper PPE, our state legislature’s sole focus should be on supporting our frontline heroes and stopping this pandemic,” Pashinski said. “Instead, the Republican proposals forced through the legislature this week along party-lines would rush Pennsylvanians back to work just when the curve is beginning to flatten.” Pashinski said many of the same legislators voting to send Pennsylvanians to work in potentially dangerous working conditions without proper personal protective equipment cast those votes remotely or while wearing PPE themselves. While he agrees the state needs to be ready to reopen the economy, Pashinski said the legislature must put the lives of Pennsylvanians first when making these important decisions. “Let me be clear: my colleagues and I want businesses to reopen,” Pashinski said. “We want life to return to as close to normal as possible, as soon as possible. But that will not happen if we ignore the arithmetic and our health care experts by prematurely reopening large swaths of our society right when we are turning the tide. Instead, we can Read more


Pashinski requests consideration for alternative COVID-19 testing site

(Apr 15, 2020)

WILKES-BARRE, April 15 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today requested that the Pennsylvania Department of Health find an alternate location to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township for its drive-through COVID-19 testing site, which DOH has scheduled to open Sunday. “I have the honor of serving the people of the 121 st District, which includes the Wilkes-Barre Township Community,” Pashinski said. “That is why I have requested that the Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency meet with, and address the concerns of, our local officials before making a final determination on the location of their testing site. It is imperative that I emphasize the concerns of Wilkes-Barre Township’s officials and residents about the possibility of those being tested possibly having access to many commercial sites within a half mile of the arena. Their concerns are legitimate and demonstrate a sincere sense of fear of the expansion of this virus to themselves, their families and their neighbors and deserve to be addressed.” Pashinski’s request follows a conversation with local and state officials outlining the testing process, which will follow best practices from the Montgomery County testing site. Officials emphasized that this is not intended to be a mass testing site and that the arena would be used for prioritized testing for first responders, health care workers and Read more


Help Obtaining Unemployment

(Apr 03, 2020)

If you live in the 121st Legislative District and need help contacting the Department of Labor and Industry regarding an application for Unemployment Compensation, please download the this form (you also can click on the form below) and email the completed form to Erica Boote in my district office. Please note: Ignore the instructions on the form to fax it and email the completed version to Erica Boote at EBoote@pahouse.net Read more


Unemployment Request for UCSC Constituent Contact Form

(Apr 03, 2020)

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Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more


COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 26, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more


Closure List Exemptions

(Mar 20, 2020)

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a new resource account where businesses and staff can submit questions on exemptions regarding the closure of physical locations for non-life-sustaining businesses in the Commonwealth. Businesses seeking exemptions from closure: Please contact ra-dcexemptions@pa.gov . Other questions about closures can be directed to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov . For more COVID-19 business information, DCED has set up a web site that continually will be updated as information becomes available: https://dced.pa.gov/resources . Read more


Spring 2020 Newsletter

(Mar 10, 2020)

Learn more about state-related issues impacting our district, my legislation, programs to help you and more in my Spring 2020 Newsletter. Read more


Proposed plan could allow students to attend college without financial worries

(Feb 28, 2020)

NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Millions of people across the United States are swamped with student loan debt. Democratic State Representative Eddie Pashinski is trying to change that for future students.“They wouldn’t have to pay a dime until they graduate and get a job and then 2% of that salary for ten years goes back to Luzerne County to pay for their debt, interest free.” Stated Pashinski as he explained his bill to Eyewitness News. Pashinski’s bill is designed to help students like Endy Santos, a student at Luzerne County Community College, who knows how crippling student loan debt can be. Read more


2/20/20 – Community College Affordability – Nanticoke

(Feb 20, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski. Read more


Pashinski, HDPC discuss plan to increase community college affordability

(Feb 20, 2020)

NANTICOKE, Feb. 20 – State Rep. Eddie Pashinski, D-Luzerne, hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today on his Delayed Payment Plan legislation (H.B. 2287) at Luzerne County Community College. Pashinski was joined by fellow state legislators to discuss the issues of community college affordability, student debt, and the current and projected future skills gap in Pennsylvania. Pashinski currently has legislation to create a Delayed Payment Program , which would provide a pathway for community college students at any of Pennsylvania’s 14 state community colleges to complete their degree or certificate program in a high-need employment area and land a steady job before having to repay their tuition interest-free for up to 10 years. “Pennsylvania is facing a critical void in our workforce while the price of higher education is discouraging and preventing Pennsylvanians from pursuing a degree or certificate to fill that void,” Pashinski said. “My Delayed Payment Plan would help address the issues of student debt and the skills gap in the Pennsylvania workforce. It will allow young Pennsylvanians to improve their career prospects without being burdened by higher interest on their loans.” The committee heard from a community college panel that included Endy Santos, a student from Luzerne County Community College; Thomas Leary, the president of LCCC; and Elizabeth Bolden, the president and CEO of the Read more