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Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 23, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office staff is ready to help you file yours for free! Read more


Is Pennsylvania ready for recreational marijuana legalization?

(Jan 15, 2019)

Some local lawmakers say the debate over legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania is heating up.It comes as several neighboring states launched efforts to do so. Read more


Pashinski Participates in Draft Horse Driving at the Farm Show

(Jan 11, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski participates in the Celebrity Draft Horse Feed Scurry Challenge at the Farm Show, maneuvering a horse-drawn sled through an obstacle course for speed and accuracy. Read more


Pashinski and Redding Talk Education and Agriculture

(Jan 10, 2019)

PA State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski sat down with Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding to discuss everything from farming education to invasive insect pests. Read more


Nurses issue warning over staffing, care levels at hospitals

(Jan 09, 2019)

Registered nurse Lisa Derenick says she frequently skips lunches and breaks at work due to understaffing at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Read more


Pashinski to be Democratic chairman of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for second term

(Jan 07, 2019)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, has again been named Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee by Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “It’s a tremendous honor to again be the chairman of a committee that is so invested in our commonwealth,” Pashinski said. “Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s top industry and impacts every Pennsylvanian’s daily life whether they realize it or not." Read more


Pashinski Sings National Anthem at Swearing-In

(Jan 04, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski leads the singing of the national anthem during the swearing-in ceremonies for the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more


Pashinski sworn in for seventh term in House

(Jan 01, 2019)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today was sworn in to represent the 121st Legislative District for his seventh term in the state House. Read more


Pashinski: $500,000 Growing Greener grant will help restore local environment

(Dec 20, 2018)

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, thanked the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for awarding a $500,000 grant to Earth Conservancy to continue the Espy Run stream restoration project in Hanover Township. Read more


Pashinski: Solomon Creek Project Ahead of Schedule

(Dec 11, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says construction work on the Solomon Creek flood control project is moving along ahead of schedule. The completed wall along with new roads, sidewalks and lighting will provide a fresh look and much needed safety for area residents and businesses. Read more


2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Please download and enjoy this free 2019 calendar featuring seasonal photos of our beautiful state Capitol. Read more


Pashinski Helps Kick-Off 2018 Hunters Sharing the Harvest Program

(Nov 20, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski visited the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to help kick-off the 2018 Hunters Sharing the Harvest program, which allows hunters to share their extra venison through a network of participating butchers and food banks across Pennsylvania. Read more


Wilkes University completes $3.3 million campus gateway project

(Nov 20, 2018)

Wilkes University President Patrick F. Leahy Monday said the new Campus Gateway Project transforms the school’s campus, dramatically improving the safety of pedestrians and motorists. Read more


Gov. Wolf Signs Bills to Help Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

(Nov 13, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski joined Governor Tom Wolf and a group of grandparents and advocates for a ceremonial signing of House Bill 1539. Pashinski says he's thrilled to get this bill across the finsh line to help grandparents raising grandchildren get the help they need. Read more


More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Luzerne County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more


Senior prescription program expanded to help more people

(Oct 23, 2018)

I voted for legislation that would allow more senior citizens in Wilkes-Barre and across the state pay for their prescription medication. Putting people first and focusing on health care is part of the House Democrats' Plan for Pennsylvania. Read more


Bipartisan grandparents raising grandchildren legislation signed into law

(Oct 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – Bipartisan legislation crafted by state Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, Democratic chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, Republican chairwoman of the House Children and Youth Committee, was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf today signaling a major victory for grandparents raising grandchildren across Pennsylvania. “We’ve been fighting for this legislation for years, so to finally get it through not only the House, but also the Senate and on to be signed into law by Governor Wolf is a tremendous win for grandparents raising grandchildren in Pennsylvania,” Pashinski said. “I’m incredibly appreciative for the support Chairwoman Watson gave these bills, along with the support of my colleagues in the House and Senate and Governor Wolf himself. Governor Wolf was a vocal advocate for this bipartisan package of bills and I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues in the General Assembly on more grandparents raising grandchildren issues in the future.” “This legislation is a win for the thousands of grandparents across this state who need some help,” Watson said. “Temporary guardianship will allow grandparents to be able to make decisions for their grandchildren, especially at a time of crisis. These children – many of whom are the latest victims of the ongoing opioid crisis – need a sense of permanence and Read more


Pashinski’s grandparents bill passes Senate, heads to governor

(Oct 18, 2018)

Calling it a tremendous victory for grandparents raising grandchildren in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski on Wednesday praised the Senate for passing H.B. 1539, which now goes to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature into law. Read more


Temporary guardianship for grandparents bill passes as Wolf officials meet with those raising grandchildren

(Oct 17, 2018)

In response to the opioid epidemic, the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed a House bill Tuesday that grants temporary guardianship in 90-day increments, up to one year, to grandparents or other family members when the parents of children are unable to raise them.State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, the bill’s lead sponsor, said in a news release, “I’m thankful that grandparents will now have legal rights when they step up to the plate and take over primary care for their grandchildren when the parents are not in the picture.” Read more