6/1/15 - Gov. Wolf’s Energy Investment Initiative - Harrisburg

(Jun 01, 2015)

Testimonies from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Greg Vitali. Read more

 

5/28/15 - Paid Sick Leave - Philadelphia

(May 28, 2015)

Testimonies from joint public hearing with Senate Democratic Policy Committee hosted by State Senator Larry Farnese and State Rep. Maria Donatucci. Read more

 

Senate and House Democratic policy committees look at the impact of mandated Paid Sick Leave Legislation

(May 28, 2015)

The Senate and House Democratic policy committees hosted a joint hearing at Philadelphia City Hall to discuss legislation that aims to improve public health and safety by giving workers the opportunity to accrue paid sick leave. Read more

 

5/27/15 - Education Funding - Abington

(May 27, 2015)

Testimonies from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Madeleine Dean. Read more

 

House committee to examine energy investment plan in governor’s budget proposal

(May 27, 2015)

The House Democratic Policy Committee will conduct a public hearing at 10 a.m. Monday, June 1 in Harrisburg to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s energy investment plan included in his budget proposal. Read more

 

5/26/15 - PHEAA's Act 101 Program - Philadelphia

(May 26, 2015)

Testimonies from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jim Roebuck and State Rep. Stephen Kinsey. Read more

 

Policy Committee examines PHEAA program for disadvantaged students

(May 26, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 26 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and House Education Committee Democratic Chairman Jim Roebuck, D-Phila., today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing at Drexel University on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s Act 101 program, which provides higher education opportunities for the disadvantaged. The state-funded Act 101 program allocates money to Pennsylvania schools to provide services to academically and financially disadvantaged students to assist them so they can complete postsecondary study. “It was enlightening to hear firsthand from administrators that this program works and is needed in the community,” Kinsey said. “Everyone deserves an opportunity when it comes to education, and thanks to the Act 101 officers and the program itself, Pennsylvania is delivering on that promise.” Roebuck added, "Act 101 was created to help thousands of disadvantaged Pennsylvanians pursue higher education, and we want to make sure it fulfills that goal.” House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, said: “Every young adult deserves access to a quality post-secondary education. Representatives Roebuck and Kinsey understand that and I commend them for working hard to make sure students continue to have access to PHEAA's Act 101 program.” More information about the Act 101 program is available online at http://pheaa.org/Act101 . Read more

 

Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees to hold joint hearing on paid sick leave Thursday in Philadelphia City Hall

(May 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 26 –The Senate and House Democratic Policy Committees will hold a joint public hearing on paid sick leave at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28 at Philadelphia City Hall, Courtroom 253, Broad and Market Streets, Philadelphia. Read more

 

Kinsey, Roebuck to host policy hearing on higher-education opportunities for disadvantaged students May 26

(May 21, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 21 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., and House Education Committee Democratic Chairman Jim Roebuck, D-Phila., will co-host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s Act 101 program, which provides higher education opportunities for the disadvantaged. The hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 in the Bossone Research Center Atrium, 3rd Floor at Drexel University, 3140 Market St., Philadelphia. The state-funded Act 101 program allocates money to Pennsylvania schools to provide services to academically and financially disadvantaged students to assist them so they can successfully complete postsecondary study. The current agenda is as follows: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Panel from Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency: Christine Zuzack , vice president of state grant and special programs Ashley Ruth , public affairs technical assistance specialist 2:50 p.m. Panel Two: Antoinette Torres , associate vice provost of enrollment management, Drexel University Robert Miedel , Act 101 director, La Salle University Donna Dickinson , Act 101 director, King’s College Tom Thomas, Act 101 director, Wilkes University 3:30 p.m. Panel Three: Jerome Dean , Act 101 program graduate, Shippensburg University Act 101 students 4 p.m. Closing Remarks The Read more

 

4/30/15 - Drug Education Funding - Uniontown

(Apr 30, 2015)

Written testimonies were not provided at this public hearing hosted by Rep. Tim Mahoney. Read more

 

4/29/15 - Pre-K Funding - Wilkinsburg

(Apr 29, 2015)

Testimonies from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Ed Gainey. Read more

 

Policy Committee discusses pre-K funding in Wilkinsburg

(Apr 29, 2015)

WILKINSBURG, April 29 – State Rep. Ed Gainey and the House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from several local education officials about the status of pre-K funding in Pennsylvania during a public hearing at Hosanna House. Gainey requested the hearing and served as co-chairman with HDPC Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. "Every child deserves a quality education regardless of where they live, and it’s vitally important that we reach these students at an early age," said Gainey, D-Allegheny. "Representative Gainey realizes that an investment in early childhood education is an investment in Pennsylvania’s future. Today’s panelists made it clear that a quality start to education will give Pennsylvania’s children the best chance at a successful future," Sturla said. Testifiers expressed overwhelming support for Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal to increase funding for early childhood education by $120 million in the 2015-16 state budget. Following questioning from Sturla, Michelle Figlar, executive director of Pittsburgh Association for the Education of the Young Child, agreed that the investment would still fall short of providing for all families and noted that an additional 100,000 children would be left unserved. Figlar estimates that a $120 million annual increase over the next five years would allow early childhood educators to reach all Pennsylvania children. State Rep. Joe Markosek, D-Allegheny, Read more

 

4/28/15 - Education Funding and Property Tax Reduction - Johnstown

(Apr 28, 2015)

Testimonies from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Bryan Barbin. Read more

 

4/9/15 - House Bill 348 - Dickson City

(Apr 09, 2015)

Testimonies from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich. Read more

 

4/8/15- Education Funding - Scranton

(Apr 09, 2015)

Testimonies from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Marty Flynn. Read more

 

4/7/15- Education Funding - Wilkes-Barre

(Apr 09, 2015)

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

 

Policy Committee hearing in Scranton discusses education funding

(Apr 08, 2015)

SCRANTON, April 8 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing with committee chairman Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, to discuss the issue of public education funding. The hearing, held in Scranton High School, focused on how local districts have been impacted by decreased state funding over the last few years, and what Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed budget will mean for them. ”When it comes to our children's education, it is important that we make sure our school districts have the tools to help our children succeed," Flynn said. "Today's hearing was a way for us to learn how districts have struggled to continue to do that in the wake of the Corbett administration's decreases in state funding for education.” Flynn added, “Governor Wolf’s ‘Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and Government that Works’ initiative is one to improve an entire society. By ensuring Pennsylvanians have access to fundamental resources like a good education and well-paying jobs, he’s making it possible for our citizens to better provide for themselves and their families and achieve the American dream.” Echoing that sentiment, Sturla said, "The testimony we heard today here in Representative Flynn's district was not unique in that a majority of school districts across the state have been faced with difficult decisions because of the previous Read more

 

Pashinski, Policy Committee examine education funding in Pa.

(Apr 07, 2015)

WILKES-BARRE, April 7 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from leaders in education, along with state officials, concerning funding for education in Pennsylvania at a hearing requested by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne. The meeting was held at Wilkes University and focused on Gov. Tom Wolf’s "Schools that Teach" plan, which is part of the governor’s three-step approach to strengthen the commonwealth. Pashinski said the governor’s proposal will not only help restore funding for education in two years, it will also reduce school property taxes by more than 50 percent to homeowners. "The governor’s plan is truly a win-win for the people of Pennsylvania," Pashinski said. "House Democrats and I believe this proposal is a strong investment to provide a solid education and better future for the youth of this commonwealth and connect the economic improvements to a quality education. "Gov. Wolf’s budget also provides property tax relief, which will help rebuild the middle class in this state." Pashinski co-chaired the hearing with state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who serves as House Democratic Policy Committee chairman. "As a former educator, Rep. Pashinski has always been an advocate for quality education," Sturla said. "By initiating this hearing, he is showcasing his strong support in Gov. Wolf’s plan for moving Pennsylvania in an upward and Read more

 

Raise the wage, boost the economy

(Apr 02, 2015)

Video interview by Chairman Sturla related to 4/2/15 HDPC hearing on raising the minimum wage. Read more

 

4/2/15 - House Bill 250 - Harrisburg

(Apr 02, 2015)

Testimonies from public hearing hosted by State Rep. Patty Kim. Read more