Bethlehem Steel ruins among 18 Lehigh Valley projects awarded $30M for redevelopment

(Oct 30, 2022)

“The redevelopment of the Turn and Grind Shop is a significant addition to the ArtsQuest campus and will allow for additional programming, community events and entertainment options,” stated state Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Lehigh/Northampton. Read more

 

PA Representative Steve Samuelson announces $500,000 in state funding for NMIH

(Oct 28, 2022)

“The National Museum of Industrial History is a gem with a track record of preserving, interpreting and celebrating the history which built our country,” Samuelson said. “I am proud to be able to secure state funding for the museum’s expansion as they build upon their mission to bring our nation’s rich industrial heritage to life.” Read more

 

Boscola, Browne and Samuelson Announce $13.6 Million in State Funding for Redevelopment Projects in City of Bethlehem

(Oct 26, 2022)

“The redevelopment of the Turn and Grind Shop is a significant addition to the ArtsQuest campus and will allow for additional programming, community events and entertainment options,” stated Representative Steve Samuelson. “And, Lehigh Heavy Forge plays such a critical role in our nation’s national defense that to be able to further invest in it will provide greater security for our country and more jobs to the Lehigh Valley.” Read more

 

‘Our own league of nations’: Razed Bethlehem neighborhood gets historical marker

(Oct 08, 2022)

The Heights was home to 945 people and 280 homes when it was razed, said state Rep. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton: “It really was a vibrant community.” Read more

 

Thousands of older Pennsylvanians at risk of losing property tax rebates because of legislative inaction

(Sep 22, 2022)

“We have to make this change before the end of the year,” said state Rep. Steve Samuelson, who has long advocated for increasing the income thresholds. “After 15 years, it’s long overdue.” Read more

 

Samuelson secures more than $497,000 in state funding for Bethlehem area

(Jun 10, 2022)

“There's the saying, 'Everything old is new again,' and that's exactly what is planned for the Bethlehem Steel's former general office building annex," Samuelson said. "This funding will support the redevelopment of the Steel Annex building, which is part of our region's history, and make it usable for new workers and businesses, enhancing the economic development of the South Side. This grant will be used for the project’s plaza. And since the funds will be part of a revolving loan fund, they can be used for future projects as well. Read more

 

Your View: Pa. lawmakers have duty to prevent gun violence

(Jun 09, 2022)

As Americans, we cannot turn a blind eye to gun violence. We must address this crisis of gun violence that has destroyed so many innocent lives by comprehensively addressing the issue and enacting common sense gun safety measures. Read more

 

Community Volunteer Honored for Outstanding Contributions to National Museum of Industrial History

(Jun 07, 2022)

PA House Representative Steve Samuelson presented Anne with an official citation for her contributions to the community. Read more

 

Community, local officials gather to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day

(Jun 03, 2022)

"Now is the time for all of us, to raise your voices, to raise our voices," said PA State Rep. Steve Samuelson. Read more

 

Parade in Bethlehem honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice

(May 30, 2022)

“It was President Lincoln who said in the Gettysburg address that we should pay tribute and honor those who gave everything,” said Pennsylvania State Rep. Steve Samuelson of District 135. Read more

 

Ground Broken for Building That Will House Bethlehem Food Co-op

(May 16, 2022)

In addition to the co-op board, representatives from Peron Development and Boyle Construction were in attendance for the groundbreaking, along with Bethlehem mayor J. William Reynolds, several members of Bethlehem City Council, state Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-135) and U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-7). Read more

 

Samuelson proposes doubling Property Tax/Rent Rebate payments

(Apr 28, 2022)

“By providing a one-time infusion of $204 million into the existing Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, we could provide additional relief to people across the state. This investment would allow the commonwealth to double existing rebates this year which is expected to benefit an estimated 477,000 Pennsylvanians,” said Samuelson, Democratic chair of the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee. Read more

 

Samuelson: $1.25 million in grants to benefit Bethlehem redevelopment

(Apr 22, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 22 – State Rep. Steve Samuelson said $1.25 million in redevelopment grants were awarded today by Gov. Tom Wolf for two projects in the city of Bethlehem. Read more

 

Winter 2022 Newsletter

(Feb 28, 2022)

Here is my Winter 2022 newsletter. Read more

 

Gov. Wolf Celebrates Expansion of Senior Prescription Assistance Programs, Highlights Administration’s Efforts to Support Older Pennsylvanians

(Jan 12, 2022)

Governor Tom Wolf today was joined by state and local officials and older Pennsylvanians to celebrate recently signed legislation to expand eligibility in the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) and the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET) programs. Read more

 

Governor signs bill co-authored by Samuelson to expand PACENET eligibility

(Dec 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – Income limits for the PACENET prescription drug program will be increased by $6,000 under a new law signed today by Gov. Tom Wolf and co-authored by state Rep. Steve Samuelson. “This bipartisan legislation expands access to prescription medications for our seniors by building upon the proven PACE/PACENET program and expanding eligibility,” said Samuelson, D-Northampton, who co-wrote H.B. 1260/Act 94 with Rep. Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks. The law will increase enrollment for the state’s Prescription Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier, known as PACENET, by about 20,000 people and raises the income limits to $33,500 for a single person and $41,500 for a married couple. The new law provides financial incentives for PACENET enrollees to also sign up for federal Medicare Part D prescription coverage. Additional funds generated by increased participation in the federal prescription program will be used to pay for the increased PACENET enrollment. In 2018, Samuelson co-authored similar legislation with Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks, which raised PACENET income limits by $4,000. These higher income limits, which were signed into law in October 2018, represented the first expansion of PACENET eligibility in 15 years. The legislation signed today by the governor raises the PACENET income limits by another $6,000. The new income limits will take effect in 60 days. Read more

 

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open

(Nov 01, 2021)

Pennie is Pennsylvanian's insurance marketplace and provides individuals and families with the ability to shop for high-quality health care plans and easily apply for financial assistance. Read more

 

House passes Samuelson and Thomas bill to raise PACENET prescription income limits

(Oct 27, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 27 – Today the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed H.B.1260 , legislation co-authored by state Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, to raise income limits by $6,000 for the PACENET prescription program. The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration. “This bipartisan legislation expands access to prescription medications for our seniors by building upon the proven PACE/PACENET program and expanding eligibility,” Samuelson said. The bill would increase enrollment for the state’s Prescription Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier, known as PACENET, by about 20,000 individuals and raise the income limits to $33,500 for a single person and $41,500 for a married couple. House Bill 1260 would provide financial incentives for PACENET enrollees to also sign up for federal Medicare Part D prescription coverage. Additional funds generated by increased participation in the federal prescription program would be utilized to raise the PACENET income limits. In 2018, Samuelson co-authored legislation with Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks, which raised PACENET income limits by $4,000. These higher income limits, which were signed into law in October 2018, represented the first expansion of PACENET eligibility in 15 years. Attention Editors: Video of Rep. Samuelson's remarks from the House floor can be downloaded here. Read more

 

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

(Oct 21, 2021)

LIHEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Department of Human Services that provides assistance for home heating bills so Pennsylvanians can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Read more

 

Samuelson and Thomas bill to raise PACENET prescription income limits approved by committee

(Sep 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 28 –Today the Pennsylvania House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee approved H.B.1260 , legislation co-authored by state Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, to raise income limits by $6,000 for the PACENET prescription program. The bill now awaits a full House vote. “This bipartisan legislation expands access to prescription medications for our seniors by building upon the proven PACE/PACENET program and expanding eligibility,” Samuelson said. The bill would increase enrollment for the state's Prescription Assistance Contract for the Elderly Needs Enhancement Tier, known as PACENET, by about 20,000 and raise income limits to $33,500 for a single person and $41,500 for a married couple. House Bill 1260 also would provide financial incentives for PACENET enrollees to also sign up for federal Medicare Part D prescription coverage. Monthly premiums for Medicare Part D, currently paid by the enrollees, would be covered by PACENET for Part D plans, which have premium agreements with the state. Additional funds generated by increased participation in the federal prescription program would be utilized to raise the PACENET income limits. In 2018, Samuelson co-authored legislation with Rep. Frank Farry, R-Bucks, which raised PACENET income limits by $4,000. These higher income limits, which were signed into law in October 2018, represented the first expansion of PACENET eligibility in 15 Read more

 

Bethlehem Steel ruins among 18 Lehigh Valley projects awarded $30M for redevelopment
Oct 30, 2022

PA Representative Steve Samuelson announces $500,000 in state funding for NMIH
Oct 28, 2022

Boscola, Browne and Samuelson Announce $13.6 Million in State Funding for Redevelopment Projects in City of Bethlehem
Oct 26, 2022

‘Our own league of nations’: Razed Bethlehem neighborhood gets historical marker
Oct 08, 2022

Thousands of older Pennsylvanians at risk of losing property tax rebates because of legislative inaction
Sep 22, 2022

Samuelson secures more than $497,000 in state funding for Bethlehem area
Jun 10, 2022

Your View: Pa. lawmakers have duty to prevent gun violence
Jun 09, 2022

Community Volunteer Honored for Outstanding Contributions to National Museum of Industrial History
Jun 07, 2022

Community, local officials gather to observe National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Jun 03, 2022

Parade in Bethlehem honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice
May 30, 2022

Ground Broken for Building That Will House Bethlehem Food Co-op
May 16, 2022

Samuelson proposes doubling Property Tax/Rent Rebate payments
Apr 28, 2022

Samuelson: $1.25 million in grants to benefit Bethlehem redevelopment
Apr 22, 2022

Winter 2022 Newsletter
Feb 28, 2022

Gov. Wolf Celebrates Expansion of Senior Prescription Assistance Programs, Highlights Administration’s Efforts to Support Older Pennsylvanians
Jan 12, 2022

Governor signs bill co-authored by Samuelson to expand PACENET eligibility
Dec 22, 2021

Pennie's Open Enrollment Period is now open
Nov 01, 2021

House passes Samuelson and Thomas bill to raise PACENET prescription income limits
Oct 27, 2021

LIHEAP: Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners
Oct 21, 2021

Samuelson and Thomas bill to raise PACENET prescription income limits approved by committee
Sep 28, 2021