Pennsylvania Legislature OKs sale of Allentown State Hospital

(Dec 14, 2017)

“Since before I took office, the status and future of the Allentown State Hospital has been a concern for residents as vacant buildings and neglected property stand to attract unwanted activity and result in blight. I look forward to working with Sen. Browne to ensure the sale of the state hospital enhances the quality of life of the East Side.” Read more

 

Schlossberg and Browne usher through the General Assembly legislation to allow for the sale of the Allentown State Hospital grounds

(Dec 13, 2017)

Legislation that would allow direct negotiations on the sale of the Allentown State Hospital grounds is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk for his signature following passage by the General Assembly, according to state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and state Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh. “Passage of this legislation is an essential step in allowing the Department of General Services to negotiate the sale of this highly important and valuable piece of state property within the city," Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne said. "The proper development of this site is vital to the continued economic growth and well-being of Allentown and something we will monitor closely as this process moves forward.” Schlossberg said he believes it is his duty to keep constituents informed on the status of this highly visible anchor property on the East Side. “Since before I took office, the status and future of the Allentown State Hospital has been a concern for residents as vacant buildings and neglected property stand to attract unwanted activity and result in blight,” Schlossberg said. “I look forward to working with Senator Browne to ensure the sale of the state hospital enhances the quality of life of the East Side.” According to Schlossberg and Browne, this legislation gives the state three years to come to an agreement with the buyer for the property. The buyer would need to comply with all Read more

 

2017-18 PA Grant & Resource Directory

(Nov 27, 2017)

Please call the district office (610-821-5577) to learn how to obtain a printed copy. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer and Browne announce grants for trail expansion

(Nov 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, and Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, announced the approval of $353,500 in state grants to install street lights, improve sidewalks and ramps, and create a multi-use trail in Allentown. Read more

 

Rep Schlossberg issues statement on the passage of gaming expansion legislation

(Oct 26, 2017)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued this statement on the passage of the gaming expansion bill by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as part of the 2017-18 state budget. "This will be a strange statement, as I dedicate most of it to explaining how much I dislike the bill I just voted on. “Indeed, I can think of countless aspects on House Bill 271 that I dislike including the expansion of Video Gaming Terminals, iGaming, and the Category 4 licensure expansion for ‘mini casinos.’ Indeed, I do not favor just about every aspect of this bill. “That being said, I still voted yes on this bill and here’s why: Last year's Supreme Court decision had the potential to nullify a host fee that the city of Allentown receives, which amounts to approximately $5 million in annual funding. This is a major dilemma for the city’s budget. Without this legislation, property taxes would need to be increased by about 2.5 mills, or 40 police officers and firefighter positions would need to be cut. “I represent the people of Allentown and South Whitehall. A ‘no’ vote would have stuck my constituents with a major property tax increase or put their public safety at risk. “As a member of the legislature, you don't get to vote ‘yes’ on some parts of a bill and ‘no’ on others. I can only vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the particular legislation in front of me. The impact that Read more

 

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued this statement on the recent 2017-18 state budget vote

(Oct 18, 2017)

“This proposal helps to balance the bipartisan budget, which increases our commitment to job growth and our community schools. It will also help to maintain tuition breaks for Pennsylvania residents who attend some of our great universities like Penn State, Pitt and Temple. “This is not a perfect plan. We will need to wrestle with a structural deficit going into 2018. We need to enact a tax on gas drillers, close corporate tax loopholes which allow companies doing business in Pennsylvania to avoid paying their fair share and raise the minimum wage with a commitment to use revenue generated from new wages to balance the budget. “That being said, this was a compromise. This allowed us, this year, to finish the job. Real challenges remain, but it came down to the reality that the people of Pennsylvania and the 132 nd District deserve a completed budget,” Schlossberg said. Read more

 

Plan now to prepare workers for jobs of future

(Oct 02, 2017)

The American economy continues to change at a startling pace. That one sentiment seems to have complete support across the entire political spectrum. Read more

 

Schlossberg responds to Supreme Court education funding decision

(Sep 28, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, Sept. 28 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision about school funding: “I applaud today’s Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling. The majority opinion paid great deference to the General Assembly and balanced the need to respect the constitutional rights of our citizens and students. In reading the decision, it becomes quite clear to me that Pennsylvania’s method for funding education is broken. No further proof is needed than a look at the Allentown School District, which has lost nearly 20 percent of its teachers since 2010 as a direct result of funding cuts. It is clear to me that our current system of education funding doesn’t violate students’ rights to equal protection under the law and to receive a ‘thorough and efficient’ public education. “I hope this gets the state to change Pennsylvania’s method for funding public education. The quality of education students receive should not be determined by their ZIP code. Pennsylvania has the biggest gap in the country between the richest and the poorest school districts, ranks 47th in state support for public education and places too much of the funding burden on homeowners in low-income communities like Allentown. This directly results in enormous property tax bills for Allentown residents, businesses and property owners. While we have made great strides in Read more

 

Schlossberg chosen Legislator of the Year by NASW-PA

(Sep 18, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg today was recognized as 2017 National Association of Social Workers-PA Legislator of the Year. Read more

 

Now is the time to focus on future Pa. jobs

(Sep 01, 2017)

Labor Day is a day dedicated to recognizing the social and economic achievements of American workers and their contribution to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our wonderful nation. When the first Labor Day was celebrated in September 1882, it was at a time when American cities were the hub of industrial employment. That being said, times have changed, and Pennsylvania must change in order to be able to provide first-rate jobs for our residents. Read more

 

Rep. wants state study on automation, closings

(Aug 18, 2017)

HARRISBURG — A Lehigh Valley lawmaker is calling for a full-scale study of the impact that workplace automation and a wave of retail store closings is having on Pennsylvania’s economy. Read more

 

As economy changes, lawmakers look to make sure Pa. jobs keep up

(Aug 18, 2017)

(Harrisburg) -- Retail and manufacturing jobs are on the decline--both in Pennsylvania, and around the country. Read more

 

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg: Tough decisions needed to fix Pa. budget problems

(Aug 17, 2017)

The other day, a friend asked me an important question: Why the heck is Pennsylvania always broke? It's a fair question, and I hope the answer will illuminate an important point. We got into the current mess over a period of decades. As a result, there are no easy solutions. Only bad and worse ones. Read more

 

Opposing racism means more than condemning Nazis | Guest column

(Aug 17, 2017)

The incomparable Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Only in the darkness can you see the stars." That quote has been perfectly illuminated by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more

 

Future Pa. jobs depend on adjustments to automation, retail losses

(Aug 14, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 14 – To plan for Pennsylvania’s future economy, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg said comprehensive studies should be undertaken to look at the effects of robots and automation and the collapse of retail jobs. “We owe it to Pennsylvania’s workers to help them secure good jobs. Pennsylvania has a proud history of manufacturing with jobs that provide family-sustaining wages. How those jobs change and what opportunities exist in manufacturing will determine the security of so many Pennsylvanians,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. The lawmaker said the economy has undergone seismic shifts and evidence points to those shifts continuing for the foreseeable future. “We need to better understand how these shifts affect Pennsylvania. To plan for the future, we need to understand what jobs currently anchoring communities will not exist, what new skills workers will need to compete in the changing economy, the demand for services and how tax revenue will change,” he said. Every day, emerging technologies are seeking to improve people’s lives. For the most part, these technologies are attempting to make tasks more efficient and convenient. Yet, these technologies often come at a price, creating special challenges to workers vulnerable to job displacement. Some scholars are predicting a massive labor reorganization, similar to what the world experienced during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century. Some researchers Read more

 

Miller, Schlossberg to propose adding mental health, physical and developmental disabilities to school curriculum

(Jul 27, 2017)

MT. LEBANON, July 27 – As more students with disabilities or a mental health diagnosis are successfully integrated into public schools, state Reps. Dan Miller and Mike Schlossberg are planning legislation to add those topics to the health class curriculum. Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, and Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, want Pennsylvania school districts to educate students in an age-appropriate manner about mental health, physical disabilities and developmental disabilities in order to help break down barriers, both in school and beyond. “Our bill would require the Department of Education to create curriculum guidelines for health classes that provide a framework for positive discussion and increased understanding,” Miller said. “Our hope is that by guiding this discussion in a positive way at each level, we will help decrease stigma and support a true inclusion experience – where more and more students know someone with a diagnosis, they can support each other, and no one sits alone.” Schlossberg, who has been very public about his own successful fight against depression, said a key goal of the legislative effort is erasing stigmas associated with disabilities and mental illness. “Stigma isn’t just some abstract, icky feeling. It has concrete, long-term damaging effects on a person’s ability to learn, become employed and build long-lasting relationships,” Schlossberg said. “This legislation would give schools the Read more

 

Schlossberg calls on Pawlowski to resign ‘Now’

(Jul 25, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, July 25 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued the following statement about the latest legal development regarding Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski: “Ed Pawlowski needs to resign as mayor of Allentown. Now.” Read more

 

Schlossberg supports 2017-18 state spending plan

(Jun 30, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 30 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, offered the following statement about his vote for the $32 billion 2017-18 state spending plan that passed the state House of Representatives and heads to the governor’s desk. Read more

 

Deep concerns about impact of Trump’s health care plan on Pa.

(Jun 27, 2017)

The discernment by our elected officials in Washington over President Donald Trump’s newly proposed American Health Care Act should be thoughtful and thorough. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Say "NO" to TrumpCare

(Jun 27, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg talks about the disastrous impacts TrumpCare would have on Pennsylvanians, especially those on Medicaid and with pre-existing conditions. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislature OKs sale of Allentown State Hospital
Dec 14, 2017

Schlossberg and Browne usher through the General Assembly legislation to allow for the sale of the Allentown State Hospital grounds
Dec 13, 2017

2017-18 PA Grant & Resource Directory
Nov 27, 2017

Schlossberg, Schweyer and Browne announce grants for trail expansion
Nov 14, 2017

Rep Schlossberg issues statement on the passage of gaming expansion legislation
Oct 26, 2017

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg issued this statement on the recent 2017-18 state budget vote
Oct 18, 2017

Plan now to prepare workers for jobs of future
Oct 02, 2017

Schlossberg responds to Supreme Court education funding decision
Sep 28, 2017

Schlossberg chosen Legislator of the Year by NASW-PA
Sep 18, 2017

Now is the time to focus on future Pa. jobs
Sep 01, 2017

Rep. wants state study on automation, closings
Aug 18, 2017

As economy changes, lawmakers look to make sure Pa. jobs keep up
Aug 18, 2017

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg: Tough decisions needed to fix Pa. budget problems
Aug 17, 2017

Opposing racism means more than condemning Nazis | Guest column
Aug 17, 2017

Future Pa. jobs depend on adjustments to automation, retail losses
Aug 14, 2017

Miller, Schlossberg to propose adding mental health, physical and developmental disabilities to school curriculum
Jul 27, 2017

Schlossberg calls on Pawlowski to resign ‘Now’
Jul 25, 2017

Schlossberg supports 2017-18 state spending plan
Jun 30, 2017

Deep concerns about impact of Trump’s health care plan on Pa.
Jun 27, 2017

Schlossberg: Say "NO" to TrumpCare
Jun 27, 2017