$1 million state grant benefits Building 21

(Jan 27, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, Jan. 27 – State Sen. Pat Browne and Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer presented Allentown School District officials with a $1 million grant for Building 21 Allentown during a Friday news conference. Read more

 

PennDOT project aims to improve pedestrian safety in Allentown

(Jan 13, 2017)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - People in Allentown will soon see improvements to a busy intersection adjacent to the new public high school, according to state Representatives Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg and Senator Pat Browne. Read more

 

Schlossberg wants Pa. to comply with federal REAL ID law

(Jan 11, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said Pennsylvania should work to comply with the federal REAL ID law. Read more

 

Making Pennsylvania's Future Secure

(Jan 10, 2017)

As 2017 gets underway, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives begins a new legislative session, each member duty-bound to serve constituents and communities where they live. I look forward to what this session can bring to help make Pennsylvania’s future secure. Pennsylvania voters delivered a very strong message in 2016, leaving no doubt that an economy that works for everybody is a vital priority. This includes jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage, a secure retirement and affordable, reliable health care that meets physical and mental health needs. This will mean we need to lay the groundwork for more manufacturing jobs and level the playing field for small businesses. To do this, we will need to invest in students of every age and every ZIP code. We need early childhood education so every child is ready for kindergarten, community schools so students can get a good education regardless of where they live, affordable college, and job training so our workforce can take advantage of a prosperous economy. As we build a strong economy, Pennsylvania also needs to take steps to build a robust democracy. Voters are frustrated with partisan gridlock and they deserve government that works, delivering efficient and reliable services for taxpayers. We must meet our obligation to take care of people at the margins: children, the aging, infirmed, individuals with disability and mental health challenges and those who have fallen on hard times. Additionally, we need to Read more

 

Schlossberg takes oath of office

(Jan 03, 2017)

With a robust focus on building a stronger economy and supporting families, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today began his third term representing the 132 nd Legislative District after taking the oath of office. "I am grateful for the confidence the people of Allentown and South Whitehall placed in me for 2017 and 2018. Pennsylvanians told us loud and clear that we need to build a stronger economy,” Schlossberg said. “I look forward to continuing the fight for workers, our neighborhoods, taxpayers and small businesses. We have a lot of difficult decisions to make this year and it is up to all of us to do this together, find solutions that work and deliver for Pennsylvania.” Schlossberg said he will maintain his commitment to community schools, secure resources for transportation improvements, and continue to support women’s health and work for equality for all Pennsylvanians. In November, Schlossberg was re-elected as Northeast Democratic Delegation chairman. The delegation consists of House members from Berks, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties. Schlossberg's district office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located on the first floor at 2030 W. Tilghman St. in Allentown and can be reached at (610) 821-5577. For more information and to follow Schlossberg’s efforts, visit his website at www.pahouse.com/Schlossberg for information on various Read more

 

VIDEO: 2017 looms large for Pennsylvania lawmakers

(Dec 27, 2016)

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Schlossberg applauds House Transportation Committee’s vote to strengthen rear-facing child seat measure

(Dec 09, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9 – The House Transportation Committee today amended and reported out a bill, authored by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, to strengthen provisions intended to keep infants safe while traveling in a vehicle. "On Monday, at a public hearing held by the House Transportation Committee, I was pleased to see wide, bipartisan support for efforts to improve child safety in Pennsylvania," Schlossberg said. "After a productive and frank discussion, it was clear that there was sufficient support to strengthen my bill by amending it to offer even better protections for our youngest and most vulnerable citizens. I fully support that effort." House Bill 1551, which originally would have required children younger than 1 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat, was amended by the committee to require children to be secured in a rear-facing car seat while in a vehicle until age 2 unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer’s specification of the car seat in use. Schlossberg noted that this change to his bill follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. During the House Transportation public hearing, Ted Leonard, executive director of the Pennsylvania AAA Federation, voiced AAA’s support for efforts to enhance the requirement to secure children under age 2 in rear-facing car seats or until that child reaches the maximum height and weight for the car seat as noted by the manufacturer. "As a father of two young children, I find it hard to belie Read more

 

Schlossberg re-elected as chairman of Northeast Delegation

(Nov 16, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 16 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, was re-elected this week as the Northeast Democratic Delegation chairman for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus. Schlossberg will serve in the post for the 2017-18 legislative session, to which he was elected state representative for the 132nd Legislative District on Nov. 8. “I look forward to continuing the work of leading the Northeast Democratic Delegation,” Schlossberg said. “We have talented and effective legislators in our region, dedicated to serving their communities and our commonwealth. The opportunity to continue in this role will allow me to better serve the 132nd District in the 2017-2018 session.” As chairman, Schlossberg will organize meetings with key leaders in the administration to help members of the delegation advance their goals and will serve as a primary contact between House leaders and delegation members. "In his time in Harrisburg, Mike Schlossberg has shown himself to be energetic, compassionate and a true leader," said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland. “I look forward to continuing to work with him as the chairman of the regional delegation as we fight for a Pennsylvania that works better for all people, not just the special interests.” The Northeast Democratic Delegation consists of House members from Berks, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton and Schuylkill counties. Read more

 

Schlossberg announces nearly $60,000 in Safe School Initiative grants

(Nov 03, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Nov. 3 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today that he has received word that the Parkland School District and the Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley will be receiving Safe School Initiative grants. Parkland School District will be awarded $24,800 for security cameras, under the program designed to promote school safety and prevent violent incidents. The Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley will receive $40,000 to assist in paying for salary and other compensation for a school resource or police officer's position for the school year. Up to $2,000 of the grant may be used for approved safety training. "Our community schools need to be safe and secure environments for students so they can focus on learning," Schlossberg said. "These funds will go a long way to help guaranteeing our teachers and students a safe learning environment." Schlossberg said the grants will be formally announced Friday by state Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Safe School Initiative grants are competitive grants awarded by the state Education Department to help school districts prevent and reduce school violence through school resource and police officers, prevention programs and security-related technology. Read more

 

$1 million grant awarded to Cedar Crest for athletic field renovations

(Oct 31, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 31 – Gov. Tom Wolf approved the release of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding, which had previously received legislative authorization, for Cedar Crest College, according to state Sen. Pat Browne and state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer. "Cedar Crest College is a significant partner for the 132nd Legislative District, so I was glad to learn this project was approved," Schlossberg said. "Between the community facilities and educational opportunities, Cedar Crest presents a tremendous benefit for the community." The $1 million RACP funding will be used for the renovation of a grass soccer field into an all-year turf field. "Quality institutions of higher education are a crucial component for any strong community and Allentown is lucky to count Cedar Crest College among several in the Valley," Schweyer said. "The renovation of this athletic field will not only improve an important part of campus life, it will also allow Cedar Crest to use the field in new ways that will benefit both students and the community as a whole." The funding, which will also provide for the installation of spectator seating and a press box, will allow the college to run camps, clinics, practices and sporting events on the field. The athletic field will also be available to rent for community events. "Cedar Crest College is a valuable educational asset to the Lehigh Valley," Browne said. "I am pleased to support this improvement project, which wi Read more

 

Schlossberg: Vaccine rule change will protect our students and the community

(Oct 21, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, is applauding the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission for revising immunization regulations to cut the time students can attend school without being fully immunized. The new regulations would change the time a student could attend school without being fully vaccinated from eight months to five days. "This is a simple change that will help ensure our students start school with the best protections we can offer," Schlossberg said. "Communities across the country are seeing a resurgence in diseases that were all but wiped out, including the measles and whooping cough. Action like this is needed to prevent that from happening here and to ensure our children and other vulnerable populations stay safe." In addition, the review commission’s changes would add requirements that students be vaccinated against whooping cough and meningococcal meningitis. "The science is clear: vaccines save lives. Offering an eight-month grace period only results in children staying unvaccinated for longer periods of time, putting them and others in the community at great risk," Schlossberg said. "These revised regulations, which reflect the recommendations of medical professional and educators alike, are clearly in the best interest of students’ health and well-being." The new regulations await final approval from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. Schlossberg said he is optimistic they could take ef Read more

 

Wolf authorizes $1 million RACP for Building 21 in Allentown

(Oct 19, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 19 -- Governor Tom Wolf approved the release of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding, which had previously received legislative authorization, for Building 21 Allentown, according to Senator Pat Browne and Representatives Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer. Read more

 

Schlossberg pushes proposals to allow seniors the opportunity to age in place

(Oct 04, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, hosted a news conference today at Lehigh Valley Active Life to discuss two pieces of legislation he recently introduced that would offer older Pennsylvanians additional resources and enable them to receive health care while continuing to live in their homes. “Allowing a senior to age in place is good for the person and it is sensible public policy,” Schlossberg said. “Preserving an older Pennsylvanian’s opportunity to live in the independence of their home can offer between 72 and 74 percent savings when compared to the cost of a nursing facility and can significantly increase their quality of life.” House Bill 2371 would establish the Caregiver Tax Credit, which would allow taxpayers who qualify for the federal dependent care credit to apply for a tax credit against their state income tax liability. As of 2015, 23 other states have a similar tax credit in place. “As a state, we are getting older. In the past four years, our population over the age of 65 had increased by 8.9 percent and outpaced our overall population growth. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure that older Pennsylvanians have the tools and resources they need to live happy and full lives,” Schlossberg said. House Bill 2372 would establish the Livable Home Tax Credit, which would offer a tax credit for homeowners or construction contractors renovating or building senior-accessible Read more

 

Court strikes down casino payments to host communities

(Sep 29, 2016)

State Representative Michael Schlossberg says finding a solution within that span could be a high stakes game. "Here is my concern. There are only six scheduled session days left until the election," Schlossberg said. Schlossberg does think the odds are high legislators ultimately will deal a winning hand. "There is enough time. We have to move fast but there is enough time to come up with a plan," Schlossberg said. Schlossberg says a $10 million flat tax could be an option. If nothing is done, Donchez said tax hikes and layoffs could come to his city. Pawlowski said taxes more than likely would need to be raised in Allentown too. Read more

 

State House Reps attend hearings to raise the minimum wage

(Sep 07, 2016)

Democratic members of the state House of Representatives from all corners of the commonwealth converged on Allentown's city hall Tuesday afternoon to hear reasons for supporting a raise in the minimum wage from the currents $7.23 per hour up to $15 per hour or some dollar amount in between. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg chair Policy Committee hearing on raising the minimum wage in Pa.

(Sep 06, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Sept. 6 – The need to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania was the topic of state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Allentown. Both Schweyer and Schlossberg say they support raising the minimum wage in the state to $10.10. “Working families in the Lehigh Valley and across the commonwealth need a minimum wage that is a livable wage in order to provide the basic necessities without having to struggle or work several jobs to make ends meet.” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “Pennsylvania is long overdue to raise the minimum wage. “I am a co-sponsor of House Bill 250, which will provide the needed increase in the minimum wage. We need to get this bill through the legislature, hopefully during the fall session, so the governor can sign it into law.” “Raising the minimum wage is a moral imperative. Workers need to be able to take care of themselves and their families,” said Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. “I believe it is long past time to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage and index it with inflation. The economic recovery after the Great Recession has been greatly slowed by limited wage growth for far too many workers. “This proposal would raise the wages of 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers and help to boost the state economy with $1.8 billion in new wages.” “Thanks to Representatives Schweyer and Schlossberg for Read more

 

Fall 2016 Newsletter

(Sep 01, 2016)

The first year of the 2015- 2016 legislative session was extremely frustrating. In addition to the well documented budget stalemate, partisan wrangling was at a fevered pitch. Moods started to change this spring. When the snow from a record snowfall began to melt, a spirit of cooperation began to grow. As a result, the General Assembly began to make progress on contentious matters. We saw compromise and movement on pension reform, liquor modernization and even on the 2016-2017 budget. I voted for all of these compromises because I believe it’s important to compromise in order Read more

 

Get the lead out: Mandatory testing of children is a no-brainer

(Jul 19, 2016)

The discovery of elevated levels of lead in Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority lines underscores the need to make sure it isn’t in our children, too. The Legislature is considering a bill that would mandate lead testing for expectant mothers and for 1- and 2-year-olds, with high-risk children getting annual checks through age 6. If lawmakers don’t pass the bill, sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Philadelphia, the Allegheny County Health Department could move forward on its own and implement the testing of children here. But the Legislature should pass Mr. Cruz’s testing bill — and related legislation — so children statewide are protected. Read more

 

Schlossberg announces Riverside Drive grant

(Jul 01, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today that a $1 million grant has been awarded to the Riverside Drive project at the Waterfront, which sits on the former site of the Lehigh Structural Steel Company. The Multimodal Transportation Fund grant has been awarded to the Waterfront Development Company to assist in the construction of a 3.5-mile, two-lane road and a paved trail along the path of a former railroad bed. "I’ve long said that community development efforts won’t be successful, unless everyone in our community – from the richest to the poorest – is able to benefit and this project will achieve exactly that," Schlossberg said. "Riverside Drive will better connect Allentown, and not just physically. It will connect residents with a slew of new jobs and recreational activities that will invariably lead to further growth and an increased quality of life for our community." The Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund, which was created by the transportation funding plan, provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure that a safe and reliable system of transportation is available to the residents of the commonwealth. "Not only will this project make it easy for workers to get downtown while alleviating congestion along nearby corridors, but it will also help to complete a crucial link currently missing in the 165-mile Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail," Schlossberg said. "Once Read more

 

Schlossberg: House-passed budget not ideal but better than last year

(Jun 28, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today supported House passage of a state budget that would increase education funding and expand efforts to fight the commonwealth’s growing opioid addiction crisis. “To be frank, this budget bill isn’t ideal. But this isn’t the time to let perfection stand in the way of progress,” Schlossberg said. “If this spending plan is signed into law, Allentown School District would see an increase of $6 million while Parkland School District would receive more than $580,000 in new funds. After years of neglect, this budget would allow our community schools to better focus on their mission of educating our next generation.” The $31.55 billion spending plan includes a $250 million increase for pre-K through 12 education funding, including $200 million for K-12, $30 million for pre-K and Head Start, and a $20 million increase for special education. Since Schlossberg has been in the House, Allentown School District has received $9.8 million in new basic education funding and Parkland School District has received over $900,000. “The budget would also make additional resources available to help combat the opioid crisis gripping our state. These increased funds would make a tremendous difference in the lives of many who are currently struggling with addiction and their loved ones,” said Schlossberg. Senate Bill 1073 would dedicate $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction Read more