Schlossberg Fights for Lead-Free Homes

(Mar 22, 2016)

In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg discusses the importance of new legislation aimed at protecting Pennsylvanians from potential lead contamination from aging paint and water pipes. Read more

 

Legislators join Cruz in call for support of lead-testing legislation

(Mar 22, 2016)

Citing the tragedy unfolding in Flint, Michigan, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., was joined by a bipartisan group of legislators today calling for support of a legislation package that aims to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Water crisis in Flint, Michigan hits home in Bucks County

(Mar 17, 2016)

Bottled water, not drinking fountains line the halls of Grand View Health. This after elevated lead levels were found in the Bucks County hospital's water in 2013 Read more

 

Schlossberg pushes for lead-free water

(Mar 17, 2016)

Bottled water, not drinking fountains line the halls of Grand View Health. This after elevated lead levels were found in the Bucks County hospital's water in 2013. "We are not aware of why they were elevated. Up until that point this was the first time ever exceeded any of the EPA regulations," COO Mark Horne said. According to the DEP, levels were between 61 and 230 parts per billion. The EPA sets the standard at 15 parts per billion but local doctors say any level is too much. According to a recent USA Today study since 2012, nearly 2,000 water systems across the U.S. have found elevated lead levels in tap water samples. Pennsylvania is second in the nation with more than 155 exceedances over that time span. Grand View says renovations caused the temporary spike in 2013. Horne says the hospital tests on a regular basis. "We know the water we are providing now is safe to drink. We've taken those abundances of precautions to make sure that is the case," he said. Read more

 

Schlossberg applauds passage of medical marijuana legislation

(Mar 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation that would legalize the use of medical marijuana for some patients in Pennsylvania: "Today is a good day. It has been a long time coming. When this legislation is signed into law, patients in Pennsylvania and their doctors will be able to have conversations and make decisions based on sound medical knowledge as opposed to outdated fears and ineffective laws. Politicians shouldn’t be limiting the legitimate options available to medical professionals and their patients without overwhelming reason. "People living with serious medical conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis, PTSD or HIV/AIDS need options and comfort, not political roadblocks to treatment. They shouldn’t have to worry about the gridlock which delayed this bill from coming to a vote, just like they shouldn’t have to risk legal repercussions to get the medicine they need. We know medical marijuana is able to help some patients who suffer from debilitating diseases – in some cases it seems to be the only thing that is effective – and this legislation will allow the Commonwealth to assist these patients by providing them secure access while treating them with the respect they deserve. "I am proud to have been part of the effort to get this bill to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf and equally glad we were able to achieve this as a bipartisan effort. It wasn’t an ea Read more

 

Schlossberg announces over $4 million in funds headed to the district

(Mar 03, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will distribute over $4 million in liquid fuels payments to municipalities in the 132nd Legislative District and over $12.4 million to municipalities in Lehigh County. The City of Allentown will receive over $3.5 million and South Whitehall will receive $797,099. This distribution marks a $621,000 increase over the $3.6 million distributed in 2015. “I voted for Act 89 to provide communities like Allentown and South Whitehall with the resources needed to maintain our network of public roads,” Schlossberg said. “We have taken steps to make our roads are safer, create jobs and help businesses better move goods and services in our communities. These funds will help take pressure off municipalities so they can maintain roads and not need to raise property taxes, which is good for homeowners and small businesses.” The liquid fuels funds, which were increased by Act 89, are annual payments to municipalities to help pay for highway and bridge-related expenses such as snow removal and road repaving. Since going into effect, Act 89 has provided liquid fuels fund increases of $1.57 million to municipalities in the 132nd Legislative District and $4.6 million in Lehigh County. There are 120,039 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania, with 72,759 of those miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a muni Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

Schlossberg pushes for budget compromise

(Feb 09, 2016)

HARRISBURG — Speaking before a sea of lawmakers, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday christened his $33.3 billion budget proposal with a warning of impending financial catastrophe that "was no act of God," but instead the fault of uncompromising politics. Wolf's budget plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year starts where he left off last year without success: a clarion call to fix the state's deficit and add more money for education by increasing taxes. Wolf's proposal would raise an additional $2.7 billion by increasing taxes on workers, smokers, gamblers and natural gas drillers, among others. He also would add new sales levies on some consumer purchases that now are not taxed, such as cable television and movie tickets. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Budget Mess Continues to Frustrate

(Feb 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg discusses his frustration with the current state budget process and what he hopes to hear from Gov. Wolf in his budget proposal for the coming year. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Schlossberg helping people find missing money

(Jan 19, 2016)

Local governments across Pennsylvania are missing money. The NBC 10 Investigators found since 2009 the state of Pennsylvania has recovered and returned more than $1.5 million to local governments in southeastern Pennsylvania. “Money that is owed to the government really is owed to the taxpayers,” Deputy State Treasurer Doug Rohanna said. Read more

 

Schlossberg featured in coverage of young lawmakers

(Jan 10, 2016)

HARRISBURG -- Sit in the gallery of the state Senate or House in Harrisburg and you might notice something beyond the spectacular murals, stained glass windows and marble walls. There are a lot of gray-haired legislators on the floor in both chambers. In Pennsylvania, the average age of a state legislator is 54, according to a recent examination of legislatures by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Conference of State Legislatures. The study found New Hampshire had the oldest legislature nationally, with an average legislator age of 66. “Legislators from the baby-boomer ge Read more

 

Schlossberg reflects on death of child with autism

(Jan 09, 2016)

It could have been Devan. After reading about the tragic death of a 5-year-old autistic boy who wandered from a relative's east Allentown home on New Year's Eve, Erik Weiner turned to his young daughter, who has Down syndrome, and recalled all the times she wandered from his care and hid. She's safe thanks to the grace of God, the 40-year-old Quakertown father knew. In the absence of divine intervention, he thought, there must be more the community can do to protect kids like Devan and Jayliel Vega Batista, whose body was found Jan. 2 in the Lehigh Canal. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Schlossberg ready to return to the table after line-item veto

(Dec 29, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 29 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today released the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf announced a line-item veto of a budget bill passed by the Senate last week: “It’s tragic that it has come to this. This impasse should have never happened in the first place. It has caused pain in ever part of the commonwealth. Governor Wolf has been at the table, ready to compromise, along with almost every other caucus in the legislature. “While I am glad our schools, human service providers and non-profits will once again begin to receive the crucial funds that enable them to operate in our communities, there is still more work to complete before this budget can be considered done. It is time for House Republicans to join us at the table to finish this, once and for all. I look forward to returning to Harrisburg, hopefully as quickly as possible, to do what needs to be done to finish this budget.” Read more

 

Schlossberg blasts House Republicans for adjourning session during budget impasse

(Dec 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 23 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement after Republican leaders moved to adjourn the House without taking up a bill that would end the nearly six-month state budget impasse: “My colleagues and I were ready to vote in favor of a compromise budget today, ending the budget impasse that has gone on for far too long. The vote would have increased our investment in the Parkland Schools District by $3 million and in Allentown School District by $8.5 million. Today, there was a coalition of the willing — comprised of Republicans and Democrats — ready to end this impasse and restore the vital funding our counties, human service providers and nonprofits need to operate. Instead, the people who depend on the General Assembly are left out in the cold, struggling to get by. “Unfortunately, Republican leaders in the House decided to adjourn session today for some unknown reason. They couldn’t even tell us when the House is anticipated to return to complete this important work. This is the worst possible Christmas gift we could give to Pennsylvania. “While I am upset at and embarrassed by the actions of House leadership today, I remained committed to doing whatever is needed to get a budget which moves the state forward to Governor Tom Wolf’s desk so he can sign it into law. I urge my Republican colleagues to return to Harrisburg so we can get this done. “At the beginning of the year, House leaders pledged not to run Pennsylvan Read more

 

Schlossberg’s child car safety legislation featured

(Dec 14, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed a bill that would require children to ride in cars facing backwards up to the age of 2 and the sponsor of the bill said he thinks it will get quick approval from the House. “Rear facing is safer because, when there is, God forbid, a crash it distributes the impact of the crash more evenly and there are multiple studies out there that show that rear facing can save lives and reduce injury,” said State Sen. Michael Schlossberg (D- Lehigh) who sponsored HB 1551 which would change the state’s vehicle code. Read more

 

Public hearing held on Schlossberg rear-facing child seat measure

(Dec 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – The House Transportation Committee today held a public hearing on a bill introduced by Rep. Mike Schlossberg that would require infants to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat while in a vehicle. "Numerous studies confirm that children are safer in a rear-facing car seat because it does a better job of protecting their head, neck and spine in an accident," Schlossberg said. "Accidents, by their very definition, are often outside of our control as parents, but properly securing a small child is not." While current Pennsylvania law requires children younger than 4 to be properly restrained in a car seat, it does not specify which way the seat should be facing. Schlossberg's bill (H.B. 1551) would require children younger than 1 to be secured in a rear-facing car seat, following the guidelines made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA recommends infants in a rear-facing car seat until they weigh at least 20 pounds and are at least 1 year old. Twelve states require rear-facing car seats for children younger than 1, including Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont and Wisconsin. "As a father, when my family and I drive, the safety of my children is my number one responsibility. If there is ever an accident, I want to make certain my children are secure from injury," he said. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Car Seats 101

(Dec 07, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg discusses the "do's and don't's" of installing & purchasing a children's car seat with the Lehigh Valley Health Network Children & Family Education Center. Read more