Schlossberg vaccination legislation featured

(Aug 26, 2015)

A pair of Pennsylvania bills to eliminate philosophical exemptions from child vaccinations are stuck in legislative committees, with little apparent likelihood of near-term passage. "It's going to take a tragedy to get people on their feet — that's the nature of public policy," says state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, a Lehigh County Democrat who co-sponsored a House bill to take away the philosophical exemption that enables unvaccinated children to attend school in the state. Read more

 

Schlossberg expresses concerns about human service funding

(Aug 26, 2015)

Pennsylvania's budget impasse is now nearing 60 days and the impact is starting to be felt by social service agencies. Many social service agencies receive a portion of their budget from the government. Without at budget that isn't happening, so some are now looking to banks for their bucks. "There is a lot of political trickery at play," said Alan Jennings, head of non-profit Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley. Jennings was one of several non-profit heads who headed to Harrisburg's capitol rotunda to show the state the ripple effects of the budget impasse. "In the next few days we're going to take out a line of credit for $400,000," he said. Money, Jennings said is needed to pay bills. From homes to heating his agency, Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley helps thousands of people in need. But without a budget on the books, non-profits around the state haven't received state funds. "At the moment it doesn't appear there's a light at the end of the tunnel to get this passed," said Republican State Rep. Joe Emrick of Northampton County. Read more

 

Schlossberg expresses concerns about student privacy

(Aug 24, 2015)

“We’ve already significantly limited advertising opportunities [within schools]. I don’t see why we couldn’t do it on a digital level,” said Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. In Congress, Reps. Luke Messer, R-Ind., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., have proposed the Student Data Privacy and Parental Rights Act, which resembles the California law. Mr. Dinniman said that after seeing the Post-Gazette’s findings, he is looking to combine the California law, the federal proposal and a Pennsylvania law restricting the state’s collection of higher education records. Read more

 

Schlossberg introducing bill requiring rear-facing car seats

(Aug 20, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg announced that he intends to introduce legislation to require children under the age of one to be secured in a rear-facing car seat while traveling in a vehicle. Current state law requires all children under the age of four to be properly secured in an approved car seat. However, the law does not specify how the car seat should be facing. Read more

 

Schlossberg bill would waive background check fee

(Aug 13, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, recently hosted a press conference at Woodlawn Fire Company, South Whitehall, to introduce House Bill 1081, he is co-sponsoring with state Rep Tina Davis, D-141st. Schlossberg standing with volunteer firefighters and officials from both Woodlawn and Green-awald fire companies and emergency medical providers and officials from South Whitehall Township said this bill will provide background check fee waivers for volunteer emergency re-sponse personnel and firefighters. Read more

 

Schlossberg & Schweyer: Come together and pass budget for our schools

(Jul 23, 2015)

As we write this, about two weeks have passed since the Republican majority in the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a budget bill, which Gov. Tom Wolf quickly vetoed. Since then, Pennsylvanians have heard a lot of rhetoric about the supposed quality of the spending plan or the righteousness of the veto, but we want to address some inescapable facts not up for debate. Read more

 

Schlossberg Praises Ruling Legalizing Marriage Equality

(Jun 29, 2015)

The U.S Supreme Court on Friday made same-sex marriage a new civil right by ruling that states cannot ban the act. Here's how politicians and leaders from across the region and beyond are responding: "Today is a historic day for our country. As a happily married man and father of two, I can personally attest to the power and value of marriage, and I am glad that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens across the country can now share in that same joy, responsibilities and legal protections that I share with my wife. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Pennsylvanians Deserve a Better Budget

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more

 

Schlossberg Stands Up Against Theatrics

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg explains how the Republican chairman of the State Government Committee tried to sneak through an 11-page amendment to a pension bill without allowing members even the time to read it, and how the chairman refused to allow any debate or questions. Read more

 

Schlossberg slams GOP budget for failing students and the state

(Jun 27, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today said he voted against the Republican-crafted budget bill because it fails to restore deep cuts made to public education by the former administration and relies heavily on gimmicks and one-time funding sources. "Pennsylvanian citizens made their budget priorities clear in the fall when they elected Governor Tom Wolf, but, instead of listening to the will of the people, the Republican majority in the House has just passed a budget that completely fails to prioritize education, ignores the serious need for property tax relief and uses accounting tricks in an attempt to close the $1.2 billion structural deficit," Schlossberg said. "These are the same tactics that we have seen for the last four years and our schools, our economy and our state as a whole have suffered greatly as a result." Schlossberg noted that the Republican budget barely provides a quarter of the funding needed to restore the cuts to public education made by former Gov. Tom Corbett. "Allentown knows what happens when the state passes a budget that ignores our constitutional obligation to provide every child in the commonwealth with a thorough education. We have seen many quality teachers and staff members get laid off year after year while our students suffer as a result," Schlossberg said. "A restoration of the cuts made to public education would allow Allentown to rehire the teachers we need to prepare students for a modern workforce. I Read more

 

Schlossberg hails Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality

(Jun 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – Calling the ruling a historic victory for equality, state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, praised today’s Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality while saying there is still work to be done in Pennsylvania. "Today is a historic day for our country. As a happily married man and father of two, I can personally attest to the power and value of marriage, and I am glad that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens across the country can now share in that same joy, responsibilities and legal protections that I share with my wife," Schlossberg said. "As I have said before, love begets love – and this world clearly needs more love. And while this is certainly a time to celebrate, we are not done fighting inequality in Pennsylvania." Schlossberg explained that is currently legal in most of the state to fire an employee, deny an individual housing or refuse to serve a patron because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. "It is unbelievable that our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender brothers and sisters don't enjoy these same basic protections under the law. No one should have to fear putting a photo of their loved one on their work desk or feel like they have to hide who they are in public. This disparity simply flies in the face of the concept of equality our commonwealth was founded on," Schlossberg said. "It is past time for us as a state to join together and take a stand against hate by passing strong anti-discri Read more

 

Schlossberg responds to attack on Air Products facility

(Jun 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement today in response to a terrorist attack on a Lehigh County business operating in Lyon, France: "My staff and I have been watching the story in France with great concern and will continue to monitor the situation. Air Products is a fantastic organization that is proud to call the Lehigh Valley home. I am sure this goes without saying, but my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of these attacks, as well as the entire Air Products organization." Read more

 

Schlossberg Prepares for Long Haul

(Jun 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG — State Rep. Mike Schlossberg traveled Thursday to the Capitol knowing it could be a while before the state budget passes and he has a chance to return to his Allentown home. "I've got a lot of clothing in my trunk right now and I'll suspect I'll be using all of it," he said. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Our communities are safer thanks to Commonwealth Court ruling

(Jun 25, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today commended the Commonwealth Court for its ruling that declared Act 192, which allowed membership organizations to challenge municipal gun ordinances on behalf of members, as unconstitutional due to a violation of the original-purpose and single-subject rules. "Act 192 was simply bad legislation and I am glad to see it rightfully declared unconstitutional," Schlossberg said. "The concept is flawed and the runaround way in which it was passed flies in the face of an open and transparent government." Originally, the bill that became Act 192 was introduced in the House to increase the criminal penalties on the theft of scrap metal. During the legislative process it was amended to included provisions that provided membership organizations, such as the National Rifle Association, standing to challenge local gun ordinances while forcing the municipality to pay for the legal fees. "Usurping local control of a municipality is very serious, especially in this case as the ordinances that were targeted by these special interest groups could potentially save lives," Schlossberg said. "While I would be eager to have conversations about gun control in Harrisburg, the political reality makes that unlikely to happen anytime soon. If the state isn't going to act in the best interests of its citizens then it is up to municipalities like Allentown to do what is right and I fully support them in that effort." The passage of Ac Read more

 

Schlossberg's “Pay for Success” proposal Featured in CNBC Story

(Jun 23, 2015)

Goldman Sachs could be coming to a pre-K program near you. Or, at least, that may be the case in Pennsylvania. The state is proposing to implement social impact bonds, where private investors, like Goldman Sachs, can provide the upfront cash for legislators to address problems, like early education. "The governor wants to break down the silos that exist between the public and private sectors," said Jeff Sheridan, press secretary for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who used his record as a businessman to get elected last fall. "This way, the taxpayer doesn't foot the bill. This is a way to effectively allocate taxpayers dollars while increasing funding for services." Read more

 

Schlossberg named chairman of Northeast Delegation

(Jun 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today announced he will serve as the chairman of the Northeast Democratic Delegation for the remainder of the 2015-16 legislative session. Schlossberg, who was elected vice chairman of the delegation at the start of session, became chairman after Rep. Mike Carroll resigned from the position to serve as the Democratic chairman of the Agriculture Committee. "It is an honor to have been selected for this responsibility, and I look forward to getting the opportunity to see and learn more about our beautiful and historic region," Schlossberg said. "This opportunity will allow me to better advocate not just for the people of Allentown but for all of northeastern Pennsylvania." "Mike Schlossberg is bringing an energetic new approach that's welcome and needed in Harrisburg," said Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. "I know he'll do a fantastic job as the chairman of the regional delegation and working for stronger schools, lower property taxes, more jobs and better state government." The Northeast Democratic Delegation consists of House members from Berks, Lackawanna, Northampton, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Luzerne counties. "I am committed to strengthening northeastern Pennsylvania and I look forward to working with my colleagues throughout the region to do just that," Schlossberg said. "Each member of the delegation is bound to face issues unique to their districts, but despite that we are stronger and more Read more

 

Schlossberg applauds Wolf for fee waiver, urges colleagues to pass change into law

(Jun 11, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, commended Gov. Tom Wolf during a news conference today for his move to waive background check fees for volunteers while calling on his colleagues in the General Assembly to follow suit by codifying the exemption into law. Read more

 

Schlossberg applauds Wolf for fee waiver, urges colleagues to pass change into law

(Jun 11, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, June 11 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, commended Gov. Tom Wolf during a news conference today for his move to waive background check fees for volunteers while calling on his colleagues in the General Assembly to follow suit by codifying the exemption into law. "Governor Wolf should be applauded for this change. He heard the voices of the many volunteers affected by burdensome fees and he acted to protect the great tradition of community service found throughout this commonwealth," Schlossberg said. "Now it is time for the General Assembly to finish the job by officially enshrining this exemption for volunteers into law." At the news conference, Schlossberg stood with volunteer firefighters from the Greenawalds and Woodlawn fire departments, fire department officials, EMS providers, and officials from South Whitehall Township to voice their support of Wolf's administrative move and their support for a permanent legislative fix. "Our volunteer firefighters and EMS responders are ready and willing to put their lives on the line every day for people in the community they may not even know. Frankly, this is the least we can do for them," Schlossberg said. "Governor Wolf did the right thing by waiving the fee, but it is up to the General Assembly now to ensure that protection remains by putting it into law." Schlossberg also applauded Wolf's move to reduce the cost of child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for individuals seeking Read more

 

Helping seniors at the 2015 Senior Fair

(Jun 03, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg co-hosted a Senior Expo for Lehigh Valley senior citizens to get information and help they need on a variety of state-related issues. Read more

 

'Pay for success' offers the state opportunities for public-private innovation

(Jun 02, 2015)

Over the past five years, much has been made of the success of Allentown's Neighborhood Improvement Zone. As a result of this financial mechanism, there are jobs, investment and hope in places where all of those traits previously had been in short supply. The NIZ is a fantastic example of the private sector and government working together in a creative fashion to improve society. Read more