Schlossberg, Schweyer call for study on income inequality in Pa.

(May 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Lehigh, have introduced a resolution that would examine the unfair balance of income and the factors that contribute to it in Pennsylvania. House Resolution 326 would direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study on income inequality in the commonwealth. The study would include factors that have contributed to the increase in income inequality over the last several decades, gender differences in education levels and occupations and how they contribute to the gender wage gap, comparing wages for working minorities and working non-minorities with the same level of education, comparing wages for minority women and non-minority women with the same level of education, and comparing wages for men and women in female-dominated, gender-balanced and male-dominated occupations. “We can only begin fixing a problem by fully understanding it,” Schweyer said. “There have been concerns over the issue from business, community and economic leaders and faith-based communities in my district, so we really need to get our arms around it.” "Income inequality is the greatest challenge of our modern society; the rich have more and the poor have less than at any point since the Great Recession," Schlossberg said. "We must gain a better understanding of the specific challenges at play with this issue in order to build momentum for a positive Read more

 

Schlossberg introduces legislation to help state pay for success

(May 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 21 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, introduced legislation this week that would allow the Office of the Budget and other agencies to enter into pay-for-success agreements, which is an important component of Gov. Tom Wolf's 2015-16 state budget proposal. The pay-for-success model, which is currently operating in many states, including Massachusetts and New York, would allow the commonwealth to enter into partnerships with philanthropic and private sector investors who would provide upfront capital to cover the costs of certain programs and services. Read more

 

Schlossberg proposal protecting victims of rape passes House

(May 06, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, said today that the state House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that would update Pennsylvania’s domestic relations law as it pertains to support and custody of children conceived by rape or incest. Current state law makes terminating a rapist's parental rights complicated and could result in a rapist retaining custody of the child. If a victim is able to convince a court to terminate parental rights, the perpetrator also is relieved of his duty to financially support the child. Read more

 

Schlossberg shares personal battles while calling for end to mental health stigma

(May 05, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 5 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution authored by state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, to raise awareness about mental health issues. "Anxiety, depression and addiction are no more about faith or weakness than a broken bone is just in somebody's mind," Schlossberg said. "One in two Americans will suffer from a mental health issue at some point in their life, but only 30 to 40 percent will seek treatment. That is why efforts like this are so important to reduce the stigma and spread the message that mental illness can be cured." Read more

 

Schlossberg fights for local 911 centers

(May 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 4 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement after legislation passed the House that would increase 911 surcharges on monthly phone bills and force municipalities such as Allentown and Bethlehem to join a regional call center: Read more

 

Schlossberg offers keynote address at RCPA rally

(Apr 14, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 14 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, offered the keynote speech at a rally hosted by the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association. The RCPA rally featured providers and families urging the legislature to support Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed investment into mental health, intellectual and developmental disability, drug and alcohol, and children’s community services. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer urge Kane to prevent consumer data fire sale

(Apr 02, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, April 2 – State Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, both D-Leigh, sent a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane late last urging her to take any and all actions required to prevent RadioShack from selling millions of its former customers' personal data. As a result of RadioShack declaring bankruptcy, more than 13 million email address and 65 million customer names and physical addresses are reportedly up for sale to the highest-bidder. Previously, RadioShack made a pledge to its customers that it would not sell their personal data to other companies. "When a company like RadioShack collects personal information based off a promise, which includes its protection from sale to another company, Pennsylvania consumers have a right to expect that information will stay private," Schlossberg said. "Rep. Schweyer and I contacted Attorney General Kane to ensure that Pennsylvania law enforcement takes all appropriate actions and fully applies state laws to guarantee those protections are maintained." Read more

 

Schlossberg calls for end to stigma surrounding mental health, at public hearing

(Apr 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today participated in a House Human Services Committee public hearing titled "Eliminating Stigma in Mental Health," supporting a change in societal perception he believes is long overdue. “Too often, people live in fear and embarrassment about their mental health struggles. This is unnecessary and results in wasted lives and needless pain," Schlossberg said. "The purpose of this hearing was to learn more about what we, as a government and as elected officials, can do to combat this stigma. I am incredibly grateful for the work of the groups who joined us today in shining light on this important issue.” Read more

 

Bipartisan bill to improve government efficiency advances from committee

(Mar 31, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 31 – In a show of bipartisan cooperation, the House Urban Affairs Committee voted today in favor of legislation sponsored by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Seth Grove, R-York, that would help improve government efficiency. In February, Gov. Tom Wolf created the successor to the Office of Innovation – in the new Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency – with a goal of finding ways to further modernize state government and save money. House Bill 11, as amended, would secure the office in law and create a steering committee that would include the secretaries of Policy and Planning, General Services and Budget, in addition to one member from the Republican and Democratic caucuses in both the House and Senate. "Since the start of the great recession, the phrase 'doing more with less' has been said by government officials so many times that it has almost become a reflex," Schlossberg said. "However, doing more with less means that we give government employees the tools that they need to succeed. This bill does just that." “House Bill 11 builds on the approach of the state Office of Innovation, which was highly successful, having saved state taxpayers more than $690 million through the adoption of lean management principles intended to increase the efficiency of state government,” said Grove. “This bill was amended to train new state employees on lean management practices, helping modernize state government and imp Read more

 

Policy Committee examines the benefits of restoring educational investments throughout the state

(Mar 18, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, March 18 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from education experts and school superintendents about the need to properly invest in community schools in the region and across the state, at a meeting convened at the request of state Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh. "The last four years of failed policy has led to the loss of more than 400 teachers from our community schools, it has caused property taxes in Allentown to increase more than 20 percent, and in the end, our children suffer from a lack of opportunities," Schlossberg said. "We need to ensure our teachers have the tools to educate our children to prepare them for a modern workforce and a knowledge-based economy. As we heard here today, the only way to do that is by properly investing in our community schools." Held at the Community Services for Children, the meeting participants included: David Volkman, acting deputy secretary of Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education; Jane Ervin, executive director, Community Services for Children; Richard Sniscak, superintendent, Parkland School District; C. Russell Mayo, superintendent, Allentown School District; Sandi Gackenbach, president, Parkland Education Association; and Deb Tretter, president, Allentown Education Association. Read more

 

Schlossberg offers home safety tips to remember before springing ahead

(Mar 06, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, March 6 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, is reminding constituents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend as they turn their clocks ahead. Daylight saving time begins Sunday at 2 a.m., and, while many digital clocks will adjust automatically, Schlossberg said he wanted to remind constituents to turn any other clock ahead by one hour. "A good way to remember to set your clocks ahead is to do it Saturday night before you go to sleep," Schlossberg said. "It is also a good time to perform simple safety checks throughout your home like ensuring it's equipped with properly functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors." Schlossberg said residents may also want to consider replacing any smoke detector more than 10 years old. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Wolf's plan is a bold and promising start

(Mar 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf's 2015-16 budget address: "The past four years have been an abysmal failure for our state. Pennsylvania’s credit is in shambles, job creation continues to be at or near the bottom in the United States, property taxes have increased 20 percent in the Allentown School District, and there are 400 fewer teachers educating our youth in community schools. "Tom Wolf came to office understanding that the previous administration kicked the can down the road too many times, and he acknowledges the need for change. Last summer I said we would have a fiscal day of reckoning in 2015 because it is simply fiscally irresponsible to continue on the path we are on. I have always believed that fiscal responsibility is more than just not spending; it's being able to invest in the future. "Governor Wolf's plan does just that and will allow Allentown to stop laying off teachers and even bring teachers back into the classroom. I also commend the governor for addressing real property tax reform, as the previous administration's refusal to properly fund education has placed an increased burden on homeowners and small-business owners. "I look forward to closely reviewing this budget to see how it might benefit Allentown and South Whitehall taxpayers. However, I will say that it's madness to think that we can cut or sell our way out of the $2.3 billion budget deficit Read more

 

Schlossberg joins colleagues and health experts to support bipartisan vaccine proposal at Capitol news conference

(Mar 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – Legislators, experts and advocates today spoke in support of legislation that would limit the types of immunization exemptions granted in Pennsylvania, during a Capitol news conference hosted by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Becky Corbin, R-Chester. At the news conference, Schlossberg explained that currently the state allows three exemptions for childhood immunization – medical, religious and philosophical. Schlossberg's and Corbin's legislation, which they intend to introduce shortly, would eliminate philosophical immunization exemptions, currently the most common type granted in the state. "I’m the father of a 4-year old and a 2-year old. I know this is a sensitive subject because it directly affects parents and children," Schlossberg said. "But allowing Pennsylvania’s philosophical exemption to stand will lead to more outbreaks of diseases we can eliminate entirely. It will lead to public health scares and deaths, which we can prevent. More to the point, this proposal reinforces the responsibility that all Pennsylvanians have to each other." Corbin said, “Young children in Pennsylvania are more susceptible to deadly and dangerous diseases than those in other states because our vaccination rates are too low to offer the protection necessary to stop their spread. Our legislation is one part of the solution to correct this imbalance. It takes great care not to infringe on religious liberties, while ensuring as many children as Read more

 

Schlossberg: Privatization plan would demolish long-term cash asset

(Feb 26, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, released the following statement in opposition to a liquor privatization plan that passed the state House of Representatives today, which would cost taxpayers millions in annually recurring state revenue: “It is financial madness that we are considering selling a long-term cash asset to cover a short-term budget shortfall. Fiscal responsibility isn’t just spending as little as possible; it’s making sure that you have the revenue to meet your expenditures. We currently have a budget deficit that is $2.3 billion – and climbing. This isn’t a one-year problem; this is a long-term problem, and one that will continue to get worse. The liquor system provides $80 million annually to the general fund. It is insanity to think that we can climb out of our current budget hole by selling that long-term asset. Read more

 

Schlossberg seeks to strengthen credit freeze protections

(Feb 18, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, recently introduced legislation to combat identity theft by permitting a parent or legal guardian to obtain a security freeze on behalf of any minor or adult under their care. The move would prevent credit reporting agencies from releasing credit information to a third party without prior authorization, said Schlossberg, giving parents and legal guardians access to a crime-fighting tool already in place for themselves. Read more

 

Schlossberg vaccination bill coverage

(Feb 13, 2015)

A Pennsylvania lawmaker is taking steps to limit the reasons why parents can skip vaccinations for their children. Representative Mike Schlossberg, a Lehigh County Democrat, is co-sponsoring a bill with a Chester County republican that would eliminate vaccine exemptions for philosophical reasons. In Pennsylvania, parents can also decide to forgo vaccinations for medical and religious reasons. Schlossberg says the state has the third worst vaccination rate in the country at 87 percent. Read more

 

Schlossberg, bipartisan partners seek an end to philosophical exemptions for immunizations

(Feb 11, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today that he intends to sponsor bipartisan legislation that would limit the types of immunization exceptions granted in Pennsylvania. Current state law allows for three exemptions to childhood immunization – medical, religious and philosophical. Schlossberg's proposal, which is also sponsored by Rep. Becky Corbin, R-Chester, would eliminate immunization exemptions that are requested for philosophical reasons. "I am happy to work in a bipartisan manner with members of the Health Committee to attack this problem and improve Pennsylvania’ public health," Schlossberg said. Read more

 

Schlossberg seeks change in rapist child support law

(Feb 09, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today at a news conference that he is partnering with Reps. Joseph Hackett, R-Delaware, and Cherelle Parker, D-Phila., to support legislation that would that would update Pennsylvania’s domestic relations law as it pertains to support and custody of children conceived by rape or incest. Read more

 

Schlossberg Fights for Rape Victims

(Feb 08, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today at a news conference that he is partnering with Reps. Joseph Hackett, R-Delaware, and Cherelle Parker, D-Phila., to support legislation that would that would update Pennsylvania’s domestic relations law as it pertains to support and custody of children conceived by rape or incest. Read more

 

Schlossberg announces fire, EMS grants in the 132nd District

(Feb 04, 2015)

State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, announced today that three fire companies in his legislative district will receive more than $40,000 in state grants. The funding comes from the Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program funded by gaming revenue. Expanded in 2012, its annual funding increased from $25 million to $30 million, and eligibility was extended to 35 municipal fire departments across the state. Read more

 

Schlossberg, Schweyer call for study on income inequality in Pa.
May 26, 2015

Schlossberg introduces legislation to help state pay for success
May 21, 2015

Schlossberg proposal protecting victims of rape passes House
May 06, 2015

Schlossberg shares personal battles while calling for end to mental health stigma
May 05, 2015

Schlossberg fights for local 911 centers
May 04, 2015

Schlossberg offers keynote address at RCPA rally
Apr 14, 2015

Schlossberg, Schweyer urge Kane to prevent consumer data fire sale
Apr 02, 2015

Schlossberg calls for end to stigma surrounding mental health, at public hearing
Apr 02, 2015

Bipartisan bill to improve government efficiency advances from committee
Mar 31, 2015

Policy Committee examines the benefits of restoring educational investments throughout the state
Mar 18, 2015

Schlossberg offers home safety tips to remember before springing ahead
Mar 06, 2015

Schlossberg: Wolf's plan is a bold and promising start
Mar 03, 2015

Schlossberg joins colleagues and health experts to support bipartisan vaccine proposal at Capitol news conference
Mar 02, 2015

Schlossberg: Privatization plan would demolish long-term cash asset
Feb 26, 2015

Schlossberg seeks to strengthen credit freeze protections
Feb 18, 2015

Schlossberg vaccination bill coverage
Feb 13, 2015

Schlossberg, bipartisan partners seek an end to philosophical exemptions for immunizations
Feb 11, 2015

Schlossberg seeks change in rapist child support law
Feb 09, 2015

Schlossberg Fights for Rape Victims
Feb 08, 2015

Schlossberg announces fire, EMS grants in the 132nd District
Feb 04, 2015