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(Nov 18, 2019)

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Join us for a Building Trades Job Fair on Thursday!

(Nov 18, 2019)

Learn about jobs that pay good wages available in your community! Read more

 

House approves Rep. Schlossberg's bipartisan mental health bill to help first responders

(Oct 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct 30 -The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously passedH.B.1459,bipartisan legislation introduced by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, that would establish an emergency responder mental wellness and stress management program in Pennsylvania. Under the bill, a variety of services to support first responders would launch through the Pennsylvania Department of Health in cooperation with the Department of Human Services, county mental health offices and the state fire commissioner. “Our first responders put their lives on the line to protect us, and their efforts often come at a heavy cost to their mental health,” Schlossberg said. “These heroes deserve more than just words of thanks. They deserve the resources and programs they need to get help.” Under the bill, support would include peer-to-peer support programs, training for peer support efforts, a toll-free helpline, statewide and regional stress management support, trauma and suicide awareness training and support for non-profit organizations already doing this work. Schlossberg said recent studies have shown that first responders have higher rates of depression, alcohol abuse, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and suicidal thoughts. To make these programs possible, the bill would direct $250,000 annually be dedicated to the statewide Critical Incident Stress Management Program. Funding would be made possible by Read more

 

Schlossberg votes to approve election reform bill

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, OCT. 29 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, voted to approve S.B. 421 , legislation that makes sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws, pays for voting machines that produce a paper trail, and commits critical resources to bolster Pennsylvania’s census efforts heading into 2020. “I am glad Pennsylvania’s election laws are starting to come into the 21 st century,” Schlossberg said. “The changes in this bill will make registering to vote easier, make voting by absentee ballot easier and even allow voters to vote by mail. It’s about time!” In 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf announced all voting machines in Pennsylvania must produce voter-verified paper trails for the 2020 election. As a result, counties across Pennsylvania have begun the process of replacing those machines. “This legislation will help pay for voting equipment to create a paper trail for votes cast in Pennsylvania and offset the costs for Allentown and South Whitehall taxpayers,” Schlossberg commented. He also noted Lehigh County’s leadership on this front. “Election security is a real challenge in a world where cyber security is in doubt. We need to make sure every vote is counted and counted correctly.” Senate Bill 421 also includes $4 million to ensure a complete count in Pennsylvania for the 2020 Census. With $675 billion in federal funding distributed Read more

 

Schlossberg Working to Improve Suicide Prevention Efforts

(Oct 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg participated in a listening session with Gov. Wolf's Suicide Prevention Task Force in Allentown to hear people's experiences and learn more about what resources are needed to prevent suicide across Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Schlossberg: Da Vinci Science Center is a Win for Downtown Allentown

(Oct 28, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Mike Schlossberg says the Da Vinci Science Center relocating to downtown Allentown will boost economic development in the city while providing kids with a first-class science and technology experience. Read more

 

Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force: Shattering stigma through sharing stories

(Oct 07, 2019)

As a Special Advisor to the Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, I have the honor of heading up the statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force, along with my dedicated colleagues at the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, State Representative Mike Schlossberg, various state agencies, and Prevent Suicide PA. Read more

 

PA Fireworks law that led to “war zone” Fourth of July may be changed, but not repealed

(Sep 26, 2019)

The fires and noise and disruptions of Pennsylvania’s most recent Fourth of July were recalled in Harrisburg this week as lawmakers began to mull changes to the 2017 law that vastly increased sales of fireworks. Read more

 

Bill supporting mental health programs for first responders passes unanimously

(Sep 26, 2019)

PLAINS, LUZERNE CO. (WOLF) — In recent years, there's been an uptick in emergency responder suicides and it's gotten the attention of state lawmakers. Read more

 

Gun violence and Second Amendment rights again at center stage in Harrisburg

(Sep 25, 2019)

One said a new "red flag” law on gun ownership could save lives. The other said laws don’t stop criminals. Read more

 

Schlossberg emergency responder bill headed to House floor for vote

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – The House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee today unanimously adopted legislation introduced by state Reps. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, and Frank Farry, R-Bucks, that would establish an emergency responder mental wellness and stress management program in Pennsylvania. Under the legislation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health would be responsible for launching a variety of services to support First Responders “Our First Responders put their lives on the line to protect us, and their efforts often come at a heavy cost to their mental health,” said Schlossberg. “These heroes deserve more than just words of thanks. They deserve the resources and programs they need to get help.” Under the bill, support would include peer-to-peer support programs, training for peer support efforts, a toll-free helpline, statewide and regional stress management support, trauma and suicide awareness training and support for non-profit organizations already doing this work. Schlossberg said recent studies have shown that first responders have higher rates of depression, alcohol abuse, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and suicidal thoughts. To make these programs possible, the bill directs $250,000 annually be dedicated to the Emergency Responder Mental Wellness and Stress Management Program. Funding would be made possible by increasing fines for traffic violations from $10 to $20 and Accelerated Read more

 

After her partner’s suicide, Susan Wild has added another priority to her work on Capitol Hill: expanding mental health care and suicide prevention efforts

(Sep 20, 2019)

Mental health wasn’t something Susan Wild imagined becoming one of her primary policy issues when she came to Congress last year. Read more

 

People urge lawmakers to consider raising minimum wage during rally in Allentown

(Sep 16, 2019)

Organizers of the Raise the Minimum Wage rally are urging lawmakers in Harrisburg to take up the issue when they return to Harrisburg this week. Read more

 

Allentown program to reduce gun violence in city gets boost from state

(Sep 16, 2019)

Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley will receive about $150,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to run a Zero Youth Violence program that had its funding cut off in July. The grant will cover the salaries of a coordinator and outreach workers, training, technical assistance and community events, according to a joint news release from Republican state Sen. Pat Browne and Democratic state Reps. Mike Schlossberg and Peter Schweyer, who all worked to secure the funding. Read more

 

Capitol Update (Allentown Version)

(Sep 12, 2019)

You can read the latest edition of Rep. Schlossberg's Capitol Update by clicking here. Read more

 

City, state officials criticize judge's comment about Allentown turning into 'cesspool'

(Sep 05, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Lehigh County judge is under fire after saying violence has turned the city of Allentown into a "cesspool." Read more

 

Your View by legislators and mayor: Judge’s labeling of Allentown as a cesspool is ‘truly inexcusable’

(Sep 05, 2019)

We are extremely disappointed that Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas Judge James Anthony this week, when sentencing a 27-year-old man guilty of murder, chose to use it as an opportunity to label the entire city of Allentown, its residents and its businesses as a “cesspool.” Read more

 

Schlossberg supports Gov. Wolf's executive order to reduce gun violence

(Aug 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 16 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s signing of an executive order to decrease gun violence in Pennsylvania: “I am beyond grateful that no one was seriously injured in Wednesday's Philadelphia shooting. It is a testament to the great work of the Philadelphia Police Department that this was the case. But sadly, a second shooting occurred Thursday that left four men and one teenage boy injured, with one of the victims in critical condition. This shooting occurred just two miles away from where the six police officers were shot. “Unfortunately, Wednesday's event illustrated a fundamental truth: The prevalence of weapons - like the one used in Wednesday's attack - make all of us less safe, and that goes double for our police officers. Elected officials almost always like to say that we support our first responders, and I very proudly count myself among that group. That being said, this is a good moment to remind all of us that protecting our police means more than just using the hashtag 'Blue Lives Matter.' If you truly believe that 'Blue Lives Matter," taking steps to reduce gun violence is a requirement. “That's why I strongly support the governor's executive order. It contains strong and necessary steps to help reduce the scourge of suicides, homicides and mass shootings in Pennsylvania. In particular, I look forward to Read more

 

Schlossberg issues statement on charter school reform

(Aug 13, 2019)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 13 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D- Lehigh, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today of his charter school reform strategy: "Governor Wolf's strong executive action will ensure that, for the first time, in a long time, the Allentown School District has a chance at long-term financial sustainability. “Payments to charter schools cost taxpayers in the Allentown School District $3 million in 1998-1999. That cost is now north of $62 million: a 20-fold increase in 20 years. How 1 out of every 6 dollars paid for by Allentown School District taxpayers is spent is completely out of the hands of the people elected as stewards of our resources. “Based upon estimates from the administration, this stands to save the taxpayers of the Allentown School District $10 million. While I have very proudly worked with Representative Peter Schweyer to secure additional funding for the Allentown School District, this action goes a step further by altering the circumstances which require that additional funding. ASD students should not have their futures determined by the political skill of those who represent them in the legislature. Rather than find emergency funding, I would rather reform the system which required emergency funding in the first place. Governor Wolf’s actions today will allow us to do just that. “I cannot understate the importance of these moves. As a result of what the Read more

 

Pa. facing nursing home workforce shortage as state's senior population grows

(Jul 31, 2019)

WHITEHALL TWP. Pa. - Pennsylvania is facing a nursing home workforce shortage, while at the same time, the state's senior population is growing rapidly.How do you fix it? By 2040, a quarter of Pennsylvanians will be 65 or older, presenting an imminent and unique challenge for nursing homes. Read more

 

You're invited to our building trades job fair this Thursday!
Nov 18, 2019

Join us for a Building Trades Job Fair on Thursday!
Nov 18, 2019

House approves Rep. Schlossberg's bipartisan mental health bill to help first responders
Oct 30, 2019

Schlossberg votes to approve election reform bill
Oct 29, 2019

Schlossberg Working to Improve Suicide Prevention Efforts
Oct 28, 2019

Schlossberg: Da Vinci Science Center is a Win for Downtown Allentown
Oct 28, 2019

Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force: Shattering stigma through sharing stories
Oct 07, 2019

PA Fireworks law that led to “war zone” Fourth of July may be changed, but not repealed
Sep 26, 2019

Bill supporting mental health programs for first responders passes unanimously
Sep 26, 2019

Gun violence and Second Amendment rights again at center stage in Harrisburg
Sep 25, 2019

Schlossberg emergency responder bill headed to House floor for vote
Sep 24, 2019

After her partner’s suicide, Susan Wild has added another priority to her work on Capitol Hill: expanding mental health care and suicide prevention efforts
Sep 20, 2019

People urge lawmakers to consider raising minimum wage during rally in Allentown
Sep 16, 2019

Allentown program to reduce gun violence in city gets boost from state
Sep 16, 2019

Capitol Update (Allentown Version)
Sep 12, 2019

City, state officials criticize judge's comment about Allentown turning into 'cesspool'
Sep 05, 2019

Your View by legislators and mayor: Judge’s labeling of Allentown as a cesspool is ‘truly inexcusable’
Sep 05, 2019

Schlossberg supports Gov. Wolf's executive order to reduce gun violence
Aug 16, 2019

Schlossberg issues statement on charter school reform
Aug 13, 2019

Pa. facing nursing home workforce shortage as state's senior population grows
Jul 31, 2019