Holiday Safety Tips

(Dec 16, 2016)

As family and friends decorate their homes and gather to celebrate the holidays, Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Tim Solobay and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller offer some tips to ensure everyone stays safe this holiday season. Read more

 

Schweyer proposal would fund unemployment compensation centers

(Dec 12, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 12 – In an effort to limit the length of the imminent shutdown for unemployment compensation service centers in Allentown, Altoona and Lancaster, state Rep. Peter Schweyer plans to reintroduce legislation that would extend program funding for one year. Read more

 

Hands-on science with Schweyer

(Dec 07, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Dec. 7 -- State Rep. Peter Schweyer believes there is nothing better than hands-on learning in the classroom, and joined Mosser Elementary students today as he welcomed the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s "AG on The Go Van" at their school for a morning of interactive learning. "It’s because of programs like this, that our students are able to engage with science in such an interactive and immersive curriculum," Schweyer said. "These programs bring science and agriculture alive right before their eyes. It’s a program that every school should welcome into their classrooms. "I wholeheartedly support these endeavors and was pleased to partner with the state Farm Bureau and Allentown School District and to participate in today's activities at Mosser Elementary. This is another way we can teach our youth about how agriculture impacts our lives." Classes are led by a state-certified teacher with materials that have been aligned to state standards for science and technology, and the environment and ecology. Participating districts may select from two available lesson plans, "Farming, The Environment and You" or "Food, Nutrition and You," designed to not only emphasize a different aspect of agriculture, but also the various science concepts. Funding for the traveling science class has been provided by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Agricultural Foundation. 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

 

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

 

Schweyer to host child car seat safety check event

(Sep 29, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is partnering with the Allentown Health Bureau for a free child car seat safety check event. It will be held 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 in the parking lot between St. Luke’s Neighborhood Center and St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 417 N. 7th St., Allentown. Schweyer said technicians from the health bureau will make sure children’s car seats are properly installed. “In June, a new law went into effect requiring all children under age 2 to be in rear-facing child car seats. It’s more important than ever for parents to make sure they know the correct way to secure their child’s car seat,” Schweyer said. “This event is a great opportunity to help parents keep their children safe on the road.” Schweyer said no appointments are necessary. For more information, call Schweyer’s district office at 610-791-6270. Read more

 

Schweyer on Preventing Veterans Suicide

(Sep 27, 2016)

Noting that suicide among our veterans - people who have already given us so much through their service - has become an epidemic, Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer speaks on his resolution designating September 2016 as Veterans Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Schweyer: Students can apply for college financial aid beginning Oct. 1

(Sep 15, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Sept. 15 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is urging college-bound students and their parents to start looking now at the application process for financial assistance for higher education. According to Schweyer, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will be available to applicants beginning Oct. 1, three months earlier than in previous years. The change was made to better align the student borrowing process with actual college admissions timelines, as well as to give families the chance to use more accurate financial data when completing the form. “This is an important date change for almost every college student,” Schweyer said. “With the ever-increasing cost of higher education, students and their families should apply at their earliest convenience so they receive the most financial assistance available to them to help pay for college.” The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for state and federal aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant and work-study employment, Pell grants, Perkins loans and Stafford loans. Many colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for school-based aid such as private grants and need-based scholarships. Beginning the application process earlier in the school year will allow students and families to meet the various deadlines set by colleges and universities. Schweyer noted there are other resources available to students as they prepare for college. The Read more

 

1,534 participate in Schweyer’s Telephone Town Hall meeting (with audio)

(Sep 08, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said his Tele-Town Hall meeting Wednesday night showed many of the residents in his legislative district desire to have their voices heard on various state and local issues. During the hour-long meeting, the 1,534 participants were asked to weigh in on poll questions. Of those who responded, 88 percent support raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, 32 percent said the legislature should invest more money in treatment and rehabilitation programs in the planned special session on opioid abuse this fall, 32 percent responded jobs and crime and drug abuse are the biggest issues facing the area. In addition, 68 percent of responders like at least one, if not all, components of the modernized state store system, including the longer hours and Sunday hours at Fine Wine and Good Spirits Shops, ability to buy six-packs of beer at convenience stores and wine in grocery stores, and direct shipment of wine to their homes with the state’s new modernized alcohol laws. "It’s always great to hear from my constituents about what’s important to them, and this event is a convenient way for us to collectively share feedback on just some of the issues," Schweyer said. "Following my recent Policy Committee hearing on the minimum wage, I was pleased to hear participants in my Tele-Town Hall support raising it in Pennsylvania. "When I return to Harrisburg in a few weeks, I 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

 

Schweyer to host Tele-Town Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 7

(Aug 31, 2016)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 31– State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, is inviting residents of the 22nd Legislative District to participate in a live Tele-Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. “From the heroin and opium epidemic to the start of the new school year, there are many, many important issues for the people of Allentown,” said Schweyer. “Before heading back to Harrisburg on September 19th, I want to hear from my constituents about the issues that are impacting them and their families.” During the live event, Schweyer will discuss and take questions on a variety of state topics, and participants will be asked to weigh in on poll questions. Also, anyone who doesn’t have a chance to offer their thoughts or ask a question during the conversation will be able to record a message at its conclusion that will be forwarded to Schweyer. Those interested also may email their questions in advance of the Tele-Town Hall meeting to RepSchweyer@pahouse.net . Constituents also can call Schweyer’s district office at 610-791-6270 to confirm or be added to the list to receive the call. Read more

 

Summer 2016 Newsletter

(Aug 19, 2016)

Read Rep. Schweyer's summer newsletter here. Read more

 

Schweyer Pushing for Minimum Wage Increase

(Aug 18, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer gives a brief review of the 2016-17 state budget and talks about efforts to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to help working families who are struggling to make ends meet. Read more

 

Budget provides more funding for education, human services and fight in opioid epidemic

(Jul 13, 2016)

On June 30, I joined colleagues from both sides of the aisle and voted for the $31.53 billion budget plan for the new fiscal year that has just begun. While the overall budget is far from perfect, it does address several of my top priorities: 1) More funding for education in Allentown, 2) New dollars to combat heroin and opioid abuse and 3) Restoration of some funds for social service agencies. Funding for Education in Allentown : This budget increased funding for our schools by $200 million. Allentown Schools will receive about $6 million of that increase. This is a tremendous investment in our public schools. In addition, this budget includes $30 million for pre-K and Head Start and a $20 million increase for special education. Allentown’s kids deserve the best chance to succeed, and this is a true investment in their future. Combatting Heroin and Opioid Abuse : Pennsylvania is facing a prescription drug and heroin epidemic that is spiraling out of control and too many of our residents have been touched by this epidemic. This budget dedicates $15 million to combat heroin and opioid addiction, including funds for emergency addiction treatment and behavioral health services. I am aware of a number of organizations that are working to bring some of those resources to the Lehigh Valley to help us combat this crisis here at home. Support for Social Service Agencies : Last year, many of our social service agencies were forced to shut down because the budget Read more

 

Schweyer: On-Time Budget Helps Schools

(Jun 30, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer says the House passed an on-time state budget with an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote that delivers an extra $250 million in funding for schools, with roughly six million dollars going to help the Allentown School District. Read more

 

Schweyer Outlines Budget Priorities

(Jun 23, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses his priorities for the 2016-17 state budget and his outlook for the upcoming process and timeline. Read more

 

Schweyer: A Woman’s Health is Between Her and Her Doctor

(Jun 21, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer stands up for women’s reproductive rights by opposing a law that would make Pennsylvania’s laws the most restrictive in the nation, banning all abortions after 20 weeks regardless of medical need. Read more

 

Schweyer introduces legislation to expand neighborhood tax credit program

(Jun 14, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today introduced legislation that would add another category to the commonwealth’s Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits. House Bill 2162 would amend the Neighborhood Assistance Act (Act 48 of 1994) to add “Public Health Concerns” to the eligible project criteria. "Every community has a community health need. It could be lead in the water or heroin on the streets; it could be high incidents of asthma or diabetes,” Schweyer said. “This is a way to incentivize our business community to invest in the health and well-being of our neighborhoods without costing the taxpayers of our community one more dollar." The Neighborhood Assistance Program is administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and provides tax credits to encourage businesses to invest in projects which improve distressed areas. The programs include the Neighborhood Partnership Program, Special Program Priorities, Charitable Food Program and Enterprise Zone Program. Schweyer said his legislation would add more flexibility for each community to decide how to allocate those dollars. Read more

 

Schweyer votes for wine sales expansion, increased consumer convenience (with video)

(Jun 07, 2016)

HARRISBURG, June 7 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today voted for a bill that would modernize and expand retail sales of wine in Pennsylvania and would take other steps to increase consumer convenience. House Bill 1690 as amended by the Senate would allow wine to be sold in many more locations, including grocery stores that already sell beer, give more flexibility to the Liquor Control Board to set prices and store hours across the state, and permit direct shipment of wine by licensed producers to consumers at their homes. Schweyer said the legislation is expected to generate up to $150 million a year in new revenue for the commonwealth while protecting the overwhelming number of well-paying jobs in the community. "It’s not a perfect bill, but it is a compromise that reflects many months of negotiations," Schweyer said. "I was unsure how I would vote because I am worried about the loss of some jobs, not to mention the potentially negative impact on some small businesses, most notably beer distributors. "In the end, I have been assured that this is only the first of a number of bills that would modernize alcohol sales in Pennsylvania. As a member of the House Liquor Control Committee, I will be actively involved in the process of writing those changes." House Bill 1690 must be signed by the governor before becoming law. Read more