Schweyer: College financial aid guide now available for students

(Oct 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 26 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, announced the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency has updated its Pennsylvania Student Aid Guide, which is the most comprehensive financial aid guide available for state residents. “The costs of higher education increase every year and so many students feel college is out of their reach, but that’s not necessarily true,” Schweyer said. “There are plenty of resources to help pay for college and I want to make sure students and their families are aware of the options available for them.” Available in both English and Spanish, the free guide can be found at . Schweyer said his office also can print copies of the guide for constituents. The guide provides information about: Grants; Scholarships; Loans; Work study programs; Career options and salary information; and Timelines and application information. Schweyer said students also can access college and career-planning information at PHEAA’s . For more information about financial aid resources, contact Schweyer’s office at (610) 791-6270 or visit 1912 S. 4th St., Allentown. Read more


Schweyer Gov't Job Fair

(Oct 20, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer is co-hosting a job fair in Allentown to connect those seeking employment with good paying, family sustaining jobs in local and state government agencies, departments and organizations. Read more


Schweyer, Schlossberg join military officials to address military suicide prevention and awareness

(Oct 09, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, Oct. 9 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh, today were joined by officials from local veterans group to spotlight the epidemic of veteran suicide. With the VFW Post 2124 in Allentown as the backdrop, the group talked about the epidemic of veterans who take their own lives or attempt to do so. The news conference follows the House of Representatives unanimous approval of Schweyer’s resolution declaring September as Military Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. “We know that studies have determined our service men and women have higher suicide rates than civilians,” Schweyer said. “This is tragic for these men and women who deserve the suicide-prevention and mental health services they truly earned.” Schweyer cited a recent study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that shows the rate of suicide is 55 percent higher for men who served in the military versus men who did not; the rate of suicide of female veterans is 551 percent higher versus non-veteran women. Those who attended the news conference today included officials from One Fight Foundation, Hope for Veterans and Treatment Trends. “We are fortunate here in the Lehigh Valley. There are a number of tremendous organizations like these that provide support for our returning service men and women,” Schweyer said. “All citizens regardless of their profession or training can and must play a role in helping our Read more


Schweyer votes to restore funding to help provide for better future

(Oct 08, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, said he voted for legislation to help restore sustainable and predictable funding where it’s needed the most. “This plan would have restored $400 million in basic education funding, which would have begun to reverse the draconian cuts to Allentown schools,” Schweyer said. “Without the funding, the district will have to look at more ways to slash its budget, short-changing our students even further. “The proposal finally would address the structural deficit that currently stands at $1.5 billion and provide the needed property tax relief to thousands of additional seniors in the Lehigh Valley.” Schweyer added he’s determined to work with his colleagues on a budget plan that will move Pennsylvania forward. “We’re back to the drawing board now that the bill failed,” Schweyer said. “I will work with both Republicans and Democrats to find common ground; and I will vote in the best interest of the people of Allentown. “I have called on my leadership to sequester us in Harrisburg until we find a budget compromise. We should not leave until we can craft a compromise budget and I'm prepared to do that.” Read more


Schweyer Supports Plan To Reinvest In Pa. Schools, Residents

(Oct 07, 2015)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer explains why he voted on a plan to provide recurring revenue to fund Pa. schools, human services and other critical needs, in addition to providing property tax relief to hundreds of thousands. Read more


House adopts Schweyer resolution to commemorate ‘Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage Week’ (with video)

(Oct 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, said the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today approved his resolution honoring a community filled with people known for possessing an impressive work ethic, a strong social conscious and a true sense of family and community. House Resolution 513 designates the week of Oct. 4 through Oct. 10, 2015 as “Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsch) Heritage Week.” Schweyer said he is proud to count Pennsylvania Dutch as part of his ancestry. “Throughout the Lehigh Valley, from which I hail, and in many other areas of our commonwealth, we are fortunate to have as a significant part of our heritage the Pennsylvania Germans,” Schweyer said. “Pennsylvania Dutch heritage is inescapable in our state. A person needs only to travel any country road through Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Lebanon, Lancaster and other counties and see hex signs on the side of a barn.” Schweyer added the Pennsylvania Dutch, descendants of early German immigrants to Pennsylvania, immigrated to America beginning in the 1600’s. They founded Germantown, in northwest Philadelphia County on Oct. 6, 1683. Read more


Schweyer: Celebrate Pa. Dutch Heritage

(Oct 06, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer thanks the House of Representatives for their unanimous support for his resolution designating October 4-10, 2015 as Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage Week. Schweyer explains the contributions and heritage of Pennsylvania Germans and Dutch to Pennsylvania history. Read more


Schweyer, Schlossberg recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month at state Capitol

(Oct 05, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 5 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, both D-Lehigh, today celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month at the state Capitol, which included an art exhibit and a news conference. “The Hispanic population is such a vibrant and important part of our community and to Pennsylvania,” Schweyer said. “I am proud to celebrate their heritage and contribution to our commonwealth.” “Pennsylvania is a better place to live, work, do business and visit because of Hispanic individuals, their culture and their heritage,” Schlossberg said. “I am happy to join in this celebration through the arts and invite all Pennsylvanians to take advantage of these opportunities in their own communities.” The news conference highlighted an art exhibit on display in the Senate fountain area titled, “Aquí.” The featured artists are all of Hispanic descent and live in different areas of the commonwealth. The exhibit, curated by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, is scheduled to be moved to the state Department of Education Tuesday, and later will be showcased at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg. Others attending the news conference included Pedro Cortés, Pennsylvania secretary of State and the first Hispanic-American to be confirmed to a cabinet-level position in the commonwealth; state Reps. Leslie Acosta, D-Phila., Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, and Mark Rozzi, D-Berks; Luis Read more


Schweyer: PA's Diversity is its Strength

(Oct 05, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer spoke at an event in Harrisburg to pay tribute to Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month. Schlossberg talked about the role latinos play in the Allentown area and what that means for Pennsylvania as a whole. Read more


Schweyer legislation to provide assistance to LGBT seniors (with video)

(Sep 29, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 29 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today introduced legislation that would assist members of the LGBT community as they age. House Bill 1576 would create the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Senior Community Grant Program. It would provide funding to non-profit organizations and county or municipal governments for health care, cultural competency, computer training and job placement, social activities and other programs that specifically target the LGBT senior community. “In the greater Lehigh Valley area, there’s about one-third of the self-identified LGBT community who are between the ages of 50 and 64, with a smaller number over the age of 64,” Schweyer said. “There aren’t a lot of services available for these folks and this program would begin to fix this issue.” According to the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, seniors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender are: More likely to experience higher rates of mental distress and depression than other seniors; Less likely to be partnered or married which may result in less social and financial support in their golden years; and Have a greater concern about mainstream services and programs due to the possibility of discrimination and prejudice. Schweyer said if enacted, these services would be funded through the PA Lottery Fund. Read more


Schweyer: Veto of Stopgap The Right Decision

(Sep 29, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer says Governor Tom Wolf did the right thing by vetoing the so-called “stopgap” budget that would have just temporarily postponed the state’s budget crisis and says it’s time for all parties to come together to negotiate a real, long-term solution that invests in our kids, protects those in need and builds a better future. Read more


Schweyer: We need a REAL budget

(Sep 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more


Schweyer: Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

(Sep 21, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer honors the Keystone Wounded Warriors program with a unanimously approved House Resolution. The program assists military veterans returning from service with the sometimes difficult transition back to civilian life. Read more


Schweyer resolution declares September as ‘Military Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month’

(Sep 01, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, has introduced a resolution to spotlight the tragic actions some veterans take after returning from deployments of overseas conflicts. House Resolution 463 would declare September as “Military Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. Schweyer said his resolution will join other outreach efforts regarding suicide prevention and awareness, including World Suicide Prevention Day (Sept. 10) and World Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8 through Sept. 14). “It’s so very tragic that many of our military men and women put their lives on the line to defend our country, only to turn around and take their own life,” Schweyer said. “We need to ensure our soldiers returning from duty receive the treatment they need to prevent these horrible consequences.” Schweyer noted a Department of Veterans Affairs study found that about 8,000 veterans took their lives in 2010, an average of 22 veterans per day. This suicide rate is about 50 percent higher than the rate among civilians with similar demographic characteristics. “We must take action as a commonwealth and as a community to prevent future suicides from happening,” Schweyer said. Read more


Schweyer: PA Budget Must Address Education Cuts

(Aug 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer talks about the need for a complete budget that addresses the funding cuts made to education over the last several years. Schweyer fears that the hundreds of teachers that were laid off from the Allentown public schools could just be the beginning if a long-term solution isn't reached. Read more


Schweyer collecting school supplies for Allentown students and teachers

(Aug 25, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, Aug. 25 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, announced that he is collecting donations of school supplies for students and teachers in the Allentown School District. Schweyer said people can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at his district office at 1912 S. 4th St., Allentown. "Allentown’s parents want to make sure that their children have a great school year. But for far too many of our families, purchasing even the most basic school supplies is a financial hardship," Schweyer said. "Our teachers will often step up but they can only do so much. "I invite folks to join me in helping our students get off on the right foot in this new school year." Read more


Schweyer Car Seat Safety Event

(Aug 12, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer invites you to his child car seat safety check event. The event is free and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18 in the parking lot between St. Luke’s Neighborhood Center and St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 417 N. 7th St., Allentown. Read more


House adopts Schweyer resolution to honor former House member

(Jun 29, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 29 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today announced a resolution to remember a long-time member of the House of Representatives was approved unanimously. The resolution, sponsored by Schweyer and members from the Lehigh Valley, honored former state Rep. Jim Ritter, who passed away in May at 84. Ritter was a lifelong Allentown resident and a Korean War Veteran who went on to represent the 131st Legislative District from 1964 until 1982. During his time in office, Ritter served in various leadership roles. On the House floor, Schweyer said Ritter was someone he knew and respected a great deal. "Jim was not only a great leader, but also a great father and friend,” Schweyer said. “I had the chance to meet him more than a decade ago and he encouraged me to work hard, listen to my neighbors and trust my gut.” Schweyer was joined today by Ritter’s daughter, Karen, who served on Allentown City Council and then became state representative from 1987 to 1994, representing the same district her father did; her husband, Jim Ritter’s granddaughter and her two children. Read more


Schweyer: Fund Schools, Cut Property Taxes

(Jun 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer supports a comprehensive and sustainable budget plan that moves Pennsylvania in the right direction, invests in education, rebuilds the middle class. Read more


Schweyer Appointed to Appropirations

(Jun 18, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer discusses his recent appointment to the powerful House Appropriations Committee, what the committee does and why it such an important assignment. Read more