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

 

Schweyer appointed to House Appropriations Committee

(Jun 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 9 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, announced today that he has been selected to sit on the Appropriations Committee within the House of Representatives. The Appropriations Committee considers fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings to review and evaluate the governor’s executive budget proposal. “While Pennsylvania is facing several challenges, one of the biggest is dealing with a budget deficit of $2.3 billion,” Schweyer said. “Meanwhile, the Allentown School District lost more than 400 teachers in the last four years under the previous administration. “I look forward to working with Governor Tom Wolf and my colleagues to restore funding for education, closing this massive gap and bringing a more balanced budget.” State Rep. Joe Markosek, Democratic chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said, “While Representative Schweyer is new to the state House, he brings important local government experience and perspective to the Appropriations Committee. I look forward to working with Representative Schweyer as state budget discussions intensify here in Harrisburg.” Schweyer also sits on the Aging and Older Adult Services, Consumer Affairs, Liquor Control, Urban Affairs, and Veterans’ Affairs and Emergency Preparedness committees. Read more

 

Schweyer announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application deadline extension

(Jun 04, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2014 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older qualify for the benefits under the program. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income and any COLAs are excluded. “Rebates for this program will be distributed beginning July 1,” Schweyer said. “I encourage all qualified individuals to apply as soon as possible to take advantage of possibly getting up to $650.” Constituents may contact Schweyer’s district office staff at 610-791-6270 for assistance with completing the form. The staff will let them know what paperwork they need to bring with them. Schweyer’s office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is located at 1912 S. 4th St., Allentown. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $5.6 billion in property tax and rent relief. The expanded portion of the rebate program is paid for with revenue from slots gaming. For more information about the program, go to www.revenue.pa.gov . Read more

 

Schweyer: Allentown student receives statewide honor at 2015 Blindness Awareness Expo

(Jun 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 2 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said a student from Allentown has been awarded with the Outstanding Middle School Student with a Visual Impairment award during the 2015 Blindness Awareness Expo. The event is held every year in the State Capitol and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. According to the entry submitted for her nomination, Treasure Signorelli is a sixth-grade student at South Mountain Middle School. She does not identify herself as having a disability and takes every opportunity to participate in activities, both in and out of school. Treasure is a hard-working student who receives high marks in all her classes. Schweyer said Treasure is a role model both academically and socially. “It’s always sends a powerful message when someone defies the odds and does great things, not only for themselves, but also for their community,” Schweyer said. “I am truly inspired by Treasure’s accomplishments and actions and wish nothing but great things for her in the future.” Other awards given out during the Blindness Awareness Expo include the Outstanding Elementary School and High School Student with a Visual Impairment, Outstanding Employee with a Visual Impairment and the Independence Award. Read more

 

Schweyer, Schlossberg call for study on income inequality in Pa. (with video)

(May 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – State Reps. Peter Schweyer and Mike Schlossberg, 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.” Click on the picture below to see more of Schweyer's comments: "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 Read more

 

Schweyer legislation calls for fairness in Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program eligibility

(May 06, 2015)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, said he has introduced legislation that would allow retirees from federal civil service who do not receive Social Security to qualify for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Schweyer said he authored the legislation following a conversation with a constituent. “Many retirees of federal service do not receive Social Security benefits. Instead, they paid more into their retirement plan,” Schweyer said. “Because of this, they are at a disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. “Every senior in Pennsylvania deserves to receive as much assistance as they can following their years of dedicated service to the federal government.” House Bill 1162 would add federal civil service retirees to the list of people who can deduct 50 percent of their income in order to become eligible for this rebate program. Schweyer said this bill would provide the same measure of fairness to this group of retirees that has been given to retirees of the railroad industry. While both groups of retirees are not eligible for Social Security, railroad retirees are able to determine eligibility for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Read more

 

Schweyer Helps Launch New Veterans Vans

(Apr 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Peter Schweyer helped the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network dedicate new vans for use by DAV volunteers to assist Pennsylvania veterans in getting to medical appointments and facilities. Read more

 

Senior/Spring 2015 Newsletter

(Apr 22, 2015)

Read Rep. Schweyer's Senior/Spring 2015 Newsletter. Read more

 

Amendment saving Allentown, Bethlehem 911 centers fails in State House

(Apr 22, 2015)

State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, who sits on the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee where the bill originated, has argued that city/county mergers would hurt not help Allentown and Bethlehem Read more

 

Schweyer: Rejection of House bill amendments bad for Lehigh Valley (with video)

(Apr 21, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said the House rejected amendments he wrote that would save the 911 centers in Allentown and Bethlehem. House Bill 911, which Schweyer attempted to amend, would increase 911 surcharges on monthly phone bills. It would also force municipalities to join a county or regional center. Schweyer said it’s bad for the Lehigh Valley because it would force Allentown’s and Bethlehem’s 911 to join county systems without a study, without a hearing and without the cities agreeing to it. “The preservation of these 911 centers is not just about these two cities,” Schweyer said. “It is an issue of public safety, fiscal prudence and good government for the entire Lehigh Valley. I once again thank every member from the region for recognizing this. “I’m proud that the entire Lehigh Valley delegation – Democrats and Republicans – came together to stand up for public safety in our region. I will continue to work with leaders in the Senate, PEMA and Governor Tom Wolf’s office to ensure that the Lehigh Valley can choose for ourselves the best way to deliver public safety in our region.” Read more

 

House adopts Schweyer resolution declaring April as 'Alcohol Awareness Month'

(Apr 13, 2015)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – State Rep. Schweyer, D-Lehigh, today said his resolution to raise awareness of the dangers of underage drinking was approved unanimously. House Resolution 192 designates April 2015 as “Alcohol Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. Schweyer said this resolution was written to encourage adults to take steps to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. “It goes without saying that consumption of alcohol by minors is a dangerous practice,” Schweyer said. “We have a responsibility as a society to remind minors about the dangers of consuming alcohol, while also reminding adults that they have a significant role to play in preventing this behavior.” 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-Lehigh, 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

 

Schweyer introduces two resolutions to raise awareness for protecting minors

(Mar 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – State Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, recently introduced two resolutions he said will bring awareness in April to protecting the Pennsylvania youth. House Resolution 187 will recognize April 18 through 25 as “National Infant Immunization Week” in the commonwealth. “Following a schedule and immunizing early in life is one of the best ways parents can protect their children,” Schweyer said. “Taking these two important steps is so easy and they prevent families from facing potentially deadly consequences. “As a parent and a former health care executive, it goes without saying that I support immunizations. My wife and I have made sure that our children are fully immunized, and we encourage all parents to do the responsible thing when medically possible and vaccinate their children, too.” House Resolution 192 would designate April 2015 as “Alcohol Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. Schweyer said this resolution is aimed at keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors. “It goes without saying that consumption of alcohol by minors is a dangerous practice,” Schweyer said. “We have a responsibility as a society to remind minors about the dangers of consuming alcohol, while also reminding adults that they have a significant role to play in preventing this behavior.” Schweyer said he is optimistic the House will unanimously Read more

 

Schweyer: Legislation for more liquor licenses to enhance economic development

(Mar 24, 2015)

Often times, our mid-size cities (like Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton) struggle to get new restaurants to locate downtown. One key tool to help entice these businesses into economically disadvantaged areas is the Economic Development Liquor License. Currently, third-class cities (like Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton) may be awarded two economic development licenses per year, per county. But if a county has more than one mid-size city (for example, Lehigh County includes both Allentown and Bethlehem), the cities have to compete with each other for these economic development tools. I introduced legislation recently that would amend the current state liquor code by allowing up to three new liquor licenses per year in these counties instead of two, enhancing the chances for economic development. It also would ensure that no single municipality could be awarded more than two of these economic development licenses. I believe this would ensure that every city has the ability to entice good restaurants to their economically disadvantaged areas and help kick start their economic recovery. Job creation, economic revitalization and community development are certainly priorities of mine – and the state should partner with the private sector and our local municipalities. If passed, this would be a small change to the liquor code, but it could have a big impact on cities struggling to find new investors in their under-developed sections. Read more

 

Schweyer, Policy Committee examine commonwealth’s job market, ways to make state economically competitive (with video)

(Mar 19, 2015)

ALLENTOWN, March 19 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from leaders in the business, labor and job-training industries, along with state officials, concerning Pennsylvania’s economy at a hearing requested by state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh. The meeting focused on creating a competitive job market, specifically with regard to the manufacturing sector. “House Democrats are leading the way in developing policies that will help create family-sustaining, private-sector jobs,” Schweyer said. “Today’s conversation with leaders in business and labor was incredibly informative and will prove to be most helpful in the coming months.” The hearing was held at Allentown Economic Development Corp., located in the 22 nd Legislative District represented by Schweyer and based in a former Mack Trucks assembly plant transformed into a manufacturing-focused business incubator. "We are happy that Representative Schweyer asked AEDC to host the committee hearing at Bridgeworks Enterprise Center and that he is taking a deep interest in the creation of manufacturing jobs in Allentown,” said R. Scott Unger, AEDC executive director. “These types of jobs provide livable wages to Allentown families that are typically higher than service-sector wages in the city." Schweyer co-chaired the hearing with state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who serves as Democratic House Policy Committee chairman. “I commend Read more

 

Schweyer: PA Budget Must Address Education Cuts
Aug 25, 2015

Schweyer collecting school supplies for Allentown students and teachers
Aug 25, 2015

Schweyer Car Seat Safety Event
Aug 12, 2015

House adopts Schweyer resolution to honor former House member
Jun 29, 2015

Schweyer: Fund Schools, Cut Property Taxes
Jun 26, 2015

Schweyer Appointed to Appropirations
Jun 18, 2015

Schweyer appointed to House Appropriations Committee
Jun 09, 2015

Schweyer announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application deadline extension
Jun 04, 2015

Schweyer: Allentown student receives statewide honor at 2015 Blindness Awareness Expo
Jun 02, 2015

Schweyer, Schlossberg call for study on income inequality in Pa. (with video)
May 26, 2015

Schweyer legislation calls for fairness in Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program eligibility
May 06, 2015

Schweyer Helps Launch New Veterans Vans
Apr 22, 2015

Senior/Spring 2015 Newsletter
Apr 22, 2015

Amendment saving Allentown, Bethlehem 911 centers fails in State House
Apr 22, 2015

Schweyer: Rejection of House bill amendments bad for Lehigh Valley (with video)
Apr 21, 2015

House adopts Schweyer resolution declaring April as 'Alcohol Awareness Month'
Apr 13, 2015

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

Schweyer introduces two resolutions to raise awareness for protecting minors
Mar 26, 2015

Schweyer: Legislation for more liquor licenses to enhance economic development
Mar 24, 2015

Schweyer, Policy Committee examine commonwealth’s job market, ways to make state economically competitive (with video)
Mar 19, 2015