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


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 . 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