Ciresi resolution urges HHS to send more vaccine to PA

(Mar 29, 2021)

“Because of vaccinations, many are envisioning a return to a sense of normalcy. But to truly get there, we need the federal government to supply sufficient doses of the available vaccines.” Read more

 

Nelson: Asian Americans Are Scared, Hurt and Angry

(Mar 25, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Napoleon Nelson spoke at a news conference today to show solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander community and to support anti-hate legislation. Read more

 

Let’s support these three, commonsense gun violence measures | Opinion

(Mar 25, 2021)

To be a lawful, responsible gun owner does not mean carrying allegiance to any political party. It means caring about your community. It means wanting to keep your children, family and neighbors safe. Read more

 

Watch Live @10AM: Equal Pay Day is March 24

(Mar 24, 2021)

March 24 marks the extra amount of time into the new year that women must work until in order to earn what a man made the previous year. Read more

 

Krueger issues statement on Delaware County Juvenile Justice Center abuse allegations

(Mar 18, 2021)

FOLSOM, March 18 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, today issued the following statement regarding allegations of abuse at the Delaware County Juvenile Justice Center: “News of abuse at the Delaware County Juvenile Justice Center is appalling and heartbreaking. As a society, we have a responsibility to keep every kid safe. And, as a mother, I believe every parent has a right to know that their child will be cared for, even in the most vulnerable situations. When children find the courage to speak their truths, we must believe them. This matter must be investigated, and I am thankful to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who has committed to do so.” Read more

 

Ciresi proposes waiving restaurant license renewal fees

(Mar 18, 2021)

The waiver would apply only to restaurants, bars, clubs, churches and fire halls with gross annual receipts under $25 million and that have lost more than 20% of their monthly sales during the declared disaster emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Webster discusses empowerment through civic engagement at March 30 virtual town hall

(Mar 12, 2021)

“With an esteemed panel of experts, we will center our discussion on civic education and how it can be improved, the definition of citizenship and the benefits of civic engagement, and the possible barriers to participation and how we can address those barriers through community action,” Webster said. “In short, our goal is to empower the people.” Read more

 

Warren announces security grants for local nonprofits

(Mar 11, 2021)

NEWTOWN, March 11 –S tate Rep. Perry Warren, D-Bucks, announced today that state grants to support safety and security were awarded to three local nonprofits. The grants, through the Nonprofit Security Grant program established by Act 83 of 2019, were approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Organizations in the 31 st Legislative District were awarded grants as follows: St. Mark A.M.E Zion - $24,995. Chabad Lubavitch of Yardley - $12,838. Abrams Hebrew Academy - $24,975. “As Pennsylvanians, we have a right to be able to safely gather in our places of worship, our institutions of education, and in any of our community spaces,” Warren said. “These funds will ensure people can safely practice their religion and pursue an education here in the 31 st . Hate has absolutely no place in our community.” Grants awarded from the program are to be used by nonprofit organizations that serve people or groups often targeted by hate crimes because of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and gender. The awards can be used for any safety or security improvement the nonprofit organization wants to put in place, including training and planning, the purchase of technology or equipment, or the improvement of the nonprofit’s facilities. The grants are provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Nonprofit Security Grant Read more

 

Krueger to host virtual session on Medicare cost sharing

(Mar 08, 2021)

FOLSOM, March 8 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, will host a virtual session on Medicare cost sharing at 1 p.m. March 19. The workshop is being presented with Delaware County Senior Community Services’ APPRISE program and Friendship Circle Senior Center. The presentations will be made through Zoom and Facebook Live. An APPRISE counselor will share information on programs to help pay for Medicare premiums. “Medicare can seem overwhelming, but APPRISE counselors are trained to answer questions and help make the process easier. I’m happy to help bring this program to community members,” Krueger said. Registration is required. Those interested can sign up online at this link or call Krueger’s office at 610-534-6880 for more information. An additional session, Medicare 101, will be held in May. Read more

 

Webster Discusses the Need to Raise the Minimum Wage

(Mar 04, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster addressed the rising cost of living and the stagnant minimum wage by pointing out, "Instead of talking about workers, we talk about jobs. Instead of protecting wages, we protect tax rates on major corporations." Read more

 

McClinton appoints Vera Jr. to SEPTA board

(Mar 04, 2021)

In her new capacity as leader of Pennsylvania’s House Democratic Caucus, McClinton has named Philadelphia labor leader Esteban Vera Jr. to SEPTA’s governing board. He is the first Latino to serve on the board. Read more

 

Ciresi offers bill to boost library revenue

(Mar 04, 2021)

Current state law allows libraries to use isolated sales – fewer than seven days each year – of used books without paying sales tax as a means of generating additional revenue. Ciresi’s legislation would expand that to allow libraries to sell used books for supplemental income without paying sales tax throughout the year. Read more

 

Zabel hosts housing forum

(Mar 04, 2021)

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PA’s unfair special education funding for charter schools: Ciresi op/ed

(Mar 03, 2021)

The system in which Pennsylvania pays charter schools for special education is broken. For every special education student who leaves a traditional public school to attend a charter school, their home district is required to reimburse that charter school based on an illogical average cost to educate special education students. Read more

 

Webster Participates In Read Across America

(Mar 02, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster is joining teachers, parents, athletes, and many others to celebrate Read Across America day with a book called "Snake Alley Band." Read more

 

Ciresi praises COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program

(Mar 02, 2021)

“The financial commitment outlined at today’s news conference falls in line with legislation I’ve been pushing since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislation that would provide, has provided and will continue to provide desperately needed help to restaurants and local businesses struggling for the better part of a year,” Ciresi said. Read more

 

Ciresi: Mark Veterans Day as a school holiday

(Mar 01, 2021)

As the law stands now, federal, bank and state workers are allowed off work to observe Veterans Day, though schools are not required to close. Read more

 

Ciresi joins Gov. Wolf in Unveiling Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Plan to Protect All Students and Taxpayers

(Feb 26, 2021)

“We owe it to our students, families, teachers, and taxpayers to fix a broken and out-of-date 25-year-old charter school law, with issues I’ve seen over 12 years as a school board member,” said Rep. Joe Ciresi. Read more

 

O’Mara reappointed to Public Higher Education Funding Commission

(Feb 23, 2021)

SPRINGFIELD, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, today announced her reappointment to the state legislature’s Public Higher Education Funding Commission. The purpose of the commission is to review and make recommendations related to higher education funding, affordability and effectiveness, administration, and operations. O’Mara, who also organized the House Student Debt Caucus, will help develop a higher education funding formula for the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities and four state-related universities, which are Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities. Funding for the 18 higher education institutions will be determined on a case-by-case basis considering factors such as goals for higher education, virtual learning needs, graduation, retention and enrollment rates, student debt and financial aid, and any other factors related to higher education and the distribution of funding. The General Assembly would then need to authorize the proposed funding formula. “I’m honored to be reappointed to this commission and re-evaluate what higher education institutions need most right now as we continue recovering from COVID-19,” O’Mara said. “We faced unchartered territory in the last year that created countless hurdles in our higher education system. As we begin crafting our annual budget in Harrisburg, I’ll be able to bring these issues to the forefront of the Read more

 

Howard, Chancellor Greenstein to discuss PASSHE integration March 10

(Feb 23, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Kristine Howard will hold a virtual event on the proposed integration of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education with Chancellor Daniel Greenstein from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 10 at www.RepKHoward.com . “The PASSHE system has offered high quality, higher education to Pennsylvanians for decades, but the rising cost of education has either closed the doors to higher education for many potential students or required others to incur high levels of debt,” Howard said. “The proposed merger of some universities in the PASSHE system promises to strengthen the organization, enabling it to continue to provide affordable, quality higher education to Pennsylvanians and their families for years to come .” PASSHE is exploring two possible mergers – the integration of the California-Clarion-Edinboro and the Bloomsburg-Lock Haven-Mansfield schools. Each combination would operate as a single accredited entity with a single leadership, faculty, enrollment management strategy, and budget while honoring local identity.? This month, Greenstein gave the integration progress report to the PASSHE Board of Governors at its meeting, and the b oard will give its response to the plans at its April meeting. If the plans are approved, they will be the focus of two public hearings and a 60-day public comment period. The b oard will review the comments and decide whether to give Read more