HARRISBURG, Dec. 4 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks today announced vital state support for the U.S. Steel Fairless Hills revitalization project. The project will redevelop the 1,811-acre former industrial site into a diverse business park as part of a Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) established through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “Bucks County is a great place to do business – we have a strong workforce, excellent schools, and we’re a short drive to one third of the nation’s population – and more employers than ever are looking to move here,” Davis said. “That’s why I advocated for the Fairless Hills KOZ – to attract more employers to create jobs with family-sustaining wages and benefits. Jobs created at Fairless Hills lead to even more downstream jobs in supporting businesses and industries and helps make our area an even better place to live and work.” The KOZ was established through Act 114/HB 2536, the fiscal code bill enacted as part of the final state budget in November. Read more
“Diligent work by many people who have been involved over a long period of time has paid off, as the HHS now has oversight of this wonderful property located right here in the 148th,” Daley said. “This transfer ensures the preservation of the Highlands Mansion and Gardens, allowing our community to treasure this space for years to come.” Read more
“Our next legislative session officially begins in December and, while I am frustrated with this budget, I am motivated to continue fighting for small businesses, for workers, for taxpayers, for schools and educators, and for the people of this community and this state. We need to do better, and that's what I'll keep fighting for.” Read more
Pa. State Rep. Joe Webster suggests an audit of the 2020 election could be better accomplished through good governance via the Election Advisory Board, which has expertise in election law, rather than through H.R. 1100. Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 - State Reps. Liz Hanbidge and Steve Malagari said that they congratulate North Montco Technical Career Center on a $48,111 Pennsylvania Department of Education grant announced today. The Technical Education Programs Equipment Grant can go to updating or purchasing new equipment to be used by students in their course learning. “North Montco Technical Career Center excels at preparing their students for good-paying, sustainable jobs that drive Pennsylvania’s economy,” said Hanbidge, D-Montgomery. “Ensuring that these students have access to the most modern tools and equipment while in the classroom is critical to building a strong foundation for successful careers. This funding is a great investment in our youth, community and future.” “This is not the Wolf administration’s first investment in North Montco, and that reflects highly on its community of students, parents and faculty, as well as the business, industry and trades growing in our region,” said Malagari, D-Montgomery. “These technical education grants also show how government can deliver on the promise of excellent modern public education and the economy in one simple investment.” Under the program, the maximum grant is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source, which could include local school funds or contributions from business and industry partners. More Read more
“The relief that was supposed to ensure that they could stay afloat has become a burden to small businesses, inhibiting their ability to recover and provide high-quality jobs across the state,” Ciresi said. “The small business owners in my district and across Pennsylvania are counting on us to make sure their voices are heard. This resolution does that.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 13 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, Thursday evening was elected to serve as part of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Democratic Caucus leadership team as caucus secretary. “I am deeply honored to have been elected by my peers to serve on the House Democratic Caucus leadership team as secretary,” Davis said. “I am looking forward to working with the leadership team to guide the caucus to achieve its legislative goals in the House in the upcoming session.” The caucus secretary ensures clarity and fairness among representatives by recording their votes and positions on bills being evaluated ahead of floor votes. Davis said, "House Democrats humbly represent growing communities in rural boroughs, towns and cities and in every type of legislative district from Allegheny County to Philadelphia – and as secretary to this historic leadership team, I pledge to ensure that all Pennsylvania voices are heard through their representatives in the people's House." Davis was first elected to the House in 2010 to serve the 141st Legislative District, which comprises Bristol and Middletown townships and the boroughs of Hulmeville and Penndel. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster talks about the significance of Veterans Day and why it is so meaningful to him. Webster served nearly 23 years active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – State Rep. John Galloway announced that his H.B. 716, to establish a joint agency task force to address the misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf as Act 85 of 2020. “I’m very glad this bill has been signed into law as it will help protect our workers from being exploited by unethical business practices,” Galloway said. “Some employers have taken advantage of loopholes to misclassify workers to deliberately cut labor costs, pay fewer tax dollars and avoid paying people a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. A misclassified worker also loses an estimated $6,000 in overtime pay due to this illegal practice. “Our workers aren’t the only ones who are losing out. Pennsylvania also could be losing $200 million or more a year in federal income taxes, $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenues, and as much as $83 million in workers’ compensation premiums. “What we’re talking about is money: More than anything else this is a revenue bill. We’re talking about recouping hundreds of millions of dollars lost every single year.” Galloway added that intentionally misclassifying employee labor also creates an uneven playing field, on which law-abiding businesses lose. The act amends the Administrative Code of 1929 to establish the Joint Agency Task Force on the Misclassification of Read more
' HARRISBURG, Oct. 28 – State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Kevin Boyle and Tina Davis today discussed legislation to expand and protect access to contraceptives. Krueger, Boyle and Davis introduced H.B. 2813 following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows virtually any employer to opt out of the Affordable Care Act mandate to provide contraceptive coverage if they object to birth control on religious or moral grounds. The bill would protect access to this important form of health care by making sure insurers in Pennsylvania provide coverage for contraception. “Now more than ever, we need Pennsylvania to take action. Creating barriers to this basic preventative care puts the health and well-being of millions of Pennsylvania women at risk,” said Krueger, D-Delaware. “In addition to preventing unintended pregnancies, contraceptives are often used to address a variety of women’s health issues. This legislation would help make sure women are able to make their own medical decisions and receive quality care.” Boyle, D-Montgomery/Phila, said, "Birth control is health care, and health care should be accessible to everyone. With the recent decision by the Supreme Court potentially cutting off access to birth control for 2.5 million women, it's vital that we act to provide another option to ensure women have access to the health care they need." Davis, D-Bucks, added, “Contraception is a fundamental aspect of Read more
“Knowing so many of our local businesses are able to utilize this funding – grants, not loans, as I constantly said to my colleagues and the governor – in these exceptionally difficult economic times provides me both pride and pleasure. I also know our work is not yet done, and I will continue to fight for the men and women who own and operate local businesses not just in our community but throughout the Commonwealth.” Read more
“I’ve worked with my colleagues and the Wolf administration to establish the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business grant program and ensure the long-term success of small businesses throughout the commonwealth,” Shusterman said. “It’s been the most difficult year imaginable for many small business owners, so I’m proud to help bring nearly $1 million in relief back to the 157th Legislative District.” Read more
“It is undeniable that 2020 has been a difficult year for Pennsylvania’s restaurants and bars, foundations of our communities and an important sector of our economy,” Ciresi wrote to the PLCB. “At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic remains a very serious threat, it is clear our restaurants need additional support to help cope with the loss of revenue they are experiencing.” Read more
MALVERN, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Kristine Howard, D-Chester, introduced H.B. 2932 which would require public utility companies to offer customers the option of reporting their monthly payments to credit bureaus to demonstrate a history of on-time recurring payments. “The economic fallout caused by the pandemic has caused many consumers to miss payments, hurting their credit scores,” Howard said. “Consumers striving to establish or repair their credit find an unbalanced system only reporting negative, delinquent payments, while other on-time payments go unreported. “My bill would help consumers build up good credit by requiring that public utilities offer their customers the choice of opting to have their utility payments reported to credit reporting agencies, including timely payments. This measure will allow consumers to opt-in at any time, with no restrictions or expiration date.” According to Howard, Experian was the first credit reporting agency to offer consumers the ability to have on-time utility and rent payments credited to their report to improve their credit score, but the other agencies have yet to offer anything similar. “It’s time we change this credit reporting system to benefit hardworking consumers who pay utility bills on time. My bill would provide a lifeline and help people recover from the financial crisis caused by the pandemic,” Howard said. The bill has been referred to the House Consumer Read more
“I’m thankful for all the work that Representative Sanchez and the other dedicated officials from our region have put in to consistently and strongly advocating on the issue of PFAS,” said Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, D-Glenside. “The advocacy of so many leaders on what began as a little known but pressing threat to our health is now helping power an industry focus on PFAS as well as growing the national conversation on environmental justice and the important role that government and private interests have in delivering it.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 21 – State Rep. John Galloway announced that his H.B. 716, to establish a joint agency task force to address the misclassification of employees in Pennsylvania, unanimously passed the Senate today and awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s action. “A whole cottage industry has emerged to teach people how to break laws and misclassify workers as independent contractors,” he said. “By taking advantage of loopholes, employers deliberately cut labor costs, pay fewer tax dollars and avoid paying people a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. “Pennsylvania also could be losing $200 million or more a year in federal income taxes, $10 million in unemployment taxes, at least $15 million in income tax revenues, and as much as $83 million in workers compensation premiums. A misclassified worker also loses an estimated $6,000 in overtime pay due to this illegal practice. “What we’re talking about is money: More than anything else this is a revenue bill. We’re talking about recouping hundreds of millions of dollars lost every single year.” Galloway added that intentionally misclassifying employee labor also creates an uneven playing field, on which law-abiding businesses lose. The bill would amend the Administrative Code of 1929 to establish the Joint Agency Talk Force on the Misclassification of Employees. Members of the task force would include Pennsylvania’s attorney general; secretary of Labor Read more
“Despite international pressure for a cessation of hostilities, the situation is deteriorating,” Sanchez said. “Artsakh is being attacked mercilessly. Because of this appalling action, I am introducing this resolution to condemn the attacks and Turkey’s involvement.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 15 – State Reps. Matt Bradford and Joe Webster, both D-Montgomery, announced a grant of $326,200 for Worcester Township to be used toward development of Zacharias Creek Trail. This investment is part of a statewide announcement of roughly $7.6 million in funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Recreation and Conservation grant program. The funding for this particular project will include construction of approximately 1.15 miles of trail from the current Zacharias Creek Trail terminus near Anders Road to Evansburg State Park and a bridge, plus ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. “Trails and other outdoor activities make it easier for people to stay healthy and active during these times we are living in. We are fortunate to have many beautiful recreational areas throughout Montgomery County, and I’m pleased that this funding will help expand Zacharias Creek Trail and give us additional ways to enjoy the outdoors, especially during the pandemic,” Bradford said. Said Webster: "The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania saw unprecedented park and trail usage this past spring and summer because of COVID-19. The $326,000 in funding from DCNR for this project will allow us to connect two popular trail networks increasing multimodal access to different green spaces across our county." In Pennsylvania, outdoor recreation generates $29.1 billion in consumer Read more
“This funding for the joining of our twin boroughs [Spring City and Royersford] with a rehabilitated trestle bridge is another great step toward waterfront revitalization and bringing the towns together,” Ciresi said. “Greater walkability and bike access will improve connections for residents of both boroughs to recreational trails, schools, small businesses and grocery stores, while highlighting the historic industrial link that the trestle bridge once provided.” Read more
HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman hosted the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee for an online hearing today examining the progress that state and county officials have made securing the 2020 general election in Pennsylvania. Shusterman hosted the hearing at the request of committee Chair Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. Testimony was heard from: Jonathan Marks , deputy secretary for elections & commission, Pennsylvania Department of State. Bill Turner , acting director, Chester County Voter Services. Vic Walczak , legal director, ACLU of Pennsylvania . Pat Christmas , policy director, The Committee of Seventy Carol Kuniholm , vice president of government and social policy, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. The full hearing is available to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILAO2YScj8&feature=emb_logo . “Ensuring that this fall’s election takes place securely and does so with the confidence of Pennsylvania voters is the most important work happening at all levels of government right now,” said Shusterman, D-Chester. “My House colleagues and I are laser-focused to ensuring that Pennsylvania’s voting procedures and personnel are dialed in and that the sanctity of our democracy is protected. “Having heard from this expert panel today, I am confident in telling my constituents that they can trust the integrity of this Read more
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