Zabel hosts housing forum

(Mar 04, 2021)

Zabel hosts housing forum online Read more

 

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“We owe it to our students, families, teachers, and taxpayers to fix a broken and out-of-date 25-year-old charter school law, with issues I’ve seen over 12 years as a school board member,” said Rep.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

 

Ciresi: Pharmacist-administered vaccinations must be covered by health insurers

(Feb 18, 2021)

“Now more than ever, it’s imperative we ensure affordable, potentially life-saving immunizations administered by pharmacists are covered by all health insurers.” Read more

 

Ciresi appointed to Special Education Funding Commission

(Feb 17, 2021)

The SEFC, which was established in 2013, reviews and makes recommendations regarding special education funding in the commonwealth. Its focus over the last two years has been reviewing the formula that directs state funding to school districts in Pennsylvania that have the greatest need for additional resources based upon the cost of each special education student. Read more

 

Shusterman authors legislation to bolster small businesses, reform state lobbying practices

(Feb 17, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17 - State Rep. Melissa Shusterman introduced three pieces of legislation that would boost Pennsylvania’s economy and reform the commonwealth’s lobbying laws. Shusterman’s H.B. 267 would ensure that early and mid-stage businesses using the Second Stage Loan program create more job opportunities in Pennsylvania, and businesses that receive loan guarantees are not only located in Pennsylvania, but stay in Pennsylvania. “The Second Stage Loan Program provides vital assistance to help businesses grow and thrive, and we want to make sure we’re boosting Pennsylvania’s economy, too,” Shusterman said. “This bill would provide a stronger economy and create sustainable jobs in my district and around the state.” The Second Stage Loan Program is a loan guarantee administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority that guaranteed loans made by commercial lending institutions to life science, advanced technology or manufacturing businesses. The program provides banks with an extra measure of security to encourage them to provide early-stage companies with working capital. Shusterman said that in order to receive a loan guarantee, her bill would require businesses to remain and conduct services within the commonwealth. Shusterman’s lobbying reform legislation, H.Bs. 268 and 269 , both currently await consideration in the House State Government Committee. House Bill 268 would institute a Read more

 

Rep. Shusterman's Jan. 2021 Newsletter

(Feb 12, 2021)

State Rep. Melissa Shusterman's Winter 2021 Report to Constituents Read more

 

Ciresi named Arts and Entertainment subcommittee chair

(Feb 11, 2021)

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee to spread awareness of the wealth of Pennsylvania’s activities, promote Pennsylvania to both out-of-state and in-state tourists, and support the artistic, cultural and historical industries that make our state diverse and unique.” Read more

 

Briggs appointed to Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

(Feb 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – State Rep. Tim Briggs has been appointed to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “PCCD makes an impact on some of the most pressing issues in our society by working to improve our justice system, keep our schools and neighborhoods safe, provide resources to victims of crime and more,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “I am honored to receive this appointment, and I look forward to working with the commission on programs and initiatives that will make communities across the commonwealth safer, more supportive places to live.” The mission of PCCD is to enhance quality, coordination and planning within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of Pennsylvania communities. Briggs was appointed to serve on the commission by House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton. He previously served as a member of PCCD during the 2009-10 legislative session. He also serves as the minority chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a member of the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and as vice chairman of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board. Read more

 

Let’s work for – not against – women’s health in 2021-22

(Feb 11, 2021)

In the Women’s Health Caucus, we listen to women. We know that whether Republican, Democrat, Independent or other; whether wealthy, poor or middle class; whether residing in the city, the suburbs or rural Pennsylvania; whether young or old; there are real issues affecting women’s free choice, financial well-being and life itself. Read more

 

Ciresi legislation seeks tax holiday for water, energy conservation

(Feb 10, 2021)

Specifically, H.B. 461 would promote the purchase and use of WaterSense and Energy Star products by annually excluding those products from sales and use taxes from April 22 (Earth Day) through April 29. Read more

 

WATCH: Rep. Webster hosts ‘Making American History and Honoring Black Legacies’ virtual town hall

(Feb 10, 2021)

The discussion and interviews will be led by students from Norristown Area, Methacton, Spring-Ford and Perkiomen Valley high schools. Read more

 

OPINION/LETTER: During a crisis, we need leadership -- not partisanship

(Feb 09, 2021)

Pennsylvanians deserve competent, decisive leadership, especially in times of crisis. COVID-19 isn't partisan. The virus does not care how you voted. Read more

 

Ciresi celebrates passage of COVID-19 relief package, vows to continue push for more assistance for restaurants, local businesses

(Feb 05, 2021)

Ciresi said he is especially pleased with the funding to help restaurants, hotels and theaters – and the people who work there – as he’s been consistently working to allocate additional funding to these struggling industries. The legislation establishes a $145 million Hospitality Industry Recovery Program to support hotels, restaurants, bars and taverns that suffered a decline in revenue in 2020. Read more

 

Ciresi's statement in response to Gov. Wolf's budget proposal

(Feb 04, 2021)

I am grateful to see a bold commitment to education, especially addressing the long-time inequities in how our state has funded K-12 education that were disproportionately affecting our communities. Read more

 

Zabel hosts housing forum
Mar 04, 2021

PA’s unfair special education funding for charter schools: Ciresi op/ed
Mar 03, 2021

Webster Participates In Read Across America
Mar 02, 2021

Ciresi praises COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program
Mar 02, 2021

Ciresi: Mark Veterans Day as a school holiday
Mar 01, 2021

Ciresi joins Gov. Wolf in Unveiling Bipartisan Charter School Accountability Plan to Protect All Students and Taxpayers
Feb 26, 2021

O’Mara reappointed to Public Higher Education Funding Commission
Feb 23, 2021

Howard, Chancellor Greenstein to discuss PASSHE integration March 10
Feb 23, 2021

Ciresi: Pharmacist-administered vaccinations must be covered by health insurers
Feb 18, 2021

Ciresi appointed to Special Education Funding Commission
Feb 17, 2021

Shusterman authors legislation to bolster small businesses, reform state lobbying practices
Feb 17, 2021

Rep. Shusterman's Jan. 2021 Newsletter
Feb 12, 2021

Ciresi named Arts and Entertainment subcommittee chair
Feb 11, 2021

Briggs appointed to Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Feb 11, 2021

Let’s work for – not against – women’s health in 2021-22
Feb 11, 2021

Ciresi legislation seeks tax holiday for water, energy conservation
Feb 10, 2021

WATCH: Rep. Webster hosts ‘Making American History and Honoring Black Legacies’ virtual town hall
Feb 10, 2021

OPINION/LETTER: During a crisis, we need leadership -- not partisanship
Feb 09, 2021

Ciresi celebrates passage of COVID-19 relief package, vows to continue push for more assistance for restaurants, local businesses
Feb 05, 2021

Ciresi's statement in response to Gov. Wolf's budget proposal
Feb 04, 2021