Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing

(Jul 19, 2021)

LANDENBERG, July 20 – The intricacies of Pennsylvania’s mushroom industry, which provides most of the mushrooms consumed across the United States and millions in economic benefits to the state, is the focus of a scheduled hearing to be hosted by state Rep. Christina Sappey. The hearing will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 at the New Garden Township Building, 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, PA 19350. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Sappey, D-Chester, will be joined by Vice-Chair Mary Isaacson and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the difficulties faced by the mushroom industry in meeting demand, growing their facilities, and educating the next generation of leaders. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . ### Read more

 

Bucks County elected officials assess flood damages, discuss rebuilding with Gov. Wolf

(Jul 16, 2021)

Governor Tom Wolf visited Bristol and Andalusia in Bucks County to tour communities affected by severe weather and flash flooding. The governor was joined by local officials and legislators to visit damaged homes and speak to residents. “I’m here today in Bucks County to see first-hand the damage caused by the flash flooding this area experienced Monday night, and to hear from the residents affected by it,” said Gov. Wolf. “PEMA and local emergency officials have done a tremendous job of helping residents and now the clean up is underway, but people are still hurting.” On Monday evening, July 12, heavy rains caused localized flash flooding throughout the southern end of Bucks County and parts of Northeast Philadelphia. In Bristol, the group visited a flood-damaged home and spoke with the homeowner. In Andalusia, he toured the Lafayette Gardens condominium, which experienced heavy flood damage. Many homeowners were forced to relocate with the help of the Red Cross. State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, discusses flood damages with residents in Bristol. PEMA and county emergency management officials are still on the ground assessing damage in southeastern Pennsylvania. In order to receive a federal disaster declaration for Individual Assistance, which provides money directly to homeowners and renters, the commonwealth would need to reach certain thresholds for the number of homes that fit into the classification of “major Read more

 

Bucks County Officials join Gov. Wolf to Celebrate $7 Million in COVID Relief Funding to Bucks County Restaurants

(Jul 16, 2021)

Nearly $7 million was awarded to 196 Bucks County businesses, and Bucks County partnered with the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation, Visit Bucks County, and the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority to administer the program. Read more

 

UC Work Search Requirements Reinstated

(Jul 14, 2021)

L&I strongly encourages job seekers to register on the PA CareerLink website or to reach out to their local PA CareerLink office directly to learn about the free programs and resources that are available. Read more

 

Ciresi bill would fund pandemic recovery trauma-informed training for teachers

(Jul 01, 2021)

“Now more than ever, we need schools and teachers to be educated on how the pandemic may have further impacted ACEs in their students and how they can better assist students in handling this unforeseen and widespread traumatic experience.” Read more

 

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.

(Jul 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Manuel Guzman today announced that they will soon introduce legislation that would mandate ammunition manufacturers to encode ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers, making the bullet a more useable piece of evidence for law enforcement to solve more crimes in the wake of increasing gun violence. The bill would also require manufacturers to provide the serial numbers to the Pennsylvania State Police, who would be responsible for keeping a database on all encoded ammunition sold in Pennsylvania and allow law enforcement to easily trace the ownership of any ammunition involved in a crime. “Our commonwealth has experienced an uptick in gun violence, and very few of these crimes have resulted in an arrest or conviction because all that’s left at the crime scene is a victim and spent shell-casings,” said Kinsey, D-Phila. “Our bill that would require every piece of ammunition sold in this state to be encoded with identifying serial numbers -- much like the guns they’re discharged from. It is time for us to keep track of these lethal weapons and ensure that we have the tools necessary to convict individuals who use their firearms for unlawful purposes.” “Police investigations involving firearms go cold over a lack of evidence too often,” said Guzman, D-Berks. “By encoding ammunition, we will provide a much-needed tool in the fight to reduce firearm Read more

 

Guzman votes to pass budget, bring $176.7M in funding, including Level Up funds, to Reading School District

(Jun 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Manny Guzman, D-Berks, on Friday voted to pass a state budget that will bring $176,767,992 in vital basic, special, and Ready to Learn block grant education funding, including more than $6 million in “Level Up” funds that invest in the poorest school districts, back to Reading School District. “Investments in communities like the beautiful, burgeoning city of Reading will undoubtedly ripple beyond our city limits,” Guzman said. “And that is especially so when it comes to funding that will help our schools and invest in the children in our community and their education.” A new initiative called “Level Up,” through which $100 million will be allocated to each of the 100 poorest schools in Pennsylvania, will provide Reading School District with $6.5 million in funding. That’s on top of more than $150.7 million in Pennsylvania’s Basic Education Funding, more than $14.7 million in Special Education Funding and $4.7 million in Ready to Learn Block Grants. The Level Up money can be used to hire more educators, upgrade schools that were built more than a century ago and provide students and faculty with 21 st century technology. “The children in our community and their education must be a top priority,” Guzman said. “For too long, our schools haven’t received the funding they need to meet students’ needs. I Read more

 

Nelson: H.B. 1300 Built on False Narrative

(Jun 28, 2021)

The courts proved again and again that the November 2020 election was fair and secure, and Nelson wants to work in a bipartisan fashion to address genuine improvements to election operations. Read more

 

Ciresi votes ‘no’ on state budget, citing missed opportunities to invest surplus in education and infrastructure

(Jun 25, 2021)

“We should have done better. Just know that I will continue working tirelessly for students, for infrastructure and transit, for health care and reduced property tax burdens. The fight continues.” Read more

 

Shusterman backs legislation ensuring success of special education students

(Jun 24, 2021)

Shusterman’s bill (H.B. 909) was incorporated into S.B. 664. If enacted, S.B. 664 would give all students in the commonwealth the choice to repeat a grade level during the 2021-22 school year due to potentially lost educational opportunities in the last year due to COVID-19. Read more

 

Ciresi: Schools Need Equitable Funding

(Jun 24, 2021)

Schools like the Pottstown School District need more funding so they can survive events like the pandemic. Read more

 

Webster: Passing a State Budget for You

(Jun 23, 2021)

e wants to equitably fund schools, ensuring safe learning environments for kids and easing local property taxes. He says that by enacting the Pa. Rescue Plan we can create good-paying jobs, support local small businesses, and improve infrastructure across the state. Read more

 

Ciresi: Everything Our District Needs

(Jun 23, 2021)

He says the biggest fight is for equitable school funding to make sure his school districts have the money they need to invest in our children and save taxpayers money on local property taxes. In addition, he’s fighting hard for public transportation and a study to restore Reading-Philadelphia passenger train service. Read more

 

Webster: Reduce Methane Leaks

(Jun 23, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster talks about methane gas regulations on low producing wells that leak, creating 50% of the methane in Pa. He says that today we know a lot better than we used to, and we know that leaks, waste products, and by-products of these wells are toxic and hurting families. Read more

 

Ciresi: Fair and Equitable Education Funding

(Jun 23, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi introduces Julia Smith, a student at Pottstown School District, to talk about how her school district is underfunded. Read more

 

Zabel, bipartisan Juvenile Justice Task Force announces findings

(Jun 22, 2021)

“This report is a culmination of work the people of Pennsylvania would want to be done: data driven and firmly committed to improving what needs to be improved on and enhancing that which already works well,” Zabel said. Read more

 

Webster: 2020 Election Was Fair And Secure

(Jun 17, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster says we should be talking about education, jobs, economic growth, healthcare, equity, and quality of life. Instead we continue to rehash the 2020 presidential election. We know our election was fair and secure. We must move past this and get back to working for Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Webster: Support Every Child

(Jun 16, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster talks about fair and equitable education funding in Pa. He says that we have a onetime opportunity with a budget surplus and money from the American Rescue plan to invest in our children and put all our education funding through the fair funding formula, not just new dollars. This will ensure that every child has the same opportunities, lower local school property taxes, and support our schools. Read more

 

Ciresi: Our Health Care Workers Deserve More

(Jun 16, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Ciresi stood with healthcare workers from across Pennsylvania as they rallied at the state Capitol for better wages and safer staffing levels. Ciresi says their sacrifices helped us through the pandemic and they deserve better. Read more

 

Daley: Retraining for Renewables

(Jun 14, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Mary Jo Daley wants Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. She says there's a big focus on workforce development, as coal plants are closing. For the many people that have spent their career in that industry, RGGI would raise funds to help retrain them and provide them with new opportunities. Read more

 

Mushroom farming economic impact focus of Chester County hearing
Jul 19, 2021

Bucks County elected officials assess flood damages, discuss rebuilding with Gov. Wolf
Jul 16, 2021

Bucks County Officials join Gov. Wolf to Celebrate $7 Million in COVID Relief Funding to Bucks County Restaurants
Jul 16, 2021

UC Work Search Requirements Reinstated
Jul 14, 2021

Ciresi bill would fund pandemic recovery trauma-informed training for teachers
Jul 01, 2021

Kinsey, Guzman to introduce bill that would mandate encoding ammunition for retail sale with serial numbers in Pa.
Jul 01, 2021

Guzman votes to pass budget, bring $176.7M in funding, including Level Up funds, to Reading School District
Jun 29, 2021

Nelson: H.B. 1300 Built on False Narrative
Jun 28, 2021

Ciresi votes ‘no’ on state budget, citing missed opportunities to invest surplus in education and infrastructure
Jun 25, 2021

Shusterman backs legislation ensuring success of special education students
Jun 24, 2021

Ciresi: Schools Need Equitable Funding
Jun 24, 2021

Webster: Passing a State Budget for You
Jun 23, 2021

Ciresi: Everything Our District Needs
Jun 23, 2021

Webster: Reduce Methane Leaks
Jun 23, 2021

Ciresi: Fair and Equitable Education Funding
Jun 23, 2021

Zabel, bipartisan Juvenile Justice Task Force announces findings
Jun 22, 2021

Webster: 2020 Election Was Fair And Secure
Jun 17, 2021

Webster: Support Every Child
Jun 16, 2021

Ciresi: Our Health Care Workers Deserve More
Jun 16, 2021

Daley: Retraining for Renewables
Jun 14, 2021