Webster announces grant for Lower Providence recreation, park and open space plan

(Nov 14, 2019)

WEST NORRITON, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Joe Webster announced that Lower Providence Township was awarded a $50,000 state grant to prepare a comprehensive recreation, park and open space plan for the township. The grant was among many awarded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnerships Program. “Conserving open space and providing residents with recreation options promotes health and wellness and makes our communities better places to live,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased to see state funding will help Lower Providence Township prepare a comprehensive plan for the future, and I’m grateful to our local elected officials for putting in the work to earn this grant.” DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here . Read more

 

Webster, Muth Announce Transportation Funding for Two Montgomery County Projects

(Nov 12, 2019)

Royersford – Rep. Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, and Sen. Katie Muth, D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery, announced funding approval for two transportation projects in Montgomery County aimed to improve pedestrian and motorist safety. The projects were awarded funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. “Investing in transportation projects that improve community safety is a necessity,” said Muth. “The grants awarded now provide the opportunity to ensure that pedestrians, as well as motorists, can now safely travel through Montgomery County.” Ursinus College was awarded $670,442 to assist with pedestrian travel improvements on Main Street. Lower Providence Township was awarded $1,000,000 to help with improving the existing intersection at Park Avenue, Eagleville Road, and Crawford Road along SR 4004. “I’m thrilled to see this funding awarded for work that will improve safety on our roads. Lower Providence Township’s project will address an intersection that has seen numerous accidents, and Ursinus College plans to improve sidewalks to make them safer for pedestrians,” said Webster. “I’m grateful that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved grants that will make it easier – and safer – to travel in our communities.” Multimodal Transportation Funding is Read more

 

Webster to hold Town Hall Nov. 6

(Oct 28, 2019)

WEST NORRITON, Oct. 28 – State Rep. Joe Webster will hold a Town Hall to talk with community members about property taxes and other state-related issues at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. The town hall will be held at the Upper Providence Township Building, Main Hall, 1286 Black Rock Road, Phoenixville. “I’m looking forward to this chance to hear from community members on the issues that are important to them,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “This is an opportunity to learn what’s on their minds and to share information about what I’m working on in Harrisburg.” Anyone with questions should call Webster’s office at 484-200-8263. Read more

 

Miss my Telephone Town Hall? Listen to the discussion here.

(Oct 23, 2019)

Find out what your friends and neighbors had to say about the issues that matter to our community. Read more

 

Webster to hold Telephone Town Hall Oct. 22

(Oct 17, 2019)

WEST NORRITON, Oct. 17 – State Rep. Joe Webster will hold a Telephone Town Hall at 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Residents of the district will receive a call to their home phones when the meeting begins at 7 p.m. To “attend” the town hall, they can simply remain on the line. Participants can listen in and ask questions or leave feedback when the meeting has ended. Questions can be submitted in advance to townhall@pahouse.net . Anyone wishing to register to make sure they receive the call can do so at this link . Cell phones must be registered. “I’m excited to have this opportunity to discuss important issues such as property taxes and education with residents,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I look forward to hearing from community members about the issues that matter to them.” Anyone with questions should call Webster’s office at 484-200-8263. Read more

 

Java with Joe - Lower Providence

(Oct 15, 2019)

Join me for a free continental breakfast and a frank and honest discussion about property taxes and education funding. Thursday, October 17 at 10:00 AM - Lower Providence Township Building Click here for more information. Read more

 

Webster announces traffic signal grant for Lower Providence Township

(Oct 04, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Joe Webster announced that Lower Providence Township was awarded a state grant for traffic signal improvements along Egypt Road. Lower Providence was awarded a “Green Light-Go” grant of $342,025 for use of automated traffic signal performance measures with fiber optic communication, controller upgrades and detection upgrades at three intersections along Egypt Road. “We’re all on the go, so safety on our highly traveled roads is critically important,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased that Lower Providence Township was awarded this grant for improvements to keep traffic flowing smoothly in our community.” Green Light-Go grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Grant funding through the Green Light-Go program may be utilized for a range of operational improvements including, but not limited to, light-emitting diode technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. Read more

 

Southeastern PA lawmakers: Pennsylvania must join RGGI states now

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – A plan to finally add Pennsylvania to the Northeast’s carbon trading market is being met with praise from state lawmakers in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf this morning announced that his administration will put its weight behind adding the commonwealth to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the nation’s first competitive carbon-credit market to incentivize clean emissions across the northeast states’ energy-industry sector. Companies that innovate and produce clean energy will keep credits in the market, which are ante’d by all participants and lost by those that fail to meet modern benchmarks on pollution. “I applaud Governor Wolf for his leadership,” said state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-Chester. “We must take strong action to stop climate change and shape a healthy future for our children. Joining RGGI positions Pennsylvania to protect our children’s future while strengthening our economy.” Comitta is one of 31 early sponsors of House legislation that backstops the governor’s order. “It’s time that Pennsylvania steps up to become a leader in fighting climate change and grow our economy through this partnership with neighboring states,” said state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, chair of the House Southeast Democratic Delegation. “RGGI is a win for the environment, our neighbors and families and our economy.” Read more

 

Webster to host “Succeeding as a Young Adult” Sept. 28

(Sep 23, 2019)

WEST NORRITON, Sept. 23 – State Rep. Joe Webster will host an afternoon of workshops on professional and personal skills for young adults on Saturday, Sept. 28. “I’m pleased to bring together these resources to help our young people get the skills they need as they are starting out,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “These workshops cover many topics that will be valuable to young adults for life.” “Succeeding as a Young Adult,” will run from noon to 3 p.m. at Perkiomen Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville. Attendees can participate in one or more of the three free, one-hour sessions at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Topics include: Professional skills – resume building, cover letter writing, job interview preparation. Financial literacy – personal finance, credit, budgeting. Personal health skills – navigating the health care system, Medicaid. Voting/Elections – registering, absentee ballots and other information. Anyone with questions can contact Webster’s office at 484-200-8263. Read more

 

Succeeding as a Young Adult

(Sep 19, 2019)

Sept. 28, noon to 3 p.m. Attend one or more of the one-hour sessions at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m at the Perkiomen Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville Workshops will include: Professional skills Resume building Cover letter writing Job interview skills Personal finances/financial literacy Understanding personal finances Credit, budgeting Personal health skills Navigating the health care system Medicaid Voting/Elections Absentee ballots Voting information Call Rep. Webster's office at 484-200-8263 with any questions. Read more

 

Webster announces grant totaling more than $160,000 for West Norriton Township

(Sep 17, 2019)

State Rep. Joe Webster announced a Commonwealth Financing Authority grant totaling $164,774 was approved today for a project in Montgomery County. Read more

 

Webster: Put an End to Gun Violence

(Aug 08, 2019)

PA State Rep. Joe Webster joined his colleagues to call on Governor Wolf to convene a special session for common sense approaches to end to gun violence. Read more

 

Revitalizing Main Street: Meeting takeaways

(Aug 06, 2019)

Information from July 24th Revitalizing Main Street meeting Read more

 

A look back at my first 200 days in office

(Jul 31, 2019)

As a freshman legislator, my first 200 days have been a complete whirlwind. I am so proud of what my team and I have been able to accomplish in my first few months in office and know that there is much more that we can do to serve our community. I feel very honored to represent the 150 th District and look forward to what we can accomplish with the help of the community. Here’s a look at what’s happened during my first 200 days. I have had the privilege of sponsoring 6 pieces of legislation , including a bill that would better protect veterans’ discharge records to guard against scammers. I’ve also co-sponsored 367 bills , signing on to support measures including one that would freeze seniors’ school district property taxes. I’ve cast 637 votes in the House. Only some of those decisions draw attention, of course. But each one impacts Pennsylvanians in some way, and I carefully consider each bill and what it will mean for residents before I cast my vote. My office provided 1,497 constituent services . As we helped with everything from SEPTA Key cards to tax rebates and birth certificates, it’s been an absolute pleasure to serve this community and meet so many constituents face to face. I have had the opportunity to attend 183 community events and local meetings , and through these have had the pleasure of meeting many local leaders and engaged citizens. I cannot overstate how thankful I am for our community leaders, Read more

 

Webster co-sponsors bill to freeze property taxes for seniors

(Jul 26, 2019)

State Rep. Joe Webster has co-sponsored legislation that would implement a freeze on school district property taxes owed by older Pennsylvanians. House Bill 1675 would implement a freeze on property taxes owed by Pennsylvanians 65 or older if they also have qualified for a homestead property tax exemption at their current residence for at least five years. The state would reimburse school districts from the Property Tax Relief Fund. “Increasing property taxes are becoming too great of a burden for many of our residents, especially our senior citizens. Seniors should not be forced to leave their homes because they can’t handle it,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “This bill would provide some relief to seniors in our communities, without creating additional difficulties for the school district. Addressing property taxes remains one of my biggest priorities and I will continue to work on solutions.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, across Pennsylvania, there are 409,000 seniors with annual incomes of less than $20,000 and 17,000 seniors with no income. Learn more about the Homestead Tax Exemption here . Read more

 

Officials excited about Ridge Pike-Main Street revitalization

(Jul 26, 2019)

LOWER PROVIDENCE — An ambitious agenda brought local officials and state representatives from near and far to Lower Providence Township Building on Wednesday afternoon. Read more

 

7/24/19 – Revitalizing Main Street – Eagleville

(Jul 25, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Joe Webster. Read more

 

Webster hosts community discussion on Revitalizing Main Street

(Jul 24, 2019)

EAGLEVILLE, July 24 – State Rep. Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, today hosted a legislative committee hearing on Revitalizing Main Street at the Lower Providence Township Building. Webster requested the meeting to bring the community together to discuss prospective development on Ridge Pike, otherwise known as Main Street. He was joined by House Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and other state representatives from all over the state. “Main Street, from Norristown to Pottstown, is one of our area’s major roadways. By working together to revitalize it, we can develop a thriving business district to boost economic activity and create interest for families moving into our neighborhoods,” said Webster. “Community input is critical, and I was glad to provide a forum for the various stakeholders to come together and discuss future plans.” Sturla added: “As we look for ways to grow our economy and create more good jobs for Pennsylvanians, it’s important that we work with local officials to learn how the state can better support community development efforts.” Local officials from Collegeville, Lower Providence, Skippack, West Norriton, Upper Providence, the Montgomery County Planning Commission and transportation organization GVF participated and spoke about what has already been accomplished on Main Street, what is needed for future development, and their vision for what can be accomplished going Read more

 

Webster votes ‘no’ on 2019-20 state budget

(Jun 27, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Joe Webster released the following statement on his “no” vote on the 2019-20 state budget (H.B. 790), which passed the House Tuesday 140-62 and is expected to be approved in the Senate today. “Pennsylvania is headed for an on-time budget, and that’s good news,” Webster said. “While there are a few bright spots, it’s not a good budget, and not based on good public policy. The overall package misses too many opportunities to truly address Pennsylvania’s needs. “There are a few selective wins here for Pennsylvania. We have begun funding early learning for our pre-K children, which is shown to lower poverty rates and increase school readiness. “And we increased funding for public schools enough to keep pace with inflation, but not enough to budge our ranking for state funding of education as the 47th worst in the nation. “The budget also has some incremental increases for health care workers who provide personal assistance and direct care, another 2% that barely keeps up with inflation. These workers provide support to help keep people in their homes and as independent as possible. “This budget reduces overall transportation infrastructure dollars by $366 million. That means less effort in Harrisburg to fix our roads and bridges, which are in desperate need of attention. It also means less dollars to support the public Read more

 

Webster announces state grant for Laurel House

(Jun 13, 2019)

WEST NORRITON, June 13 – State Rep. Joe Webster announced today that Laurel House was awarded grant funding by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Laurel House, in Norristown, was awarded $366,226 for its domestic violence shelter and supportive services through the 2019-20 Victims of Crime Act funding program. “Laurel House does important work to support domestic violence survivors, and I’m pleased to see funding awarded to help them,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. More information about the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency is available here . Read more