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


Webster announces grant for Lower Providence Township Police security upgrades

(Jun 10, 2019)

WEST NORRITON, June 10 – State Rep. Joe Webster announced that Lower Providence Police Department was awarded a $45,000 grant to help with municipal security upgrades. The grant, through the Department of Community and Economic Development, will be used for upgrades to the department’s video camera system, card access system and new doors. “These upgrades will better protect those who work for the township, as well as the many township residents who visit for services,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I was pleased to support the township’s efforts to improve security, and I’m glad that the state has awarded this grant.” Read more


Shusterman, Webster to co-host ‘Town Hall on Islamophobia: Confront Hate, Celebrate Diversity’ on June 13

(Jun 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 5 – State Reps. Melissa Shusterman and Joe Webster will co-host a town hall discussion on Islamophobia next week. “Town Hall on Islamophobia: Confront Hate, Celebrate Diversity,” will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 13 at the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge, 958 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon, PA 19333. Panel experts will deliver opening addresses, respond to audience questions, and talk about what community members can do to stand together against intolerance and build a more inclusive and diverse community. “While our differences can often invoke fear and misunderstanding, I hope this event will open lines of communication between our residents. This is an opportunity to learn about the common goals that our diverse communities can accomplish together for the commonwealth,” said Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery. Webster said: “Freedom to worship is at the heart of our democracy. Together, we can preserve that freedom and ensure our communities are welcoming places for everyone.” State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Phila., will moderate the panel. In addition to Shusterman and Webster, the panel will include Robert Reed, Pennsylvania executive deputy attorney general; Timothy Welbeck, civil rights attorney for the Center for American-Islamic Relations – Philadelphia; and Marwan Kreidie, professor at West Chester University. Seating is limited, so RSVP is requested at this link. Read more


Spring 2019 Newsletter

(May 09, 2019)

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Ciresi, Webster to host Spotted Lanternfly Prevention and Mitigation Forum

(May 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi and Joe Webster will hold a Spotted Lanternfly Prevention and Mitigation Forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Perkiomen Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville 19426. A panel of experts will discuss the spotted lanternfly, how to prevent it and how to get rid of it. Guests on the panel will include Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Richard Roush, dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. “We all need to be well informed in order to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased to be able to help bring together expert panelists to help residents know what’s at stake.” Webster added: “We’ve seen the spotted lanternfly spreading throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. We wanted to host this forum to make it easy for community members to understand how they can help control this pest.” The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect that can threaten Pennsylvania’s agricultural crops such as grapes, hops and hardwoods, and is affecting quality of life for residents in heavily infested areas, according to the Department of Agriculture. Montgomery County is part of a quarantine area designed to stop the movement of the spotted lanternfly to new areas and slow its spread within the quarantine. Anyone with questions can contact Ciresi’s office at 484-200-8265 Read more


Webster announces grants for Norristown, Spring-Ford school districts

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – State Rep. Joe Webster announced that school safety grants were awarded to Norristown Area and Spring-Ford Area school districts. The School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, awarded the grants Tuesday. The funds were included in the 2018-19 budget. “I’m thrilled to see the Norristown and Spring-Ford districts receive this funding. Protecting our children is our most important responsibility we have,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m glad these school districts pursued this funding to make sure they are providing what students need, and I’ll do everything I can to fight for more investments in education.” Norristown Area School District was awarded $1,512,000. The district applied in the categories of security planning and technology and trauma-informed approaches to education. Spring-Ford Area School District was awarded $386,192. The district sought funds in the categories of safety and security assessments; risk assessment, safety and violence prevention curriculum; student codes of conduct; violence prevention programs; districtwide safety, violence prevention, emergency preparedness and all hazards plans; and costs related to school resource officers or school police officers. State Rep. Tim Briggs, D-Montgomery, also congratulated the Norristown Area School District for being awarded its grant. "I was proud to support this Read more


Webster to hold free paper shredding event April 27

(Apr 12, 2019)

West Norriton, April 12 – State Rep. Joe Webster will host a free paper shredding event on Saturday, April 27. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Ambler Savings Bank, 3009 W. Germantown Pike, Eagleville PA 19403. “Shredding confidential documents is a great way to help protect against identity theft,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased to be able to make this service easily available at no charge for residents.” Residents can bring up to three bags or boxes of paper containing personal information – such as canceled or unused checks, bank or credit card statements or tax records – to have them shredded on site. Anyone with questions may call Webster’s office at 484-200-8263. Read more


Celebrating National Nutrition Month

(Apr 03, 2019)

Thanks to Montgomery County student Bethany Belkowski for the following write up of our National Nutrition Month Field Day! On March 31st, state Rep. Joe Webster hosted an event for the residents of the 150th District in support of National Nutrition Month. Webster, joined by other local leaders, invited the community to a day of physical activity and fun where information was provided on local nutrition programs available to residents. The event promoted healthy living and lifestyle through diet, exercise, and play. Basketballs, hula hoops and other sports equipment were provided for the enjoyment of all those who attended. Webster even got in on the fun and joined a friendly game of tug of war, but was bested by the persistence of the opposing team made up of children, adults, and staff members alike. Co-hosts included State Representatives Rep. Joe Ciresi, Rep. Tim Briggs, Rep. Matt Bradford and s tate Sen. Katie Muth, and support was provided by the Norristown Area School District and other organizations. Read more


Webster to host SEPTA Key Senior ID Card event

(Mar 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Joe Webster will hold an event on April 13 to help local seniors obtain their SEPTA Key Senior Cards. Webster’s office will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the IBEW at 3900 Ridge Pike, Collegeville, PA 19426. “Seniors can now ride any SEPTA line in Pennsylvania for free, as long as they have gotten their Senior Key Card,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I want to make the process as easy as possible for local seniors.” Residents who are 65 or older are invited to stop by Webster’s event to obtain help applying for their SEPTA Key Senior Cards. Seniors should bring their state ID or driver’s license. Webster’s staff will take their photos for their Key Cards, and seniors will receive their cards in the mail in about four weeks. Seniors who can’t make it to the event can stop by one of Webster’s offices during regular office hours for assistance. His West Norriton office at 2121 W. Main St. is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and his Collegeville office at 488 E. Main St. is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Anyone with questions should call Webster’s office at 484-200-8263. Read more


Webster: We Must Expand Voting Access

(Feb 26, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Joe Webster joined the House Democratic Policy Committee in Allentown for a roundtable discussion on protecting voting rights in Pennsylvania. The roundtable focused on a new legislative package from the House Democrats titled Your Vote Counts, which would allow for early voting, additional time for absentee ballots to be submitted, time off to vote, and mail-in ballots. Read more


Webster congratulates Spring-Ford Area School District on $35,000 technology education grant award

(Jan 17, 2019)

NORRISTOWN, Jan. 17 – State Rep. Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, congratulated the Spring-Ford Area School District today on being awarded a $35,000 targeted grant to expand computer science classes and teacher training in the district. The grant is part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million statewide to bring high-quality computer science and STEM education into elementary, middle and high schools; and to provide professional development for teachers. “I’m thrilled to see the state making this smart investment in Montgomery County’s students and teachers,” Webster said. “Congratulations to Spring-Ford Area School District on earning this funding that will ensure our students are prepared for good-paying jobs after they graduate.” These competitive grants will expand classroom instruction and professional development in the fast-growing fields of STEM and computer science, as well as training for in-demand careers, emerging industries and underserved populations. Click here for more information about the PAsmart initiative. Read more


Pa. House Democrats clean up Valley Forge National Park amid federal government shutdown

(Jan 11, 2019)

KING OF PRUSSIA, Jan. 11 – Four freshman Democratic state representatives spent Thursday morning picking up trash at Valley Forge National Park, helping to keep the historic site beautiful during the ongoing federal government shutdown. State Reps. Joe Ciresi, Kristine Howard, Melissa Shusterman and Joe Webster were joined by the staffs of U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Chester/Berks, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Montgomery, at the National Memorial Arch. The newly sworn-in lawmakers said President Trump’s partial government shutdown means more than 800,000 hardworking Americans, including those who usually keep Valley Forge National Park looking spectacular, are furloughed and entering a financial bind. Friday, which was supposed to be a payday for federal employees, instead marks the record-tying 21 st day of the shutdown. For national parks, that means nobody on site to collect trash or service restrooms. So the four first-time Pa. representatives came together at Valley Forge to take a stand and lend some helping hands. “This is really about true public service and stepping up when there is a need in the community,” said Ciresi, who’s asked members of his staff to volunteer at least once a month with a service organization of their choice. “I didn’t run for office to sit at a desk in Harrisburg. Valley Forge is near all of our districts, so it’s up to us and all of you to help keep it beautiful.” Added Read more


Webster proposes House rules changes for a more transparent government

(Jan 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8 – State Rep. Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, introduced two proposals among a package of House rule improvements sponsored by Democrats. Webster proposed a rule change that would guarantee a debate and an up-or-down committee vote for any bill with 20 co-sponsors from each party. Under his second plan, committees would have the same proportional representation as the House. For example, proportional representation would create an 11-to-nine majority in a 20-member committee. “The people believe that their government is broken and think the special interests matter more than regular citizens, and we wanted to change that,” Webster said. “The Republican majority made it clear – they wanted the status quo, and if we refused to go along, they were prepared to make it even harder for the will of the people to ever become the law of the state.” Other rules improvements House Democrats are pushing for include: Preventing partisan committee chairs from blocking votes on popular bills; Requiring bills with wide bipartisan support, including measures sponsored by more than 102 House members, to get an up-or-down vote by the full House; Giving members the chance to get a priority bill debated in committee; Ensuring that the makeup of House committees reflects the voters’ will; Allowing committee members to vote to choose a chairperson on merit, instead of awarding positions by seniority alone; Ending Read more


Webster begins first term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

State Rep. Joe Webster, D-Montgomery, was sworn in today during ceremonies at the state Capitol to begin his first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more


Veterans services

(Dec 01, 2018)

Below are a number of programs and services available to help veterans and their families. Please share this list with any veterans in your life. Veterans Temporary Assistance Temporary help is available for veterans and their beneficiaries who need aid for essentials such as shelter, fuel, clothing and food. If eligible, a veteran or their beneficiary can qualify for up to $1,600 in a 12-month period. The Disabled Veterans Real Estate Tax Exemption Program Any honorably discharged veteran who is 100 percent disabled, a resident of Pennsylvania and has financial need can apply for this program, which provides real estate tax exemption on principal dwellings. Educational Gratuity Program Children of honorably discharged veterans with service-connected disabilities or children of veterans who died in service during a period of war or armed conflict qualify for up to $500 per semester/term to help defray educational costs. Military Family Relief Assistance Program Eligible Pennsylvania service members and their family members who have a direct and immediate financial need as a result of circumstances beyond their control can apply for up to $3,500 in grants. This program is available for active and past service members. Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program Grants are available for veterans’ services organizations, non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans, individual eligible counties and the State Read more


Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Dec 01, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more