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

 

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)

Read updates from Harrisburg and the 150th District Read more

 

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