Youngblood: Budget Puts People First

(Feb 07, 2017)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Secretary Rep. Rosita Youngblood says Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a common sense plan that makes smart choices to streamline government without compromising services to citizens or raising taxes on the middle class. The next step is the House closely examining the plan in public hearings. Read more

 

Youngblood: Budget proposal attempts to put people first by streamlining government without cutting services

(Feb 07, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 7 – Below is a statement from state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood , D-Phila., regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2017-18 budget address today: "In difficult economic times, the first knee-jerk reaction is to simply cut our way out of the problem. Pennsylvania attempted that a few years ago, and the impacts from that failed experiment are still being felt today, even amid a renewed investment in education and human services under the Wolf administration. "Instead of cutting services without understanding their consequences, I support the governor’s approach of taking a long, hard look at how government could work more efficiently. A more efficient government does not mean less services. In fact, if done right, we can achieve so much more without raising taxes on everyday folks. "I stand with Governor Wolf on his plan to provide a solution to our budget situation. I strongly believe that our role is to put people first – we need to put people first and fully and fairly fund our schools, which also gives families the chance to send their kids to college or technical school; we need to put people first and raise the minimum wage so that the promise of a brighter future and stronger economy is attainable for all residents of this Commonwealth; we need to put people first and support programs that help seniors and veterans, ensures good roads, safe water and healthy communities, and offers people the opportunity to succeed; and, we Read more

 

Youngblood looks forward to 12th term in state House

(Jan 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 3 – State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., today took the oath of office to begin her 12th term representing the 198th Legislative District. “I look forward to getting to work and build on the accomplishments we made during the previous session,” Youngblood said. “From passing historic legislation to allow medical marijuana in the commonwealth to increasing funding for education, I am optimistic that both sides of the aisle can work together once again and make great strides for a better Pennsylvania. We must continue to advocate for policies that put people first and expand opportunities for success.” Youngblood said she is thankful to remain House Democratic Caucus secretary for the 2017-18 legislative session, a position she was elected in to by her peers prior to last session. Youngblood became the first black female in Pennsylvania history to hold a leadership position in the General Assembly. “It’s an honor to hold this leadership post for a second term and to have been elected by my peers as the only black member represented in leadership in the House,” Youngblood said. “We have a lot of work to do to bridge some of the divides facing this Commonwealth, and this nation, but I am confident and hopeful that we will achieve great things for all Pennsylvanians.” The swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber marked the beginning of the 201st Legislative Session. Youngblood said that Read more

 

Youngblood announces $225,000 state grant to purchase, preserve Old Tennis Court Farm property

(Oct 24, 2016)

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24 – A .65-acre Philadelphia parcel used as a community garden will be maintained as open space due to a $225,000 state grant announced today by state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila. Youngblood said she strongly supported and advocated for the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program funds through the Commonwealth Financing Authority because the current owner, Germantown Friends School, planned to put the Old Tennis Court Farm property up for sale. “This parcel has provided many social and environmental benefits for years, so the logical choice is to preserve it as a highly valued community asset,” Youngblood said. “This state funding will help the Natural Lands Trust Inc. acquire the property to ensure and maintain its current nature.” Youngblood said the tract has added positive impact on the 198 th Legislative District because it’s been successfully used as a community garden and neighborhood gathering place for six consecutive years. Mark Kearney, co-president of the Friends of Cloverly Park and one of the lead organizers of the Old Tennis Court Farm Protection Project, said the group is very grateful for the grant. "It recognizes and honors the community's desire to acquire the former site of the Old Tennis Court Farm, preserve it from development and return it to use as productive greenspace," Kearney said. "We appreciate the support and encouragement that Representative Youngblood Read more

 

Youngblood, Leach look to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.

(Sep 27, 2016)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 27 – In conjunction with a resolution unanimously approved by the House on Monday ( H.R. 984 ) recognizing "Diaper Need Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood and state Sen. Daylin Leach hosted a Capitol news conference today promoting the 3rd Annual Capitol Diaper Drive . “Access to a reliable supply of clean diapers is a necessity for the health and well-being of Pennsylvania's children and incontinent adults,” said Youngblood, D-Phila. “Unfortunately, across our commonwealth, and across this country, there is a growing epidemic as many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments.” To demonstrate the scope of the problem, Youngblood and Leach cited these statistics from the National Diaper Bank Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the diaper gap in the Unites States: One in every three mothers finds it difficult to provide diapers for her children; Nearly 5.3 million children under 3 suffer from diaper need; and For incontinent seniors on fixed incomes, purchasing what they often view as their most important item of clothing can cost as much as $1,000 a year. “With little or no access to clean, dry diapers, children and incontinent adults can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to significant health problems,” said Leach, D-Montgomery/Delaware. “And Read more

 

3rd Annual Diaper Drive Sept. 26 -- Oct. 7

(Sep 21, 2016)

In conjunction with Diaper Need Awareness Week, the General Assembly's 3rd Annual Diaper Drive will take place Sept. 26 through Oct. 7 in the East Wing Rotunda. Here's a flyer for the event. Read more

 

Back to School Event Sept. 1

(Aug 09, 2016)

Contact my office at (215) 849-6426 by Friday, Aug. 26 to register your child for my annual Back to School Event on Sept. 1, being held in conjunction with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia.The first 150 K-8 students who live in the 198th District will get free backpacks. Read more

 

Youngblood to be honored by The Walnut Club with ‘Women Making History’ award during Democratic National Convention

(Jul 22, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 22 – Coinciding with the start of the Democratic National Convention where the Democratic Party is expected to nominate the first woman for president of the United States, The Walnut Club – a private, professional women’s organization – has selected state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood as one of the first recipients of its “Women Making History” award. Youngblood was nominated for the award, along with other accomplished women in all aspects of business, media, arts and politics, for her efforts as a state representative in the Pennsylvania House, and for becoming the first black female elected to a leadership position in the history of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which was first formed in 1692. She was elected to serve as the House Democratic Caucus Secretary in November 2014, breaking through the racial and gender divide that had existed in leadership posts for more than three centuries. “There are truly no words to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for this honor, and for being selected alongside such a group of successful, powerful and ambitious women," Youngblood said. "It is overwhelmingly humbling to be recognized by an organization working and fighting for equality, and one that believes in the great power of women helping women.” Youngblood said that this award, and her election to leadership in 2014, is lifted on the backs of so many women who came before her in the state Read more

 

Youngblood: Budget deal avoids government shutdown, conveys bipartisanship

(Jul 13, 2016)

HARRISBURG, July 13 – Noting a lack of appetite for a repeat of last year’s budget battle, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., said passage of the 2016-17 budget, including the money to pay for it, will ensure Pennsylvania avoids another breakdown in Harrisburg like the one that rattled communities across the state last year. The legislature has now sent the budget bill and companion revenue package to the governor, Youngblood said, avoiding a repeat of partisanship that served as the hallmark of last year’s budget impasse. “I voted in favor of a new state budget because we simply could not let what happened last year happen again. Too many people were caught in the middle of a partisan fight that left everyone bruised in the end,” Youngblood said. “This budget ensures that nonprofits and public schools will have their funding now, not months from now as we saw with last year's budget debacle.” Youngblood said the new budget boosts school funding by $250 million, including an additional $25 million for pre-K programs and $20 million more for special education. Additionally, Youngblood said higher education spending saw a $40 million boost, which benefits state-owned, state-related and community colleges and universities across the state. The budget also includes an extra $15 million to treat heroin abuse and ensures that those who rely on and provide social services won’t suffer from uncertainty as they did Read more

 

Regulation, not revenue, should drive Pa.’s motivation for gaming

(Jun 29, 2016)

The revenues Pennsylvania collects from regulated gambling are nothing short of impressive. Amid difficult budget years, legislative leaders may look at these numbers and think that gaming expansion, especially internet or iGaming, is the panacea to all of our state’s budget needs. I understand the impulse, and don’t get me wrong – there is definitely revenue to be had through expanded opportunities like iGaming and daily fantasy sports. But, in my opinion, the revenue projections related to expanded gaming for this budget year is irrelevant when it comes to the real goal: keeping Pennsylvania competitive while focusing on protecting our state’s citizens. That is why I have been one of the leading proponents for a detailed, comprehensive and focused gaming bill that puts regulation, not solely revenue, at the forefront of the discussion. Specifically, when it comes to legalizing iGaming in the commonwealth. The debate around iGaming is not about whether we finally allow it to exist within our borders – because the reality is, it’s already here. iGaming exists in Pennsylvania, just in the shadows of unregulated space. For me and many of my House Democratic colleagues, regulating iGaming is the only way to truly gain traction on an off-shore business that provides little consumer protections, does not address underage gambling and does nothing to help combat problem or compulsive gambling. Many advocates outside of the gaming Read more

 

Property tax rebate deadline extended; my office offers free application help

(Jun 13, 2016)

The deadline to file a 2015 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2016 and my office is here to help! The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The maximum standard rebate is $650. My office can help with the applications . Please don’t assume you are not eligible. Half of Social Security income is discounted, and claimants are not disqualified from rebates solely because of Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. The official deadline for applying is always June 30, but, like this year, it is almost always extended through the end of the calendar year. Please be aware that the House last year passed legislation, House Bill 406, which would permanently extend the application deadline to Dec. 31 each year. It also would double the death benefit exemption to $10,000 when calculating income eligibility for the program. Read more

 

Reps Kinsey and Youngblood welcome Pa. human services director Thursday

(May 23, 2016)

State Reps. Stephen Kinsey and Rosita Youngblood, both D-Phila., are holding a conversation event with Pennsylvania Secretary of Human Services Ted Dallas in Philadelphia this week. The discussion will occur 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, May 26 at the Horizon House, 3275 Stokley St. The conversation will center on the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), long-term living/home and community-based services, child and adult care food programs and many more topics. Kinsey said people will have the opportunity to participate in the discussion during a question and answer section of the program. "My constituents are interested in human services topics because they are directly affected by these programs so I know a one-on-one discussion with Secretary Dallas will be valuable to them," Kinsey said. "This should be a very productive and enlightening meeting, and I encourage all of my constituents to attend," Youngblood added. In 2015, Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Dallas as secretary of the Department of Human Services. Since taking over the department, Dallas has implemented a full Medicaid expansion program that has provided health care to about 450,000 Pennsylvanians who were previously uninsured. Dallas was recently chosen to receive a national award from the Casey Family Programs for his contributions to the child welfare field and his efforts to improve the lives of children and families. Previously he was awarded the Thomas J. Zuber Memorial Read more

 

Don’t fret: Go online to register to vote by March 28 deadline

(Mar 28, 2016)

Today, March 28 is the deadline to register to vote or make changes – such as name, address or party -- to your registration before the April 26 primary election. The best part is you can do it all online ! Once you submit your online registration, an application number will be emailed to you if you provide an email address. With it, you can track your application status using this link . The county voter registration office will mail your voter registration card to your residence. If you don’t receive it within 14 days, please contact your county voter registration office. As always, please contact my office for help with any state-related matter. Read more

 

Youngblood: Now is the time to raise the state’s minimum wage

(Mar 08, 2016)

After yesterday’s bold action by Gov. Tom Wolf in raising the pay of minimum-wage state workers, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood encouraged her General Assembly colleagues to follow suit by increasing the pay for all Pennsylvania workers earning minimum wage. “The governor’s order is an important first step and must serve as a wake-up call to the state legislature to stop delaying action on a statewide raise in the minimum wage,” Youngblood said. “We have an opportunity here to provide living, sustainable wages for more than a million additional workers across the state, which would have significant, positive impacts on our citizens and our economy.” Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

Youngblood Congratulates Cruz on NHCSL Election

(Feb 10, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood congratulates her colleague, Pa. state Rep. Angel Cruz on his election as President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. Read more

 

Youngblood: Put People Before Politics

(Feb 09, 2016)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood says it's time for lawmakers to put people before politics and take Pennsylvania down a path where schools are funded, those in need get help and our homeowners don't face higher property taxes every year. Read more

 

Youngblood: Once again the General Assembly should put ‘People 1st,’ pass responsible and honest budget that puts people before politics

(Feb 09, 2016)

Below is a statement from state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2016-17 budget address today: “Once again I stand with Governor Wolf on his plan to provide an honest and truthful solution to our budget situation. I applaud his dedication to putting people first – putting people before politics and fully funding our schools; putting people before politics and fully funding human services; putting people before politics and being honest about our financial realities to truly protect the citizens of Pennsylvania. Ignoring the stark reality we as a state are facing and not being truthful about what is on the horizon is not ‘standing up for the taxpayers.’ It’s setting the taxpayers up for a devastating financial crisis. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Youngblood: Budget Puts People First
Feb 07, 2017

Youngblood: Budget proposal attempts to put people first by streamlining government without cutting services
Feb 07, 2017

Youngblood looks forward to 12th term in state House
Jan 03, 2017

Youngblood announces $225,000 state grant to purchase, preserve Old Tennis Court Farm property
Oct 24, 2016

Youngblood, Leach look to raise awareness on diaper need in Pa.
Sep 27, 2016

3rd Annual Diaper Drive Sept. 26 -- Oct. 7
Sep 21, 2016

Back to School Event Sept. 1
Aug 09, 2016

Youngblood to be honored by The Walnut Club with ‘Women Making History’ award during Democratic National Convention
Jul 22, 2016

Youngblood: Budget deal avoids government shutdown, conveys bipartisanship
Jul 13, 2016

Regulation, not revenue, should drive Pa.’s motivation for gaming
Jun 29, 2016

Property tax rebate deadline extended; my office offers free application help
Jun 13, 2016

Reps Kinsey and Youngblood welcome Pa. human services director Thursday
May 23, 2016

Don’t fret: Go online to register to vote by March 28 deadline
Mar 28, 2016

Youngblood: Now is the time to raise the state’s minimum wage
Mar 08, 2016

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office
Feb 15, 2016

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors
Feb 10, 2016

Youngblood Congratulates Cruz on NHCSL Election
Feb 10, 2016

Youngblood: Put People Before Politics
Feb 09, 2016

Youngblood: Once again the General Assembly should put ‘People 1st,’ pass responsible and honest budget that puts people before politics
Feb 09, 2016

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind
Jan 29, 2016