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

 

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

 

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

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Free flu shots available at Youngblood’s office Nov. 28

(Nov 23, 2015)

State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., said she wishes to inform 198th Legislative District constituents that free flu shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 28, at her constituent service office, 310 W. Chelten Ave. Light refreshments will also be provided, and anyone wishing to obtain more information on this event or any state-related issue should call (215) 849-6426. Read more

 

Youngblood: House panel moves critical gaming reforms, consumer protections for iGaming

(Nov 19, 2015)

The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee sent a comprehensive gaming bill to the full House earlier this week; an action state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., says will finally provide consumer protections and regulation for Internet gaming, or iGaming, in the Keystone State. Youngblood, who represents northwest Philadelphia and is House Democratic caucus secretary, said the reforms passed by the committee will enhance Pennsylvania’s successful gaming industry, which has provided more than $11 billion in total tax revenue and created more than 25,000 jobs. Read more

 

Youngblood: Diaper Need on the Rise in Pa.

(Sep 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood kicks off Diaper Need Awareness Week at the state Capitol. Youngblood says access to clean and dry diapers is a growing problem in Pennsylvania, with many families and seniors on fixed incomes finding it difficult to afford expensive diapers and other undergarments. She adds it’s important to support local diaper banks and help friends and neighbors in need. Youngblood is also sponsoring legislation to provide grants to help offset the costs associated with operating a diaper bank, in addition to hosting a diaper drive around the Capitol in the coming weeks. Read more

 

Youngblood kicks off ‘Diaper Awareness Week’ with news conference, donation drive

(Sep 22, 2015)

In conjunction with her resolution (H.R. 443) recognizing "Diaper Need Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood hosted a Capitol news conference today promoting the 2nd 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,” Youngblood said. “Unfortunately, across our commonwealth, there is a growing epidemic as many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments.” Read more

 

Youngblood: Help Those in Need

(Sep 09, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood says it's time to restore funding cuts to the critical human service programs that help people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, the homeless, and those looking for jobs. After years of budget cuts, Youngblood says it's time for Republicans to give these programs the funding they need to help all those who need it for the long run. Read more

 

Youngblood Launches Books to Barbers Campaign

(Aug 01, 2015)

In an effort to expand access to books and promote literacy throughout Northwest Philadelphia communities, Pa. state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood launched “Books to Barbers” – a campaign to provide donated books to barbershops to encourage young boys and girls to develop a love for reading. Read more

 

Youngblood: ‘Books to Barbers’ literacy campaign will encourage kids to read

(Aug 01, 2015)

In an effort to expand access to books and promote literacy throughout Northwest Philadelphia communities, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., has launched “Books to Barbers” – a campaign to provide donated books to barbershops to encourage young boys and girls to develop a love for reading. Youngblood said she was inspired to bring this literacy campaign to Northwest Philadelphia after reading about the success of a similar outreach program developed by barbershops located in New York City’s Bronx community. After speaking with some local barbershops in her legislative district, she knew the program could be extremely popular. Read more

 

Youngblood: Pa. Budget is "Insane"

(Jun 28, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood says the GOP-proposed state budget is the definition of insanity, expecting different results with the same old budgeting tricks and gimmicks. Youngblood serves as the elected Democratic Caucus Secretary. Read more

 

Youngblood: Pennsylvanians Deserve a Better Budget

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Rosita Youngblood voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more

 

Youngblood rejects GOP budget that fails to put ‘People 1st’

(Jun 27, 2015)

Saying it fails to meet her litmus test of supporting policies that put People 1st, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., today rejected a Republican-crafted budget on grounds that it mimics harmful practices of the past four years. Youngblood, who serves as secretary of the House Democratic Caucus, said the budget pushed through by the GOP-majority House provides no new direction, and instead promotes a fifth year of a status quo best known for disastrous results. Read more

 

Youngblood praises Acosta amendment banning powdered alcohol; hopes for swift state Senate approval

(Jun 25, 2015)

Saying it codifies current Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board policy, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., praised today’s House passage of H.B. 1196, which includes an amendment from state Rep. Leslie Acosta that bans the sale, use and possession of powdered alcohol, or "Palcohol," in Pennsylvania. Youngblood said the language inserted by Acosta would protect consumers from the potential dangers of powdered alcohol, which the LCB has banned from sale in state stores. Powdered or crystallized alcohol is freeze-dried alcohol, packaged in small packets to allow users to mix the powder with water. Read more

 

Wolf eases burden on volunteers who work with children by waiving fees

(Jun 11, 2015)

Responding to the concerns of many legislators and a wide range of adult volunteers, Gov. Tom Wolf did the right thing Wednesday by announcing the waiver of $10 criminal background check and child abuse clearance fees applying to volunteers who work with children. It’s important to note that volunteers working with children – including firefighters and EMS personnel, as well as those working with Little Leagues, social organizations and schools – will still be required to obtain the clearances. Because of Wolf’s move, they just won’t have to pay for them. This rectifies an oversight in a well-intended 2014 law designed to better protect our children. It also alleviates widespread concern that imposition of the fees would make recruiting and retaining adult volunteers more difficult. In another good move, for people seeking employment for work with children and others legally required to obtain them, Wolf also said the state Department of Human Services and Pennsylvania State Police will reduce the cost of child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8. I support the governor’s actions to fix this problem administratively, as well as ongoing efforts to put these fixes into law. More information about clearances required under the Child Protective Services Law can be found at www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov . If you need clearances, you can go directly to www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis to create an account and apply Read more

 

Let’s talk: 'Community Conversation' set for Saturday

(Jun 03, 2015)

Do you want to know what I’m working on to put People 1st in Pennsylvania, or tell me what you think needs to be done to improve our community? If so, please plan to attend my upcoming "Community Conversation" designed to foster the information flow between me and you. It’s set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 6, at Kenderton Charter School, 1500 W. Ontario St. This will be the last "Community Conversation" in the 198th District before we vote on a new state budget. Click HERE to view or print a flyer with more details. It’s available, along with loads of other useful information, on my state website . As always, please contact my office for help regarding any state-related matter. Read more

 

Youngblood to revive effort to ensure tax fairness with Pa. lottery winnings

(May 12, 2015)

PHILADELPHIA, May 12 – Seeking to end Pennsylvania’s status as one of only two states that fail to tax state lottery winnings, state Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila., plans to introduce bills to close that loophole and start generating millions of dollars in new revenue. Youngblood’s two-bill package will mirror H.B. 1969 and H.B. 1970 from last legislative session, with the former removing the State Lottery Law tax exemption for winnings and the latter striking the exemption from the state Tax Reform Code. California is the only other state that doesn’t tax its state lottery winnings, said Youngblood, noting that Pennsylvania’s 3.07 percent personal income tax already applies to winnings from casino gambling, pari-mutuel thoroughbred horse racing and harness horse racing, games of chance and bingo. “These proposals have the potential to raise significant revenue for the commonwealth, without negatively impacting consumers, the poor, small businesses, working families or anyone relying on a fixed income,” Youngblood said. “Plus, my initiatives would end a double standard, whereby all gambling proceeds are subject to the state personal income tax except those doled out by the Pennsylvania lottery.” Youngblood, who serves as secretary of the House Democratic Caucus and has launched a legislative agenda called People 1st, said obtaining needed state revenue by closing loopholes fits Read more

 

Community Conversations May 2, June 6

(Apr 24, 2015)

Come to one of my "Community Conversations" meetings -- we're having them May 2 and June 6 -- to hear what I'm working on to put People 1st. And to share your thoughts on how to make our community better. I've attached a flyer with more details. 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

Youngblood: Put People Before Politics
Feb 09, 2016

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

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property
Jan 01, 2016

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions
Dec 30, 2015

Free flu shots available at Youngblood’s office Nov. 28
Nov 23, 2015

Youngblood: House panel moves critical gaming reforms, consumer protections for iGaming
Nov 19, 2015

Youngblood: Diaper Need on the Rise in Pa.
Sep 22, 2015

Youngblood kicks off ‘Diaper Awareness Week’ with news conference, donation drive
Sep 22, 2015

Youngblood: Help Those in Need
Sep 09, 2015

Youngblood Launches Books to Barbers Campaign
Aug 01, 2015

Youngblood: ‘Books to Barbers’ literacy campaign will encourage kids to read
Aug 01, 2015

Youngblood: Pa. Budget is "Insane"
Jun 28, 2015

Youngblood: Pennsylvanians Deserve a Better Budget
Jun 27, 2015

Youngblood rejects GOP budget that fails to put ‘People 1st’
Jun 27, 2015

Youngblood praises Acosta amendment banning powdered alcohol; hopes for swift state Senate approval
Jun 25, 2015

Wolf eases burden on volunteers who work with children by waiving fees
Jun 11, 2015

Let’s talk: 'Community Conversation' set for Saturday
Jun 03, 2015

Youngblood to revive effort to ensure tax fairness with Pa. lottery winnings
May 12, 2015

Community Conversations May 2, June 6
Apr 24, 2015