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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

 

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

 

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: 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

 

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

Youngblood Congratulates Cruz on NHCSL Election
Feb 10, 2016

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors
Feb 10, 2016

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