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

 

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 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: ‘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

 

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

 

April 29 Health Insurance Enrollment Event flyer

(Apr 23, 2015)

Rep. Youngblood is hosting a Health Insurance Enrollment Event from 4 to 7 p.m. April 29 at her constituent service office, 310 W. Chelten Ave. This flyer has more details. Read more

 

Letter to Lou Yost of U.S. Geological Survey

(Apr 22, 2015)

Letter to Lou Yost, executive secretary of U.S. Board on Geographic Names, U.S. Geological Survey, urging renaming of Negro Mountain. Read more

 

Youngblood: Wolf’s bold budget plan sets new course and puts ‘People 1st’

(Mar 03, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 3 – Below is a statement from s tate Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 budget proposal: "I was energized by Governor Wolf’s budget plan outlined today because it sets a new course for Pennsylvania by focusing on the issues that will put people first. His aggressive approach – which looks to solve the significant issues facing our commonwealth, not just cover them up with one-time band aids, while trying to undo the damage of the last four years – is impressive to say the least. It’s a comprehensive proposal that will provide our people with jobs that pay, schools that teach and a government that works. "I stand with Governor Wolf on his plan to provide dedicated state funding for our schools – and once again making the commonwealth a true partner in educating our kids. I also applaud his dedication to creating a fairer tax system that removes the burden of property and wage taxes and ensures that corporations will pay their fair share. And I commend his efforts to reverse the trend facing our state’s pension system by actually solving the crisis while respecting the value of our state and union workers. "All-in-all, I believe that Governor Wolf’s budget proposal will greatly impact the people of Philadelphia and all residents of this commonwealth. It’s bold, aggressive and challenging, especially amid the political realities Read more

 

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

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

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

April 29 Health Insurance Enrollment Event flyer
Apr 23, 2015

Letter to Lou Yost of U.S. Geological Survey
Apr 22, 2015

Youngblood: Wolf’s bold budget plan sets new course and puts ‘People 1st’
Mar 03, 2015