Welby holding Back-to-School Uniform and Supplies Drive

(Aug 02, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 – In an effort to help area families, state Rep. Thom Welby is holding a Back-to-School Uniform and Supplies Drive at his district office. Read more


State programs now open for applications

(Jul 25, 2022)

Here are some of the latest state programs now open for applications. Read more


Welby Fights to Better Protect Law Enforcement

(Jul 12, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Thom Welby speaks in support of legislation that would add penalties for fleeing an officer on foot to evade arrest. Welby remembered Scranton Police Officer John Wilding, who died seven years ago, and says this measure will honor his sacrifice by better protecting law enforcement in the future. Read more


Welby: Landmark Budget Will Help Pennsylvanians

(Jul 08, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Thom Welby discusses this year's state budget and the meaningful investments it makes in education, school safety, programs for seniors and the new Lackawanna County Health Department. Welby says while no budget is perfect, we were able to deliver on several priorities without raising taxes. Read more


Welby supports 2022-23 state budget

(Jul 07, 2022)

"This budget is a positive step forward in fairly funding our schools, particularly the Scranton School District, which has been severely underfunded by the state for years. It won’t correct the problem entirely, but this investment in our kids is an important one," Welby said. Read more


Welby Calls For Commonsense Gun Safety Measures

(Jun 22, 2022)

As tragic mass shootings and gun violence continues to rise, Pa. state Rep. Thom Welby is calling for additional commonsense gun safety measurers in Pennsylvania including universal background checks, reporting of lost and stolen firearms, and raising the age to purchase assault rifles. Read more


Environmental, re-entry, and recycling funding opportunities

(Jun 20, 2022)

Read about the latest state grant opportunities open for applications. Read more


Welby lauds LSA grants totaling $3.35 million coming to the region

(Jun 10, 2022)

SCRANTON, June 10 – State Reps. Mike Carroll, Bridget M. Kosierowski, Kyle Mullins and Thom Welby today announced the distribution of Lackawanna County’s Local Share Account grants to communities throughout the county. A total of $3,352,343 was awarded by the Commonwealth Finance Authority to applicants in the communities served by Carroll, Kosierowski, Mullins and Welby. “These funds will allow our municipalities and local governments to undertake critically important projects that will improve the local economy and keep residents and visitors to our area safe,” said Kosierowski, D-Lackawanna. “These grant awards are great examples of how LSA funding helps Pennsylvania communities improve infrastructure and safety.” “These grants will strengthen our communities and make improvements to the quality of life in the region, all while ensuring that the cost of these critical projects doesn’t fall on local taxpayers,” said Mullins, D-Lackawanna. “It was a pleasure working with my House colleagues, municipal officials and organization leaders to successfully secure these funds.” “As our region continues to boom and grow in becoming one of the top places to work and live, it’s important that municipalities can receive the funds they need to keep communities attractive for families and businesses alike,” said Welby, D-Lackawanna. “I am pleased to see the CFA Board recognize the Read more


Home and community-based services, crisis intervention, and archival records care funding opportunities

(Jun 01, 2022)

Read about the latest state grant opportunities open for applications. Read more


Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities

(May 10, 2022)

Read about the latest state grant opportunities open for applications. Read more


Celebrating Small Business Week in Scranton

(May 05, 2022)

State Representative Thom Welby expressed that he was excited to support the growth Scranton has seen in the last decade due to small businesses. Read more


Welby lauds $3.15 million state investment for area improvement projects

(Apr 26, 2022)

CLARKS SUMMIT, April 26 – State Rep. Thom Welby announces that several projects in his legislative district will receive grants totaling $3.15 million through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. “This funding supports projects that will have a significantly positive impact on our community,” said Welby, D-Lackawanna. “Each of these projects represents jobs in the greater Scranton area and more opportunities for those who live in and visit the city. I thank Governor Wolf for acknowledging the importance of these projects.” Welby said the funding will benefit the following projects: City of Scranton – $1 million for the Biden Street streetscape project. Work will include installing cement concrete sidewalks, colored stamped concrete sidewalks, concrete curb, storm inlet with sump/hood, storm pipe, rain gardens, tree and tree pit, disability ramp, raised intersections for traffic calming, period lights with foundation, sidewalk vault repairs, bike land solid markings, street sign with period poles, wiring and conduit, power supply, and testing pavement resurfacing and lighted entrance signage. Maternal and Family Health Services Inc. – $900,000 to renovate former retail space into a clinical and administrative site at a first-floor location in the Marketplace at Steamtown. Scranton Preparatory School – $750,000 for renovations including exterior repointing and miscellaneous repairs, resurfacing and/or Read more


Now open for applications: Environmental funding opportunities

(Apr 25, 2022)

Read more about the latest grant programs open for applications. Read more


Welby: Here to Serve You

(Apr 21, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Thom Welby invites you to contact his office for assistance with the many state programs and services that are available to you. Read more


Welby: We Have the Funding - It’s Time to Act

(Apr 13, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Thom Welby believes that the Pennsylvania House should use available funding to implement the Fair Funding Formula across the state. He believes that doing so would lessen the local tax burden for homeowners in the Scranton School District. Read more


Welby opening new outreach office

(Apr 13, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Thom Welby invites you to visit his new outreach office at The Marketplace at Steamtown for assistance with state programs and services. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more


Now open for applications: Transportation, recovery housing, and public health funding opportunities

(Apr 05, 2022)

Read about state grant programs that are open for applications. Read more


Welby: Opening Day of Trout Season is Here

(Apr 01, 2022)

Pa. state Rep. Thom Welby reminds anglers that this Saturday, April 2, is opening day for trout. For information on local trout stocking or to obtain a fishing license, go to fishandboat.com. Read more


Welby, Kosierowski announce nearly $3 million to support local health care workers

(Mar 29, 2022)

SCRANTON, March 29 – State Reps. Thom Welby and Bridget M. Kosierowski, both D-Lackawanna, announced that funding totaling $2.97 million from the American Rescue Plan Act will be utilized to support the health care workforce needs of three hospitals in Lackawanna County. “Health care workers have been at the front lines fighting the pandemic for over two years and unfortunately, many health care facilities are struggling to keep these heroes on the workforce while these facilities remain at or exceeding capacity for patients,” Welby said. “This funding, which I was pleased to support and vote for, will allow these health care centers to recruit the critical personnel they need to serve our community.” Kosierowski added, "The need for qualified nurses to take care of those who need care is a critical problem that has only been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. I am pleased to see this funding will be used to help solve understaffing and overworking issues these professionals face on a daily basis." According to Welby, the following health care centers in Lackawanna County are receiving funding: Geisinger Community Medical Center - $1,730,169. Moses Taylor Hospital - $720,412. Regional Hospital of Scranton - $520,644. Welby said the funding is part of Act 2 of 2022, and provides $225 million to support the following health care areas: $100 million to acute care, critical access, and children’s Read more


Welby announces $45,000 digital literacy grant

(Mar 22, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – A state grant totaling $45,000 has been awarded to Lackawanna County by the state Department of Labor & Industry to help job seekers develop critical tech skills and digital platform training, state Rep. Thom Welby announced today. “Everyone needs to be able to use a computer and understand the latest technology in order to work in today’s industries,” said Welby, D-Lackawanna. “The knowledge gained will not only help people find careers while searching the internet, but they can also take those computer literacy skills and utilize them in the workplace as well.” Welby said the Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board, in collaboration with Marywood University and the PA CareerLink of Lackawanna County will use the Digital Literacy and Workforce Development Grant for a series of courses to train job seekers on searching for jobs online and how to use digital platforms, making them more viable candidates in a highly-competitive job market. Welby said the courses, which will take place August 2022 through July 31, 2023, will include at least 40 people with low levels of digital literacy and has a goal of 32 participants earning digital literacy competency certificates. The funding is part of a package of grants to 21 organizations. Digital literacy grants support the commonwealth’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan and are 100% federally funded. Read more