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Young condemns H.B. 1300 as ‘Voting Rights Suppression Act’

Young condemns H.B. 1300 as ‘Voting Rights Suppression Act’

(9 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, June 16 – State Rep. Regina G. Young, D-Phila., in a statement today, condemned H.B. 1300, a 150-page bill that would alter voting deadlines, limit early voting, make mail-in ballot procedures more difficult and mandate IDs for all in-person voters, saying that it as assault on voting rights. “House Bill 1300 is 150 pages of drivel and lies outfitted as policy. Its author and supporters have dubbed it with a virtuous name, the Voting Rights Protection Act, but whose voting rights is it really protecting?” Young said, a day after voting no on the bill’s passage in the House State Government Committee. “House Bill 1300 is really the Voting Rights Suppression Act. It only stands to create obstacles in exercising the right to vote. Measures such as stricter voter ID mandates, signature verification requirements for mail ballots, and limiting the availability of drop boxes, are all attempts to deter people from voting and suppress votes. “Another issue with this bill is that it offers no solutions to streamlining the elections process. For months, Republican and Democratic election officials from across the state urged the legislature to revamp our elections code to allow the elections process to run smoother. One unanimous plea was to enact the pre-canvassing of mail-in ballots, a measure the majority party in the committee said they would review. However, the best they could come up with is H.B. 1300—a slap in Read more

 

DELCO legislators highlight opportunity for state to fairly fund schools, clean up toxic school

(Jun 11, 2021)

It is unconscionable that some school buildings continue to pose hazards and fall in further disarray while the fixes being done can only be described as a Band-Aid. As elected officials, we are obligated to provide safe and healthy learning environments. To date, the state has not done its part and that is why we cannot let the opportunity we have before us to ensure our school children get the funding they deserve, no matter where the live, be squandered. Read more

 

Young connects 125 Bartram high school grads to in-demand trades careers during graduation rehearsal

(Jun 10, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, June 10 -- State Rep. Regina G. Young, D-Phila./Delaware on Wednesday hosted a career fair connecting 125 graduating high school seniors to in-demand trades careers at John Bartram High School in Southwest Philadelphia. During their final graduation rehearsal, the soon-to-be graduates had the opportunity to network with the city’s largest employers, such as SEPTA, the Philadelphia International Airport, the Philadelphia Shipyard, Associated Builders & Contractors, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98. “Trades and technical careers have been and continue to be integral to our society. As our economy slowly regains footing in the wake of the pandemic, this ever-expanding field has proven to be sustainable and lucrative, generating opportunities for all,” Young said. “I’m thrilled to see high school graduates celebrating both an end to their high school career and the beginning of a bright future as productive adults in our society. I am especially proud to see this career fair serve as a model in connecting pupils across all 67 counties to the endless career opportunities in trades.” Vice President of Workforce Development at Associated Builders & Contractors Vincent Console expressed delight that 15 graduates have followed up with the offer to join the apprenticeship program. “I wanted to thank Representative Regina Young and Bartram Read more

 

Young: Investing in Education for Our Future

(May 06, 2021)

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Young announces state funding for improvements at the Philadelphia International Airport

(Apr 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – State Rep. Regina G. Young, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation has been awarded $500,000 in state funding to complete a variety of improvements to ensure timely baggage onloading and offloading at the Philadelphia International Airport, parts of which are located in her legislative district. Young, who represents the 185 th Legislative District, said that the funding, provided by the Multimodal Transportation Fund, will be used for structural improvements to the baggage tug tunnel that will include repairing cracks and spalls in the concrete, wall coating, leak mitigation and a new guide rail installation. Additionally, new signage will be installed, along with traffic control best practices. Upgrades will also be made to the drainage, ventilation, electrical, lighting and fire protection systems. “The Philadelphia International Airport is the area’s major hub for domestic and international travel, and it also one of the area’s largest employers for countless residents in our region,” Young said. “This grant funding will ensure that the airport operates efficiently and safely to accommodate this high volume of travelers and employees.” Read more

 

My Spring 2021 Newsletter

(Apr 09, 2021)

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Reps. Ciresi, Young seek creation of Education Reform Commission

(Mar 10, 2021)

The commission would be tasked with performing an in-depth study of the current educational needs in Pennsylvania, projecting out those needs over the next 25 years, and determining what can and should be done to help reform the current education system and prepare Pennsylvania for the future. Read more

 

Young Reacts to Gov.’s Budget Proposal

(Feb 03, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Regina Young reacts to her first budget address. Young says that Gov. Tom Wolf had a lot of positive ideas in his proposal that resonate with her Southwest Philadelphia and Delco communities. Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: Jan. 19 update

(Jan 22, 2021)

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: Preserving Diverse Cultures – Community Based Engagement Projects (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Nonprofit organizations whose mission and artistic work are rooted in and reflective of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) art, culture, history and heritage. Additionally, the applicant's programs and staff are representative of those communities. Uses: To bring communities together through artist-led community-based arts and culture projects. Community projects may include but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, artist-in-community residencies, and murals. Funds: Up to $3,500 total for planning and programming. Applicants may receive project support for up to four years. Application Deadline: Letter of interest due February 1 More Information: Click 2021-2022_PCA_PDC_Guidelines.pdf (pa.gov) . Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning: Child Care COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Award (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply: Department of Human Services (DHS) certified child care providers. The owner/operator/director will apply on behalf of their child care employees and child care support employees. Uses: One-time award of $600 paid to eligible child care employees and child care support staff, who are currently working directly with children for a minimum of 20 paid hours a week and employed at the child care agency as of Jan. 1, 2021. Funds: One-time Read more

 

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Programs for Youth

(Jan 06, 2021)

This January and February, the Prevention Education Program is offering 7 completely free educational speaking events on many important alcohol, tobacco, and other drug topics. These are important resources to for parents, caregivers, professionals working with youth, and other caring adults. Each presentation is equipped with prevention and intervention tips to keep youth safe. Flyers are attached. Events will take place on Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm via Zoom. Read more

 

Young Sworn In to Begin 1st Term, Lays Out Priorities

(Jan 05, 2021)

Pa. state Rep. Regina Young was officially sworn in to begin her first term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She explains her priorities and how she'll fight to put her neighbors in Southwest Philly and Delco first. Read more

 

Delaware County elected officials laud $1.5M grant to strengthen 911 system

(Dec 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 29 – State representatives and senators from Delaware County applauded a $1.5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award to strengthen the county’s 911 system. Through bipartisan efforts, elected officials helped secure grants to benefit more than 560,000 Pennsylvanians and help Delaware County’s first responders. This project will strengthen the security and reliability of the county’s public safety communication system. This includes 24 tower upgrades to provide acceptable county-wide communication coverage, shelter structures, an ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions and 911 center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens, first responders and with surrounding counties in southeastern Pennsylvania. “Calling 911 and receiving a timely response has been an issue for years throughout Delaware County,” House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila., said. “Thankfully, this funding will help streamline our communications system to ensure that residents in crisis can quickly receive help and support. I’m proud to see lawmakers from both the House and Senate, Democrat and Republican, come together for the safety of the people we represent.” “I’ve heard from many constituents about frustrations they’ve experienced with calling 911 since 2016,” Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications

(Dec 21, 2020)

STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs: Veterans’ Trust Fund Grant Program (Source of Funding: Veterans’ Trust Fund) Who May Apply : 501(c)(3) nonprofits with a mission of serving veterans, 501(c)(19) veteran service organizations, and county directors of veterans affairs. Use : Up to $150,000 in grant funding is available for new, innovative or expanded programs or services operated by the county directors of veterans’ affairs or the Pennsylvania Association of County Directors of Veterans Affairs. The areas of emphasis for applicants in this category are veterans’ outreach and veterans’ court programs. Up to $650,000 in grant funding is available to veteran service organizations and non-profit organizations with a mission of serving Pennsylvania veterans. Funding priorities for applicants in this category are homelessness, behavioral health initiatives and veterans’ courts. Funds : A total of $800,000 will be awarded statewide. Application Deadline : January 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. More Information : Click on https://www.dmva.pa.gov/veteransaffairs/Pages/Programs%20and%20Services/Veterans%27%20Trust%20Fund/VeteransTrustFundGrantProgram.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Onroad Rebate Program – Trucks and Buses: Read more

 

Rep.-elect Young jumpstarts legislative agenda, seeks to introduce 9 bills weeks prior to being sworn in

(Dec 16, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 16 – Longtime community activist state Rep.-elect Regina Young, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced that she will introduce a total of nine bills, jumpstarting her legislative agenda weeks prior to being in sworn in. Of the nine bills, the incoming freshman legislator said the four she is currently drafting draw from her previous roles as an educator and social worker; the bills address equitable education funding, career readiness for students, improved support for immigrant services and criminal justice reform for juveniles. The proposed bills aim to: Improve public education by making funding and education quality in traditional public schools equal to that of charter, parochial and private schools, regardless of the learning environment and setting. Strengthen workforce development through the creation of a stronger pipeline between high schools and the trades by offering training opportunities and expanded support for high school graduates to sharpen their math and reading skills to help them better qualify for a broader range of trades and careers. Expand services for immigrants by offering better support for school-age refugees. Raise the minimum age for the arrest of children from 10 to 14. “During my tenure as an educator and social worker, I witnessed firsthand how the inadequacies in our education system manifest in the lives of our young people and continue to burden them as they matriculate Read more

 

Young: Local Shops, Restaurants Need Your Business

(Dec 16, 2020)

Pa. state Rep.-elect Regina Young wants SW Philly and Delco to know that just because indoor dining is off the table, many local restaurants and other businesses are still open. YOU can Help Out by Giving Back – purchase a gift card as a holiday present for family, friends OR essential workers going the extra mile to keep our community going in the crisis. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Dec 01, 2020)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Unclaimed property may include: Closed bank accounts; Uncashed checks, including paychecks; Lost stocks and bonds; Contents of safe deposit boxes; Proceeds from the demutualization of insurance companies; Expired gift cards/gift certificates. To find out if you have unclaimed property, search your name in the Unclaimed Property database at www.patreasury.gov/Unclaimed/Search.html , call 1-800-222-2046, or contact my office . There is NO CHARGE to claim your unclaimed property. Read more