News Releases

Senator Art Haywood Brings Together Advocacy Groups to Urge Legislators to Raise the Minimum Wage

Abington, PA – August 18, 2017 – Senator Art Haywood (D – Philadelphia/Montgomery) yesterday convened leadership from local advocacy groups to urge state legislators to raise the minimum wage in light of ongoing budget delays. “With a revenue package not yet... » Read More

Boscola and Stefano Work to Toughen Restitution Law

Bethlehem, August 17, 2017 – State Senators Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Pat Stefano (R-Fayette) are introducing legislation that would enable government, business and nonprofit entities to collect restitution against criminals. “Taxpayers, businesses and charities... » Read More

State Senator Art Haywood Takes Lead on Domestic Terrorism Policy

PHILADELPHIA, August 16, 2017 – State Senator Art Haywood today announced his plans to lead an immediate, extensive reconstruction of terrorism legislation in Pennsylvania.  The measure is in response to the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on PA Attorney General Narcotics Investigation

WILKES-BARRE, August 11, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) commended the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and other law enforcement officials as Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of 14 people on charges stemming from a $1... » Read More

Senator Yudichak and Representative Toohil Issue Joint Statement on City of Hazleton Financial Distress Filing

NANTICOKE, August 9, 2017 − Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement regarding Mayor Jeff Cusat’s request to place the City of Hazleton in Pennsylvania’s Act 47 Program for financially distressed communities. “No community... » Read More

Sen. Hughes Invites Community to Upcoming ‘Neighborhood Block Party with a Purpose’

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 8, 2017 — To celebrate the relocation of his Philadelphia district office, state Sen. Vincent Hughes, along with his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph, his staff and the City Ave Special Services District, invites the community to an upcoming Neighborhood Block... » Read More

Senator Yudichak Announces Education Grants in Luzerne County

NANTICOKE, August 4, 2017 – Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Education (“DOE”) awarded a series of education grants in Luzerne County including a $306,000 Pre-K Counts grant to the Luzerne... » Read More

Carbon County Council of Governments Announces First Equipment Purchase and Successful Training Session

PARRYVILLE, August 8, 2017 – The Carbon County Council of Governments (“CCCOG”) announced today the purchase of an Asphalt Zipper and a successful training session on the equipment for the members’ municipal workers. The training session took place at the Parryville... » Read More

Sen. Tartaglione’s Picnic in Norris Square Park Brings Community Together

Harrisburg – August 4, 2017 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s (D-Philadelphia) community picnic held on Thursday in Norris Square Park was a resounding success with hundreds attending and more than 500 backpacks handed out to school students, Tartaglione... » Read More

Yudichak Announces Pre-K Counts Grant for Lehighton Area School District

HARRISBURG, August 3, 2017 – Senator John T. Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Lehighton Area School District was awarded a $170,000 Pre-Kindergarten (“Pre-K”) Counts grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to support Pre-K... » Read More

Senator Yudichak and Corrections Officers Union Call on General Assembly to Approve Comprehensive Prison Closure Reform

NANTICOKE, August 2, 2017 — Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) urged the General Assembly to approve reforms of Pennsylvania’s prison closure process as quickly as possible. Last week, the Senate passed House Bill 118, an omnibus Administrative Code bill, that... » Read More

Brewster Applauds PurePenn at Groundbreaking in McKeesport

McKeesport – July 27, 2017 – At today’s groundbreaking for PurePenn, one of Pennsylvania’s first medical cannabis facilities, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) offered words of thanks and encouragement to the company for investing in McKeesport... » Read More

Sen. Hughes Comments on Senate Passage of State Budget Revenue Package

HARRISBURG, July 28, 2017 — State Sen. Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a package of revenue bills needed to fund the 2017-18 state budget. “This revenue package, though imperfect, represents a bipartisan compromise among four... » Read More

Tartaglione Says Revenue Package that includes AVI Fix Helps Philadelphia, Provides Fiscal Stability

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said today that the bipartisan revenue package adopted by the state Senate would fix the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) for Philadelphia and is a vast improvement, but new provisions impacting collective bargaining rights for teachers is an affront to labor unions that would cause irreparable harm. » Read More

Boscola, Brown Hail Senate Approval of Northampton County P3

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – State Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton) and Northampton County Executive John Brown released the following statements applauding the Senate’s approval of legislation that provides more flexibility for the redevelopment of a correctional... » Read More

Senate Includes Fontana’s Water Line Replacement Language in Revenue Package

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – The state Senate today approved a budget revenue package that includes state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s legislation that would allow local governments to tap various government funding sources to help citizens fund sewer and water line... » Read More

Senator Haywood’s Statement on the Pennsylvania Revenue Package

Harrisburg – July 27, 2017 – Senator Haywood today released the below statement following the Pennsylvania State Senate vote on the Pennsylvania revenue package: “I am happy that senate leaders were able to work together to reach an agreement on this revenue package.... » Read More

Senator John Yudichak Comments on a Natural Gas Severance Tax

Harrisburg, July 26, 2017—Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Democratic Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, issued the following statement after an amendment establishing a natural gas severance tax was adopted by the Senate... » Read More

Lawmakers Highlight Need to End Budget Impasse, Fund State-Related Universities 

PHILADELPHIA, July 20, 2017  — As Pennsylvania prepares to enter a fourth week without a state budget revenue package, a budget bill that funds the five state-related universities has become embroiled in the state budget funding standoff. State... » Read More

Costa, Dermody: House Republicans Using Universities as Budget Pawns

Harrisburg – July 19, 2017 – State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Representative Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today issued the following statement in reaction to the House Republican leadership’s continuing refusal to call the House into session to... » Read More