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Harris announces $1.49 million grant for Schuylkill River Trail

(Mar 26, 2019)

Citing the importance of creating and preserving public green spaces, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., Democratic Caucus whip, announced a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority totaling $1.49 million for the Schuylkill River Development Corp. to construct the Christian to Crescent trail segment in Philadelphia. Read more

 

‘Divisive’ opening prayer given as first Muslim woman is sworn into Pa. House

(Mar 26, 2019)

The opening prayer is often the least controversial part of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ ceremonial routine on a session day but Monday’s prayer was different.On the same day that the House swore in its first Muslim women member Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, D-Philadelphia, freshman Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton County, stepped to the House rostrum to offer a heartful prayer proclaiming her Christian beliefs and how the nation has forgotten Jesus and asking for forgiveness. Read more

 

GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before state’s first Muslim woman swears in

(Mar 26, 2019)

State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz was on the ninth “Jesus” of her opening prayer in the Pennsylvania statehouse when other lawmakers started to look uncomfortable.Speaker Mike Turzai, a fellow Republican, glanced up — but Borowicz carried on, delivering a 100-second ceremonial invocation that some of her colleagues decried as an offensive, divisive and Islamophobic display shortly before the legislature swore in its first Muslim woman. Read more

 

Harris Reacts to "Weaponized Prayer" in Pa. House

(Mar 25, 2019)

Pa. House Democratic Caucus Whip Jordan Harris reacts to an offensive prayer delivered in the House of Representatives, meant to intimidate Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell, her family and supporters who had gathered for Johnson-Harrell's swearing-in ceremony. Johnson-Harrell is the first Muslim woman to be elected to the state House. Read more

 

Divisive opening prayer unbecoming of an elected official

(Mar 25, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, released the following statement following a rambling, overly divisive opening prayer delivered in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today: Read more

 

Pa. Legislature’s first Muslim woman calls prayer delivered by fellow House member blatant ‘Islamophobia’

(Mar 25, 2019)

A first-year member of the Pennsylvania House on Monday offered a prayer laden with political and Christian imagery shortly before the swearing in of the chamber’s first Muslim woman.Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-Clinton, said “Jesus” 13 times, “God” six times, and “Lord” four times, as Raging Chicken Press writer Sean Kitchen first noted on Twitter. She also expressed thanks to God that President Donald Trump “stands besides Israel” in a rambling, nearly two minute prayer. Read more

 

A Diversified Workforce Makes PA Stronger

(Mar 19, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris joined his colleagues to fight for a diversified workforce, stand up for women and people of color, and demand action to ensure they have the best opportunity to succeed as business owners. Read more

 

Second Chance Expo outlines state’s Clean Slate Law

(Mar 15, 2019)

State Rep. Bob Merski, of Erie, D-2nd Dist., hosted the event, which included a job fair.Erie resident Jeff Fox is trying to resurrect his life after serving five years in prison on a third-degree felony conviction for violation of a concealed carry permit. Read more

 

Lawmakers, advocates come together in call for prison reform

(Mar 06, 2019)

When she was 16, Paulette Carrington went to jail for homicide."I was defending myself, and unfortunately the person died. I live with that everyday," Carrington said. She spent 40 years behind bars before being released two years ago when it was declared her juvenile conviction should not keep her in jail for life. Read more

 

The Latest Push to Legalize Pot in Pennsylvania

(Feb 19, 2019)

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor has embarked on a so-called listening tour across the state to hear people’s thoughts on legalizing recreation marijuana. Opponents say legalizing recreation weed will negatively impact society. Proponents, though, argue that legalizing the drug will not only positively affect people of color who are disproportionately arrested for possession of pot, but will also generate millions in tax revenue. Read more

 

Bipartisanship is passé. No one told Jordan Harris.

(Feb 11, 2019)

Holding up fingers on just one hand, Jordan Harris can trace back the generations to when his ancestors were enslaved.Belle, the Philadelphia representative’s great-great-great grandmother, was a slave. Mary Phillips, his great-great grandmother, and Ola Wallace, his great- grandmother, were both domestic workers. Read more

 

Examining Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Budget

(Feb 10, 2019)

Rep. Harris sits down with Rosemary Connors of NBC 10 to discuss Gov. Wolf's budget proposal. Read more

 

Harris Commends Wolf's Stance on Criminal Justice Reform

(Feb 07, 2019)

In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget, Pa. House Democratic Whip Jordan Harris is commending his dedication to criminal justice reform and investment in our children’s future. Read more

 

Free college? It would be possible under new Pennsylvania Promise legislation

(Jan 31, 2019)

Pennsylvania legislators are again pitching a proposal to make college free for many low- and middle-income students.On Wednesday, lawmakers reintroduced the Pennsylvania Promise Act, which would create a grant program to cover up to four years of tuition at a state-owned or state-related university or a community college for students with a household income of $110,000 or less. For students whose families earn $48,000 or less, room and board also would be included. Read more

 

Harris: Pennsylvania Promise provides elevator out of poverty

(Jan 30, 2019)

Citing the negative statistics regarding higher education in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic Whip, today joined fellow legislators and advocates to announce the reintroduction of the Pennsylvania Promise initiative in the Capitol Media Center. “The cost of a college education has risen exponentially over the past twenty years, with averages across the country more than tripling,” Harris said. “Over that same time, wages have not grown at nearly the same pace, making a college education unattainable for too many Pennsylvanians.” Read more

 

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate

(Jan 24, 2019)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2018 tax year are available – and my office 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 2018 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

Lawmakers look to reform criminal justice system

(Jan 23, 2019)

Pennsylvania lawmakers have formed a new caucus that will look for ways to reform the state's criminal justice system.State Reps. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) and Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) teamed up to form the criminal justice reform caucus the day after Governor Tom Wolf laid out proposed changes in his second inaugural address last week. Read more

 

Harris, Delozier team up to form Criminal Justice Reform Caucus

(Jan 21, 2019)

Citing the successful passage of several pieces of bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation signed into law during the 2017-18 legislative session, state Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., and Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, last week announced the organization of a bipartisan, bicameral Criminal Justice Reform Caucus to focus on further reforms within the criminal justice system. Read more

 

Harris Stands Behind New Plan to Put Philly Families First

(Jan 17, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jordan Harris joined his colleagues with the Philadelphia House Delegation to unveil a new comprehensive plan that addresses poverty, tackles criminal justice reform, and puts Philadelphia families first. Read more

 

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20

(Jan 16, 2019)

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16 – State Rep. Jason Dawkins, chairman of the Philadelphia House Delegation, along with delegation members today announced their legislative agenda during a news conference at the state Capitol. The delegation said its top priorities for working toward a better Philadelphia include investing in education and schools, criminal justice reform, health care for all, strengthening commercial coordinators, and alternative energy methods. "We are joining forces to work as one unit for the betterment of all Philadelphians, and that begins with fighting for what our constituents need the most,” Dawkins said. "We are also focused on making sure that everyone gets a fair shot and equal treatment." “Last session we worked in bipartisan fashion to get clean slate legislation signed into law and bring real criminal justice reform to those who need it,” said Rep. Jordan Harris, the Democratic Whip. “Now, we must continue fighting for further reform to reduce recidivism and allow Pennsylvanians who have paid their debit to society to pursue a productive path to citizenry.” “For too long our criminal justice system has been an injustice system for the mentally ill, the poor, and people of color,” said Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta. “While we’ve made progress, our prisons remain overcrowded, inmates mistreated, and mental health problems ignored. I stand with my Philadelphia colleagues to address Read more

 

Harris announces $1.49 million grant for Schuylkill River Trail
Mar 26, 2019

‘Divisive’ opening prayer given as first Muslim woman is sworn into Pa. House
Mar 26, 2019

GOP legislator prays to Jesus for forgiveness before state’s first Muslim woman swears in
Mar 26, 2019

Harris Reacts to "Weaponized Prayer" in Pa. House
Mar 25, 2019

Divisive opening prayer unbecoming of an elected official
Mar 25, 2019

Pa. Legislature’s first Muslim woman calls prayer delivered by fellow House member blatant ‘Islamophobia’
Mar 25, 2019

A Diversified Workforce Makes PA Stronger
Mar 19, 2019

Second Chance Expo outlines state’s Clean Slate Law
Mar 15, 2019

Lawmakers, advocates come together in call for prison reform
Mar 06, 2019

The Latest Push to Legalize Pot in Pennsylvania
Feb 19, 2019

Bipartisanship is passé. No one told Jordan Harris.
Feb 11, 2019

Examining Gov. Wolf’s Proposed Budget
Feb 10, 2019

Harris Commends Wolf's Stance on Criminal Justice Reform
Feb 07, 2019

Free college? It would be possible under new Pennsylvania Promise legislation
Jan 31, 2019

Harris: Pennsylvania Promise provides elevator out of poverty
Jan 30, 2019

Get free assistance with your Property Tax/Rent Rebate
Jan 24, 2019

Lawmakers look to reform criminal justice system
Jan 23, 2019

Harris, Delozier team up to form Criminal Justice Reform Caucus
Jan 21, 2019

Harris Stands Behind New Plan to Put Philly Families First
Jan 17, 2019

Philadelphia Delegation announces its legislative platform for 2019-20
Jan 16, 2019