Several state grant programs are open for applications. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden visited Monroe County's first COVID-19 mass vaccination event at Pocono Raceway. Lehigh Valley Health Network sponsored the event, which vaccinated 3,000 people in an outdoor, drive-through setting. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden shares her frustrations with a bill that ignores the science behind the transmission of HIV/AIDS and would stigmatize those in the LGBTQ community. Read more
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On this episode of Monroe Matters, Pa. state Rep. Maureen Madden discusses Gov. Wolf's 2021-22 budget proposal, which includes proposed tax cuts for working families, new investments in education and workforce development, and an increase in the minimum wage. Madden also discusses the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout and her committee assignments for the new legislative session. Read more
STATE GRANT PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: ATV/Snowmobile Grants (Funding Source: ATV and Snowmobile Registrations) Who May Apply : Municipalities, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations. Use : Planning, land acquisition, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, equipment, and educational programs related to ATV and/or snowmobile trails and facilities. Funds : No match required. However, applications that provide match funding will be given additional consideration. Application Deadline : March 31 More Information : Click on https://www.brcgrants.dcnr.pa.gov/ and choose “Grant Opportunities” and then “All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile.” Commonwealth Financing Authority: Abandoned Mine Drainage Abatement and Treatment Program (Funding Source: Marcellus Legacy Fund) Who May Apply : For-Profit Businesses, Municipalities, Councils of Governments, Authorized Organizations, Institutions of Higher Education, Watershed Organizations. Uses : Abatement and treatment of AMD through treatment facility system construction, as well as treatment system repair, upgrade or operation and maintenance of existing passive and active treatment systems. Funds : Grants shall not exceed $1,000,000. A match of at least 15% of the total project cost is Read more
How to reopen/reactivate a PUA claim : Log in to your dashboard Select “File for Weekly Benefits” Then select “File Your Weekly Certification to Continue Your Claim” You will see the message “You currently have a claim established however it is inactive.” Click on “here.” It will seem as if you are opening a new claim. The system knows you are only attempting to reopen the claim you already have established. Click Next. You will see the Welcome to Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Portal Page. Click next. The next eight pages are pre-populated based on your initial claim information. You will click next after verifying the information is correct on each page. If it is not correct, you should make updates at this time. Note: This includes things such as your email, address, date of birth, education information and employment status. You will also be asked the COVID questions. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE MAJOR DISASTER INFORMATION QUESTION YOU SHOULD SELECT COVID -19 NOT COVID 19 -2 If you reported that you are self-employed, the system will ask for you 2020 wages. This is an error. You should enter all 0s for those wages. You will also need to answer if you have worked since you last filed for weeks. If you have worked, you must click the “I have worked since my last Read more
MONROE, Jan. 12 – Proving again that state Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, delivers grants to businesses, a $1.3 million state grant has been awarded to the Delaware/Lackawanna Railroad by the State Transportation Commission. The grant will be used for the Pocono Rail Rehabilitation and Capacity Expansion project to construct a 3,900-foot siding to expand capacity and replace approximately 7,440 feet of rail and 1,550 ties. The railroad includes Monroe, Lackawanna and Wayne counties. “The freight transportation sector is an important component of our economy and investing in our rail system creates jobs, supports businesses and sustains our freight transportation system in Monroe County,” Madden said. Madden said Pennsylvania has 65 operating railroads, which is more than any other state. PennDOT is committed to working with private rail operators and rail-served businesses to construct new rail lines and assist in maintaining and improving the state’s 5,600 miles of freight lines. ###rc/2021/ta l:\print\releases\Freightgrant.115 Read more
MONROE, Jan. 7 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is instrumental in getting nearly $5K grants to three senior centers in Monroe County. The three grants are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The agencies awarded the grants are: The Mountain Center. Jewish Resources Center of the Poconos. Loder Senior Center. “I am pleased the senior centers received this grant funding because they serve as a gateway to Monroe County’s mature population especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, connecting older adults to vital community services that assist them in staying healthy and independent,” Madden said. Madden said in addition to providing a nutritious meal, centers offer social activities, a range of informative programs, creative arts, exercise, volunteer opportunities, community services, and other special events which are unique to individual centers. For more information on programs available visit www.aging.pa.gov . Read more
HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, took the oath of office today to begin her third in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2021-22 legislative session. She also serves as vice chairperson of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Northeast Delegation for the current session. Madden said she is honored to continue representing the people in the 115th District and is committed to continue serving her constituents by advocating for the issues that are important to them. “One of the concerns I hear about often is funding for community and infrastructure projects,” Madden said. “In my first two terms I brought tens of millions of dollars home to the 115th District for local projects. Other shared priorities include equitable school funding and property tax reform. It is my intention to introduce property tax reform legislation and work once again for equitable school funding. We cannot continue to tax people out of their homes by shouldering them with the burden of ever-increasing school taxes. The legislature must come to terms with the fact that funding education equitably is the right course for all the citizens of the Commonwealth. “Increasing the minimum wage, fair housing, legalizing adult recreational cannabis and criminal justice reform are among the other important issues that I will continue to work with my colleagues to achieve.” Madden stated she and her Read more
MONROE, Dec. 30 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, was instrumental in getting the Broadhead Watershed Association a $10,478 conservation grant to conduct water samples of inorganic and organic ions in Paradise Township and East Stroudsburg. The grant was administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener program. “ The Broadhead Watershed Association is the steward of protecting our exceptional water quality for 300 miles in Monroe County and this grant will be used to protect the water quality for everyone,” Madden said. The funding will be used to acquire and test water samples from Forest Hills Run and Yankee Run. Madden said the Growing Greener program remains the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania to address the state’s environmental concerns. The DEP’s Growing Greener program allocates funding for watershed restoration and protection, abandoned mine reclamation, and abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects. Read more
STROUDSBURG, Dec. 29 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced today that $4 million in Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital program grants has been awarded for local projects in her district. The amounts and projects are as follows: $2 million to Pocono Family YMCA for ADA-compliant improvements, sprinkler systems, pool renovations and interior restructuring. Additional parking spaces are also planned. $1 million to Pocono Mountain Industrial Park Authority to construct new roads for Corporate Center South and contiguous properties. $1 million to Monroe County Industrial Development Authority for the Heritage Center expansion and renovations to the Stroud Mansion. ‘I want to thank Governor Tom Wolf for recognizing the real need these organizations have for this state funding,” Madden said. “The governor has visited the district on numerous occasions, during which he has listened to what the community needs, and this funding is the concrete result of that. “These projects – from the Y that serves children and those in Silver Sneakers and everyone in between, to the infrastructure for the industrial park and expanding access to our history – they are instrumental to our community and its overall footprint.” The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, from which this grant was awarded, is a commonwealth grant program Read more
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
STROUDSBURG, Dec. 9 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, has been instrumental in securing over $450K in grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “I’m thrilled these programs have received grants because they serve some of the most vulnerable populations in our community,” Madden said. The grants are as follows: $331,617 to the Monroe County Commissioners to support the responsibilities assigned to the Prosecution and Juvenile Probation. The funding is provided through the Rights and Services Act and Victims of Juvenile Offenders grant programs. $78,258 for adult probation services. $46,996 for the Monroe Women's Resources Center . The Children’s Advocacy Center of Monroe County had requested the funding to provide services to the child victims and their non-offending caregivers in their community, promote community awareness on issues related to child abuse, assist multidisciplinary investigative team members with training on issues in the field, and facilitate efficient and meaningful case review while continuing to move towards National Children’s Alliance accreditation. Funds will be used to partially support the salaries of the executive director and intake specialist/administrative support position. For more information on PCCD grants, visit here. Read more
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HARRISBURG, Nov. 18 – State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, has been selected to serve as chairman of the Northeast Democratic Delegation of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 2021-2022 legislative term. Flynn was appointed by the delegation’s 14-member board. “I am eager to move our delegation forward to ensure that the Northeast has a unified voice in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives,” Flynn said. “We need to set our agenda and define who we are as a delegation for the next two years and I believe we can collectively accomplish the tasks ahead.” In addition, state Rep Maureen Madden, D- Monroe, was chosen to serve as vice- chairwoman. “We must use our delegation as an agent of change that will ultimately benefit our region, which is a diverse cross-section of rural and urban communities,” Madden said. “The Northeast is a vibrant region, and our delegation will strongly work together to make sure we are not overshadowed by the big cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.” As chairman, Flynn will organize meetings with key leaders in the administration to help members advance their goals and will serve as the primary contact between House leaders and delegation members. The Northeast Delegation includes of members who represent Berks, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe and Northampton counties. Read more
As of this writing, there are approximately 750,000 Pennsylvania votes that need to be counted. That is more than 750,000 Pennsylvanians who lawfully casted their vote and deserve to be heard. Counting every citizen’s legal, timely vote is imperative. As workers securely make progress on tallying the results, we must be patient. This process may take several days, but the integrity and sanctity of the vote in our state must be maintained. Last Fall, in a bipartisan showing, the Pennsylvania General Assembly agreed to allow for mail-in ballots. Since then, House Democrats have made many efforts to help clarify any confusion about the process and give local election boards the tools needed to securely and expeditiously process votes cast by mail. Unfortunately, our Republican colleagues chose political gamesmanship over a genuine effort to ensure a smooth election. Their inaction failed to allow for the early processing of ballots received – as 32 other states permit-- and, in turn, why there is a delay in knowing the outcome of this election. The ambiguity in the law did not address their local official’s concerns; nor does it protect every Pennsylvanian’s constitutional right to vote and our obligation to make sure those votes are counted. Now, more than ever, we must ensure that we uphold the freedoms guaranteed in our state and nation’s constitution. In these unprecedented times, the voters must have the final say, not the candidates or Read more
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