On Tuesday, House Democrats celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on the second annual K. Leroy Irvis Day of Action! Read more
Pennsylvanians were looking for fairness, new ideas and a new direction, and for the first time in over a decade, Pennsylvanians elected Democrats to run the state House. Since then, Democrats have shown that they can deliver on the promises of better jobs, better schools, and safer communities. Read more
Neighbors – don’t miss THIS Friday’s Curbside Resource Fair! Read more
EDDYSTONE, May 15 – Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton highlighted the positive contributions the Delaware County Health Department has accomplished and ways it has impacted the community just a year after being launched in April 2022. “From West Nile Virus to tracking Delco health trends, the Delaware County Health Department is laying the foundation for a healthier county” said Speaker McClinton, who represents portions of Delaware County and Philadelphia. “With new threats to public health emerging every day, I’m proud to support the work of the Health Department to identify, educate, and lead in protecting our community” said McClinton, who brought the House Majority Policy Committee in for a roundtable and tour Monday in Delaware County. During the first days of the pandemic in Pennsylvania, on March 6, 2020, the governor held a press conference to announce two confirmed presumptive COVID-19 cases – including one case in Delaware County. The county had not yet developed its own health department, and it relied on neighboring Chester County to help inform citizens. It exposed a weakness in Delco and for many of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Before it created its own health department, Delco was the largest county – by population – without its own health department. Even after its creation, only Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia run their own county-wide health departments. Other counties Read more
The May 16 Primary Election is just around the corner, neighbors! Reminder: Completed mail-in ballots must be RECEIVED by your county election office by 8 p.m. on May 16 - POSTMARKS ARE NOT ENOUGH. Read more
Neighbors – we made history this week, saved lives and began the process of STOPPING discrimination and hate in the commonwealth. I’m SO proud of my House Democratic colleagues, the state Senate and the prime sponsors of these bills! Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – Today, H.B. 950 , introduced by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, which would enshrine Pennsylvania workers’ right to organize in the state constitution passed the Pennsylvania House and now heads to the PA Senate for consideration. Currently, the Pennsylvania Constitution does not guarantee workers the right to organize and collectively bargain. This legislation proposes to amend Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution to enshrine these rights for all workers in Pennsylvania. Additionally, the bill would prohibit any other laws that interfere with or diminish collective bargaining rights. Fiedler said that the passage of H.B. 950 by the House is a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania workers and expressed gratitude to her House colleagues who voted for the bill. “Workers fuel our economy. They are the mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles of our commonwealth. Workers deserve to be treated with respect and that’s exactly the goal of this legislation,” Fiedler said. “I am grateful to all my colleagues in the House who voted for the bill, and I now call on the Senate to show their support for Pennsylvania’s workers and move this amendment forward.” Pisciottano said it’s important everything possible be done to protect and support workers’ right to organize. Read more
You know what they say, “April showers bring May flowers.” In our case – a month’s worth of April planning has blossomed into several May and early June events that will better connect neighbors with a host of state and local resources. Read more
I was happy to join my House and Senate colleagues, along with the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition, to celebrate the passage of Senate Bill 8, which removes all costs associated with lifesaving genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, as well as supplemental breast screenings. Read more
Our office can help put money back in YOUR pocket with the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program! Read more
Check out my 2023 Spring Newsletter, neighbors! Read more
HARRISBURG, April 11 – Citing February’s landmark Commonwealth Court ruling that Pennsylvania’s education funding system is unconstitutional, Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said today that the state needs to act now to fix the inequitable system that has shortchanged a generation of students, and reappointed state Reps. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and Mary Isaacson, D-Phila., to serve on the state’s Basic Education Funding Commission. Sturla and Isaacson will join House Education Committee Chairman Pete Schweyer, D-Lehigh, on the commission. “These three lawmakers are proven leaders on education issues and true champions for our public schools and students,” McClinton said. “Pennsylvania’s shared future depends on a well-educated workforce, and we build that future today by ensuring our students thrive academically, socially and civically. We need to tackle the commonwealth’s school funding challenge thoughtfully and swiftly.” The Basic Education Funding Commission was first established in 2014 to address the inequities in Basic Education Funding across the commonwealth and examine the state’s Basic Education Funding formula. The commission released a report in 2015 recommending the General Assembly adopt a new formula to deliver state dollars to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts. By accounting for need-based factors like student enrollment and local wealth, the Read more
In November, Pennsylvanians chose democracy and opposed partisan political grandstanding. They said ‘no’ to repealing reproductive rights. And they realized that the old way of doing things here in Harrisburg was no longer working. The system – and all who supported it – didn’t seem to have all our best interests in mind. The system was more than fractured – it was broken. In January and officially in February, we ushered in a new way of governing – a House Democratic majority. We restructured our leadership team, and my colleagues elected me to be first female speaker of the House. What an honor! More importantly, our caucus has remained true to our principles. In the first week of our leadership, we passed impactful legislation that would give survivors of child sex abuse a pathway to justice by changing the statute of limitations laws. State Rep. Mark Rozzi penned for this legislation while he was speaker of the House, and I’m grateful to say that the legislation had overwhelming bipartisan support. It’s now up to the state Senate to protect these survivors and help us hold these abusers and the institutions that protected them accountable by passing this legislation. House Democrats have also brought reform to Harrisburg by adopting new operating rules that influence how the state House works. This reform package will restore fairness that has been missing for many years and make Pennsylvania’s Read more
In early March, Gov. Josh Shapiro delivered his first budget address to the General Assembly. Following his proposal, it was clear that his vision for the future of the commonwealth was one that had the best interests of all Pennsylvanians in mind. From fair funding for education to raising the minimum wage, the governor outlined a proposal that addresses systematic issues that have been neglected by the majority party in the state House and Senate in years past. Given our new House majority , we’re working toward a final budget that addresses many of the key topics in the governor’s proposal because these are the same issues the House Democratic Caucus has advocated for in the past and continues to fight for today: better jobs, better schools, and safer communities. I was especially encouraged by Shapiro’s roadmap to fairly fund education across the board, regardless of a student’s ZIP code. His proposal would more equitably fund public schools, while also earmarking state dollars to repair crumbling and unsafe schools, bolster apprenticeship programs, address mental health, and expand nutrition programs to combat hunger. Fixing the issues that have plagued our education system for generations will take time, but I’m confident we now have the support to work toward a solution that will give every student the opportunity and resources to succeed in the classroom. Our youngest neighbors – students Read more
Neighbors – don’t miss tomorrow’s Mental Health Event! Read more
From the first woman to serve as speaker of the Pennsylvania House to a local woman who started her own school, FOX 29 is celebrating women who are paving the way during Women's History Month. Read more
WGAL News 8's Jeremy Jenkins spoke with House Speaker Joanna McClinton about her upbringing, as well as her career in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 28 – Speaker of the House Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, today announced $5.2 million in funding earmarked for transportation and infrastructure projects throughout the 191 st Legislative District. “Ensuring our community has access to funding like this has been a cornerstone of my time in office, and I remain committed to making sure we leave no stone unturned when searching for new opportunities to invest in the lives of our neighbors and their families,” McClinton said. “I look forward to the completion of these projects and the benefits that will follow.” The funding, awarded through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, includes: $350,000 to Yeadon Borough for a streetscape project that would enhance the business district on Church Lane between Whitby Avenue and Guenther Avenue. $500,000 to the City of Philadelphia for a streetscape project along Woodland Avenue. $1 million to Darby Borough for a sanitary sewer upgrade project on N. 2 nd Street. $500,000 to Yeadon Borough to construct a recreation center on Chester Avenue. $359,278 to Darby Borough for the purchasing of police vehicles. $1 million to ACHIEVEability in West Philadelphia for its 60 th Street Spruce Up program. The funding will be used to install streetlights along 60 th Street. $560,213 to construct a path connecting the Schuylkill River Trail to 61 st Street in Philadelphia. Read more
It’s important we take as much time to nurture our mental health as we do to nurture our physical health. Read more
I’ve been thinking lately about the late K. Leroy Irvis, who was the first African American to serve as a House speaker in Pennsylvania and the first Black man since Reconstruction to serve in that position in any statehouse in the country. Read more
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