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Pashinski bill to establish Kinship Navigator Pilot Program endorsed by National Association of Social Workers

(Sep 08, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 8 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, said his bill that will focus on assisting grandparents raising grandchildren in Pennsylvania has received endorsement by the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter. House Bill 662, which the House approved in June, would establish a Kinship Navigator Pilot Program in the commonwealth to determine the needs of kinship caregivers and assess the feasibility of establishing a permanent program. The bill is currently in the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 191,000 children in Pennsylvania are being raised by 80,000 grandparents. Nearly 20 percent of these grandparents raising their grandchildren live in poverty. Pashinski said the endorsement is an honor and a strong indication the legislation is crucial for grandparents across the commonwealth. "The NASW-PA supports family preservation services through its dedicated workers, so my bill can further assist with keeping the family units together, especially in cases where grandparents are head of households," Pashinski said. There are many grandparents in my district facing challenges in raising their grandchildren, including lack of a support network and absence of respite for them. "I thank the National Association of Social Workers for standing with me on this important bill and for its support to get it passed in the Senate and then to the governor Read more


Pashinski: GOP Stunts Make Budget Impasse Worse

(Aug 25, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski talks about legislative stunts that House Republicans are resorting to instead of negotiating a complete and responsible budget. Read more


Pashinski: Citizens Lose With No PA Budget

(Jul 23, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski says kids, seniors, and every Pennsylvanian suffers while we wait for a budget compromise. Read more


Pashinski announces $3.1 million in grants for his legislative district

(Jul 08, 2015)

WILKES-BARRE, July 8 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today that several projects in his district were approved for nearly $3.1 million in grants from gaming funds by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. “The money for these projects will not only help improve the quality of life for people who live, work, and play in my district; it also invests in our children and creates jobs,” Pashinski said. “I commend the CFA members for approving funding for these important projects.” Luzerne County SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) received $831,545 to operate a program for one year. SHINE is a successful, nationally recognized after-school program in existence for 10 years in Carbon County. “As educational host for this exemplary program benefiting our youth, we’re pleased to see the value being placed on SHINE,” said Dr. Patrick Leahy, president of Wilkes University. Also receiving grants are: Children’s Service Center – $100,000 to build a new outpatient clinic in Wilkes-Barre and transform the current facility into a dental and medical clinic and pharmacy. This will add 30 full-time jobs. Wilkes-Barre City – $500,000 to renovate and rebrand Public Square as a hub to promote technology, job growth and community development. This project would create over 50 new jobs. Medico Industries, Inc. – $600,000 for the Hanover Township facility to assist with facility Read more


Pashinski: Protect Pa. Families

(Jun 30, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski speaks against the GOP pension bill that could devastate Pennsylvania teachers and public workers while not providing any relief to the state's pension debt. Read more


Pashinski: Sham Budget Denies Property Tax Relief

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more


Pashinski: Fund Schools, Cut Property Taxes

(Jun 26, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski supports a comprehensive and sustainable budget plan that moves Pennsylvania in the right direction, invests in education, rebuilds the middle class. Read more


House passes Pashinski bill to establish Kinship Navigator Pilot Program (with video)

(Jun 10, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State. Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced the House today passed his bill that will focus on assisting grandparents raising grandchildren in Pennsylvania. House Bill 662 would establish a Kinship Navigator Pilot Program in the commonwealth to determine the needs of kinship caregivers and assess the feasibility of establishing a permanent program. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 191,000 children in Pennsylvania are being raised by 80,000 grandparents. Nearly 20 percent of these grandparents raising their grandchildren live in poverty. Pashinski said many grandparents in his district face challenges raising their grandchildren, including lack of a support network and absence of respite for the caregiver. “Grandparents often are not prepared financially or emotionally to provide for their grandchildren,” Pashinski said. “When taking on the role of parent, grandparents also often face custody battles that are costly, time-consuming and complicated. “These grandparents need qualified support and guidance to help them navigate the complexities of the system. It’s time for Pennsylvania to step up and help our grandparents and grandchildren by establishing a Kinship Navigator Pilot that would assist them in finding support they need to keep their family together.” Pashinski added that at least a dozen states have established similar and successful programs, including neighboring Read more


Wilkes gateway project kicks off

(Apr 24, 2015)

A $1 million project to build a gateway linking a South Main Street entrance to the heart of the Wilkes University campus is ready to start. Read more


Pashinski Helps Launch New Veterans Vans

(Apr 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski helped the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network dedicate new vans for use by DAV volunteers to assist Pennsylvania veterans in getting to medical appointments and facilities. Read more


House Bill 662 (Kinship Navigator)

(Apr 13, 2015)

Read about Rep. Pashinski's proposal on the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Pilot Program within the Department of Human Services. Read more


Pashinski Wants to Helps Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

(Apr 13, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinki introduces two Luzerne County families where the grandparents are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. He outlines this growing trend and why it's important to update current state laws to reflect the household challenges. Read more


Pashinski, Policy Committee examine education funding in Pa.

(Apr 07, 2015)

WILKES-BARRE, April 7 – The House Democratic Policy Committee today heard from leaders in education, along with state officials, concerning funding for education in Pennsylvania at a hearing requested by state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne. The meeting was held at Wilkes University and focused on Gov. Tom Wolf’s "Schools that Teach" plan, which is part of the governor’s three-step approach to strengthen the commonwealth. Pashinski said the governor’s proposal will not only help restore funding for education in two years, it will also reduce school property taxes by more than 50 percent to homeowners. "The governor’s plan is truly a win-win for the people of Pennsylvania," Pashinski said. "House Democrats and I believe this proposal is a strong investment to provide a solid education and better future for the youth of this commonwealth and connect the economic improvements to a quality education. "Gov. Wolf’s budget also provides property tax relief, which will help rebuild the middle class in this state." Pashinski co-chaired the hearing with state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, who serves as House Democratic Policy Committee chairman. "As a former educator, Rep. Pashinski has always been an advocate for quality education," Sturla said. "By initiating this hearing, he is showcasing his strong support in Gov. Wolf’s plan for moving Pennsylvania in an upward and Read more


Vietnam veterans honored at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center

(Mar 30, 2015)

State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Wilkes-Barre, was on hand both to present a state resolution and to offer a bit of fellowship to about 80 veterans gathered. Read more


House adopts Pashinski resolution designating March 2015 Music in Our Schools Month

(Mar 02, 2015)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, said he is proud to report that the state House today adopted his resolution recognizing the importance of music in the schools and acknowledging music educators across the commonwealth. House Resolution 44 designates March 2015 as Music in Our Schools Month in Pennsylvania. The resolution acknowledges the academic and creative benefits music provides to students. Pashinski said performances will illuminate the Capitol halls throughout the month and they are a testament to the hard work and dedication to their craft. "I have an undeniable passion for music and educating our children. I sincerely believe that the two go hand in hand in helping children develop and learn,” Pashinski said. The National Association for Music Education designated March for the observance of Music in Our Schools Month. The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association highlights Music in Our Schools Month by promoting concerts held in the Pennsylvania State Capitol, as well as encouraging members across the state to have concerts and remind parents, administrators and community members about the importance and value of music education. "This is a great opportunity for students in Pennsylvania schools to showcase the education they've received from outstanding music educators throughout the Commonwealth," said Dennis Emert, PMEA president and teacher of elementary instrumental music in the Fox Chapel Read more


Pashinski votes against liquor privatization bill

(Feb 26, 2015)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today voted against the bill to privatize liquor sales, noting it would cost consumers and the state more and do little to help Pennsylvania’s current fiscal crisis. Pashinski said the plan (H.B. 466) would result in higher prices with fewer selections and could require consumers to go from store to store to search the items they want. "Supporters of this bill say that it’s more convenient to consumers, but with 30 different kinds of licenses, it becomes more confusing and less convenient," Pashinski said. "When you realize you may have to travel to several stores to find the wine or spirit you desire, you may end up shelling out more money for gas along with paying the higher price for the liquor, so it’s really financially inconvenient in the end." Pashinski said the GOP-sponsored plan claims that privatizing the liquor stores would generate $1 billion in revenue for the state budget; however, only about $167 million of that would be available in the first year. In addition, the state would lose $80-100 million per year that liquor stores contribute to the state, as well as the transition costs estimated at $1.4 billion which would negate any real profit from the sale. "As we deal with a budget deficit of more than $2 billion, privatizing the state’s wine and spirits shops would be fiscally irresponsible," Pashinski said. "We need to Read more


Additional financial assistance available for veterans

(Feb 17, 2015)

If you or someone you know is a veteran or a single surviving spouse who is eligible for a VA pension and requires assistance from another person, or is housebound, you may be eligible for additional payments. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs tells me that Aid and Attendance and Housebound allowances are in addition to the monthly pension you may already receive. If you are not eligible for a basic pension because of excessive income, you may still be eligible for these allowances. You can qualify to receive the Aid and Attendance monthly addition if you meet one of the following conditions: You require assistance to perform personal functions needed in everyday living Your disabilities require you to be bedridden apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment You are in a nursing home due to a mental or physical incapacity Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to five degrees or less. The VA tells me that Aid and Attendance can help pay for care in the home, a Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility. You can qualify for the Housebound monthly pension when you must remain home because of a permanent disability. To apply for either of these benefits or for more information, contact the VA regional office where you filed a claim for pension benefits. Please share this information with any veterans you may know. As Read more


Pashinski seeks passenger rail study

(Feb 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG — A Luzerne County lawmaker is calling for a legislative study to determine the feasibility of restoring passenger rail service between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre, said this project could be done in conjunction with the long-sought goal of resuming passenger train service between Scranton and New York City. Read more


Consensus among legislators on big issues facing state, differences in details to address them

(Feb 17, 2015)

Share on linkedin Share on reddit Share on tumblr Share on pinterest_share Share on digg Share on stumbleupon More Sharing Services WILKES-BARRE — State lawmakers from the area covered a wide variety of topics Saturday at the League of Women Voters Legislative Breakfast, often in agreement on such issues as pension reform and a severance tax on the natural gas industry, but differing in the details of addressing them. Read more


Bill would take parental rights away from rapists

(Feb 09, 2015)

HARRISBURG — For the second year in a row, a group of state lawmakers is seeking to close loopholes in what they say are outdated child-custody laws that protect the rights of rapists over their victims.. Read more