Shusterman touts Childcare & Dependent Care Tax Credit expansion

(Dec 14, 2023)

“Here in the Commonwealth, quality childcare for one child averages over $12,000 a year and is often more than that in many parts of the state,” Shusterman said. “Employers need workers, and working families need child care they can afford. In collaboration with Representative Tina Davis of Bucks County, I’m proud to have worked on legislation for this tax credit that was included in our Commonwealth’s Fiscal Code bill. And I applaud the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry’s president & CEO, Laura Manion, who really spearheaded this message for 2023.” Read more


E-Blast: Legislative Updates, Election Ballot Changes & More!

(Dec 08, 2023)

A constituent in my district was going through a messy divorce because her ex-husband had the means to manipulate our legal system. Through an extraordinary number of court filings, court dates, and legal fees, he continued to harass his former partner. Read more


E-Blast: Veteran's Breakfast Recap, Legislative Updates & More!

(Nov 17, 2023)

Thank you to everyone who made my Annual Veterans’ breakfast at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge a huge success! Read more


House clears legislation to further protect abortion access

(Nov 15, 2023)

Women in our country are afraid. Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, an alarming number of states have enacted total or near total bans on abortion because of this decision. While we cannot prevent other states from criminalizing abortion, what we can do is protect individuals seeking and providing reproductive healthcare services here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Read more


State lawmakers highlight bills to end youth homelessness

(Nov 15, 2023)

“We cannot expect to take the next step in ending youth homelessness until we fully understand what many of our students are experiencing,” Rep. Melissa Shusterman said. “My bill would create a pilot program for students experiencing homelessness so we can learn how to better assist and support them.” Read more


E-Blast: Veteran's Breakfast, Shredding Event Recap & More!

(Nov 01, 2023)

Thank you to everyone who came out for my fall shredding event! Grey skies and drizzle didn’t stop our eager shredders, who also generously gave over $200 and 557 pounds of food to the Chester County Food Bank! Read more


Press Conference: Pollution From Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

(Oct 31, 2023)

During a press conference with PennEnvironment, Pa. state Rep. Melissa Shusterman proposes a taskforce that will work with lawncare industry stakeholders and scientists to develop financial incentives to phase out gas-powered equipment without impacting businesses and jobs. Read more


Shusterman invites veterans to attend her annual breakfast Nov. 9

(Oct 26, 2023)

“I am pleased to be able to host my annual veterans’ breakfast for yet another year,” Shusterman said. “This event is close to my heart, as it presents an opportunity to express my gratitude for our service members and the significant role that veterans play in our community. I hope attendees can take advantage of the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new ones and share experiences, while enjoying the stories, resources and services we can provide for our veterans.” Read more


E-Blast: Veteran's Breakfast, Footlighters Theater & More!

(Oct 20, 2023)

Veterans are invited to my Annual Veteran’s Breakfast at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge on Thursday, November 9th from 9 - 11:30 AM. Read more


Animal Protection Caucus lauds passage of updates to PA’s Dog Law

(Oct 19, 2023)

Members of the bipartisan, bicameral Animal Protection Caucus applauded the final passage of a bill that will help bolster Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement (BDLE). Read more


Davis, Shusterman provision included in tax reduction bill

(Oct 04, 2023)

“Here in the commonwealth, childcare for one child averages $12,000 a year, often more,” Shusterman said. “The hardworking parents of Pennsylvania do not deserve to be priced out of childcare and in turn, being denied the opportunity to work year-round.” Read more


Shusterman announces upcoming fall events

(Oct 03, 2023)

"The fall season is a beautiful time of year in the 157th District," Shusterman said. "There is no better way to appreciate the weather and scenery than by getting outdoors to assist our community. Whether it's providing residents a chance to shred personal documents, educating them on our indigenous plants, or addressing inquiries about state government, any opportunity to make government more accessible in the 157th District is time well-spent." Read more


E-Blast: Shredding Event, Evening at the Arboretum, & More!

(Sep 26, 2023)

Residents of the 157th District are welcome to dispose of unwanted documents ecologically & securely at my FREE shredding event on Saturday, October 7th! The Chester County Food Bank will also be on hand to accept much needed canned food donations. Read more


Shusterman invites residents to coffee talk

(Sep 15, 2023)

“After the success of this event over the summer, I am excited to give the people of the 157th District another opportunity to ask state government questions and voice their legislative concerns,” Shusterman said. Read more


2023 Fall Newsletter

(Sep 05, 2023)

In only six months, the House passed more than 100 BIPARTISAN bills focused on important issues that affect all Pennsylvanians. From guaranteeing the right to organize, improving workplace protections, raising the minimum wage, to investing in our schools, funding mental health services, and improving community safety, House Democrats are committed to working for you! Read more


Shusterman touts Elmwood Park animal rescue efforts

(Aug 11, 2023)

"Over 80% of the animals at Elmwood Zoo were rescued and would not survive on their own,” Shusterman said. “These exhibits are valuable tools for education and species survival. The next generation of veterinarians might be inspired by Elmwood today. That's why I am proud that the legislative Animal Protection Caucus works with these organizations that focus on rescue and rehabilitation to ensure they have resources to continue their important work." Read more


Shusterman supports local wildlife rehabilitation efforts

(Aug 08, 2023)

"It's important to preserve our woodlands so that animals can remain in their own habitat,” Shusterman said. “Many people don't know what to do if they see an injured animal in their backyard, and they can accidentally cause unintentional harm. That's why public education is so important for wildlife survival." Read more


Shusterman comments on women’s health care announcement by Shapiro administration

(Aug 04, 2023)

“I am grateful to Governor Shapiro and Secretary Arkoosh for working to ensure taxpayer funds are used for women’s health care in the commonwealth,” Shusterman said. “I have been concerned for some time about the deceptive practices of these crisis pregnancy centers and alarmed even more so that taxpayer dollars were being utilized to mislead women. When 1 out of 6 babies in PA are born to a parent who has not received adequate prenatal care, knowing that none of these state-funded Real Alternative centers were providing prenatal care, was deeply troubling. Soon, the tax dollars of PA’s hardworking citizens are going to be used for appropriate women’s health care.” Read more


State Rep. Shusterman invites residents to coffee talk

(Jul 31, 2023)

“After spending a lot of the early summer on the House floor, I am excited to get back to the people of the 157th District,” Shusterman said. “Now is the perfect time to reconnect with my constituents, hear their concerns, and inform them of all the services my District Office can offer.” Read more