Break Your Silence

(Jun 10, 2020)

The events of the past few days echo and amplify the struggles of centuries, and I am here to state in the strongest possible terms that justice for people of color in this commonwealth is not optional, and that black lives matter. In speaking with my friends and neighbors in the African-American community, two things are clear. First, that the African-American experience is like the larger American experience, in that there is a great diversity of examples of it, and it is not "one size fits all." Second, that African-Americans - regardless of background or status or associations - are all at equal risk of being dismissed or marginalized or fetishized or objectified by a majority culture that neither recognizes their invaluable uniqueness nor holds to its own supposedly color-blind ideals. That, it seems to me, is why the face of racial injustice takes on so many aspects, from cultural appropriation to harassment to outright murder. In the face of all of these, I feel an anger that I know can only be a fraction of what you must feel. I cannot and will not speak with your voice - it would be both unnecessary and presumptuous - but I will speak with mine, especially as the representative of EVERY resident of our district. From the very first day, I have said that while debate in politics is a good thing, there are some things that are not up for debate. Among these are the basic liberties and rights and dignity every human being is Read more

 

Summer 2020 Newsletter

(Jun 04, 2020)

Read about what's been happening in Harrisburg and our community. Read more

 

2020-21 Budget Update

(May 27, 2020)

I want to keep you updated on the status of Pennsylvania’s 2020-21 state budget. On Tuesday, a surprise budget proposal, H.B. 2387, passed the House despite vocal concern about the majority caucus's harmful spending cuts. This legislation shouldn't have been passed without full language, numbers, and time to review the details. It creates shortfalls for property tax relief and departments like Labor & Industry. And, except for education, our government funding ends in November. It is up to the Senate now to right the wrongs that the House could not fairly fight. I encourage the Senate to exercise good governance and work in a bipartisan manner to address the concerns expressed by Democrats and a couple of Republicans Tuesday night. Click here for a story from the PA Capital Star. Read more

 

Resuming real estate activity - safely

(May 20, 2020)

Latest on limited real estate activity allowed during COVID-19 Read more

 

Norristown Area School District awarded grant to support learning during COVID-19

(Apr 22, 2020)

WEST NORRITON, April 22 – State Rep. Joe Webster announced today that Norristown Area School District was awarded a $291,000 state grant to help ensure all students have access to educational resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Norristown district was awarded a Continuing of Education Equity Grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The grants are designed to help provide access and inclusion for all learners by bridging the gap for students who are currently limited in their ability to participate in continuity of education. “With school buildings closed because of COVID-19, it’s critical that our schools have the resources and equipment needed for students to continue their learning,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m proud that the Norristown Area School District is working to reach all of its students and pleased that state funding will support that work.” The grants may be used to purchase computer equipment, such as laptops, tablets, and internet hot spots, or used towards providing instructional materials, such as paper lessons and coursework. Schools with the highest percentages of students lacking access to resources were given priority. More information on resources for schools is available on the Department of Education’s COVID-19 page. Read more

 

Boyle, State Government Committee Democrats: GOP bills put profits over human lives

(Apr 07, 2020)

PHILADELPHIA, April 6 – Today, House State Government Committee chairperson Kevin Boyle, D-Phila., and other members of the committee released the following statements in response to H.B.s 2400 and 2376 , which House Republicans introduced to end stay-at-home social distancing measures and reopen statewide all retail and construction operations closed by Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 mitigations efforts: “What good is an increase in quarterly earnings if customers are dying? Of course, we will have to take steps to reopen stores to the public eventually, but communities will lose a lot more than money if we force them to open too soon,” Boyle said. “Experts on both sides of the aisle agree that we have one shot to reopen the economy, or we risk setting ourselves down an even worse financial path. Then, it will be even more clear that the human cost of these shortsighted bills will really have been for nothing.” "Today, the State Government Committee ran two bills that, as written, would diminish the efforts of the mitigation protocol currently in place in the commonwealth. We have yet to reach the ‘surge,’ and language is being proposed to potentially place citizens in jeopardy,” Rep. Pam DeLissio, D- D-Montgomery/Phila., added. “First, we need to protect the health and welfare of citizens. The robust state and federal packages of bills will help to keep citizens afloat for an Read more

 

Health insurance options for those losing insurance

(Apr 06, 2020)

Please find a list of resources for individuals who have lost health insurance due to the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

 

COVID-19 support for PA business

(Apr 03, 2020)

COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR PA BUSINESSES FEDERAL Contacts: Visit: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/find/?type=SBA%20District%20Office&pageNumber=1 to find your local Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office Programs: Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Information Visit: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – Loan Program and Forgiveness to help eligible businesses cover the costs of payroll, health care benefits, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities during COVID-19. Loan has a maturity of 2 years and interest rate of 1.0%. Open to small businesses, restaurants, hotels, tribal businesses, non-profits, independent contractors, and gig economy workers. Contact your local lender to see if they participate in this program! Loan period: February 15, 2020 through June 30, 2020. Visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp . Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Loan – Loans up to $2 million for small businesses (3.75% interest rate) and private, nonprofit organizations (2.75% interest rate) suffering as a result of COVID-19. Loans for fix debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills. Advance of up Read more

 

Miss my COVID-19 Tele-Town Hall with Commissioner Arkoosh? Listen to the discussion here.

(Apr 02, 2020)

Get the facts you need and find out what our friends and neighbors had to say during this challenging time. Read more

 

Webster to host COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall

(Mar 30, 2020)

WEST NORRITON, March 30 – State Rep. Joe Webster will host a telephone town hall on April 1 with Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Montgomery County Commissioners Board chair to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents of the 150 th Legislative District will receive a call to their home phones at 7 p.m. Those who want to participate can simply stay on the line. “It’s important for community members to receive updates on how this health crisis is affecting our community, and I want to make sure they have easy access to accurate information,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I urge anyone with questions to join in our discussion.” Anyone with questions should contact Webster’s office at 484-200-8263 and leave a message. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Closes Courts to the Public Statewide, Halts Evictions

(Mar 20, 2020)

I wanted to share the following news release from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Closes Courts to the Public Statewide March 18, 2020 In an effort to further restrict potential COVID-19 exposure within the courts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today announced that all Pennsylvania courts – including trial and intermediate appellate courts – are closed to the public for non-essential functions through at least April 3, 2020. The statewide court closure also includes magisterial district courts, Philadelphia Municipal Court, and Pittsburgh Municipal Court, Arraignment Division. In addition, the Court has suspended all time calculations and deadlines relevant to court cases or other judicial business through April 3, 2020. The Court has also authorized and encouraged the use of advanced communication technology to conduct emergency court proceedings. In the Courts of Common Pleas, the Order outlines essential functions as: Emergency bail review and habeas corpus hearings; Gagnon 1 hearings; Bench warrant hearings pursuant to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 150; Juvenile delinquency detention; Juvenile emergency shelter and detention hearings; Temporary protection from abuse hearings; Emergency petitions for child custody; Emergency petitions for guardianship; Civil mental health reviews (50 P.S. §302) Any pleadings or motions relating to public health concerns and involving immediate and Read more

 

Coronavirus information and resources

(Mar 09, 2020)

Tweets by RepJoeWebster Information for the 150th Legislative District As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, my office will be closed but remain accessible through phone and email. Walk-in constituent services will not be available as we try to reduce person-to-person contact. If you need assistance, contact my office at 484-200-8263 or email RepWebster@pahouse.net . Below, find information on how services my office offers have been affected. Services Suspended Due to COVID-19 Office Closures Services that require in-person interaction have been suspended out of an abundance of caution for the health and welfare of our community. These include: SEPTA Key Senior ID Passes Notary Services for State-Related Documents Services Partially Available Other services are partially available; however, due to an inability to provide notary services for example, completed application packages are not able to be processed at this time. These include: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Applications Unclaimed Property Checks PennDOT/Vital Record Requests Services Unaffected by COVID-19 Office Closures Many services can be offered electronically and are unaffected by the COVID-19 office closures. These include: Online Department-Related Forms Legislative Inquiries & Information Requests Department Checks on Applications and Constituent Cases Stay Up to Date Click here for the state's Guide to COVID-19 This Read more

 

School safety grants awarded around Montgomery County

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – Montgomery County state representatives today announced school safety and security grants awarded to school districts throughout the county. The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded a total of $53.7 million in school safety grants. Montgomery County awards are as follows: Abington School District: $455,550 Agora Cyber Charter School: $143,226 Cheltenham Township School District: $45,000 Colonial School District: $45,000 Hatboro-Horsham School District: $45,000 Jenkintown School District: $30,000 Lower Merion School District: $45,000 Lower Moreland Township School District: $40,000 Methacton School District: $221,370 Norristown Area School District: $467,756 North Montco Technical Career Center: $150,000 North Penn School District: $45,000 Perkiomen Valley School District: $45,000 Pottsgrove School District: $40,000 Pottstown School District: $490,000 Souderton Area School District: $460,437 Springfield Township School District: $40,000 Spring-Ford Area School District: $45,000 Upper Dublin School District: $45,000 Upper Merion Area School District: $45,000 Upper Moreland School District: $40,000 Upper Perkiomen School District: $40,000 Western Montgomery Career & Technology Center: $72,994 Wissahickon School District: $45,000 Below are reactions from Democratic state Read more

 

Modernizing the Vote

(Feb 19, 2020)

Act 77 of 2019 made changes to make voting more convenient and secure. Read more

 

Miss my Feb. 11 Telephone Town Hall? Listen here.

(Feb 12, 2020)

Telephone Town Hall - February 11 Read more

 

Webster to host telephone town hall Feb. 11

(Feb 07, 2020)

WEST NORRITON, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Joe Webster will hold a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11. Residents of the 150 th District will receive a call at 7 p.m. and can simply stay on the line to listen to the discussion or ask questions. “This is a convenient way for community members to share their concerns and for me to share information about what’s happening in Harrisburg,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I look forward to having a conversation on topics such as education, Real ID, the environment and more.” Anyone who wants to make sure they receive the call or who wants to receive the call on a cell phone, should sign up here: https://tthm.wufoo.com/forms/register-for-rep-joe-websters-teletownhall/ . Anyone with questions should contact Webster’s office at 484-200-8263. Read more

 

Webster introduces bill to waive marriage license fee for those applying for Real ID

(Feb 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – As the deadline for Real ID enforcement in Pennsylvania draws nearer, state Rep. Joe Webster has introduced legislation that would waive the fee for one of the documents required in the process. “One of the documents required to obtain a Real ID is proof of any legal name changes. Most frequently, that requirement applies to married women who must provide a copy of their marriage license,” Webster said. “The cost of obtaining a copy of a marriage license varies from county to county, and sometimes it can be quite significant.” Webster’s legislation would set a uniform fee limit throughout the state for marriage license copies, and it would waive the fee for individuals who request a copy of their marriage license for the purpose of obtaining state-issued ID such as the Real ID. “I want to make sure we are working to reduce the burden for applicants who are preparing for Real ID enforcement to begin in October,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I’m grateful that a community member brought this disparity to my attention. My bill would make the cost of obtaining a Real ID more equitable and make the process a little easier for many Pennsylvania residents.” Starting Oct. 1, a Real ID-compliant license or photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification such as a valid passport or military ID, will be necessary to board a Read more

 

1/30/20 – Supporting Main Street – Upper Providence

(Jan 31, 2020)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Joe Webster. Read more

 

Webster, Policy Committee discuss ways the state can support small businesses

(Jan 30, 2020)

WEST NORRITON, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Joe Webster hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing today in Upper Providence to discuss ways the state can support small businesses in the community. “Small businesses are vital to our communities, employing nearly 50 percent of the workforce in Pennsylvania,” said Webster, D-Montgomery. “I want to make sure state support is available to help them grow and thrive, and I was pleased to host state and community experts for a discussion about how we can work together.” Webster requested the hearing to follow up on a meeting held last summer on revitalizing Ridge Pike, otherwise known as Main Street. He was joined today by fellow state legislators, including Policy Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. “We want to grow our economy here in Pennsylvania and create more good jobs, and small businesses are an integral part of making that happen,” said Sturla. “Today’s hearing was a great way to talk about how we can better support small businesses for the benefit of all of our communities.” Panelists at the meeting included Aliyah Furman Stranger, southeast regional director, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; David Zellers, director of the commerce department, Montgomery County Planning Commission; Ryan Rosenbaum, executive director, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Joshua Weikert, assistant Read more

 

Webster to host policy hearing on supporting main street’s small businesses Thursday in Upper Providence

(Jan 29, 2020)

WEST NORRITON, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Joe Webster will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in Upper Providence on how the state can better support small businesses. The hearing, “Supporting Main Street: State Resources for Small Businesses” will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at the Upper Providence Township Building, 1286 Black Rock Road, Phoenixville. Members of the public and media are invited to attend. Webster requested the hearing to follow up on a previous meeting he hosted to discuss ways to revitalize Ridge Pike, otherwise known as Main Street. He will be joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster . The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks 10:10 a.m. Aliyah Furman Stranger, southeast regional director, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development 10:25 a.m. David Zellers, director of the commerce department, Montgomery County Planning Commission 10:40 a.m. Panel of business and policy experts: Ryan Rosenbaum, executive director, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Nathan Schadler, president, Lower Providence Business Association Joshua Weikert, assistant professor, Immaculata University Stephen Barth, president, Barth Consulting Group 11:40 a.m. Closing remarks Read more