REVIEW: Let's talk about schools funding in the PA budget

(Feb 16, 2024)

State budget hearings kick off next week in Harrisburg. An essential part of determining Pennsylvania’s fiscal spending plan each year, budget hearings are the stage for critical discussions about Pennsylvania’s state government services and the job it’s doing for you. They are where the governor’s cabinet is most accessible to the General Assembly members, in a public setting. Read more

 

Boyd invites public to discuss state education funding efforts on Feb. 20

(Feb 13, 2024)

UPPER DARBY TWP., Feb. 13 – State Rep. Heather Boyd invites the public to discuss the ongoing push for more state basic education funding at a town hall event Feb. 20. The discussion will take place at the Upper Darby Township Sellers Library – Primos Branch from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. “The Basic Education Funding Commission met for months, hearing testimony across the state and determined that our state needs to invest more than five billion dollars in our public schools to achieve equity and to fulfill our constitutional responsibility to our kids,” said Boyd, D-Delaware. “Our school districts and our local taxpayers have felt the pain of decades of chronic underfunding. Join me to discuss this new proposal that centers equity for our students, our schools and our taxpayers.” Interested attendees are asked to RSVP by calling Boyd’s office at (484) 200-8262 or emailing RepBoyd@PAHouse.net . Read more

 

REVIEW: Shapiro Budget Invests in Schools, Students

(Feb 09, 2024)

Gov. Josh Shapiro delivered his proposal for the 2024-25 state budget to a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday. Much of his plan aligns with my priorities for our district, including his call for more funding for our schools, including a $1 billion increase in basic education funding, along with state dollars to get free period products in our schools, increase school safety, invest more in our students’ mental health and continue Pennsylvania's universal school breakfast initiative. Read more

 

ENOUGH Report - PASSHE Schools

(Feb 09, 2024)

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Winter 2024

(Feb 09, 2024)

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REVIEW: A Big Week for Women's Health Care

(Jan 26, 2024)

This week marked a big week for women’s health care. First, we observed the 51st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but the occasion was tough to celebrate. The Dobbs decision in June 2022 overrode Roe and means a girl born in America today has fewer rights than her mother did when she was born. 21 states have enacted abortion bans more restrictive than Roe since then. Read more

 

State lawmakers roll out legislation to facilitate safe abortion access

(Jan 22, 2024)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 22 – Today, on the 51st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade , state Rep. Tarik Khan, D-Philadelphia, hosted a news conference at the state Capitol announcing the introduction of legislation regarding abortion rights. Rep. Khan was joined by fellow legislators and abortion-rights advocates. The legislation aims to remove unnecessary obstacles to safe abortion access by eliminating the requirement that abortion facilities meet the same regulations as ambulatory surgical centers. It would also remove the excessive mandate that abortion providers maintain admitting privileges or have transfer agreements at hospitals, which only blocks access to care. The legislators who have also prime-sponsored Khan’s bill are state Reps. La'Tasha D. Mayes, D-Allegheny; Mary Jo Daley, D-Montgomery; Mary Issacson, D-Phila.; Gina H. Curry, D-Delaware; Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester; Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester; Tara Probst, D-Monroe/Pike; Heather Boyd, D-Delaware; Liz Hanbidge, D-Montgomery; Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware; and Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Philadelphia. "As a nurse, I know that restrictive abortion laws do not lower abortion rates — they just make them less safe," Khan said. "We must remove any unnecessary requirements from facilities that provide this care. Our bill increases access to safe abortion by increasing people's access to safe abortion Read more

 

ENEWS: PA School Funding and Property Tax Examined

(Jan 12, 2024)

This week, the Basic Education Funding Commission held a voting meeting to determine how we close gaps between local property taxes and state funding commitments for our schools and students. Read more

 

Boyd celebrates nearly $2.4 million in state grants for local projects

(Dec 19, 2023)

Our local municipalities are working hard to meet the challenges of stormwater flooding, aging infrastructure and a growing population to our water and sanitation systems. I am thrilled to see this state funding coming to the district to help our local authorities meet these challenges and make life safer and better for residents. Investing in projects that serve people is what I continue to fight for in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Legislative update -- my work on school funding and getting resources to our kids

(Dec 01, 2023)

In addition to my legislative update, check out the upcoming events and state and local program information in this email. My office also is a collection point for several appeals to the community to help our neighbors in need. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Legislative Latino Caucus announces the addition of new members to the group

(Nov 21, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21 – The Pennsylvania Legislative Latino Caucus announced today the addition of three new members. Chairman Danilo Burgos explained that the new members, Reps. Lindsay Powell, D-Allegheny, and Heather Boyd and Carol Kazeem, both D-Delaware, will bring a wealth of experience, passion and dedication to the Latino Caucus. “Their diverse backgrounds and perspectives will contribute significantly to our ongoing efforts to advocate for the interests and well-being of Pennsylvania's Latino community,” Burgos said. "Their commitment to fostering inclusivity and addressing the unique challenges faced by the Latino community will undoubtedly enhance the impact of our collective advocacy. We are building a more inclusive and equitable future for all Pennsylvanians," he added. Kazeem said that the only way to address issues relevant to the Latino population is to through a collective effort. “I believe the Latino Caucus understands the challenges and concerns of the community and is continually igniting changes,” Kazeem said. “I am glad to be part of this great force and I am looking forward to engaging in advocacy of policies that would ensure the progress of all Latinos in the commonwealth.” Boyd expressed similar sentiments and highlighted her excitement on becoming an active member of the PA Latino Caucus. “It is an honor to join the Pennsylvania Legislative Latino Read more

 

Legislative update -- protecting healthcare access, patients under anesthesia and retirees

(Nov 17, 2023)

I was honored to be joined by Senator Tim Kearney and Colonel Arthur Jenkins as we celebrated our veterans during our Veterans Luncheon. To all those who have fought for our freedom and democracy, we thank you for your service. Read more

 

E-BLAST: Busy Weeks in Harrisburg and Here at Home!

(Nov 03, 2023)

It’s been a busy few weeks in Harrisburg and here at home. On October 17th, House Members including me joined Rep. Cephas, Rep. Curry, and Rep. Mayes as they launched the Pennsylvania Black Maternal Health Caucus. Read more

 

E-News: My bill funding smoking cessation in PA passes in Harrisburg

(Sep 22, 2023)

I hope this email finds you well on the last day of Summer, to be exact. When you wake up Saturday: Happy Fall! Read more

 

Boyd bill to expand Tobacco Settlement Fund in Pa. passes House, Senate

(Sep 21, 2023)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 21 – The state Senate this week passed a bill that state Rep. Heather Boyd introduced to help fund more tobacco cessation in Pennsylvania. Once signed by the governor, H.B. 1407 would change the definition of "units sold" in the Master Settlement Agreement Act to include all cigarettes in the commonwealth as “units sold” so that tobacco companies pay their share of the settlement commensurate with the product that each company places in Pennsylvania. “Under this simple bill, the new data will allow Pennsylvania to more closely meet the impact that cigarettes are having on health in Pennsylvania and show us where we still have opportunities to cut use and collect tax,” Boyd said. “This new adjustment will help our commonwealth heal faster from the wounds that cigarette smoke has caused for generations now.” The bill is the freshman legislator’s first bill to pass the General Assembly. “I’d like to thank my colleagues for helping me get this simple yet important change over the line in Harrisburg,” she said. “Emphysema doesn’t wait or pick sides – and neither did we.” Read more

 

E-News: Important updates on Medicaid & CHIP; Thank you to our seniors!

(Sep 08, 2023)

I hope this email finds you safe and happy. In my update, I include information about state government services, as well as news you can use about my legislative work in the Capitol and here in Pennsylvania’s 163rd Legislative District! Read more

 

State Grant Programs Open For Application (09/05/2023)

(Sep 08, 2023)

PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Regional Policing Assistance Program Who May Apply: Applicants for the Regional Policing Assistance Program may be any municipality – a city, borough, township, home-rule municipality, or county. Applicants may also be a public or quasi-public body, or its representative, duly authorized to act on behalf of one or more municipalities. All applications must be accompanied by fully executed Articles of Agreement or an Intergovernmental Agreement that establishes a Regional Police Department. Use: Funding will support efforts in establishing or expanding regional police departments that would improve the following: uniformity and consistency of enforcement across municipalities; recruitment; distribution and deployment of police personnel; training and personnel efficiency; career enhancement opportunities; enhanced professionalism; and reduction of costs. Funds: A total of approximately $1,000,000 in federal funds is being announced to support this initiative. Applicants may apply for up to $150,000 for the formation of a new regional police department or up to $50,000 for the expansion of an existing regional police department by adding a chartered municipality(ies). Application Deadline: September 6, 2023 More information: PCCD Website Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Legal Standing Video Read more

 

Back to School Backpack Giveaway is Aug. 19

(Aug 11, 2023)

Do you have or know a child going back to school this September? Check out this free backpack giveaway I'm holding with Teachers' Teammates! To reserve yours, call my office at 484-200-8262. Read more

 

July 31: Senate continues to cause budget impasse

(Jul 31, 2023)

Although the House passed a budget on July 5, the process remains at a stalemate due to the Senate’s inaction. Read more

 

July 7: House passes budget, open for details

(Jul 07, 2023)

On Wednesday night, the House passed its $45 billion budget. Although it was due by June 30, the delay came from Senate Republicans’ insistence on school vouchers, what they called the Pennsylvania Award for Student Success Scholarship Program – or PASS. Read more