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SB76: The Rest of the Story

With respect and high regard for my colleagues in the State Senate and for the Pennsylvania taxpayers who support Senate Bill 76 (SB76), the so-called “Property Tax Independence Act,” I want to outline here some lesser-known and certainly less-heralded aspects of this legislation which informed my judgment and my recent vote on it. Click Here to Learn More

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Blake Announces Online Petition to Save SCI Waymart

CARBONDALE, January 17, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he has started an online petition on his website to save the operations at SCI Waymart, which is one of five state prisons being considered for closure. The petition, located at www.senatorblake.com/SaveSCIWaymart, will be forwarded to Governor…
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Sen. Blake, Senate Dems Send Letter to Gov. Wolf in Support of NEPA Prisons

HARRISBURG, January 12, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake today joined other members of Senate Democratic Leadership in sending a joint letter to Governor Tom Wolf expressing their concerns with the potential closure of two state prisons. The joint letter was signed by Blake along with Senate Democratic Leader Jay…
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Blake Vows to Fight Potential Closure of SCI Waymart

SCRANTON, January 6, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections of the potential closure of two state prisons – including SCI Waymart. “Today I was informed of the PA Department of Correction’s decision to close two…
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Blake: RACP Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

SCRANTON, January 5, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that applications for the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) are now being accepted.  RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Governor’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic…
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Blake Announces Nearly $ 1 Million in Conservation Grants for Local Projects

SCRANTON, December 14, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced nearly $1 million in state grants for four Lackawanna County projects that will upgrade local parks and enhance recreation opportunities. The local funding is part of an over $45 million investment in 260 projects across the Commonwealth by…
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DCED Sec. Dennis Davin, Sen. Blake, Scranton Chamber of Commerce president Bob Durkin and others begin a walking tour of downtown Scranton. Sen. Blake, DCED Sec. Davin and a group of local business leaders tour Leahy Hall at the University of Scranton. Lackawanna College president Mark Volk explains the college's plans for the 400 block of Adams Avenue in downtown Scranton with Sen. Blake and DCED Sec. Davin. Developer Charles Jefferson discusses downtown residential living with Sen. Blake, DCED Sec. Davin and Scranton Chamber of Commerce president Bob Durkin.

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