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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, Gov. Wolf Announce State Investment, Expansion of Simplex Industries

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe)  today announced that Simplex Industries, Inc., a custom manufacturer of modular homes and light commercial buildings, will expand operations in Scranton, Lackawanna County, and will create 40 new jobs. “It’s a great honor to announce that a third generation…

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Joint Legislative Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Eradicating Blight

Wilkinsburg, August 4, 2016 – At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, a joint state Senate-House Democratic Policy Committee hearing was held today on efforts and resources to fight blight within our communities, including the successes and challenges of land banks. “Blight is a scourge that impedes…

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Blake: Finalized Budget Delivers Significant Education Funding Locally

HARRISBURG, July 13, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the bipartisan work to finalize and pass the $31.5 billion 2016-17 state budget and all of the accompanying revenue bills needed to balance the budget. “It was critically important that the legislature and the Wolf administration work together…

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Blake, NEPA Senators Designate July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day

HARRISBURG – The Senate has adopted a resolution sponsored by five senators from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal country officially designating July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day in the state. Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20th) introduced the resolution at the suggestion of constituent Robert Alper, a Korean War veteran from Kingston. Seeking…

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Blake: Over $5 Million in Grant Funding Approved for District Projects

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced more than $5 million in state grant funding for projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District. The funding, approved earlier today at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), includes over $3.3 million in grants to Lackawanna County…

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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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