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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 to Host Telephone Town Hall on Monday

SCRANTON, June 15, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will host his second Telephone Town Hall meeting on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. The hour-long Telephone Town Hall will give constituents an opportunity to pose questions to Senator Blake in a live forum via…

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Blake Awards Scholarships to Student Ambassador Competition Winners

SCRANTON, May 19, 2016 – State Senator John Blake today hosted high school seniors from 10 local school districts for a legislative competition at the University of Scranton as the final event of this year’s Student Ambassador Program. The student ambassadors from schools across the 22nd Senatorial District were given…

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Senate Democrats Outline Legislation to Combat Opioid and Heroin Crisis

Harrisburg, May 18, 2016 – With drug overdose deaths reaching epidemic levels, Senate Democrats unveiled legislation today to address the opioid addiction crisis from prevention through recovery. “Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and there is no easy solution to fix the problem,” Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa…

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Blake Applauds Announcement of $ 1.5 Million in Local Rail Grants

SCRANTON, May 12, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the announcement of more than $1.5 million in grant funding for three rail projects located in Lackawanna County. The local funding is part of a $36 million investment in 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP)…

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Blake, Local Leaders Discuss Poverty in NEPA at 2nd Annual Inclusion Initiative Summit

SCRANTON, April 19, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today hosted a number of local community leaders at Marywood University for a panel discussion on poverty in northeastern Pennsylvania as part of his second Inclusion Initiative Summit. “Today’s forum convened leaders with a diverse set of perspectives on the…

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June 3, 2016: Sen. Blake hosted Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman Senator Vincent Hughes in Lackawanna County for a tour of West Scranton High School. West Scranton is one of thousands of schools across the Commonwealth that are in dire need of repairs and upgrades to their aging infrastructure and technology. June 6, 2016: Sen. Blake had the pleasure of introducing Pastor Terry Drost from the Peckville Assembly of God as the guest chaplain on the floor of the Senate. Pastor Drost and his wife Becky were invited by Sen. Blake to visit the state Capitol and to serve as a Senate guest chaplain. June 3, 2016: Sen. Blake hosted Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman Senator Vincent Hughes in Lackawanna County for a tour of West Scranton High School. West Scranton is one of thousands of schools across the Commonwealth that are in dire need of repairs and upgrades to their aging infrastructure and technology. May 25, 2016: Sen. Blake joined DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn; Senator Lisa Baker; former Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton and his wife Maryla to officially dedicate Lackawanna State Park's new $4.6 million pool complex in memory of the late Gov. William W. Scranton.

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