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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, 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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Sen. Blake, Congressman Cartwright and DEP Sec. Quigley Address Issue of Lead Exposure in PA

SCRANTON, March 29, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake today joined Congressman Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley and Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George at a news conference to discuss ways the federal, state and local government can work together to raise awareness and increase testing of…

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Blake Urges Governor to Release Funding to Schools, Hospitals, Agriculture Industry

HARRISBURG, March 23, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf urging him to blue-line veto the latest version of the Republican-crafted state budget to relieve financial stress on the public education, health care delivery and agriculture industries. Blake, who serves as Democratic…

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Legislative Redistricting Work Group Agrees on Reform Principles

Harrisburg, March 16, 2016 – Stressing the urgency to act soon, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative work group today announced agreement on redistricting reform principles and said they hope to reach consensus on a specific bill soon. The group urged the inclusion of these principles into any redistricting reform bill. [divider…

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Blake Statement on Passing of Former Scranton Mayor James McNulty

SCRANTON, March 3, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the passing of former Scranton Mayor James McNulty. “I am very saddened to hear of the passing of former Scranton Mayor Jim McNulty. Mayor McNulty was proud Scrantonian. When he was sworn in as…

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April 29, 2016: Senator Blake joined Bob Durkin, President of the Great Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and the Lackawanna County Commissioners for an announcement that the County will purchase the Globe Store and consolidate county services to the taxpayers of Lackawanna County at that location in Scranton's core business district. April 28, 2016: Sen. Blake joined state Rep. Mike Carroll, PennDOT Deputy Secretary Jim Ritzman, PA Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton and others to announce the conclusion of the feasibility analysis and the beginning of preliminary research and design for the Scranton Beltway initiative. This project, a collaborative effort between the PA Turnpike and PennDOT, will involve the construction of high speed access ramps to better connect Interstate 81 with the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension, I-476. April 22, 2016: Senator Blake recently joined Scranton‬ Mayor Bill Courtright, the president of Scranton City Council Joe Wechsler and the Executive Director of Scranton Tomorrow Leslie Collins, at the Scranton Iron Furnaces to present PA State Senate citations commemorating the city's 150th anniversary. April 15, 2016: Sen. Blake joined a number of area legislators at Foxhill Country Club in Exeter for a legislative panel discussion hosted by the Luzerne County Association of Realtors.

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