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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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Sen. Blake Releases Statement on Senate Passage of Revenue Bills

HARRISBURG, July 27, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding Senate passage of a package of bills needed to balance the 2017-18 state budget. “The Pennsylvania State Senate again demonstrated that, through bipartisan communication, negotiation and compromise, work can get done and difficult decisions…
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Sen. Blake: Responsible Budget Invests in Education and Human Services

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding Senate passage of a $31.96 billion state budget for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year.  “I was glad to vote for a responsible 2017-2018 state budget today.  The budget reflected in the amended HB 218 recognizes…
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Sen. Blake, Rep. Flynn Announce Financial Watch Status Designation for Scranton SD

SCRANTON, June 23, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and State Rep. Marty Flynn today announced that the Scranton School District has been designated in Financial Watch Status by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The legislators were joined at a news conference in Scranton earlier today by Scranton…
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Sen. Blake: New Pension Reform Law Only Starts Correction

HARRISBURG, June 12, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the state pension systems reform contained in Senate Bill 1 that was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf this afternoon. “I commend my colleagues in the legislature and Governor Wolf for the bipartisan work…
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Sen. Blake, Rep. Carroll Break Ground on $11.3 Million Senior Housing Complex in Moscow

MOSCOW, June 9, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and state Rep. Mike Carroll today joined a group of local officials and business leaders to break ground on the $11.3 million Academy II Senior Housing project in Moscow. The Academy II Senior Housing complex will feature 48 units and…
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May 10, 2017: Senator Blake welcomed one of our Lackawanna County hometown heroes, Staff Sgt. Earl Granville, to the state Capitol. June 9, 2017: Senator Blake joins a number of local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the $11.3 million Academy II Senior Housing project in Moscow. June 9, 2017: Senator Blake joins a number of local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the $11.3 million Academy II Senior Housing project in Moscow. June 2, 2017: Senator Blake welcomed Governor Tom Wolf back to Lackawanna County to tour Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and to discuss the company's important role in our local economy and their presence in the global food services market.

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