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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 $ 3 Million State Investment in Lackawanna College

Scranton, PA, October 1, 2016 – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator John Blake to announce a $3 million state grant to aid in the redevelopment of vacant buildings in downtown Scranton into multi-use classroom and laboratory space at Lackawanna College. Once construction is complete, the six-story, 95,300 square-foot structure…
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Sen. Blake Statement on Geisinger and TCMC Partnership

SCRANTON, September 28, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the announcement that Geisinger Health System will acquire The Commonwealth Medical College: “Today’s announcement of the partnership between Geisinger Health Systems and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) represents one of the most significant developments…
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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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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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