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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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Legislators Congratulate NEPA Resident Sworn-In as Game Commissioner

DUPONT, August 3, 2017 – State Sens. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe), John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) and state Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne) joined a host of local officials for the swearing in ceremony for Dupont resident Stanley Knick to the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners. Knick was recently confirmed by the state Senate…
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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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August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 4, 2017: Senator Blake joined a number of local officials to welcome Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the success story that is the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton. August 3, 2017: Senator Blake and State Rep. Mike Carroll joined Dupont resident Stanley Knick for his swearing-in ceremony to the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners.

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