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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 Announces Nearly $5 Million State Funding for Local Projects

HARRISBURG, March 29, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced nearly $5 million dollars in state grants for important community and economic development projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District. The funding, approved earlier today by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), includes over $2.7 million in grants to projects…
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Blake Discusses State Budget, Legislative Priorities at Annual Legislative Breakfast

SCRANTON, February 24, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake today hosted over 100 local and municipal officials at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Scranton for his seventh annual legislative breakfast. The wide-ranging discussion focused mostly on the $32.3 billion state budget proposed by Governor Tom Wolf earlier this…
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Blake: Budget Streamlines Government, Invests in Education, Economic Development

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s proposed $32.3 billion state budget:
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Sens. Blake, Reschenthaler Unveil Economic Development, Clean Energy Initiative

HARRISBURG, January 31, 2017 – State Sens. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny/Washington) today joined a diverse group of stakeholders from the business, labor and environmental communities to unveil their bipartisan legislation that would generate significant economic development, create jobs and enhance Pennsylvania’s clean energy portfolio.
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Sen. Blake, Sen. Reschenthaler to Unveil Significant, Bipartisan Economic Development Initiative

HARRISBURG, January 30, 2017 – State Sens. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny/Washington) today announced that they will hold a joint news conference announcing a significant, bipartisan economic development initiative tomorrow in Harrisburg.  The news conference will be held on Tuesday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. at the Capitol…
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February 27, 2017: Senator Blake poses questions to PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards during a Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing. September 7, 2016: Senator Blake joined state Representative Mike Carroll, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and a host of other federal, state and local officials to officially cut the ribbon on the completion of $43 million in transportation infrastructure improvements at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Interchange at Interstate 81. September 26, 2016: Senator Blake joined Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Courtright and his colleagues in the state House of Representatives to announce a $2.5 million state investment into the West Scranton community. September 26, 2016: Senator Blake joined Governor Tom Wolf, Mayor Courtright and his colleagues in the state House of Representatives to announce a $2.5 million state investment into the West Scranton community.

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