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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 Awards Scholarships to Student Ambassador Competition Winners

SCRANTON, May 19, 2016 – State Senator John Blake today hosted high school seniors from 10 local school districts for a legislative competition at the University of Scranton as the final event of this year’s Student Ambassador Program. The student ambassadors from schools across the 22nd Senatorial District were given…

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Senate Democrats Outline Legislation to Combat Opioid and Heroin Crisis

Harrisburg, May 18, 2016 – With drug overdose deaths reaching epidemic levels, Senate Democrats unveiled legislation today to address the opioid addiction crisis from prevention through recovery. “Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and there is no easy solution to fix the problem,” Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa…

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Blake Applauds Announcement of $ 1.5 Million in Local Rail Grants

SCRANTON, May 12, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the announcement of more than $1.5 million in grant funding for three rail projects located in Lackawanna County. The local funding is part of a $36 million investment in 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP)…

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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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May 19, 2016: Senator Blake hosted area students for a legislative competition at the University of Scranton as the final event of this year’s Student Ambassador Program. Front Row (L to R): Kyle Mullins, Legislative Director for Senator Blake; State Senator John Blake; State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski. Second Row: Sydney Toy, Carbondale Area; Trevor Lamb, Pocono Mountain West; Tyler Brady, Mid Valley; Dr. Jean Harris, Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of Scranton. Third Row: Enis Murtaj, Abington Heights; Kyle Kolcharno, Valley View; Sarah Sporko, Holy Cross; Riley McNally, Dunmore. Fourth Row: Delmar Guziewicz, Pittston Area; Antonio Cerminaro, Lakeland; Kate Reilly, Scranton Prep; and Paul McNally, West Scranton. May 12, 2016: Senator Blake joined a number of local elected officials and leaders in business and education at the annual Lackawanna & Luzerne Regional Indicators meeting hosted by The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Sen. Blake presented the findings of the financial literacy research study completed by the Institute's Jobs, Economy, and Economic Development Task Force. 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.

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