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2018

July 15, 2018: Senator Blake suggests some day trips you can take right here in Northeast Pennsylvania this summer.

June 22, 2018:  Senator Blake’s comments on the passage of the 2018-19 Budget

June 15, 2018:  Senator Blake reminds families that Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program — CHIP — covers all kids with quality health insurance.

May 18, 2018: May is Military Appreciation Month. Senator Blake encourages Pennsylvania’s veterans to take advantage of the benefits they’ve earned.

April 23, 2018: Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Blake and supported by several of his colleagues would upgrade a 20 year-old law to license social workers — a law that hasn’t been touched since it was first passed.

April 11, 2018:  An estimated one in every 68 children in the United States is living with an autism spectrum disorder. Senator Blake says the state has ways to make life easier for those with autism and their families.

April 4, 2018:  April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Senator Blake has information about Pennsylvania’s Child Abuse Hotline that could save a child’s life.

March 6, 2018: Senator Blake says Pennsylvania is ready to help families save for college by providing a savings plan with some tax advantages.

February 12, 2018: If you’re looking for a job, Senator Blake says that help is available.

February 2, 2018: The state Senate has passed and sent to the House Senator Blake’s bill that would allow municipalities to help businesses pay for energy-efficient upgrades.

January 30, 2018: Democrats in the state Senate laid out their legislative priorities for Pennsylvania in 2018. Senator Blake talked about economic stimulation and growth among the state’s workers and municipalities.

January 4, 2018:  Winter weather is here, and Senator Blake is advising travelers to check with PA 511 and get road conditions before venturing out.

2017

December 20, 2017: It’s the season of giving, and Senator Blake has a suggestion for a gift you can give to others — and to yourself.

November 13, 2017: Senator Blake reminds Pennsylvanians that they can still sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act website (Healthcare.gov) — or modify an existing policy — but the time to do so is limited.

October 3, 2017:  Since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Hurricane Irma devastated parts of Florida and Hurricane Maria wiped out parts of Puerto Rico.  Senator Blake encourages everyone to do what they can to help victims of this year’s hurricanes, but says to be careful when donating.

August 31, 2017:  Senator Blake has advice for those who want to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

July 10, 2017:  Pennsylvania Moment: Experts say this year’s wet and cool weather will lead to more ticks over the summer.  Senator Blake has some tips on how to keep yourself safe from ticks.

May 10, 2017:  Senator Blake has joined with members of the state House and Senate to introduce legislation that would regulate how local officials can invest taxpayer dollars. The bills would govern how municipalities use little-known financial deals such as “swaps,” where investors trade interest rates on loans, and would allow the Attorney General to investigate cities, boros and townships where financial improprieties may have occurred.

March 9, 2017:  Senator Blake was among a group of lawmakers who met with some of Gov. Wolf’s cabinet secretaries to talk about what will happen in Pennsylvania if the U.S. House of Representatives passes its bill repealing the Affordable Care Act.

March 1, 2017: Providing quality and affordable higher education isn’t the only thing the state related universities are doing for Pennsylvania. Senator Blake talks about the numerous other ways they have an impact on our state.  He spoke at the conclusion of this year’s Budget Hearing for State-Related Universities.

February 27, 2017:  It’s a debilitating disease you might not have heard about — but more importantly, there’s a good chance your doctor hasn’t heard about it either.  Which is why Senator Blake sponsored a Resolution designating this week as “Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania.

February 21, 2017:  State budget hearings begin in Harrisburg this week as lawmakers gather information to help draft a new spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.  Senator Blake, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, says Senate hearings started with questioning of the state Treasurer.

February 7, 2017:   Senator Blake says  Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2017-18 budget invests in jobs and working families and is a good fiscal blueprint to begin budget deliberations.  The $32.3 billion budget plan eliminates a $3 billion deficit while making $2 billion in budget cuts and a 1.8 percent increase in spending, all without a broad-based tax increase. The budget plan also calls for an additional $100 million in basic education, $75 million for high-quality early education and $25 million for special education.

January 31, 2017:  Senator Blake would like Pennsylvania to join 33 other states and adopt a program that would provide financing to help businesses install energy-efficient upgrades in their buildings.

January 23, 2017:  Senator Blake speaks at a joint hearing held by three state Senate committees on the Corrections Department’s plans to close two state prisons as a way of saving money in the state budget.  SCI-Waymart is one of the prisons being considered for closure; Senator Blake addressed the committees shortly after testimony was given by officials asking to keep Waymart open.

January 18, 2017:  Pennsylvania Moment: Winter weather can cause hazards and delays for drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Senator Blake advises you to be prepared by checking Turnpike conditions before you head out.

 

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