News Releases

Blake Announces Nearly $2 Million in Regional Grant Funding

HARRISBURG, November 14, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced nearly $2 million in state grants for 11 projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District. The grant funding was approved earlier today at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing…
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Blake Applauds Early-Stage Investments in Lackawanna County

HARRISBURG, November 14, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the investment of over $170,000 by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) in regional economic development projects. The funding, approved by the BFTP/NEP Board of…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Sen. Blake, Rep. Carroll Break Ground on $11.3 Million Senior Housing Complex in Moscow

MOSCOW, June 9, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and state Rep. Mike Carroll today joined a group of local officials and business leaders to break ground on the $11.3 million Academy II Senior Housing project in Moscow. The…
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Blake Announces Winners of Student Ambassador Competition

SCRANTON, May 24, 2017 – State Senator John Blake recently hosted 22 high school seniors from 19 local school districts for a legislative competition at the University of Scranton as the final event of the 2017 Student Ambassador Program. The…
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Blake Announces $175K in PennDOT Grants for Two Local Traffic Signal Projects

SCRANTON, May 11, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that two projects in the City of Scranton and Clarks Green Borough have received Green Light-Go grant funding. The two local projects were among the 94 municipalities that…
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Blake, Bipartisan Coalition Discuss Municipal Debt Reform Legislation

HARRISBURG, May 10, 2017 -- State Senator John Blake (D-22) today joined a bipartisan group of legislators that included Senators Mike Folmer (R-48), John Eichelberger (R-30) and John DiSanto (R-15) and State Representatives Francis Ryan (R-101) and Patty Kim (D-103) to…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Blake: SCI Waymart Operations, Jobs Spared from Closure

HARRISBURG, January 26, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the news that the Department of Corrections will not be closing the State Correctional Institute at Waymart and two other NEPA prisons.
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Blake Resolution Designates “Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week”

HARRISBURG, January 24, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that his Senate Resolution designating the week of February 26 through March 4, 2017 as “Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the Senate.…
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Blake Selected to Chair Two Senate Committees in 2017-18 Session

SCRANTON, January 20, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will serve as the Democratic Chairman for both the Senate Finance and Local Government Committees in the 2017-18 legislative session. Blake, who was also recently selected…
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Senate Democrats Question State Prison Closings

HARRISBURG – Jan. 18, 2016 – Opposed to the potential closure of correctional institutions across Pennsylvania, Sens. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny), John Blake (D-Lackawanna) and John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) have spearheaded local meetings to examine the impact of facility closures to the…
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Blake Announces Online Petition to Save SCI Waymart

CARBONDALE, January 17, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he has started an online petition on his website to save the operations at SCI Waymart, which is one of five state prisons being considered for closure.…
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Sen. Blake, Senate Dems Send Letter to Gov. Wolf in Support of NEPA Prisons

HARRISBURG, January 12, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake today joined other members of Senate Democratic Leadership in sending a joint letter to Governor Tom Wolf expressing their concerns with the potential closure of two state prisons. The joint letter…
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Blake Vows to Fight Potential Closure of SCI Waymart

SCRANTON, January 6, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections of the potential closure of two state prisons – including SCI Waymart. “Today I was informed…
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Blake: RACP Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

SCRANTON, January 5, 2017 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that applications for the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) are now being accepted.  RACP is a commonwealth grant program administered by the Governor’s Office of the Budget…
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Blake Announces Nearly $ 1 Million in Conservation Grants for Local Projects

SCRANTON, December 14, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced nearly $1 million in state grants for four Lackawanna County projects that will upgrade local parks and enhance recreation opportunities. The local funding is part of an over…
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Sen. Blake, AG-elect Shapiro to Host Discussion on Senior Issues Tomorrow in Scranton

SCRANTON December 12, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro today announced that they will host a community forum on senior citizen abuse and the dangers of financial scams in Scranton. The roundtable discussion will…
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Blake Selected for Senate Democratic Leadership Post

HARRISBURG, December 8, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today was named to the Senate Democratic Caucus leadership team for the upcoming 2017-18 legislative session. Blake was selected to serve in the role of Caucus Administrator which will allow…
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Blake Announces $ 1.2 Million in Multimodal Grant Funding for District Projects

HARRISBURG, December 6, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that three Lackawanna County projects will receive $1.2 million in grant funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund. The funding, approved earlier today at a meeting of the Commonwealth…
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Blake Annouces $ 1 Million State Grant for Scranton Counseling Center Relocation

SCRANTON, November 23, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the announcement of a $1 million state grant for a project that will relocate the Scranton Counseling Center and open up prime space in downtown Scranton for new…
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Blake Applauds $ 1.5 Million RACP for Life Sciences Business Park in Mayfield

SCRANTON, October 28, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the announcement of a $1.5 million state grant for the development of a Life Sciences Business Park in Mayfield Borough. The $1.5 million grant, awarded to the NorthEast…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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Blake, NEPA Senators Designate July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day

HARRISBURG, July 7, 2016 − The Senate has adopted a resolution sponsored by five senators from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal country officially designating July 16 as Anthracite Heritage Day in the state. Sen. Lisa Baker (R-20th) introduced the resolution at…
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Blake: Over $5 Million in Grant Funding Approved for District Projects

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced more than $5 million in state grant funding for projects throughout the 22nd Senatorial District. The funding, approved earlier today at a meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority…
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Blake Applauds DEP Grant for Clarks Summit Water Quality Project

SCRANTON, June 30, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that Clarks Summit Borough has been awarded a $167,604 state grant to complete a much-needed water quality revitalization project. The grant, which was part of a $2.2 million…
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Blake to Host Telephone Town Hall on Monday

SCRANTON, June 15, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will host his second Telephone Town Hall meeting on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. The hour-long Telephone Town Hall will give constituents an opportunity to…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Blake Urges Governor to Release Funding to Schools, Hospitals, Agriculture Industry

HARRISBURG, March 23, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf urging him to blue-line veto the latest version of the Republican-crafted state budget to relieve financial stress on the public education, health…
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Legislative Redistricting Work Group Agrees on Reform Principles

Harrisburg, March 16, 2016 – Stressing the urgency to act soon, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative work group today announced agreement on redistricting reform principles and said they hope to reach consensus on a specific bill soon. The group urged the…
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Blake Statement on Passing of Former Scranton Mayor James McNulty

SCRANTON, March 3, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the passing of former Scranton Mayor James McNulty. “I am very saddened to hear of the passing of former Scranton Mayor Jim McNulty. Mayor…
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Blake Discusses State Budget, Education Funding and Pension Reform at Annual Legislative Breakfast

SCRANTON, February 12, 2016 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today hosted nearly 100 local and municipal officials at the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Scranton for his sixth annual legislative breakfast. In the wake of the governor’s 2016-17…
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Senate Hearing Focuses on Budget Impasse’s Impact on Schools

Harrisburg – October 28, 2015 – At the request of state Sen. Vince Hughes (D-Phila.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on the devastating impact that the state’s 120-day budget impasse is having on schools across the…
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Blake Accepting Applications for Valley Forge Military College Scholarship

SCRANTON, October 27, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that his office is now accepting applications from local students interested in earning appointment to the prestigious Valley Forge Military Academy & College in suburban Philadelphia. “As a…
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Blake Calls on Majority to Remain in Session and Finalize Overdue State Budget

SCRANTON, October 23, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today called on Republican leadership to keep the Senate in session until a state budget is signed by Governor Tom Wolf. “I must make a strong appeal and an ardent…
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Blake Named 2015-16 East Stroudsburg University Legislative Fellow

EAST STROUDSBURG, October 9, 2015 – East Stroudsburg University president Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D. today announced that State Senator John P. Blake has been selected as their 2015 Legislative Fellow. Senator Blake was introduced to the university faculty, students, staff…
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Blake Encourages Municipalities to Apply for Multimodal Grant Funding

SCRANTON, October 1, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today encouraged local governments and businesses pursuing transportation improvement projects to apply for funding through the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund. “When we passed the historic transportation funding package in 2013,…
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Blake: Stopgap Budget Continues Past Cuts, Reduces Funding Levels for Schools

HARRISBURG, September 18, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the Senate party-line passage of the Republican-crafted stopgap budget: “The Republican-crafted stopgap budget presented for a vote today in the Senate is basically one-third…
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Blake Set to Host Telephone Town Hall on Thursday

SCRANTON, July 27, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will host a Telephone Town Hall meeting this Thursday, July 30 at 6:15 p.m. The hour-long Telephone Town Hall will give constituents an opportunity to pose…
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Blake: $ 9 Million PENNVEST Loan Approved for Scranton Sewer Project

SCRANTON, July 22, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today confirmed that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority Board (PENNVEST) has approved a nearly $9.1 million low-interest loan requested by the Scranton Sewer Authority. The $9.095 million low-interest loan will…
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Lawmakers Comment on Arrest of Former Harrisburg Mayor Reed

HARRISBURG, July 14, 2015 — State Sens. Rob Teplitz, John H. Eichelberger Jr., John Blake, and Mike Folmer issued statements today on the arrest of former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed. In December 2012, the four lawmakers referred to law…
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Blake: GOP Budget Ignores Priorities of PA Taxpayers

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding the party-line passage of the Republican-crafted 2015-16 state budget: “The budget that was forced to Governor Wolf’s desk by members of the Senate and…
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Blake, State Senate Adopt Resolution to Protect Operations of 55th Brigade in Scranton

HARRISBURG, June 22, 2015 – A concurrent state Senate Resolution urging the United States Army to reverse its decision to deactivate the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) in Scranton was unanimously adopted by the state Senate earlier today. Senate…
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Blake Joins Bipartisan Coalition to Call for Significant Redistricting Reform

HARRISBURG, June 2, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today joined a bipartisan group of legislators from the Pennsylvania State Senate and state House of Representatives to announce the establishment of a redistricting work group that will work to…
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Blake Advocates for Over $ 3.7 Million in LSA Grants for District Projects

HARRISBURG, May 27, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that 19 projects in Lackawanna County and four Monroe County projects in his Senate District will receive over $3.7 million in grants through the Monroe County Local Share…
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Sen. Blake’s Student Ambassador Program Closes with Legislative Competition

SCRANTON, May 27, 2015 – State Senator John Blake today hosted 11 high school seniors from 7 local school districts for a legislative competition as the final chapter of this year’s Student Ambassador Program. The Student Ambassador Program gives high school…
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Blake Applauds Senate Confirmation of Two Local Residents to Wolf Cabinet Posts

HARRISBURG, May 13, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the unanimous Senate confirmation vote in favor of two Lackawanna County residents. The Senate voted 47-0 earlier today to confirm Teresa Osborne as secretary of the Department of…
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Senate Dems Express Grave Concerns About Pension Reform Bill

HARRISBURG – May 13, 2015 – A leading group of Senate Democrats today wrote to the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) to express grave concerns about the process surrounding Senate Bill 1, a massive overhaul of the pension system for…
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Blake Discusses Community Diversity at Inclusion Initiative Summit

SCRANTON, April 27, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today joined local business and nonprofit leaders at Marywood University for his first Inclusion Initiative Summit. The Inclusion Initiative Summit presented an opportunity for local business, nonprofit and community leaders…
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Blake Set to Host First Inclusion Initiative Summit Monday at Marywood

SCRANTON, April 24, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will host his first “Inclusion Initiative Summit” on Monday afternoon at Marywood University. “With growing minority populations in the City of Scranton and all throughout northeastern…
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Blake Joins Legislative, Military Leaders at Inaugural Commission Meeting

CARLISLE, April 16, 2015 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today joined legislative and military leaders from across Pennsylvania to discuss the economic importance of Pennsylvania’s military operations at the inaugural meeting of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission (PMCEC).…
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Wolf Budget Offers PA Restoration, Hard Choices, Sen. Blake Says

HARRISBURG, March 3, 2015 – In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s just-proposed $29.8 billion budget for 2015-2016, state Sen. John Blake said he is looking forward to studying the details of the newly elected Democrat’s proposal. “For four years, failed…
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Sens. Blake &Pileggi: Bills to Strengthen Right-to-Know Law Introduced

HARRISBURG – Two bills which will significantly strengthen Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law have been introduced by Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-9), the author of the state’s current law, and Sen. John Blake (D-22), a longtime advocate for increased transparency. “Since the new…
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Sen. Blake Announces $ 292k State Grant to help NEPA Entrepreneurs

SCRANTON, Jan. 13, 2015 – Continuing his work to grow Northeast Pennsylvania’s technology-based economy, Sen. John Blake today announced the award of a $292,500 state grant to help the Scranton-based consortium, TecBridge, further develop the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The investment…
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Blake Named Senate Appropriations Committee Vice-Chairman

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake today was named the Democratic vice-chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee, the legislative panel charged with allocating billions of taxpayer dollars throughout the commonwealth. Sen. Blake issued the following statement: “I am…
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Governor’s Approval of Act 47 update a ‘Satisfactory Step’ in the Overhaul of PA’s Municipal Financial Recovery Program

SCRANTON, Nov. 3, 2014 – The governor’s approval of legislation to change how the commonwealth helps local governments in financial distress is a step in the right direction, state Sen. John Blake said today. The governor signed House Bill 1773…
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Sen. Blake Seeking NEPA Student for Valley Forge Military Academy Opportunity

SCRANTON, Oct. 28, 2014 -- State Sen. John Blake is once again looking for a student from his 22nd Senatorial District to be his appointee to the Valley Forge Military Academy & College in suburban Philadelphia. “Valley Forge Military Academy…
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Sen. Blake Says Bipartisan Congressional Career & Technical Education Caucus to Hold Field Hearing

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake will participate in a special field hearing at 10 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 24, in Harrisburg that will explore career and technical education in relation to the development of a skilled…
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Military Commission’s Codification Means Ongoing Defense of PA’s Defense Industry, Sen. Blake Says

SCRANTON, Oct. 23, 2014 – The commonwealth’s decision to cement in law the ongoing work of its Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission will mean perpetual vigilance for the state’s multi-billion dollar defense industry and the tens-of-thousands of hardworking men and…
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CFA Awards $ 2.25 Million to Sen. Blake’s 22nd District

SCRANTON, Oct. 21, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake’s advocacy helped secure $385,000 for a flood mitigation project in Jermyn Borough and nearly half a million dollars from the commonwealth to continue the remediation of the Old Forge borehole.
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Act 89 Investments Improving NEPA Transportation Systems, Sen. Blake Tells Committee

SCRANTON, Sept. 25, 2014 – New state investments in Northeast Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure will deliver smoother roads, better bridges and promise to positively impact future generations, Sen. John Blake today told a panel of lawmakers at the Radisson Lackawanna Station…
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Sen. Blake Joins Senate in Unanimously Approving Changes to PA’s RTK Law

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24, 2014 – Sen. John Blake today applauded the passage of legislation that would make significant reforms to Pennsylvania’s open records law. Sen. Blake stewarded the discussions with the four state-related universities – Penn State, Pitt, Temple and…
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Sen. Blake Announces New State Investments in Lackawanna, Luzerne Counties Totaling $1.5M

SCRANTON, Sept. 10, 2014 – Sen. John Blake today said the commonwealth is investing more than $1.5 million in four Lackawanna and Luzerne county communities with the help of new state grants. “These new investments will deliver better roads in…
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Sen. Blake Says New PA Budget Undermines PA’s Credibility With Business Community

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2014 – The $29.1 billion Pennsylvania budget that Republicans and the Corbett administration pushed through the legislature late Monday night could compromise the commonwealth’s credibility in the business community and place Pennsylvanians in greater fiscal peril, state…
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Bill to Expand Open Records Law for State-Related Universities Approved by Senate State Government Committee

HARRISBURG,  June 18, 2014 – Legislation to dramatically expand how Pennsylvania’s Open Records Law applies to the four state-related universities – Pennsylvania State University, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University – was unanimously approved today by the Senate…
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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended, Says Sen. Blake

SCRANTON, June 12, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake today said the commonwealth has extended the deadline to apply for property tax or rent rebates. Applicants now have until Dec. 31 to submit their free requests for the money, which…
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Lackawanna Co. Communities Getting $ 1M+ for Recycling Programs, Blake Says

HARRISBURG, May 7, 2014 – Six communities in Lackawanna County will receive a total of $ 1.05 million from the commonwealth to start or expand recycling programs, state Sen. John Blake said today. “From Olyphant to Mayfield, more Lackawanna County…
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Senate Approves Blake’s Bill for County Option to Allow DA’s to Avoid Conflicts of Interest

HARRISBURG, May 6, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Senate today approved Sen. John Blake’s legislation giving certain classifications of counties the option to not include their district attorneys on their prison boards. Counties of the 6th (45,000 to 89,999 residents), 7th…
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Grants for the Arts Available Through Pocono Arts Council, Sen. Blake Shares

HARRISBURG, May 1, 2014 – Grant money is available for Northeast Pennsylvania residents who are artists and who teach their craft to students or who represent an arts-related and community-based non-profit organization, state Sen. John Blake said today. Applications for…
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Sen. Blake, State Housing Experts Gather to Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis

HARRISBURG, April 4, 2014 – With a shortage of more than 200,000 available and affordable rental units statewide, more residents abandoning homes that have become unaffordable, and the escalating price of homeownership, state Sen. John Blake joined housing experts this…
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Blake to Examine Affordable Housing Issues, Solutions During April 4 Forum

HARRISBURG, April 2, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake, Marywood University President Anne Munley and regional housing experts will gather at 9 a.m. Friday, April 4, at Marywood University to work on adopting solutions to affordable housing problems in Northeast…
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Lackawanna, Monroe County Projects to Share $4 Million in Grants, Create More Than 300 Jobs

HARRISBURG, March 20, 2014 – The latest round of grant awards by the Commonwealth Financing Authority from Pennsylvania’s local share gaming program means 29 projects in Lackawanna and Monroe counties will share approximately $4 million and create more than 300…
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Blake, Senate Democrats Unveil Pension Reform Proposal to Save Billions for Taxpayers

HARRISBURG, March 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today said they would save Pennsylvania taxpayers billions of dollars and solve the state’s pension problem if their proposal to further reform pension rules, refinance billions and help school districts avoid escalating payments…
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Sen. Blake Applauds $ 675,000 Investment by State in PA Northeast Regional Rail

HARRISBURG, Feb. 25, 2014 – With freight rail service increasing in NEPA, state Sen. John Blake said today the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority will be better able to help businesses move goods due to a substantial investment by the…
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Six Local Districts to Make Schools Safer With $ 140k Investment, Blake Says

HARRISBURG, Feb. 25, 2014 – To better protect students throughout Northeast Pennsylvania, state Sen. John Blake today said six districts will share in more than $140,000 from the commonwealth’s Safe Schools Initiative. The Safe Schools Targeted Grants help school administrators…
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Blake, Senate Democrats Detail Budget Priorities, Highlight Corbett Budget Failures

Carbondale, January 30, 2014 – Senate Democrats gathered in seven communities across Pennsylvania today to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett to produce a spending plan that is aligned with the needs of Pennsylvanians. Sen. John Blake, Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor and…
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Court’s Voter ID Decision Wins Blake’s Approval

SCRANTON, Jan. 17, 2014 – State Sen. John Blake today issued the following statement in reaction to Commonwealth Court Judge John McGinley’s decision to strike down Pennsylvania’s law requiring voters to show proper identification before casting ballots: “This ruling is…
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Sen. Blake Welcomes Student Ambassadors From NEPA

SCRANTON, Jan. 16, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake today welcomed 16 student ambassadors from 16 Northeast Pennsylvania high schools and gave them a firsthand glimpse of state lawmaking, citizenship and public service. The students became ambassadors following a competitive…
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Sens. Blake, Schwank Team Up to Help Struggling PA Cities

HARRISBURG, January 15, 2014 – To improve performance and brighten the economic future for more of Pennsylvania’s struggling cities, state Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and John Blake (D-Lackawanna) today introduced legislation to expand a new program designed to drive significant economic…
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Blake, Schwank to Propose Expansion of City-Revitalizing Legislation

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14, 2014 –  Sen. John Blake and Sen. Judy Schwank will hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Capitol to unveil a bill that would expand the state’s new City Revitalization and Improvement Zones. Lancaster…
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Sen. Blake: Deadline Approaching for Valley Forge Military College Appointment

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7, 2014 -- State Sen. John Blake today said the deadline for area high school students wanting to be his appointee to the Valley Forge Military Academy & College in suburban Philadelphia is just around the corner. Valley…
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Blake, Carroll Welcome PA’s $2.6M Investment in WB/Scranton International

HARRISBURG, Dec. 13, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna) and Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) voiced their approval today of a $2.6 million investment in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport by the Pennsylvania Transportation Commission. The money will help the vital…
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Blake’s Veterans Pension Bills Win Senate Approval

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11, 2013 – Legislation introduced by state Sen. John Blake to help veterans who are employed by the City of Scranton more quickly participate in its pension program have won the Senate’s approval. Senate Bill 703 amends the…
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Careers, Education Focal Points of Sen. Blake’s 2nd ‘E2 Summit’

SCRANTON, Nov. 20, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake today continued his work with parents, education leaders, labor leaders, business executives and fellow lawmakers to find effective solutions to advance career-focused education for K-12 public school students, and close the…
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Clean Up of Lackawanna River Begins With $1 Million State Investment, Blake Says

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna), Rep. Mike Carroll (D-Luzerne) and Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich (D-Lackawanna) today announced a historically significant $1 million investment by the commonwealth to begin the cleanup of the Lackawanna River. The…
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Valley Forge Military College Appointment Available, Sen. Blake Announces

HARRISBURG, Nov. 8, 2013 — State Sen. John Blake announced today he is looking for an appointee to the Valley Forge Military Academy & College in suburban Philadelphia. Valley Forge Military Academy & College partners with Sen. Blake and other Pennsylvania…
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Senate Democrats’ Small Games Plan Now Backed by Governor

Harrisburg – October 24, 2013 – State Senate Democrats said today they were pleased that Gov. Tom Corbett has now signaled his approval of their plan to direct revenues generated from small games of chance in taverns to the Lottery…
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Sen. Blake Announces Student Ambassador Program

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake today said he is encouraging dedicated high school seniors to apply to become student ambassadors. Blake’s Student Ambassador Program is an opportunity for one senior from each of the 17 high…
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Blake Says Property Tax Reform is Necessary but IFO’s Property Tax Reform Report Shows Much More Work to Do

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15, 2013 -- State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe), Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement following a public hearing this morning on Senate Bill 76 and House Bill 76, legislation that would replace the…
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Experts, Analysts Weigh-in on Comprehensive Senate Democratic Plan to Grow Jobs, Spark Economic Development, Help Veterans

SCRANTON, Oct. 8, 2013 – Venture capitalists, public policy experts and economic development analysts today debated the strategic elements of the Senate Democratic plan to grow jobs and foster business creation and expansion in Pennsylvania. Called “PA Works,” the Senate…
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Blake, Boscola, Senate Committee to Discuss Job Creation, Economic Development, Veterans Help During Scranton Roundtable

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3, 2013 – The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will bring together venture capitalists, public policy experts, Scranton officials and economic development analysts at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the University of Scranton for an in-depth discussion about…
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With Affordable Care Act’s Arrival, Sen. Blake Offers Tips, Advice, Reminders for 22nd Senatorial District Residents

HARRISBURG, Oct. 1, 2013 – The new federal health care insurance plan providing low-cost coverage to millions of uninsured Americans and more than 500,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians opened its doors today, Sen. John Blake said, as it began accepting applications for…
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Blake, Caucus Appointees Herald Anniversary of Commission Fighting Military Installation Closings

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake and the caucus leaders who have led a group dedicated to sustaining the value, the workforce and the economic impact of Pennsylvania’s military installations today marked the one-year anniversary of the…
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Sen. Blake Hears Pros, Cons of Bills to Improve State Oversight of Muni Financial Deals

HARRISBURG, Sept. 9, 2013 – Officials representing school districts, associations, public finance firms and the City of Philadelphia pressed state Sen. John Blake and members of the Senate Local Government Committee today to tread carefully on legislation designed to better…
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Sen. Blake’s Statement on Death of Former Gov. Scranton

SCRANTON, July 30, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake issued the following statement following the death Sunday of former Gov. William Scranton Jr.: “Gov. Scranton was one of the most remarkable, distinguished, dedicated and respected public servants ever to call…
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Sen. Blake, Rep. Carroll Break Ground on $42M Highway Construction Project

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP – State Sen. John Blake and Rep. Mike Carroll today heralded the start of a $42 million highway project near the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport that will improve traffic safety and lead to new economic development opportunities for…
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Sen. Blake, Rep. Carroll to Join PennDOT in Announcing $42M Airport Project

SCRANTON – State Sen. John Blake and Rep. Mike Carroll will join the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport for a groundbreaking ceremony on a vital new construction project. The…
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Senate Democrats: New Economic Development Plan Excludes Certain Municipalities

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2013 — Senate Democrats today decried a Senate Republican-led measure to deprive municipalities of a unique opportunity to drive local investment and revitalize underdeveloped areas. A proposal that was amended into the Tax Code bill associated with…
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Blake Weighs Good & Bad in State Budget

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2013 – After giving careful consideration to the $ 28.37 billion budget approved Sunday by the state Senate, Sen. John Blake said he voted against the 2013-’14 spending plan. “There are several important line items in the…
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Blake, Eichelberger Taxpayer Protection Bills Clear Committee

HARRISBURG, June 26, 2013 – Legislation to protect Pennsylvania’s taxpayers from irresponsible financial transactions by local governments or their related municipal authorities moved one step closer to becoming law today. Sens. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and John H. Eichelberger Jr. (R-Bedford/Blair/Huntingdon/Fulton/Mifflin)…
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Blake, Farina Applaud AAA Girls’ State Softball Champs: Valley View HS

HARRISBURG – June 25, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake and Rep. Frank Farina today congratulated Pennsylvania’s newly crowned AAA girls’ softball champions: the undefeated Valley View High School from Lackawanna County. The victors, led by Head Coach E.J. Weston,…
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Blake’s Job-Creating ‘Innovate in PA’ Bill Wins Unanimous Committee Support

HARRISBURG – June 20, 2013 – With the unanimous and bipartisan support of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. John Blake said his bill to create an early stage capital investment program of approximately $175 million is one step closer to…
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Pension Reform Bill Will Cost PA Taxpayers Additional $40 Billion, Blake Says

HARRISBURG – June 19, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake said Pennsylvania taxpayers will be on the hook for billions if the pension reform bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee becomes law. Senate Bill 922 was originally heralded…
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Potential Impact of Medicaid Expansion is Focus of Blake’s Senate Roundtable Discussion

SCRANTON, May 23, 2013 – As Gov. Tom Corbett continues to mull the decision to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today brought together legislators, health care professionals, advocates and experts to discuss the potential impact of…
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Sens. Blake, Costa, Hughes, Yudichak to Tour Kane is Able on Thursday

SCRANTON – State Sen. John Blake will join Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee Chairman Vince Hughes, and Sen. John Yudichak at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 23, for a tour of the distribution hub of Kane is…
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$ 300 Million Education Common Core Mandate Threatens Graduation

Harrisburg, May 13, 2013 – A new unfunded education mandate now being quietly pursued by the Corbett administration will soon saddle school districts with a $ 300 million expense and threaten graduation for thousands of students across Pennsylvania, Senate Democrats…
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Sen. Blake Statement on Redistricting Decision

HARRISBURG – May 9, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake today issued the following statement on Wednesday’s unanimous state Supreme Court decision upholding the latest redistricting maps: “As I enter my third year in the Pennsylvania Senate, I have been…
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Lawmakers Announce Plan for Improved Oversight of Municipal Financial Deals

HARRISBURG, May 8, 2013 — As municipalities across the state struggle to clear debts caused by risky borrowing, four state lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan package of bills that would help provide better state oversight of municipal financing deals.
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Senate Democrats Seek Job Creation, Education, Safety Net Dollars in Budget Discussions

Harrisburg, April 17, 2013 – Senate Democrats’ 2013-14 budget priorities are heavily weighted toward job creation, education investments, strengthening the social-services safety net, modernizing liquor sales and refocusing Pennsylvania’s business tax menu to help small businesses, they announced today at a…
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Blake Tells Conference on Aging Legislature Needs to Do More for Seniors

SCRANTON, April 11, 2013 – State Sen. John Blake today said it is important that the Corbett administration and members of the General Assembly adopt the mission of an annual conference on aging and provide more – and better –…
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Sen. Blake to Address Annual Conference on Aging at U. of Scranton

SCRANTON – State Sen. John Blake will address the third annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference on Aging on Thursday, April 11, at the University of Scranton. Blake is scheduled to speak at 12:30 p.m. at the Patrick & Margaret DeNaples…
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Blake Says Lottery Can Improve and Succeed Under Existing Management

HARRISBURG, February 26, 2013 — State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe), Democratic Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, today questioned the merits of privatizing management of the state’s 41-year-old Lottery. “It is clear from today’s Appropriations Committee hearing that the administration believes…
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Blake, Local Officials Talk Budget, State Issues at Legislative Breakfast

CLARKS SUMMIT, February 14, 2013 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today hosted nearly 100 elected and appointed local officials from around the 22nd Senatorial District at his 3rd annual legislative breakfast at the Ramada Inn in Clarks Summit.…
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Senate Democrats Applaud Attorney General Kane’s Decision on Lottery

Harrisburg, February 14, 2013 – State Senate Democrats applauded Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to reject the Corbett Administration’s plan to privatize the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery to a U.K.-based company Camelot Global Services. “The Attorney General made a…
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Costa, Blake to Gov: Let Lottery Implement AFSCME Approach to Raise Profit

Harrisburg, February 11, 2013 – State Sens. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and John Blake (D- Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) said that instead of outsourcing the Pennsylvania Lottery’s operations to a U.K. company, Camelot Global Services, the governor should allow the Lottery to implement AFSCME’s recommendations…
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Blake: Smoke and Mirrors Budget Proposal Fails on Job Growth

HARRISBURG, February 5, 2013 — State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today released the following statement regarding Gov. Corbett’s proposed $28.4 billion budget. “Today the Governor expressed optimism for our state but there was little in his budget – or in his policy…
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Blake: Lackawanna and Monroe County Projects to Receive Over $3M in Grants

HARRISBURG, January 29, 2013 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced state grants totaling over $3 million for 14 projects located throughout Lackawanna and Monroe Counties. “The Local Share gaming funds continue to provide a much-needed revenue stream…
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Blake: Lottery Privatization Decision Mishandled by Administration

HARRISBURG, January 14, 2013 - - State Sen. John Blake, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement regarding the announcement that Gov. Corbett has issued notice to accept a bid to privatize the operations of the…
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Blake Forum Focuses on Emerging Bioscience Industry in Pennsylvania

SCRANTON, January 7, 2013 — State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today hosted more than 150 local residents, officials and stakeholders from around the region at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) for a discussion about Pennsylvania’s emerging bioscience industry. Blake’s Bioscience Forum…
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Pennsylvania Senate Democrats Discuss Plan to Address Distressed Cities

Harrisburg, December 18, 2012 – Acknowledging the escalating problems in economically-challenged communities across the state, Pennsylvania Senate Democrats today discussed their plans to address a wide range of problems impacting aging and distressed cities. The “Growth, Progress & Sustainability” or GPS…
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Blake to Host Economy, Education Summit on Monday

SCRANTON, November 30, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake will host numerous legislators, school officials, business and labor leaders from across the region for a discussion about the economic impact of career focused education at his first E2 Summit.…
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PaHousingSearch.com is Available to Help People Displaced by Hurricane Sandy

As wind and rain from the hurricane batter the state, landlords are urged to list available rental units on this statewide service to quickly help identify housing for disaster victims HARRISBURG – Pennsylvanians who may be displaced from their homes…
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Blake to Host Economy, Education Summit

SCRANTON, October 26, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake will host numerous legislators, school officials, business and labor leaders from across the region for a discussion about the economic impact of career focused education at his first E2 Summit.…
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Blake Announces $ 9.7M Low-Interest Loan for Abington Sewer Project

HARRISBURG, October 23, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that a $9.73 million low-interest loan to completely overhaul and upgrade the aging Abington wastewater treatment plant has been approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).…
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Blake Encouraged by Voter ID Ruling, Decries Costs to Taxpayers

HARRISBURG, October 2, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) issued the following statement in response to today’s Commonwealth Court ruling on the Voter ID law. “It is encouraging that Judge Robert Simpson’s ruling effectively postpones the ill effects…
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Blake Applauds Creation of Commission to Protect PA Military Installations

HARRISBURG, September 17, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded the creation of the new Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission, which will better position Pennsylvania to protect its military installations as the Pentagon and various military services…
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Blake, Local Officials Schedule Free Voter ID Informational Seminar

ARCHBALD, August 20, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced that he will partner with state Rep. Ed Staback (D-Lackawanna/Wayne) and other local officials to host a free informational seminar tomorrow on the much-maligned Voter ID law.…
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Blake Says Voter ID Ruling Flawed, Hopeful for Successful Appeal

SCRANTON, August 15, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today expressed disappointment and concern over a Commonwealth Court ruling that denied a temporary injunction on Pennsylvania’s partisan-driven Voter ID law. “Since the Voter ID bill was first proposed…
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Blake Applauds Law Protecting Student Athletes

HARRISBURG, June 7, 2012 - - Pennsylvania now has a new law to protect student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest, according to state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe). House Bill 1610, signed into law last week, requires that children showing the…
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Senate Democrats Unveil Infrastructure Investment Plan in Luzerne County

WILKES-BARRE, June 1, 2012 - - Northeastern Pennsylvania state Sens. John Yudichak and John Blake today welcomed Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman Vince Hughes (D-Philadelphia) to the site of a stalled construction project in…
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Democratic Policy Committee Discusses Human Service Funding with Area Providers

SCRANTON, May 16, 2012 - - Members of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today met area human service providers at Lackawanna College to discuss current public policy issues and the adverse effect a proposed 20 percent state funding reduction would…
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Blake Optimistic for an Improved Spending Plan

HARRISBURG, May 9, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today said passage in the Senate of a $27.6 billion state budget makes significant funding restorations to higher education, basic education and human service programs and is an important…
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Senate, House Democrats Denounce Asset Test on SNAP Recipients

HARRISBURG, May 1, 2012 — State Sen. Shirley Kitchen, along with her Democratic colleagues in the Senate and House, today denounced the reinstatement of an asset test on Pennsylvania’s 1.8 million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Under the Corbett…
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Blake Reminds Local Students, Families about Upcoming FAFSA Deadline

SCRANTON, April 16, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today reminded college-bound students and their families that the deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming school year is May 1. “As…
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Blake Talks about Aging Population, Legislative Issues at Conference on Aging

SCRANTON, April 12, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today spoke about Pennsylvania’s rapidly aging population and current legislative, policy and state budget issues affecting senior citizens at the 2nd Annual Conference on Aging.
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Pennsylvania Report :: Education & Service Cuts

 
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Blake Reminds Voters of Monday Registration Deadline for Primary Election

SCRANTON, March 21, 2012 - - State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today reminded prospective voters that the last day to register to be able to vote in the upcoming Pennsylvania primary election is Monday, March 26. The Pennsylvania primary election is…
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Blake: Voter ID Law is Affront to Seniors, County Workers

SCRANTON, March 16, 2012 - - Calling it another example of self-interest, party politics infecting governance and public policy, state Senator John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today commented on the Republican Voter ID bill signed into law by Governor Corbett Wednesday night. House…
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Blake: Proposed Budget Puts Social Service Providers on Life Support

SCRANTON, February 21, 2012 - - In a meeting between state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) and more than a dozen local leaders of social service organizations the Senator was briefed on the adverse impacts not only of Governor Corbett’s proposed budget…
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Blake, Local Leaders Discuss Potentially Catastrophic Impact of Budget Cuts

MOOSIC, February 17, 2012 - - Taking a short break from Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings currently underway in Harrisburg, state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today hosted municipal and school district officials from the 22nd District for a wide-ranging discussion…
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Blake: Senate Shale Fee Bill Sells Pennsylvania Citizens Short

HARRISBURG, November 15, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today decried the virtual party-line passage of legislation that would assess a minimal impact fee on gas drillers. Blake noted that his opposition to SB 1100 “was not…
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Senate Democrats Roll Out Billion Dollar Job Creation Plan

HARRISBURG – September 26 – State Senate Democrats today unveiled their revised job creation plan, called “PA Works Now,” which they claim would create 80,000 new jobs and leverage billions in private investment to generate jobs and economic activity.  State…
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Blake Announces Free Webinar on Saving for College

HARRISBURG, September 23, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced that he will partner with the Pennsylvania Treasury to host an informational “Saving for College with the PA 529 College Savings Program” webinar on Tuesday, September 27…
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Blake Joins Colleagues to Announce Flood Relief Legislation

HARRISBURG, September 19, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today joined a bipartisan group of state senators to announce a legislative package aimed at helping Pennsylvania residents recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm…
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Blake Announces $900K State Grant for Abington Community Park Project

HARRISBURG, September 14, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake (D- Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced the release of a $900,000 state grant for the Abington Community Park project. “This state grant will not only allow the Abington Community Park to…
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Blake Encourages Luzerne Co. Residents to Act Quickly in Applying for Federal Flood Relief

HARRISBURG, September 13, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today encouraged all Luzerne County residents affected by last week’s flooding to act quickly and apply for federal assistance. Earlier today, President Barack Obama made an emergency declaration for…
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Blake Announces $900K State Grant for Abington Community Park Project

HARRISBURG, September 13, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake (D- Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today announced the release of a $900,000 state grant for the Abington Community Park project. “This state grant will not only allow the Abington Community Park to…
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Blake Saddened at News of Marine’s Death

SCRANTON, August 4, 2011 - - Reflecting, with sadness, on the death of Sgt. Patrick Dolphin, state Sen. John P. Blake today offered sincere condolences to the local Marine’s family and friends. “Staff Sgt. Dolphin is a local hero and…
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Blake: Marcellus Shale Region Cancer Study is Investment in Health and Future of PA

SCRANTON, July 7, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today joined the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute at Lackawanna College to announce a $75,000 state grant to conduct a health survey in the areas of Northeastern Pennsylvania affected…
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Blake: Alarming Budget Cuts Jeopardize Quality of Education and Health Care

HARRISBURG, June 28, 2011 - - Calling the Republican passed $27.15 billion state budget a short-sighted solution that creates bigger problems, state Sen. John P. Blake today criticized the drastic cuts to local school districts, hospitals and other key state…
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Blake Applauds Senate Vote Banning Dangerous Bath Salts

HARRISBURG, June 15, 2011 -- State Sen. John P. Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today applauded a Senate concurrence vote on House amendments to Senate Bill 1006, banning the production, use, sale and possession of dangerous bath salts and synthetic marijuana in Pennsylvania.…
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Blake, Senate Dems Call for Essential Health Care Funding Restorations

HARRISBURG, June 15, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today led a host of Senate Democrats and medical professionals in a call to restore the potentially disastrous cuts proposed to Pennsylvania’s medical schools, bioscience investments and regional…
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Blake Joins Democratic Colleagues to Echo Call to Restore Budget Funds

HARRISBURG, June 7, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today joined a host of Senate Democrats at a Capitol news conference to provide an update on caucus budget priorities and to call for key restorations before the final…
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Blake, Local Officials Talk Budget, State Issues at Legislative Breakfast

PECKVILLE, June 3, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today hosted local government officials from every municipality in the 22nd Senatorial District (Lackawanna, Luzerne and Monroe counties) to discuss state issues and the prospective local impacts of state…
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Blake, Sec. Avila Tour Commonwealth Medical College, Discuss Public Health Initiatives

SCRANTON, May 20, 2011 - - State Senator John P. Blake and Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Eli Avila today toured The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) and discussed the importance of public health initiatives and public health research with…
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Blake Announces Formation of Bipartisan Military Installations Caucus

HARRISBURG, May 11, 2011 – - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced the formation of a new bipartisan, bicameral Military Installations and Base Development Caucus to protect Pennsylvania’s 164,000 defense-related jobs and its world-class military bases and facilities around…
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Blake Announces Over $350K in State Funding for Three Monroe Co. Projects

HARRISBURG, May 5, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced state funding totaling $354,998 for three projects in Monroe County. The state grant money for the projects in Barrett and Coolbaugh Townships is derived from the “local…
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Blake Announces Nearly $1 Million in State Funding for Two Luzerne Co. Projects

HARRISBURG, May 5, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced state funding totaling nearly $1 million for two projects in Luzerne County. The state grant money for the projects in Duryea and Dupont is derived from the…
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Blake Announces $5.3 Million in State Funding for Lackawanna Co. Projects

HARRISBURG, May 5, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced state funding totaling nearly $5.3 million for projects throughout Lackawanna County. Lackawanna County received $3.35 million in grants under the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s H2O PA program and…
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Blake Speaks on Aging Issues and Funding to Support Seniors and Their Families

SCRANTON, April 28, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today spoke about funding opportunities and the challenges facing the Pennsylvania legislature as the state’s population continues to age. Participating as a panelist at the University of Scranton’s Conference…
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Blake Brings Policy Committee to Marywood for Energy & Job Creation Hearing

HARRISBURG, April 13, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced that the Senate Democratic Policy Committee will host a public hearing in Scranton on energy, economic development and job creation initiatives. The hearing will be held at…
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Blake Reflects on 43rd Anniversary of MLK Assassination

HARRISBURG, April 4, 2011 - - On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on a balcony outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, a day after speaking in support of…
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Blake: Health Services Can Ill Afford Corbett Budget Cuts

HARRISBURG, March 25, 2011 -- At a recent Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing, state Sen. John P. Blake voiced his concerns over Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed cuts to health services and health care delivery. In questioning Acting Health Secretary Dr.…
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‘Worst Economic Development Strategy’: Blake Cautions Against Higher Ed Cuts

HARRISBURG, March 22, 2011 - - At the first Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing, state Sen. John P. Blake criticized the proposed budget cuts to Pennsylvania’s higher education institutions. “I look at this budget – particularly our budget for higher…
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Blake: Tuesday Hearing is First Step Toward Smart, Efficient State Government

SCRANTON, March 11, 2011 - - As Democratic Chairman of the newly formed Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee, state Sen. John P. Blake today discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the committee as it works toward a more efficient and cost-effective…
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Blake Lauds Courage, Commitment and Sacrifices of 55th Brigade

HARRISBURG, March 10, 2011 - - On the heels of the announcement that area soldiers from the 55th Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard will be deployed to the Middle East for the fifth time since…
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Blake: Alarmingly Deep Budget Cuts Cripple Essential State Programs

HARRISBURG, March 8, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today released the following statement in reaction to Governor Tom Corbett’s proposed $27.3 billion budget. “While I commend Governor Corbett and his staff on the hours spent crafting this…
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Blake Opens Doors to Archbald Office on Friday

SCRANTON, March 3, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced that his Archbald district office will officially open for business this Friday, March 4. The office, located at 400 Church Street, will be open Monday, Wednesday and…
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Blake Takes Jobs Message to 22nd District

SCRANTON, February 25, 2011 - - At a number of events throughout Lackawanna County today, state Sen. John P. Blake highlighted the details of a Senate Democratic proposal that has the potential to create over 28,000 jobs while reducing state…
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Blake, Senate Democrats Announce Major Jobs Initiative

HARRISBURG, February 23, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today joined Senate Democratic leaders in announcing a six-point plan that could create tens of thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania while reducing state spending and encouraging private investment throughout…
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Yudichak and Blake Comment on Mercy Hospitals Sale

WILKES BARRE, February 15, 2011 –State Sens. John Yudichak and John P. Blake commented today on the outcome of the sale of the remaining Mercy hospitals to Tennessee-based Community Health Systems (CHS). “Mercy Hospital has been a long standing asset…
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Blake Encourages Seniors to Apply for Property Tax Relief

HARRISBURG, February 10, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today encouraged eligible senior citizens to begin applying for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. “Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of the most valuable programs for our…
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Blake Applauds Corbett Reform Agenda, Stresses Need to Broaden Scope

HARRISBURG, January 28, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today discussed the need for state government reforms in addition to those recently outlined by Governor Tom Corbett. “The reform agenda proposed by Governor Corbett is a good starting…
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Monroe County Introduction to Sen. Blake Set for Feb. 3

HARRISBURG, January 28, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced that he will host an open house at the Mount Pocono Borough Building on February 3 to introduce himself to Monroe County residents and discuss his plan…
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Blake Stresses Urgent Need for adultBasic Extension, Expansion

HARRISBURG, January 25, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today echoed the call of legislative leaders to extend the state’s adultBasic health care program so more than 40,000 working Pennsylvanians do not lose their affordable health coverage. “It…
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Blake Reminds Local Organizations to Apply for Alcohol Education Grants

HARRISBURG, January 19, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today reminded local organizations of the fast approaching February 4 application deadline for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s (PLCB) Alcohol Education Grant Program. Colleges and universities, schools, municipalities and…
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Blake Statement on Gov. Corbett Inauguration

HARRISBURG, January 18, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today provided the following statement regarding the inauguration of Governor Tom Corbett that took place today in Harrisburg. “I'd like to extend congratulations and most sincere best wishes to…
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Blake Congratulates Local Farm Show Award Winners

[caption id="attachment_15" align="alignnone" width="525" caption="Joe Sibio, of Royal View Farm in Clarks Summit, is shown with Farrington’s Finale, one of his Clydesdale’s that won first place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in the Mated Team Halter Class."][/caption] HARRISBURG, January 12,…
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Blake Tapped to Chair Two Senate Committees

HARRISBURG, January 11, 2011 - - State Sen. John P. Blake today announced that he will serve as Democratic Chairman of both the Senate Local Government Committee and the newly formed Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee for the 2011-12 session. “As…
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‘Work Begins Today’ – Blake Sworn in to State Senate

HARRISBURG, January 4, 2011 - - In front of dozens of family members, friends and supporters, state Sen. John P. Blake today took the oath of office to officially begin his first term serving Pennsylvania’s 22nd Senatorial District, which includes…
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Blake’s Senate Offices Open for Business

HARRISBURG, December 21, 2010 - - State Senator-elect John P. Blake today announced that he has opened a temporary district office in the Oppenheim Building in Scranton. The office, located in the Mezzanine at 409 Lackawanna Ave Suite 1, will…
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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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