Blake Announces Winners of Student Ambassador Competition

SCRANTON, May 30, 2018 – State Senator John Blake recently hosted 19 high school seniors from 17 local high schools for a legislative competition at Johnson College as the final event of the 2018 Student Ambassador Program.

The student ambassadors from schools across the 22nd Senatorial District were given an opportunity to make a presentation on a legislative or policy issue to a panel of judges that included Sen. Blake; Johnson College president Katie Leonard; Dr. Michael Allison, Professor and Chair of the University of Scranton Political Science Department; and Kyle Mullins, former legislative director for Sen. Blake.

Senate Passes Blake’s Economic Development, Clean Energy Initiative

HARRISBURG, January 30, 2018 – The state Senate today overwhelmingly approved legislation sponsored by state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) that would generate significant economic development, create jobs and enhance Pennsylvania’s clean energy portfolio.

Senate Bill 234, which now moves to the House of Representatives after passing the Senate by a 42-8 vote, would establish Pennsylvania’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program which is a financing mechanism that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation upgrades to commercial, agricultural or industrial properties.

Senator Blake hosted constituents and local government officials at his first Coffee & Conversation event at Duffy’s Coffee Company in Clarks Summit.

Senator Blake toured the nearly completed $1.3 million Chinchilla well station and water storage tank project in South Abington Township.

Senator Blake joined Rep. Kavulich and Clarks Summit Borough officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for a water quality revitalization project at Mayor Tony Perry Memorial Park that was funded in part by a 2016 state grant.

Senator Blake welcomed Governor Tom Wolf back to Scranton to tour the United Neighborhood Centers' community revitalization effort along Cedar Avenue in South Scranton

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SB 76: 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.

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