Sen. Blake Releases Statement on Senate Passage of Revenue Bills

On July 27, 2017

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, negotiation and compromise, work can get done and difficult decisions can be made in Harrisburg […]

Sen. Blake: Responsible Budget Invests in Education and Human Services

On June 30, 2017

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 today.  The budget reflected in the amended HB 218 recognizes the fiscal constraint the Commonwealth […]

Sen. Blake, Rep. Flynn Announce Financial Watch Status Designation for Scranton SD

On June 23, 2017

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 at a news conference in Scranton earlier today by Scranton School District Superintendent Dr. Alexis […]

Sen. Blake: New Pension Reform Law Only Starts Correction

On June 12, 2017

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 in the legislature and Governor Wolf for the bipartisan work done to facilitate a five-party […]

Blake Discusses State Budget, Legislative Priorities at Annual Legislative Breakfast

On February 24, 2017

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 month and how budget priorities […]

Blake: Budget Streamlines Government, Invests in Education, Economic Development

On February 7, 2017

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:

Blake: Finalized Budget Delivers Significant Education Funding Locally

On July 13, 2016

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 important that the legislature and the Wolf administration work together on this budget to avoid […]

Blake Urges Governor to Release Funding to Schools, Hospitals, Agriculture Industry

On March 23, 2016

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 care delivery and agriculture industries. Blake, who serves as Democratic Vice Chairman of the Senate […]

Blake Discusses State Budget, Education Funding and Pension Reform at Annual Legislative Breakfast

On February 12, 2016

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 budget address coupled with the fiscal uncertainties created by the over $6 billion in line-item […]

Blake Calls on Majority to Remain in Session and Finalize Overdue State Budget

On October 23, 2015

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 request to my friends and colleagues in Senate Republican leadership not to recess the Senate […]

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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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