Senate Democrats: New Economic Development Plan Excludes Certain Municipalities

On July 1, 2013

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 the 2013-‘14 state budget (House Bill 465) authorizes City Revitalization and Improvement Zones (CRIZ) for […]

Blake Weighs Good & Bad in State Budget

On July 1, 2013

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 budget that signal good news to Pennsylvanians but they are outweighed by investments that are […]

Blake, Farina Applaud AAA Girls’ State Softball Champs: Valley View HS

On June 25, 2013

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, returned to the state championship one year after a heartbreaking loss in the deciding game […]

Blake’s Job-Creating ‘Innovate in PA’ Bill Wins Unanimous Committee Support

On June 20, 2013

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 becoming reality. Senate Bill 456 would create the “Innovate in Pennsylvania” program and deliver desperately […]

Pension Reform Bill Will Cost PA Taxpayers Additional $40 Billion, Blake Says

On June 19, 2013

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 as a means to address the unfunded liability of the state’s two retirement funds: the […]

Potential Impact of Medicaid Expansion is Focus of Blake’s Senate Roundtable Discussion

On May 23, 2013

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 Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. Under the Affordable Care Act, expanding Medicaid would make all adults […]

Sens. Blake, Costa, Hughes, Yudichak to Tour Kane is Able on Thursday

On May 22, 2013

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 Able, Inc. Blake, Costa, Hughes and Yudichak will get a glimpse of the operations of […]

Sen. Blake Statement on Redistricting Decision

On May 9, 2013

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 instructed by the Supreme Court that I will represent a modified 22nd District. “I want […]

Lawmakers Announce Plan for Improved Oversight of Municipal Financial Deals

On May 8, 2013

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.

Blake Tells Conference on Aging Legislature Needs to Do More for Seniors

On April 11, 2013

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 – services for Pennsylvania’s senior citizen population. The 2013 Northeastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference on Aging is […]

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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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