$ 300 Million Education Common Core Mandate Threatens Graduation

On May 13, 2013

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 said today at a Capitol news conference.

Senate Democrats Seek Job Creation, Education, Safety Net Dollars in Budget Discussions

On April 17, 2013

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 Capitol news conference. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said that Senate Democrats will go […]

Blake Says Lottery Can Improve and Succeed Under Existing Management

On February 26, 2013

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 that handing management of the Pennsylvania Lottery to Camelot Global Services is the best way […]

Blake, Local Officials Talk Budget, State Issues at Legislative Breakfast

On February 14, 2013

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. “During my campaign for Senate, I made a pledge to be accessible to citizens of […]

Senate Democrats Applaud Attorney General Kane’s Decision on Lottery

On February 14, 2013

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 proper decision,” Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said. “Pennsylvania seniors and all Pennsylvania residents can rest […]

Costa, Blake to Gov: Let Lottery Implement AFSCME Approach to Raise Profit

On February 11, 2013

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 to raise new revenue. “Instead of privatizing the management of the Pennsylvania Lottery, the governor […]

Blake: Smoke and Mirrors Budget Proposal Fails on Job Growth

On February 5, 2013

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 priorities – to convey confidence or optimism to the people of Pennsylvania”. “We should be […]

Blake: Lackawanna and Monroe County Projects to Receive Over $3M in Grants

On January 29, 2013

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 for projects that improve our quality of life, enhance public safety, encourage economic development and […]

Blake: Lottery Privatization Decision Mishandled by Administration

On January 14, 2013

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 Pennsylvania State Lottery system: “It is difficult day for Pennsylvania workers, small businesses and taxpayers […]

Blake Forum Focuses on Emerging Bioscience Industry in Pennsylvania

On January 7, 2013

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 included presentations and discussions on how to enhance Pennsylvania’s competitiveness in the bioscience industry and […]

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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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