Senator Yudichak Issues Statement on the 2018-19 State Budget

Harrisburg, June 22, 2018 — State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the 2018-19 state budget:

“The $32.7 billion spending plan for the Commonwealth reflects a spirited bipartisan effort to implement a state budget with no new tax increases, and a series of smart investments in education, economic development, and environmental protection.

With a growing economy that has boosted state revenues, Governor Wolf and the General Assembly are making strides in this year’s budget to invest in critical education and workforce development policies that will continue to bolster job creation and business investment across Pennsylvania. The PA SMART Initiative, an innovative new focus on STEM-based career and technical education will unleash the full potential of the Pennsylvania workforce. 

Increased investments in community colleges, like Luzerne County Community College and Lehigh Carbon Community College, will prepare students for a 21st century job market and aid small businesses to build a pipeline of skilled workers that will transform the Pennsylvania economy.

New investments in the Department of Environmental Protection will enable the agency to address significant staff shortages in critical environmental stewardship programs, like the water quality program, and improve the agency’s ability to streamline its permitting process to allow for responsible development.”

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Informational Meeting Scheduled for Businesses affected by the June 13, 2018 Tornado

Informational Meeting Scheduled for Businesses affected by the June 13, 2018 Tornado

Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with Wilkes-Barre Township Officials will host an informational meeting on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10 am at the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency, 185 Water Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  The target audience is businesses affected by the recent tornado.

Representatives from the Department of Labor & Industry Rapid Response Coordination Services, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Luzerne County Community Development Office, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce will provide information about services available to businesses that may aid in their recovery process.

Affected businesses are asked to register for the meeting by emailing Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency at ema@luzernecounty.org  

In addition to the meeting, the Luzerne County Emergency Management Agency along with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is seeking information from affected businesses.  Businesses are asked to provide contact information to include an email address to ema@luzernecounty.org .  Once the contact information is received businesses will receive an estimated disaster economic injury worksheet which they will be asked to complete. 

Media Contact : Lucy Morgan, ema@luzernecounty.org (preferred method) or  (570)820-4400 (Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm)

 

 

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Senator Yudichak Statement on EF-2 Tornado in Wilkes-Barre Township

Wilkes-Barre Township, June 14, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after it was confirmed that an EF-2 tornado hit Wilkes-Barre Township:

Senator Yudichak tours the tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre Township with Governor Wolf and Mayor Kuren.

“Touring the tornado damage today in Wilkes-Barre Township with Governor Wolf and Mayor Kuren, I cannot help but be profoundly grateful that there was no loss of life or serious personal injuries,” said Senator Yudichak.

Senator Yudichak was near the tornado corridor last night with his family watching his oldest daughter play field hockey at the Kings College athletic fields. The games were canceled around 9:30 p.m., and the tornado touched down at 10:06 p.m. after the families safely vacated the area.

“You have to think of it as the miracle on Mundy Street when you consider that the area where the tornado hit is generally populated with thousands of employees, customers, and hundreds of young athletes,” added Senator Yudichak.

“Our job now, at all levels of government, is to quickly work with the damaged businesses and help them rebuild so we can get every displaced worker back to work and our economy growing again.”

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Senator Yudichak to host free veterans assistance hours in Nanticoke District Office

Nanticoke, June 12, 2018 – State Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) will host free veterans assistance hours on Tuesday June 26, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at his Nanticoke District Office located at 164 South Market Street, Nanticoke, PA 18634. Appointments are necessary.

To make an appointment with the American Legion Service Officer, please call Senator Yudichak’s Nanticoke Office at 570-740-2434.

Veterans and their families can discuss: Compensation, Pension, Death Benefits, Education and Health Care. Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive services.

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Senator Yudichak Announces Adult Basic Education Grant for Lehigh Carbon Community College

Harrisburg, June 11, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Lehigh Carbon Community College has received a $684,179 Adult Basic Education grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Lehigh and Carbon legislative delegations assisted with securing this grant for Lehigh Carbon Community College.

The Adult Basic Education grant is used to create a partnership among the federal government, states, and localities to provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education and literacy activities, in order to:

  • Assist adults in developing literacy and other skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.

 

  • Assist adults who are parents or family members, to develop skills needed contribute in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvement in the economic opportunities for their family.

 

  • Assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways.

 

  • Assist immigrants and other English language learners in improving reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English; in improving math skills; and understanding the American system of government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Eligible applicants for these grants included school districts, libraries, volunteer literacy organizations, public housing authorities, community colleges and public and private nonprofit agencies.

“Education and workforce development are essential to a vibrant Pennsylvania economy,” said Senator John Yudichak.  “Lehigh Carbon Community College’s ability to leverage state grants, empower adult learners, and partner with the private sector employers make it a central player in creating economic opportunities all across eastern Pennsylvania,” said Senator John Yudichak

“Lehigh Carbon Community College works with numerous partners in our three-county service area to ensure that adults have the skills they need to be successful in the workplace,” said Dr. Ann D. Bieber, president of LCCC. “This grant funds those services that help prepare adult learners with literacy skills, mathematics, writing and coaching to be successful. We are honored to work with The Literacy Center in Allentown as well as Carbon Career and Technical Institute on this goal.”

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Senator Yudichak Announces Adult Basic Education Grant for Luzerne County Community College

Harrisburg, June 11, 2018 – Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Luzerne County Community College has received a $788,405 Adult Basic Education grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Luzerne County legislative delegation assisted with securing this grant for Luzerne County Community College.

The Adult Basic Education grant is used to create a partnership among the federal government, states, and localities to provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education and literacy activities, in order to:

  • Assist adults in developing literacy and other skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.
  • Assist adults who are parents or family members, to develop skills needed contribute in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvement in the economic opportunities for their family.
  • Assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways.
  • Assist immigrants and other English language learners in improving reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English; in improving math skills; and understanding the American system of government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

“Luzerne County Community College, by securing this important grant funding, continues to excel at helping adult learners further their education, improve their job skills, and build a better economic future,” said Senator John Yudichak.

“We’re pleased to receive a much needed increase in funding for the Adult Learners Training and Assistance (ALTA) Program at LCCC so we can continue to provide literacy training and ESL programs for adult learners and their families,” said Thomas P. Leary, president, LCCC.  “The funding will help us to expand services for adults who are on the path to a career and want to pursue post-secondary education.”

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Senator Yudichak Highlights the Importance of Closing Gaps on the D&L Trail at the Lehigh County Stop of Senator Takes a Hike Initiative

Allentown, PA – June 8, 2018 – During his hike from Allentown to Cementon today, Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) stopped at the Allentown Waterfront to highlight the importance of closing the gaps on the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail.

“Pennsylvania is a better Commonwealth when it can combine the celebration of its rich industrial history with the conservation of its beautiful natural resources,” said Senator Yudichak. “I am hiking all 165 miles of the D&L Trail to raise awareness to the simple fact that no outdoor recreational asset better combines history and conservation than the Delaware & Lehigh Heritage Corridor.”

Senator Yudichak was joined by Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton), Representative Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh County). Elissa Garofalo, D&L National Heritage Corridor Executive Director, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, St Luke’s University Health Network and other state and local officials as he hiked through the section of the D&L Trail that features the Allentown waterfront.

“The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a transportation, environmental, economic, and health asset in addition, to a recreational amenity. We have over 20 partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors working to close the highest priority trail gap between Allentown and Whitehall,” said Becky Bradley, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission. “Collectively, we envision that this will become the Lehigh Valley’s version of the San Antonio Riverwalk; creating over $100 million in new opportunities, and providing a seamless walking and biking commuter and recreational corridor.”

“We are grateful for regional partners like the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission and our legislative delegation in the Lehigh Valley who have championed the D&L Trail and are working diligently to help us close the gaps on the trail here in Allentown,” said Elissa Garofalo, D&L National Heritage Corridor Executive Director.    

In addition to highlighting the gaps on the trail, Senator Yudichak also highlighted the importance of people getting out and enjoying time on the trail. St. Luke’s University Health Network, which has teamed up with the D&L Trail for the Get Your Tail on the Trail initiative.

“Our best wishes to the senator as he continues his journey hiking 165 miles along the beautiful D&L. Not only do his efforts highlight the history of the trail’s significance to the economic growth of the region, but his hike provides people a better look at how the trail impacts tourism and recreation, today,” said Ken Szydlow, St. Luke’s Vice President for Marketing. “Like the Senator, St. Luke’s is a strong supporter of the Heritage Corridor and has partnered with the D&L to create a wellness program, called Get Your Tail on the Trail, now in its fifth year, which encourages people to get healthy by walking, hiking or biking along the region’s trail system.”

Senator Yudichak pledged to walk the D&L trail, the longest in Pennsylvania if the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII. After today’s leg, Senator Yudichak will have completed 115 miles of the trail. For more information on Senator Yudichak’s journey on the D&L Trail, please visit www.senatoryudichak.com/takeahike.

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Senator Yudichak Celebrates 30th Anniversary of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Easton, June 2, 2018 – State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) celebrated the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor’s 30th anniversary today at their Founders Day event at Hugh Moore Park in Easton.

 

In early May, Senator Yudichak kicked off his Senator Takes a Hike initiative in Bucks County to highlight the D&L Trail, the Corridor’s centerpiece, which runs 165 miles from Bristol Borough in Bucks County to the River Commons in Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County. Today, Senator Yudichak completed another leg of his journey by hiking from the Forks of Delaware to Hugh Moore Park in Easton.

“Congratulations to the D&L National Heritage Corridor for three decades of connecting the people and the communities of eastern Pennsylvania to the history of the industrial revolution and the natural beauty of our great Commonwealth,” said Senator John Yudichak. “As I continue northward on my 165-mile journey on the trail, I greatly appreciate the work of federal, state, and local officials who acknowledge the importance of heritage tourism in Pennsylvania with their unwavering support of the D&L Trail.”

“Senator Yudichak has been a true champion of the D&L Trail and it’s great that he can participate in the Founders Day celebration here in Easton with another champion of the D&L, Easton Mayor Sal Panto,” said Elissa Garofalo, Delaware and Lehigh National Corridor Executive Director.

“We are pleased to welcome Senator Yudichak in Easton on his next leg of his Senator Takes a Hike initiative. The D&L trail has been an integral part of the city of Easton and the last few years we’ve worked in conjunction with several partners to transform the Hugh Moore Park. We’re excited to host their Founder’s Day events there and the other events hosted by the D&L National Heritage Corridor Trail throughout the year,” said Sal Panto, Jr., Mayor of Easton.

Senator Yudichak pledged to walk the D&L trail, the longest in Pennsylvania if the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII. Currently, Senator Yudichak has completed just over 89 miles of the trail. In addition to the Founder’s Day celebrations, today also marks the 2018 National Trails Day. To find out more about the Senator Takes a hike initiative, please visit http://www.senatoryudichak.com/takeahike/.

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