October 15, 2018: Almost two years ago, the state Department of Corrections announced a plan to close two Pennsylvania prisons within a month’s time. Senator Yudichak says the legislature has passed a bill that would establish a longer timetable for any future closings.
July 15, 2018: Senator Yudichak suggests some day trips you can take right here in our area this summer.
June 15, 2018: Senator Yudichak reminds families that Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program — CHIP — covers all kids with quality health insurance.
May 18, 2018: May is Military Appreciation Month. Senator Yudichak encourages Pennsylvania’s veterans to take advantage of the benefits they’ve earned.
May 3, 2018: Senator Yudichak joined with state and local officials to announce the awarding of 1.4 million dollars in state funds, the last piece of a 10 million dollar project to repair and upgrade the flood walls around Solomon Creek in Wilkes-Barre. 700 homes are affected by flooding when the creek rises over its banks during heavy rains.
April 30, 2018: Senator Yuidchak joined with a bipartisan group of House and Senate members and Gov. Wolf to introduce legislation for a severance tax on natural gas drilled in Pennsylvania.
April 18, 2018: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Senator Yudichak says the theme of the Awareness Month is “Embrace Your Voice.”
April 11, 2018: An estimated one in every 68 children in the United States is living with an autism spectrum disorder. Senator Yuidchak says the state has ways to make life easier for those with autism and their families.
April 4, 2018: April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Senator Yudichak has information about Pennsylvania’s Child Abuse Hotline that could save a child’s life.
March 6, 2018: Senator Yudichak says Pennsylvania is ready to help families save for college by providing a savings plan with some tax advantages.
February 12, 2018: If you’re looking for a job, Senator Yudichak says that help is available.
Senator Yudichak and Senator Lisa Baker are co- hosting a round table discussion on lead exposure and lead testing for infants, young children and pregnant women on February 13 at Kings College from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Senator Yudichak previews the event.
February 5, 2018: Senator Yudichak talks about the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that allows the PA Supreme Court and legislature to continue working on new congressional district maps.
January 31, 2018: Senator Yudichak says the state Senate has authorized spending to help municipalities meet their environmental needs through the Growing Greener program.
January 25, 2018: A year ago, three local state prisons were in danger of closing, creating economic problems for their host communities. Local and state officials worked to keep them open. Senator Yudichak marked the anniversary by thanking those who worked to keep the prisons open and highlighting laws that will keep it from happening again.
January 22, 2018: Senator Yudichak talks about the opening of a second exit on the under-construction South Valley Parkway and what that means for the economic future of the area.
January 22, 2018: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says the map that sets up U-S congressional districts is unconstitutional, and it’s ordered the legislature to re-draw the boundaries by February 9th so that a new map will be in place for the May primary. Senator Yudichak is calling on lawmakers to act quickly.
January 11, 2018: Senator Yudichak says two new companies are ready to move in to the Hanover Industrial Estates industrial park, bringing thousands of new jobs — and the developer of that site is ready to begin work on another.
January 4, 2018: Winter weather is here, and Senator Yudichak is advising travelers to check with PA 511 and get road conditions before venturing out.
December 12, 2017: It’s the season of giving, and Senator Yudichak has a suggestion for a gift you can give to others — and to yourself.
November 28, 2017: Working with Senator Yudichak and other state and local officials, the state Department of Community and Economic Development is giving the city of Wilkes-Barre money to fix damaged flood protection walls along Solomon Creek.
November 15, 2017: Senator Yudichak reminds Pennsylvanians that they can still sign up for health insurance — or adjust an existing policy — on the Affordable Care Act site (Healthcare.gov), but the time to do so is limited.
November 14, 2017: Senator Yudichak says a Pennsylvania grant program will supply the funding needed to expand the reach of the South Valley Parkway, creating more opportunities for businesses and more jobs for the area.
October 30, 2017: The state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, for which Senator Yudichak is the Democratic chairman, is looking at Pennsylvanians’ exposure to lead at a hearing in the public library in Pittston in Luzerne County. Senator Yudichak says it’s just the first step in a process to mitigate lead across the Commonwealth
October 27, 2017: Senator Yudichak is joining with Senator Jim Brewster of Allegheny County and Senator Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia to introduce a new legislative initiative designed to spur manufacturing and job creation. The senators said that more manufacturing companies need access to additional state financial resources to gain a competitive advantage and keep up with changing technology and job training needs. Senator Yudichak explains his legislation:
September 25, 2017: Senator Yudichak urges everyone to help the victims of this summer’s hurricanes, but warns that you shouldn’t become a victim yourself.
August 25, 2017: Senator Yudichak says now that school is back in session, drivers should keep alert around school buses.
July 27, 2017: The state Senate voted 26-24 in favor of a $2.2 billion revenue package to pay for the $32 billion spending plan the legislature enacted in June. The revenue package contains several new items, including a first-ever severance tax on the extraction of natural gas from Marcellus Shale, but Senator Yudichak says he’s concerned about some regulatory changes that some with the severance tax.
July 18, 2017: Senator Yudichak joined with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell and representatives from more than 30 municipalities from Luzerne County on the banks of the Susquehanna River to announce an innovative regional stormwater management project that could be a springboard for other cooperative efforts between the region’s municipalities.
June 20, 2017: Senator Yudichak was on hand as hundreds of Teamsters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to protest legislation that they say is designed to cripple or destroy unions.
May 10, 2017: Kids, directors and advocates of after-school programs rallied in the Rotunda of the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Senator Yudichak joined other speakers in talking about the need for, and the many accomplishments of, after-school programs.
May 9, 2017: Senator Yudichak is co-sponsor of a Growing Greener III proposal that will provide $315 million in annual investments for environmental conservation, recreation, and preservation projects across the Commonwealth.
March 17, 2017: Senator Yudichak says President Trump’s budget will cripple or eliminate successful after-school programs across Pennsylvania.
February 7, 2017: Senator Yudichak says Governor Wolf’s budget proposal has not called for broad based taxes and state spending will only increase 1.8% compared with the last fiscal year. The budget estimates $2 billion in savings from consolidating state programs, merging government departments, and curtailing spending.
January 23, 2017: Here’s Senator Yudichak talking about Monday’s hearing at the Capitol in Harrisburg. The Senate Judiciary Committee joined with the Democratic and Republican Policy Committees to look at the proposed closure of two state prisons in June – the state Department of Corrections is looking at five prisons across the state, including SCI-Retreat, and says it will decide by this Thursday which two to close.
January 18, 2017: Pennsylvania Moment: Winter weather can cause hazards and delays for drivers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Senator Yudichak advises you to be prepared by checking Turnpike conditions before you head out.
January 9, 2017: The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections recently announced it’s looking to close two state prisons in an effort to save money. Senator Yudichak is just one of the lawmakers saying such closings would devastate the economies of the municipalities that host those prisons.
December 1, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Yudichak suggests making a donation to your local food bank as one way to make this a happy holiday season for all.
November 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Registration has opened for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Senator Yudichak says the LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income Pennsylvanians pay for heat this winter and get needed repairs to furnaces and other heating equipment.
October 19, 2016: The Afterschool Caucus, a bi-partisan, House-Senate legislative caucus in Harrisburg, of which Senator Yudichak is a leader, has released a report on the success of afterschool programs in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Yudichak from today’s State Capitol news conference on “Afterschool: Improving Lives in Pennsylvania.”
October 12, 2016: The Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, of which Senator Yudichak is the Democratic Chairman, held a public hearing this week in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, on the Coal Refuse Industry and Reclamation Projects. Here’s more with the Luzerne County lawmaker who says supporting the industry is important because of jobs that it creates, the renewable energy that it produces, and the environmental remediation that its provides to abandoned mine lands and streams across Pennsylvania.
October 5, 2016: The month of October is set aside to increase awareness about Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence. Senator Yudichak has information on both topics.
September 22, 2016: Walk of Honor Ceremony Honoring Vietnam War Veterans to be held Saturday, September 24, at the Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke. Here’s more with Senator Yudichak who will be joined by other state and local officials at a special 11:00 a.m. ceremony to honor more than sixty veterans of the Vietnam War and commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the War.
September 9, 2016: Senator Yudichak’s remarks from today’s West Pittston Borough news conference on the flood recovery success and the importance of the newly created Luzerne County Small Business Loan Program for those businesses that were damaged by flood waters five years ago.
September 9, 2016: Senator Yudichak joined state lawmakers, local officials and Wyoming Valley residents today to mark the 5th anniversary of the 2011 flood recovery efforts that began in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Lee on communities from West Pittston to Shickshinny. Here’s more with Senator Yudichak on the flood recovery success story and the creation of the Luzerne County Small Business Loan Program which provided the badly needed financial help to those businesses affected by the flooding.
September 6, 2016: Senator Yudichak and Hanover Township officials today held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $3.18 million consolidated fire station that will be built on the San Souci Parkway in an effort to provide a more efficient and cost-effective fire department headquarters. Here’s more with Senator Yudichak who helped secure a $1 million state grant to help fund the fire station which will take approximately one year to build.
September 2, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: The deadline to register to vote in this November’s Presidential election is October 11th. Senator Yudichak reminds state residents that they can now register online to vote (register.votespa.com).
August 11, 2016: The state legislature’s After School Caucus, of which Senator Yudichak is co-chair, yesterday toured the SHINE Program at the Carbon County Career & Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe. Senator Yudichak talks about the importance of the program and its impact on educating our students for careers in the 21st century.
August 5, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Yudichak reminds drivers to watch out for highway workers, police and emergency personnel who may be on the shoulder of the road.
July 14, 2016: The Luzerne County Legislative Delegation is proud to announce that the new state budget invests $400,000 in state funding in the SHINE After School Program of Luzerne County at Wilkes University. Here’s more with Senator Yudichak who says the money will be used to expand the academic program into additional school districts in Luzerne County.
July 5, 2016: Senator Yudichak was joined by federal, state and local officials this morning to cut the ribbon to re-open the Coal Street Bridge in Plymouth Township, which had been damaged in a flash flood in 2011.
July 5, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: Lyme disease has been found in all 67 Pennsylvania counties. Senator Yudichak has some simple tips to help everyone avoid Lyme disease this summer, as well as the West Nile and Zika viruses carried by mosquitoes.
June 22, 2016: Lead in water systems is not the most common form of lead contamination in Pennsylvania. That’s why the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee approved Senator Yudichak’s legislation that would create a task force to study the scope of the lead contamination problem in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with the Luzerne County lawmaker.
June 13, 2016: Pennsylvania Moment: With summer coming, more bicycles will be on Pennsylvania roadways. Senator Yudichak has safety tips for motorists and bicyclists on how to share the road.
June 8, 2016: Senator Yudichak held a Telephone Town Hall Meeting last night in which participants were able to ask questions about a wide range of state and local issues as well as listen to a discussion on topics such as school property taxes that are important to Luzerne and Carbon counties and the state. You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.
June 3, 2016: Senator Yudichak, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards and local officials gathered to mark the start of construction on the expansion of the South Valley Parkway. Here are the Senator’s remarks: