SHINE of Luzerne County Opens in Hazleton

Hazleton, April 7, 2016  Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th), state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), and Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy have formally opened the SHINE of Luzerne County after-school program in the Hazleton Area School District. Students participating in the program, district officials and community leaders helped cut the ribbon this morning at the Maple Manor Elementary School.

SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) of Luzerne County began last fall in the Wilkes-Barre Area, Greater Nanticoke Area and Wyoming Valley West school districts and has now expanded to Hazleton.  The program, geared to grades K-8, focuses on a project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum.  SHINE links schools to homes to help children build a stronger academic and social foundation.

“We are thrilled to have the Shine program in thSHINEe Hazleton Area School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler. “This is a terrific outreach program for our students who desire an experience in STEAM related activities and it’s also a tremendous opportunity to extend their school day in learning activities that will enrich their education and their lives. We are thankful for the supporters and the partnership with Wilkes University in this endeavor.”

“We have seen SHINE in action in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, and we are thrilled to see it expand into Luzerne County, and now Hazleton,” said Congressman Barletta.  “SHINE fills a vital role in children’s lives, because while it does occupy their time after school, it also occupies their minds, encourages them to learn in creative ways, and keeps them surrounded by good influences. SHINE opens up a world of possibilities, and the chance of a brighter future. By reaching even more children, we are building on what has already been a rousing success.”

Congressman Barletta fought hard to protect funding for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), which supports programs like SHINE, that had been targeted for elimination. He negotiated 14 changes to a bill in support of afterschool programs, and specifically the SHINE model in the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

Barletta sent a letter to lead House and Senate negotiators imploring them to preserve the 21st CCLC program. As a result, the conference report passed and was approved by the president authorizing $1 billion in funding for the 21st CCLC program.

“The expansion of the program to Hazleton is another major milestone for SHINE in its first year of operation,” said Senator Yudichak.  “If we leave to our young people an inheritance rooted in a quality education then they will leave our schools empowered and become an unstoppable force for good in our communities and our great commonwealth.”

“Wilkes University proudly joins Congressman Barletta and Senator Yudichak in celebrating the expansion of SHINE into the Hazleton Area School District,” said Dr. Patrick F. Leahy, President of Wilkes University.  “With the opening of two new centers, SHINE continues to fulfill its promise of bringing a brighter future to children in our community.”

Wilkes University, the educational host for SHINE of Luzerne County, provides administrative and educational support services for the program.

“Today was made possible by the hard work of many individuals in the Hazleton Area School District, the SHINE teachers, staff and the parents who are excited that children in the Hazleton Area will be provided an afterschool program with a focus on academic enrichment in a safe and engaging environment,” said Jeanne Miller, Interim Director of SHINE of Luzerne County.

Currently, SHINE of Luzerne County has 66 teachers and staff serving 281 students from five area school districts: Wilkes-Barre Area, Wyoming Valley West, Nanticoke Area, Hanover Area and Hazleton Area.

The program centers include: State Street Elementary in Larksville, Heights Murray Elementary in Wilkes-Barre Elementary, Kennedy Elementary in Nanticoke, Maple Manor Elementary in Hazle Township, Wilkes-Barre Career and Technical Center in Plains Township, West Side Career and Technical Center in Pringle and the Hazleton Career and Technical Center in Hazle Township.

Current funding partners include: The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund; United Way of Wyoming Valley; United Way of Greater Hazleton; the PA Department of Economic and Community Development and the Commonwealth Financing Authority, the US Dept. of Education, Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Development Board and Verizon.

Yudichak Pleased with the Release of Funding for Schools

Harrisburg, March 23, 2016 – Following Governor Wolf’s announcement today regarding the 2015-2016 supplemental budget bill, Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) released the following statement:

“I am pleased that much-needed funding will finally be delivered to schools and other important state services. However, I remain deeply frustrated with the budget process.”

“Now, it is time to move forward, in a bipartisan manner, to enact a responsible and timely budget for this upcoming fiscal year.”

Statement from Senator John Yudichak on the Passing of James Barrett McNulty

Nanticoke, March 2, 2016– The following statement was issued this afternoon by Senator John Yudichak after learning of the death of former Scranton Mayor James Barrett McNulty.

“Jim McNulty was a consummate political leader whose service as Mayor of Scranton was defined by legacy projects like the Lackawanna Station Hotel and his indefatigable love for the city of Scranton,” said Senator John Yudichak.

Jim McNulty served as the political and media consultant for Senator Yudichak’s successful 2010 campaign for the state senate.

“I will forever cherish our campaigns together where I learned the art of politics at the hands of one of the great masters of the trade,” said Yudichak.

“Jim McNulty’s keen wit and political instincts made him a valuable asset to any campaign, but most of all Jim’s heart and unyielding loyalty made him a treasured friend.”

“My love and my deepest sympathies go out to Jim’s wife Evie and to the entire McNulty family.”

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Sen. Yudichak Discusses Environmental Issues with DEP Secretary

Harrisburg, February 25, 2016 – During today’s state Senate budget hearing, Sen. John Yudichak questioned Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Quigley on issues ranging from extinguishing the Jeansville Mine fire in Carbon County to what the agency is doing to protect Pennsylvanians from lead in drinking water.

“I applaud DEP for keeping the public informed about the Jeansville fire, obtaining $9 million in federal reclamation funds and working closely with the region’s government officials at all levels on a plan to extinguish the fire,” Yudichak said. “I’m also pleased that the department continues to utilize state dollars and press the federal government to reauthorize mine reclamation monies.”

 

Referring to layoffs at Panther Creek in Nesquehoning, Yudichak questioned Quigley about the Wolf Administration’s efforts to help the state’s coal waste industry. The DEP secretary told Yudichak that the coal waste plants are an “incredibly important asset in Pennsylvania” and that they should receive retrofitting upgrades and be given relief from certain regulations.

“It is imperative that the state do what it can to help the coal waste industry rebound and thrive,” Yudichak said. “Coal Waste facilities are good for our economy and good for jobs — but also good for reclaiming abandoned mine lands.”

Yudichak, who sponsored the law (Act 55 of 2014) that mandated the reduction of lead content in pipes and plumbing fixtures, asked Quigley what DEP is doing to prevent a Flint, Michigan, type of health crisis from happening in Pennsylvania. Quigley said the department will remain vigilant, but reassured that none of Pennsylvania’s 159 water systems have exceeded federal lead levels.

Yudichak, who serves as Democratic chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, also asked Quigley what DEP is doing to support natural gas pipeline development that “protects local property rights, ensures environmental protections and promotes economic development throughout Pennsylvania.” Quigley said DEP is currently vetting 94 of the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force’s 184 recommendations.

“We need to strike a balance by respecting local property rights and protecting our environment; but these pipelines are an incredible resource that can transform our economy,” Yudichak said. “So we need to be responsible while we pursue a good commonsense development plan.”

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Yudichak Announces 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Schedule

Edwardsville, February 17, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today hosted residents at the Temple Apartments in Edwardsville for an outreach event to help local seniors apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

“The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program delivers significant property tax relief for older Pennsylvanians,” Yudichak said. “Each year our office holds outreach events throughout the district to ensure every eligible senior has access to a $650.00 rebate check that is funded through state lottery and gaming revenues.”

Last year, Senator Yudichak’s outreach efforts helped Luzerne and Carbon County senior citizens apply for over $500,000 in property tax and rent rebates. In Luzerne County, there were 19,000 applicants in 2014 that received over $8.33 million in rebates through the program.

The Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and over; widows and widowers age 50 and over; and people with disabilities age 18 and over. Homeowners with a maximum yearly income of $35,000 and renters with a maximum yearly income of $15,000 are eligible for a rebate.

2016 Rebate Outreach Schedule:

Please note: the events at the apartment buildings are for residents only and not open to the public.

Anyone who needs assistance with filing their application for the program can visit Senator Yudichak’s district offices in Nanticoke or West Pittston any Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Nanticoke

164 South Market Street

Phone: 570-740-2434

West Pittston

801 Wyoming Avenue (Gerrity’s Shopping Center)

Suite 180

Phone: 570-883-4690

February 18th-Nanticoke Towers, Market Street Nanticoke 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

February 23rd-Park Towers, East Green Street, Nanticoke 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

February 24th-Eagle Ridge Apts, 9 Beverly Drive Edwardsville 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 1st-Exeter Apartments, 222 Schooley Avenue Exeter 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

March 9th-Oplinger Towers, Main Street, Nanticoke 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 10th-Garden Village Apartments, 221 Fremont Street, West Pittston 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 15th– Infantino Towers, 500 Kennedy Boulevard, Pittston 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 16th Charles T Adams Senior Center, 5 East Market Street, Wilkes-Barre

Please call (570)825-3484 for an appointment

March 17th– Swoyersville Apartments,184 Hemlock Street, Swoyersville – 9a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 22nd– Hazleton Senior Center,24 East Broad Street, Hazleton – 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Please call for an appointment (570)459-1441

March 23rd– Sullivan Place,100 Claymont Avenue, Hanover Township- 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 24th– Luzerne Towers,600 Bennett Street, Luzerne- 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 29th – Rose Tucker Senior Center,145 E. Green Street, Nanticoke, 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 30th– Lee Park Senior Center, 140 Lee Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, (residents only)- 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

March 31st– Plains Manor, 500 Main Street, Plains- 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Any updates or changes to the outreach schedule due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstances will be posted on www.senatoryudichak.com

The deadline to apply to the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is June 30.

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Sen. Yudichak Comments on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Proposal

Harrisburg, February 9, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak today provided the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s $32.7 billion fiscal 2016-17 budget proposal:

“It is unacceptable that we begin discussions on a new fiscal year without having a complete state budget in the current fiscal year,” said State Senator John Yudichak.

“Partisan politics in Harrisburg has created a state of paralysis while Pennsylvania faces a growing $1.8 billion structural deficit that threatens to erode all of our investments in education, job creation, health care and environmental protection.”

“The Cinderella clock has struck midnight on short-term fiscal gimmicks and the fantasy budgets of the past four years have come crashing back to the hard reality of five consecutive credit downgrades.”

“The Governor and the General Assembly should have a single focus a single mission over the next few months – restore fiscal stability to the state budget process by addressing Pennsylvania’s structural deficit with a responsible budget that recognizes state spending is far out pacing current revenues.”

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Statement from Senator John Yudichak on the Passing of Tom Tigue

Nanticoke, February 1, 2016- The following statement was issued this afternoon by Senator Yudichak after learning of the death of his long time friend and colleague Tom Tigue. Senator Yudichak served along side former Representative Tigue for nearly a decade in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“Tom Tigue was a walking profile in courage, and the living embodiment of service above self,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “My deepest sympathies go out to the Tigue family that has lost a loving mother and caring father all in a matter of a few short months.”

“Tom Tigue was a distinguished Marine, a widely respected state legislator, a trusted mentor and a cherished friend.”

Senator Yudichak worked with Tom Tigue on many community projects over the years. Most recently, they worked together, with Representative Mike Carroll, to secure funding for the expansion of the Pittston Memorial Library that included the construction of a new children’s wing and community room.

“Tom Tigue never missed an opportunity for a teachable moment. When his wonderful wife, Diane, passed away he was asked if a section of the church should be reserved for distinguished guests. Tom said, yes it should and the distinguished guests are my family.”

“Family, faith, country and community were not idle commitments for Tom Tigue. His life is a template for all of us who aspire to serve and all of us who dream of leaving the only legacy that truly matters – a loving family.”

Yudichak Announces Carbon County Recreation Grants

Jim Thorpe, January 26, 2016 –State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) today announced that two Carbon County municipalities will receive $90,000 in state grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP).

“Investments in recreation and conservation are important to the continued economic development of Carbon County,” said Senator Yudichak. “Tourism and recreation are a major part of the quality of life for our residents and visitors.”

The CCPP program is administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation in order to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

The Borough of Summit Hill will receive $40,000 to help with the rehabilitation of Ginder Field. The work will include installation of playground safety surfacing, ADA access landscaping, and other related site improvements.

“We envision the Ginder Field as a premier recreational facility; not only for residents of Summit Hill, but also for community members in Carbon and Schuylkill counties, as well as visitors and outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the historic Switchback Trail,” said Borough Secretary/Treasurer Kira Steber. “The borough, as well as the Recreation Commission, is very grateful that we’ve been given this opportunity to start giving back to our community.”

The Borough of Weatherly will receive $30,000 in funding to complete a trail feasibility study for the five-mile Weatherly trail from Lehigh Gorge State Park in Lehigh Township to Hudsondale Street in Weatherly.

“The Weatherly five-mile trail would create economic opportunity not only for the borough and its residents, but also for the surrounding communities,” said Weatherly Borough Manager Harold Pudliner. “The borough is extremely excited and thankful to receive this grant.”

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Yudichak Announces Recreation Grants for Luzerne County

Harrisburg, January 26, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced over $700,000 in state grant funds for conservation/recreational projects in Luzerne County.

“These state grant dollars will support worthy local initiatives that will enhance our region’s recreational offerings for families and individuals,” Yudichak said.

The projects include:

  • $480,000 to the North Branch Land Trust to expand the D&L Trail by 2.2 miles from Laurel Run Road in Laurel Run Township to the Seven Tubs Nature Area in Plains Township. The work will include a 0.3-mile connector trail, trail head, ADA access, landscaping and other site improvements.
  • $221,000 to Natural Lands Trust, Inc., to acquire 161 acres along White Haven Road in Bear Creek Township to create more open space and recreational opportunities.

“We are very pleased to receive this grant,” said Paul Lumia, Executive Director of the North Branch Land Trust. “It allows us to realize our plan to have a trail from Laurel Run to the Tubs creating exciting new recreational opportunities for the entire region.”

“The Poconos region is home to some of Pennsylvania’s most treasured landscapes,” noted Molly Morrison, President of Natural Lands Trust. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to preserve another important piece of that landscape and to expand our 3,400-acre Bear Creek Preserve. Once again, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has demonstrated its commitment to providing its citizens with thriving wildlife habitats, clean water, and inspiring places to play.”

The Community Conservation Partnership grants are administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The program is aimed at helping local governments and organizations acquire and develop parks, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

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Verizon Presents EITC Contribution to SHINE of Luzerne County

Wilkes-Barre, January 12, 2016– SHINE of Luzerne County has received $10,000 from Verizon as part of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). The presentation was made during a ceremony at Wilkes-Barre Area’s Heights Murray Elementary School by Frank Buzydlowski, Director of Government Affairs for Verizon in Pennsylvania, State Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), Mary Kolessar, Director of SHINE of Luzerne County, and a dozen students who participate in the SHINE of Luzerne County after school program.

SHINE of Luzerne County began last fall in the Wilkes-Barre Area, Greater Nanticoke Area and Wyoming Valley West school districts and will expand to Hazleton later this year. The program, geared to grades K-8, focuses on a project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum. Relying heavily on a STEAM core, SHINE links schools to homes to help children build a stronger academic and social foundation.

“Verizon is proud to participate in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program in partnership with Wilkes University to help promote the value of education for families and children in Luzerne County and throughout Northeast Pennsylvania”, said Frank Buzydlowski, Director of State Government Affairs for Verizon in Pennsylvania. “The EITC program offers Verizon a great opportunity to give back to our communities and invest in educational initiatives that prepare children to meet the unique challenges of living and working in the 21st century’s technology-driven global economy.”

The PA (EITC) program provides companies with a 75% tax credit for donations to a non-profit scholarship or educational improvement organizations.

“SHINE is a successful program helping our school kids because it involves the entire community – schools, parents, public officials, and private companies,” Congressman Barletta said. “Verizon’s generous contribution will go a long way toward helping children achieve success, and have more opportunities at better futures.”

“Verizon is the latest in a growing list of private partners who are stepping forward to support SHINE of Luzerne County. SHINE’s unique private/public partnership model is central to our mission of building better schools, better communities and better families through the power of education,” said Senator Yudichak.

“SHINE’s success depends on the support of our partners in the community,” said Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy. “Verizon’s support helps to guarantee a bright future Luzerne County’s children and their families.”

“These funds will be put to good use as we continue to grow SHINE of Luzerne County. The positive response from the community has been very helpful as we implement the program,” said Mary Kolessar.

The Verizon donation follows the announcement last week of a major federal grant for SHINE of Luzerne County from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant Program totaling nearly $400,000 for each of the next three years. The federal funding is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and is one of fifty new 21st CCLC grant awards totaling $16.1 million for 2015-18 in Pennsylvania.

The SHINE program of Luzerne County is modeled after the successful Lehigh Carbon Community College SHINE program in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties.

Carbon Schuylkill County SHINE Awarded Major Federal Grant

Wilkes-Barre, January 8, 2016 – Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th), state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), and Lehigh Carbon Community College President Dr. Ann Bieber have announced a major federal grant for the Carbon and Schuylkill County SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) after-school program. The grant totals nearly $400,000 for each of the next three years.

“The SHINE program has been proven to help kids by giving them better alternatives to joining gangs and getting into trouble and it gets parents, families, and the community involved in education,” Barletta said. “When I saw the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program was on the chopping block in Congress, I was proud to step in and preserve it so that our children will have better chances for brighter futures.”

“For more than a decade the SHINE program has been providing improved educational opportunities for the families of Carbon and Schuylkill counties, said Senator Yudichak. “SHINE has earned a national reputation as a quality program with outstanding outcomes. This grant will help SHINE continue to build that legacy of success.”

“It is my distinct honor to accept this generous federal grant for Lehigh Carbon Community College’s SHINE program. This $400,000 grant demonstrates the commitment of our legislative delegation to the communities they serve, said Dr. Anne Bieber, president of Lehigh Carbon County Community College. “Through a variety of programs, with our partner school districts, SHINE helps to keep our kids safe, inspires them to learn and helps working families.

“Lehigh Carbon Community College is honored to have been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for Cohort 8 for the SHINE After school Program. SHINE is a true collaboration between the school districts, the families, the communities and the policy-makers who are driven to enhance the lives and educational opportunities for the children and families in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties,” added Rachel Miller Strucko, Director, SHINE After-school Program

The federal funding is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) via the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant program. The SHINE grant is one of fifty new 21st CCLC grant awards totaling $16.1 million for 2015-18 in Pennsylvania.

The 21st CCLC program is designed to provide federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children. Funds are intended to provide students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools with additional services to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects; to offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

SHINE is administered by Lehigh Carbon Community College and provides academic support for nearly 500 students from seven school districts. The comprehensive 42-week after school/summer program includes kindergarten home visits, 1st – 4th grade STEM Centers, 5th – 8th grade STEM Career Academies, and high school career awareness/mentoring opportunities.

SHINE of Luzerne County Secures Major Federal Grant

Wilkes-Barre, January 6, 2016 − Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11th), state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon), and Wilkes University President Patrick Leahy have announced a major federal grant for the SHINE (Schools and Homes in Education) of Luzerne County after-school program. The grant totals nearly $400,000 for each of the next three years.

“This is tremendous news for SHINE of Luzerne County,” said Congressman Barletta. “As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I was proud to be able to step in to save and restore this federal funding at the end of last year, because it touches so many young lives and gives kids a better chance at bright futures. Sen. Yudichak and I look forward to many more years of SHINE, working through our great partner Wilkes University, and many more success stories among the children of Luzerne County.”

“From the beginning of our efforts to bring SHINE to Luzerne County we have worked to provide the necessary resources for our children and our communities to succeed, “ said Senator Yudichak. “This funding represents a major step forward for SHINE and recognition that this program will make a difference in our future by improving the lives of our children.”

“Time and again, Congressman Barletta and Sen. Yudichak have shown their dedication to education in Luzerne County. Their efforts to fund the SHINE program will allow Wilkes University to continue to provide educational enrichment opportunities to the children of our region,” said Dr. Patrick Leahy, president of Wilkes University

“This funding will help us to increase the opportunities for success for our children as we work through our first three years of SHINE of Luzerne County,” said Mary Kolessar, Director of the program. “We thank Congressman Barletta and Senator Yudichak for their tireless efforts on behalf of SHINE.”

The federal funding is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) via the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Grant program. The SHINE grant is one of fifty new 21st CCLC grant awards totaling $16.1 million for 2015-18 in Pennsylvania.

The 21st CCLC program is designed to provide federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities for children. Funds are intended to provide students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools with additional services to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects; to offer students a broad array of activities that can complement their regular academic programs, and to offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

SHINE of Luzerne County began last fall in the Wilkes-Barre Area, Greater Nanticoke Area and Wyoming Valley West school districts and will expand to Hazleton later this year. The program, geared to grades K-8, focuses on a project-based STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum. Relying heavily on a STEAM core, SHINE links schools to homes to help children build a stronger academic and social foundation.

Yudichak Comments on Partial Budget Veto

Nanticoke, December 29, 2015 – State Sen. John Yudichak today provided the following comment in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to veto part of the state’s fiscal 2015-16 budget legislation:

“The Administration is calling Republican budget action the height of ‘stupidity’ and Republicans are responding to the administration’s budget assertions as ‘lies.’ Taxpayers deserve better than the same old partisan, almost juvenile, name-calling going on in Harrisburg these days.

Clearly, every taxpayer is tired of the political posturing from all parties in this budget mess. Taxpayers deserve a bipartisan, fiscally sound budget that tackles property tax relief, pension reform and sustainable investments in job creation.

Just a few days ago, Senate Democrats joined Senate Republicans to deliver a bipartisan budget and pension bill. Government can work. Let’s end the political bickering and get our job done by passing a responsible state budget.”

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Yudichak Points to State Police Job Openings

Application Filing Deadline is December 31

Wilkes-Barre, December 23, 2015 – State Sen. John Yudichak today reminded men and women interested in State Police careers that they have until December 31 to apply.

“The Pennsylvania State Police is a great organization with a standard of excellence that has stretched over a century,” Yudichak said.

Yudichak said interested people can find information on a state police career, obtain an application and apply on-line at www.patrooper.com. He said that those who make it past the application stage will be asked to take a written examination in February.

Following the written examination, successful candidates take an oral examination. A trooper candidate’s final overall score is based on both the written and oral examinations. Those who successfully emerge from the examination process must still pass a physical fitness test, polygraph test, background investigation and medical and psychological evaluations before being appointed as a cadet.

Cadets must also complete an intense 27-week training course at the department’s academy in Hershey before they become troopers.

To apply, applicants must:

  • Be at least 20-years-old when they apply; and be between 21 and 40 by the date they become a state police cadet.
  • Have a high school diploma or a GED certificate, plus an associate’s degree or 60 semester credit hours at an accredited institution of higher education at the time of application. Certain waivers to the education requirement are available.

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