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Senator Anthony H. WilliamsI wanted to let you know about recent developments related to the state budget.  In mid-July, the state budget process was concluded when the General Assembly passed a revenue package to fund the comprehensive state spending plan. This action helped avoid another lengthy budget impasse and cleared the way for funding to be released to important state programs. 

The $31.5 billion General Fund budget plan for Fiscal 2016-17 is both reasonable and responsible – it is a plan that makes prudent investments in key areas.   

In education, the plan’s features are clear and discernible: $200 million increase in basic education; $20 million more for special education; $25 million increase for Pre-K and an additional $5 million to Head Start. 

In addition, the plan invests more in higher education and features a 2.5 percent increase for state system schools, state-relateds (Penn State, Pitt, Temple, Lincoln) and community colleges. Lines for PHEAA, including $6.6 million more for grants for students and a 2.5 percent increase in institutional grants, are increased.

For human services, the budget includes a new initiative: $15 million more in funding to combat heroin and opioid addiction.  Domestic violence programs, rape crisis and legal services all receive increases in funding.

One initiative important to me – additional funding for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission – was achieved and funding was increased 7.2 percent. The new budget also invests in job training, with $2 million more infused into vocational rehabilitation (4.4 percent increase) that draws down $8 million in federal funds.  

To pay for the news investments in education, health care and human services, a responsible revenue package was necessary. The $1.24 billion in new revenues that are included in the package ensures that critical funding is in place for critical initiatives. 

While the revenue package includes a mix of new sources it does not include broad-based taxes – such as increases in the personal income tax or sales tax. Finding new revenue, without relying on broad-based taxes, was challenging. Stretching dollars, implementing efficiencies and generating new revenues was the key to developing this package.

I hope this brief explanation of the budget process helps you understand where we are investing your tax dollars and how we are managing state finances.

Sincerely,

ANTHONY H. WILLIAMS
PA SENATE - 8TH DISTRICT

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Senator Williams to Host Tele-Town Hall

Senator WilliamsOne of the great new ways of connecting with you is via telephone town hall meetings. You stay home and I call you (or you can dial in on a toll-free number). My next tele-town hall will happen on August 1 at 6 p.m.

The subject of this town hall will be National Night Out, held on August 2, 2016. The Police Captains and Police Chiefs from throughout the Senate District with be participating in this discussion.

Participants will be able to ask me questions as well as listen to a discussion about important issues in the district and around the state. Click here to participate or call in toll-free to 1-877-229-8493 and enter the pin number 112765.

National Night Out

national Night outNational Night Out will be held on August 2, 2016. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Check out some local events around the district below:

12th District Police Public Safety Awareness: There will be an open house at 65th & Woodland Avenue from 2 - 5 p.m. Information tables and free water ice, pretzels & more. Download Flyer »

Yeadon Borough Police Department Open House: There will be an open house at the Yeadon Police Department between 5 - 7 p.m. Police will hand out crime prevention materials and provide tours of the police department. Download Flyer »

Darby Township's National Night Out Open House: Police and Darby Twp. hosting an open house from 5 - 7 p.m. at the police dept; meet and greet with community; serving hot dogs, hamburgers, water. Location: Darby Township Police Dept, 2 Studevan Plaza, Sharon Hill (off Hook Rd & Sharon Ave)

Lansdowne Police Community Cookout: Landsdowne Police Department will hold a free community cookout from 6 - 8 p.m. next to the Lansdowne Fire Company (on the North Highland Avenue lot). Guest chefs will serve up hamburgers, hot dogs and other goodies compliments of local businesses and organizations. Download Flyer »

Spotlights in the 8th District

Congratulations to Siddiq's Water Ice

Siddiq's Water Ice

Congratulations to Siddiq's Water Ice for winning the city-wide championship for cold treats. Saddiq's Water Ice is our spotlight small business in the 8th District.

Summer Interns Event

votingMy summer interns decided become even more engaged in public service. They helped develop a community event for the summer. The topic of the event is voting/voting awareness. Even though the interns cannot vote in the upcoming election, they recognize the importance of civic involvement and realized that education is the key.

Focused on informing our younger citizens, the interns have put a program together to outline what steps were needed to vote and other basic facts. Given the age of those involved in this event, it is important that a fun, active approach be used to help keep the children engaged. Congratulations on an excellent idea and for helping children learn about voting and the responsibilities of citizenship.

The event will be held on August 8, 2016 at the Francis Myers Recreation Center -- where there is currently a camp with 65 students, ranging from ages 6-12. Our three-hour agenda includes voting presentation, voting presentation trivia, a math activity where campers run to the front of the room and try to answer the given question as fast as possible. Also there will be kickball and dodgeball games outdoors. To round out the day, there will be cookies and water ice for a snack.

YEAA Basketball

YEAA Basketball

I am proud to sponsor youths who are involved in activities in our community. Pictured are players that are involved in the YEAA basketball league.

Yeadon Education Athletic Association serves the youth of our community and abroad with educational & life skills. To ensure athletic activity that will build character,confidence, and well-rounded individuals who will be the leaders of the future.

Bartram's Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

I recently spoke to the Bartram's Garden Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of a transformative house and garden restoration at Bartram's Garden. The event featured speakers from the city, our partners and stakeholders in the Southwest Philadelphia community.

Bartram's Garden Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Bartram's Garden Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

PBS NEWHOUR LIVE-Rethinking Americas's High Schools

XQ, the Super School Project

This past week, I was honored to be a part of a panel discussion on Rethinking America's High Schools in Philadelphia moderated PBS NewsHour. The event was sponsored by XQ, the Super School Project. XQ's goal is to encourage public schools to re-imagine and rethink the structure of high school education. This is based on the premise that while our daily lives have changed, schools and modes of educating students have not. The panel discussed potential changes in secondary public education to better prepare American students for success.

The event also included US Rep. Wilson (FL), Superintendent William Hite, Crystal Cubbage - Director of Phila School District Innovation Network, and 2 students.

XQ, the Super School Project

Crime PreventionCrime Prevention Tips

Join me along with Chief Regina Price and the Darby Township Police Departments for a Crime Prevention Tips for Seasoned Citizens Forum.

The event will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 from 10 a.m till noon at the Good Neighbor Senior Center, 1085 Hook Road, Sharon Hill.

This event is open to older residents and interest folks of Delaware County. Any questions, please contact Ronda Liggins at 610-284-7333.

Download Flyer »

Career Clinic

Career ClinicIn partnership with BOB's Discount Furniture, I will be hosting a Career Clinic for all BOB's local locations. The clinic will be held on August 9, 2016 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. located at Myers Recreation Center, 5803 Kingsessing Ave., Philadelphia.

Store managers will be attending from Springfield, King of Prussia, NE Philly, and more locations! Full and part-time positions are available in management, the warehouse and sales.

For more information, please contact Desaree Jones at 215-492-2980 or e-mail djones@pasenate.com.

Download Flyer »

APPRISE Download Flyer Medicare Help – DelCo Apprise Movement

Counselors will be on hand once again on August 16 at my Yeadon, Delaware County, office to help people navigate the Medicare application process and resolve outstanding questions or issues.

The Delaware County Apprise program is a good neighbor to many people and they take away the stress that sometimes grows as people seek the best care available to them. Take advantage of this opportunity, if you need it. Call Glenda Radical at 484-494-3769 to register.

Download Flyer »

SAVE THE DATE: Navigating Life After 55+ Expo

senior expo Navigating Life After 55+ Expo Join us Thursday, Sept. 22 for my annual “Navigating Life After 55+ Expo” . The expo will be held from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the West Philadelphia YMCA located at 5120 Chestnut Street. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

The expo will offer the following:

  • Free Health Screenings
  • Flu Shots – with insurance card
  • Ask the Pharmacist Questions about your Medications
  • Resource Information
  • Free Parking
  • Lunch and Giveaways
  • Workshops, Exercise Classes and more

To RSVP for lunch, please call 215-492-2980. Any questions, please contact Desaree Jones at 215-492-2980 or Ronda Liggins at 610-284-7335

Download Flyer »

 

Offices of State Senator Anthony H. Williams

Open Monday thru Friday. See hours below.
www.senatoranthonyhwilliams.com
Harrisburg
Senate Box 203008
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717-787-5970
Fax: 717-772-0574
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Main District
2901 Island Ave. | Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19153
Phone: 215-492-2980
Fax: 215-492-2990
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
South Philadelphia
2103 Snyder Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-755-9185
Fax: 215-952-3375
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Delaware County
419 Church Lane
Yeadon, PA 19050
Phone: 610-284-7335
Fax: 610-284-5955
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

ACANAfest Download Flyer Community Appreciation Day Crime Prevention Tips Community Appreciation Health & Wellness Fair Ball for Peace Expungement Clinic for Ex-Offenders All Star Softball Game Peace Rally Peace Rally