Congratulations to the Superbowl Champions Philadelphia Eagles
I was proud to sponsor Senate Resolution 269 and officially recognize our hometown Philadelphia Eagles on their stunning victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. It was the thrill of a lifetime to participate in the Super Bowl parade and share my joy with so many passionate Eagles fans from across Philadelphia, the state, and the entire nation. Go Birds!
Grand Re-opening of the ShopRite of Island Avenue
The Island Avenue ShopRite is open for business once again! After updates and renovations, this industry leader will continue to provide healthier food choices to the surrounding community. ShopRite is always seeking ways to improve and bring new vendors to our area. The Island Ave. new location is now home to SaladWorks, which marks the first time this healthier alternative has been available in a grocery store. I want to thank Jeff Brown and all ShopRite employees for their efforts in making our community healthier and happier.
Senator Williams Hosts Another Teletown Hall
I was pleased to host a district-wide teletown hall on February 5. It is always good to hear from constituents, but I am so impressed with the rate of participation and increasing community engagement that I have seen all over the district. Thank you for your engagement in state and local government. I want to hear from you. Keep it up!
I asked for your input on issues facing the 8th District. Click here to how you responded.
The 2018-19 State Budget
Budget hearings are underway in Harrisburg following Governor Wolf’s address earlier this month. Though we have a long way to go, I am hopeful that Democrats and Republicans will work toward passing a budget on time this year. Governor Wolf’s commonsense budget proposal provides a solid foundation for speedy negotiations.
Notably, the Governor’s proposal includes an additional $225 million to improve education in Pennsylvania. I fully support his efforts to improve educational outcomes for all Pennsylvanians and hope to secure even more funding for our schools.
The Pennsylvania State Supreme Court struck a blow for partisan balance this month when it struck down the 2011 Congressional map and implemented its own for the upcoming 2018 election. The single, most important principle of American democracy is the idea that every vote counts. The 2011 Congressional map sought to undo this notion and the Court was right in its decision to strike it down as a violation of our state constitution. The map implemented by the court is fair to all parties and is a positive step for Pennsylvania.
I sincerely hope that this arduous process has laid the foundation for a consistent redistricting process in the future.
Like so many, I am deeply saddened by the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Shootings like these are a tragic reminder that we have so much work to do to ensure that our children are safe from harm. I have long supported gun control reform measures which would reduce gun crime across Pennsylvania. I have long championed Philadelphia’s Joint Local-State Firearm Task Force and its mission to curb illegal gun violence in the city. I will soon submit a Senate Resolution calling for the formation of a statewide gun registry and am a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 501, which restricts access to firearms for perpetrators of domestic violence.
I was proud to stand with students of the 8th District as they came together to speak out against the gun violence epidemic. As we have seen over the past few weeks, our young people are the conscience of our nation and will help bring about the fundamental change we need to end this public health crisis.
Criminal Justice Reform
Philadelphia’s District Attorney took a significant step toward changing how cash bail works in Philadelphia with his announcement that he will no longer seek cash bail for most low-level offenses. I applaud the District Attorney’s decision. Philadelphians should not be subject to jail time simply because they cannot afford cash bail.
There is work that we can do in Harrisburg on this and other issues. To that end, I have PA Black Caucus Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee, which was formed earlier this month to provide greater support to all legislation that seeks to make our criminal justice system fair for all of us. I look forward to continuing my efforts toward criminal justice reform as part of this subcommittee.
Mercy Philadelphia Groundbreaking Ceremony
Congratulations to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital on the expansion and renovation of the emergency room department. This is a very exciting project for MPH that will further improve the care experience provided to our west Philadelphia community.
8th District Spotlight – Black History Month
For Black History month we payed homage to some local heroes. Our “Future Faces of Black History” are paving the way to a better PA today, tomorrow and always! Watch the full video below.