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Parents need a helping hand: H.B. 2035

Statement on H.B. 2035 from Melissa Shusterman, candidate for PA House 157

Rep. Carolyn T. Comitta, along with several bipartisan cosponsors, has recently introduced H.B. 2035. H.B. 2035 would provide a tax deduction of up to $10,000 to help offset the costs of childcare for Pennsylvania families. Childcare is a necessity for many Pennsylvanians but is a cost that is rising quickly and burdening families.

For many years, I had to raise my son as a single mother while also starting my own business. I know how hard it is to balance raising a family and the demands of a career. I know the stress of having to make hard choices on a tight budget. I also know that this bill will go a long way to easing the strain on Pennsylvania’s hard-working families. Childcare should not be an impossibility for so many of them. I wholeheartedly support this bill.

If elected State Representative, I will vote for this bill and continue to work towards making life easier for the families of our state and our district.

Local attorney challenging Barrar for 160th state House seat

by Fran Maye, Daily Local News, 2/7/18

KENNETT TOWNSHIP >> Anton Andrew, a Kennett Township attorney, on Wednesday announced his intention to seek election to the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the 160th district. Andrew, a Democrat, seeks to unseat Republican incumbent Stephen Barrar, who has held the seat for the past 21 years.

Andrew said his decision to run was largely spurred by gerrymandering, the manipulation of boundaries of an electoral constituency to benefit a political party.

“When I fully understood the gerrymandering issue, that’s when I decided I could not sit on the fence any longer,” Andrew said. “I have spent my whole life trying to give people a voice, and I just got upset by the way (Barrar) and the (Republican) party in general have systematically disenfranchised me, whether by gerrymandering or anything else.”

Andrew said education funding and infrastructure are his top priorities….

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Parkland

Yesterday afternoon, a 19-year-old with a weapon of war walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and opened fire, killing 17 people and injuring many others.

We have seen this happen too many times. This is not normal. This is not acceptable. This is not inevitable. It’s long past time for our leaders to stop pretending we are helpless in the face of such tragedy.

Let’s be very clear about something. The vast majority of Americans support common-sense solutions to prevent this type of gun violence. But the special interests that stand against measures like universal background checks are ruthless — and they’re also better organized.

Each election cycle, the NRA spends tens of millions of dollars to defeat candidates who will stand against their extreme agenda — and as a result, many Republican elected officials owe their election in part to support from the gun lobby. So it’s no surprise why gun violence prevention legislation never makes any progress in Congress.

Enough is enough. What we’re letting happen right now in America is madness. Our children and our country deserve better.

We deserve a Congress that is willing to take up this debate. We deserve more than thoughts and prayers when these tragedies happen. We deserve leaders who understand the urgent need to take action on this issue.

Changing our gun laws won’t stop every mass shooting — but it will stop some of them. And we have to try.

There are solutions that can address our nation’s epidemic of gun violence — such as expanding background checks and closing the gun-show loophole. Now we just need to elect a Congress with the courage to stand up to the gun lobby.

We must not become numb to these horrendous mass shootings. We must keep fighting.

Tom Perez
Chair, Democratic National Committee

P.S. It is up to all of us to demand action on this issue. Add your name to tell Congress it’s past time to take action to address our country’s gun violence epidemic.

The wrong people are in jail

By Kathi Cozzone, Chester County Commissioner and candidate for Lt. Gov., The Times of Chester County, Feb 7th, 2018

If your child or spouse or parent had a mental illness, addiction or developmental disability, would you want them in jail or somewhere that could help them get better?

County jails and taxpayers dollars are increasingly being used to detain pre-trial offenders and house inmates who suffer from such issues; the majority of which do not pose a public safety risk.

Simply stated, county jails are the largest mental health facilities in our country, and Chester County is no exception.

Although offenders must be held accountable for their actions, most of these individuals have not committed serious crimes. Statistics indicate the mentally ill will spend two-and-a-half to eight times longer in jail than their non-mentally ill counterparts, so a more effective use of our limited resources is to safely provide treatment and support to those with mental health and substance abu…

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