Mike Schlossberg for State Representative
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Improving Schools and Slowing Property Taxes
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132nd Legislative District
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Education

  • Funding Our Schools: Quite simply, Allentown and Parkland were both devastated by the Corbett cuts of 2010, and almost no Representative has had as much success as I have at restoring funding. Working with Senator Browne, Representative Schweyer and the Governor's administration, Allentown and Parkland have seen a massive infusion of state funding during my time in office. Since 2013, Allentown School District has received an additional $38 million funding increase (31%), while Parkland has seen an addition $5 million (43%). That money has allowed for a restoration in art, music and gym in Allentown, as well as an expansion of full-day kindergarten in both Allentown and Parkland.

  • A revolutionary way of putting more kids into Early Childhood Education: I’m the prime sponsor of a new type of funding mechanism that is just starting to capture attention worldwide. It’s called Pay for Success, and it works by getting private investors to put money into an area where multiple studies show that, with early investment, you can reap the benefits later down the line. A prime example of this is Early Childhood Education, and if we can get this funding mechanism up and running in Pennsylvania, we can give tens of thousands of children a high quality education while saving taxpayers millions.

Mental Health

  • Fighting mental health stigma: In August 2013, I wrote about my fifteen year struggle with depression and anxiety. I did so because I was tired of hearing about the stigma that surrounds people with mental health challenges. I have spoken regularly about the issue, including on the House floor. I will continue to speak on this, because one out of every four Americans actively suffer from some sort of mental health challenge. The more people like me can speak, the more we can, hopefully, encourage others to seek treatment.

  • Co-Founding the Mental Health Caucus: As a result of my column, I cofounded the Mental Health Caucus. This Caucus seeks to advocate for mental health issues, including funding and anti-stigma efforts.

  • Helping mothers and children with depression: As part of these efforts, I am cosponsoring legislation that would make it easier for mothers whose children were in the Commonwealth’s Early Intervention program to get treatment.

Transportation

  • As a member of the Transportation Committee, I worked closely with legislative leaders and ultimately supported the recently enacted $2.4 billion transportation package. In the next five years, the 132nd District will see thousands of jobs and $200 million in infrastructure investments. At the same time, Allentown will get an additional $1.5 million in liquid fuels money, thus creating property tax relief for the people of Allentown.

  • The recently enacted transportation package will create 50,000 - 60,000 jobs and retain thousands more. Every dollar invested in this area will generates $4 in economic returns while simultaneously protecting public safety and ensuring that Pennsylvania’s economy is prepared for the 21st century. Locally, the bill will allow for:

    • Widening and resurfacing of Route 22.

    • Repair and replacement of the 8th Street Bridge.

    • Repaving on Tilghman, Hamilton, Chew, Mauch Chunk and Walbert.

    • A downtown traffic study to determine what traffic improvements are needed for the new arena and office buildings.

    • Full replacement of the Gordon Street Bridge over the Jordan.

    • Purchase of hybrid buses by LANTA.

Expanding health care and making Pennsylvania healthier

  • Fighting for stricter vaccine laws: Pennsylvania has one of the worst vaccination rates in the entire country. Working with my Republican friend, Becky Corbin (R-Chester), we proposed a bill that would eliminate the philosophical exemption for vaccinations, making sure that all kids who are medically able go to school vaccinated. Portions of that change are now being enacted into new regulation proposed by Governor Wolf.

  • Doctor shortage: Pennsylvania, like the rest of the nation, faces a critical doctor shortage over the next few decades. I worked with the Republican Whip, Brian Cutler (R-Lancaster), to enact a resolution that would study the problem. The resulting report is in the process of being enacted. This will make sure that any Pennsylvanian who needs a doctor will be able to see one.

Protecting the most vulnerable

  • Protecting rape victims: Before the Rape Victims Protection Act had passed, rape victims were in a terrible situation. Under previous Pennsylvania law, a rape victim who had a child as a result of the rape could only do one of two things: Sue the rapist for child support, or have the rapistís child custody rights revoked. She could not do both. This was an unacceptable loophole, and legislation which I wrote closed it. My portion of this law allowed a woman to seek child support while terminating parental rights. I am proud to say that the bill was signed into law by Governor Wolf earlier this year.

  • Protecting domestic violence victims: I am the author of House Bill 12, which was signed into law by Governor Wolf in April 2016. That bill does two things:

    • Allow a spouse whose spouse had been convicted of a crime against them to get a divorce in 90 days instead of the standard two years.

    • Remove the ability of a judge to mandate counseling when one party had a Protection from Abuse order against the other.

  • Protecting children in home daycares: Certain types of Pennsylvania daycares had an unacceptable loophole: Other residents of a home daycare did not have to undergo the same type of background checks as people who worked in a daycare, creating a situation whereby criminals could have easy access to children. I proposed a bill last year which would close that loophole, and I am pleased to say that the Governor’s office took that bill and turned it into a regulation, ensuring that children will be protected regardless of where they go to daycare.

  • Securing children in cars: Working with Senator Browne, I wrote a law which requires children who are two and under to be in a rear-facing childseat; previously, no such requirements existed. Multiple studies show that riding this way makes kids safer, and I'm proud to say, once again, that Governor Wolf signed this bill into law earlier this year.

 

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