Legislature enacts budget with childcare tax credit, indigent defense; addressing medical debt and whole-home repairs delayed

December 15th, 2023|

The General Assembly ended 2023 with passage of code bills that enact the budget. After months of stalled negotiations, and almost halfway through the fiscal year, the final bill passed with significant bipartisan support and was signed immediately by Gov.  Shapiro. “I think it's important to note that we learned

Housing, Education and Creation Care Get Boost in State Budget

July 13th, 2022|

The 2022-23 Pennsylvania budget includes significant gains for education, housing and creation care, but only  a modest increase for anti-hunger programs. A $1.8 billion increase in education funding makes strides toward decreasing the funding gap in what has been one of the least equitable school funding systems in the country.

LSS Hunger Ministry Lifts Needs of Seniors, Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

June 15th, 2022|

The Rev. Angela Hammer of St. Paul, Penryn, shared the experiences of her congregation's feeding ministry in a state Capitol press conference in support of proposed increases to minimum nutrition assistance benefits for seniors and Pennsylvanians with disabilities. Hunger leaders in all seven Pennsylvania synods have reported increasing need in

Governor’s Budget Proposal Includes Investments in Education, Jobs, Protections for Vulnerable

February 9th, 2022|

Gov. Tom Wolf's final budget proposal contains historic increases for education, among investments in infrastructure, jobs, and services for vulnerable Pennsylanians. Continuing a focus on improving public education and erasing one of the largest funding equity gaps in the country, Wolf outlined an additional $1.9 billion to benefit students from

Legislature Approves Changes to Emergency Rental and Housing Assistance Programs as Eviction Moratorium Set to End

July 2nd, 2021|

With the end of the national moratorium on evictions related to pandemic downturn set to end July 31, the General Assembly and governor approved measures to make it easier for counties to drive federal emergency assistance to affected renters and landlords, as well as a $350 million grant program for

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