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August 16, 2013

Act Now To Protect Loyalsock State Forest from Drilling

The Corbett Administration and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) have been negotiating extensive new gas development in the Loyalsock State Forest with Anadarko Petroleum for well over a year. An unusual land deed gives the Governor and DCNR extraordinary powers to protect a section of the Loyalsock known as the Clarence Moore Lands,...

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July 18, 2013

“God’s Work. Our Voices.” Monday. September 9, 2013

On September 8, ELCA congregations across Pennsylvania will be serving their neighbors during “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday. Together we will prepare or deliver meals, fix houses, collect supplies, help a child learn to read and so much more. But what will happen on Monday for those disciples engaged in service and the people with...

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July 9, 2013

LAMPa Launches School Breakfast Campaign

Although the calendar tells us summer has just begun, come Independence Day, students, teachers and parents know back-to-school preparation is just around the corner.  Here at LAMPa, we will be using the summer legislative recess to meet with synod staff and congregations in the “Feed My Lambs” campaign to expand school breakfast participation. In Pennsylvania,...

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July 8, 2013

Senate Derails Payday Move by House

 Payday lenders convinced state House Republican leaders to slip a line into a Fiscal Code bill needed to implement aspects of the new state budget stating that it was the “intent” of House and Senate Republican leaders to pass legislation by October to legalize high-interest payday loans in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately for the Payday industry, the...

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July 3, 2013

State Food Purchase Program Sees Funding Increase

For the first time since the 2006-2007 State Budget, the State Food Purchase Program (SFPP)  has received a funding increase. SFPP was allocated an increase of $100,000.00, or 0.6% over the current fiscal year. This represents a departure from the trend of recent years, in which funding decreased or was held flat in a time...

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June 11, 2013

New Payday Loan Bill Introduced: SB 975

Payday lending proponents have unveiled their proposal in the Senate to bring legalized predatory payday loans to Pennsylvania. It is Senate Bill 975, and bears the misleading title of  “Micro Loan Reform”. This proposal intends to override the Commonwealth’s strong consumer protections and to legalize harmful payday loan products in Pennsylvania. The bill was passed...

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April 4, 2013

LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR BY EXPANDING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE: A Call to the Faith Community in Pennsylvania

On the night before his death, Jesus teaches his disciples one final lesson. He models what it means to be a disciple by serving others and washing their feet. He instructs his closest followers that serving God means loving our neighbor and tending to their needs before our own. Jesus showed his love through direct...

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February 7, 2013

It Takes a Village to Keep Predatory Lending Out of PA

“STOP Predatory Payday Loans in PA Coalition” is a network of concerned agencies, organizations and individuals (including LAMPa) working to keep the legislature of the Commonwealth of PA from legalizing payday loans. Payday loans  are small loans at greater than 300% interest.  Last session, House Bill  2191 narrowly passed in the PA house last session,...

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February 7, 2013

Cover the Commonwealth by Expanding Medicaid

Pennsylvania’s recent track record on healthcare for the poor has restricted rather than promoted health and well-being for the most vulnerable. There is now an opportunity to reverse that trend through expansion of the Medicaid program. There are currently more than 1.3 million uninsured in the Commonwealth. Accepting the opportunity to expand the  Medicaid program...

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February 6, 2013

LAMPa and the 2013-14 State Budget

On February 5, Governor Corbett unveiled his $28.4 billion budget for the next fiscal year, an increase of $400 million, or 1%, from the budget in place when he took office in 2011. In contrast to previous budgets, which were shrouded in secrecy before the reveal, this year the Governor crisscrossed the state announcing his...

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