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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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December 13, 2012

LAMPa Sets 2013-14 Advocacy Agenda

LAMPa Mission Statement: In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, we advocate for wise and just public policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common good. “The witness of this church in society flows from its identity as a community that lives from and for the gospel. Faith is active in love; love calls for...

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October 31, 2012

2012 LAMPa Advocacy Summary

LAMPa advocacy takes place through direct contacts in Harrisburg and involving the LAMPa network in email and call-in advocacy, offering testimony, writing letters to the editors and district visits. The impact of LAMPa advocacy in 2012 included: • Maintaining funding of the State Food Purchase Program, which provides vital grants to local food pantries, despite...

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April 2, 2012

Pennsylvania’s Own Hunger Games (or why the Human Services Development Fund matters)

If you haven’t read the hottest series since Harry Potter, here’s the gist of it. The Hunger Games is set in a futuristic United States where every year the capitol city requires its 12 enslaved and impoverished districts to select two teenagers to compete in a televised survival contest as punishment for an earlier rebellion....

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