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July 15, 2016

Budget Sees Increases for Hunger, Education

Two of LAMPa’s priorities – hunger and education – receive increases in the state budget package that became final this week with the signing of a revenue bill that, at least on paper, seems to balance the spending bill that took effect July 1. The spending plan includes a 4.1 percent increase in the line item...

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July 15, 2016

LAMPa Welcomes Robert Rundle to Policy Council

LAMPa welcomes Robert L. Rundle Jr., President/Chief Executive Officer of SpiriTrust Lutheran, as its newest policy council member. Mr. Rundle has served the social ministry organization formerly known as Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania since 1994, at its helm since 2000. Prior to joining the agency, he served as Vice President for Finance...

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June 7, 2016

Governor Signs Fair Funding Formula

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the new school funding formula into law on June 3, but its impact on decreasing the wide disparities in student opportunities and taxpayer burdens between wealthy and poor districts depends upon the funding that flows through it. The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, of which LAMPa is a member, applauded Governor Wolf for signing...

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May 28, 2016

LAMPa Names Tracey DePasquale New Director

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey DePasquale as its new director.   DePasquale has served as interim director since December, following the promotion of the Rev. Amy Reumann to a post in Washington, D.C. LAMPa Policy Council Chair, The...

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May 11, 2016

Support Advocacy Storytelling Project

ELCA World Hunger Ambassadors Theresa Hanley and Emily Thomas are two of the Pa. Lutherans sharing stories of how their baptismal call to seek justice has led them to advocacy. The first video and study guide are almost complete, but the project aims to help others make their own videos and possibly share their stories...

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May 11, 2016

Moving on New Homelessness Report

LAMPa applauds the recommendations laid out in the new Joint State Government Commission study addressing homelessness in Pennsylvania, particularly the emphasis on homelessness prevention as well as early intervention to address long-term effects of homelessness on children and youth.  In 2014, LAMPa advocates successfully pressed for the creation of the task force to undertake the study.  LAMPa and other Housing...

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May 3, 2016

LAMPa Joins Rally for Fair Education Funding

HARRISBURG (MAY 2, 2016) – As state lawmakers return from the primary election to focus on the 2016-’17 state budget, LAMPa advocates,  local school officials, parents, and others from the Campaign for Fair Education Funding rallied in the state Capitol to call for $400 million more in public school funding to be driven through the state’s...

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March 23, 2016

Budget not worth the wait for students

HARRISBURG (March 23, 2015) – The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, of which LAMPa is a founding member, released the following statement in response to Gov. Wolf’s 2015-16 budget announcement:   “The 2015-16 budget that the governor is allowing to become law will permit schools that have been pushed to the brink by the budget impasse...

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March 7, 2016

Statewide Call to Action on Education Funding

As education appropriation hearings are underway, join others across Pennsylvania and take 5-10 minutes on Tuesday, March 8, to call state legislators to tell them that we need them to put Pennsylvania’s children first by investing in public education. Find your lawmakers here. Introduce yourself as a constituent and a member of ___________ congregation in.  As...

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March 6, 2016

The Rev. Titus Clarke Joins Policy Council

LAMPa welcomes the Rev. Titus Clarke as our newest policy council member from the Lower Susquehanna Synod. Pastor Clarke began his ministry, in Liberia, West Africa where he was born, and lived until 1992; when he came to the United States as a result of the Liberian Civil War.  He developed and organized the Peoples’...

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