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July 2, 2019

Free Certified Legal Translations Available for Asylees

Free certified legal translations for asylees are available through global wordsmiths. Global wordsmiths is a Social Enterprise  that provides language translation and interpretation services, as well as language access consulting and training. ​ Every dollar of profit they earn is used to finance their innovative Social Impact Initiatives. The cost of certified translations is a...

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July 1, 2019

General Assistance For PA Poor Eliminated

A decades-long General Assistance (GA) program that had been re-instated by the state Supreme Court last year was eliminated last week, affecting more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians reported to be relying on the small, temporary program targeted to the most vulnerable as a bridge in times of crisis. LAMPa staff and other advocates had accompanied recipients,...

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July 1, 2019

Gov. Wolf Signs 2019-2020 Budget

On June 28, Pennsylvania adopted a $34 billion budget that includes no new taxes but socks $330 million away in a rainy day fund. Highlights include increases for housing, education (basic, pre-k and special education), election security and help for a struggling agricultural industry. Funding for the state’s two major anti-hunger programs was held level....

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June 21, 2019

KIDS COUNT Data Book Shows Pennsylvania Ranks 17th for Overall Child Well-being

The 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows Pennsylvania ranks 17th for overall child well-being. According to the report – one of the more comprehensive national reviews of child wellbeing – Pennsylvania made gains in economic well-being, education and health, and is holding steady in family...

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June 20, 2019

Lutheran Advocates Join Hundreds in Rally for 100% Renewable Energy

On June 19, Lutheran advocates from around the Commonwealth joined more than 300 rallying in the Capitol for a plan to get Pennsylvania to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 in an attempt to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Advocates visited lawmakers to thank them for their support or to urge them to...

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June 19, 2019

United Way Report Shows More Struggling For Basics In PA

In 2017, 1,856,785 households in Pennsylvania — 37 percent — could not afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology. A new report from the United Way of Pennsylvania shows that economic recovery reported since the Great Recession has been uneven, and more Pennsylvania households could not afford to...

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June 17, 2019

LAMPa Welcomes Susan Barclay to Policy Council

Susan Barclay, a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Rockwood, Pennsylvania, part of the Allegheny Synod, recently joined the LAMPa Policy Council. She is a retired mathematics teacher from Rockwood Area School District. Susan is married to Kirby Barclay, the mother of four children and four grandchildren, all the loves of her life. She...

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June 12, 2019

New Resource Available – “The Forgotten Luther II: Reclaiming the Church’s Public Witness”

In this critical time in history, “The Forgotten Luther II: Reclaiming the Church’s Public Witness”, this volume argues that what is urgently needed is a cogent, clear, biblically based and theologically grounded rationale for the manner in which the church speaks and acts in the political arena. Lured at times into other-worldly quietism because of...

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June 12, 2019

Take Action On the 2020 Census

Pennsylvania is at risk of an undercount in the 2020 Census, and this could mean a significant loss of federal funds for healthcare, nutrition assistance, transportation, housing, education, programs for children and parents, and much more. Pennsylvanians can not afford to put these programs needlessly at risk.  That’s why every Pennsylvania resident needs to take immediate action...

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June 11, 2019

Contact Your State Lawmakers to Include General Assistance In State Budget

Please act today to urge your state representative and senator to vote to include General Assistance in the PA General Budget. General Assistance will best serve Commonwealth residents if it is included in the General Budget, NOT as an afterthought in the Human Code. General Assistance in Pennsylvania (GA) provides cash support – about $200...

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