Good Tuesday afternoon, and welcome to my new First District Connection!
No budget news to share this time, but unlike previous editions, I am cautiously optimistic there will be an agreement soon. The talk around Harrisburg is we may be in session this weekend. I’ll keep you posted.
Thank you for your continued support, and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and survived Black Friday.
Call me, 215-952-3121, if I can help you with a problem or if you would like to share an idea.
Standing with Philly Airport Contract Employees
Working to increase PA’s minimum wage for everyone, but also taking the time to stand up for those who need more than $7.25 an hour – now.
In late November, I voiced my support for the airplane cleaners, baggage handlers and other workers employed by airline subcontractors at the Philadelphia International Airport and walked off the job to protest low pay and efforts to stop their unionization.
Read more here.
We had an interesting conversation about a week ago on a bill to encourage more waterfront development in Philly and throughout the commonwealth.
Read more here.
1st District Difference Makers
Because there are many, many good people and organizations in the First Senate District, I am featuring them in “1st District Difference Makers.”
We kicked this off with Broad Street Ministry. In today’s edition: the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Enjoy our video tribute to this 191-year-old Philly-based preservation group’s work to save all things important to Pennsylvania’s past.
Affordable Care Act Help
If you want your new Affordable Care Act to be working for you beginning Jan. 1, you have just two weeks to pick your new health care policy.
The open enrollment window closes Jan. 31 but only policies picked and enrolled in by Dec. 15 will begin on New Year’s Day.
If you need assistance doing this, Enroll America is teaming up to deliver enrollment opportunities at Jefferson Health – Methodist Hospital (2301 S. Broad St., Radiation/Oncology Building, Philadelphia) on Fridays and Saturdays.
Enrollment help is available from 10 AM to 4 PM on Fridays and 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays, with the exceptions of Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 and 2.
Walk ins are accepted, but guaranteed appointments are easy to make by visiting https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector/?location=116821.
Delaware Valley Community Health also has a hotline (215-684-5370) to answer your questions and guide you through the process.
Handbags for Philly’s Homeless Women
Getting to school or work is next to impossible without the help of a handbag, backpack or purse. If you’re like some people, you get a new backpack or carryall once a year or every-other year and then your old one sits, lonely, in a closet or attic or basement wondering if they’ll ever be used again.
Here’s a great idea: why not donate it?
Until the end of this month, the Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness Center’s Helping Handbags program is collecting bags of all styles – plus feminine hygiene products, hairbrushes, toothbrushes, clean socks and towels – to help our city’s homeless women.
Donations to RWWC’s Helping Handbags effort can be dropped off at the center, 1632 Pine St., Philly.
Find Parking with New App
The Philadelphia Parking Authority has debuted an app, meterUP, to help motorists find parking spaces – and fines for expired meters. Check it out here.
I was proud to distribute 30 turkeys with the help of Lutheran Settlement House in celebration of the recent Thanksgiving holiday.
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