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  • 2016 Resolutions for PA Legislature

    As a new year begins, one should remain optimistic about all aspects of life, including our state government in Harrisburg. Resolutions for 2016 – whether they pertain to our health, career, relationships, or public policy – are a good place to start. If elected to state representative next November in the 146th District, I, Joe Ciresi, ...
  • Harrisburg is Blocking Bipartisan Gun Reform

    As the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on two commonsense gun reforms, which are supported by over 80 percent of Republican and Democratic voters in recent polls, Pennsylvania legislators want to stop them in their tracks. Rep. Tom Quigley (R-146th), supported and co-sponsored House Bill 357, which states that any “any Federal law which attempts ...
  • A Forward-Looking Plan for Rail in Western Montco

    May 7 marks National Train Day, but you are forgiven if you can’t take the train. I hope someday soon people from Pottstown, Royersford and Limerick can take SEPTA to their jobs in Philadelphia. That vision of a daily commute without the Route 422 traffic jam was one of the reasons I attended a conference in ...
  • True Fair Funding for Schools

    Your zip code should have nothing to do with education outcomes. But because Pennsylvania’s funding formula for school districts remains unfair, taxpayers who live in one region may be saddled with higher property taxes. For instance, the Spring-Ford Area School District receives about 17 percent of its funding from the state, while the statewide average is ...
  • Equal Pay Day

    Today, my campaign stands united with women throughout Pennsylvania and across the country for equal pay for equal work. April 12 is Equal Pay Day because the average female worker would have to labor until April 12, 2016, to be paid as much as the typical man took home by Dec. 31, 2015, according to the ...
  • Ciresi to PA Lawmakers: Do Your Job

    Together with over 150 students and citizens, we rallied inside the Capitol this week for a responsible budget to fund our schools and students. For the third time since last September, we traveled to Harrisburg to lobby the people who are supposed to represent us. This is not about theater or showmanship. Tom Quigley just doesn’t get ...
  • Untitled

    The Ciresi campaign submitted more than double the required petition signatures from registered Democrats in the 146th House District to quality for the April 26th Primary Election ballot. Needing at least 300 signatures, the campaign made a second drop in Harrisburg on Tuesday — bringing Ciresi’s tally to 647 “Without the support of our volunteers, who took ...
  • Take Back Gifts for Drillers, Restore Common Interests

    Most of what we buy is taxed: clothing, cars and a restaurant meal, for instance. But an energy source pulled from the ground – natural gas – is not taxed in Pennsylvania. This revenue source would provide needed funding for our schools and higher education, in addition to infrastructure upgrades. How about property tax relief? In ...
  • Keystone Exams Should be Erased

    Last week, in a rare display of bipartisanship, the Pennsylvania Legislature voted unanimously to delay the start of Keystone Exams for high school seniors. Joe Ciresi, Democratic candidate for state rep in the 146th District, says lawmakers should take the extra step of eliminating these graduation exams altogether. “School districts have spent hundreds of thousands of ...
  • Pennsylvania’s Growing Mismanagement

    The failure of the Pennsylvania Legislature to manage taxpayer money has real consequences, including higher property taxes in the Pottstown, Perkiomen Valley, Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford Area school districts. Just before the start of the new year, Standard & Poor’s described the emergency, stop-gap $30.3 billion budget signed by Gov. Wolf as “structurally unbalanced” and hinted at ...