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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]