Working for You

It is an honor to work for you and the residents of our district and I take great pride in representing you in Harrisburg. I am aware of the challenges that face our state and I am dedicated to facing those challenges so that together, we can make our communities the best that they can be. As a way for you to keep up with the work that is happening on your behalf, check the stories listed below, and as always, feel free to contact me for more information about any state-related matters.

Roxborough addiction recovery school stands as model as Pennsylvania considers new program
From Montgomery Media
ROXBOROUGH >> When state Rep. John Taylor, R-177, announced new legislation last month instituting a pilot program for addiction recovery schools in Pennsylvania, it was at Roxborough’s Bridge Way School, the only recognized addiction recovery school in the City of Philadelphia.

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Pa. can help high school students in recovery
From philly.com
Pennsylvania leads the nation in drug-overdose deaths among young adult men. According to the Trust for America’s Health, our state suffered 30.3 deaths per 100,000 young-adult male residents. When all ages and genders are combined, Pennsylvania ranks ninth in the nation.

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Philly lawmaker proposes Pa.'s first public 'recovery high school'
From philly.com
A state lawmaker from Philadelphia plans to introduce legislation next week that would create Pennsylvania's first publicly funded "recovery high school" for students with drug addictions.

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Some Pa. Lawmakers Look To Establish High School For Students Recovering From Substance Abuse
From CBS
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some Pennsylvania lawmakers are making a push to establish a public high school for students recovering from substance abuse.

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Taylor discusses budget battle, possible solutions
From Northeast Times
State Rep. John Taylor does not sense much in­terest among his con­stitu­ents when it comes to the on­go­ing budget battle.

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Taylor Says Pa. Budget Standoff Will Last For Weeks
From The Public Record
Don’t hold your breath while you’re waiting for the Pennsylvania budget impasse to be resolved.

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Taylor To Support Legislation Against Sanctuary Cities
From: Northeast Times
Fol­low­ing the death of Kath­ryn Steinle, who was gunned down in San Fran­cisco by an il­leg­al im­mig­rant, Rep. John Taylor an­nounced he will co-spon­sor le­gis­la­tion to re­quire state and loc­al law en­force­ment agen­cies to com­ply with fed­er­al law and co­oper­ate with fed­er­al im­mig­ra­tion of­fi­cials.

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Rep. Taylor Sees Compromise Budget
From: The Philly Public Record
State Rep. John Taylor (R-Northeast), GOP leader in the State House, reports, “Despite the Governor’s veto, the GOP budget establishes a baseline from which to negotiate a budget that does the following:

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Heart of the Home
From: Northeast Times
The Mayfair Community Development Corporation demonstrated the theory of addition by subtraction last Friday morning. As the CDC and its partners cut the ribbon on a newly renovated row home at 3446 Ryan Ave., Mayfair lost one abandoned house and gained renewed hope that blight can be eradicated from the neighborhood.

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Lawmakers: Failing schools need more than just money
From: Watchdog.org
Philadelphia schools are in line for a $70 million bailout from the City Council this week.

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Time to reform Pa. schools
From: philly.com
As legislators, we have witnessed, year after year, the tragedy that befalls tens of thousands of children in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania who are trapped in public schools that consistently fail to meet the needs of their students.

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Taylor bill would aid state’s lowest-performing schools
From: Northeast Times
State Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.) plans to in­tro­duce le­gis­la­tion in­ten­ded to res­cue the state’s low­est-per­form­ing schools.

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HARRISBURG BREAKTHROUGH? State Rep. John Taylor Says Maybe
From: phillyrecord.com
A political whirlwind unleashed by the weird general election of November 2014 may just lay the groundwork for a transformative year in Pennsylvania, starting right now.
 
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Taylor to Hold Senior Expo on October 10th
From:
Juniata News
Rep. John J. Taylor (R-Philadelphia) will hold his annual Senior Expo on Friday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Cohocksink Recreation Center, Cedar and Cambria streets.
 
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Deceased Owner Checklist
From: Juniata News
Representative John Taylor has prepared common sense checklists for his constituent on how to handle situations dealing with bad neighbors, as well as possible Conservatorship properties and those parcels that have been neglected due to a deceased owner.

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Taylor to Introduce Legislation to Decriminalize Out-of-State Liquor Sales
From: Juniata News
Rep. John Taylor (R-Philadelphia) will introduce legislation to decriminalize the purchase of out-of-state wine and liquor.

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Conservatorship Checklist
From: Juniata News
Representative John Taylor has prepared common sense checklists for his constituent on how to handle situations dealing with bad neighbors, as well as possible Conservatorship properties and those parcels that have been neglected due to a deceased owner.

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Pa. GOP Wants To Decriminalize Out-Of-State Liquor Sales
From: The Daily Caller
It’s currently illegal to bring alcohol purchased outside state lines into Pennsylvania, and Republican lawmakers are tired of it.
 
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Bill Would Let Pennsylvanians Buy Booze Out of State
From:
NBC 10 News
Pennsylvania lawmakers have put the cork in privatizing state-run liquor stores for now, but one Philadelphia Republican is still trying to chip away at the state's Prohibition-era alcohol laws. 
 
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Bridesburg: Five People Making A Difference
From: Philadelphia Neighborhoods
The Bridesburg community is full of residents working not only to make ends meat, but to also better their neighborhood. From the members of the Bridesburg Community Development Corporation to the volunteers at the Bridesburg Community Food Pantry, the neighborhood is full of people looking to move the area forward. The people running these organizations strive to make a positive difference.

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Last man standing
From: AXIS PHILLY
One morning in late spring 2012, state Rep. John Taylor woke to find he was the lone Republican serving Philadelphia in Harrisburg. For decades, the GOP in Northeast Philadelphia had contributed five of its own to the 27-member House delegation, but retirement and scandal had decimated the ranks. The party has yet to seat a state senator from the city in this century.

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Guest Commentary from state Rep. John Taylor
From:
NORTHEAST TIMES
Taylor's take on the Phil­adelphia land bank.

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Letters: Editorial wrong, GOP rep says
From: Philadelphia Daily News
HAVING been in the Pennsylvania Legislature for the past three decades, I have sufficient institutional and historic knowledge to question a recent Daily News editorial based on the false and misleading claim of a school-funding consultant that "the School District of Philadelphia would receive $360 million more a year" if a 2008 Rendell administration school-funding plan had been "kept in place."

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Letters:
Curing Philly's 'bad example'
From:
Philadelphia Daily News 
MOST neighborhood activists will tell you that the longer a vacant property sits unoccupied, the more vulnerable it becomes to vandalism and decay - and the more likely that surrounding properties will experience similar decay and destruction.

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Legislators plan scrap metal office
From The Northeast Times
State Reps. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.) and John Taylor (R-177th dist.) an­nounced that they plan to in­tro­duce le­gis­la­tion to im­ple­ment a statewide scrap met­al of­fice.

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Two blighted homes, one hardworking office
From The Northeast Times
State Rep. John Taylor's office is pursuing legal remedies to get two abandoned and unsanitary homes in Port Richmond cleaned and sealed, with some results.

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We Need a 'Common Sense' Background Check Bill
From The Juniata News
Gun violence is a growing epidemic in our great city.

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