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Tell your Legislator to Support Guaranteed Funding for Whole Home Repairs!

By Jason Capello / February 22, 2024
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Pa. Gov. Josh Shapiro proposed $50 million in state funding for the “Whole-Home Repairs” program in his 2024 budget proposal. Last year he did the same, only for funding to be blocked because of partisan politics. The Whole Home Repairs program allows homeowners and small landlords to make necessary home repairs, including weatherization, water or […]

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PA Budget Deal Leaves Out Whole-Home Repairs: State Officials Playing Politics with People’s Homes

By Lisa DePaoli / December 18, 2023
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Washington and Greene Counties need more funding for the program, not less. So far, Washington County has granted awards for workforce development in the construction industry, which should help to address long-standing labor shortages. Greene County has prioritized veterans and disabled resident repairs, with a portion utilized for workforce development.

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CCJ Applauds Gov Shapiro’s Decision to Appeal Court’s Block of RGGI

By Lisa DePaoli / November 22, 2023
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Ethan Story, Advocacy Director for the Center for Coalfield Justice, stated “We are excited that the Governor has made this decision. Pennsylvania communities need this for many reasons. Although RGGI is not the perfect answer for our state, it is a step in the right direction toward a just transition. RGGI is something that most residents want and deserve. It also would bring incredible environmental benefits. It is unclear how the state would use the funds to bring frontline and coal communities the help they need and deserve. CCJ will continue to advocate for these funds to be invested into these communities.” 

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Black Lung and Silica Rule Updates

By Nick Hood / August 28, 2023
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Living in coal country, most of us know someone who has – or, more unfortunately, had – black lung, silicosis, and other respiratory diseases associated with coal mining.   Sure, on paper the companies may show compliance with state regulations, but the fact is, more and more miners receive diagnoses of irreversible and progressive lung […]

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What is Environmental Justice, Anyway?

By Nina Victoria / June 27, 2023
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The term environmental justice gets thrown around a lot. President Biden talks about it, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has environmental justice policies, CCJ works on environmental justice issues, but what is it and how does it actually help people and communities? What is Environmental Justice? The environmental justice movement has its roots in […]

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HB 847 Hopes to Address Two Election Concerns, Making the Process Easier for Voters and the Counties

By Paul Fedore / May 31, 2023
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A bill with potential to address election concerns has made it through the State Government Committee and has been laid on the table of the House of Representatives.  HB 847, introduced by Centre County Representative Scott Conklin, would amend the state election code to allow counties seven days prior to Election Day to pre-canvass mail-in […]

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