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Farming Builds Healthy Communities

Did you know that urban and suburban agriculture is growing in Pennsylvania? After joining Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Redding and Philadelphia City Council to discuss urban farming last week, I am even more enthusiastic about what these farms can do for our neighborhoods. These farms sit at the intersection between economic development, community building and healthy living. Companies like Metropolis Farms Hope Garden Mosaicare developing innovative approaches to farming in indoor spaces, creating jobs and infusing food deserts with healthy eating options while building communities.

In the 4th District, I am proud of the work of Weavers Way to bring urban farming to Stenton Family Manor and Mort Brooks Farm. I am also proud of community gardens like La Mott’s, which is more than eighty years old. These farms supply fresh food, and combine self-reliance with shared responsibility while responding to hunger and food insecurity in our community. I encourage you and your family to get involved in farming in the 4th district.

Medical Cannabis Advocates Show that Participation is Power

Gov. WolfOn April 17th, Governor Wolf signed The Medical Marijuana Act (SB 3) into law, making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. Patients, families, advocates, and lawmakers came together to pass compassionate medical cannabis legislation. I was glad to co-sponsor SB 3, and am especially proud of the mothers whose advocacy made this victory possible. Their tireless effort in support of medical cannabis has shown us what is possible through citizen participation in governing. Because of their work, Pennsylvania has brought hope to families across the commonwealth who have been suffering without remedy.

Medical cannabis will have an enormous impact on the lives of sick children, adults and caregivers in Pennsylvania. This medicine presents our state with the possibility of bringing healing to those who suffer from seizures, cancer, PTSD and many other debilitating illnesses. It also provides Pennsylvania with opportunities for further economic growth through new jobs and increased tax revenue. Our legislature and Governor showed compassion and wisdom in passing this law.

Thank You to Our Constituent Service Outreach Partners

Constituent Services

Over the past several months, my staff has been getting out of the office and providing services to neighbors at locations throughout the district. This work would not be possible without community partners and businesses that allow my staff to serve on-site. These partners deserve recognition for their contributions in helping my office to provide constituent services. Our community partners include:

  • Brown’s Shop Rite in Cheltenham
  • Acme in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill
  • LaSalle Fresh Grocer
  • Springfield Library
  • East Cheltenham Library
  • Emlen Arms
  • Phillip Murray House
  • Imhotep Charter School
  • Martin Luther King High School
  • Salem Baptist Church
  • New Life Presbyterian Church
  • Senior Apartments at Cliveden

My office is continually looking for new locations for community outreach. Please contact my staff if you have suggestions for constituent service mobile locations.

Dare to Care,

Art Haywood
State Senator
4th District

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In the News

Senator Haywood Urges Residents to be Part of the Solution – Chestnut Hill Local

PPHILADELPHIA >> State Sen. Art Haywood (D-4) told attendees at a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 28, that his priorities for this year’s legislative session include raising the minimum wage, reducing gun violence and ensuring fair and adequate funding for public schools. Read More →

New Bills to help Volunteer Firefighters in Pennsylvania – Daily Local News

April 21, 2016 -- WEST CHESTER >> Two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing retention and recruitment of volunteer firefighters recently introduced to the state Senate will, legislators hope, help revitalize sagging volunteerism in Pennsylvania’s fire departments.

State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, of West Whiteland, introduced Senate Bill 1097 and the Student Volunteer Firefighter Housing Grant Act to the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

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State Senator, Liberal Group Want Tiered State Income Tax – NPR

April 12, 2016 -- As Pennsylvania’s government faces a budget deficit of well more than $1 billion in the next fiscal year, one legislator is teaming up with a Harrisburg think tank to call for changes to income tax rates.

According to state Sen. Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia) and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, the three proposals hashed out Monday would close the state’s “structural” budget deficit by shifting the income tax burden from low- and middle-income residents to the wealthiest Pennsylvanians.

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