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John Yudichak


Coronavirus Updates

In order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and protect public health and safety, my offices in Harrisburg, Nanticoke and Jim Thorpe are closed temporarily. However, you can still reach my office via phone and email.

Please visit for all contact info.

Governor Wolf and officials from the Department of Health are also providing daily updates to the public. The updates are available at

I have also added resources to my website for small businesses in the 14th District needing assistance during this time. We will continue to update this section as we receive more information. Please visit

For all other COVID-19 coronavirus updates, please visit the Department of Health’s website at  or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

We’re For Jobs!

Last week I joined my House and Senate colleagues, organized labor, and other economic development organizations at two rallies in Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre to urge Governor Wolf to sign House Bill 1100, the Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit.

Over my last two decades in public life, I have seen few, if any pieces of legislation that has brought together organized labor and the business community like the coalition that has rallied behind House Bill 1100.

House Bill 1100 would require companies to make the following investments in PA:

  • A capital investment of at least $450 million to construct the facility and place it into service.
  • Creation of at least 800 full-time jobs (construction and/or permanent jobs).
  • Payment of prevailing wage on any construction, reconstruction demolition, alteration or maintenance of the facility.
  • A company must make a good faith effort to employ local construction workers.
  • A company must purchase and use Pennsylvania natural gas to produce a Pennsylvania manufactured petrochemical product.

3/9/20 – Good Jobs for Pennsylvania (HB 1100)

Community Dek Hockey rink to Be built at Toyota Sportsplex

A multi-functional dek hockey rink and community event space will be the newest addition to the Toyota SportsPlex complex in Wilkes-Barre thanks in part to a $250,000 Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Tourism grant.

For more than twenty years, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have been great teammates with the city of Wilkes-Barre and Luzerne County in making professional hockey a cornerstone of our tourism economy that attracts thousands of visitors, creates hundreds of jobs, and leverages millions of dollars in private investment in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The rink development is part of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation’s Project Power Play. In addition to the state grant, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Highmark Corporate Giving have each pledged $40,000 to the project.  Construction on the rink is expected to begin later this spring and be completed by mid summer.

School Safety and Security Grants Awarded in the 14th Senatorial District

I recently announced that over $1 million in School Safety and Security Grants were awarded in the 14th Senatorial District. The grants were awarded by the School Safety and Security Grant Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. School Districts and other entities that will receive grants in the 14th Senatorial District include:

  • Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 – $307,321
  • Jim Thorpe Area School District- $308,507
  • Lehighton Area School District – $40,000
  • Palmerton Area School District – $35,000
  • Panther Valley School District – $35,000
  • Weatherly Area School District – $30,000
  • Crestwood School District – $40,000
  • Greater Nanticoke Area School District – $40,000
  • Hanover Area School District – $40,000
  • Hazleton Area School District – $152,800
  • Pittston Area School District – $40,000
  • Wilkes-Barre Area School District -$45,000
  • Wyoming Area School District – $40,000
  • Wyoming Valley West School District – $45,000
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