Helen Tai won the May 15, 2018 Special Election to become the first woman and first person of color to represent the 178th Legislative District. This historic win was a result of strong support from Democrats, Republicans and Independents who voted for commonsense solutions such as balancing the budget, funding public education and commonsense gun safety laws.
Helen needs your support on November 6 to be re-elected to a full two-year term..
Helped deliver a balanced budget, on time, with increased investments in education, workforce development, roads and bridges, and fighting the opioid epidemic
Continuing in the same way for which she was so well known and appreciated as a Solebury Township Supervisor, increasing government transparency and keeping residents informed through newsletters and regular email communications
Introduced a package of bills to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands. More here, here, here, here, and here.
Held a Policy Committee Hearing on Gun Safety.
Voted to pass HB2060, known as the Domestic Violence Bill, which will put more stringent requirements on the removal of guns from domestic abusers.
School Safety: Voted for the Safe2Say initiative and to allocate $60 million to school safety
Voted to increase basic education funding by $100 million, special education by $15
million and career and technical education funding by $60 million, all without increasing taxes
Helped secure $1 million in grant funding for construction of STEM facilities at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Northampton Township. Watch Head of School Tom Kardish.
Read to children at both Free Library of New Hope-Solebury and Free Library of Northampton Township
Opened District Office and held an open house to meet and serve our constituents including solving problems with PennDOT, obtaining SEPTA senior Key Cards, obtaining birth certificates, providing support for grant applications, and providing notary services
Held two Telephone Town Halls with over 500 participants and an In-Person Town Hallwith 80 participants (watch here) in order to learn about constituent concerns
Organized and hosted aSenior Fair in New Hope as well as Senior Snacks and Services at Northampton Senior Center, connecting seniors with essential services
Canvassed 6000 homes and sent out mailers to inform residents about our constituent services
Helped secure more than $2 million in state grants for a wide spectrum of uses including opioid education/treatment/prevention for New Hope Solebury Cares, the Free Library of Northampton Township, and Council Rock Coalition for Healthy Youth; police vehicles for both New Hope Boro and Upper Makefield Township; renovations to Solebury Township Police Department building and a police bicycle; Northampton Township Senior Center roof and HVAC replacement, Memory Care technology and Family Retention programs for Twining Village; repairs to sidewalk for Northampton Township, a generator for Lingohocken Fire Company; exercise programs for those with Parkinsons at Cornerstone; Adult and children's yoga at Free Library of New Hope and Solebury; and increased access for people with disabilities for Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Met with hundreds of constituents on a wide variety of topics including education, redistricting reform, voting integrity, gun safety, deer overpopulation, renewable energy, the opioid epidemic, PA Fairness Act and more
Performed ceremonial duties as the State Representative:
125th anniversary of PA State Parks
Reading of Declaration of Independence on Independence Day at Washington Crossing Park
Northampton Township Flag Day Ceremony
Hosted a Policy Committee Hearing on #MeToo Legislation to help bring attention to this important issue and to better understand how lawmakers can best help end workplace sexual harassment. More here, here and here.
Voted and advocated for the rights of child sex abuse victims (SB261)
Introduced HR 1000, demanding a reversal of the federal government’s child separation policy. More here, here and here
Introduced HR 1109 , which calls on the Joint State Government Commission to study the mental health provider shortage and issue a report within a year of its adoption.
Co-sponsored 80 bills on government reform, election reform, education, environment, gun safety, fair wages, #metoo, LGBTQ rights and more.