Improving Health Care
Health care is central to Bridget and her family. Bridget has been a working nurse throughout her adult life and her father, Dr. Edwin Malloy, is a retired orthopedic surgeon.
Bridget’s family knows how the healthcare system works on the inside and just how difficult it can be to navigate from the outside.
At the age of four, Bridget and her husband Joseph’s oldest child was diagnosed with childhood leukemia. Thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses, research team, and four years of treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Bridget and Joe’s son returned home healthy and cancer free.
When it comes to pre-existing conditions, it is personal. Like so many families, Bridget and Joe were faced with the reality of paying unimaginable premiums due to their son’s pre-existing condition.
As local small business owners paying out of pocket for health insurance, Joe and Bridget were unable to afford these new and very high premiums for health insurance.
Bridget returned to her nursing career so that she and Joe could afford the health care their son and the rest of their family required. But for too many hardworking men and women in the 114th District – and across Pennsylvania – skyrocketing health care costs are impossible to afford.
We must do better when it comes to securing affordable health insurance – especially when you have a sick child.
Bridget entered the political arena for many personal reasons, but none with more personal importance than increasing awareness of the need to secure affordable health care and changing our approach – especially for those who survive a life-threatening illness and come out the other side with a pre-existing condition.
For over 25 years Bridget worked as a registered nurse and understood the need for qualified nurses to take care of those who need treatment.
Representative Kosierowski introduced House Bill 1888, Nurse Licensure Compact, a bill that can better ensure quality of care in Pennsylvania while allowing our nurses to also practice in other states.
To read more about H.B.1888 click here
Strengthening Our Communities
Good jobs. Good wages.
Bridget and her husband, Joe, have four children. In a few years they’ll be graduating college and ready to enter the workforce. Bridget and Joe were lucky to be able to come back to Northeast PA after college and raise their family here. And they want their children and grandchildren to have the same options.
Our communities deserve good jobs at a good wage. We must make Northeast Pennsylvania a compelling and inviting place for small business owners to set up shop and for the job-creating industry to take root.
This also means making a stronger commitment to public education and doing a better job to prepare our students to enter the workforce. After all, an educated community is a powerful community.
Bridget believes in providing tax incentives for small business owners who hire new workers. She believes that everyone should pay their fair share, but she also supports lowering the state’s corporate net income tax rate which at 9.9% is among the highest in the country to lure businesses to our area and to enliven job creation.
Bridget believes in increasing the minimum wage because workers should not struggle to have their most basic needs met.
And Bridget firmly believes in pay equity for men and women. No woman should receive a fraction of the pay a man receives for doing the same job.
Clean Air, Clean Water.
Is there anything more important than the health of our community? Whether you’re a mother or father or caring for an elderly relative or neighbor, our health and our loved ones’ health is a constant part of life.
We must ensure that Pennsylvania families are breathing clean air and drinking clean water. Our state constitution guarantees the right to clean air, pure water, and the protection of our great natural resources.
We must insist that these robust standards never change. And we must insist that drillers for natural gas in Pennsylvania pay their fair share and the Commonwealth institute a severance tax on these companies who choose to mine our precious natural resources.
Representative Kosierowski co-sponsored Rep. Christopher Rabb’s legislation House Bill 1425, Transitioning to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050, a bill will go a long way toward maximizing the environmental and economic benefits of developing Pennsylvania’s renewable energy industry.
Under this proposal, a Clean Energy Transition Task Force, a Clean Energy Center of Excellence, and a Council for Clean Energy Workforce Development would be established and tasked with evaluating current pollution-related issues affecting the Commonwealth and its residents.
To learn more about H.B.1425 click here
Property taxes affect all of us. We all know someone – a parent, a neighbor, a friend – who is worried about losing his or her house in retirement because he or she is on a fixed income and cannot afford to pay the property tax bill. This is absolutely unacceptable.
Bridget believes that House Bill 76 – a recent property tax reform measure – got a number of things right, but much of it must change in order for the bill to earn her vote.
For example, it’s unacceptable to give property tax breaks to huge corporations like Walmart and let homeowners and individual taxpayers shoulder the burden of educating our schoolchildren. Corporations should pay their full and fair share.
Additionally, it is unacceptable to eliminate property taxes for a millionaire from another state who owns a summer lake home at Lake Winola or a real estate investor who owns multiple dwellings.
The only way for property tax reform to work for families and individuals living in the 114th District is to target property tax relief to primary homesteads, residences, and family farms.
The current bill as written leaves the state with the task of raising roughly $14 billion a year to fund education through proposed income tax and sales tax hikes.
If we take the sensible step to focus property tax reforms on homesteads and farms (and continue to tax properties other than residents’ primary homes – like commercial property and vacation homes – at the current rate) the $14 billion gap in education funding is cut in half.
This is sensible reform of a tax that is just too burdensome on our District.
Supporting Women and Protecting Women and Children from Abuse
We must support women. Women make up half of humanity, yet there still exists a woeful lack of women in the upper reaches of politics and government.
Every two years Pennsylvania voters elect 203 candidates to the House of Representatives, yet in 2020 only 52 of those members are women.
We can and we must do better.
Bridget strongly believes in protecting the rights of victims – and delivering justice to the perpetrators – of sexual assault and abuse.
Sexual violence cannot be considered the cost of doing business for a woman in politics, business, medicine, or in any other walk of life.
Bridget also believes that children who were victims of abuse must have a path to seek legal claim against their abusers, free of limitations.
Representative Bridget Malloy Kosierowski introduced groundbreaking legislation for domestic violence victims with House Bill 2047, Domestic Violence – Survivors’ Alternative Sentences Act.
Pennsylvania would become the third state, in addition to New York and Illinois, to require that individuals who were survivors of domestic violence at the time of an offense have their history of domestic violence taken into account during sentencing and be provided with shorter sentences or alternative sentences.
Individuals would need to show that the violence was a significant contributing factor to their participation in the offense and individuals convicted of first degree or aggravated murder, sex offenses, or acts of terrorism would be excluded.
Individuals who are currently incarcerated and were sentenced before the enactment of this legislation would be eligible for resentencing, so long as they meet the same criteria as described above.
To read more about H.B.2047 click here