HARRISBURG, July 17 – State Rep. Helen Tai announced today that Council Rock School District was awarded a $2 million state grant for energy-saving renovations and additions to Rolling Hills Elementary School. The district was awarded the Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant for the project in Northampton Township, which is expected to reduce energy and water consumption and earn gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Energy-saving features planned for the building include geothermal heating and cooling, energy efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water-saving fixtures, occupancy based temperature and lighting, a solar array and more. The total project cost is $22 million. “We all need to find ways to reduce our energy consumption, and I’m happy to see Council Rock School District leading the way with this project,” said Tai, D-Bucks. “I’m pleased that the district was awarded this grant and look forward to the state continuing to encourage others to adopt energy-efficient practices.” The school district’s grant was approved Tuesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The Alternative and Clean Energy Program provides grant and loan funds to be used for clean energy projects, infrastructure associated with compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling stations, plus energy efficiency and Read more
LEVITTOWN, July 17 – State Rep. Tina Davis today announced legislation she is proposing to direct the proceeds of sports betting to property tax relief in Pennsylvania. “Far too many homeowners across Pennsylvania are feeling the burden of rising property taxes,” said Davis, D-Bucks. “Senior citizens on fixed incomes are often faced with struggling to pay for their food and medication without losing their homes.” Davis will soon introduce a bill that would have the 34 percent tax on daily gross sports betting revenue directed to the Property Tax Relief Fund. Davis announced the legislation at a news conference at the Levittown home of Gemma Livolsi, a senior citizen on a fixed income. Estimates from the Department of Revenue indicate the sports betting program could bring in as much as $50 million per year once the program is fully phased in. Davis’ proposal would not affect the 2 percent local share assessment that sports betting hosts pay – which is distributed through the Commonwealth Financing Authority as grants for projects of public interest. “When gambling was introduced in Pennsylvania, we were assured property tax relief. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen as much relief as we were promised,” Davis said. “I am committed to making sure that the proceeds from any further expansion of gambling will go toward property tax relief. This is not a silver bullet, but it is one way we can help make Read more
PITTSBURGH, July 17 – A number of newly awarded grants will increase early education opportunities for at-risk children in the 24 th Legislative District, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, announced today. The grants to a school district and two organizations in Gainey’s district will fund slots in the state’s Pre-K Counts program. “Early education programs for at-risk youth are the cornerstone to ensuring every child across the commonwealth gets their fair share of educational opportunities before entering kindergarten,” Gainey said. “Those who attend public preschool programs have shown to be much more academically prepared than kids who did not have this opportunity prior to starting public school.” The list of Pre-K Counts recipients in Gainey’s district include: Hosanna House, Inc. Imani Christian Academy Wilkinsburg Borough School District Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides free, high-quality pre-K services to at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds. Children in families earning up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply. Statewide, about 2,125 new slots in Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts were made available. Read more
ERIE, July 17 – State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, will host an event to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of Libre’s Law from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at Veteran’s Park in Millcreek Township, 3735 Zimmerly Road. Bizzarro fought hard to ensure passage of his bill, which overhauled Pennsylvania’s animal abuse laws to ensure that abusers face tougher punishments. The law – signed by Gov. Tom Wolf last summer – was inspired by Libre, the Boston terrier puppy who was rescued from a Lancaster County farm in 2016 after suffering severe neglect. Bizzarro, who is hosting the event with local and national representatives of the Humane Society, as well as the ANNA Shelter of Erie, is encouraging constituents to attend. The event will feature guest speakers and Libre himself, who will be available for photos. Read more
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CHESTER, July 16 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, will hold a health fair, encouraging seniors and families to learn more about a healthy lifestyle from noon to 2 p.m. July 31. The event will take place at Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes St. The event will be held rain or shine. “Join your neighbors, family, local officials and experts for yoga, Zumba, Chinese medicine and cooking demonstrations during this fun event for the entire family,” Kirkland said. Valuable information will be provided by Pennsylvania health insurers. For more information, those interested can call Kirkland’s office at (610) 876-6420. Read more
Citing the importance of early educational opportunities for children, Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, today announced multiple locations in Luzerne County will be receiving grants for 2018-19 Pre-K Counts and the Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program. Read more
SHARON, July 13 – State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, will host his 12th annual senior fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at the Sharon American Legion, 1395 E. State St. Longietti is encouraging constituents to attend so they can learn more about the wealth of state and local programs designed to help Pennsylvania’s seniors live happier, healthier lives. He said that he expects approximately 50 exhibitors. Constituents will find information about health care, the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, prescription drug plans, unclaimed property, free senior farmers market vouchers and more. The event will also feature free health care screenings, giveaways and door prizes. Registration is not required, but constituents with questions may contact Longietti’s office at 724-981-4655. Read more
READING, July 13 – State Rep. Tom Caltagirone, D-Berks, today announced early childhood education grants have been awarded across Berks County, to school districts and other entities that serve children through Pre-K Counts and Head Start programs within the 127 th Legislative District. Funded through the state Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, these competitive grants will help to create nearly 2,125 new pre-K seats and 490 new pre-K slots statewide. Area recipients are: Opportunity House YMCA of Reading and Berks County Berks Community Action Program Inc. Berks County Intermediate Unit 14 Governor Mifflin School District Boyertown Area School District “This infusion will ensure that more kids from Reading and Berks County will be able to attend a pre-K program, enhancing their learning experience and eventually the economy around them,” Caltagirone said. “Studies show that for every dollar we invest in kids to attend preschool, we get seven back in economic gains and savings on public programs and prison spending.” Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts provides free, high-quality pre-K services to at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds. Children in families earning up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply. Head Start is available to families at or below 130 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $32,630 Read more
PITTSBURGH, July 13 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on the Pennsylvania Promise Act ( H.B. 2444 ), which would improve college access and affordability. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union, Dining Room A, 3959 5 th Ave., Pittsburgh. H.B. 2444 would remove substantial financial burdens on students and their families and make college more affordable for those attending one of the commonwealth’s community colleges, state universities and state-related institutions. Policy Committee Chair Sturla will be joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth. The current agenda is: 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Dr. Kenneth Mash , president, Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Facilities 10:40 a.m. Dr. Diana Polson, policy analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center 11:10 a.m. Closing Remarks The meeting is one in a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit www.plan4pa.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more
WESTMORELAND, July 12 – Low-interest loans to two area businesses will help those companies expand to meet growing customer demand while creating or retaining about 125 area jobs, according to state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana. The companies – Astley Precision Machine Co. Inc. and Zilka & Company, LLC – will receive just over $3 million. “It’s always great news when area businesses need to expand to meet growing customer demand, but the costs of expansion – which usually entails new construction or extensive renovation – can be a heavy financial burden,” Petrarca said. “The low-interest loans approved today will help ensure these companies, which are so well-rooted in our community and give so much back in terms of jobs and economic health, will continue to thrive and expand.” The loans and expansion projects are: Astley Precision Machine Co. Inc. This maker of precision machined components for the medical, scientific and defense industries was approved for a $1.05 million, 10-year loan with 20-year amortization at a 2.5 percent rate with a 5-year reset through Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland. The company has outgrown its current 17,000-square-foot facility and will require a larger facility to meet customer demand. The loan will enable the company to acquire and renovate a 51,000-square-foot building in Irwin, two miles from the current site. The company will Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Madeleine Dean announced that Abington Township was awarded a $428,560 state grant to modernize traffic signals at two intersections. The township’s grant will be used to fully modernize two traffic signals at Greenwood Avenue/Washington Lane and Jenkintown Road/Meetinghouse Road. The work will include new mast arms, signal heads, countdown pedestrian signals, and controllers, video detection and radar dilemma zone detection, battery back-up and upgraded ADA ramps. “It’s so important to keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely on our highly traveled roads,” said Dean, D-Montgomery. “I’m glad to see the state award this grant to help Abington Township make these improvements.” "I'm thankful for this grant, which is another important piece in a transformative plan to improve the quality of life in this area,” said Ben Sanchez, Abington Township Commissioner, Ward 7. “My thanks to state Representative Dean and her office for working with Abington Township to help achieve this for us." The township was among 70 municipalities around the state that will receive more than $31 million through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go program. The grants are provided as reimbursement to municipalities for updates to improve the efficiency and operation of existing traffic signals. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that early childhood education grants have been awarded to the Ambridge Area School District and to other entities that serve children within the 16 th Legislative District. Funded through the state’s Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, these competitive grants will help to create nearly 2,125 new pre-K seats and 490 new Head Start slots statewide, said Matzie. The following Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Programs in Matzie’s district are among the 2018-19 recipients: Hap Enterprises Inc., a childcare center in Beaver County Lifesteps Inc., a licensed nursery school in Armstrong, Beaver and Butler counties PIC of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc., for Head Start programs in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette and Westmoreland counties “These programs give kids a chance,” said Matzie. “A chance to learn, to grow, to compete and be successful. All children should have the opportunity to achieve prosperity based on their ability and determination. The earlier that learning becomes a part of their lives, the better the results.” The Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program provides state funding to Head Start programs to serve families at or below 130 percent poverty, or a family of four earning approximately $32,630 annually. Families that have children ages 3 or 4, and are Read more
MT. LEBANON, July 12 – In the fourth round of funding from the state’s Green Light-Go Program, state Rep. Dan Miller is announcing a $220,000 grant to Mt. Lebanon Township. Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, said the state funding will help remove obstacles that aggravate vehicle congestion and impede traffic flow, as it will enable Mt. Lebanon to replace the traffic signal at the intersection of Bower Hill Road and North Wren Drive/Firewood Drive to accommodate realignment to a four-way intersection. “This state investment will help make it easier, safer and quicker for drivers to navigate these heavily traveled roads,” Miller said. “I thank PennDOT for seeing the value in funding this very important project in the 42 nd Legislative District.” The Green Light-Go Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for a range of operational improvements, including upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve traffic flow and safety. Miller said 70 grants worth a total of $31 million were awarded statewide. Read more
MONROE COUNTY, July 12 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, is pleased that Monroe County will get $1.41 million from the state’s Green Light-Go Program. Madden said the state funding will help with traffic signal systems in Pocono Township at seven intersections along State Routes 611 and 715, at 10 intersections along U.S. Route 209 in Smithfield Township and Middle Smithfield and in Stroud Township adding an intersection to the existing system and a traffic light signal system at four intersections along State Route 611. “My constituents will be able to walk and ride across these busy intersections much safer and with ease,” Madden said. “One of my main concerns as a legislator is making the roadways easier, safer and quicker to travel on and these projects do just that.” The Department of Transportation’s Green-Light-Go program was established in 2013 as a traffic signal modernization and improvement program for critical corridors designed to improve safety and mobility by reducing congestion and improving efficiency on key state highways. The program is competitive, requiring an at least 20 percent match for municipalities, counties or planning organizations that request assistance. Projects that qualify for the program include study and removal of unwarranted traffic signals; traffic signal retiming; development of detour, special event and operations plans, LED replacement, asset management, real-time monitoring of Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – Mercer County residents will benefit from upgrades to area traffic signals thanks to two grants totaling $520,701 provided under the state’s Green Light-Go program, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today. “Whether they’re commuting to work, walking or cycling, residents must be able to rely on smooth operation of traffic signals,” Longietti said. “These grants are funding improvements that are critical for safety and traffic flow in our area.” The grants will fund the following projects: Hermitage City – $204,640 to upgrade the intersection of Keel Ridge Road and East State Street, including installation of new signal heads, mast arms, controller assembly, wiring and traffic congestion detection. Sharon City – $316,061 to complete modernization of a traffic signal at South Sharpsville Avenue, East Connelly Boulevard (U.S. Route 62) and Shenango Valley Freeway. The grants are part of a $31 million funding package to 70 municipalities statewide for signal upgrades. The Green Light-Go program is administered by the state Department of Transportation. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, today announced $497,621 awarded to improve traffic safety at multiple intersections in Bristol Township. According to Davis, the state’s Green Light-Go program will provide the funds to modernize two traffic signals at the intersections of: New Falls, Woodbourne, Edgely and Emilie Roads Edgely and Mill Creek Roads “Safety is a top priority and this funding is critical in protecting both drivers and pedestrians in my community,” Davis said. “I will keep advocating to bring modern technology to Bucks County with the ability of making upgrades that can potentially prevent tragedy and save lives.” Green Light-Go funding may be used for a range of improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. ### Read more
PHILADELPHIA, July 12 – State Rep. Michael O’Brien, D-Philadelphia, today announced a $3.2 million state grant awarded to improve traffic and pedestrian safety along the 2 nd Street corridor. “No matter if you’re traveling in a vehicle or by foot, I fought for this funding to help ensure everyone is protected when they walk out their door,” O’Brien said. “We need to use this kind of modern technology because of its ability to prevent accidents and even save lives.” According to O’Brien, the state’s “Green Light-Go” program will provide $3.2 million to modernize 20 intersections along the 2 nd Street corridor by installing traffic controllers, communications equipment to connect back to the city’s traffic operations center, pavement markings and disability-access curb ramps. Green Light - Go funding may be used for a range of improvements including, but not limited to: light-emitting diode (LED) technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. ### Read more
HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced funding from the state’s Green Light-Go Program has awarded $265,191 to Versailles Borough and $601,808 to White Oak Borough. The combined amount of $866,999 awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, will support traffic upgrades and increase safety and mobility to these municipalities. Davis said the grants in his district will be used for the following: Versailles Borough : Modernization of two intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons, and installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection. White Oak Borough : Will help six intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons and the installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection. “Technology improvements made to our traffic lights has a direct correlation in helping with the flow of traffic and safety of pedestrians,” Davis said. “I welcome these upgrades at our intersections in Versailles and White Oak boroughs, because it could reduce accidents and injuries within our neighborhoods.” The Green Light-Go Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for traffic studies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve Read more
HELLERTOWN, July 12 – State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, said Hellertown Borough has received $67,982 in state grant funding from PennDOT’s Green Light-Go Program for a transportation project to improve safety and enhance mobility. Read more
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