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Frankel: Conversion therapy ban a step forward

(Aug 16, 2022)

Urges legislature to pass PA Fairness Act Read more

Health care providers detail complications, difficulties in post-Roe PA

(Aug 11, 2022)

“Since the Supreme Court decision Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the health care landscape in Pennsylvania has changed significantly and become more complex,” Frankel said. “As we have heard during previous hearings and again today, restrictions on health care never makes a country healthier and it creates a number of underlying problems for residents as well as our health care providers.” Read more

Development of Hydrogen Hub offers benefits, obstacles

(Aug 10, 2022)

“I wanted to hear from numerous experts on what the development of the hydrogen hub would mean for western Pennsylvania,” state Rep. Nick Pisciottano said. “Our state has long been a leader in energy production and industry, and I wanted to gather leaders with concerns and vested interests in this project under one roof to hear about what this could mean for PA’s economy, businesses and environment.” Read more

Experts provide testimony on fusion, clean power potential

(Aug 09, 2022)

“I wanted to host this hearing because I wanted to be a part of a conversation with experts to learn about fusion, and – more importantly – understand how Pennsylvania industries could expand with fusion,” state Rep. Emily Kinkead said. “Fusion has the potential to be a clean, sustainable option more closely aligned with renewable energy that could not only be the future for electrical power but also manufacturing and job creation in PA and the U.S.” Read more

Davis: Budget brings bonus payment to Property Tax/Rent Rebate applicants

(Aug 03, 2022)

McKEESPORT, Aug. 3 – Older Pennsylvanians and those with disabilities who have been approved for state tax or rent rebates will be receiving a one-time bonus payment in the coming weeks, according to state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. “The additional money through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program will help even more of our older neighbors on fixed incomes stay in their homes, especially as many continue to recover from the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Davis said. “The best part of this bonus payment is that if applicants have already been approved for the 2021 claim year or received their rebate, they do not need to take any additional steps to get their bonus payment. The money will come to them the same way as their initial payments, either by direct deposit or by a check in the mail.” Davis said approximately $140 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding, allocated by the 2022-23 state budget, will be used to fund the supplemental payments, which will be equal to 70% of a claimant’s original rebate amount. “It’s important for people to know that if they have not applied for their regular rebate, they can still do so through the end of this year and that my office is here to help them apply,” Davis said. “I encourage folks to share this information with their family, neighbors and friends so we can help them get the money that they’re eligible for. If you Read more

Davis celebrates completion of Clairton Inn Project

(Jul 29, 2022)

Historic hotel transformed into affordable, quality housing and retail space Read more

Miller to attend, speak at inaugural Disability Pride Pittsburgh event

(Jul 21, 2022)

Event to foster community spirit, awareness and activism for inclusivity Read more

Abney: $291,990 awarded to local traffic signal projects

(Jul 14, 2022)

Funding awarded through state Green Light-Go program Read more

Matzie: Nearly $1.4 million awarded to boost regional apprenticeship programs

(Jul 14, 2022)

AMBRIDGE, July 14 – Nearly $1.4 million awarded to build and modernize Pennsylvania’s registered apprenticeship system will bring greater career opportunities to Beaver County, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today. Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding will give local students and job seekers a leg up in securing good-paying jobs by connecting them with trusted work partners. “Students and job seekers who go through pre-apprentice and apprenticeship programs benefit from early exposure to career information, real-life experience with trusted local employers, and a steadier path to family sustaining jobs in key trades,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding is going to expand all of those opportunities right here in Beaver County.” Matzie said the funding includes: $450,000 to KML Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund to expand its Carpenters Apprentice Readiness Program to 100 pre-apprentices. $400,000 to the Pittsburgh A. Philip Randolph Institute Education Fund for the Breaking the Chains of Poverty program, which trains minorities and women for apprenticeships and entry-level jobs in the construction, manufacturing, energy and related industries. The fund plans to train a minimum of 64 students during the grant period and place a minimum of 48. $324,500 to Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania Inc. for a Careers in Skilled Read more

Matzie: New budget holds the line on taxes, makes important investments

(Jul 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, July 8 -- State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, issued the following statement after casting a “yes” vote for the state budget bill: “Budgets are never easy. We live in a big Commonwealth with many diverse needs. Finding common ground is often difficult. But there were numerous positives, especially to Beaver County, that made it easy to support. “Substantial increases for schools, libraries and community colleges stand out, along with fulfilling our commitments to our state and state-related universities. “Two important areas of particular concern – school safety and mental health awareness/treatment – received large increases, which should help make our schools and communities a bit safer. “Further, my legislation requiring the full use of LIHEAP funding was passed as part of the overall budget package, which will authorize the release of tens of millions of additional dollars to help people pay their utility bills this winter. “At the end of the day, this budget makes a substantial investment in our children and workforce, helps struggling families and funds the core functions of state government, all without raising a tax or fee. For me, that’s always a win, and an easy ‘yes’ vote.” The bill has passed the General Assembly and is now headed for the governor’s desk. Read more