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Covington urges people to apply for home-heating assistance program

(May 05, 2022)

State LIHEAP program extended through mid-May Read more

Frankel: No equality without reproductive freedom

(May 03, 2022)

Vows to continue to fight for abortion access in PA Read more

Abney takes oath for state representative

(Apr 27, 2022)

State Rep. Aerion Abney, D-Allegheny, took office at the state Capitol today to begin his first term representing the 19th Legislative District. Read more

Covington takes oath for state representative

(Apr 27, 2022)

HARRISBURG, April 26 – State Rep. Martell Covington, D-Allegheny, was sworn in today at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, beginning his first term representing Pennsylvania’s 24th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Earlier this month, Covington won the seat during a special election to replace former Rep. Edward Gainey. Born and raised in Homewood, Pittsburgh, Covington has made it his mission to be involved in his community. He has served as a leadership member for the Oakland Business Improvement District’s Strategic Plan, a technical advisor for the Oakland plan and was a legislative aide to state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. In addition, he has held several positions in the Community Empowerment Association. Covington said he will focus on several key issues, including juvenile justice reform, educational equity and public safety. “Supporting the community with affordable housing, and supporting our seniors and veterans, along with providing access to valuable resources and addressing gun violence, is top of mind,” Covington said. He is a graduate of Howard University and is the founder of Black Viking Alumni Society of Central Catholic High School, his alma mater. Covington’s district office is located at 100 Sheridan Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 and can be reached at 412-665-5502 or via his webpage at www.RepCovington.com . People can connect with him on Twitter here and Read more

Allegheny County Delegation welcomes two new state representatives

(Apr 26, 2022)

The Allegheny County Democratic Delegation today welcomed two new state representatives with the swearing in of State Reps. Aerion Andrew Abney and Martell Covington in Harrisburg. Read more

Let’s Help Ukrainians Transition to Security in PA

(Apr 04, 2022)

People seeking refuge from hostility or persecution have always found a home in Pennsylvania - welcoming them is in our DNA. After all, our commonwealth was born of William Penn’s great “experiment” to establish a community where religious tolerance – an unusual idea at the time- was the guiding principle. Since then, Pennsylvania has greeted refugees from every corner of the globe, escaping every kind of oppression. Pennsylvania grew to embody its 1980’s tagline: You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania. Now, as we watch in disbelief and sadness at the tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, it is time to again open our communities’ doors and hearts to welcome newcomers to our beautiful commonwealth. This is not some crisis affecting strangers on the nightly news. These are our neighbors’ families. This is local. This is real. This is touching our communities. From Philadelphia to Ambridge, and in communities in between, more than 122,000 Ukrainians already call Pennsylvania “home,” the second highest number of any state in the nation. And we want to assure those seeking refuge in our state now due to the current hostility, that they are welcome too. That is why we’ve proposed the creation of the New Neighbors Fund, that would authorize up to $2 million to support services for refugees from Ukraine. The New Neighbors Fund would supplement existing federal investments, and would create a Read more

DeLuca introduces bill to relieve pain at the gas pump

(Mar 23, 2022)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation today that would deliver urgent and much-needed relief to drivers by suspending Pennsylvania’s 58-cent tax on gasoline and 74-cent tax on diesel for six months. “The pain at the pump from rising gas prices is hitting Pennsylvanians' wallets and our way of life -- from more expensive commutes to paying more to distribute goods," DeLuca said. "While the General Assembly might not be able to control oil prices, we can control how much we tax gasoline. I'm calling for a suspension of the state's gas tax so Pennsylvanians can keep more of their hard-earned money." In addition to the six-month state tax suspension, H.B. 2453 would require owners of gas stations and oil companies to pass on the tax break to consumers. If that does not happen, consumers would be able to file lawsuits against the company or gas station under the state's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law. House Bill 2453 would also direct the state secretary of Revenue to propose ways to mitigate funding lost from the tax suspension. Several states across the country are considering suspending their gas taxes as consumers grapple with high gasoline and diesel costs. On March 18, 2022, Maryland suspended its 36-cent gas tax for 30 days. According to AAA, the average gas price in Maryland was $4.27 per gallon the week of March 14, 2022. After the gas tax Read more

With popular school lunch program in danger, Davis urges Congressional action

(Mar 17, 2022)

Says kids’ lunches should not be political bargaining chips Read more

Davis applauds Pennie move to implement his Easy Health Insurance Enrollment Plan

(Mar 16, 2022)

Uninsured Pennsylvanians can now enroll by filling out tax form Read more

Allegheny County anti-violence programs awarded $104,000 in grants

(Mar 09, 2022)

PITTSBURGH, March 9 – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded more than $104,000 in state funding to four Allegheny County community-based violence reduction programs, announced the Pennsylvania House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation. “When it comes to fighting against violence, we need unified solutions that strengthen the partnership between local efforts and the communities they serve,” said delegation chair, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. “I applaud today’s investments because they back programs that involve community members who are committed to being a force for change and making their neighborhoods safer places to live.” These programs received the following amounts: $11,947 to the City of Clairton to support police officer overtime, supplies and equipment to reduce gun violence in targeted communities by arresting and prosecuting violent criminals. $11,947 to Greater Pittsburgh Area MAD DADS to fund supplies and equipment for its program that trains and mobilizes dedicated, roving safety teams of neighborhood fathers to conduct street patrols that go into some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Allegheny County. $36,205 to Greater Valley Community Services to combat gun violence through mentoring and other intervention techniques to youth and their families who have experienced trauma or are at risk. Funds will support wages Read more