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Significant funding awarded to numerous educational entities in our community

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Thursday proved to be quite rewarding for numerous educational entities in our community! Read more

 

Davis: A total of $239K awarded to multiple education facilities in Mon Valley

(Aug 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – On Thursday, two technical centers, an intermediate unit and a local school district in the 35 th Legislative District were awarded a combined total of $239,838 in education funding, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Davis said the McKeesport Area Tech Center was allotted $35,477 and the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education was awarded $117,361. The funding is earmarked to assist the centers in implementing public health and safety plans and to help resume operations. Davis said the Continuity of Education and Equity Grants provide funding to support effective continuity of education programs such as summer and other expanded programming and industry credential assessments for students enrolled in CTCs negatively impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. “Given the numerous obstacles COVID-19 has placed on those committed to advancing their education and careers, it is important to provide funding so that the hardworking individuals from the Mon Valley can continue to pursue their dreams,” Davis said. “The funding awarded today will definitely help bring their dreams a step closer to reality.” In addition, Davis said the Allegheny Intermediate Unit 3 was awarded $18,250 in Governor's Emergency Education Relief funding for the 2020-21 academic year. West Mifflin Area School District also received $68,750 in GEER funding. Davis said Read more

 

Davis resolution calls on U.S. Senate to pass John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act on the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

(Aug 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, sent out a co-sponsorship memo today to encourage his colleagues to support urging the U.S. Senate to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Act. “It was important to send this resolution out today,” Davis said. “Today marks the 55 th anniversary of when the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. So it’s not only a call to action, but a way to pay homage to the late John R. Lewis. His actions in Selma, Alabama, and throughout the 1960s were instrumental in the signing of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was a true trailblazer and fought for what he believed in up until the day he died,” he said. “His unwavering support and fight to obtain equal rights finally gave the Black community a voice in the political arena. He was an inspiration to many across the nation, showing the world that sometimes it’s OK to get in ‘necessary’ trouble, especially when it is for the greater good of a nation. Due to this and out of respect for Mr. Lewis, I’m asking that my colleagues join me in supporting this resolution,” Davis said. If passed by the U.S. Senate, Davis said, the legislation would restore provisions of the Voting Rights Acts of 1965 that were severely impacted by a 2013 Supreme Court decision, which led to a rise in voter suppression tactics across the nation. Read more

 

November is coming quick!; Emergency Pay Grants available for essential workers; Grants available for small businesses

(Jul 29, 2020)

November is just around the corner, and you can now apply at votespa.com for a mail-in ballot for the fall. If you are considering this (and I strongly urge you to do so) please apply sooner rather than later. Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on Vice President Pence’s visit with the Fraternal Order of Police

(Jul 09, 2020)

In response to Vice President Mike Pence visiting with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5, the Police Reform Working Group, made up of state and county elected officials and advocates, released the following statement:“As members of the Police Reform Working Group, we believe that the path to achieving community safety and racial justice in Pennsylvania must be two-fold. First, we must improve our current system of policing through accountability, oversight, and tangible policy changes that will diminish instances of police brutality against all citizens, but especially against the Black community. Second, we must work with communities to transform and re-envision policing itself through bold systemic changes that center around those most impacted by police violence and structural racism. Read more

 

Renter and homeowner aid available

(Jul 01, 2020)

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief Read more

 

Davis introduces Water Hardship Fund legislation

(Jun 23, 2020)

Today, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, introduced legislation that would assist customers who may be unable to pay on outstanding water or wastewater bills. House Bill 2620, which Davis hopes will be voted by the full House soon, would create the Pennsylvania Water Hardship Fund. Through this program, customers would be able to donate a minimum of one dollar to a fund that would go directly to fellow customers with delinquent water bills and who need support. The funds would be collected and administered by the water service and sewer companies with additional support from the Public Utility Commission, Davis said. “COVID-19 showed us that we’re stronger when we work together,” Davis said. “Families across the state took a major hit when the pandemic occurred in the commonwealth. But residents - time and time again – did their part to help their neighbors make it through one of our state’s darkest times. This bill draws from that mindset, and I believe it could have a positive impact for working class families in Pennsylvania.” Davis said a similar program, the Dollar Energy Fund, is already established in Allegheny County and aids customers who are behind on their energy bill. Read more

 

Update on the Small Business Assistance Grant Program

(Jun 15, 2020)

Businesses owners - I want to follow up on last week’s outreach regarding the state’s Small Business Assistance Grant Program for those affected by COVID-19. Read more

 

We stand together; Grant program available to small businesses affected by COVID-19

(Jun 11, 2020)

This week I joined my colleagues in the Legislative Black Caucus to take control of the Speakers Rostrum to demand that the PA House Republican leadership take up police reform legislation that has been languishing in committee for years! If not now, when? Read more

 

Reps. Wheatley, Gainey and Austin Davis issue statement on passing of former state Rep. Bill Robinson

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey and Austin Davis, all D-Allegheny, have issued the following statement on the passing of former state Rep. Bill Robinson: State Rep. Jake Wheatley: “Bill Robinson was committed to our community, and his service did not end after he left the General Assembly. He continued to work to the benefit of all residents in the city of Pittsburgh and beyond. My deepest sympathies go out today to his family and loved ones.” State Rep. Ed Gainey: “ It was with a heavy heart that I learned of Bill’s passing. He was one of those individuals who broke the mold, and who everyone seemed to know. From his time in the legislature, to his work on the city and county councils and throughout our community, Bill showed younger generations what it meant to serve, and was an outstanding role model for so many. I pray for him and for his family, and our entire community. We have lost so much these last few months, but we must remain strong and continue our long march toward justice, freedom and equality.” State Rep. Austin Davis: “Today, we remember the legacy and life of Bill Robinson, a true trailblazer and tireless public servant. Bill served our community at the city, state and county levels, always fighting to improve the condition of the African Americans in our region. Many of the African American elected officials in our region today stand on his shoulders and have walked in the Read more

 

Black Pittsburgh lawmakers’ protest forces action

(Jun 09, 2020)

Historic disruption of legislature causes speaker to call for special session as lawmakers vow to keep pressure on Read more

 

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform

(Jun 04, 2020)

The Police Reform Working Group, a collection of elected officials and advocates working to bring accountability and transparency reforms to law enforcement, released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s adoption today of their request for a state-level deputy inspector general aimed at improving law enforcement conduct, as well as Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s, along with the Fraternal Order of Police’s, support of a confidential database to track complaints against police officers: Read more

 

Lawmakers call on Republican leadership to take up police-community legislation

(Jun 04, 2020)

Pittsburgh-area lawmakers urged House leadership to address numerous law enforcement reform bills that have been languishing in House committees and to add session days if necessary Read more

 

Davis: Allegheny County to move to green reopening designation

(May 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 29 – State Rep. Austin Davis today announced Allegheny County will be allowed to move from the yellow to green reopening designation, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 5. “This is welcome news for our residents, who have been doing their part to curb the virus’ spread,” said Davis, D-Allegheny. “This is also good news for our businesses, but we can’t let our guard down and must continue to follow state and federal health guidelines.” Davis added that state health officials will continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as needed. Counties in the green designation must follow these restrictions: Work-related restrictions: Continued telework strongly encouraged. Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements. All businesses operating at 50% occupancy in the yellow phase may increase to 75% occupancy. Childcare facilities may open and must comply with state guidelines. Congregate care restrictions in place. Prison and hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities. Schools subject to CDD and state guidance. Social restrictions: Large gatherings of more than 250 persons prohibited. Restaurants and bars can open at 50% occupancy. Personal care services (including hair salons and barber shops) can open at 50% Read more

 

Davis’ legislation advocating for rental assistance rolled into crucial fiscal code bill

(May 29, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 29 – In May, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, began his push to advocate for residents struggling to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing legislation geared toward providing rental assistance to those in need. On Thursday, portions of his legislation were rolled into the final supplemental fiscal code bill. Davis said he was encouraged and thankful to see portions of his bill included in H.B. 2510, which passed the House on Thursday, and noted he was able to advocate for the inclusion of his legislation through his role on the House Appropriations Committee. “I’m grateful to see portions of my legislation included in this bill, most notably because it’s legislation that will benefit state residents which, by the way, is the reason we’re all here,” Davis said. “It’s my hope that members from both sides of the aisle can continue to work in bipartisan fashion, especially during times of crisis, so that we can do what is best for commonwealth residents.” Davis said his legislation was wrapped into H.B. 2510 under the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Specifically, section 191-C dedicates a minimum of $150 million to rental assistance through the proposed COVID Relief Rent and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program. Homeowners or renters may be eligible for assistance if they became unemployed after March 1, 2020, or their annual household income was reduced by 30% or Read more

 

You can get tested tomorrow for COVID-19

(May 28, 2020)

The Allegheny Health Network’s mobile COVID-19 testing unit will be in Duquesne tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more

 

Davis votes to freeze cost-of-living adjustments for public officials

(May 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – Calling it an obvious choice as families continue feeling the economic effects of the pandemic, state Rep. Austin Davis voted yes today on a measure that would freeze cost-of-living adjustments for public officials. House Bill 2487 , which passed the House unanimously, would amend the Public Official Compensation Law to freeze COLAs through 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “As our working families struggle to cope with the devastating effects of this pandemic, we have been reassuring them that we will get through this,” Davis said. “As public officials, it's incumbent on us to make sure that’s not an empty promise, and that means working to save taxpayer dollars in every way possible. “Freezing cost-of-living adjustments for public officials may be just one small step, but it’s something we can do to help now, when every dollar is critical." The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Davis bill approved by House Consumer Affairs Committee

(May 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis’ legislation, which would provide a level of consumer protections to residents’ rights to clean, drinkable water, was unanimously voted out of the House Consumer Affairs Committee on Tuesday. Read more

 

Now YOU can get tested for COVID-19

(May 20, 2020)

A recent partnership in Allegheny County has resulted in the ability to test all communities within the county, regardless of a patient’s insurance or inability to pay. Read more

 

Significant funding awarded to numerous educational entities in our community
1 day ago

Davis: A total of $239K awarded to multiple education facilities in Mon Valley
Aug 06, 2020

Davis resolution calls on U.S. Senate to pass John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act on the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
Aug 06, 2020

November is coming quick!; Emergency Pay Grants available for essential workers; Grants available for small businesses
Jul 29, 2020

Police Reform Working Group issues statement on Vice President Pence’s visit with the Fraternal Order of Police
Jul 09, 2020

Renter and homeowner aid available
Jul 01, 2020

My statement on the passage of police reform bills; Water Hardship Fund legislation; Rent/Mortgage Assistance available soon
Jun 24, 2020

Davis introduces Water Hardship Fund legislation
Jun 23, 2020

Update on the Small Business Assistance Grant Program
Jun 15, 2020

We stand together; Grant program available to small businesses affected by COVID-19
Jun 11, 2020

Reps. Wheatley, Gainey and Austin Davis issue statement on passing of former state Rep. Bill Robinson
Jun 10, 2020

Black Pittsburgh lawmakers’ protest forces action
Jun 09, 2020

Police Reform Working Group releases statement on progress toward reform
Jun 04, 2020

Lawmakers call on Republican leadership to take up police-community legislation
Jun 04, 2020

Davis: Allegheny County to move to green reopening designation
May 29, 2020

Davis’ legislation advocating for rental assistance rolled into crucial fiscal code bill
May 29, 2020

You can get tested tomorrow for COVID-19
May 28, 2020

Davis votes to freeze cost-of-living adjustments for public officials
May 26, 2020

Davis bill approved by House Consumer Affairs Committee
May 26, 2020

Now YOU can get tested for COVID-19
May 20, 2020