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Rep. Austin Davis elected chairman of Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation

Full Video of Joint Hearing on Improving Air Quality

(Feb 11, 2019)

Full Video of Joint Senate-House Democratic Policy Committees hearing on improving air quality held on February 7 in Clairton hosted by Rep. Austin Davis. Read more

 

2/7/19 – Improving Air Quality – Clairton

(Feb 08, 2019)

Materials from joint Senate-House Democratic Policy Committees' public hearing hosted by State Rep. Austin Davis. Read more

 

Davis lauds AG’s decision to take legal action against UPMC

(Feb 07, 2019)

CLAIRTON, Feb. 7 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement applauding Attorney General Josh Shapiro for calling upon UPMC and Highmark to end their dispute and get back to doing what they do best – putting the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians first: “The dispute between UPMC and Highmark has gone on for quite some time, publicly and privately. Despite continued efforts to rectify this problem, a solution has yet to be found, which has led the Attorney General’s Office to take legal action. “While it’s unfortunate that this dispute has spiraled so far out of control that the Attorney General’s Office had to step in, it’s also reassuring to know that the office’s motive is geared toward ensuring all residents – regardless of their insurance provider – will have access to quality health care services. “The public’s health has and always will be of utmost importance to my office, which is why I find it necessary to speak out regarding this matter and applaud state Attorney General Josh Shapiro for staying true to the commonwealth’s core values and putting the health and well-being of Pennsylvania’s residents first and above all else. “It’s my hope that both UPMC and Highmark can come to terms in the near future and get back to providing high-quality health care and medical treatment to those who need it.” Read more

 

Davis issues statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget address

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: “The building blocks laid forth today in Governor Tom Wolf’s budget address stand in conjunction with that of the working-class families in the Mon Valley. I’m encouraged and excited to assess the budget proposal in the coming weeks in the House Appropriations Committee, and I’m hopeful my colleagues and I will be able to bring it to resolution in June. “Workforce development and a continued emphasis and push to advance the commonwealth’s educational entities – K-12, higher education and career training –are areas of extreme importance to the Mon Valley, so I’m thankful to know that I’ll have a chance to examine a budget that reflects the core values of my constituents. “We have a long way to go, but the progressive and calculated budget proposal offered before the House today reflects the base of House Democrats’ Plan for PA initiative, which includes putting people first, quality schools and a fair economy.” Read more

 

State Legislative Hearing on Air Quality, Community Notification Issues Set for Clairton Next Week

(Feb 01, 2019)

In the wake of the Clairton Coke Works fire, the state Senate and House Democratic Policy committees will hold a joint public hearing on ways to improve air quality, community notification procedures and emergency response. The hearing is scheduled for noon on Thursday, February 7 at the Clairton Municipal Building, 551 Ravensburg Blvd, Clairton, Pa 15025. The hearing is being held in Clairton at the request of state Senator Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and Representative Austin Davis (D-Allegheny). It was prompted by a December 24 fire at the Clairton Coke Works that resulted in emissions of high levels of sulfur dioxide and damage to the facility’s gas processing system. “We need to see to it that air quality standards are properly monitored, and that local emergency response and community notification procedures are accurate and timely,” Brewster said. “To accomplish this goal, we must bring together officials from U.S. Steel, the Allegheny County Department of Health, local governments and emergency responders to find workable solutions. I am committed to doing my part at the state level to meet this challenge.” Davis added, “Improving the air quality in our communities is my top priority. I look forward to the testimony of all stakeholders. As we look to improve air quality it’s imperative that we look for effective ways to do so.” The hearing will be jointly chaired by state Sen. Lisa Boscola Read more

 

Davis introduces bills to address water shutoff risk

(Jan 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 31 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today unveiled legislation designed to protect consumers, notably those who live in multi-unit housing complexes, from unexpected water shutoffs. “When a single water meter is shared between all units of a building or complex, it can create a nightmare for residents,” Davis said. “There have been several instances in Pennsylvania where residents lost water usage because a homeowners association misappropriated the funds collected and the water utility suspended their service. No one should have to wonder if their water service will be cut off because of someone else’s irresponsible actions.” One of Davis' bills would require homeowners associations that collect money from individual units and then pay water bills on their behalf to be regulated by the state Public Utility Commission. A separate bill would require that if an individual unit of a multi-unit dwelling were to be sold, each occupied unit must have a separate water meter. Davis said every Pennsylvanian has a right to clean, drinkable water. “Pennsylvanians deserve a fair deal, no matter where they choose to live, and they should not have to worry about a surprise shutoff,” Davis said. “My legislation will ensure their rights – and access to water – are protected.” House Bills 291 and 293 are expected to be referred to the House Consumer Read more

 

New opportunities, responsibilities -- and more!

(Jan 30, 2019)

On Monday, I was notified that I was selected by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody to serve on four House committees: Appropriations, Consumer Affairs, Insurance and Urban Affairs. Read more

 

Pennsylvania in dire need of a minimum wage increase

(Jan 30, 2019)

Everything in Pennsylvania – at least from a consumer, renter or commuter’s standpoint – is on the rise. The cost of housing is skyrocketing, as is the cost of daily household products. Inflation, cost-push or demand-pull induced, has dealt a tremendous blow to the economy, sending shockwaves through residents’ pockets statewide. Working-class Pennsylvanians have been hit hard, especially those who are dependent on the minimum wage for their livelihood. It’s a struggle I see in my district and across Allegheny County every day. We as legislators need to do more, which is why I have and will continue to advocate for a substantial increase to the state’s minimum wage. To be transparent, Pennsylvania has had minimum wage increases in the past, such as in 2006, where the minimum wage went from $5.15 an hour to $7.15 an hour. In 2009, the minimum wage was raised to $7.25. But it’s simply not enough. Legislators recently have made attempts to raise the state minimum wage with the introduction of H.B. 1520 in 2017. This legislation aimed to raise the state minimum wage to $12 at the beginning of 2019, with an overall increase of $15 an hour to be reached by 2024. Opponents of an increase to the state minimum wage claim it will wreak havoc on small businesses, however the research points to quite the opposite. According to the Keystone Research Center, raising the minimum wage benefits small businesses by “extending a Read more

 

Davis appointed to Appropriations Committee

(Jan 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that he has been appointed to serve on four House standing committees: Appropriations, Consumer Affairs, Insurance and Urban Affairs. “It’s an honor and privilege to be appointed to the Appropriations Committee, as well as three other influential committees, that will allow me to ensure the needs of our Mon Valley communities are front-and-center in this upcoming legislative session,” Davis said. “Committees are where the majority of legislative business takes place, and I am excited to be in an even better position to fight for the priorities and needs of our community.” The Appropriations Committee considers fiscal-related matters and conducts budget hearings each spring to review and evaluate the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal. It also has jurisdiction over the state budget process, the office of Auditor General and State Treasurer and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. The Consumer Affairs Committee reviews bills pertaining to issues such as vehicle lemon laws, consumer privacy and contract language. It also has jurisdiction over the Public Utility Commission, as well as many consumer issues. The Urban Affairs Committee reviews bills that pertain to cities and counties of the first, second and third class. The insurance Committee reviews bills that regulate home, auto and health insurance, Read more

 

Your health is paramount

(Jan 24, 2019)

In December, a fire at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works plant damaged two gas dispatcher stations and resulted in several exceedances of the federal standards for hourly sulfur dioxide emissions. Read more

 

Davis: Duquesne City, Steel Valley and South Allegheny school districts to each get $35,000 to expand computer science programs

(Jan 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 18 – Computer science classes and teacher training in the Duquesne City, Steel Valley and South Allegheny school districts will be enhanced by $105,000 in state grants, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Davis said each of the districts will receive $35,000 under the PAsmart initiative, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “Computers are becoming a constant in everyday life, which is why it’s important to note the substantial grants awarded to all three districts,” Davis said. “By enhancing computer science programs in schools, we’re laying the groundwork to future success. The skills acquired from these programs will last for years to come in an environment that relies heavily on technology.” Davis said the three districts are among this round of targeted grant recipients, which include 221 school districts, two career and technical centers, 18 charter and cyber charter schools, and eight intermediate units – each of which is receiving the maximum $35,000. Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

Legislation protecting YOU from unexpected water shutoffs; Free tax prep available to seniors

(Jan 16, 2019)

In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to protect consumers, most notably those who live in multi-unit housing complexes, from unexpected water shutoffs. Read more

 

Davis: Free tax prep help available for seniors

(Jan 15, 2019)

State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, said his constituent service office in McKeesport will soon offer free income tax preparation assistance to seniors. Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

A great honor

(Jan 09, 2019)

I’m happy to announce that state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila, recently bestowed upon me the honor of serving as one of the deputy whips for House Democrats during the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more

 

Harris names deputy whips for 2019-20 legislative session

(Jan 09, 2019)

State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today named Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, Rep. Pam DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, and Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene, as deputy whips for the 2019-20 legislative session. Read more

 

Starting my second term as state representative - and more!

(Jan 03, 2019)

On Tuesday, Jan. 1, I brought in the New Year at the state Capitol, as I was sworn in for my second term as state representative. Read more

 

Davis sworn into second term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, was sworn in for a second term to represent the people of the 35 th Legislative District for the 2019-20 legislative session. “It’s an honor to again represent the 35 th District's best interests at the state Capitol,” Davis said. “I look forward to continuing my role in helping our government work smarter and harder for the people in my district and all Pennsylvanians.” Although 2019-20 committee assignments have not been made, Davis previously served on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, the Commerce Committee, the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and the Game and Fisheries Committee. He is also a member of the Allegheny County Delegation and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. “I remain committed to represent the community I love so dearly, Davis said. “And I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to be a voice for those families who need one the most, while advocating for the priorities laid out in the Democratic Plan For PA.” The 35 th Legislative District consists of McKeesport, Munhall, White Oak, Clairton, Duquesne, Versailles and South Versailles, Whitaker, Lincoln and parts of West Mifflin. Davis invites Allegheny County residents to visit his webpage, www.pahouse.com/ADavis , for more information about constituent services. Residents can also visit his district offices, located in McKeesport Read more

 

$889,990 in tax credits to benefit Mon Valley residents

(Dec 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that $889,990 in state tax credits were approved under the Neighborhood Assistance Program for two entities whose work benefits 35 th Legislative District residents. The tax credits will support both the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s efforts to serve food-insecure residents and Economic Development South’s revitalization efforts in Clairton. “These tax credits will prove vital for revitalizing our communities,” Davis said. “I applaud the work that both of these organizations are doing to serve residents and this funding will allow them to continue performing their important missions.” Economic Development South, a community development corporation in the South Pittsburgh/South Hills region of Allegheny County, is receiving $380,000 in tax credits. It is supporting community revitalization investments in Clairton through project planning and implementation, clean-up and beautification, and new jobs. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is receiving $509,990 in tax credits. The food bank serves an 11-county area, including Allegheny. The food bank intends to increase the total meals served by 500,000 and increase contributed revenue by $1.3 million. Currently, the food bank is able to serve five meals for every $1 donated. The tax credits are part of nearly $18 million approved tax credits to support 136 revitalization projects Read more

 

Full Video of Joint Hearing on Improving Air Quality
Feb 11, 2019

2/7/19 – Improving Air Quality – Clairton
Feb 08, 2019

Davis lauds AG’s decision to take legal action against UPMC
Feb 07, 2019

Davis issues statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s state budget address
Feb 05, 2019

State Legislative Hearing on Air Quality, Community Notification Issues Set for Clairton Next Week
Feb 01, 2019

Davis introduces bills to address water shutoff risk
Jan 31, 2019

New opportunities, responsibilities -- and more!
Jan 30, 2019

Pennsylvania in dire need of a minimum wage increase
Jan 30, 2019

Davis appointed to Appropriations Committee
Jan 28, 2019

Your health is paramount
Jan 24, 2019

Davis: Duquesne City, Steel Valley and South Allegheny school districts to each get $35,000 to expand computer science programs
Jan 18, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

Legislation protecting YOU from unexpected water shutoffs; Free tax prep available to seniors
Jan 16, 2019

Davis: Free tax prep help available for seniors
Jan 15, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

A great honor
Jan 09, 2019

Harris names deputy whips for 2019-20 legislative session
Jan 09, 2019

Starting my second term as state representative - and more!
Jan 03, 2019

Davis sworn into second term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019

$889,990 in tax credits to benefit Mon Valley residents
Dec 18, 2018