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

Rep. Davis' 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click on the link above to download Rep. Davis' 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

2018 PA SR 6 Fire and EMS report

(Nov 28, 2018)

Final report of the PA SR6 Committee on fire and EMS services in Pennsylvania Read more

 

Davis urges residents to attend home heating workshop

(Nov 16, 2018)

Davis, his staff and representatives from Duquesne Light will present information and answer questions regarding the state’s winter heating assistance program and Duquesne’s customer assistance program. Read more

 

Davis: $170,000 state grant major boost to Allegheny Passage trail project

(Nov 14, 2018)

The portions of the trail scheduled for work include those in Elizabeth Township and Lincoln Borough. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open

(Nov 05, 2018)

The 2018-2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is accepting applications for heating assistance grants. LIHEAP offers cash grants of $200 to $1,000 that are sent directly to the utility company to defray heating costs for eligible households, and crisis benefits of up to $600 for households in immediate danger of being without heat. Remember: These are grants and do not have to be repaid. This season’s income guidelines for both LIHEAP cash and crisis grants are $18,210 for an individual, $24,690 for couples and increases for each additional person in the household. Please click here for more LIHEAP information. Please consider visiting my office if you need help filing a LIHEAP application. Besides my office, LIHEAP information is available by: Contacting local County Assistance offices by phone or in person. Calling the LIHEAP Client Helpline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired. Applying online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us . Read more

 

$150,000 awarded to local schools for safety

(Nov 01, 2018)

Six local school districts will collectively receive $150,000 in state grants to improve safety at their schools. Read more

 

Holiday bus trip and tour of Pennsylvania Capitol offered

(Oct 31, 2018)

The trip aboard a luxury coach will include lunch and a tour of both the Governor’s Residence and the state Capitol building, both of which will be decorated for the holiday season. Read more

 

Clairton City School District awarded state grant; New law expands prescription drug assistance to seniors; Pittsburgh honors civil and human rights activist Alma Speed Fox

(Oct 25, 2018)

The Clairton City School District will receive a $5,000 state grant geared toward helping students learn about workforce development! Read more

 

Davis: Clairton City School District awarded career readiness grant

(Oct 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – The Clairton City School District will receive a $5,000 grant to help students learn about workforce development, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today. The Clairton City School District was among 41 school districts across the state to be awarded the Career Readiness Mini-Grants from the Department of Labor and Industry and Team Pennsylvania. The funding for Clairton will be geared toward providing meaningful job shadowing experiences for students, Davis said. “It’s imperative for students to meet people from different careers,” Davis said. “We want our students to not only explore, but to be educated about jobs that are in high demand, so that when they graduate high school they have some sense of the direction they want to take their lives.” In addition to job shadowing, the mini-grants were awarded for a myriad of things, including field trips to facilitating professional development for educators, hosting career fairs, and educating parents and guardians about industries in the region. All of the districts will share in the total amount granted of $180,000. The maximum amount awarded to an individual district was $5,000. Team Pennsylvania is a non-partisan, charitable, non-profit created to bring government and private sector leaders together for the betterment of the commonwealth. The Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units works to ensure the strength of individual Read more

 

Davis: House passes bill to benefit thousands of seniors

(Oct 11, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 11 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today joined fellow legislators in passing legislation that would expand the PACENET prescription-drug coverage income limits, allowing for an estimated additional 17,000 seniors to be eligible for the program. “Unfortunately, seniors citizens across the commonwealth are struggling to get by,” Davis said. “This bill looks to ease the burden on their wallets, meaning they’d no longer have to decide between food, heat, rent or the medicine they desperately need.” Under H.B. 270, the income limit for PACENET prescription-drug coverage for a single person would increase from $23,500 to $27,500; for married couples it would go from $31,500 to $35,500. House Bill 270 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Read more

 

Successful public hearing; Nearly $3 million in state funding awarded to McKeesport!; $60,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to school districts!

(Oct 11, 2018)

On Oct. 3, I hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on school and business partnerships in McKeesport. Read more

 

Davis announces $60,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to school districts in 35th Legislative District

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced two local school districts were awarded $60,000 in state funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s competitive Safe Schools Targeted Grant program. The funding, geared toward creating a safer environment for students, will be used for numerous initiatives covered under the grant program, including programs to prevent and reduce violent incidents; purchasing security/safety-related equipment; training and compensation for school resource officers; and training and compensation for school police officers, who are directly employed by school districts. “I’m happy to announce this funding that will help keep our children safe,” Davis said. “We send our children to school to learn – not fear for their safety. Unfortunately, we live in an ever-changing world where horrible acts take place. I’m grateful the commonwealth released this funding and is leading the charge in protecting the state’s youth.” The school districts that received funding include: McKeesport Area School District received $20,000 for programs to prevent and reduce violence. West Mifflin Area School District was granted $40,000 for the training and compensation of school police officers during Year 1 of the 2018-19 fiscal year. These officers are directly employed by the school district. The PDE program is separate from the new $60 million Read more

 

10/3/18 – School and Business Partnerships – McKeesport

(Oct 04, 2018)

Materials from House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Austin Davis. Read more

 

Davis, Policy Committee discuss school and business partnerships

(Oct 03, 2018)

MCKEESPORT, Oct. 3 –State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on school and business partnerships at the Consortium for Public Education. Davis was joined by Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and state legislators from across the commonwealth. The committee discussed the importance of education funding and how to better support school and business partnerships. Davis said that the Policy Committee's discussion shed light on the importance of education funding as it pertains to the overall advancement and progression of Pennsylvania’s education system. He also said the committee's work provided an outline on how to best approach advancing the partnerships between schools and businesses. “Today’s hearing was a great discussion on bettering school and business partnerships in Pennsylvania, as well as discussing the importance of education funding,” Davis said. “Continued funding for education is crucial to the forward progression of the commonwealth’s education system. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to provide students with the best possible education we have at our disposal, and that surely would be an injustice to students across the commonwealth.” Sturla added, “Finding ways to fund education and enhance these partnerships will help students in their pivot from education to the workforce, which is an important step Read more

 

Davis: Nearly $3 million in state funding awarded to McKeesport

(Oct 02, 2018)

MCKEESPORT, Oct. 2 – Improvements to McKeesport’s municipal parking garage and the Steel Valley Trail will come by way of a $2.9 million state grant awarded to McKeesport, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today. Davis said that the allotted funding – awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund – will support an improvement project to the existing Steel Valley trail, which runs through the RIDC Industrial Center of McKeesport along the Monongahela River, linking the river to the McKeesport Multimedia Center. Upgrades to McKeesport’s municipal parking garage, which offers trail parking, also will be covered under the state grant. “I’m elated to announce this substantial grant to the City of McKeesport,” Davis said. “This funding will not only improve accessibility to the trail, but it also will improve the overall experience for those who use the Steel Valley Trail running through the city.” The Multimodal Transportation Fund was created by Act 89 of 2013. Program eligibility and project selections were made according to safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency and operational sustainability. Read more

 

Free on Wednesday? If so, attend my public hearing; More than $680,000 in state funding awarded to district!; Need help? Stop by my office

(Sep 27, 2018)

Looking for something productive to do on Wednesday afternoon? If so, attend my House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing in McKeesport on school and business partnerships. Read more

 

Davis to hold Policy Committee hearing on School and Business Partnerships Wednesday in McKeesport

(Sep 27, 2018)

MCKEESPORT, Sep. 27 – In alignment with the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced that he will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing to discuss school and business partnerships. The hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Consortium for Public Education, 1100 Industry Road, McKeesport. Davis said he requested the hearing to discuss the importance of education funding and how to better support school and business partnerships. Davis will be joined by a number of state representatives from across the commonwealth, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster. The current agenda is: 3 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 3:10 p.m. Panelists: Mary Kay Babyak Executive Director, Consortium for Public Education Don Martin Assistant Executive Director, Intermediate Unit 1 Joshua Stewart Vice President and Director of Talent Programs and Accessibility, PNC Financial Services 4:40 p.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

 

Davis: More than $680,000 in state funding awarded to 35th Legislative District

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded $683,946 in state funding to the 35 th Legislative District. “I’m happy to announce the funding awarded today to the 35 th Legislative District,” Davis said. “Maintaining and rehabilitating parts of our community are vital to ensuring our district is appealing to visitors and residents alike.” The Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County was awarded $175,000 to construct a Regional Public Training Facility, which will be located on Mertha Street in Munhall. The facility will be a two-story structure that can be configured to mimic the characteristics of a residential, commercial or industrial structure. In addition to the training tower, the site will be paved to allow on-ground training exercises that would involve training and operation vehicles. The City of Duquesne received $100,000 to replace waterlines and a reservoir mixer to prevent the formation of Trihalomethanes, a disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease. Clairton Municipal Authority received $337,000 to replace a combined sewer line located in Clairton City. The Dry Run combined sewer line contains several defects that have caused failures of the system along the Dry Run waterway. This project will rectify the problem. Versailles Borough was awarded $71,946 to help fund its sanitary sewer rehabilitation project. Read more

 

Nearly $150,000 awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence; Carnegie Library of Homestead awarded $500,000 grant; September is National Preparedness Month

(Sep 13, 2018)

On Sept. 7, the city of McKeesport received $149,999 in state funding to support gun violence reduction initiatives through the McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program. Read more

 

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – Members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus applauded the announcement made today by Gov. Tom Wolf that more than $1.5 million in funding will be allocated across the commonwealth to help reduce gun violence. "The crisis created by the illegal gun violence epidemic cannot be averted without those on the frontlines of this fight having access to the resources and tools needed to do the work of healing those affected,” said state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., PLBC chairman. “The PLBC is proud to stand with Governor Wolf as we begin to ensure that our communities have the support and tools needed to begin to address this public health crisis." “The PLBC has been working hard to address gun violence in our community as a public health issue, because we understood that resources follow public health concerns. Today’s grant is a result of our collective work with Governor Wolf, city officials, and local advocates,” said state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., vice chair of the PLBC. “As a member of the School Safety and Security Committee, I hope to bring more resources to Philadelphia to address gun violence in and around our schools.” “It is no secret there is a gun violence epidemic in the commonwealth. From Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and all points in between, shootings are taking lives one or two at a time, destroying our communities and families,” said state Rep. Chris Read more

 

Rep. Davis' 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

2018 PA SR 6 Fire and EMS report
Nov 28, 2018

Davis urges residents to attend home heating workshop
Nov 16, 2018

Davis: $170,000 state grant major boost to Allegheny Passage trail project
Nov 14, 2018

Heating aid via LIHEAP now open
Nov 05, 2018

$150,000 awarded to local schools for safety
Nov 01, 2018

Holiday bus trip and tour of Pennsylvania Capitol offered
Oct 31, 2018

Clairton City School District awarded state grant; New law expands prescription drug assistance to seniors; Pittsburgh honors civil and human rights activist Alma Speed Fox
Oct 25, 2018

Davis: Clairton City School District awarded career readiness grant
Oct 18, 2018

Davis: House passes bill to benefit thousands of seniors
Oct 11, 2018

Successful public hearing; Nearly $3 million in state funding awarded to McKeesport!; $60,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to school districts!
Oct 11, 2018

Davis announces $60,000 in Safe Schools Targeted Grants awarded to school districts in 35th Legislative District
Oct 04, 2018

10/3/18 – School and Business Partnerships – McKeesport
Oct 04, 2018

Davis, Policy Committee discuss school and business partnerships
Oct 03, 2018

Davis: Nearly $3 million in state funding awarded to McKeesport
Oct 02, 2018

Free on Wednesday? If so, attend my public hearing; More than $680,000 in state funding awarded to district!; Need help? Stop by my office
Sep 27, 2018

Davis to hold Policy Committee hearing on School and Business Partnerships Wednesday in McKeesport
Sep 27, 2018

Davis: More than $680,000 in state funding awarded to 35th Legislative District
Sep 18, 2018

Nearly $150,000 awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence; Carnegie Library of Homestead awarded $500,000 grant; September is National Preparedness Month
Sep 13, 2018

PLBC applauds state funding for gun violence reduction initiatives
Sep 07, 2018