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

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


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