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

Nearly $150,000 in funding awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence

(Sep 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 7 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced the city of McKeesport received a $149,999 state grant to support gun violence reduction initiatives through the McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program. “I’m happy to announce this state funding that will assist McKeesport in reducing gun violence,” Davis said. “The safety of our citizens is of the utmost importance, and this funding will assist the GVRP in successfully carrying out their mission of making the 35 th Legislative District a safe place everyone is proud to call home.” Davis said the funding will be used for personnel and consultant-related costs, equipment and outreach programs. The McKeesport Gun Violence Reduction Program is a multi-faceted approach that includes the use of proactive policing strategies, youth and family interventions, and the hiring of a community outreach specialist. The program includes partnerships with the McKeesport Police Department, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Allegheny County Health Department, Allegheny County Juvenile Probation, Pennsylvania Adult Probation, Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi, McKeesport Housing Authority, McKeesport School District, the Health Communities PartnerSHIP, and area ministerium. Today’s funding for Davis’ district is part of a $1.5 million funding package disbursed to eight commonwealth municipalities for the 2018 Gun Violence Reduction Read more

 

Davis, state Sen. Costa announce $500,000 grant for Carnegie Library of Homestead

(Sep 06, 2018)

State Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jay Costa, Jr., both D-Allegheny, today announced the award of $500,000 to the Carnegie Library of Homestead for improvements to its Music Hall. “This funding is crucial to the improvement of the Carnegie Library of Homestead’s Music Hall,” Davis said. “The Carnegie Library System is fundamental to the overall improvement and education of our youth, and I’m elated to know we are continuing to put our best foot forward when it comes to ensuring our children are given every opportunity to succeed. I’m excited to see the outcome of this project now that this grant has been secured.” “The Carnegie libraries and our community libraries are an incredible asset in our region, especially Homestead, which has been integral to the Steel Valley for more than 100 years,” Costa said. “I will always advocate for these libraries at the state level, and I’m excited to see the improvements that they will be making with today’s grant.” With the funding secured today, the Carnegie Library of Homestead will install a new ADA-compliant passenger elevator that will provide wheelchair access from the exterior walkways to the lobby, balcony and basement restroom levels of the Music Hall. Approximately 1,200 square feet of total floor area (on three levels) will be carefully demolished, modified and renovated to provide the new elevator and knit together the elaborate and Read more

 

Labor Day: More than just a ‘day off’

(Aug 31, 2018)

When you think of Labor Day, it’s likely you’ll associate the holiday with a day off from work. While true, this holiday is much more symbolic than the end of a three-day weekend, the beginning of a four-day workweek, or a final farewell to the summer season. In fact, Labor Day is the only day out of the 365-day year during which we champion the working men and women across America, who continue to make substantial contributions to the labor movement in our country. The first Labor Day was organized by the Central Labor Union in 1882 in New York City. This great idea spread among unions across the U.S. and was eventually recognized by Congress as a national holiday in 1894. While more than 120 years have passed since Congress made this decision, the importance of Labor Day has yet to fade. In truth, it is more relevant now than it has been in most of our lifetimes, as labor unions were recently dealt a strong blow by the Supreme Court’s Janus v. AFCSME decision, which rolled back laws requiring non-union government workers to pay union fees if they benefit from a union-negotiated contract. The ruling will have a ripple effect on working-class families across Pennsylvania. Likely many of the institutions directly affected by this ruling will see less money, members, and impact in the next few years. It’s hard for me to comprehend this decision by the Supreme Court; labor unions created the American middle class. We have labor unions to Read more

 

Rebates available to help Pennsylvanians drive cleaner cars; Get pre-verified for your REAL ID beginning September 4; New program helps teach civics to students

(Aug 29, 2018)

re you environmentally conscious, especially when it comes to vehicle emissions? If so, you may be eligible for a rebate from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Read more

 

Davis applauds grant funding for development at former steel works

(Aug 17, 2018)

State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, is happy to announce today that the City Center of Duquesne Redevelopment project has been selected to receive a $500,000 state grant to assist in the continued redevelopment of the former U.S. Steel site. Read more

 

New McKeesport Office Offers One-Stop Help With State, Fed Government

(Aug 03, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Austin Davis recently moved his district office to McKeesport, joining Congressman Mike Doyle for a one-stop shop for any state or federal government needs. They are holding an Open House on August 22nd from 5-7pm. Read more

 

Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables

(Aug 03, 2018)

Schools awarded grants to provide fruits and vegetables, dry-leaf medical marijuana is now available and join us on Aug. 22 for our open house. Read more

 

Davis: Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables

(Jul 30, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 30 – Grants have been awarded to the Clairton City School District, Duquesne City School District, McKeesport Area School District, South Allegheny School District and the West Mifflin Area School District, in order to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the day, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The 2018-19 grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, whose goal is to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables in schools, by increasing consumption among students with the hope of impacting their present and future health. “These grants are extremely important in order to provide our students with fresh and healthy eating options in schools,” Davis said. “Providing better choices will hopefully lead students to have healthier eating habits throughout their adult lives.” Below are a list of schools and the amount they received: Clairton Elementary School $24,253.50 Duquesne Elementary School $20,812.50 Francis McClure Elementary School$40,237.50 Homeville Elementary School $19,425 New Emerson Elementary School $10,378.50 Propel McKeesport $21,534 South Allegheny Early Childhood $13,042.50 Twin Rivers Elementary School$ 43,623 The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program first started in the commonwealth in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal Read more

 

Meeting held seeking to build police-community relations

(Jul 20, 2018)

Touring state roads with PennDOT; childhood grants awarded to the district; and improving traffic signals at our intersections Read more

 

Over $866,000 awarded to improve traffic signals in Versailles and White Oak boroughs

(Jul 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced funding from the state’s Green Light-Go Program has awarded $265,191 to Versailles Borough and $601,808 to White Oak Borough. The combined amount of $866,999 awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, will support traffic upgrades and increase safety and mobility to these municipalities. Davis said the grants in his district will be used for the following: Versailles Borough : Modernization of two intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons, and installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection. White Oak Borough : Will help six intersections including replacing outdated signal controllers, vehicular and pedestrian signal heads, pushbuttons and the installation of new emergency vehicle preemption and radar detection. “Technology improvements made to our traffic lights has a direct correlation in helping with the flow of traffic and safety of pedestrians,” Davis said. “I welcome these upgrades at our intersections in Versailles and White Oak boroughs, because it could reduce accidents and injuries within our neighborhoods.” The Green Light-Go Program was established under Act 89 of 2013. The grants may be used for traffic studies, removal of unneeded traffic signals, replacement of signals with LED lights and retiming signals to improve Read more

 

Davis: Four early childhood education grants awarded to 35th district

(Jul 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced that four Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs within the 35 th legislative district have been awarded early childhood education grants. McKeesport Area School District, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, West Mifflin School District and the Duquesne City School District are among the 2018-19 recipients of the early childhood grants, which will help to expand the number of available pre-k and head start slots. Davis was notified of the grants by the Department of Education. “Providing high-quality, early childhood education is important to the development of a child and it gives them a head start on the road to success,” Davis said. “Grants like these are important in providing a ladder of opportunity to working class families.” The Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program provides state funding to Head Start programs to serve families at or below 130 percent poverty, or a family of four earning approximately $32,630 annually. Additionally, families who have children ages 3 and 4, and living in up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply to the Pre-K Counts program. The grants, awarded through the department of education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, will create nearly 2,125 new Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts seats and 490 new slots. To apply to the Pennsylvania Pre-K Read more

 

Davis to tour district roads, discuss improvements with PennDOT

(Jul 11, 2018)

MCKEESPORT, July 11 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced he will tour state roads and areas throughout the 35 th Legislative District with Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, an executive director for District 11 of the state Department of Transportation. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 18 at Whitaker Way in Munhall and will continue to Whitaker, McKeesport, Clairton, Lincoln, and conclude in White Oak. “I look forward to discussing ways we can improve our roadways and solutions for how we can address issues such as littering, potholes, drainage and landslides, among other things in our area,” Davis said. “Improvements to infrastructure is a priority and a necessity in order to increase safety in our communities.” Constituents interested in sharing their local transportation priorities should contact Davis’ office by calling (412) 664-0035 or by going to www.pahouse.com/ADavis/Contact . Read more

 

New office location in McKeesport

(Jul 06, 2018)

Information on our new McKeesport Office, standing with our unions and second chances Read more

 

Legislators offer ways to improve police-community relations

(Jun 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Reps. Austin Davis, Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley, all D-Allegheny, along with Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila, and other members from across the state, offered solutions on how to restore public trust and improve the professionalism of law enforcement, during a news conference today held at the Capitol. They hoped taking action will help improve police and community relations. Wheatley and other lawmakers unveiled a framework for legislative action, including three main initiatives: Establishing a licensing board or commission, similar to nearly every other professional occupation from doctors and lawyers to barbers, that would be able to independently take action regarding individuals’ ability to participate in that profession. They believe law enforcement should be no different. Creating a bipartisan caucus to bring policymakers together to offer ideas and best practices from across the commonwealth Enacting legislation similar to laws that apply to teachers, so that any incidents or transgressions related to their employment can be shared with potential employers. “As a parent, none of us want to ever bury a child,” said Wheatley, who is also Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “We want to find ways on how we can prevent and possibly eliminate police shootings of unarmed men and women, particularly those of color.” The news conference was held almost a week after the Read more

 

Davis votes for House spending bill that would increase education funding

(Jun 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, voted in favor of a new $32.7 billion state spending plan today, citing beneficial increases in state educational funding. House Bill 2121 – the general appropriations bill the House passed today – would provide increases of $100 million for basic education, $25 million for early education funding and $15 million for special education funding. “The spending plan we passed today would directly benefit our state’s most important resource for the future – our children,” Davis said. “I’m especially encouraged that every school district in the 35th Legislative District which I represent would see increases in both basic and special education funding.” Davis noted that the bill would provide the following increases: • Clairton Valley – 2.6 percent for basic education funding and 1.7 percent for special education funding. • Duquesne City – 0.9 percent for basic education funding and 1.3 percent for special education funding. • McKeesport Area – 1.6 percent for basic education funding and 1.8 percent for special education funding. • South Allegheny – 0.6 percent for basic education funding and 2.0 percent for special education funding. • Steel Valley – 2.2 percent for basic education funding and 1.7 percent for special education funding. • West Mifflin Area – 1.6 percent for basic Read more

 

Davis: ‘Qualified Opportunity Zone’ status will help revitalize nine 35th District communities

(Jun 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that nine areas in the 35 th Legislative District he represents have been approved as “Qualified Opportunity Zones.” The areas – which include three in Clairton, three in McKeesport and three in Duquesne – were nominated under a federal program that attracts private investors to low-income communities through tax incentives. “I’m excited to see us move forward with this program,” Davis said. “Infusions of capital into these distressed areas could make a huge difference to residents in terms of jobs and housing opportunities. Our hardworking Pennsylvania families deserve the hope and promise that revitalization can bring.” Under the program – administered by the U.S. Treasury Department under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – states may nominate a certain percentage of census tracts as Qualified Opportunity Zones. Private investors receive tax benefits for investing capital gains in these areas and adjacent tracts. Pennsylvania was given the opportunity to designate 300 low-income community tracts as opportunity zones. In April, the governor announced that he had made the nominations after gathering input from individuals and organizations across the state, and examining where areas of need intersected with potential investment opportunities. Read more

 

Davis bills will address water shutoff risk

(Jun 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that he will introduce legislation to combat problems that can place commonwealth residents in jeopardy of unexpected water shutoffs. Davis’ legislation would target situations in which a single water meter serves multiple units in a housing complex. The legislation would also permit regulation of homeowner associations that collect money from individual housing units and pay water or sewer bills on their behalf. “No resident should ever have to wonder if their tap water will be turned off because of the irresponsible actions of a third party,” Davis said. “Pennsylvanians should not have to face the kind of water security questions that plague residents of Third World countries.” Davis drafted the legislation in response to a recent situation in which residents of a Clairton housing complex lost tap water for about six hours after a utility suspended their service without warning for nonpayment. The homeowners’ association for the complex – which had just one water meter for several hundred units – was supposed to collect money from individual units to pay their water and sewer bills. A company that owned many of the units failed to pay its fair share and declared bankruptcy, forcing the association into bankruptcy, as well. The problem has been compounded by the challenge of collecting payments from units that are not separately metered. Read more

 

Davis: $2 million grant will boost adult literacy

(Jun 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Allegheny and Beaver county residents will benefit from a $2 million grant to boost adult literacy, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today. The recipient of the state Department of Education grant – Literacy Pittsburgh – is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny County. “For adults, literacy is the gateway to education, to employment, to self-sufficiency – and even to the best possible parenting,” Davis said. “This grant will help so many of our local residents realize their potential, benefiting themselves, their families, their communities and the economy in the process.” Davis noted that Adult Basic Education Direct Service grants permit federal, state and local entities to partner together to provide adult education and literacy. The goal is to assist adults in: Obtaining secondary-school diplomas and transitioning to postsecondary education and training; Obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency; Becoming full partners in their children’s educational development; and Understanding the language, for those who are immigrants or learning English as a second language, so they can understand our government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. “I’m so excited about this grant,” Davis said. “In addition to helping hundreds of local residents become more productive, Read more

 

PennDOT to take action on potholes; Fish-for-Free!; Happy Memorial Day!

(May 25, 2018)

Check out my e-blast and learn how PennDOT plans to address the potholes plaguing the state's roadways. Read more

 

Nearly $150,000 in funding awarded to McKeesport to combat gun violence
Sep 07, 2018

Davis, state Sen. Costa announce $500,000 grant for Carnegie Library of Homestead
Sep 06, 2018

Labor Day: More than just a ‘day off’
Aug 31, 2018

Rebates available to help Pennsylvanians drive cleaner cars; Get pre-verified for your REAL ID beginning September 4; New program helps teach civics to students
Aug 29, 2018

Davis applauds grant funding for development at former steel works
Aug 17, 2018

Read my summer newsletter online!; Are you missing a Purple Heart medal?; Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extended!; Don’t forget to attend our open house Aug. 22!
Aug 16, 2018

New McKeesport Office Offers One-Stop Help With State, Fed Government
Aug 03, 2018

Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables
Aug 03, 2018

Davis: Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables
Jul 30, 2018

Meeting held seeking to build police-community relations
Jul 20, 2018

Over $866,000 awarded to improve traffic signals in Versailles and White Oak boroughs
Jul 12, 2018

Davis: Four early childhood education grants awarded to 35th district
Jul 12, 2018

Davis to tour district roads, discuss improvements with PennDOT
Jul 11, 2018

New office location in McKeesport
Jul 06, 2018

Legislators offer ways to improve police-community relations
Jun 26, 2018

Davis votes for House spending bill that would increase education funding
Jun 20, 2018

Davis: ‘Qualified Opportunity Zone’ status will help revitalize nine 35th District communities
Jun 18, 2018

Davis bills will address water shutoff risk
Jun 14, 2018

Davis: $2 million grant will boost adult literacy
Jun 06, 2018

PennDOT to take action on potholes; Fish-for-Free!; Happy Memorial Day!
May 25, 2018