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Substantial tax credits, grants awarded to Mon Valley!; Veterans Breakfast a success!

(Nov 20, 2019)

The last week was quite good to the Mon Valley! I’m happy to announce that in addition to more than $700,000 in state funding awarded for local projects, $1.3 million in state tax credits were approved for six entities serving Mon Valley residents. Read more

 

Davis: $1.3 million in state tax credits approved for six entities benefiting Mon Valley residents

(Nov 15, 2019)

$1.3 million in state tax credits were approved under the Neighborhood Assistance Program for six entities whose work benefits 35th Legislative District residents. Read more

 

Davis: $221K awarded for park rehabilitation projects in Munhall

(Nov 14, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced Thursday that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources approved a $221,000 grant to fund the rehabilitation of three parks in Munhall. “Local parks are more than locations that offer recreational activities. In fact, they’re places where communities come together,” Davis said. “So we need to ensure we’re capitalizing on opportunities to enhance and beautify our parks. This funding will help preserve and improve these recreational spaces for our families for years to come.” Davis said Trautman Street Park, Video Drive Park and Vine Street Park all will undergo rehabilitation projects. The installation of play equipment with the required safety surfacing will occur at both Trautman Street Park and Video Drive Park. Both projects also will include ADA access, landscaping and other site-related improvements. Davis said further development will occur at Vine Street Park, including the construction of pavilions, ADA access, landscaping and other site-related improvements. The grant was among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on Thursday through its Recreation and Conservation program. The program assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open Read more

 

Mon Valley receives influx of more than 500K for local projects

(Nov 12, 2019)

Today I announced that the Mon Valley was awarded $505,444 that will be used to fund rehabilitation projects! Read more

 

Davis: More than $500,000 awarded for local projects in the Mon Valley

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that more than $500,000 in state grants will be used to fund rehabilitation projects across the 35 th Legislative District. In total, Davis said $350,000 was awarded by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County, and an additional $155,444 came by way of the state’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program. “This announcement is an example of the Commonwealth making direct investments in our local communities,” Davis said. “This will make an immediate difference in our community, with money earmarked for roadway improvements, home rehabilitation, improvements to a family support center, and rehabbing areas prone to landslides. I look forward to all the positive developments that this finding will create in our community.” Davis said of the $350,000 administered by RAAC, $100,000 will be used for renovations and repairs to the Duquesne Family Support Center; $150,000 will help fund a Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh housing project in McKeesport; and $100,000 will go toward a stormwater improvement project on Livingston Road in West Mifflin. Davis said the $ 155,444 administered by the Multimodal Transportation Fund was awarded to Lincoln Borough to rehabilitate landslide areas along Fuerher Drive. The project will repair 160 linear feet of landslide by excavating the soil, stabilizing the hill side slope Read more

 

Davis’ Veterans’ Breakfast a success

(Nov 08, 2019)

WHITE OAK, Nov. 8 – On Friday, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, hosted a Veterans’ Breakfast in White Oak. Davis said the event, co-hosted by state Sen. Jim Brewster, also D-Allegheny, had a high turnout and was an overall success. “Today’s breakfast was an opportunity to say THANK YOU,” Davis said. “As an elected official, I felt it was important to pause to honor those citizens who sacrificed so much for our community and country. I look forward to hosting future events that honor veterans.” The Veterans’ Breakfast took place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the White Oak American Legion, 2813 Capitol St. In addition to breakfast, veterans had the opportunity to meet with staff members from both legislators’ offices, where they were provided with information regarding state-related resources and programs geared toward veterans. Read more

 

Giving back to vets and their families; LIHEAP now accepting applications for heating assistance; Last week at the Capitol

(Nov 06, 2019)

I had the opportunity today to serve as master of ceremonies for Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh’s Declaration of Independence, a Celebration of Service event in Pittsburgh. Read more

 

More than $670,000 in state funding to go toward remediation of industrial sites in McKeesport, Duquesne; Time to review your health coverage -- and more!

(Oct 23, 2019)

It was announced Wednesday that two industrial sites located in McKeesport and Duquesne will undergo needed environmental remediation projects, thanks to funding approved by the state. Read more

 

Davis: More than $650,000 in state funding to go toward remediation of industrial sites in McKeesport and Duquesne

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – Funding awarded Wednesday by the commonwealth will allow for two industrial sites located in McKeesport and Duquesne to undergo much-needed environmental remediation, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Davis said the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania was awarded a combined total of $671,200 in state funding to be used for remediation projects at the former Roadhouse and Guard Shack Building in McKeesport and the former Open Hearth building in Duquesne. “Today’s announcement is a positive step in the efforts to clean up and rehabilitate our industrial sites as well as revitalize our community,” Davis said. “The funding awarded today will not only positively affect the environment, but it also will make our district a cleaner and healthier place to live and visit.” Davis said $637,500 will be targeted for the remediation and encapsulation of asbestos-containing material throughout the former Roadhouse and Guard Shack Building, as well as lead-based paint remediation throughout its interior walls. The remaining $33,700 will be used to remediate lead-based paint and encapsulate surfaces where lead-based paint was removed at the former Open Hearth building. Davis said the RIDC plans to redevelop this site into a planned industrial park. Davis said Wednesday’s funding was awarded through the Read more

 

Davis: More than $60,000 in combined funding awarded to two school districts, private school for school safety efforts

(Oct 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – Two school districts and one private school associated with the 35 th Legislative District were awarded a combined total of $64,531 in state funding for school safety and violence reduction initiatives, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Davis said the competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants were awarded through the state Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools, which offers four types of safety grants: equipment grants; program grants; school police officer grants; and school resource officer grants. “Keeping kids safe within the confines of a school is a necessity, especially in wake of recent events where students have been the victims of gun violence,” Davis said. “That alone makes the funding awarded to these schools all the more significant. No child should have to fear for their safety, and this funding will help these schools continue to be safe havens for students and teachers alike.” The school districts and private school that received funding are: South Allegheny School District - $20,000. The funding will help implement programs geared toward school safety. West Mifflin School District - $24,993. Grant money will be used to purchase safety and security related equipment. Mary of Nazareth Catholic School - $19,538. The school will use the funding to purchase safety and security related Read more

 

Don't miss the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 8; The state could be holding your unclaimed property; Another successful Senior Wellness and Safety Expo!

(Oct 09, 2019)

I’d like to formerly invite all veterans in the district to attend the 2019 Veterans Breakfast! Read more

 

Davis, Brewster to co-host Veterans’ Breakfast on Nov. 8

(Oct 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Austin Davis and state Sen. Jim Brewster, both D-Allegheny, are calling upon veterans in their districts to attend their joint veterans’ breakfast in November. The breakfast will take place 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at the White Oak American Legion, 2813 Capitol St., White Oak. “Our veterans served our country with honor, integrity and bravery,” Davis said. “Senator Brewster and I find that it’s only fitting to serve them breakfast as a small token of our appreciation for the service they’ve provided to our country.” Brewster added: “The breakfast is an excellent way to reach veterans, thank them for their service, and acknowledge our gratitude for the sacrifices they made while defending our country.” Davis said veterans interested in attending their co-hosted event must RSVP by Oct. 21. Veterans can do so by contacting Davis’ office at 412-664-0035. In addition to breakfast, staff members from both legislators’ offices will be in attendance to provide veterans with important information on state-related resources and programs. Read more

 

Davis applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive action

(Oct 03, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 3 – On Thursday, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, applauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive action instructing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: “The action taken today on behalf of the governor was a three-pronged, proactive approach at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, combatting climate change and enhancing economic growth here in the commonwealth. “These are ongoing issues across the country and especially the state. His decision today to direct the DEP to work in unison with nine other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to combat this crisis is a firm example of how his office has time and time again put their best foot forward in making Pennsylvania a leader among neighboring states. “Climate change is the single largest threat we as a society currently face. A change needs to happen now, and I applaud Governor Wolf for taking action when action was needed more than ever. Not to mention, RGGI states have reduced power sector CO2 pollution by 45% since 2005, while the region’s per-capita GDP has continued to grow. So, this is an initiative that works and, in the end, lightens the load on residents’ pockets regarding costly electric bills. “The governor has my full support, and I’m confident other legislators and state residents will be able to stand behind a plan of this nature, Read more

 

Join me for my 2019 Veterans Breakfast!

(Sep 25, 2019)

I’d like to formally invite all veterans in the district to attend the 2019 Veterans Breakfast! Read more

 

Davis: More than $130,000 awarded to City of McKeesport

(Sep 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – The City of McKeesport was awarded $133,000 in state funding that is earmarked to enhance the city’s Gun Violence Reduction Program, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will support the incorporation of McKeesport’s Alternative Policing Strategies into its Gun Violence Reduction Program. “Today McKeesport received crucial funding that will assist the city in showing its young adults a different path to life,” Davis said. “In order for young adults to be successful, they need to have the resources to accomplish that goal. This funding will help McKeesport better assist its youth and young adults, providing them with a brighter future, a positive outlook and a wealth of constructive learning experiences as they transition to the next phase of their lives.” Davis said MAPS’ goal is to provide young adults with productive alternatives to street life, engage youth with an array of life-learning experiences, and giving at-risk individuals an opportunity to be stakeholders in the community. To help accomplish the MAPS initiative, Davis said the funding will support grant administration; license plate recognition camera sites; acquiring police vehicles; assemblies and outreach programs; and consultations by a community outreach specialist and two Read more

 

We will never forget; Gov. Tom Wolf visits the district to talk charter school reform

(Sep 11, 2019)

Eighteen years ago today, life as we knew it changed forever. Read more

 

8/29/19 – Minimum Wage – Munhall

(Aug 29, 2019)

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

 

Davis hosts policy hearing on increasing state’s minimum wage

(Aug 29, 2019)

MUNHALL, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting at the Munhall Borough Building. Davis requested the hearing to discuss the state’s minimum wage, which remains lower than Pennsylvania's neighboring states of West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Delaware and New Jersey. “I wanted to make raising the state’s minimum wage a priority and keep it at the forefront of my colleague's minds,” Davis said. “Most importantly, though, I wanted to discuss how the Commonwealth would benefit from raising the minimum wage to match the current cost of living. “Today was constructive. We talked in-depth about how raising the minimum wage can empower working families, as well as create ladders of opportunity for them. We also heard from a number of panelists who concurred that it’s time to give working families a raise,” Davis said. The committee heard testimony from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; Darrin Kelly, president, Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Diana Polson, policy analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Bobbi Linskens, member, Restaurant Opportunities Center; James Conway, member, Restaurant Opportunities Center; Jeff Shook, associate professor, University of Pittsburgh of Social Work; LaSain Latimore, member, One PA; Jennifer Rafanan Kenney, acting executive director, Pittsburgh United; Dawn Plummer, Read more

 

Pushing for cleaner air; Don't miss my Wellness and Safety Expo!

(Aug 28, 2019)

Today I joined upwards of 60 community leaders and elected officials in Pittsburgh to take a hard stance on our push for cleaner air in Allegheny County. Read more

 

Davis to hold policy hearing Thursday on state’s minimum wage

(Aug 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Munhall Borough Building, Council Chambers, 1900 West St., Munhall. The media and public are invited to attend. Davis requested the hearing to discuss the state’s current minimum wage status, how it compares to neighboring states and the benefit of increasing wages to reflect the current cost-of-living. He will be joined by legislators from across the state. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Bryan Smolock , Director of the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance. Kelley Martini , Policy Director. 10:40 a.m. Panel Two: Darrin Kelly , President, Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Diana Polson , Policy Analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Sarah Fishbein , Vice President, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. Bobbi Linskens , Member, Restaurant Opportunities Center. James Conway , Member, Restaurant Opportunities Center. 11:30 a.m. Panel Three: Jeff Shook , Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. LaSain Latimore , Member, One PA. Jennifer Rafanan Kenney , Acting Executive Director, Pittsburgh United. Dawn Plummer , Executive Director, Pittsburgh Food Read more

 

Substantial tax credits, grants awarded to Mon Valley!; Veterans Breakfast a success!
Nov 20, 2019

Davis: $1.3 million in state tax credits approved for six entities benefiting Mon Valley residents
Nov 15, 2019

Davis: $221K awarded for park rehabilitation projects in Munhall
Nov 14, 2019

Mon Valley receives influx of more than 500K for local projects
Nov 12, 2019

Davis: More than $500,000 awarded for local projects in the Mon Valley
Nov 12, 2019

Davis’ Veterans’ Breakfast a success
Nov 08, 2019

Giving back to vets and their families; LIHEAP now accepting applications for heating assistance; Last week at the Capitol
Nov 06, 2019

More than $670,000 in state funding to go toward remediation of industrial sites in McKeesport, Duquesne; Time to review your health coverage -- and more!
Oct 23, 2019

Davis: More than $650,000 in state funding to go toward remediation of industrial sites in McKeesport and Duquesne
Oct 23, 2019

Davis: More than $60,000 in combined funding awarded to two school districts, private school for school safety efforts
Oct 18, 2019

Don't miss the Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 8; The state could be holding your unclaimed property; Another successful Senior Wellness and Safety Expo!
Oct 09, 2019

Davis, Brewster to co-host Veterans’ Breakfast on Nov. 8
Oct 07, 2019

Davis applauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive action
Oct 03, 2019

Join me for my 2019 Veterans Breakfast!
Sep 25, 2019

Davis: More than $130,000 awarded to City of McKeesport
Sep 16, 2019

We will never forget; Gov. Tom Wolf visits the district to talk charter school reform
Sep 11, 2019

8/29/19 – Minimum Wage – Munhall
Aug 29, 2019

Davis hosts policy hearing on increasing state’s minimum wage
Aug 29, 2019

Pushing for cleaner air; Don't miss my Wellness and Safety Expo!
Aug 28, 2019

Davis to hold policy hearing Thursday on state’s minimum wage
Aug 26, 2019