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

Davis: Substantial investment in Mon Valley Works site will reduce emissions and provide continued work for decades to come

(May 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement on U.S. Steel’s announcement that it will spend $1 billion to upgrade its Mon Valley Works steel mill: “Today’s announcement by U.S. Steel is a bright look into the future of employment and health here in the Mon Valley. Following the December 2018 fire, legislators and residents from across the region have been calling on the corporation to upgrade its facility and spend the necessary funds so that the Mon Valley could have both clean air and good jobs. “I knew it was possible with the help and cooperation of U.S. Steel, and I’m glad to announce that not only will the anticipated upgrades to the site make Mon Valley Works the first of its kind, but the upgrades also will reduce emissions which, at the end of the day, is instrumental in the overall health of Mon Valley residents. “I remain committed to ensuring a better life for our residents, including the implementation of well-paying, family-sustaining jobs. Here in the Mon Valley, the steel mill is a major employer for many, so it was important that U.S. Steel make the proper adjustment so that our area can continue to prosper and breathe clean, healthy air for decades to come.” Read more

 

Davis: Three school districts, human services agency awarded more than $700,000 in school safety, violence prevention funding

(May 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – Four school districts and a human services agency located in the 35 th Legislative District today were awarded a combined total $963,343 in state funding earmarked for school safety and violence prevention initiatives, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The School Safety and Security Committee, part of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, awarded these grants. The funds were included in the 2018-19 budget. “It’s important now more than ever that we provide funding for school safety and violence prevention initiatives, especially in wake of the recent tragedies that have occurred in schools across the country,” Davis said. “The commonwealth worked diligently to ensure this funding was set aside for the state’s children and at-risk communities, so I’m happy to announce this funding was released today.” The school districts receiving funding are: Clairton City School District - $115,000 . The funding will be used for security planning and the purchasing of security related materials. Clairton Area School District - $259,606. The funding will assist in the purchasing of security related materials and security planning. Duquesne City School District - $79,279. Grant money will be used to purchase security related materials, implementing a districtwide emergency preparedness plan, and enacting staff and student training programs for early intervention and violence Read more

 

Davis adds name to brief supporting Shapiro’s suit against UPMC

(Apr 25, 2019)

State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, joined colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus by signing a legal brief they’ve filed in support of the attorney general’s lawsuit against UPMC. Read more

 

Don't miss Saturday's Youth Expo!; New Legislation; Today in the district

(Apr 24, 2019)

Saturday is going to be a first for the Mon Valley, as state Rep. Summer Lee and I hold our first Youth Expo in Munhall! Read more

 

Don't miss the upcoming Mon Valley Youth Expo!

(Apr 22, 2019)

Mon Valley youth and parents – I urge you to take part in the first Youth Expo on Saturday, April 27! Read more

 

New appointment; Visit Carnegie Library of McKeesport for employment help; Local blood drive; Mon Valley Youth Expo

(Apr 10, 2019)

I’m excited to announce that I recently was appointed to the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s board of directors by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. Read more

 

Davis appointed to Port Authority of Allegheny County’s board of directors

(Mar 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today was appointed to the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s board of directors by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. The move by Dermody, D-Allegheny, places Davis in a position to have more oversight on public transportation services and issues in and around Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, which has been a high-priority subject for the sophomore state legislator since taking office. “Providing efficient, easy-to-use public transportation for Allegheny County residents will continue to be a cornerstone of my time in public office,” Davis said. “Public transportation is a lifeline in Allegheny County. Without it, some residents wouldn’t be able to get to doctor’s appointments, pick up their children, or visit family. I’d like to thank Representative Dermody for this exciting opportunity.” Dermody added: “Austin Davis has dedicated his life to public service and he’s perfectly suited to serve on the Port Authority board. He understands the essential role of public transit in connecting people to good jobs, schools, health care and much more.” The Port Authority’s board of directors is comprised of 11 unpaid, volunteer members who are appointed by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, both parties in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate, and Gov. Tom Wolf. Read more

 

Ban the Box; Money coming back to the district; Mon Valley Youth Expo

(Mar 27, 2019)

In an effort to give state residents with a criminal record a chance to find meaningful, family-sustaining jobs, I recently introduced House Bill 898, which would prohibit employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. Read more

 

Davis: $200,000 state grant awarded to White Oak for safety improvements for pedestrians, drivers

(Mar 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – New light poles, ADA-compliant and slip-free crosswalks, and street signs will come to White Oak by way of a $200,000 state grant, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today. Davis said the funding – awarded through the Commonwealth Financial Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund program – will support an improvement project on Lincoln Way in the borough. PennDOT recently widened the road and installed new sidewalks between Capital Street and State Route 48. “These upgrades put the finishing touches on a project that began with a much-needed road widening in a busy area,” said Davis. “This grant is vital to ensure public safety and will immensely benefit vehicular and pedestrian traffic.” Davis said the grant will also fund related safety, accessibility and aesthetic improvements. The Multimodal Transportation Fund provides grants to encourage economic development and ensure a safe and reliable system of transportation. Funds can be used for development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to communities – including lighting, sidewalk enhancements, pedestrian safety, and transit-oriented development. Read more

 

Lawmakers comment on acquittal of white police officer in fatal shooting of Antwon Rose

(Mar 23, 2019)

PITTSBURGH , March 23 – Pittsburgh-area lawmakers today released the following statement regarding the acquittal of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, who fatally shot Antwon Rose II, an unarmed black teenager, in the back last summer. “First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to Michelle Kenny and Antwon Rose Sr. as well as the rest of Antwon’s family and friends. Our community lost a 17-year-old boy. We will continue to mourn this senseless and pointless loss of the life. The life he lived as well as the life he could’ve gone on to live. “While no verdict can bring Antwon back, we had hoped to see justice for his murder. Unfortunately, there will be no justice for Antwon. This outcome, while extremely disappointing, is far from surprising. Our region has a troubling history of racial injustices. The loss of an unarmed Antwon with no punishment for the police officer who shot him three times as he tried to flee will be added to that history. “America has a problem with police officers murdering African-American men and women that our region is not immune to. From Freddie Gray, to Sandra Bland, to Philando Castile and now Antwon Rose, police officers time and time again have used excessive, unnecessary force against African-American civilians and faced no criminal convictions for their actions. “As a nation, we simply cannot sit back, express our outrage for a few days and then return to our Read more

 

Learn & Earn wants YOU!

(Mar 21, 2019)

In a continued effort to promote good jobs and educational opportunities across the commonwealth, I want to inform Allegheny County teens and young adults about an excellent part-time summer job program taking place right in our backyard. Read more

 

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care

(Mar 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – House Democratic lawmakers, in response to widespread concerns about patients and clients in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and long-term care homes not getting the quality care they deserve, announced a comprehensive package of bills to protect seniors and give family members the vital information they need to make the right choice for their grandparents and parents. As pension plans increasingly become a thing of the past and families become smaller and unable to care for elderly relatives in their own homes, House Democrats believe people need to know the long-term care options for their loved ones are the best possible – because, someday, we’ll all need a place to call home. While most facilities do a good job caring for patients and clients, as well as providing a stable place of employment for healthcare professionals, seniors, families and potential employees need the facts and protections these bills would deliver. The Promise of Care package includes: Making a Home truly a Home (Sponsored by Rep. Angel Cruz): A long-term care home shouldn’t feel like a hospital ward. This bill creates a voluntary Culture & Quality of Life Certification Program that would reward homes that go the extra mile to offer a rich, life-affirming program that treats residents like the individual people they are. Reporting Requirements when a Resident Passes (Two bills sponsored by Rep. Frank Burns): People Read more

 

Davis introduces legislation to help job applicants with criminal records

(Mar 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – In an effort to give state residents with a criminal record a chance to find meaningful, family-sustaining jobs, state Rep. Austin Davis today introduced legislation that would prohibit employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. Coined “Ban the Box,” Davis’ H.B. 898 is modeled after a similar application process currently in place in Allegheny County. It’s a system Davis said has yielded positive results. “We live in a land of hope and opportunity, but sometimes fair opportunities are squandered because of mistakes made in the past. That’s not what this country was built on – everyone deserves a second chance, especially when it comes to being able to provide for one’s family,” said Davis, D-Allegheny. “Applicants with criminal histories are automatically disqualified for certain jobs before the ink dries on their application, and that’s unacceptable. This bill would not only reduce repeat offenders but also provide qualified workers for our growing workforce.” If enacted into law, Davis’ measure would still allow employers required by state or federal law to inquire about criminal histories at the appropriate, required time. Read more

 

Thanks for participating; Don't miss these grant opportunities -- and more!

(Mar 13, 2019)

I’d like to thank all the residents who participated Tuesday in my Tele-Town Hall. Read more

 

Rep. Austin Davis' Telephone Town Hall, March 12, 2019

(Mar 13, 2019)

Miss the discussion? Check out what your neighbors were talking about. Read more

 

Don't miss my Tele-Town Hall!

(Mar 06, 2019)

Do you have a state matter or issue that is important to you? If so, I want to hear all about it! Read more

 

Davis: $45,000 grant awarded to local nonprofit veterans program

(Mar 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 1 – A national nonprofit organization situated in West Mifflin is receiving a $45,000 state grant to help fund the group’s initiative of providing welcome home kits to at-risk veterans, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. Davis said Operation Troop Appreciation, located at 1200 Lebanon Road, has been selected by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to get the grant through the Veterans Trust Fund, which is replenished by generous Pennsylvanians who make a voluntary $3 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID, or renewing a vehicle registration. “Since becoming a nonprofit organization in July 2004, Operation Troop Appreciation – which we’re proud to have located in our district – has been a source of hope and appreciation for veterans abroad and for those returning home,” Davis said. “This selfless organization, which is completely run by volunteers, works tirelessly to make sure veterans have what they need while overseas and ensures veterans don’t end up on the streets once they return home. It’s with great appreciation and gratitude that I announce this grant for Operation Troop Appreciation.” Aside from grant money, funding for OTA comes by way of donations. Read more

 

Davis responds to orders against U.S. Steel, calls for cleaner operation

(Feb 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement in response to the Allegheny County Health Department’s announcement that it will impose an enforcement order against U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works facilities for daily sulfur dioxide emissions after the December 2018 fire at the Clairton Coke Works site: “I’m encouraged to hear that the Allegheny County Health Department has imposed this order against U.S. Steel because the public’s health is of the highest priority. I’d also like to applaud the health department for using this tool to ensure Clean Air Standards are met. But I am disappointed to know that a major source of employment in our district has continued to expose the community and its employees to high levels of sulfur dioxide. “Unfortunately, U.S. Steel has continued to be in gross violation of its permit in recent years, and due to the company’s negligence, both the public and workers have suffered the consequences. The orders imposed today lay forth the building blocks to ensure a cleaner operation. “I call on U.S. Steel to take swift action and enact the proper policies and procedures that will rectify this problem and reign in the level of sulfur dioxide emissions to Clean Air standards." Read more

 

Join me for my Tele Town Hall on March 12 -- and more!

(Feb 27, 2019)

On Tuesday, March 12, I will be holding a Tele Town Hall geared toward discussing Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, and to get your feedback on state issues that matter most to you and your family. Read more

 

Fighting for a minimum wage increase; my stance on the AG intervening in UPMC/Highmark dispute

(Feb 12, 2019)

Pennsylvania needs to increase its state minimum wage – that’s just the facts. Read more

 

Davis: Substantial investment in Mon Valley Works site will reduce emissions and provide continued work for decades to come
May 02, 2019

Davis: Three school districts, human services agency awarded more than $700,000 in school safety, violence prevention funding
May 01, 2019

Davis adds name to brief supporting Shapiro’s suit against UPMC
Apr 25, 2019

Don't miss Saturday's Youth Expo!; New Legislation; Today in the district
Apr 24, 2019

Don't miss the upcoming Mon Valley Youth Expo!
Apr 22, 2019

New appointment; Visit Carnegie Library of McKeesport for employment help; Local blood drive; Mon Valley Youth Expo
Apr 10, 2019

Davis appointed to Port Authority of Allegheny County’s board of directors
Mar 28, 2019

Ban the Box; Money coming back to the district; Mon Valley Youth Expo
Mar 27, 2019

Davis: $200,000 state grant awarded to White Oak for safety improvements for pedestrians, drivers
Mar 26, 2019

Lawmakers comment on acquittal of white police officer in fatal shooting of Antwon Rose
Mar 23, 2019

Learn & Earn wants YOU!
Mar 21, 2019

House Democrats fight for seniors and families by delivering on Promise of Care
Mar 20, 2019

Davis introduces legislation to help job applicants with criminal records
Mar 19, 2019

Thanks for participating; Don't miss these grant opportunities -- and more!
Mar 13, 2019

Rep. Austin Davis' Telephone Town Hall, March 12, 2019
Mar 13, 2019

Don't miss my Tele-Town Hall!
Mar 06, 2019

Davis: $45,000 grant awarded to local nonprofit veterans program
Mar 01, 2019

Davis responds to orders against U.S. Steel, calls for cleaner operation
Feb 28, 2019

Join me for my Tele Town Hall on March 12 -- and more!
Feb 27, 2019

Fighting for a minimum wage increase; my stance on the AG intervening in UPMC/Highmark dispute
Feb 12, 2019