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Powell signs on as primary sponsor of legislation to decrease displacement & gentrification through tax increment financing

(2 hours ago)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Lindsay Powell, D-Allegheny, has signed on as the sponsor of a bill that would utilize tax increment financing dollars for keeping individuals and families in their homes in TIF-designated districts. The legislation, H.B. 1064 , would update the Tax Increment Financing Act and allow designated districts to fund affordable housing, foreclosure and rental assistance, and workforce programs with TIF dollars. The bill would also increase the lifespan of TIF districts from 20 to 25 years and convert more of such collected monies into projects aimed at the measures outlined above. “TIFs have been an integral component of revitalizing economically distressed areas. Funding for anti-displacement activities, however, have never been allowable costs under prior TIF guidelines,” Powell said. “While we’ve seen areas rebound as a result of this program, long-time neighborhood residents have lost their homes because of resulting increases in property values and taxes. My amendment aims to prevent those consequences in future TIF districts. “These are commonsense changes to the program that should garner bipartisan support,” Powell continued. “From speaking with residents, community organizations and partners in the public and private sectors, we all want to see our region thrive. This legislation would make TIF districts more effective and equitable.” House Bill 1064 was originally Read more

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(7 hours ago)

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Allegheny House Dems secure $325K boost for social programs

(Feb 22, 2024)

State grants fund digital literacy, transportation resources Read more

House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee reports out Venkat’s legislation to address food safety in restaurants

(Feb 22, 2024)

“In the U.S., emergency physicians treat approximately 3.4 million patients for allergic reactions to food,” Venkat said. “I introduced this legislation after speaking to my constituent, Kathy Briden, whose son Matthew died after accidentally being exposed to peanuts while eating at a restaurant. As an emergency physician, I treated patients experiencing allergic reactions, and we must improve food safety at restaurants to prevent deaths such as Matthew’s.” Read more

Pisciottano: $231,000 awarded to local fire and EMS companies

(Feb 21, 2024)

State grants fund regional emergency services Read more

Markosek: Monroeville Police Department secures $145,000 state grant

(Feb 20, 2024)

"The safety of our community and our law enforcement officers remains a top priority, and this funding underscores the state's commitment to providing the necessary resources and tools for the Monroeville Police Department to continue protecting the community," Markosek said. Read more

Steele announces more than $299,000 awarded for local fire companies, EMS

(Feb 16, 2024)

“This funding ensures emergency responders will have the resources needed to respond to emergencies,” Steele said. “These funds are especially important, considering there is a shortage of firefighters and EMS providers. I will continue to advocate for funding to provide assistance to emergency responders so that our communities remain safe.” Read more

Salisbury: More than $141K in grants coming to district fire, EMS companies

(Feb 16, 2024)

BRADDOCK, Feb. 16 – New resources are coming to fire and ambulance companies in the 34 th Legislative District, thanks to $141,283 in grant funding from the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, state Rep. Abigail Salisbury announced today. Salisbury, D-Allegheny, said the grants – awarded under the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant Program – will help get needed resources to local departments. “Our fire and EMS companies face constant challenges, from tight budgets that make it tough to meet equipment, maintenance and other operating expenses to ongoing recruitment and retention issues,” Salisbury said. “Any additional funding we can secure can ease some of those administrative burdens and, most importantly, help ensure that our first responders have the equipment and training they need to stay as safe as possible.” Salisbury said the funding includes: Churchill Volunteer Fire Company (fire) – $13,256. Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department (fire) – $15,000. Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department (EMS) – $5,000. Forest Hills Volunteer Fire Department (fire) – $16,952. North Braddock Volunteer Fire Department Inc. (fire) – $20,000. Rivers Edge VFD (fire) – $26,645. Swissvale Fire Department (fire) – $15,000. Swissvale Volunteer Fire Department (fire) – $14,812. Wilkins Township Volunteer Fire Company No. Read more

Allegheny House Dems announce $500K to build career pathways

(Feb 16, 2024)

L&I grants fund pre-apprenticeships, workforce diversity programs Read more