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Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package

(Jul 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 27 -- Citing the distressing impacts COVID-19 is having on Pennsylvania’s restaurant industry and a recent Yelp survey showing more than half of restaurants could close permanently due to the virus’ impact, Democrats in Harrisburg have crafted a legislative package aimed at providing relief to community business owners and the workers that cook and serve our food. The package includes nine bills that would provide grants to local restaurants, bars and clubs, reduce and eliminate specific licensing fees, extend discounts to licensees and protect businesses by guaranteeing their insurance pays out in future emergencies. These efforts will provide direct relief to an industry of Pennsylvania businesses the virus has hit hard, House Democratic leaders said. Restrictions put in place have been necessary in the state’s response to COVID-19. The leaders said they recognize the hardship the virus has continued to place on the restaurant industry. Restaurants have served as the backdrop of many life occasions and special moments and they need support more now than ever. The House Democratic package includes: Earmarking CARES grant funding from the federal government to be directed to small, community restaurants instead of national chains to ensure those dollars are invested back into the region. ( Rep. Joe Ciresi, Montgomery County & Rep. Tina Davis, Bucks County ) Earmarking CARES grant Read more

 

Rep. Wheatley to introduce bill to give restaurants, bars, taverns a break on penalties, fees for sales tax payments, including liquor tax

(Jul 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, July 27 – In an effort to help restaurants, bars and taverns impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Jake Wheatley has announced he will soon introduce legislation that would eliminate penalties and fees for delayed sales tax payments and provide a grace period for paying the 6% liquor sales tax for these businesses. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the businesses, who lost significant amounts of revenue after closing their doors for months to help prevent the spread of the virus, deserve this break. “It’s imperative that restaurants, bars and taverns be given a financial break for being responsible and doing their part during the state’s emergency declaration,” Wheatley said. “With many of these businesses beginning the process of reopening, removing these additional fees would give them some additional breathing room and go a long way to help them recover from their losses and get back on their feet.” Back in May, Wheatley and state Rep. Dan Deasy, also D-Allegheny, sent a letter to the governor , requesting that liquor license fees be waived for restaurants and bars due to the devastating financial impacts they’ve experienced due to the pandemic. More information on his pending legislation can be found at this link: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=H&SPick=20190&cosponId=32170 Read more

 

Deasy to introduce legislation to help restaurants weather COVID crisis

(Jul 24, 2020)

Bill would remove barriers to outdoor dining, encourage people to patronize struggling restaurants Read more

 

The District Office is open – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; Gov Wolf announces protections from foreclosures, evictions through Aug. 31 -- and more!

(Jul 10, 2020)

As you know, my office has been open for quite some time. If you need assistance, please call the office at 412-928-9514. If Read more

 

Police reform passes unanimously; Two senior centers receive funding; Please wear your mask; Our District Office is now open

(Jun 26, 2020)

I was honored to cast my vote in the House this week to pass two bills that would change policing here in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Deasy: $70K awarded to two senior centers for facility upgrades

(Jun 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, today announced that the Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center and the Elizabeth Seton Center in Brookline were awarded a combined total of $77,000. The funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s 2019-20 Senior Community Center grant program. Deasy said the grants will help senior centers fund projects based on their applications, such as updating and modernizing facilities, providing new health and entertainment programs, upgrading technology and enhancing marketing opportunities. “Senior centers are instrumental to the quality of life for our senior community,” Deasy said. “They provide our most vulnerable population the resources to engage in healthy activities, socialization and provide nutritious meals that help keep the senior community healthy. This funding is going to go a long way in helping both senior centers remain the go-to place in the 27 th Legislative District for senior or retirement living.” There are more than 500 senior community centers throughout Pennsylvania that provide a variety of offerings, such as nutritious meals, educational opportunities, transportation services, financial and insurance counseling, and exercise programs. Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery help to fund these programs every year. For more information on senior community centers and other services and programs offered by Read more

 

2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

(Jun 09, 2020)

2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is now available! Read more

 

Deasy applauds bill that calls for surcharge exemption for volunteer fire companies and Veterans’ organizations

(May 29, 2020)

Noting the additional financial burdens and loss of fundraising income opportunities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and incurred by Pennsylvania volunteer fire companies and veterans’ organizations, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, said he is applauding the unanimous passage this week of H.B. 1048, legislation that would exempt the $700 liquor licensee surcharge for these fire companies and veterans’ organizations. Read more

 

Tomorrow's SHRED event postponed; Allegheny County transitioning to yellow phase of reopening on May 15

(May 08, 2020)

The Governor’s office today announced that Allegheny County is slated to be among other southwestern Pa. counties to transition to the yellow phase of reopening on May 15. Read more

 

Reps. Wheatley, Deasy urge governor to waive liquor license fees for bars, restaurants

(May 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Reps. Jake Wheatley and Dan Deasy have sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting that liquor license fees be waived for restaurants and bars, citing the devastating impacts the industry has experienced due to the pandemic. Wheatley and Deasy, both D-Allegheny, said community restaurants and bars have either had to close or significantly curb their hours and operations in order to slow the spread of the virus. They have requested the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board waive or refund this year's license renewal and/or validation fees for liquor licensees that have remained closed or that have demonstrated significant loss of 25% or more to their business. “These businesses truly deserve a break, especially when you consider that many of them have already experienced significant losses of income,” said Wheatley, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “They’ve been responsible and what better way can we help them get back on their economic feet than to give them this break on the liquor license fees. It’s the right thing to do.” “It is critical that we help our local restaurants and bars in their time of need, because these establishments connect communities,” said Deasy, Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee. “We cannot sit back and watch these businesses that provide not only employment but are the fabric of our community. They bring us Read more

 

Deasy introduces resolution that calls for freeze in utility rate increase proposals

(May 06, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 6 – Noting the sudden and unexpected loss of income incurred by Pennsylvania residents and small business owners due to COVID-19, state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny, has introduced a resolution urging the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to put a freeze on all requests for utility rate increases through 2020. “Residents are experiencing financial hardships, unemployment rates are through the roof, and the public and state assistance offered to families and small businesses is but a small drop in a bucket to address the of loss of income and financial insecurity because of COVID-19,” Deasy said. “You’d think during a time like this, we’d see more compassion, but unfortunately that’s not the case, especially with utility companies. Rate increases are the last thing our struggling residents and businesses should have to worry about, which is why this resolution is so crucial during this global health crisis,” Deasy said. Aside from the increase proposals, Deasy said he was even more disappointed in the scale of which some companies were trying to raise their rates, with at least one company seeking a 24% rate increase. Deasy is the second western House Democrat in recent weeks to call on the PUC to investigate or freeze rate increase proposals received from utility companies. State Rep. Austin Davis, also D-Allegheny, called on the PUC last week to investigate a rate increase proposal Read more

 

COVID--19 resources, updates

(Apr 27, 2020)

It’s with great hope that this email finds you and your family well. COVID-19 has seemingly brought our day-to-day lives to a halt, so it’s my hope that you’re faring well during the statewide Stay-at-Home order. Read more

 

COVID-19 update and related resources

(Apr 09, 2020)

We’re currently in the middle of a global health crisis, which unfortunately has led to other underlying issues Pennsylvanians currently face due to COVID-19. Read more

 

More info on COVID-19

(Apr 01, 2020)

While we deal with the impact of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing, I remain committed to serving my friends and neighbors. Call 412-928-9514 for assistance with a variety of state-related matters. Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! Read more

 

COVID-19 Legislative Update

(Mar 27, 2020)

In Harrisburg this week, both sides of the House came together to pass significant legislation to help Pennsylvanians deal with the challenges of this unprecedented crisis. Read more

 

UPDATE: COVID-19 resource guide

(Mar 20, 2020)

On March 6, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a disaster declaration for the commonwealth. Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 18, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

My office is closed

(Mar 16, 2020)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and at the direction of the CDC and Gov. Tom Wolf, our office is closed to walk-ins.However, we’re still accessible via phone at 412-928-9514 and email at RepDeasy@pahouse.net. Appointments will be available on an as-needed basis. In addition, all community events by my office at local libraries, borough buildings, senior centers and high rises are cancelled for the next two weeks, at which time we will reevaluate when to continue regular programming and scheduling of events. Read more

 

Relief to restaurants, bars & clubs to help workers a top priority in House Democratic legislative package
Jul 27, 2020

Rep. Wheatley to introduce bill to give restaurants, bars, taverns a break on penalties, fees for sales tax payments, including liquor tax
Jul 27, 2020

Deasy to introduce legislation to help restaurants weather COVID crisis
Jul 24, 2020

The District Office is open – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; Gov Wolf announces protections from foreclosures, evictions through Aug. 31 -- and more!
Jul 10, 2020

Police reform passes unanimously; Two senior centers receive funding; Please wear your mask; Our District Office is now open
Jun 26, 2020

Deasy: $70K awarded to two senior centers for facility upgrades
Jun 25, 2020

2020 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program
Jun 09, 2020

Deasy applauds bill that calls for surcharge exemption for volunteer fire companies and Veterans’ organizations
May 29, 2020

REMINDER: Tomorrow’s SHRED event is CANCELLED; Allegheny County is now in the yellow phase of reopening; PennDOT to use existing photos for driver license, ID card renewals
May 15, 2020

Tomorrow's SHRED event postponed; Allegheny County transitioning to yellow phase of reopening on May 15
May 08, 2020

Reps. Wheatley, Deasy urge governor to waive liquor license fees for bars, restaurants
May 08, 2020

Deasy introduces resolution that calls for freeze in utility rate increase proposals
May 06, 2020

COVID--19 resources, updates
Apr 27, 2020

COVID-19 update and related resources
Apr 09, 2020

More info on COVID-19
Apr 01, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 Legislative Update
Mar 27, 2020

UPDATE: COVID-19 resource guide
Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 18, 2020

My office is closed
Mar 16, 2020