Should Data Processing Centers get a Tax Holiday?

(Jun 09, 2021)

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House voted on a proposal to increase the subsidies available to data processing center, giving them a tax holiday to encourage them to do what they’re already doing. If this bill passes the Senate and is signed by the governor, we’re looking at wasting $236.6 million in potential revenue for very few jobs. Here are my comments on the legislation. Read more

 

Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability

(Jun 08, 2021)

State Rep. Sara Innamorato is hosting a virtual hearing to discuss alternative housing models to increase affordability and stability. The hearing, of the House Democratic Policy Committee's subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People chaired by Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1 . The hearing can be viewed below or on the committee's Facebook page -- @PADemPolicy. Read more

 

Pennsylvania Must Dramatically Expand Access To Housing, Advocates Say

(Jun 07, 2021)

State Representative Sara Innamorato, who represents parts of the city of Pittsburgh and nearby communities, organized the hearing. In her opening remarks, she noted that investors across the country see the rental crisis as an opportunity for profit, which further imperils the growing number of Pennsylvanians who struggle to find housing. Read more

 

Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed

(Jun 04, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, June 4 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s public comments against Milton Raiford, a Black attorney who spoke out against racism in the criminal justice system. “It is undisputed that our criminal justice system has real, systemic and systematic issues of racism and Allegheny County is far from immune. DA Stephen Zappala’s decision not to address these issues but instead to instruct his staff not to offer plea deals to attorney Milton Raiford’s clients after he voiced concerns about these issues betrays public trust in their ability to receive equal justice in Allegheny County, not to mention violating attorney Raiford’s free speech rights. “To potentially punish clients because of the statements their attorney made is beyond reprehensible and must be addressed immediately. This latest action raises additional concerns as to how the district attorney’s office has conducted its business, notably in how it has treated clients of other attorneys, including those with whom DA Zappala may have disagreed, now or in the past. “Several of my colleagues in the state House and Senate today have joined me in signing a letter , urging DA Zappala to take immediate actions that would work to restore public confidence in the district attorney’s office, including rescinding the action taken against attorney Read more

 

Millvale preservation group awarded funding for historic church improvements

(Jun 02, 2021)

A Millvale organization is receiving state funding thanks to a grant program through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka is receiving $100,000 through the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program. Read more

 

Fiedler, Innamorato share creative approaches to housing affordability at virtual public hearing

(Jun 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 1 – State Rep. Sara Innamorato hosted an informative hearing and discussion on how alternative housing models, affordability and stability can help Pennsylvanians build wealth through homeownership. Innamorato was joined by Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, chair of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People, and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee. “Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head. That’s true for families, for children and teens, for adults and for senior citizens,” explained Fiedler. “A big part of ensuring housing stability for everyone, is increasing the amount of housing that’s actually affordable. We can — and must — end the current trauma and stress so many people live with when it comes to housing!” The state of housing markets in a post-COVID-19 world was discussed with Regional Housing Legal Services’ Bob Damewood, staff attorney, and Vanessa Raymond-Garcia, policy analyst. “Our existing housing system has many flaws and leaves too many of our neighbors behind,” Innamorato said. “Many of these flaws became painfully obvious over the last year, when the pandemic put families under tremendous stress and exposed just how broken our social safety net programs are. We need to find solutions to provide more affordable and stable housing for our neighbors and empower our communities to create equity through housing policies and Read more

 

Innamorato, Fiedler to discuss improving housing affordability and stability at Tuesday virtual hearing

(May 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – Alternative housing models to increase affordability and stability will be the focus of a virtual hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted by state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1. The media and public are invited to watch online at www.pahouse.com/policy or on the committee’s Facebook page--@PADemPolicy. Media inquiries may be submitted via email to policy@pahouse.net . Innamorato will be joined by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss innovative approaches to Pennsylvania’s housing needs. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Innamorato, Muth legislation would close 30-year hazardous waste loophole, protect Pennsylvanians

(May 12, 2021)

To continue their efforts to protect the public health of Pennsylvanians and the environment, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Katie Muth, D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery, are reintroducing legislation that would close a decades-long loophole regarding the disposal of toxic drilling waste. Read more

 

Local groups receive vital funding through Urban Ag Grant Program

(May 10, 2021)

Several local community-based garden and urban ag programs will receive more than $26,000 in state funding, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more

 

Starting a family is a human right. So why is it treated like a privilege?

(Apr 23, 2021)

Everyone deserves the opportunity to start a family, regardless of their circumstance. It’s a right, and it’s time we start treating it that way. Read more

 

Kinkead introduces measure to help protect residents from landslides

(Mar 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 30 – Landslides have devastated families across Allegheny County and are only becoming more of a problem throughout Pennsylvania, so state Rep. Emily Kinkead is spearheading a bill that would create a program to help. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 1054 would establish the Landslide Insurance and Assistance Program with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The program would establish a special insurance and assistance funds to ensure Pennsylvanians are properly protected from the destructive and devastating force of landslides. “In my district, an entire house fell off the side of a hill because of landslides and because it was not caused by mine subsidence, there was absolutely no insurance coverage to help the family rebuild their lives from the loss. While landslides resulting from mining practices receive special insurance coverage, those that occur due to excessive rain or snowfall aren’t typically covered, and that leaves far too many residents vulnerable to financial ruin,” said Kinkead. “These landslides can occur anywhere if the right conditions are present. With warmer weather here, it’s vital we take action now on this issue.” Several Allegheny County representatives, including state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Sara Innamorato and Nick Pisciottano, have signed on in support of Kinkead’s bill. “People in my district have seen their share of disruptive landslides. Read more

 

Pisciottano supports bill to protect patients, nurses

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Ensuring patient safety and keeping nurses safe are the primary goals behind legislation supported by state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, and several members of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. Pisciottano said the pandemic has brought serious safety concerns into the spotlight, as more nurses are being assigned an increasing number of patients, while at the same time, nurse staffing levels in hospitals continue to decline. House Bill 106, also known as the Patient Safety Act, would set appropriate nursing ratios for hospitals dependent upon the severity of the nursing unit’s patient needs. “As our state and nation begin to emerge from the pandemic, it’s critical we look at ways to improve our health systems and put procedures into place to enhance patient and workers’ safety,” said Pisciottano. “Our nurses and health care staff are doing all they can to help keep patients safe, and with the extra demands on their care during the current pandemic, we must join other states in instituting safe patient limits and create working conditions which protect the physical and mental health of our nurses. This measure would significantly raise the standards of care of patients while keeping our nurses safe.” A letter of support for the bill, signed by state Reps. Jessica Benham, Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Emily Kinkead, Sara Read more

 

Pennsylvania House and Senate Elected Officials Strongly Urge Governor Wolf to Investigate Serious Health Impacts Associated with Fracking

(Mar 18, 2021)

Earlier today, State Senator Katie Muth (D – 44th Senate District) and State Representative Sara Innamorato (D – 21st House District) along with 33 members of the Pennsylvania House and Senate, publicly requested Governor Wolf direct adequate funding to thoroughly study the full and complete health impacts of fracking, including radioactivity exposure evaluations and a source exposure analysis, to best identify the specific cause of public health harm for all Pennsylvanians near industrial oil and gas fracking. Read more

 

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications

(Mar 15, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 15 – Financial assistance is now available to help Allegheny County residents struggling to pay rent or utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a program that is partially funded by legislation members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation helped to pass. The Allegheny County Emergency Rental Assistance program has a total of $79.9 million to distribute to eligible county residents. Of that funding, $43 million came from Act 1 of 2021, which Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last month. Eligibility requirements for the program include: having at least one person who qualifies for unemployment, has lost income or suffered financially due to COVID-19. being at risk of experiencing homelessness. having a total income below 80% of the Area Median Income for Allegheny County. ACDD Chairman state Rep. Austin Davis, as well as state Reps. Jessica Benham, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Emily Kinkead, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Dan Miller, Nick Pisciottano and Jake Wheatley, issued the following statement: “People living in Allegheny County have been struggling for over a year during this pandemic. This program has been a long time coming and helps provide direct relief to those who’ve been scrambling to pay their rent and bills during this Read more

 

Allegheny County Delegation announces $1.5 million in security grants for nonprofit organizations

(Mar 11, 2021)

Members of the PA House Democratic Allegheny County Delegation said $1.5 million will be awarded to nonprofit organizations across the county for security projects. Read more

 

State lawmakers and advocates call for ‘People’s Budget’

(Feb 10, 2021)

Grassroots effort focuses on equity, inclusion and transparency Read more

 

Lawmakers move to reintroduce eviction moratorium for PA

(Dec 22, 2020)

Bill would expand federal legislation, protect PA families Read more

 

Innamorato: State invests $500,000 in local projects, programs

(Dec 08, 2020)

Support ‘has never been as critical as it is today’ says local org Read more

 

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility

(Dec 02, 2020)

Legislators ask for release of families, children in face of COVID pandemic, unsanitary conditions Read more

 

State lawmakers, workers, and business owners seek congressional action on COVID relief

(Nov 25, 2020)

Congress returns to Washington next week as cases continue to skyrocket Read more

 

Should Data Processing Centers get a Tax Holiday?
Jun 09, 2021

Alternative Housing Models to Increase Affordability and Stability
Jun 08, 2021

Pennsylvania Must Dramatically Expand Access To Housing, Advocates Say
Jun 07, 2021

Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed
Jun 04, 2021

Millvale preservation group awarded funding for historic church improvements
Jun 02, 2021

Fiedler, Innamorato share creative approaches to housing affordability at virtual public hearing
Jun 01, 2021

Innamorato, Fiedler to discuss improving housing affordability and stability at Tuesday virtual hearing
May 28, 2021

Innamorato, Muth legislation would close 30-year hazardous waste loophole, protect Pennsylvanians
May 12, 2021

Local groups receive vital funding through Urban Ag Grant Program
May 10, 2021

Starting a family is a human right. So why is it treated like a privilege?
Apr 23, 2021

Kinkead introduces measure to help protect residents from landslides
Mar 30, 2021

Pisciottano supports bill to protect patients, nurses
Mar 29, 2021

Pennsylvania House and Senate Elected Officials Strongly Urge Governor Wolf to Investigate Serious Health Impacts Associated with Fracking
Mar 18, 2021

Allegheny County rental relief program now accepting applications
Mar 15, 2021

Allegheny County Delegation announces $1.5 million in security grants for nonprofit organizations
Mar 11, 2021

State lawmakers and advocates call for ‘People’s Budget’
Feb 10, 2021

Lawmakers move to reintroduce eviction moratorium for PA
Dec 22, 2020

Innamorato: State invests $500,000 in local projects, programs
Dec 08, 2020

State lawmakers call for end to family deportations from Berks ICE facility
Dec 02, 2020

State lawmakers, workers, and business owners seek congressional action on COVID relief
Nov 25, 2020