Rep. Summer Lee's winter 2022 newsletter

(18 hours ago)

In November, we witnessed a historic election that called on each of us to consider incredibly important issues. Read more

 

State Rep. Summer Lee resigns from Pennsylvania House of Representatives following historic election to Congress

(21 hours ago)

U.S. Rep.-elect and state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, announced her resignation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives this morning. Read more

 

Lee: $1 million in state funding to battery manufacturer in the Mon Valley

(Nov 21, 2022)

Hi-Power LLC has received an additional $1 million in state funding, announced state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny. Read more

 

Lee: $175,000 of grant funding awarded to Mon Valley projects

(Nov 16, 2022)

Three more projects in the Mon Valley have been awarded $175,000 in grant funding, announced state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny. Read more

 

Lee: Mon Valley projects awarded $3.5 million in state grants

(Nov 01, 2022)

Two additional projects in Allegheny County have been approved for $3.5 million in state funding, state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more

 

Lee: $6.5 million in state grants awarded to Mon Valley projects

(Oct 27, 2022)

Five Mon Valley projects have been approved for $6.5 million in state funding, state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more

 

State Rep. Summer Lee lauds House passage of ‘Dignity for Incarcerated Women’ bill; calls for swift Senate action

(Sep 21, 2022)

Following the passage of H.B. 1419, state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, celebrated the work of prison reform advocates who led the effort to win a successful, unanimous vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday. Read more

 

Rep. Summer Lee's summer 2022 newsletter

(Aug 26, 2022)

Happy summer! I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the warm weather with their family, friends, and neighbors. Read more

 

County Election, Rail Freight, and Environmental Education Funding Opportunity For Your District

(Aug 08, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: Election Integrity Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania counties. Use : To support the work of county governments and their election offices. Funds : Funding is allocated proportionally based upon the number of registered voters within the county in the previous primary election. Application Deadline : August 15, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Rail Freight Assistance Program (Funding Source: Multimodal Transportation Fund) Who May Apply : Freight railroads, freight railroad-served shippers, and economic development entities. Use : To support investment in rail freight infrastructure. Funds : The maximum state funding for a RFAP project is 70 percent of the total project costs, not to exceed $700,000. Application Deadline : September 2, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.penndot.pa.gov/Doing-Business/RailFreightAndPorts/Pages/Grants-and-Loans.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Rail Transportation Assistance Program (Funding Source: General Obligation Debt) Who May Apply : Freight railroads, freight railroad-served Read more

 

Housing, Public Health Infrastructure, and Clean Energy Funding Opportunities

(Jul 18, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Pregnancy Support Services Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Any entity that is able to serve pregnant or postpartum women in recovery from SUD. Use : To provide support services to pregnant women and postpartum women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Funds: Awards up to $600,000. Application Deadline : July 29, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-03%20Pregnancy%20Support%20Service.pdf . Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania. Use : To assist in a transition to cleaner fuel transportation. Funds : Up to $300,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : There are two application periods. The program will collect and review all applications submitted by August 26, 2022, and again by December 16, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Statewide Victim Witness Training Project 2023 Read more

 

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities

(May 13, 2022)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible practitioners with the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and can demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as a service commitment of two additional years. Use : To support the supply, distribution and retention of individuals delivering SUD treatment and SCA funded case management services. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : May 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-02%20LoanRepayment_applicationguidance.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Enhancing Services to Culturally Specific Populations Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : A nonprofit organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: 1) American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); 2) Asian Americans; 3) Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; 4) Blacks; and 5) Hispanics. Use : To establish, expand, or Read more

 

Lee announces grant awards for community-based anti-violence programs

(Mar 09, 2022)

State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, announced $81,000 in grant funding has been awarded to two local organizations working to combat crime at the community level. Read more

 

PLBC response to Gov. Wolf’s budget address

(Feb 08, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 8 –The Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus responded today to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2022-23 budget proposal, applauding his investment in important programs without a tax increase, according to PLBC Chairwoman Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “Continuing our work in addressing issues that impact communities of color will remain our focus as we move forward in this year, reaching out to the governor in urging his support for meaningful initiatives,” Bullock said. “We’ve been able to secure funding for important programs that combat community and gun violence but so much more work needs to be done. We will remain steadfast in our determination to provide guidance to the governor on these and other issues that are of importance to the people of Pennsylvania who are affected by these particular issues, like fair education funding, access to healthcare, environmental justice and programs to combat gun violence, to name a few.” “The governor’s budget address is just the first step in the long process of crafting a budget that benefits as many Pennsylvanians as possible, said PLBC Vice Chairwoman Summer Lee, D-Allegheny. “We need to draft a spending plan that funds fixes to our toxic schools, ensures fair wages for all workers, and helps folks who are struggling to pay their bills. It’s time to get to work and create a budget that is fair and equitable for all Pennsylvanians, Read more

 

Measure recognizes February as Black History Month in Pa.

(Jan 28, 2022)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Reps. Donna Bullock, Summer Lee and Carol Hill-Evans have introduced a resolution to recognize February 2022 as Black History Month in Pennsylvania. The 2022 theme is Black Health and Wellness, acknowledging the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine but also other ways of knowing, such as midwives, naturopaths and herbalists, throughout the African Diaspora. In Pennsylvania, the theme of health and wellness correlates directly to the work of the PA Legislative Black Caucus on health equity during the pandemic. “Black History Month would not have been possible without the creation of Negro History Week in the United States by famous historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro life and history,” said Bullock, who is also chair of the PA Legislative Black Caucus. “The focus was to teach and encourage the history of Black Americans at a primary level.” Bullock said Woodson’s vision later evolved in 1969, where the idea of Black History Month -- instead of a week -- was promoted by students and educators at Kent State University followed by its first celebration on campus in 1970. U.S. President Gerald Ford praised Black History Month and urged citizens to seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected and overlooked accomplishments of Black Americans throughout history. Read more

 

Lee announces $350,000 for rehabilitation projects

(Jan 26, 2022)

State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, announced today that $350,000 has been awarded to three organizations to help fund rehabilitation projects in the area. Read more

 

Lee: $313,000 in state tax credits will revitalize neighborhoods, support community programs

(Nov 10, 2021)

State Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, announced more than $313,000 in state investments has been awarded to several local communities that will help revitalize neighborhoods and fund important programs. Read more

 

Lee votes against budget that irresponsibly hoards billions in surplus funding

(Jun 25, 2021)

"I voted against this budget because it irresponsibly hoards billions of dollars of surplus funding that could be used to lift millions of Pennsylvanians out of crisis -- some of which was exacerbated by COVID-19, but much of which was there long before the pandemic." Read more

 

Five House Democrats introduce Fair Share Tax Plan to increase taxes on income from wealth, decrease tax on income from wages and interest

(Jun 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Reps. Chris Rabb, Elizabeth Fiedler and Rick Krajewski, all D-Phila., and Reps. Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee, both D-Allegheny, have introduced a bill to update Pennsylvania’s tax code so it benefits working-class families over the ultra-rich. “For too long, the working people of Pennsylvania have been footing more than their fair share of taxes, with the most financially vulnerable people truly suffering,” Rabb said. “Our legislation seeks to correct that, to fix a broken system and, in so doing, generate funds from the ultra-rich – who are equipped to pay a little more – that can be invested into worthwhile expenditures, like removing lead pipes, growing in clean energy, and supporting child and senior care programs.” “Our neighbors across Pennsylvania are working harder than ever only to keep falling behind,” Innamorato said. “Under our current tax code these hardworking families, many frontline workers, are required to pay a higher percentage of their household budget than the wealthiest Pennsylvanians. This is simply unfair. “We need a tax code that is rooted in fairness, one that rewards work and ends the special loopholes for the richest,” Innamorato continued. “The overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians would pay less in taxes or see no change under our proposal, but it will generate more than $6 billion in additional revenue. It would be good Read more

 

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus condemns Zappala actions

(Jun 04, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila., chair of the PA Legislative Black Caucus, along with members of the PLBC today condemned the actions of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to ban plea deals for clients of attorney Milton Raiford because Raiford said publicly he felt the DA’s office was systemically racist in dealing with defendants of color. In an email made public, Zappala ceased plea deals for anyone Raiford is or would be defending moving forward, pending a decision by him. “For the district attorney of any county to say the office will cease plea deals across the board for an attorney’s clients because that attorney has disagreed with the DA publicly is abuse of power, period,” Bullock said. “But in this particular case, a Black lawyer and his clients, many of them people of color, are being treated differently because the DA refuses to face the criticism of systemic racism in our criminal justice system. This is disgraceful, appalling, disturbing and unacceptable, and needs to be remedied immediately. A full investigation needs to be launched as well with the findings made public.” “Over the past several years, we have seen the systemic inequality and bias of the criminal justice system laid bare,” said state Rep. Austin Davis, chair of the House Allegheny County Delegation and a PLBC member. “This past week, we have seen just how local this issue truly is in the 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

 

Rep. Summer Lee's winter 2022 newsletter
18 hours ago

State Rep. Summer Lee resigns from Pennsylvania House of Representatives following historic election to Congress
21 hours ago

Lee: $1 million in state funding to battery manufacturer in the Mon Valley
Nov 21, 2022

Lee: $175,000 of grant funding awarded to Mon Valley projects
Nov 16, 2022

Lee: Mon Valley projects awarded $3.5 million in state grants
Nov 01, 2022

Lee: $6.5 million in state grants awarded to Mon Valley projects
Oct 27, 2022

State Rep. Summer Lee lauds House passage of ‘Dignity for Incarcerated Women’ bill; calls for swift Senate action
Sep 21, 2022

Rep. Summer Lee's summer 2022 newsletter
Aug 26, 2022

County Election, Rail Freight, and Environmental Education Funding Opportunity For Your District
Aug 08, 2022

Housing, Public Health Infrastructure, and Clean Energy Funding Opportunities
Jul 18, 2022

Now open for applications: Substance use disorder, violence prevention, and suicide prevention funding opportunities
May 13, 2022

Lee announces grant awards for community-based anti-violence programs
Mar 09, 2022

PLBC response to Gov. Wolf’s budget address
Feb 08, 2022

Measure recognizes February as Black History Month in Pa.
Jan 28, 2022

Lee announces $350,000 for rehabilitation projects
Jan 26, 2022

Lee: $313,000 in state tax credits will revitalize neighborhoods, support community programs
Nov 10, 2021

Lee votes against budget that irresponsibly hoards billions in surplus funding
Jun 25, 2021

Five House Democrats introduce Fair Share Tax Plan to increase taxes on income from wealth, decrease tax on income from wages and interest
Jun 24, 2021

Pa. Legislative Black Caucus condemns Zappala actions
Jun 04, 2021

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