Bipartisan group advances legislation to benefit veterans in PA

(Oct 04, 2021)

Bill would smooth path for veterans seeking professional licenses Read more

 

Wheatley, Frankel introduce bill to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana

(Sep 28, 2021)

State Reps. Jake Wheatley and Dan Frankel, both D-Allegheny, unveiled new legislation Tuesday to decriminalize, regulate and tax adult-use, recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Wheatley, Lewis DelRosso Introduce Legislation to Offer Small Business Opportunities for Everyone in Pennsylvania

(Sep 27, 2021)

Reps. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) and Carrie Lewis DelRosso (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) have introduced legislation designed to encourage minority, women and veteran-owned small businesses to bid for and compete in state and local government bidding opportunities. Read more

 

Upcoming annual Health and Wellness Weekend in Pittsburgh

(Aug 16, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 16 – Starting on Saturday, Aug. 21, Pittsburgh residents will have the opportunity to celebrate summer and community at the eighth annual Health and Wellness Weekend in the heart of the Hill District. Hosted by state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, this annual event celebrates and promotes physical, spiritual and environmental wellness in the community. “I look forward to this event every year, and I’m so glad we’re able to celebrate the summer season with our neighborhood,” Wheatley said. “It truly has something for everyone, from the run/walk/wide event, to cooking demonstrations, a climbing wall, free food, games, face painting, live entertainment, and so much more. This is a wonderful event where our folks can learn how to better their physical and mental health.” Saturday’s events begin at 8 a.m. with the Historic Hill 5k Run/Walk/Ride on Freedom Corner in the Hill District, with onsite registration starting at 6:30 a.m. This event will be followed by a Community Appreciation Day and Health Expo, providing information, activities and resources from area businesses, community associations, and state and local government entities. For more information, visit www.HWW19th.com or contact The People’s Office at 412-471-7760. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Alternative fuels vehicle and infrastructure funding opportunities

(Jul 22, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection : Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipal authorities, municipalities, nonprofits, private businesses. Use : Purchase or retrofit vehicles to operate on alternative fuels, purchase and install refueling equipment, and research or develop new technologies. Funds: Infrastructure and innovative technology project g rants up to $600,000. Vehicle grants up to $100,000 per vehicle, depending upon class of vehicle. Application Deadline : August 27; a second application round will close December 17 More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: DEP Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program: Until Funds Expended ( Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities. - Rebates for Level 2 EV charging equipment for public use at government owned property, public use at non-government owned property, non-public use at work places, non-public use at multi-unit dwellings. DHS Children’s Read more

 

A list of grant opportunities available right now

(Jun 30, 2021)

From support for local businesses to job training, there are a number of grant funding opportunities in Pennsylvania. Here's a look at what's available right now: STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Driving PA Forward Level 2 EV Charging Rebate Program (Funding Source: State Mitigation Trust - Volkswagen Emissions Settlement) Who May Apply : Business, charitable organizations, incorporated nonprofits, local government entities, school districts, and other entities. Use : Rebates for Level 2 EV charging equipment for public use at government owned property, public use at non-government owned property, non-public use at work places, non-public use at multi-unit dwellings. Funds : Maximum rebates of $4,000 per plug for full public access and networked charging projects, $3,500 per plug for multi-unit dwelling projects and $3,000 per plug for all other eligible projects, including workplace charging. Application Deadline : First come, first-served. More Information : Click on https://gis.dep.pa.gov/drivingpaforward/ . Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Children’s Trust Fund (Funding Source: Children’s Trust Fund) Who May Apply : Any organization operating in Pennsylvania that provides direct services and meets the criteria in this Request for Applications (“RFA”) is eligible to apply. Use : To support community-based child abuse and neglect Read more

 

Wheatley issues statement on budget passage

(Jun 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the 2021-22 state budget: “It is amazing how we do things in Harrisburg. Since the beginning of last year when the pandemic first started to shut our society down, all we have heard from Republicans was the need to support our businesses, communities, schools and essential workers. “However, fast forward to today. With above-projected state revenues of over $3 billion and the support from President Biden and Democrats in Washington, D.C. through the American Rescue Plan, we have available over $10 billion in surpluses and federal aid to help our businesses, communities, governments, schools and essential workers recover and set them on a better course than before the pandemic hit. “What we are hearing and seeing in Harrisburg, instead, is a budget plan that puts billions of dollars that were supposed to be delivered to our citizens into a savings account – and they think hard-working Pennsylvanians aren’t looking. Republicans want to horde money that was sent to support our schools, essential workers, and out-of-school programs. They want to control and hide these funds for their secret pet projects instead of giving it back to the residents of this great commonwealth. “These are your tax dollars, and they are meant to provide support to your family and you, now and in the future. This is 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

 

PA Legislative Black Caucus statement on anniversary of George Floyd's death

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – On the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer and convicted murderer Derek Chauvin, the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus released a statement on the state of race relations, police reform and the road ahead. “On this anniversary, let’s not say his name in vain,” said PLBC Chair state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “Let not our calls for accountability and justice be used to inflate budgets but rather, let our calls for substantive police reform be heard and included in discussions, not diluted, ignored and waived off. We marched, we prayed, we demanded, and we saw some change. Yet, we still have work to do.” “George Floyd should be alive today, but instead, he joins the long list of Black people who were targets of police violence,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “We have the power to enact real change within policing across Pennsylvania. We must hold bad actors accountable, end systemic racism and save lives.” “One year after the murder of George Floyd, our country and state have much more to do to increase police accountability and professionalism,” said state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny. “The work of our advocates, community members and families of those killed has pushed the legislative process to the point that we are today, and now, we as members of the Read more

 

Wheatley: $45,000 awarded to Allegheny County for blight remediation

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – A total of $45,000 has been awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority for two blight remediation projects, allowing for new development to spur economic and community prosperity, said state Rep. Jake Wheatley. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said $25,000 in planning grant funds were awarded to the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation to reclaim five blighted, vacant lots and build affordable homes. Another $20,000 was awarded to the Perry Hilltop Citizens’ Council of Allegheny County to rehabilitate two properties into four affordable housing units and two affordable commercial units. “When we invest in our communities, we invest in our future,” said Wheatley. “I’m pleased to support these investments, because they lead to a better quality of life for residents and businesses alike.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help businesses succeed, including those focused on development, water quality, energy infrastructure and more. More information can be found at the following link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs-funding/commonwealth-financing-authority-cfa/ . Read more

 

PLBC outlines legislative agenda for systemic equity

(May 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 5 – State House members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and supporters today outlined their legislative agenda for systemic equity at a Capitol news conference. Members spoke about bills that would resolve bias, create diversity and provide inclusion, bridging the racial divide and inequities in legislation, state government agencies and health care. “This agenda is a road map for changing the way we deliver services, distribute resources and otherwise do business in the Commonwealth in all matters so that everyone, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, or Zip code, will have the same access and the same expectation as residents of Pennsylvania,” said PLBC Chair and state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Phila. “The inequities in health care, housing and employment that were exacerbated by the pandemic are not new. They are systemic and often rooted in generations of racism. To address these systemic inequities, we have to remove stigmas, address implicit bias, and invest in systemic equity in ways that provide fair and equitable access to wealth, health, safety and more. We cannot continue doing things as we’ve done in the past and expect the outcome to be different. I have said that before, it still holds true and will continue to be true until we make substantial changes. We won’t relent until we see these changes.” “I truly appreciate the leadership of PLCB Chairwoman Bullock to keep us Read more

 

Wheatley: Vital federal funding instrumental in helping our schools navigate pandemic challenges

(Apr 27, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, April 27 – State Reps. Jake Wheatley and Austin Davis, both D-Allegheny, joined U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle and Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Anthony Hamlet to discuss federal relief recently awarded to the district. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the district will receive roughly $122 million in funding under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund . “These funds are critical to providing needed support to our school students and teachers as they continue to navigate a myriad of challenges,” said Wheatley. “Our schools have had so much to handle, and these federal dollars will ensure our district’s students and teachers get the vital assistance they need and deserve to continue to provide a safe and conducive learning environment.” “We all know how hard it’s been for schools to educate children remotely over the last year due to the pandemic,” Doyle said. “We saw the challenges our public schools are facing as they reopen. They have had to adopt new protocols and procedures to keep everyone safe, make improvements to their buildings and equipment to prevent COVID-19 transmission, and work to help kids where they’ve fallen behind while the schools have been closed. That’s a tall order and that’s why I supported the American Rescue Plan and its predecessors, which have provided critical assistance Read more

 

Wheatley announces nearly $1.3 million in state funding for community safety improvements

(Apr 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – Approximately $1.27 million in state funds have been awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to make needed safety upgrades and improvements in the 19 th Legislative District, state Rep. Jake Wheatley has announced. The following projects were awarded funds from the CFA: Allegheny Circle Streetscape Project : $553,392 awarded to Faros Property Management to make pedestrian improvements along Allegheny Circle, including sidewalk lighting, safety lighting, pedestrian benches and transit system digital signs for bus and rail stop locations/schedules to the public. Irvine Street Sidewalk Upgrades : $200,000 to the City of Pittsburgh to construct sidewalks with raised curbs and ADA-compliant ramps along Irvine Street, from Greenfield Avenue to Hazelwood Avenue. The project also includes the addition of street and pedestrian lighting to provide a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists in the Hazelwood, Oakland and Greenfield neighborhoods. New Granada Square Infrastructure Improvements : $526,596 for sidewalk and streetscape improvements at the New Granada Square in the Hill District, including upgrades for visually impaired pedestrians, energy-efficient street lighting, new bus shelter and sidewalk restoration. “These vital infrastructure investments not only ensure the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists, but also improve the overall quality of life for all residents and Read more

 

Wheatley hosts roundtable to discuss legalization of adult-use cannabis

(Apr 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – Several experts, including those in the business and agriculture industries, joined state Rep. Jake Wheatley on Tuesday in a discussion of his efforts to legalize adult-use cannabis in Pennsylvania. “Having this thoughtful dialogue was extremely beneficial and gave us the opportunity to hear from stakeholders across Pennsylvania, because it’s imperative we demystify cannabis,” said Wheatley, D-Allegheny. “Currently, we have several states surrounding our commonwealth selling cannabis, and my plan would help us to set up a comprehensive, fair and safe industry to help disadvantaged communities, expunge non-violent offenses related to cannabis, grow our agriculture sector and provide much-needed revenue to our state.” “I am proud to support Chairman Wheatley’s legislation, as it will ensure we provide opportunities to our communities of color to participate in this growing industry and to help support our commonwealth, notably in the areas of school funding and vital infrastructure,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware. “It’s clear that we can implement an adult-use cannabis program in a safe way to benefit all Pennsylvanians.” “It’s not a matter of if legalization is going to happen, but when,” said Brandon Flood, secretary, Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. “While we’re waiting on state or federal action, our Read more

 

Wheatley reminds health care professionals of upcoming deadline to renew license with Pa. Department of State

(Mar 31, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, March 31 – Many health care professionals in Pennsylvania who have not applied for license renewal with the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Board of Medicine only have until April 30 to do so. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, who serves as Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, said despite a recent 90-day extension that allowed licensees additional time to renew, there are many who have not applied. “Health care professionals who wait to reapply could put themselves at risk of their license expiring before the State Board of Medicine can process their renewal application,” said Wheatley. “That could mean that physicians whose license have not been renewed could find themselves unable to practice. In addition, the board will be reviewing many recent graduate license applications, which consume a great deal of time, so it is vital that health care providers submit their license renewals as soon as possible.” “While the pandemic certainly prompted licensing extensions, it is imperative our health care providers are property licensed,” said state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny, who is also a member of the House Professional Licensure Committee. “I would strongly encourage these providers to renew their licenses as soon as possible, notably since there are many who have not applied for this renewal and could find themselves unavailable to safely practice, come April 30.” Read more

 

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy

(Mar 29, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 29 – Responding to the Capitol insurrection in January and the signing of new restrictions on voting rights last week in Georgia, House Democrats are taking action to protect American democracy. Today, a website was launched that summarizes policy proposals to defend democracy as well as links to more information and the ability for people to quickly email their elected officials, noting their support of the bills. The House Democratic Caucus has been working on these proposals since a House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing in January, when members were briefed by legal scholars, hate crimes experts and members of Congress on the language of false conspiracy and election fraud being used to undermine democracy. That same language has shifted from encouraging outright attack to what many perceive as insidiously undermining basic voting rights. “We cannot allow the outrage and disgust of the American people watching an armed invasion of our government to be subverted by a slick rebranding into attacks on our right to fair and free elections” Policy Committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. Members of the House Democratic Caucus have introduced dozens of measures to expand voting rights, preserve election security, protect access to mail-in ballots and polling places, and to clarify and consolidate the often-outdated Election Code. Bizzarro said the site – www.pahouse.com/policy/defendingdemocracy -- will serve as a great Read more

 

Rep. Wheatley to host ‘Pathway to Pardon’ event

(Mar 29, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, March 29 – In an effort to help residents who want to obtain a pardon or expungement of a past criminal conviction, state Rep. Jake Wheatley will be hosting a virtual community event to help educate the public about the pardons process. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the “Pathway to Pardon” virtual event will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31 via his Facebook page ( facebook.com/RepWheatley ). “Far too many Pennsylvanians are impacted by past convictions, preventing them from having the life they want – including a job and a home – even after they’ve paid their debt to society,” Wheatley said. “This event will help participants learn how to navigate the pardon process during COVID-19.” Registration is available by clicking the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/representative-jake-wheatley-jr-pathway-to-pardon-tickets 145737084543?fbclid=IwAR1oD9jUDEbOiRC5x5mZEZNnEg8v-DQbELYvcCiN4-Th_t5CFhqErhnSuwU . Interested participants can also contact Rep. Wheatley’s office at 412-471-7760 to register or for more information. Read more

 

Wheatley reintroduces bill to create police oversight board

(Mar 26, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, March 26 – Recent incidents involving some Pittsburgh-area law enforcement officers have prompted state Rep. Jake Wheatley to reintroduce legislation that would establish an oversight board to set standards for training, certification and provide ongoing education for law enforcement. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said a recent article highlighted some disturbing posts on a private Facebook group with current and retired police officers, which included transphobic posts and bullying against members of law enforcement who marched with or supported Black Lives Matter protests. “Their conduct was and is unbecoming and disturbing, to say the least,” Wheatley said. “These are officers we trust to protect the public and keep us safe, and they should be property vetted and trained. That means meeting professional standards, education requirements and proving good moral character, the same criteria we expect from other licensed and certified professions, including doctors, lawyers and veterinary technicians.” Wheatley’s legislation would implement certification and decertification standards for law enforcement, including state police troopers, municipal and correctional officers, and sheriffs. The measure would also establish a venue to address behavioral misconduct concerns. “While certification and training standards currently exist for these positions, the certification and training standards are separate, based on 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

 

Rep. Wheatley hosting virtual minority, women and disadvantaged business owners event

(Mar 11, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, March 11 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley is taking his annual minority, women and disadvantaged business entrepreneurs’ event virtual this year, providing them with an opportunity to gain recognition for their business savvy and receive valuable information from local, regional and state business experts. This year’s MWDBE event will be held from 5:30 p.m - 7 p.m. on Monday, March 29 and will feature state agency and department representatives and local organizations, including Community Development Financial Institutions and other financial institutions. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in breakout rooms for further discussion, networking and to ask questions. Organizations scheduled to attend this virtual event include the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, PNC Bank, and the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority. To register for this event, entrepreneurs can use the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rep-wheatleys-annual-minority-women-disadvantaged-businesses-lobby-day-tickets-145553346979 . More information is available by calling The People’s Office at 412-471-7760. Read more

 

Bipartisan group advances legislation to benefit veterans in PA
Oct 04, 2021

Wheatley, Frankel introduce bill to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana
Sep 28, 2021

Wheatley, Lewis DelRosso Introduce Legislation to Offer Small Business Opportunities for Everyone in Pennsylvania
Sep 27, 2021

Upcoming annual Health and Wellness Weekend in Pittsburgh
Aug 16, 2021

Now open for applications: Alternative fuels vehicle and infrastructure funding opportunities
Jul 22, 2021

A list of grant opportunities available right now
Jun 30, 2021

Wheatley issues statement on budget passage
Jun 25, 2021

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

PA Legislative Black Caucus statement on anniversary of George Floyd's death
May 25, 2021

Wheatley: $45,000 awarded to Allegheny County for blight remediation
May 25, 2021

PLBC outlines legislative agenda for systemic equity
May 05, 2021

Wheatley: Vital federal funding instrumental in helping our schools navigate pandemic challenges
Apr 27, 2021

Wheatley announces nearly $1.3 million in state funding for community safety improvements
Apr 21, 2021

Wheatley hosts roundtable to discuss legalization of adult-use cannabis
Apr 21, 2021

Wheatley reminds health care professionals of upcoming deadline to renew license with Pa. Department of State
Mar 31, 2021

PA House Democrats Launch Effort to Defend Democracy
Mar 29, 2021

Rep. Wheatley to host ‘Pathway to Pardon’ event
Mar 29, 2021

Wheatley reintroduces bill to create police oversight board
Mar 26, 2021

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

Rep. Wheatley hosting virtual minority, women and disadvantaged business owners event
Mar 11, 2021