Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Vaccine update, Sarah Heinz visit, grant opportunities and more!

(1 day ago)

There was some good news this week regarding COVID-19 vaccines – all Pennsylvanians 16 years of age or older are now eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine. Read more

 

April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications

(Apr 13, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Health/Pennsylvania Downtown Center: PA WalkWorks (Funding Source: PA Department of Health Grant) Who May Apply : Municipalities, counties, Metropolitan and Rural Planning Organizations. Use : Development of plans and policies to improve walking, bicycling, wheeling, and transit connections to everyday destinations and increase safe and accessible opportunities for residents to be physically active. Funds : Awards will range between $10,000 to $20,000 for the development of active transportation plans and between $3,000 and $5,000 to assist with the development of Complete Streets and/or Vision Zero policies. No match required, but will improve application success. Application Deadline : Submit Letter of Intent by April 23 (not mandatory); Application deadline is May 14 More Information : Click on https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/programs/WalkWorks/Pages/WalkWorks.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol: Recovery Community Support Services (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs licensed treatment providers are eligible to apply. Single County Authorities (county drug and alcohol offices) are not eligible to apply. Use : To expand or enhance recovery support services to individuals with a substance use disorder, Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Bottled water safety, PUA scam alert, heating assistance and more!

(Apr 08, 2021)

State and federal regulators heavily rely on Pennsylvania’s stringent standards regarding the quality and safety of bottled water. That’s why I spoke out against two bills this week at the state Capitol – HB 754 and HB 755 – that would significantly reduce that governmental oversight. While these measures are marketed as streamlining government practices, they would instead significantly weaken our ability to regulate water sources, water treatment, and monitoring. Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Vaccine updates, protecting patients and nurses, landslide legislation and more!

(Apr 01, 2021)

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the start of an initiative to vaccinate targeted industry workers, and to accelerate the vaccination timetable for those in Phases 1B, 1C, and 2. 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

 

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Our survivors deserve better, combatting climate change and more!

(Mar 25, 2021)

I have introduced legislation that would effectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Pennsylvania to zero. Read more

 

Kinkead: It’s time to take action to combat climate change

(Mar 24, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 24 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead has introduced legislation that would effectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Pennsylvania to zero. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said her bill, which would be known as the Energy Transition Recovery Act , would direct funds from the sale of carbon allowances sold at auction through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to methods designed to curb those emissions by 2050. Pennsylvania is expected to become a member of RGGI by 2022. “Earlier this week, the governor announced the Project to Utilize Light and Solar Energy, part of the GreenGov initiative, which I fully support, and my legislation fits in with that effort by making a significant impact in lowering carbon dioxide emissions,” said Kinkead. “My colleagues and I took an oath to protect and uphold the state Constitution, which includes the right to clean air and water. It’s imperative we move forward and do all we can to protect our future children and grandchildren, and we can do so right now.” Kinkead’s legislation is currently under consideration in the House Environmental Energy and Resources Committee. Read more

 

Kinkead: Governor’s clean energy initiative is the right step for PA

(Mar 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement on the Project to Utilize Light and Solar Energy, part of the GreenGov initiative: “I fully support and applaud the Wolf administration’s efforts, which will positively impact our state and move us further away from a fossil fuel-based economy. “Nearly two years ago, an executive order was introduced that paved the way for our state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The fact that we have not moved closer to joining RGGI is beyond frustrating, especially when you consider that in July of last year, our nation tied with July 2016 as the second hottest month on record. Our polar caps are continuing to melt, sea levels and temperatures rise, and forest areas in the Amazon and across our world continue to burn. “It’s imperative we do more to combat climate change, and today’s announcement will make a significant impact. PULSE will launch the largest solar energy commitment by any government entity in our country. It will supply about half the energy used by state government, creating hundreds of jobs and making a huge impact in lowering carbon dioxide emissions. This effort closely aligns with my bill, H.B. 989 , to be known as the Energy Transition Recovery Act, which would direct funds from the sale of carbon allowances sold at Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Protecting people with disabilities, mitigation updates and more!

(Mar 18, 2021)

I support protecting our residents with disabilities, and that includes speaking up on measures that - while appearing to have the best of intentions - would actually do more harm than good. 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

 

Rabb reintroduces legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pa. and expand it to apply to vulnerable members of the workforce

(Mar 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., has reintroduced legislation that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour and expand it to apply to vulnerable members of the workforce. “Raising the minimum wage is a matter of providing dignity to hardworking people – some of the hardest working people in our commonwealth – and in so doing, prioritizing equity for people who are very often the most vulnerable among us,” Rabb said. “There are a lot of misnomers out there that, paired with misinformation, skew how some people who oppose raising the minimum wage view this issue. But at its essence, ensuring no one is paid a poverty wage is simply a matter of doing the right thing.” The term “small business” is one misnomer Rabb said he wants to clarify, especially in data that government entities use when considering changes to minimum wage laws. He discussed this point during a recent Commerce Committee meeting. “Most people believe that small businesses are mom-and-pop shops,” Rabb said. “The federal government defines small businesses as [having] fewer than 500 employees, which is a massive number.” Rabb said most people think of their local pizzeria when they think about small businesses, but the classification includes corporations that have hundreds of employees. “In the United States, 99.7% of all businesses are considered small businesses,” Rabb said. Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Pushing for lower drug costs, budget hearing recap and more!

(Mar 11, 2021)

This week, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski and I introduced legislation to help you save money on your medications. Read more

 

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

(Mar 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 10 – 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. The funding is being provided through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund, set up by Act 83 of 2019 and administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The goal is to better protect individuals, groups and organizations that are susceptible to hate crimes. The program was created largely as a result of the Squirrel Hill synagogue attack of 2018 that claimed the lives of 11 Pennsylvanians. Grant recipients can use the funds for security enhancements designed to protect the safety of the users of the facility that is owned and operated by the nonprofit organization. These include safety and security planning, purchase of security equipment, safety and security training, and other safety-related projects. The following nonprofit organizations will receive grants through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund in 2021: Chabad Lubavitch of the South Hills Inc.: $25,000 Congregation Poale Zedeck: $150,000 Tzohar Seminary: $56,312 Saint Brendan’s Episcopal Church: $25,000 Beth El Congregation of the South Hills/ United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism: $56,391 Yeshivath Achei Tmimim of Pittsburgh: $75,000 Ebenezer Baptist Church: $120,000 The Neighborhood Academy: $ 18,800 Read more

 

Kinkead, Pashinski introduce bill to help Pennsylvanians save money on medications

(Mar 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 8 – In an effort to help more residents reduce their prescription drug costs, state Reps. Emily Kinkead and Eddie Day Pashinski have introduced legislation that would direct the Pennsylvania Department of Health to study the potential savings of importing less expensive medicines from Canada. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, and Pashinski, D-Luzerne, said H.B. 833 would also design a potential prescription drug importation program in Pennsylvania when the study demonstrates significant cost savings for consumers. “Pharmaceutical companies claim the costs are driven by market forces and due to the high cost of research and development of new medicines, but those and other arguments they pose lack validity,” said Kinkead. “Drug companies want to enjoy a monopoly to discourage competition, to the detriment of our consumers here in Pennsylvania, including many who rely on life-saving medications and are forced to ration or forego medications they simply cannot afford. That’s reprehensible, and we already know of other states already implementing such programs. It’s time we do the same.” "The increasing cost of prescription drugs is driving up health care expenses, which is driving up every Pennsylvanian's cost of living," Pashinski said. "This legislation makes sure Pennsylvania is developing a long-term solution to this problem. We can potentially save the state and consumers millions of dollars by Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Vaccine prioritization update, keeping college affordable and more!

(Mar 04, 2021)

Yesterday, we received official word from state health and education officials that teachers and other school personnel will be vaccinated, using the Johnson & Johnson single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for PreK-12 teachers and other school staff. Read more

 

Kinkead: Teachers, school employees to be included in vaccine priority Phase 1A

(Mar 02, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead issued the following statement regarding a pending announcement that will include teachers and other school personnel in the Phase1A priority designation of the COVID-19 vaccine: “The benefits of in-person education for our children cannot be replaced. The vital roles of our teachers, administrators, and school staff cannot be overstated. It makes complete sense to ensure that they are among the first to be protected from this deadly virus and thus to allow our students to return to in-person learning in the safest way possible -- for our students, for our school staff, and for their families. “Today’s news is definitely a step in the right direction, especially as you consider that many of our educators are expected to work in the classroom setting and aren’t able to work from home in most cases. Late last month, I joined a number of my colleagues who signed a letter to acting state Health Secretary Alison Beam, urging her to add teachers and other high-risk employees to the Phase 1A category for receiving the vaccine. I am gratified that our request was heard and addressed. “My ultimate goal is to continue to work with my colleagues and state health officials to include in Phase 1A other high-risk employees, like our corrections officers, who also work in close congregate workplace settings. They deserve to be safe and healthy as well.” Read more

 

Kinkead, Isaacson: Bill would enable students to easily transfer from community college to PASSHE

(Mar 01, 2021)

HARRISBURG, March 1 -- State Reps. Emily Kinkead and Mary Isaacson have introduced a measure that would make it easier for community college students to transfer to a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education university. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said more and more students are beginning their higher education careers at a community college due to increasing costs. To help these students obtain their bachelor’s degree in a timely manner, her bill would provide guaranteed PASSHE university admission for community college students who complete an approved associate degree for transfer program. “Each year, roughly 300,000 students begin their higher education journey at a community college before transferring to another university to finish their degree,” Kinkead said. “Our state has made significant strides to help streamline that transfer process, and this legislation would make that process even easier without requiring students to take on crippling financial debt. Community colleges are critical in making higher education accessible and affordable to the most students, especially as we work to address equity in education and economic opportunity. This program has been quite successful in California and I’m confident our state can reap similar rewards, encouraging students to achieve baccalaureate degrees and improve overall access to cost-effective higher education.” “Every college student’s pathway to higher education Read more

 

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 1 Update

(Mar 01, 2021)

Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Professional Development Training Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : State aided public libraries and academic libraries. If the library is not fiscally independent, the application must come from the library’s parent entity. Use : Grants to bring virtual training to your organization or for individual library workers to attend virtual professional development training in principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in practices and work functions performed by library staff and experienced by library customers. Funds : Up to $6,000 per organization to bring virtual training to your organization and up to $1,000 for individuals to attend virtual professional development. Application Deadline : Applications accepted until funds are depleted. First weekly award announcement is March 15. More Information : Contact Stacey Mulligan, smulligan@pa.gov or 717-783-5744, Library Development Advisor in the Bureau of Library Development. Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency/Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs: 2021 SBIRT Projects in Postsecondary Institutions (Funding Source: F ederal Funding ) Who May Apply : Public or nonprofit postsecondary institutions, including two and four-year colleges and universities, that also Read more

 

Rep. Emily Kinkead's weekly update - vaccine updates, foreclosure moratorium extension info and more!

(Feb 25, 2021)

COVID-19 vaccine information updates, details on the foreclosure moratorium extension, heating assistance information and how to sign up for health insurance. Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Vaccine update, Sarah Heinz visit, grant opportunities and more!
1 day ago

April 12 update: Grant programs now open for applications
Apr 13, 2021

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Bottled water safety, PUA scam alert, heating assistance and more!
Apr 08, 2021

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Vaccine updates, protecting patients and nurses, landslide legislation and more!
Apr 01, 2021

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

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

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Our survivors deserve better, combatting climate change and more!
Mar 25, 2021

Kinkead: It’s time to take action to combat climate change
Mar 24, 2021

Kinkead: Governor’s clean energy initiative is the right step for PA
Mar 22, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Protecting people with disabilities, mitigation updates and more!
Mar 18, 2021

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

Rabb reintroduces legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pa. and expand it to apply to vulnerable members of the workforce
Mar 12, 2021

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Pushing for lower drug costs, budget hearing recap and more!
Mar 11, 2021

Allegheny County Delegation announces $1.5 million in security grants for nonprofit organizations
Mar 10, 2021

Kinkead, Pashinski introduce bill to help Pennsylvanians save money on medications
Mar 08, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Vaccine prioritization update, keeping college affordable and more!
Mar 04, 2021

Kinkead: Teachers, school employees to be included in vaccine priority Phase 1A
Mar 02, 2021

Kinkead, Isaacson: Bill would enable students to easily transfer from community college to PASSHE
Mar 01, 2021

State Grant Programs Now Open for Applications: March 1 Update
Mar 01, 2021

Rep. Emily Kinkead's weekly update - vaccine updates, foreclosure moratorium extension info and more!
Feb 25, 2021