Kinkead, Pashinski to discuss driving down drug costs

(Jul 08, 2021)

HARRISBURG, July 8 – The runaway costs of prescription medication will be the focus of a virtual hearing of the Subcommittee on Progressive Policies for Working People hosted by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, Emily Kinkead and Eddie Day Pashinski. The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 12. 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 . Kinkead, D-Allegheny, and Pashinski, D-Luzerne, will be joined by Subcommittee Chair Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss innovative approaches to reducing drug costs, providing pathways to low-cost prescriptions, and how drug costs factor into Pennsylvania’s healthcare framework. Information about this and other House Democratic Policy Committee hearings can be found at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee . Read more

 

Kinkead: Pittsburgh to receive nearly $267K for traffic signal upgrades

(Jul 07, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, July 7 – $266,736 in state transportation funds have been awarded to the city of Pittsburgh to expand the city’s fiber optic network to connect traffic signals to its Traffic Management Center, state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced today. Kinkead, D-Pittsburgh, said the grant comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go program. The grants reimburse municipalities for updates to improve traffic signal efficiency and operation. The funds can be used for upgrades and improvements such as light-emitting diode technology installation, traffic signal retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies. “This investment is vital, not just for traffic flow, but to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians across our city,” Kinkead said. “Upgrades like these will allow Pittsburgh to have the most up-to-date technology to relieve congestion and improve traffic flow.” This grant is part of a package of more than $15.6 million awarded across Pennsylvania for signal upgrades in 50 municipalities under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Green Light-Go program. Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Missed opportunities, prescription drug prices, gun violence prevention resources and more!

(Jul 01, 2021)

From the beginning of the budget process, it was crystal clear we had serious problems to solve, and we still do. People are continuing to struggle and suffer. All told, we had $10 billion dollars we could have spent to help them get back on their feet and recover from the pandemic.Unfortunately, instead of enacting a moral and compassionate budget that spent the lion’s share of these funds to help the people of Pennsylvania, Republicans put together a callous budget with peanuts to help our struggling constituents. 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

 

Kinkead announces $109.5K in grants awarded to area volunteer fire, EMS companies

(Jun 30, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 30 - State Rep. Emily Kinkead today announced a total of $109,503 in grants have been awarded to local fire and emergency medical services companies. Kinkead , D-Allegheny, said the funding originates from the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, which is overseen by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner. This annual program provides funding for volunteer and career fire companies, emergency medical services , and rescue squads. “ My dad served the City of Pittsburgh as a paramedic and so our local fire and EMS companies will always have a special place in my heart. Our first responders run in when everyone else runs out and that has never been more obvious than during the COVID-19 pandemic. But this pandemic has taken a serious toll on the very people who serve as our first line of defense ,” said Kinkead. “ These funds are a small but important investment to ensure that they can continue to answer the call.” The grants awarded are as follows: City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire (EMS): $8,993. City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire: $14,999. Fairview Volunteer Fire Department: $12,054. Keating Fire Company : $12,054. Quaill District Firemen’s Association: $12,054. Ross West View EMS : $8,993. Ross West View Fire Company : $15,000. West View Volunteer Fire Department Company #1 : Read more

 

Kinkead issues statement on passage of 2021-22 state budget

(Jun 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, has issued the following statement regarding the 2021-22 state budget : “It’s clear we have very serious problems in our state to solve. People are struggling and suffering, and they don’t need to be because we have $10 billion dollars we could have spent to help them get back on their feet and recover from the pandemic. “Instead of putting together a moral and compassionate budget that spends the lion’s share of these funds to help the people of Pennsylvania, the Republicans have done nothing but put together a callous budget with peanuts to help our struggling constituents. “Instead of making a $10 billion investment in our communities to make real, generational change in this commonwealth, the Republicans are pretending that we are poor and must save for a “rainy day” despite the fact it has been downpouring for more than a year. They want to use these funds for their own pet projects without the transparency and oversight provided through the formal budget process, instead of investing in our small businesses, our infrastructure, our workers -- instead of investing in the people of Pennsylvania. “This heartless budget is full of missed opportunities -- 10 billion of them. Simply, it’s repugnant that we had an unprecedented opportunity to help our residents in need and, Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Getting our priorities straight, addressing climate change, and more!

(Jun 24, 2021)

I’ve been in Harrisburg this week, and my frustration keeps building. The distractions need to stop – it’s time we pass a budget that includes an additional $10 billion in state and federal funds to allow us to make wise investments to help people get back on their feet, fully fund our schools, and so much more. Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Supporting LGBTQIA+, fair education funding, Pennie enrollment reminder and more!

(Jun 17, 2021)

I was proud to stand as an ally with my LGBTQIA+ colleagues on behalf of all LGBTQIA+ Pennsylvanians to introduce, yet again, the Pennsylvania Fairness Act.This act would simply ensure that the basic rights we take for granted are secured for every person in Pennsylvania, no matter how they identify or who they love. This legislation is long overdue, but I will fight for it every day until it is passed. Read more

 

Kinkead announces $1.53 million in funding to boost affordable housing, fight homelessness, empower vulnerable residents

(Jun 10, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead announced $1.53 million in funding to create and provide affordable housing and other supports to Allegheny County in need. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said eight organizations will receive the funds, which are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund. Funding for the grants is provided through Marcellus Shale Impact Fees and Realty Transfer Taxes. “Everyone deserves a place they can call home and providing the vital support to our residents who are struggling is the right thing to do,” said Kinkead. “These funds can be extremely helpful to our most vulnerable residents, especially as they attempt to recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic.” Kinkead said the projects funded include: Allegheny County Department of Human Services – Mobility Counseling Program –$350,000. Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh – Home Accessibility Program for Independence – $300,000. Catapult Greater Pittsburgh Inc. – Decreasing Racial and Economic Disparity Through Homeownership and Asset Building Project – $200,000. North Hills Affordable Housing – HEARTH: 25 years of changing loves – $200,000. Community Human Services Corp. – Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update: Addressing racism, upcoming anti-gun violence event, fighting for women’s health and more!

(Jun 10, 2021)

Late last week, I was joined by 10 of my colleagues in sending a letter condemning Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s decision to instruct his staff to not offer plea deals to Milton Raiford, a Black attorney who spoke out against racism in the criminal justice system. We demanded that he rescind that policy, apologize, and commit to an independent investigation of his office. Read more

 

Kinkead announces $2.7 million in grants to support criminal justice efforts in Allegheny County

(Jun 09, 2021)

HARRISBURG, June 9 – The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency today approved more than $2.7 million in funds to support and enhance adult probation and parole services in Allegheny County, state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said the funds will be used for the county’s electronic monitoring program in a continuing effort to reduce its jail population, while also providing effective supervision of eligible offenders. In addition, funding will also be used to continue its drug and alcohol treatment program and support its adult parole services. “Rather than warehousing people in the Allegheny County Jail, this funding will allow individuals under probation services to rehabilitate in the community,” Kinkead said. “Coupled with effective drug and alcohol treatment programs, this can help reduce recidivism rates and help people build back their lives as they work to reintegrate into society.” PCCD is the state’s lead agency for criminal justice policy issues, providing support services to law enforcement agencies, victims of crime and communities. More information on PCCD can be found at the following site: www.pccd.pa.gov . 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

 

Zappala letter June 2021 *FINAL*

(Jun 04, 2021)

Zappala letter Kinkead June 2021 Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Anti-gun violence virtual event, UC system updates, celebrating Pride Month and more!

(Jun 03, 2021)

In response to the concerns many of you have expressed about increasing violence in our neighborhoods, I want to personally invite you to a special virtual forum on Thursday, June 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. You’ll hear from community leaders (police, public safety advocates, and my fellow elected officials) about what we are doing now, what we can continue to do, and what we should begin to do to make our Northside neighborhoods safer places for everyone. Read more

 

Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities

(Jun 02, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Commonwealth Financing Authority: Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program ( Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Any nongovernmental entity with the technical, managerial, and financial expertise to design, build and operate a high-speed broadband service infrastructure within Pennsylvania. Use : Acquisition, construction, equipment, and site preparation costs associated with the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure to unserved areas, which are geographic areas in which households or businesses do not have access to at least 25 megabits per second downstream speeds and 3 megabits per second upstream speeds. Funds : Grants up to $1 million or 75% of the total project costs, whichever is less. Applicant must commit its own private capital to fund at least 25% of the total project cost. Funding from other federal, state or local government grants or other subsidies can be used to finance the project but will not be considered to be part of the private capital requirement. Application Deadline : September 24 More Information : Click on https://dced.pa.gov/programs/unserved-high-speed-broadband-funding-program-uhsb/ . OTHER PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful/The GIANT Company: 2021 Healing the Planet Grant Program ( Funding Source: Private Funds) Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Good news for Bellevue, youth mental health information, upcoming gun violence forum and more!

(May 27, 2021)

This week, the Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded borough of Bellevue a $61,630 grant to demolish and rehabilitate three vacant structures. These properties, which were previously deemed as uninhabitable by borough officials, will be torn down and then eligible for reuse as a side yard, to enlarge an existing yard, or for parking through the county’s Vacant Property Recovery Program. Read more

 

Kinkead: $61K in funds to support Bellevue remediation project

(May 25, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 25 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded the borough of Bellevue a $61,630 grant to demolish and rehabilitate three vacant structures, state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced today. “These properties, which were previously deemed as uninhabitable by borough officials, will be torn down and then eligible for reuse as a side yard, to enlarge an existing yard, or for parking through the county’s Vacant Property Recovery Program,” Kinkead said. “Addressing issues of blight and freeing uninhabitable properties up for alternative uses improves the overall quality of life in our communities, now and in the years to come. I am excited to see Bellevue get funds to continue to revitalize this beautiful borough.” The Commonwealth Financing Authority provides funding for a multitude of projects that help communities 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

 

PASSHE consolidation, potential impacts focus of virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(May 20, 2021)

ERIE, May 20 – Positive and negative impacts of the proposed consolidation of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education were vetted at today’s House Democratic Policy Committee virtual hearing. The hearing, hosted by committee Chairman Ryan Bizzarro, and state Reps. Peter Schweyer and Emily Kinkead, included testimony from educators, facility management, PASSHE leadership and students. The committee heard testimony from Dr. Sam Claster, Sociology Department Chair, Edinboro University; Lydia Laythe, Washington Township Councilperson in Erie; and Mary Jo Campbell, Professor Emeritus, Edinboro University; who all cautioned that moving forward without hearing from those directly involved in educating students and keeping schools in operation and how consolidation without addressing investment and system strains may not have the desired intention. “The bottom line is Pennsylvania ranks 48th in investment in higher education. If we want to attract and retain Pennsylvania students and prepare them for a successful future, we must address the system’s shortcomings and invest in students so we can build a stronger higher education system that positions Pennsylvania with a vibrant workforce,” explained Bizzarro. “We do need to take our time and take an approach that can have positive, longstanding impacts on our commonwealth.” Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Dr. Daniel Greenstein and Clarion Read more

 

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications

(May 19, 2021)

STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission: Historical & Archival Records Care grant program (Funding Source: Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund ) Who May Apply : H istorical societies, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, local governments, school districts. Use : Surveying, inventorying, preserving, arranging and describing historical records relevant to Pennsylvania. Funding may also be requested for reformatting or the purchase of supplies and equipment. Funds : Collaborative grants up to $15,000 for a two-year project. Single entity grants up to $5,000 for a two-year project. No match required. Application Deadline : August 1 More Information : Click on https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Records-Care-Grants.aspx . UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINES: PCCD Communities That Care: May 24 (Funding Source: General Fund ) Nonprofit organizations and units of local government. - Planning grants to help communities apply the Communities That Care (CTC) model. DCED Neighborhood Assistance Program: May 28 (Funding Source: General Fund) 501c3 nonprofits . – Tax credit program to encourage businesses to invest in projects by eligible nonprofits to serve low-income Read more

 

Proposed PASSHE consolidation focus of Thursday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing

(May 19, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 18 – The impact of a proposed consolidation of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on students, staff and communities will be the focus of Thursday’s virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing hosted by state Representatives Ryan Bizzarro, Peter Schweyer and Emily Kinkead. The virtual hearing will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 20 and can be viewed online at www.pahouse.com/policy . The public and media are encouraged to tune in and may submit questions via email to policy@pahouse.net . Bizzarro, D-Erie and chairman of the committee will join with Schweyer, D-Lehigh, and Kinkead, D-Allegheny, to discuss how consolidation will impact educational opportunities, extracurricular offerings, employment and the economic impact of the communities state system schools call home. PASSHE’s first plan—the west integration plan—aims to consolidate California University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University, and Edinboro University. The second—the northeast integration – would consolidate Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University and Mansfield University. Read more

 

Kinkead, Pashinski to discuss driving down drug costs
Jul 08, 2021

Kinkead: Pittsburgh to receive nearly $267K for traffic signal upgrades
Jul 07, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Missed opportunities, prescription drug prices, gun violence prevention resources and more!
Jul 01, 2021

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

Kinkead announces $109.5K in grants awarded to area volunteer fire, EMS companies
Jun 30, 2021

Kinkead issues statement on passage of 2021-22 state budget
Jun 25, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Getting our priorities straight, addressing climate change, and more!
Jun 24, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Supporting LGBTQIA+, fair education funding, Pennie enrollment reminder and more!
Jun 17, 2021

Kinkead announces $1.53 million in funding to boost affordable housing, fight homelessness, empower vulnerable residents
Jun 10, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update: Addressing racism, upcoming anti-gun violence event, fighting for women’s health and more!
Jun 10, 2021

Kinkead announces $2.7 million in grants to support criminal justice efforts in Allegheny County
Jun 09, 2021

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

Zappala letter June 2021 *FINAL*
Jun 04, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Anti-gun violence virtual event, UC system updates, celebrating Pride Month and more!
Jun 03, 2021

Now open for applications: Broadband and community project funding opportunities
Jun 02, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - Good news for Bellevue, youth mental health information, upcoming gun violence forum and more!
May 27, 2021

Kinkead: $61K in funds to support Bellevue remediation project
May 25, 2021

PASSHE consolidation, potential impacts focus of virtual House Democratic Policy Committee hearing
May 20, 2021

Grant opportunities: Historical & Archival Records Care program open for applications
May 19, 2021

Proposed PASSHE consolidation focus of Thursday’s House Democratic Policy Committee hearing
May 19, 2021