Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update: Fighting for UC, COVID-19 updates, tax filing reminder and more!

(May 13, 2021)

I took part in a PA House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Pittsburgh this week, where we discussed the PA Rescue Plan and how it would invest federal funds to end housing insecurities and provide affordable housing options. Even before the pandemic, housing needs were significant, and it’s vital we address these issues. Read more

 

Kinkead: North Hills Community Outreach awarded Ag and Youth Grant

(May 12, 2021)

HARRISBURG, May 12 – A nonprofit organization in Northern Allegheny County, which provides food and support services to those in need, are among several organizations statewide to receive funding from the Ag and Youth Grant program, state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced today. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said North Hills Community Outreach was awarded $2,750 to expand the Rosalinda Sauro Sirriani Garden, its community-supported organic garden in Bellevue. “North Hills Community Outreach does so much to help our community and support residents who are experiencing food insecurity,” said Kinkead. “In less than 10 years, the Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden has produced enough produce to serve over a thousand families in need each year, and this grant will allow the NHCO to expand, allowing it to serve more residents in need.” “These funds are greatly appreciated and will enable students to learn at our garden and increase their passion for giving back through volunteerism,” said Tom Baker, NHCO executive director. “The garden is a wonderful place for students to serve. We are fortunate to have a garden coordinator that empowers students in an extremely meaningful way and empowers them to help others.” This grant program, part of the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, funds projects for ag education and workforce development, equipment purchases and capital projects to Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update: Good news for Bellevue Post Office, PASSHE discussions, help for our local businesses and more!

(May 06, 2021)

My staff and I received some great news this week – the landlord for the building which houses the Bellevue Post Office has agreed to a one-year lease extension. Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - PA Rescue Plan, updated vaccine information, voting reminders and more!

(Apr 29, 2021)

This week, state and federal officials have resumed using the one-shot Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. The government temporarily suspended using the Johnson & Johnson shot due to concerns surrounding isolated incidents of rare blood clots that had occurred in an extremely small percentage of those who received shots. Please know that these incidents are very rare, and the vaccine was found to be safe and effective. Read more

 

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - District grants, upcoming grants seminar and more!

(Apr 23, 2021)

Some great news this week to benefit our communities – the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority received a total of $45 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to make needed water quality and sewer infrastructure repairs, including lead line replacement. These investments ensure you get reliable access to safe water, but they will also protect our water and sewer systems for years to come. Read more

 

Kinkead: $500,000 to construct new Davis Avenue Bridge

(Apr 22, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 22 – The Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded the city of Pittsburgh $500,000 in state funds to construct a pedestrian/bicycle bridge at the former Davis Avenue Bridge site, state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said the new bridge will replace the one that was demolished in 2009 due to structural deficiencies. The project will also include new lighting and abutment. “Since 2009, residents of the Brighton Heights neighborhood could throw a rock and hit Riverview Park, but would have to walk at least 45 minutes to be able to pick the rock back up,” Kinkead said. “The new bridge will be more structurally sound and provide much-needed and welcome access to recreational and outdoor activities. I am proud to have helped to secure funds to support this long-overdue reconnection of our neighborhoods.” 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. To learn more, residents may visit the following link : https://dced.pa.gov/programs/multimodal-transportation-fund/ Read more

 

Kinkead: $45.1 million in state funding for lead line replacement, other water infrastructure improvements

(Apr 21, 2021)

HARRISBURG, April 21 – The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the West View Water Authority in Pittsburgh have received a total of $45 million in funding from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority to make needed water quality and sewer infrastructure repairs, including lead line replacement, state Rep. Emily Kinkead announced today. Kinkead, D-Allegheny, said $38.5 million in funding will be used by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to replace 25,000 feet of piping, along with 59 fire hydrants and 592 lead service lines. $6.6 million will be used by the West View Water Authority to replace aged water infrastructure, including lead service lines. “These projects will ensure residents get reliable access to safe water by the removal of lead pipes and also reduce water loss that can come from aged infrastructure,” said Kinkead. “Investments like these will protect our water and sewer systems now and in years to come.” Pennvest provides communities across Pennsylvania with funding for sewer, stormwater and drinking water projects. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.pennvest.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx Read more

 

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

(Apr 15, 2021)

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

 

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update: Fighting for UC, COVID-19 updates, tax filing reminder and more!
May 13, 2021

Kinkead: North Hills Community Outreach awarded Ag and Youth Grant
May 12, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update: Good news for Bellevue Post Office, PASSHE discussions, help for our local businesses and more!
May 06, 2021

Rep. Kinkead’s Weekly Update - PA Rescue Plan, updated vaccine information, voting reminders and more!
Apr 29, 2021

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - District grants, upcoming grants seminar and more!
Apr 23, 2021

Kinkead: $500,000 to construct new Davis Avenue Bridge
Apr 22, 2021

Kinkead: $45.1 million in state funding for lead line replacement, other water infrastructure improvements
Apr 21, 2021

Rep. Kinkead's Weekly Update - Vaccine update, Sarah Heinz visit, grant opportunities and more!
Apr 15, 2021

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