STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Commonwealth Financing Authority: Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund (GEDTF) (Funding Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund) Who May Apply : Allegheny County Municipalities, Authorities (Redevelopment, Municipal or Industrial), Councils of Government, Non-Profit Organizations, Trusts and For Profit Organizations. Use : To support community and economic development projects in Allegheny County. Funds : Awards between $150,000 and $500,000. Application Deadline : September 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic-development/authorities/gedtf-fund.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Traffic Signal Technologies Grant Program (Funding Source: Motor License Fund) Who May Apply : Municipalities. Use : To install and maintain traffic signal technologies. Funds : Varies by award. This is a reimbursement grant with no matching funds required. Application Deadline : September 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/BOMO/Portal/TST_INFO.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program (Funding Source: American Rescue Plan Act Funds) Who May Apply Read more
Washington, D.C. — With growing momentum sweeping across the United States to rein in the power of dominant corporations, Fight Corporate Monopolies today launched a new coalition of state and local leaders leading the charge, which features Pennsylvania Rep. Nick Pisciottano. “The movement to dismantle the power of corporate monopolies is being led at the state level. The task force provides a real time check on the same corporations that are price gouging working people, profiteering while workers suffer, and making backdoor deals on taxpayers’ dime,” said Helen Brosnan, Executive Director of Fight Corporate Monopolies. “Their efforts reflect constituents’ concerns about the control and power corporations have over our economy and democracy. We’re proud to work with a coalition of legislative champions who are taking on bold policy fights to challenge corruption and corporate power at the root. We hope other state and local leaders continue to join their efforts.” “State governments have a long history of challenging corporations in order to protect their states’ workers, local businesses, and communities from the harms of consolidated economic power, and those efforts are continuing todays thanks to these great champions,” said Pat Garofalo, Director of State and Local Policy at Fight Corporate Monopolies. “The members of this task force have proven they’re willing Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation, cooperatives or any other legal entity. Use : To support projects that grow agricultural infrastructure in urban food deserts to improve access to fresh, local food and provide opportunities for hands-on learning, community-building, and for people to become social entrepreneurs. Community gardens are eligible projects. Funds : $2,500 micro grants or up to $50,000 for collaboration grants. Application Deadline : September 16, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Urban-Ag-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Very Small Meat and Poultry Processor Reimbursement Grant Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : An individual, partnership, association, firm, corporation or any other legal entity. Use : To support the development and expansion of current or future very small meat and poultry processing operations. Funds : Grants are limited to no more than $100,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : September 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Funding/Farmbill/Pages/Very-Small-Meat-Processor-Grant.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture: ?Agriculture and Youth Grant Program Read more
“I wanted to hear from numerous experts on what the development of the hydrogen hub would mean for western Pennsylvania,” state Rep. Nick Pisciottano said. “Our state has long been a leader in energy production and industry, and I wanted to gather leaders with concerns and vested interests in this project under one roof to hear about what this could mean for PA’s economy, businesses and environment.” Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development: Election Integrity Grant Program (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Pennsylvania counties. Use : To support the work of county governments and their election offices. Funds : Funding is allocated proportionally based upon the number of registered voters within the county in the previous primary election. Application Deadline : August 15, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/Login.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Rail Freight Assistance Program (Funding Source: Multimodal Transportation Fund) Who May Apply : Freight railroads, freight railroad-served shippers, and economic development entities. Use : To support investment in rail freight infrastructure. Funds : The maximum state funding for a RFAP project is 70 percent of the total project costs, not to exceed $700,000. Application Deadline : September 2, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.penndot.pa.gov/Doing-Business/RailFreightAndPorts/Pages/Grants-and-Loans.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Rail Transportation Assistance Program (Funding Source: General Obligation Debt) Who May Apply : Freight railroads, freight railroad-served Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Pregnancy Support Services Grant (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Any entity that is able to serve pregnant or postpartum women in recovery from SUD. Use : To provide support services to pregnant women and postpartum women in recovery from Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Funds: Awards up to $600,000. Application Deadline : July 29, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-03%20Pregnancy%20Support%20Service.pdf . Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection: Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : School districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania. Use : To assist in a transition to cleaner fuel transportation. Funds : Up to $300,000 per applicant. Application Deadline : There are two application periods. The program will collect and review all applications submitted by August 26, 2022, and again by December 16, 2022. More Information : Click on https://www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Statewide Victim Witness Training Project 2023 Read more
HARRISBURG, July 13 – Rep. Nick Pisciottano has introduced legislation to defend workers and punish corporations that are infringing on workers’ rights to collectively bargain. “Federal and state law protect workers’ rights to join or form a union and collectively bargain, but for too long, businesses in this commonwealth have used unfair labor practices to deny workers their rights at the same time as collecting state subsidies or tax credits,” Pisciottano said. “It is unacceptable for the state to subsidize businesses that break the law.” The first bill would prohibit businesses that operate in Pennsylvania from taking tax deductions for expenses incurred in opposing unionization efforts of their workers. The second bill would amend the tax code to prohibit state agencies from awarding tax credits to businesses that are found guilty of federal or state labor violations in the past 10 years. Pisciottano said these bills would help enforce existing labor laws by preventing businesses from adopting union-busting practices, allowing workers to decide, without undue influence, whether they want to form or join a union. Earlier this month, Pisciottano authored an Op-Ed criticizing industries that use these methods to exploit their customers and workers while simultaneously making as much money as they can in return. Since being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2020, Pisciottano has become a loud voice Read more
HARRISBURG, July 11 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, voted in support of Pennsylvania’s new budget, hailing the spending plan as a major victory for education, school safety and infrastructure. “We have crafted a state budget in Harrisburg that will provide historic investments where they’re needed most in Allegheny County and throughout the Commonwealth,” Pisciottano said. “It’s unfortunate we missed the budget deadline, but I’m very pleased to report that we passed a budget that will benefit working families in Pennsylvania.” Pisciottano specified that public schools in Allegheny County will receive an additional $54.7 million in the 2022-23 state budget, with schools in the 38 th Legislative District receiving the following approximate increases over the previous year: Basic Education Funding Special Education Funding West Mifflin: $1.8 million – 21.4% West Mifflin: $278,000 – 11.6% Baldwin-Whitehall: $837,000 – 7.8% Baldwin-Whitehall: $186,000 – 6.3% South Allegheny: $817,000 – 7.9% South Allegheny: $161,000 – 10.7 % Read more
Price gouging is devastating the pocketbooks of Pennsylvanians – my colleagues and I are working hard in Harrisburg to change that. I was extremely proud to co-host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing and a news conference, both centered around our new bills that would combat rising prices and provide relief for working families in Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 22 – Today, state Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Sara Innamorato, both D-Allegheny, introduced the Open Markets Act, the latest in a package of new bills from PA House Democrats designed to combat rising prices and bring relief to Pennsylvanians. The Open Markets Act would give the PA attorney general the authority necessary to effectively investigate and prosecute anti-trust violations, resulting in lower prices by reducing the number of price-gouging monopolies and creating a fairer, more competitive marketplace. “CEOs are bragging publicly about how inflation is great for their profit margins at the same time working families are struggling to afford enough food and gas” Pisciottano said. “The rules are currently rigged in favor of large corporations, but they don’t have to be. The Open Markets Act is a crucial first step toward protecting consumers and small businesses in Pennsylvania.” Pisciottano argued that anti-trust laws are extremely weak in Pennsylvania, which allows a few dominant corporations to control the supply and demand of entire industries, fostering an unfair, noncompetitive economic landscape. “The fact that only a few dominant corporations control vital sectors of our economy is one of the major reasons for drastic consumer price increases,” Innamorato said. “In order to break the grip of monopolistic corporations on the American economy and political arena, we must Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Assessing Racial & Ethnic Disparities (R/ED) in PA’s Criminal Justice System (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Higher education institutions (public/not-for-profit), nonprofit organizations, and for-profit institutions (i.e., consulting firms). Use : To develop and implement a statewide research initiative to identify current R/ED levels using quantitative methods, understand potential drivers using qualitative methods, and make recommendations to chart a path forward. Funds : Up to $250,000. Application Deadline : July 12, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Victim Advocacy – School District of Philadelphia (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Organizations that provide direct services to crime victims and may be operated by a non-profit organization or public (governmental) agency, or a combination of such agencies or organizations. Use : To support students and their families who are victims of violence within the School District of Philadelphia. Funds : Up to $375,000 over three years. PCCD expects to fund one (1) applicant over a three-year project period. Application Deadline : Read more
House Democrats have a plan to protect the people now and build a fairer economy for the future. Read more
America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, where working hard gets you ahead, but in 2022, price gouging and corporate greed are leaving working families behind and hurting the small local businesses that are the cornerstones of our communities. Read more
During periods of rapid price fluctuations, it’s important that consumers are protected from bad actors who seek to use price volatility as an excuse to raise prices. Read more
Prices are going up, but we need to ensure that profiteers can’t collude to raise prices just to pad their own wallets at the expense of yours. The Stop Price Fixing Act will protect you from companies looking to jack up prices just because they think you’ll pay more. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 2 – Today, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, introduced the Stop Price Fixing Act , new legislation designed to enhance the ability of the state attorney general to prosecute individuals and businesses that collude to artificially raise the prices of Pennsylvania goods. “Prices continue to climb and working Pennsylvanians are facing overwhelming financial pressure all while corporations are reporting record profits,” Pisciottano said. “It’s clear that this pressure doesn’t stem from just inflation, it is sadly the result of bad actors using price volatility as an excuse to pad their bottom line at the expense of working families.” Pisciottano highlighted that price fixing cases are currently far too difficult to prosecute, citing the dire need to pass the Stop Price Fixing Act and provide the attorney general with the necessary tools to enforce price-fixing laws. He noted that his new bill would also shield whistleblowers and encourage individuals with internal knowledge of price-fixing violations to come forward. "As prices rise at the gas pump and in the grocery store, the General Assembly can take action to help Pennsylvanians by enacting legislation like the Stop Price Fixing Act that protects consumers and ensures our economy is fair for all," Pisciottano said. Lee Hepner, legal counsel at the American Economic Liberties Project , a nonprofit, non-partisan organization seeking to Read more
I helped secure $175,000 for this project through two separate state grant awards – I can’t wait to see the park come to fruition! It will be an asset unique to western Pennsylvania, and I know local residents will enjoy it for many years to come. Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible practitioners with the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and can demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as a service commitment of two additional years. Use : To support the supply, distribution and retention of individuals delivering SUD treatment and SCA funded case management services. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : May 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-02%20LoanRepayment_applicationguidance.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Enhancing Services to Culturally Specific Populations Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : A nonprofit organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: 1) American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); 2) Asian Americans; 3) Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; 4) Blacks; and 5) Hispanics. Use : To establish, expand, or Read more
I am coordinating with PennDOT road engineers, Norfolk Southern, and Dravosburg Borough officials to develop a solution to the root causes that are impacting the road. We are all working to address the issue as soon as possible. In the meantime, please drive cautiously through the area and, if possible, consider an alternate route. Read more
The $15.44 million rehabilitation project is anticipated to conclude in the winter of 2022 and includes a new concrete deck and sidewalk, barrier repairs, full painting, structural steel repairs, concrete substructure repairs, bearing replacement, and new expansion dams. Read more
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