HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today that Homestead is the recipient of a $1.2 million low-interest loan to address storm runoff around Barrett Elementary School on East 12th Avenue, Homestead. The borough will work with Steel Valley School District and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to install four infiltration trenches with 18,900 cubic feet of storage. "This green infrastructure project around the school is designed to address the potential health hazard of combined sewage overflows into the Monongahela River during wet weather," Costa said. "Its capacity will be enough to handle a worst-case weather scenario -- a 100-year, 24-hour storm." The total project cost is $1.8 million, with $618,525 of that cost being paid for by a state H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. The rest will be funded by the 30-year low-interest loan, at 1 percent interest from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. Without this funding, Costa said, residential customers would see their bills increase by 4 percent. About eight jobs are expected to be created by the project. Pennvest serves Pennsylvania communities by funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects. The projects contribute to improving Pennsylvania’s environment and residents’ health, as well as provide jobs and opportunities for economic growth. Read more
Rep. Paul Costa reports that the Pittsburgh region is losing three films and hundreds of local jobs because of the state budget impasse directed by House Republican leadership. “Over $100 million in local investments are gone with the wind with the inaction by House Republican leadership," Costa said. Read more
HARRISBURG, March 29 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced that two projects in his legislative district were approved for $300,000 in state grants. The PA Small Water and Sewer grants were funded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages, including Multimodal, Act 13 and water and sewer funds. "These grants are crucial for the municipalities to continue making infrastructure improvements in their communities," Costa said. The grants approved in Costa's district are: $200,000 for Wilkins Township for sewer system upgrades along Mortimer and Highland avenues; and $100,000 for Braddock Hills Borough structural repairs within its sanitary sewer system. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Paul Costa joined fellow democrats and republicans at a news conference held at the Capitol Media Center to discuss the regulation of video gaming terminals across the commonwealth. Read more
Pa. state Reps. Marc Gergely and Paul Costa led the House in honoring the Steel Valley High School Football team, who are the current Pennsylvania PIAA AA Football Champions. Gergely and Costa remarked about their incredible season on and off the field that led to their championship win. Read more
Rep. Paul Costa is appointed to the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. “I look forward to the challenges of making higher education more accessible and affordable to Pennsylvania’s students," the 10-term Allegheny County lawmaker reports.
Rep. Paul Costa will continue leading the fight to improve consumer convenience with his reappointmentas Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 6 – Two local projects will benefit from more than $300,000 in state grant funds state Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, announced today. The grants were funded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages, including the Multimodal and Act 13 funds. In West Homestead, the $71,685 grant will be used to replace 1,010 linear feet of sidewalk along the south side of state Route 837 in the borough. Handicapped access ramps will also be installed at two intersections along the route. The project is estimated to cost more than $102,000. "This funding is crucial for the borough to continue to make necessary improvements to its infrastructure," Rep. Costa said. "I applaud the officials who worked on these grants for the betterment of our local community." The CFA also approved funds to support an environmental assessment and structural inspection of the Carrie Furnace ‘hot metal bridge’ in Swissvale Borough. The $313,305 grant will be used to evaluate the structure and its existing paint system to assess contaminate levels and develop necessary remediation and rehabilitation plans. "The Carrie Furnace Bridge remains a critical component of our transportation infrastructure in Allegheny County and we remain focused on making improvements to bring it back online," Read more
Harrisburg – Oct. 25, 2016 – More than half a million dollars in grant funds have been awarded to support the development of walkways, green space and streambank restorations in Allegheny County, according to state Rep. Paul Costa and Sen. Jay Costa (D- Forest Hills) Three projects will receive funding made available by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). The CFA is an independent state agency responsible for administering Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages including the Multimodal funds, Watershed Restoration and Protection funds and the Act 13 programs. “These projects are critically important to the future of our communities,” Sen. Costa said. “Investing in local projects opens the door to new job opportunities and sparks continued economic growth and development. That’s an investment that will pay dividends for years to come.” Through the CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Funds program, the following grants were approved: Churchill Community Developments, $240,320 to construct a pond and boardwalk at The Shoppes in Pittsburgh Studios located in Churchill Borough; Riverview Apartments Inc., $240,000 for the construction of accessible walking pathways and multi-generational outdoor activity areas in Pittsburgh. Rep. Costa said that the former Westinghouse Research property in Churchill has significant economic potential and he was pleased that the funding was approved. “The Read more
Pa state Rep. and Liquor Control Committee Democratic Chairman Paul Costa joined Gov. Tom Wolf in launching wine sales in grocery stores. Costa was proud to help guide recent legislation through the House that brings convenience to customers and more jobs and revenue to Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 1 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today joined Gov. Tom Wolf in the rolling launch of wine sales in grocery sales in Pennsylvania. With Wegmans in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County as the backdrop, the governor purchased the first bottle of wine as part of the store’s initial pilot test launch for wine-to-go sales. The Wegmans location already offers sales of six-packs of beer, said Costa, Democratic chairman of the Liquor Control Committee. "With this store now offering customers the opportunity to purchase wine along with their groceries, it is adding the consumer convenience many Pennsylvanians have been asking for," Costa said. "I look forward to seeing more businesses finally providing this convenience which will also help raise revenue for the commonwealth." As of Aug. 31, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has approved 120 wine expanded permits for wine-to-go sales, including Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle. The approval is part of the changes under Act 39 when it went into effect on Aug. 8. Other changes include allowing more Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores to be open on Sundays, expanding hours and allowing residents to have wine shipped directly to their homes. Read more
HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, today announced that several projects in his legislative district were approved for nearly $2 million in grants by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. "These grants are crucial for the municipalities to continue making improvements in their communities," Costa said. "I commend the officials who worked to get these grants and the CFA for awarding them." The grants approved in Costa's district are: • $1 million for the Churchill Community Development for The Shoppes at Pittsburgh Studios; • $500,000 for the URA Nine Mile Phase 3 Connector Road and Bridge; • $97,325 for the Swissvale Borough Collingwood Playground; • $112,412 for North Braddock to assist with repairing and rehabilitating Brinton Playground; and • $218,000 for Wilkins Township to assist in renovating Lions Park. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania's economic growth. The CFA consists of seven board members: four legislative appointees and the secretaries of DCED, the Office of the Budget and Department of Banking. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Paul Costa honors the life and legacy of William “Coach” Campbell, who was a respected businessman, advisor and mentor in Silicon Valley. As a noted philanthropist, Campbell gave back to his hometown community of Homestead and the Steel Valley School District. Campbell recently passed away at the age of 75. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 7 – The House of Representatives today passed a bill that would modernize and expand retail sales of wine in Pennsylvania and take other steps to increase consumer convenience. Democratic Leader Frank Dermody and Liquor Control Committee Democratic Chairman Paul Costa supported the move. “This legislation will allow wine to be sold in more places, including grocery stores that already sell beer, and it will give more flexibility to the Liquor Control Board to set prices and store hours across the state in ways that are better for consumers,” Dermody said. “In addition, it’s also going to increase revenue for the state which is a positive step toward beginning to close the long-term budget deficit,” he said. The bill (H.B. 1690) also would permit direct shipment of wine by licensed producers to consumers at their homes. “There are many components to this bill that reflect discussions in the House and Senate for the last five years. Little got passed in that time because the privatization issue was a constant sticking point,” Costa said. “With this legislation, we’re taking the initiative to modernize the system so it works better for consumers while protecting nearly 5,000 existing jobs of the men and women who work in wine and spirits shops in every part of the state,” he said. The bill must be signed by the governor before becoming law. Read more
At a Capitol press conference, Pa. state Rep. Paul Costa comments on a bipartisan proposal to legalize video gaming terminals, or VGT's. Costa says that by legalizing these games, which are often found in bars, taverns, and social clubs, the commonwealth could bring in $400-500 million a year while also helping small businesses. Read more
Reps. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny and Mark Mustio, R-Allegheny, today hosted a state Capitol news conference to discuss the benefits of legalizing Video Gaming Terminals (VGTs) in Pennsylvania’s taverns and clubs. “Today, we are here to say that diversification is needed because Pennsylvania’s brick and mortar casinos are leaving too much of the market untapped,” said Mustio. “At the state level, legalizing VGTs translates into $400 million in tax and fee revenue for the General Fund that is otherwise left on the table every year. To look at this another way, Pennsylvania has missed out on an additional $4 billion in General Fund revenue over the past decade. Moving forward, can we realistically afford to miss out on another $4 billion in recurring revenue over the next 10 years? “Most importantly, taxpayers are our only partners in legalizing VGTs in our local taverns and clubs. This is about Main Street, not Wall Street,” concluded Mustio. Both lawmakers indicated that specific plans for the legalization of VGTs in Pennsylvania’s clubs and taverns will be proposed to Republican and Democratic leadership in the House and Senate and introduced through the amendment process in the near future. “We all know two things,” said Costa. “First, there are tens of thousands of illegal, untaxed and unregulated video gambling devices operating throughout Pennsylvania. Secondly, the Commonwealth is in serious need for Read more
Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650. Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria. The oft-extended deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is June 30, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Deparment of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more
PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more
Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more
Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more
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