Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey recognizes Mike Nichols on the House floor for his work in reading to children and teaching them the importance of reading in numerous schools and programs throughout Pittsburgh. Read more
HARRISBURG, Dec. 7 – Saying it’s time to break free of Republican-induced stagnation, state Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, on Wednesday touted the merits of Plan for PA , a House Democratic proposal that puts people and families first, instead of corporations and special interests. At a Capitol news conference, Gainey joined other Democratic proponents of their plan, rolling it out as a way to break a status quo that isn’t working for a wide swath of Pennsylvanians in rural, urban and suburban areas who continue struggling to make financial ends meet. “The one thing we can agree on is that we need to put people first,” Gainey said. “We want to put our families first. We want to make sure that people have good-paying jobs and great quality health care. Today, Pennsylvania Democrats have put a plan forth that helps us get there. But we need your help.” Gainey said an essential priority of the Democrats’ plan is a sharp focus on education and workforce development and training, so that state policy is better shaped to help people acquire the skills needed for in-demand jobs. “If we’re going to improve wages, it starts with improving the quality of education,” said Gainey, noting the need to ensure that students in all school districts – from the wealthiest to the poorest – have an equal opportunity to prepare for jobs of the future. Gainey said the Plan for PA’s workforce development Read more
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HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – Several members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today spoke out against the gun violence epidemic impacting communities of color across Pennsylvania. State Rep, Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and an epidemic, particularly for communities of color. It’s past time we start raising the level of attention on this tragic issue and demand more action. When children are being impacted, it’s time to call a state of emergency. “At this time, I’m not calling for new gun laws, but for a coordinated effort and stronger enforcements of the laws we already have in place. By providing the resources necessary, we can finally address the issue of gun violence that has traumatized our communities for far too long.” In 2016 alone, there were more than 10,000 incidents involving firearms across Pennsylvania, with nearly 5,000 of them taking place in Philadelphia. While one Pennsylvanian is murdered with a gun every 17 hours, communities of color are disproportionately impacted. African Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicides in Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of gun homicides of African Americans. Although African Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for more than 69 Read more
A resolution introduced by state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, designating November 2017 as “Food Insecurity Month” across the state was unanimously adopted this week by the state House of Representatives. The Wheatley/Gainey resolution, H.R. 433 , calls attention to food insecurity as a serious issue in Pennsylvania and both lawmakers also wanted to recognize the work and donations from many people to those struggling with food insecurity. “Food insecurity occurs in rural communities, in the suburbs and in urban communities and a lack of access to nutritionally adequate food is connected to a number of negative health effects in children and adults,” Wheatley said. Gainey said because many people cannot afford the luxury of buying healthy food, they often times opt for fast food. “Our resolution brings awareness and a call for all of us to work in a bipartisan way to find solutions to the state’s food insecurity problem,” Gainey said. Wheatley said there is more work to do and we must increase our financial support for food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens through grants in the state budget. “We can do way more than we are doing now, such as putting more grocery stores in low-income and rural areas to give more people access to healthy and nutritious food,” Wheatley said. Gainey also stressed the need to improve nutrition levels at Read more
HARRISBURG, Nov. 15 – State Rep. Ed Gainey and Sen. Jay Costa, both D-Allegheny, announced the approval of a grant to help fund renovations for the Whitney Park project in the Borough of Wilkinsburg. The Commonwealth Financing Authority gave the green light for $225,000 to go towards improving the entrance to the park and the playground. The first phase includes: Three new playground areas; Resurfacing the existing park areas and access drive; Replacing cracked concrete sidewalks; and Providing ADA accessible parking and routes. The project will also involve new walkways with decorative paving to create a plaza with seating and a rain garden next to the playground to help collect storm water from the parking lot. “I commend the Commonwealth Financing Authority for making a great investment in a community asset,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa. “The improvements in access to the park were especially encouraging in this grant application, and I’m glad I could help Wilkinsburg get this project rolling.” “This project is vital in reminding our community that we care,” Gainey said. “We all should take pride in where we live. This is a great example of taxpayer dollars going towards improving their own neighborhood.” The total project cost is $365,200. The grant is funded through CFA’s Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. ### Read more
State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will host his 5 th Annual Community Police Service Award ceremony from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, 1203 Western Ave. The purpose of the event is to recognize the outstanding and committed service of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Detective Robert White. “Our office is looking forward to honoring and recognizing Detective Robert White for his exemplary service to the Pittsburgh community,” Gainey said. Invited guests include Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh Chief of Police Scott Schubert, Pittsburgh Assistant Chief of Police Lavonnie Bickerstaff, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police staff, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, Pittsburgh City Councilman Daniel Lavelle and White’s family and friends. For more information, contact Melvin Hubbard El in Gainey’s office at (412) 665-5502. Media coverage is invited . Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 12 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny and approximately two dozen Democratic House colleagues offered a new budget funding option during a media event in the Capitol Media Center this afternoon. The state is facing a possible credit downgrade if a balanced budget finance package is not in place by the end of the week. The Democratic plan builds on a package that passed the state Senate in July but has not been brought up for a vote in the House. House Republicans have been focusing on a plan that would balance the budget by a series of monetary moves that would weaken many existing agencies and programs. “Many of the Republican proposals would affect our battle against opioid abuse,” Gainey said. “Cutting money from the state’s Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Fund would affect prevention and treatment programs, including youth and workplace education. “Cutting money from the Human Services funding will affect our new Centers for Excellence that provide comprehensive health service to those dealing with substance abuse. “Cutting money to public safety will hurt our first responders as well as the Department of corrections, and we all have heard so many stories about our first responders saving lives with Narcan.” Credit agencies have reported that Pennsylvania is on a credit watch and could be downgraded as early as next week. It would be Read more
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, will host his 5 th Annual Senior Fair will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6 at The Pittsburgh Coliseum, 7310 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh. Gainey said the popular event will feature information on programs and services for senior citizens, along with free health screenings, entertainment, door prizes, and a strong presence by local, county and state agencies. “This is one of the largest and most successful constituent service programs we offer each year, and that’s because it helps folks learn how they and their families can get help,” Gainey said. “My staff and I also look forward to hosting this event because it puts us in face-to-face contact with so many who live in the 24 th Legislative District .” Among the senior-related programs Gainey and his staff can discuss are those that handle health insurance counseling, long-term care or nursing facility complaints, elder abuse, consumer protection, insurance company disputes, legal services, and volunteer and community service opportunities. Anyone desiring more information on Gainey’s 2017 Senior Fair should call his office at (412) 665-5502. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey rails against the Pa. GOP cuts to human services in the 2017-18 state budget, arguing that it will hurt children and families who need that care and assistance the most. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey speaks at a Capitol labor rally in defense of jobs that provide a family sustaining wages, good benefits and a Pennsylvania worker's right to unionize. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 25 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, and co-chairmen from the other three caucuses in Harrisburg held its 2017 kick-off meeting this week for the PA HOPE Caucus. The PA HOPE Caucus, which stands for Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education, is a bipartisan, bicameral group of state lawmakers who have focused their attention on the prescription drug crisis that is affecting people and communities across Pennsylvania. The other chairmen of the caucus include Republican state Rep. Aaron Kaufer and Democrat and Republican state Sens. Jay Costa and Gene Yaw, respectively. The meeting featured panelists giving an overview of their organization’s concerns and policy issues, followed by a round-table discussion among the participants. Participants were: Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general, PA Department of Health Laura Conrad, deputy secretary, Legislative Affairs, PA Department of Drugs & Alcohol Susan Shanaman, legal counsel, PA Coroners Association Deb Beck , president, Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA Marianna Horowitz, program coordinator, PA Recovery Organizations Alliance (PRO-A) Kristen Varner , director of training & advocacy and Denise Holden , CEO, RASE Project Donald Holman , parent advocate. “The discussion was a sobering event,” Gainey said. “So many people and families are affected by this scourge, and so much of Read more
HARRISBURG, May 24 – Seeking to raise awareness and become the faces of hunger, state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, plan to go without anything to eat or drink from sunrise until sunset for the entire month of June – and are issuing the same Hunger Challenge to their House and Senate colleagues. Wheatley and Gainey also plan to log the approximate cost of the daily sustenance they forego, then donate that amount to hunger relief organizations in their respective 19 th and 24 th legislative districts. “This sacrifice will allow us to experience some of the pains felt by those in our communities – and there are more of them than you think – who struggle with food insecurity,” Wheatley said. “Representative Gainey and I have decided to lend not just words, but our actions to bring attention to this problem.” Gainey said that in addition to being a great cause, issuing and participating in the legislative Hunger Challenge during the month of June coincides with the tough decision-making that accompanies shaping the state budget due June 30. “For those who think that we in Harrisburg too often make decisions that have little bearing on ourselves, this challenge presents an opportunity to show that we, as elected officials, are willing to personally experience and gain understanding of a problem,” Gainey said. “If your belly’s always full, you’ll never really understand Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey spoke to a group of advocates gathered in the State Capitol for Sickle Cell Advocacy Day. Gainey encouraged them to speak to as many legislators as possible and to advocate with anyone who will listen for restored funding in the state budget for Sickle Cell resources. Read more
Pa. state Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey, Stephen Kinsey, Patty Kim and others celebrated April as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania. With the help of musician Calvin Stemley, they recognized the treasured American art form's contributions to PA and the world. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey joined marijuana law reform supporters in Harrisburg for a rally about decriminalizing marijuana. Gainey has introduced legislation that would make possession of small amounts of marijuana a summary offense with a maximum fine of $100. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey welcomes the Pittsburgh Public Schools All-City High School Choir to Harrisburg for a performance in the Capitol Rotunda on March 31, 2017.
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey talks with the Secretary of Education about the success of the consolidation within the Wilkinsburg schools and Pittsburgh Public School system, putting the schools on a better financial footing. Also, they discuss the building of a strong curriculum for technical education. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey takes with the Pa. Secretary of Education about guiding high school curriculum for technical and occupational education for CTEs and higher education institutions to better prepare our students to compete in a global economy. Read more
Pa. state Rep. Ed Gainey recognizes the players and coaches of the Westinghouse Academy football team on the house floor during session on February 7, 2017. Read more
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