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Allegheny Dems call out GOP for holding universities’ funding hostage

(Sep 21, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 21 – As Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities continue operating without state assistance they regularly receive through the state budget to keep in-state tuition affordable for more than 70,000 students, Democratic officials today joined students from the University of Pittsburgh in Schenley Park for a news conference discussing the consequences of delaying the state funding. The House last met in July, when Republican leaders and a handful of extremist members stymied legislation providing funding to Pitt, Penn State, and Temple universities, forcing the schools to begin the semester without assistance from the state. Lincoln University’s appropriation passed the House but remains stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. This funding is appropriated annually through the state budget process. “As a graduate from their law school, I’m lucky to know firsthand that the University of Pittsburgh is a prestigious institution offering world class opportunities and resources to prepare our future leaders for successful careers in myriad fields. For dozens of years, their unparalleled programming has been made possible with help from state funding. Unfortunately, Republican leaders in the legislature are now holding this money hostage, using college students as pawns to advance unpopular culture war positions that many of their own constituents disagree with,” said state Rep. Emily Read more

Frankel unveils bill to protect PA workers from secondhand smoke

(Sep 20, 2023)

“Fifteen years ago, this commonwealth took an enormous step forward in ensuring that our workers are not forced to breathe in toxic smoke – it’s time to finish the job,” Frankel, D-Allegheny, said. Read more

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Medical Debt Is Killing Our Patients

(Sep 18, 2023)

As an emergency medicine resident in the early 2000s, I cared for a patient in her early 60s with back pain. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), approximately 16%opens in a new tab or window of emergency department patients were uninsured. Often their issues were of low acuity, again because they had no other place to see a physician. I assumed that to be the case with this patient, that I would treat her presumably musculoskeletal back pain, and discharge her. However, while treating her, I noticed she struggled to walk and clutched her gown across her chest. It was the clutching that really struck me as unusual. Read more

Venkat seeks to protect children’s welfare

(Sep 13, 2023)

“While sexually violent predators must register under Megan’s Law, they may live where they choose, potentially putting children at risk,” Venkat said. “My legislation would change that and align Pennsylvania with a number of other states that enacted more robust residential restrictions, bolstering community safety and security, especially for our children.” Read more

Steele highlights grant to O’Hara Township, Fox Chapel Borough

(Sep 13, 2023)

“With this grant, we may begin to address environmental issues on a local level and address other issues impacting O’Hara Township and Fox Chapel Borough,” Steele said. “As a commonwealth, we must work together to protect our environment, starting right here in our community.” Read more

Implosion to occur in Springdale

(Sep 13, 2023)

“To ensure the safety of residents, I’ve asked the Department of Environmental Protection to thoroughly review the demolition and monitor the area,” Steele said. “In the wake of the first demolition, my office received calls from numerous residents with concerns about health risks from the dust blanketing certain areas. To ensure the safety of residents, water trucks will spray down dust in the area.” Read more

Salisbury: $10,000 Municipal Assistance Program grant will help repurpose vacant properties

(Sep 13, 2023)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 13 – State Rep. Abigail Salisbury, D-Allegheny, announced today that a $10,000 Municipal Assistance Program grant was awarded to the borough of Churchill. The funds will be utilized to update the borough’s zoning ordinances and pave the way for vacant industrial properties to be converted into new homes for local businesses, organizations and more. “These buildings sit around without purpose day after day and are a missed economic and human service opportunity for the Churchill community,” Salisbury said. “This grant will not only help provide a cosmetic facelift for such properties, but new ventures will be able to move into these spaces and serve neighbors in a variety of impactful methods.” Salisbury has introduced two pieces of legislation that seek to assist communities statewide in a similar vein. The first ( H.B. 1163 ) would update current property law and allow communities to make blighted or abandoned properties subject to potential acquisition by land banks. Another ( H.B. 1216 ) would create a Municipal Grant Assistance Program within the Department of Community and Economic Development . The program would provide municipalities with grant writing training and allow for professional grant writers to connect with municipalities to provide their services. Both bills have passed the House and are in the Senate for consideration. The commonwealth in its entirety received nearly $500,000 in MAP Read more

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Protecting Medicare Advantage

(Sep 06, 2023)

Affordable and high-quality health care for seniors and individuals with disabilities remains a big concern in Pennsylvania. Read more

Mayes addresses recent shooting in Garfield

(Aug 29, 2023)

“With gun violence increasing all across the country and this shooting so close to home, we must continuously work to prevent gun violence, address the housing crisis and the effects of gentrification, and allocate mental health resources, so that we may never endure such trauma in our neighborhood, or in our country, ever again,” Mayes said. “Redlining, which creates barriers for people of color to own a home, and gentrification are intertwined in Pittsburgh’s housing crisis. We must address these systemic issues as we continue to support our neighbors in Garfield. That way we may repair the damage caused by this shooting and prevent gun violence.” Read more

Addressing severe maternal morbidity’s increase in Pennsylvania

(Aug 28, 2023)

“Addressing severe maternal morbidity also addresses issues for Black maternal health as severe maternal morbidity rates increased by 51% for Black, non-Hispanic patients in Pennsylvania,” Mayes said. “As Black women are 3.5 times more likely to die during pregnancy-related complications and more than 10% of Black people report discrimination in health care, we must work to address severe maternal morbidity and more to ensure health care is equitable for all Pennsylvanians.” Read more