Allegheny County Democratic Delegation chair, legislators call on Gov. Tom Wolf to halt all public utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday asked Gov. Tom Wolf to place a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission from further shutoffs for the foreseeable future for all Pennsylvanians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delegation’s call to action comes by way of support for the initial request issued early Thursday by members of the Philadelphia leadership team in the state House. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Robert Matzie, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement: “As we speak, we’re faced with an emergency, the COVID-19 pandemic, that many have never dealt with before here in Pennsylvania. Aside from the fear and anxiety this may be causing many state residents, we as lawmakers need to be sure we’re doing everything possible to make what could be a dire situation less extreme for those living with life-threatening illnesses or in low-income situations. One way we can do that is by ensuring that all residents have access to their electric utilities, especially those who rely on their electric to power their medical equipment. “Losing electricity would Read more

 

Matzie and Neilson urge telecom companies to suspend data caps, fees for overages during pandemic response

(Mar 13, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, March 13 – Responding to the need for broadband internet access as Pennsylvania schools transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, state Reps. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, and Ed Neilson, D-Philadelphia, are calling on internet providers statewide to temporarily remove data caps on home broadband internet and wireless internet service. In a letter to telecom providers throughout the state , the lawmakers are urging the companies to suspend data caps and overage fees, citing the need to minimize the pandemic’s impact on students and their families. “As lawmakers, our No. 1 priority is always the safety and health of residents,” Matzie said. “But in challenging times, when circumstances force prolonged changes to our daily routine, it’s also important to ensure that residents continue receiving the benefit of essential services. That’s especially true when it comes to services like education. “With internet learning becoming a reality as we take measures to ensure safety during the pandemic, it’s essential that all families – regardless of household budget – have uninterrupted access to internet, without having to worry about the cost of overages. Continuing access to education should never depend on a family’s ability to afford an internet bill.” Neilson agreed, noting, “We are urging Pennsylvanians to do what is in the Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $600,000 to expand apprentice opportunities for area workers

(Mar 12, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, March 12 – Two grants totaling $590,375 from the Department of Labor and Industry will expand apprenticeships for area workers and help ensure those opportunities are available for diverse and disadvantaged communities, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The funding is part of the PAsmart Registered Apprenticeship Grants, which are designed to increase opportunities for workers to earn a paycheck while learning through on-the-job training. “Internships provide the best of both worlds: classroom learning for basic concepts and procedures, combined with workplace-based experience that provides hands-on training,” Matzie said. “Our area workforce development boards have been making a concerted effort to broaden these valuable ‘learn while you earn’ opportunities and ensure they are available to a diverse range of workers. A focus on building diversity ensures that job seekers from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the same opportunities and strengthens Pennsylvania’s workforce.” Matzie said the grants include the following: $400,000 to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board to strengthen apprenticeship opportunities and build diversity within the construction and building trades. $190,375 to Catalyst Connection, which serves Beaver, Allegheny and other counties, to add 15 apprentices to the industrial manufacturing technician Read more

 

Miller calls for passage of Family Care Act amid COVID-19 outbreak

(Mar 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – With the possibility of schools and businesses having to shutter their doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, state Rep. Dan Miller is calling for the passage of H.B. 1739. The bipartisan legislation, also known as the Family Care Act, is a crucial bill that would provide a critical benefit to families forced to stay home during times of sickness or unexpected emergencies, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, Miller said. “This pandemic emphasizes why we need the Family Care Act. The majority of Pennsylvania workers do not have paid leave, and if businesses and schools are closed, many may struggle to pay the bills.” Miller said. “Obviously we hope that this current situation does not lead to such drastic closures statewide, but it might. And the reality is that there is no guarantee that this virus or one similar doesn’t continue to plague us for years. We need to offer greater security to our workers and families now.” Miller, who is a prime co-sponsor of H.B. 1739 , said the measure would establish a statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, which would call for all working individuals to make a small payroll contribution to support the initiative. Miller said by doing so, eligible employees would be able to care for themselves in the event of a serious health condition, care for a close family member with a serious health condition, or care for an aging parent or Read more

 

Miller: More than $230K award to multiple synagogues, church for safety and security enhancements

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Two synagogues and a church in the 42 nd Legislative District were awarded a combined total of $236,436 in state funding to use toward security and safety at their facilities, announced state Rep. Dan Miller. Miller, D-Allegheny, said the three entities were awarded the funds by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its quarterly commission meeting today. Beth El Congregation/United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism received $90,000; Temple Emanuel of South Hills was awarded $74,800; and Mt. Lebanon United Presbyterian Church received $71,636. “I am very pleased to announce these safety grants for these venerable institutions, which make up a big part of our community fabric. While it is unfortunate that these grants are necessary at all, we cannot ignore the times we live in and the challenges we face. There are no more welcoming spaces in our districts than our places of worship, and we must work together to keep it that way.” Miller said the grants are provided through PCCD’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership – were victims of a hate crime or had a credible hate-crime threat. Read more

 

Costa-Frankel: Nonprofit security grant program announces more than $500k for local orgs

(Mar 11, 2020)

This program was the joint effort of Senator Costa and Rep. Frankel following meetings with community and faith leaders following the tragic violence in Squirrel Hill in October of 2018. Read more

 

Matzie: More than $103,000 awarded to fund paid internships for area students, young adults

(Mar 05, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, March 5 – A $103,040 grant from the Department of Labor and Industry will expand summer internship opportunities for area students and young job seekers, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The funding to the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, awarded under the State/Local Internship Program, will provide area summer internships paying a minimum of $10.35 an hour for students and young adults between 16 and 24. “Internships are some of the most valuable training tools available because they introduce students and young adults to the modern workplace in a way that provides real-world, hands-on experience,” Matzie said. “And the benefits run both ways because internships also help strengthen the available pool of talented job applicants for area employers.” The funding is part of a $4.7 million package of grants to 21 Local Workforce Development Boards statewide to create nearly 1,500 summer internships. The SLIP program is fully funded through federal money available under the Workplace Innovation and Opportunity Act. More information about the grants is available through the Department of Labor and Industry’s website at www.dli.pa.gov . EDITORS/ASSIGNMENT DESKS: An audio clip of Rep. Matzie discussing the grant is available here , and a photo of Matzie is available here . Read more

 

Matzie: $4,000 state grant will boost area historic preservation efforts

(Mar 04, 2020)

AMBRIDGE, March 4 – A $4,000 state grant to the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation will help an important area group continue working to preserve Beaver County’s past, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie, who serves on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, said the commission’s grant will provide critical operating resources for the foundation. “Groups like the Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation play a key role in safeguarding the documents, artifacts and historical buildings that inspire us and remind us of the ingenuity and talent of past generations,” Matzie said. “But the foundation does so much more. Through displays and community events, they also chronicle our past in a way that explains how our area’s unique history unfolded and evolved. “Securing this funding ensures that the foundation can continue keeping history alive for residents and future generations.” Matzie noted that the grants are part of a package awarded to applicants under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program, which is administered by PHMC. The grant program is designed to provide general operating support to Pennsylvania museums and county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. In January, the House unanimously passed Read more

 

Frankel: Local historical orgs to receive state grants

(Mar 04, 2020)

Local grants to support operations of historical organizations Read more

 

Kulik: A combined $215K in school safety grants awarded to six school districts in 45th Legislative District

(Feb 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 27 – A combined total of $215,000 in school safety grants were awarded to six school districts in the 45 th Legislative District, announced state Rep. Anita Kulik, D-Allegheny. Kulik said the funding can be used for an assortment of safety-related initiatives, including the purchase of security equipment and funding the salaries of security resource officers. “Schools are a place where students should prosper, personally and academically,” Kulik said. “Unfortunately, we live in a time where we must worry about sending our kids to school, which is why securing funding of this magnitude is crucial to school districts in our community and across the commonwealth. This will go a long way in ensuring our kids and teachers alike remain safe during school hours.” Kulik said the funding includes the following: $35,000 to Carlynton School District for security planning and purchase of security-related technology; institution of student, staff and visitor identification systems; and provisions of specialized staff and student training programs. $40,000 to Chartiers Valley School District for school-wide positive behavior support; security planning and purchasing of security-related equipment; and costs associated with the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers. $30,000 to Cornell School District for Read more

 

Markosek: Local school districts awarded $606K in state funding

(Feb 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – A total of $606,508 in state funding was awarded to four school districts in the 25 th Legislative District for the implementation of school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Markosek said the districts will use the grant money to fund the purchase of security cameras, radios, metal detectors and automated external defibrillators. The awards are as follows: East Allegheny School District, $481,508. Gateway School District, $40,000. Plum Borough School District, $40,000. Woodland Hills School District, $45,000. “These school districts have always put their students and teachers first, especially in regard to safety,” Markosek said. “This funding will go a long way in helping our schools accomplish the goal of ensuring student and teacher safety at all costs.” The funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s School Safety and Security Committee. This committee is the result of Act 44 of 2018 , and is responsible for establishing the standards schools must meet when performing school safety and security assessments. Read more

 

Deasy: $1 million coming for school safety improvements

(Feb 26, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 26 - State Rep. Dan Deasy announced that the Pittsburgh, Sto-Rox and Keystone Oaks school districts were selected to receive a total of $999,578 in safety grants, part of more than $5.5 million awarded to Allegheny County schools and organizations. “Providing our kids and their teachers a safe environment to learn in is fundamental,” Deasy said. “These grants, along with other initiatives outside the classroom, will work together to better avoid a tragedy in our schools. I’ll continue to fight in Harrisburg for school resources like these, and other community investments we desperately need.” The $929,578 grant for Pittsburgh public schools will help fund training programs, security planning and equipment purchases, guidance counselors and social workers and trauma-informed approaches to education. Grants of $35,000 each were awarded to Sto-Rox and the Keystone Oaks school districts for security planning and equipment purchases. Act 44 of 2018 created a School Safety and Security Fund for the purposes of providing funding to school districts for school safety and security concerns and addressing community violence. Today, $60 million was distributed for school safety, including $7.5 million for community anti-violence programs. The grants are awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which receives hundreds of applications for these awards. Act 44 created the School Safety and Security Committee, Read more

 

Frankel: $1 million-plus for local school, shelter safety

(Feb 26, 2020)

Local grants part of $5.5 million-plus awarded to Allegheny County schools, organizations Read more

 

Matzie: More than $1.3 million to fund safety resources for area schools

(Feb 26, 2020)

ALIQUIPPA, Feb. 26 -- Area schools will benefit from more than $1.3 million in state grants to fund safety equipment, programs, and other security-related resources, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the grants – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will fund a wide array of resources for multiple school districts in Allegheny and Beaver counties. “Ensuring safe schools is an issue that demands constant vigilance, as safety needs change from year to year,” Matzie said. “Our schools do an excellent job of assessing those needs, which often involve a mix of people-based resources, programs and equipment. Securing this funding is going to give our school districts broad access to these resources so they can provide the safest possible environment.” Matzie said the funding under the School Safety and Security Grant Program includes the following grants: Allegheny County $414,550 to the Education Center at the Watson Institute for security assessments, classroom management, security planning, purchase of security equipment and visitor security systems. $236,450 to Quaker Valley School District for security planning and the purchase of security equipment and staff training programs. Beaver County $140,454 to Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit for security planning, funding of Read more

 

Frankel, Costa call for Clean Indoor Air Act extension

(Feb 12, 2020)

Legislation would extend protections to additional public spaces, include e-cigarettes Read more

 

Frankel applauds Shapiro suit against e-cigarette manufacturer

(Feb 10, 2020)

Suit aims to protect Pennsylvania youth from deceptive marketing practices Read more

 

Matzie calls budget ‘starting point,’ supports focus on education, healthy schools, workforce development

(Feb 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 4 – State Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, released the following statement regarding Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2020-21 budget address today. “The governor’s budget proposal is just the starting point. At first glance, there are several areas that I can fully support. More money for schools, a focus on cleaning up lead and asbestos, protecting drinking water and creating more opportunities for workers are priorities that I share and would benefit western Pennsylvania greatly. “Most importantly, it holds the line on taxes. “As always, I’ll work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and ultimately support what best serves Beaver County and the residents of my district.” Read more

 

Frankel: Wolf budget provides way forward on difficult, critical issues

(Feb 04, 2020)

Calls on legislature to pick up challenge and act on Pa.’s best interests Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution on rheumatoid arthritis

(Feb 03, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 3 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution to increase public awareness about the dangers of rheumatoid arthritis, according to its sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. Matzie said he introduced H.R. 655 – designating Feb. 2, 2020, as “Rheumatoid Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania – to shed light on RA’s potentially devastating impacts, which can include damage to joint and organ tissue, heart disease and a reduced lifespan. “Well over a million Americans – including my own father – are currently living with RA,” Matzie said. “In addition to joint pain, fevers and stiffness, this progressive, inflammatory disease can wreak havoc on the body’s immune system and lead to problems with the eyes, heart, lungs, blood, nerves and other body organs and systems. “Although the disease can be hard to diagnose because its symptoms mimic those of other diseases, early detection is critical because starting a patient on medication during an early ‘window of opportunity’ can lessen the disease’s adverse effects and even bring remission in some cases. That’s especially important because RA can affect a patient’s heart.” Matzie said that each year, Rheumatoid Awareness Day is planned to coincide with the start of American Heart Month to emphasize the disorder’s connection to heart Read more

 

Allegheny County Democratic Delegation chair, legislators call on Gov. Tom Wolf to halt all public utility disconnections in wake of the COVID-19 virus
Mar 13, 2020

Matzie and Neilson urge telecom companies to suspend data caps, fees for overages during pandemic response
Mar 13, 2020

Matzie: Nearly $600,000 to expand apprentice opportunities for area workers
Mar 12, 2020

Miller calls for passage of Family Care Act amid COVID-19 outbreak
Mar 12, 2020

Miller: More than $230K award to multiple synagogues, church for safety and security enhancements
Mar 11, 2020

Costa-Frankel: Nonprofit security grant program announces more than $500k for local orgs
Mar 11, 2020

Matzie: More than $103,000 awarded to fund paid internships for area students, young adults
Mar 05, 2020

Matzie: $4,000 state grant will boost area historic preservation efforts
Mar 04, 2020

Frankel: Local historical orgs to receive state grants
Mar 04, 2020

Kulik: A combined $215K in school safety grants awarded to six school districts in 45th Legislative District
Feb 27, 2020

Markosek: Local school districts awarded $606K in state funding
Feb 26, 2020

Deasy: $1 million coming for school safety improvements
Feb 26, 2020

Frankel: $1 million-plus for local school, shelter safety
Feb 26, 2020

Matzie: More than $1.3 million to fund safety resources for area schools
Feb 26, 2020

Frankel, Costa call for Clean Indoor Air Act extension
Feb 12, 2020

Frankel applauds Shapiro suit against e-cigarette manufacturer
Feb 10, 2020

Matzie calls budget ‘starting point,’ supports focus on education, healthy schools, workforce development
Feb 04, 2020

Frankel: Wolf budget provides way forward on difficult, critical issues
Feb 04, 2020

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution on rheumatoid arthritis
Feb 03, 2020