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Davis hosts policy hearing on increasing state’s minimum wage

Davis: More than $130,000 awarded to City of McKeesport

(Sep 16, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – The City of McKeesport was awarded $133,000 in state funding that is earmarked to enhance the city’s Gun Violence Reduction Program, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – will support the incorporation of McKeesport’s Alternative Policing Strategies into its Gun Violence Reduction Program. “Today McKeesport received crucial funding that will assist the city in showing its young adults a different path to life,” Davis said. “In order for young adults to be successful, they need to have the resources to accomplish that goal. This funding will help McKeesport better assist its youth and young adults, providing them with a brighter future, a positive outlook and a wealth of constructive learning experiences as they transition to the next phase of their lives.” Davis said MAPS’ goal is to provide young adults with productive alternatives to street life, engage youth with an array of life-learning experiences, and giving at-risk individuals an opportunity to be stakeholders in the community. To help accomplish the MAPS initiative, Davis said the funding will support grant administration; license plate recognition camera sites; acquiring police vehicles; assemblies and outreach programs; and consultations by a community outreach specialist and two Read more

 

We will never forget; Gov. Tom Wolf visits the district to talk charter school reform

(Sep 11, 2019)

Eighteen years ago today, life as we knew it changed forever. Read more

 

Davis hosts policy hearing on increasing state’s minimum wage

(Aug 29, 2019)

MUNHALL, Aug. 29 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting at the Munhall Borough Building. Davis requested the hearing to discuss the state’s minimum wage, which remains lower than Pennsylvania's neighboring states of West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Delaware and New Jersey. “I wanted to make raising the state’s minimum wage a priority and keep it at the forefront of my colleague's minds,” Davis said. “Most importantly, though, I wanted to discuss how the Commonwealth would benefit from raising the minimum wage to match the current cost of living. “Today was constructive. We talked in-depth about how raising the minimum wage can empower working families, as well as create ladders of opportunity for them. We also heard from a number of panelists who concurred that it’s time to give working families a raise,” Davis said. The committee heard testimony from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry; Darrin Kelly, president, Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Diana Polson, policy analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center; Bobbi Linskens, member, Restaurant Opportunities Center; James Conway, member, Restaurant Opportunities Center; Jeff Shook, associate professor, University of Pittsburgh of Social Work; LaSain Latimore, member, One PA; Jennifer Rafanan Kenney, acting executive director, Pittsburgh United; Dawn Plummer, Read more

 

Davis to hold policy hearing Thursday on state’s minimum wage

(Aug 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Munhall Borough Building, Council Chambers, 1900 West St., Munhall. The media and public are invited to attend. Davis requested the hearing to discuss the state’s current minimum wage status, how it compares to neighboring states and the benefit of increasing wages to reflect the current cost-of-living. He will be joined by legislators from across the state. The current agenda is: 10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 10:10 a.m. Panel from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry Bryan Smolock , Director of the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance. Kelley Martini , Policy Director. 10:40 a.m. Panel Two: Darrin Kelly , President, Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Diana Polson , Policy Analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center. Sarah Fishbein , Vice President, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. Bobbi Linskens , Member, Restaurant Opportunities Center. James Conway , Member, Restaurant Opportunities Center. 11:30 a.m. Panel Three: Jeff Shook , Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. LaSain Latimore , Member, One PA. Jennifer Rafanan Kenney , Acting Executive Director, Pittsburgh United. Dawn Plummer , Executive Director, Pittsburgh Food Read more

 

Davis introduces air pollution legislation calling for larger fines, alert system

(Aug 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 12 – In a sweeping response to the negligence displayed before and after the Clairton Coke Works fire in December 2018, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, on Monday introduced legislation that would enact larger fines for industrial sites that exceed pollution thresholds and require facilities to create a municipal warning system. Davis, whose district houses the Clairton Coke Works site and suffered firsthand from the sulphur dioxide emissions following the December 2018 fire, said the mishap in his district and the recent incident at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex drove home the importance of introducing this bill before legislators return to session on Tuesday, Sept. 17. “These were two incidents that were not only unfortunate but detrimental to the environment and the residents residing in the general vicinity of both sites. Laws and regulations currently exist to make sure we have clean air and to also monitor industrial sites so that the public is protected from excessive emissions,” Davis said. “However, these incidents are still happening – exceedance thresholds are happening daily, and it’s the public that suffers. The time to act is now, which is why I’ve introduced legislation that will increase fines and put some teeth into preventing air pollution in the first place. It’s my hope that my colleagues will consider this legislation in the House chamber when we return to Read more

 

Davis: PennDOT tour a success; tour covered issues on 14 state roads in the Mon Valley

(Aug 08, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 8 – On Thursday, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, welcomed PennDOT District 11 Director and Allegheny County Maintenance Manager Cheryl Moon-Sirianni to the 35 th Legislative District to meet with municipal managers and elected officials to discuss road issues plaguing their municipalities. Sirianni visited one or two state roads from each municipality that had sustained roadway damage, Davis said. During the tour, local officials addressed their community’s roadway issues with Sirianni, something Davis said has yielded positive results in the past and likely will result in the same following Thursday’s tour. “Last year’s tour was a success for local leaders and state roadways. Change – in any situation – isn’t instantaneous, but many of the issues brought to PennDOT’s attention last year were addressed,” Davis said. “Any time we can get local officials and a leading state agency together, at the same time and at the root of the problem, is a win. This experience has yielded great results and led to open dialogue between both parties.” In total, Davis said the PennDOT tour covered issues on 14 state roadways across the district. PennDOT District 11 covers 2,570 total road miles, 1,804 total bridges, and four tunnels that span Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties. Read more

 

$1.5 million coming to our community!

(Aug 02, 2019)

I’m happy to announce that $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding from the state was awarded to two entities in our district! Read more

 

Davis: $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding awarded to two entities in 35th Legislative District

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – An allotted $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding was awarded Thursday to two entities in the 35 th Legislative District, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The funding, awarded to the Carnegie Library of Homestead and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, will be used for on-site renovations at both locations. “It’s with great pride I announce this substantial funding to these community assets in our district,” Davis said. “Both the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and the Carnegie Library of Homestead provide key services to our residents, so it’s encouraging to see the state giving back to two community assets that go above and beyond to provide services to our neighbors.” The Carnegie Library of Homestead, located in Munhall, was awarded $500,000 for upgrades to its swimming pool, locker rooms and other pool-related support spaces. Specifically, the existing men’s and women’s locker rooms and group shower rooms will be demolished, and the pool deck will be expanded to provide pool equipment storage and the relocation of the pool pump system. In addition, each locker room will have new lockers, individual showers, changing stalls, and updated restroom facilities. Two new family-style showers and restrooms will be constructed; a new entrance to the pool will be put in place; a meeting space and classroom will be built; and new floors, lighting, HVAC, a fire Read more

 

Working to find a solution to school property taxes; Around the district!

(Jul 31, 2019)

On Tuesday, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody appointed me to serve on a bipartisan group tasked with finding a possible solution to end school property taxes. Read more

 

Davis to participate in bipartisan group tasked with finding alternative to school property taxes

(Jul 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 30 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, will be among five House Democrats selected to participate in a bipartisan group tasked with finding a possible solution to end school property taxes. The bipartisan group, which will include state representatives and senators, will likely meet in August and will workshop ideas to replace or repeal the property tax and compensate for lost revenue with a variety of other taxes. Davis, who was selected by House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, looks at his designation as an opportunity to help those most affected by continual property tax increases. “When an area experiences a growth in population of school-aged children, that leads to more school spending and higher taxes. Our senior citizens, who for years worked tirelessly and now live on a fixed income, struggle to pay the increased school property tax,” Davis said. “This should be the least of their worries, and a solution should be put in place so that our most vulnerable citizens aren’t living paycheck to paycheck.” Dermody added: “This select group of legislators wants to find a solution and they will be working hard to review many different ideas. I asked Austin Davis to serve so that the group has an important voice from western Pennsylvania contributing to the discussion.” Davis, who thanked Dermody for the appointment, will be accompanied by four additional House Democrats: state Reps. Perry Warren, Read more

 

Department of Health Launches eWIC Card to Make Access to Nutritious Food Easier in Southwest Pennsylvania

(Jul 22, 2019)

The Wolf Administration today launched the eWIC program for families in Southwestern Pennsylvania who receive benefits in Pennsylvania’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Read more

 

Fresh food grants awarded to five school districts; Pennsylvania to assist counties in purchasing new voting systems

(Jul 17, 2019)

I’m excited to announce that five school districts in the 35th Legislative District will be taking the extra step to enhance students’ current and future health with the investment of a combined $204,642 in fresh food grants that were awarded Monday. Read more

 

Davis: More than $200,000 awarded in fresh food grants to five school districts in 35th Legislative District

(Jul 15, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 15 – A combined total of $204,642 in fresh food grants was awarded on Monday to five school districts in the 35 th Legislative District, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program’s goals are to help create healthy school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. “The health of our youth is paramount,” Davis said. “This funding is going to make a huge difference in the respective school districts that were awarded funding today, and I’m encouraged to see school districts across the Mon Valley taking the initiative to provide students with healthier food options so that they can succeed inside and outside of the classroom.” The following school districts were awarded funding: Clairton City School District: Clairton Elementary School, $24,092 Duquesne City School District: Duquesne Elementary School, $22,252 McKeesport Area School District: Francis McClure Elementary School, $38,525; Twin Rivers Elementary School, $45,022 South Allegheny School District: South Allegheny Elementary School, $32,142 West Mifflin School District: Clara Barton Elementary School, $13,282; Homeville Elementary School, $19,377; New Emerson Read more

 

Davis applauds state’s rollout of funding to assist counties in purchasing new voting systems

(Jul 09, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 9 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that Pennsylvania will issue a bond to assist counties with purchasing new voting systems: “Today our state’s making a move to best protect, verify and accurately record voting in Pennsylvania. This is a move that was much needed, and I was excited to hear the governor announce that bonds will be issued to assist commonwealth counties in purchasing these new voting systems. “With the purchasing of these systems comes enhanced security that will help guard against hacking and produce an anonymous paper trail so voters can verify their choices before casting their ballot. It also will help officials conduct accurate recounts and audits. “These are issues that have affected the voting process for some time and most recently have been aggressively debated in the media. By rolling out the roughly $90 million in funding for our respective counties, we’re ensuring every county will be protected from voting issues and further enhance Pennsylvania’s chances of clear, accurate and issue-free elections. “In addition, the commonwealth’s funding will drastically reduce the need for the use of local property tax money to purchase these systems, which in the end will be saving residents money, something of which I think we can get all agree is a positive. “Providing the safe and secure Read more

 

Why I voted "no" on the state budget; UPMC, Highmark agree to contract extension; My office can help you get a ConnectCard!

(Jul 02, 2019)

The General Appropriations bill that passed the House last week has some positives but still lacks the important ingredients needed to ensure a balanced budget for all Pennsylvanians. In short, I’m happy to see that the budget includes an increase in education spending; a continued investment in Pre-K programs; and an investment in our libraries. Read more

 

U.S. STEEL, ACHD AGREE TO SETTLEMENT

(Jun 28, 2019)

I want you to know that U.S. Steel and the Allegheny County Health Department on Friday reached a draft settlement that will address U.S. Steel’s violations and penalties at the Clairton Coke Works site in 2018-19. Read more

 

Davis praises agreement reached by U.S. Steel, Allegheny County Health Department

(Jun 28, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, on Friday released a statement in reaction to the draft settlement reached by U.S. Steel and the Allegheny County Health Department, which will address U.S. Steel’s violations and penalties at the Clairton Coke Works site in 2018-19: “This, hopefully, is a look into the future,” Davis said. “U.S. Steel has been more than aware of the steps that must be taken in order to bring the Clairton Coke Works into compliance with Clean Air standards, and I am glad that it has finally taken responsibility and will begin to remediate these problems. “By dedicating resources to specifically improve its battery operations at the Clairton Coke Works, U.S. Steel will drastically reduce its fugitive and stack emissions, which has been a major area of concern. “I applaud the decision of the Health Department and U.S Steel to put 90% of the $2.7 million in fines into a community benefit trust fund for impacted communities, as well as create a community advisory council. These funds will go a long way in improving the quality of life for residents, as well as giving them a voice in the process. “I’ve long said we can have good jobs and clean air! It’s my hope that U.S. Steel remains committed to smart, safe and effective business practices that will maintain jobs and improve our environment.” Read more

 

My office can help YOU get an ID ConnectCard!

(Jun 26, 2019)

This week, the Port Authority of Allegheny County began issuing a photo ID ConnectCard that will provide senior citizens with free transit beginning next year. Read more

 

Davis: Failure to raise minimum wage, elimination of General Assistance prompted my 'no' vote on state budget

(Jun 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, released the following statement on why he voted in opposition of H.B. 790, the General Appropriations bill, which passed the House Tuesday: “The General Appropriations bill that passed the House today has some positives but still lacks the important ingredients needed to ensure a balanced budget for all Pennsylvanians. In short, I’m happy to see that the budget includes an increase in education spending; a continued investment in Pre-K programs; and an investment in our libraries. “However, the failure to raise the minimum wage coupled with the elimination of the General Assistance program prompted my opposition to this bill. Raising the minimum wage is critical to lift working-class families out of poverty. Unfortunately, House Bill 790 does not make critical investments in working-class families. “Every state around Pennsylvania has raised its minimum wage at least twice since the last time the commonwealth did so – it’s been 10 years. The economical and consumer landscape in this state is changing and residents who rely on minimum wage salaries are unable to stay afloat, despite working 40 hours or more a week. I can’t support that. “In addition, the elimination of the General Assistance program further solidified my opposition to the General Appropriations bill because it’s a clear indication that the state is unwilling to make a small Read more

 

Davis lauds new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark

(Jun 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, released a statement following the announcement that UPMC and Highmark have entered into a 10-year contract. “I’m excited and relieved to hear of the new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark, which will extend UPMC facilities to Highmark-insured patients for 10 years. This is a historic contract, ending a longstanding dispute that for years left many worried about the future of health care coverage in the region. “Residents – especially western Pennsylvanians – can now breathe a sigh of relief, as they will no longer have to worry about being denied health care because of the name on their insurance card. “As Democratic vice chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I want to thank Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Governor Tom Wolf for their continued commitment to ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to quality health care services. “Lastly, I’d like to note that while this is great news, contracts have yet to be worked out and details are yet to come, and this will take some time. I want to remind all health insurance card holders to call their insurer before making any important changes or decisions having to do with their health insurance policy,” Davis said. Read more

 

Davis: More than $130,000 awarded to City of McKeesport
Sep 16, 2019

We will never forget; Gov. Tom Wolf visits the district to talk charter school reform
Sep 11, 2019

Davis hosts policy hearing on increasing state’s minimum wage
Aug 29, 2019

Davis to hold policy hearing Thursday on state’s minimum wage
Aug 26, 2019

Davis introduces air pollution legislation calling for larger fines, alert system
Aug 12, 2019

Davis: PennDOT tour a success; tour covered issues on 14 state roads in the Mon Valley
Aug 08, 2019

$1.5 million coming to our community!
Aug 02, 2019

Davis: $1.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding awarded to two entities in 35th Legislative District
Aug 01, 2019

Working to find a solution to school property taxes; Around the district!
Jul 31, 2019

Davis to participate in bipartisan group tasked with finding alternative to school property taxes
Jul 30, 2019

Department of Health Launches eWIC Card to Make Access to Nutritious Food Easier in Southwest Pennsylvania
Jul 22, 2019

Fresh food grants awarded to five school districts; Pennsylvania to assist counties in purchasing new voting systems
Jul 17, 2019

Davis: More than $200,000 awarded in fresh food grants to five school districts in 35th Legislative District
Jul 15, 2019

Davis applauds state’s rollout of funding to assist counties in purchasing new voting systems
Jul 09, 2019

Why I voted "no" on the state budget; UPMC, Highmark agree to contract extension; My office can help you get a ConnectCard!
Jul 02, 2019

U.S. STEEL, ACHD AGREE TO SETTLEMENT
Jun 28, 2019

Davis praises agreement reached by U.S. Steel, Allegheny County Health Department
Jun 28, 2019

My office can help YOU get an ID ConnectCard!
Jun 26, 2019

Davis: Failure to raise minimum wage, elimination of General Assistance prompted my 'no' vote on state budget
Jun 25, 2019

Davis lauds new contract extension between UPMC and Highmark
Jun 24, 2019