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Davis: Four early childhood education grants awarded to 35th district

(Jul 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced that four Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs within the 35 th legislative district have been awarded early childhood education grants. McKeesport Area School District, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, West Mifflin School District and the Duquesne City School District are among the 2018-19 recipients of the early childhood grants, which will help to expand the number of available pre-k and head start slots. Davis was notified of the grants by the Department of Education. “Providing high-quality, early childhood education is important to the development of a child and it gives them a head start on the road to success,” Davis said. “Grants like these are important in providing a ladder of opportunity to working class families.” The Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program provides state funding to Head Start programs to serve families at or below 130 percent poverty, or a family of four earning approximately $32,630 annually. Additionally, families who have children ages 3 and 4, and living in up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply to the Pre-K Counts program. The grants, awarded through the department of education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, will create nearly 2,125 new Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts seats and 490 new slots. To apply to the Pennsylvania Pre-K Read more

 

Davis to tour district roads, discuss improvements with PennDOT

(Jul 11, 2018)

MCKEESPORT, July 11 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced he will tour state roads and areas throughout the 35 th Legislative District with Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, an executive director for District 11 of the state Department of Transportation. The tour will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 18 at Whitaker Way in Munhall and will continue to Whitaker, McKeesport, Clairton, Lincoln, and conclude in White Oak. “I look forward to discussing ways we can improve our roadways and solutions for how we can address issues such as littering, potholes, drainage and landslides, among other things in our area,” Davis said. “Improvements to infrastructure is a priority and a necessity in order to increase safety in our communities.” Constituents interested in sharing their local transportation priorities should contact Davis’ office by calling (412) 664-0035 or by going to www.pahouse.com/ADavis/Contact . Read more

 

New office location in McKeesport

(Jul 06, 2018)

Information on our new McKeesport Office, standing with our unions and second chances Read more

 

Legislators offer ways to improve police-community relations

(Jun 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 25 – State Reps. Austin Davis, Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley, all D-Allegheny, along with Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila, and other members from across the state, offered solutions on how to restore public trust and improve the professionalism of law enforcement, during a news conference today held at the Capitol. They hoped taking action will help improve police and community relations. Wheatley and other lawmakers unveiled a framework for legislative action, including three main initiatives: Establishing a licensing board or commission, similar to nearly every other professional occupation from doctors and lawyers to barbers, that would be able to independently take action regarding individuals’ ability to participate in that profession. They believe law enforcement should be no different. Creating a bipartisan caucus to bring policymakers together to offer ideas and best practices from across the commonwealth Enacting legislation similar to laws that apply to teachers, so that any incidents or transgressions related to their employment can be shared with potential employers. “As a parent, none of us want to ever bury a child,” said Wheatley, who is also Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “We want to find ways on how we can prevent and possibly eliminate police shootings of unarmed men and women, particularly those of color.” The news conference was held almost a week after the Read more

 

Davis votes for House spending bill that would increase education funding

(Jun 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, voted in favor of a new $32.7 billion state spending plan today, citing beneficial increases in state educational funding. House Bill 2121 – the general appropriations bill the House passed today – would provide increases of $100 million for basic education, $25 million for early education funding and $15 million for special education funding. “The spending plan we passed today would directly benefit our state’s most important resource for the future – our children,” Davis said. “I’m especially encouraged that every school district in the 35th Legislative District which I represent would see increases in both basic and special education funding.” Davis noted that the bill would provide the following increases: • Clairton Valley – 2.6 percent for basic education funding and 1.7 percent for special education funding. • Duquesne City – 0.9 percent for basic education funding and 1.3 percent for special education funding. • McKeesport Area – 1.6 percent for basic education funding and 1.8 percent for special education funding. • South Allegheny – 0.6 percent for basic education funding and 2.0 percent for special education funding. • Steel Valley – 2.2 percent for basic education funding and 1.7 percent for special education funding. • West Mifflin Area – 1.6 percent for basic Read more

 

Davis: ‘Qualified Opportunity Zone’ status will help revitalize nine 35th District communities

(Jun 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that nine areas in the 35 th Legislative District he represents have been approved as “Qualified Opportunity Zones.” The areas – which include three in Clairton, three in McKeesport and three in Duquesne – were nominated under a federal program that attracts private investors to low-income communities through tax incentives. “I’m excited to see us move forward with this program,” Davis said. “Infusions of capital into these distressed areas could make a huge difference to residents in terms of jobs and housing opportunities. Our hardworking Pennsylvania families deserve the hope and promise that revitalization can bring.” Under the program – administered by the U.S. Treasury Department under the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – states may nominate a certain percentage of census tracts as Qualified Opportunity Zones. Private investors receive tax benefits for investing capital gains in these areas and adjacent tracts. Pennsylvania was given the opportunity to designate 300 low-income community tracts as opportunity zones. In April, the governor announced that he had made the nominations after gathering input from individuals and organizations across the state, and examining where areas of need intersected with potential investment opportunities. Read more

 

Davis bills will address water shutoff risk

(Jun 14, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 14 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that he will introduce legislation to combat problems that can place commonwealth residents in jeopardy of unexpected water shutoffs. Davis’ legislation would target situations in which a single water meter serves multiple units in a housing complex. The legislation would also permit regulation of homeowner associations that collect money from individual housing units and pay water or sewer bills on their behalf. “No resident should ever have to wonder if their tap water will be turned off because of the irresponsible actions of a third party,” Davis said. “Pennsylvanians should not have to face the kind of water security questions that plague residents of Third World countries.” Davis drafted the legislation in response to a recent situation in which residents of a Clairton housing complex lost tap water for about six hours after a utility suspended their service without warning for nonpayment. The homeowners’ association for the complex – which had just one water meter for several hundred units – was supposed to collect money from individual units to pay their water and sewer bills. A company that owned many of the units failed to pay its fair share and declared bankruptcy, forcing the association into bankruptcy, as well. The problem has been compounded by the challenge of collecting payments from units that are not separately metered. Read more

 

Davis: $2 million grant will boost adult literacy

(Jun 06, 2018)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Allegheny and Beaver county residents will benefit from a $2 million grant to boost adult literacy, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today. The recipient of the state Department of Education grant – Literacy Pittsburgh – is the largest provider of adult basic education in Allegheny County. “For adults, literacy is the gateway to education, to employment, to self-sufficiency – and even to the best possible parenting,” Davis said. “This grant will help so many of our local residents realize their potential, benefiting themselves, their families, their communities and the economy in the process.” Davis noted that Adult Basic Education Direct Service grants permit federal, state and local entities to partner together to provide adult education and literacy. The goal is to assist adults in: Obtaining secondary-school diplomas and transitioning to postsecondary education and training; Obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency; Becoming full partners in their children’s educational development; and Understanding the language, for those who are immigrants or learning English as a second language, so they can understand our government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. “I’m so excited about this grant,” Davis said. “In addition to helping hundreds of local residents become more productive, Read more

 

PennDOT to take action on potholes; Fish-for-Free!; Happy Memorial Day!

(May 25, 2018)

Check out my e-blast and learn how PennDOT plans to address the potholes plaguing the state's roadways. Read more

 

Get rid of unwanted telemarketing; Join me on May 17 for my Tele-Town Hall!

(May 11, 2018)

Check out my e-blast and learn how to rid yourself of unwanted telemarketing! Read more

 

Davis: Legislation in the works to reduce fee for state ID

(May 07, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 7 – In an effort to accommodate low-income, disabled or homeless people seeking easier access to Pennsylvania identification cards, state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced he will be introducing legislation that would reduce the fee for the cards. “Our most vulnerable residents – the homeless, low-income families and senior citizens – are the ones who struggle financially with the current cost of a state ID,” Davis said. “This fee is only going to increase with inflation, making it even more difficult for them to obtain proper identification for matters like employment and enrollment in college.” Under Davis’ bill, they would be able to obtain a state ID for half of the current $30.50 cost. In addition, Davis’ bill would extend the discount to veterans. This bill is expected to be introduced to the state House in the near future. Read more

 

PHEAA state grant deadline approaching May 1

(Apr 27, 2018)

Information on the compensation drug and grandparent guardianship bills and what they mean for you Read more

 

Davis: Approximately $54,000 awarded to Mon Valley Senior Center

(Apr 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that LifeSpan Mon Valley at Olympia Resource Center has been awarded $54,300 from the state’s Department of Aging, in order to expand and revitalize services for seniors. Located in McKeesport, the Mon Valley at Olympia Resource Center is among eight LifeSpan community centers in Southern Allegheny County offering transportation, meals, information and assistance, and a variety of activities. “I am pleased that LifeSpan Mon Valley at Olympia Resource Center has received this grant in order to keep serving older adults living in our Mon Valley communities,” Davis said. “It’s important that we invest in places where our seniors can go to receive support, services and social interactions should they need them.” Forty-one senior centers throughout the commonwealth were recipients of the Department of Aging’s 2017-18 Senior Community Center Grants. Funding for the grants are awarded through the Pennsylvania Lottery and totaled $2 million. The grants are intended to attract a new generation of participants to the centers. There are over 500 senior centers located in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

CP Manufacturing Set to Receive Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant

(Apr 13, 2018)

Harrisburg – April 13, 2018 – CP Industries is set to receive a $140,050 grant to support the design and testing of pressure vessels, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) and Rep. Austin Davis (D-Allegheny). “These funds represent an important investment in our manufacturing infrastructure,” Brewster said. “It is critical to develop new products and provide a path that local businesses can use to grow their product line and address market changes. “The funding for CP Industries will help a local producer compete in the national and international marketplace.” The funding, approved through the state’s Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant program, was one of 19 projects approved statewide. There were more than $1.6 million grants distributed. “I welcome and support the advancement of renewable and alternative energy, especially when it’s within our own community,” Davis said. “Protecting our environment is an avenue that is necessary leading into the future.” The lawmakers noted that the grant dollars will be used for pressure vessels involved in the storage and transportation of alternative fuel gasses such as hydrogen and CNG. The vessels produced as a result of this grant involve the transportation of hydrogen to refueling stations. Read more

 

Honoring Dr. King’s legacy

(Apr 13, 2018)

Congrats to the Youth of the Year awardee; Equal Pay rally; and info on an upcoming public meeting on new transit options Read more

 

$300,000 awarded to McKeesport for affordable housing

(Apr 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 12 – Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, and Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, said today that a $300,000 grant to construct low-to-moderate income homes for residents of McKeesport has been awarded from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund. “Not only will this grant truly help those in need, but it will also sustain the pride of our artistic corridor,” Davis said. “Providing affordable homes is essential in helping our families and communities thrive.” Allegheny County’s Action Housing will utilize the PHARE funds to construct two single-family homes that will be sold to potential buyers with modest incomes, and to upkeep 10 existing homes in the 7 th Ward of McKeesport’s cultural district. “Rebuilding the economic base and strengthening the foundation of any community requires an inventory of attractive housing that will support a growing region,” Brewster said. “This grant will help develop new homes and provide upgrades for other structures in McKeesport.” Approximately 137 housing and community development initiatives in 52 counties will share a total of $26.6 million in PHARE funding. PHARE is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and seeks to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low-and-moderate income families and those with special needs. Read more

 

Davis, Port Authority to host April 12 meeting to discuss new transit options

(Apr 03, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 3 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced today that the Port Authority of Allegheny County will host public meetings to hear input regarding new service options for Bus Rapid Transit riders. A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Rankin Christian Center, 230 Third Ave., in Rankin to discuss bus routes in Rankin, Braddock, North Braddock, Edgewood, Swissvale, Regent Square and Wilkinsburg. Davis said he hopes any new transportation routes will provide riders with better access to jobs and educational opportunities. In addition to Davis, state Rep. Paul Costa, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, will be in attendance. “The new bus service options are a step forward for the Mon Valley,” Davis said. “I encourage anyone who uses the Port Authority system to attend the meeting and make their voices and concerns heard.” Another meeting will be held at 6 p.m., on Thursday, May 10 at The McKeesport Palisades, 100 Fifth Ave., in McKeesport. Read more

 

Davis Attends Disability Summit

(Mar 23, 2018)

Pa. state Rep. Austin Davis attended a Disability Summit and House Democratic Policy Committee meeting in the Mt. Lebanon area to interact with students, legislators, service providers and more to learn what more can be done for the disability community. Read more

 

Davis: New bus service options a step forward for Mon Valley

(Mar 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 23 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the Port Authority of Allegheny County that it has developed new service options related to the Bus Rapid Transit plans to better meet the concerns of local riders: “The Port Authority’s announcement today is a step forward for Mon Valley residents, and I thank the board and CEO Kelleman for taking another look at its plans. I look forward to joining Senator Brewster and the Port Authority in April for a meeting in my communities to allow riders to get a first-hand look at the options, and to have an opportunity to provide feedback to the authority.” Davis and Sen. Jim Brewster will host a meeting along with the Port Authority in the district to present the new options in April. The date, time and location of that meeting will be announced soon. Read more

 

Davis announces more than $160,000 in fire, EMS grants

(Mar 19, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 19 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, announced the award of more than $160,000 in state grants to 13 fire and ambulance companies in the 35th Legislative District. “These grants will provide crucial funding to ensure that our local firefighters and EMS workers have what they need to carry out their life-saving work,” Davis said. “The funding will provide for equipment, training and other resources that are so important to their safety and the safety of our community.” The grant list – by county, department and entity – is as follows: City of McKeesport Fire Department – Fire Company, $14,770 Clairton Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $12,000 Coulter Volunteer Fire Company & Relief Inc. – Fire Company, $11,911 Duquesne Volunteer Fire Department – Fire Company, $12,833 Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company No. 1 – Fire Company, $13,754 McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service – EMS, $7,037 Munhall Area Prehospital Services – EMS, $7,037 Munhall Volunteer Fire Company No. 2 – Fire Company, $23,227 Munhall Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – Fire Company, $13,201 Rainbow Volunteer Fire Company – Fire Company, $12,649 Versailles Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 Inc. – Fire Company, $11,543 White Oak Emergency Medical Service – EMS, $7,037 White Oak Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 – Fire Company, $13,386 The Read more