Shusterman authors legislation to help small businesses strengthen online presence

(1 day ago)

PAOLI, July 13 – State Rep. Melissa Shusterman has drafted legislation (H.B. 2535) to help local businesses strengthen their online sales capabilities as Pennsylvania continues social distancing practices. Shusterman said her legislation would require the Department of Community and Economic Development to provide technical support and guidance to Pennsylvania businesses with five or fewer employees. Shusterman said her bill would particularly help micro-businesses survive the economic shutdown brought on by COVID-19 as well as help them expand their reach, allowing them to better compete against big-box stores. “The survival of small businesses throughout the Commonwealth is an integral part of our overall economic prosperity,” Shusterman said. “My bill aims to help these businesses thrive as they’re working to get back on their feet and if we experience a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. If businesses are once again ordered to close, it’s the legislature’s job to implement creative, tangible solutions to ensure that they can stay afloat.” House Bill 2535 has gained bipartisan support from legislators throughout the Commonwealth, including state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. “I hear from our Main Street business owners on how hard it can be, even under normal conditions, for them to be financially successful,” Innamorato said. “At a time when social Read more

 

Innamorato: Putting people first as we reopen PA

(Jun 02, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, June 2 – As Allegheny County moves towards the green phase of Pennsylvania’s pandemic response, state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, said she will continue to put people – and not politics – first as the state moves towards its new normal. “Over the last two months, all of us have been asked to make great sacrifices to protect our communities, our neighbors and our loved ones,” Innamorato said. “And the good news is that our sacrifices and hard work have not been in vain – together we have slowed the spread of the coronavirus in Pa., saving, by some estimates, tens of thousands of lives. “As summer approaches, I too want to return to normal. I too want to go out to the farmers’ markets on the weekend, to visit the Bloomfield pool, and to spend time with my family and friends. I too want to see our Main Streets open and bustling. And every day brings us one step closer to that – by working with medical professionals, researchers, and public health experts, I think we will soon be in a place where we can all finally get back to work and enjoy our summer. “But what I will not do is risk my neighbors’, friends’ or relatives’ lives and health. I have advocated for worker protections so that we can safely reopen every business, rather than make people choose between their lives and livelihoods. “House Resolution 836, which was pushed through the Read more

 

Innamorato: More than $1 million in funding awarded to county food pantries

(May 26, 2020)

Emergency funding to help with equipment, other costs Read more

 

Pennsylvania at a crossroads – We must reforge our social compact

(Apr 27, 2020)

We live in a commonwealth – a society that is supposed to exist for the common good, with a government that is supposed to look out for the health, safety and welfare of the people. Read more

 

Lawmakers to introduce legislation to address maternal/infant health crisis in PA

(Apr 23, 2020)

Coronavirus crisis underscores need for material, infant supports Read more

 

Urging Safe Food Purchasing Options for SNAP Recipients

(Apr 21, 2020)

Legislators urge state to address serious challenges to the public health regarding the SNAP program Read more

 

State Reps. Fiedler, Innamorato, Lee and Otten to introduce legislation freezing rents and mortgages during pandemic

(Mar 31, 2020)

Proposed legislation would implement a rent and mortgage freeze Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 18, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Innamorato: $1 million in state funding to aid local religious institutions

(Mar 11, 2020)

Safety grants mark new program established by law in 2019 Read more

 

Innamorato: State continues funding support for workforce development

(Mar 05, 2020)

Locally more than $130,000 awarded for internship program Read more

 

2020 Spring Newsletter

(Feb 27, 2020)

The latest environmental news from our community and Harrisburg. Read more

 

Innamorato joins Wolf in calling for minimum wage increase as part of state budget

(Feb 04, 2020)

Legislator vows to work with Gov. for more special needs funding as well Read more

 

Innamorato announces $40,000-plus for local fire departments

(Jan 30, 2020)

Grants can be used for equipment, training or other needs Read more

 

Duquesne naloxone training, grant born from personal experience

(Jan 15, 2020)

Program helps train students to lessen impact of overdose crisis Read more

 

Winter 2019 Newsletter

(Dec 18, 2019)

Read our 2019 winter newsletter for the latest news from Harrisburg and our communities Read more

 

North Hills teacher named ‘Educator of the Year’

(Dec 09, 2019)

Joe Welch teaches social studies at North Hills Middle School Read more

 

Innamorato hails state study into cause of rare SWPA childhood cancers

(Nov 22, 2019)

Says department should move quickly, decisively to determine cause and seek answers Read more

 

Innamorato, Muth host briefing on SW PA childhood cancer

(Nov 18, 2019)

Diagnoses of rare childhood cancers could be related to fracking, gas field development Read more

 

Sharpsburg’s Main Street project receives state support

(Nov 12, 2019)

Project will improve safety, walkability in central business district Read more

 

Innamorato, Democratic lawmakers strive to increase accessibly of menstrual hygiene products, end period poverty

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, accompanied by Reps. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny, and Isabella Fitzgerald, D-Phila., and state Sen. Maria Collett, D-Bucks/Montgomery, on Tuesday hosted a press conference on their bills that seek to end period poverty in Pennsylvania. Period poverty, or the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, is a problem that Otten said affects 1 in 5 American women. Her bill, H.B.1708, would require Pennsylvania’s public schools to supply pads and tampons in bathrooms serving students in grades six through 12. "Menstrual products are not a luxury, but a basic necessity,” Otten said. “This is an issue of access, beyond just dollars and cents. It's an issue of our children's health, safety and well-being. It's about setting up our girls and young women with what they need to have a level playing field. It's about ensuring dignity and equity for half our population so that they can fully participate in school, the workplace and society." Innamorato spoke on her bill that would require Pennsylvania’s public colleges and universities to supply menstrual hygiene products at no cost inside campus bathrooms. “When you enter a public restroom on a college or university campus, you’re provided hand soap and towels to support hand hygiene. Why don’t we treat menstruation as a basic hygiene need Read more

 

Shusterman authors legislation to help small businesses strengthen online presence
1 day ago

Innamorato: Putting people first as we reopen PA
Jun 02, 2020

Innamorato: More than $1 million in funding awarded to county food pantries
May 26, 2020

Pennsylvania at a crossroads – We must reforge our social compact
Apr 27, 2020

Lawmakers to introduce legislation to address maternal/infant health crisis in PA
Apr 23, 2020

Urging Safe Food Purchasing Options for SNAP Recipients
Apr 21, 2020

State Reps. Fiedler, Innamorato, Lee and Otten to introduce legislation freezing rents and mortgages during pandemic
Mar 31, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 18, 2020

Innamorato: $1 million in state funding to aid local religious institutions
Mar 11, 2020

Innamorato: State continues funding support for workforce development
Mar 05, 2020

2020 Spring Newsletter
Feb 27, 2020

Innamorato joins Wolf in calling for minimum wage increase as part of state budget
Feb 04, 2020

Innamorato announces $40,000-plus for local fire departments
Jan 30, 2020

Duquesne naloxone training, grant born from personal experience
Jan 15, 2020

Winter 2019 Newsletter
Dec 18, 2019

North Hills teacher named ‘Educator of the Year’
Dec 09, 2019

Innamorato hails state study into cause of rare SWPA childhood cancers
Nov 22, 2019

Innamorato, Muth host briefing on SW PA childhood cancer
Nov 18, 2019

Sharpsburg’s Main Street project receives state support
Nov 12, 2019

Innamorato, Democratic lawmakers strive to increase accessibly of menstrual hygiene products, end period poverty
Oct 23, 2019