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Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. 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, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more


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

(Feb 26, 2020)

A total of $606,508 in state funding was awarded to four school districts in the 25th Legislative District for the implementation of school safety initiatives, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Read more


Info on my anti-bullying legislation

(Nov 22, 2019)

In my continued effort to combat bullying and its damaging effects, I announced a bipartisan anti-bullying proposal this week that would add bullying to the Crimes Code and provide law enforcement with the tools it needs to combat the crisis in Pennsylvania’s schools. Read more


Markosek, fellow legislators introduce anti-bullying legislation

(Nov 19, 2019)

Bill would add ‘bullying’ to Crimes Code, give law enforcement tools to combat crisis Read more


$400K awarded for local projects in Pitcairn, Wilmerding

(Nov 13, 2019)

Tuesday proved to be an enriching day for entities in the 25th Legislative District! Read more


Markosek: $400K awarded for local projects in 25th Legislative District

(Nov 12, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, announced on Tuesday the disbursement of $400,000 in state grants for rehabilitation projects in the 25 th Legislative District. Markosek said $300,000 was provided through the Multimodal Transportation Fund, and an additional $100,000 was granted by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County. “This is substantial funding that will assist in the beautification and rehabilitation efforts currently underway in our district,” Markosek said. “This is funding that counts, funding that matters and funding that will be appreciated by the community. I look forward to the outcome once the projects are complete.” Markosek said the $300,000 from the Multimodal Transportation Fund will go toward roadway repairs and slope stabilization along Hillside Avenue in Pitcairn between Broadway Boulevard and Elm Street. The project, drafted to prevent further slide damage due to an abnormally wet spring, will consist of the stabilizing of approximately 280 feet of slope and one lane reconstruction. The project also will include guiderail installation and one stormwater inlet. The remaining $100,000 administered by RAAC will go toward the following: $50,000 to assist in demolishing four single-family homes and one duplex in Pitcairn. The demolition will include the removal of asbestos, demolition materials/debris, backfilling Read more


Markosek: Host of bills supporting emergency responders pass House

(Oct 30, 2019)

State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, lauded the passing of a package of bills that would help both volunteer and paid emergency companies attract and retain more members. “The women and men who continue to answer the call when our communities need them most unfortunately have undergone a drastic decline in membership,” Markosek said. “Fortunately, but not surprisingly, state legislators here at the Capitol knew the importance of this bill package, which is why we were able to vote and push this bill package onward to the state Senate.” The bills, which would expand support for emergency provider companies and reward first responders for their service, include: Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program ( H.B. 1834 ) – would expand the eligible uses of grants through the program to include recruitment and retention initiatives. Property Tax Relief for Volunteers ( H.B. 1839 , H.B. 1705 ) – would allow property tax credits of up to 100% for active members of volunteer fire companies and nonprofit ambulance companies whose names are on their primary residence’s property tax bills – up to full property tax relief, depending on local ordinances and school districts. Tuition Assistance and Student Loan Forgiveness for Volunteers ( H.B. 1773 , H.B. 1786 ) – would create programs for tuition assistance and student loan forgiveness for active members Read more


Introducing Haley’s Law

(Oct 28, 2019)

Does your child suffer from epilepsy? Do you worry for their safety during school hours? Read more


Markosek: $200,000 in funding awarded to North Versailles Township, Plum Borough for park improvement projects

(Sep 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17 – State grants totaling a combined $200,000 were awarded Tuesday to North Versailles Township and Plum Borough, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Markosek said the funding – awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the state’s Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program – will help finance park improvements in both areas. “Today, both North Versailles and Plum received substantial funding for beautification efforts at two parks heavily trafficked by residents in the 25 th Legislative District,” Markosek said. “I’d like to thank the Commonwealth Financing Authority for approving this funding, and I look forward to the park improvements that will follow this disbursement.” Markosek said $50,000 was awarded to North Versailles for light installation at Crestas Terrace Park and one of its baseball fields. Seven lights, poles and fixtures will be installed, Markosek said. He said the installation at the field and along the park’s main pathway will allow for more games to be held and the hosting of large tournaments. Plum Borough received $150,000 for the rehabilitation of Logan’s Ferry Park. Markosek said the project will focus on a new play area, as well as improvements to an existing parking area and basketball court. The CFA was established in 2004 as an independent agency of the Department Read more


You can now apply online to get an absentee ballot!

(Sep 16, 2019)

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvanians can now apply online for an absentee ballot application. Read more


It's back to school time, please drive carefully

(Sep 03, 2019)

Many students are already in school, so I’d like to take this time to remind drivers to be cautious and be on the lookout for children and school buses. Read more


Great fun around the district!

(Aug 26, 2019)

Saturday proved to be a vibrant day in the district, as I attended several community events showcasing the best of the 25th Legislative District. Read more


Low-interest loan available for flood damage

(Aug 12, 2019)

My job is to look out for the best interests of residents, which is I why I want to let you know that your concerns and struggles following the devastating flooding that caused widespread damage in our district and across the county have not fallen upon deaf ears. Read more


$1 million in RACP funding to go toward expansion project; Around the district!

(Aug 02, 2019)

On Thursday, a real estate developer in Monroeville was awarded $1 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding! Read more


Markosek: $1 million in RACP funding awarded to local real estate developer

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – A real estate developer in Monroeville was awarded $1 million Thursday in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding, announced state Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny. Markosek said Jamison Lane LP will use the allotted funding for phase two of an expansion project that will consist of constructing an extension onto an existing office building. “To announce such a significant grant like this is not only exciting for Jamison Lane LP but also the district as a whole,” Markosek said. “These grants help entities expand and refurbish their current facilities, so I’m happy to see state funding go toward initiatives that will help businesses located in our district with their continued growth.” The funding will assist Jamison Lane LP in constructing a new addition onto its existing facility, Markosek said. The three-story addition will include exterior masonry and glass and metal construction. The interior will be an open office space with a variety of conference rooms and include demountable partitions that will allow for open collaboration between coworkers. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional Read more


Beat the heat; Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program reminder

(Jul 26, 2019)

The commonwealth recently experienced a serious heat wave. It’s my hope that you all remained safe and indoors as we waited out the extremely hot temperatures. Read more


Markosek supports budget bill, notes substantial funding for education

(Jun 26, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 26 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, cast a “yes” vote for the budget on Tuesday, noting the bill’s substantial investments in education, job training, and no new taxes or fees, but added he was disappointed the General Appropriations bill didn’t include funding that would address workers’ wages. “On Tuesday, a good bill that will do a lot of great things for the commonwealth passed the House. I voted for this bill in support of the initiatives that will assist in the forward progression of the commonwealth, including a substantial investment in the educational sectors of Pre-K and early childhood education; elementary and secondary basic education; special education; job training; career and technical training; school security funding; more funding to support students through PHEAA; and more. “A key element of our job as state legislators is to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass a budget that saves taxpayers money and is passed on time. Though this budget did not raise taxes, I was disappointed to see that House Bill 790 failed to include funding for workers’ wages. Raising the minimum wage was something House Democrats were hoping to achieve this legislative session, and I believe we still need to work together in order to accomplish that goal. “However, I voted for this bill because it still included a lot of positives for state residents. I will remain steadfast in my Read more


Markosek lauds new deal between UPMC and Highmark

(Jun 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Brandon Markosek, D-Allegheny, on Monday released a statement following the announcement that UPMC and Highmark have entered into a 10-year contract that will extend UPMC facilities to Highmark-insured patients: “It’s with great pleasure that I announce that UPMC and Highmark have come to an agreement that will finally put an end to their longstanding dispute. Residents who would have been affected by this – had the decree expired – can now rest easy knowing they have access to one-of-a-kind medical services, regardless of the insurance listed on their insurance cards. “I’d also like to thank state Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Governor Tom Wolf for bringing both parties together so that a deal that would provide western Pennsylvanians with the heath care they deserve could be made. “While details regarding this contract will come with time, it’s my hope that this 10-year contract will eventually transition into a long-term contract so that residents never again have to undergo the anguish this dispute has put them through. “Most importantly, I want to remind residents that since the contract has yet to be formalized, please contact your health insurer before making any important health care decisions.” Read more


State invests $64,000 in local manufacturing partnership

(Jun 21, 2019)

The state continued its investment into the workforce and economy of tomorrow with a series of grants that will strengthen partnerships between manufacturers and research institutions. Read more


My 2019 Spring Newsletter!

(Jun 07, 2019)

Check out my 2019 Spring Newsletter! Read more