Matzie: $700,000 awarded to rehabilitate Beaver County freight rail track

(1 day ago)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 12 – A $700,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation will fund the rehabilitation of freight rail track in Beaver County, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said that the grant, awarded to Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminals Inc., will improve about one mile of track to bolster operations and generate area jobs. “Successful commerce is all about the smooth, seamless flow of goods,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding allows us to improve rail track in critical areas so that freight will move more efficiently, boosting production capacity for our entire region. In addition, this project is going to create area jobs for workers. It’s a win-win all around.” Matzie said the project will entail replacement of ties and switch timbers, new ballast, and surfacing. He added that in addition to the Beaver County track project, the following grants will fund these projects in Allegheny County: $399,105 to Pittsburgh & Ohio Central Railroad to replace deteriorated open deck bridge timbers on the McKees Rocks Bridge. $700,000 to TMS International to rehabilitate and construct about one-half mile of track and increase storage capacity. $689,500 to United States Steel Corporation for track upgrades to accommodate increased rail volume from USS’s new hot rolling mill in Braddock. $2.5 million Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $322,000 to combat opioid abuse, expand child protection and advocacy services

(Dec 11, 2019)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 11 – Two state grants totaling $321,923 will bolster resources to combat the opioid addiction crisis statewide and expand services locally for victims of child abuse, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said a $274,923 grant to Commonwealth Prevention Alliance will fund the statewide PA STOP campaign to expand public awareness about the dangers of opioid use. “This funding will allow us to target new groups – including students and faith-based communities – in driving home the dangers of opioid use,” Matzie said. “That’s critically important because, although the public is aware that we have a crisis, so many people – and especially young people – feel invulnerable to the risk and fail to appreciate just how addictive these drugs are.” Matzie said a second grant of $47,000 will fund continuing services for the Beaver County satellite branch of A Child’s Place, which provides protection and advocacy services for children. “Professionals and support workers at the Beaver County satellite office do critical work advocating on behalf of children traumatized by abuse and helping them heal,” Matzie said. “The office itself provides a supportive, non-threatening environment where children can feel safe as they speak to law enforcement, doctors and other workers. Securing this funding helps ensure that this essential Read more

 

Matzie: $35,000 grant will expand marketing of historic ‘Old Economy Village’

(Dec 04, 2019)

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 4 – A $35,000 state grant will bolster marketing of Old Economy Village, allowing promotion of the local historic settlement to a larger number of potential tourists, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the funding – awarded by the state Department of Community and Economic Development – will build on a successful marketing initiative already underway. “Over the past two years, marketing efforts through the ‘Bringing History Alive’ program have increased visitors to Old Economy Village by nearly 30%, drawing tourists from 40 states and several foreign countries,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding will allow us to expand on those efforts by marketing to a larger geographic area. “Based on the success of efforts to date, I’m optimistic that expanding promotion of the village’s unique historical and educational attractions will spur even greater tourism, and with it, increased revenue and jobs.” Site administrator Michael S. Knecht echoed those sentiments, saying, “Old Economy Village and the Friends of Old Economy Village are delighted to receive this significant grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development to enhance our marketing program. “Old Economy Village, a National Historic Landmark, provides visitors with the opportunity to explore 19th century Read more

 

Matzie: $26,500 grant to allow Aliquippa to update city plan

(Nov 25, 2019)

ALIQUIPPA, Nov. 25 – A $26,500 grant will allow the City of Aliquippa to undertake a new, comprehensive plan to replace its current, outdated plan, which has not been updated for more than 20 years, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the new plan will allow the city to exit its Act 47 financially distressed designation and properly prepare for its fiscal future. Additionally, the city intends to update its Zoning Ordinance and its Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. “Securing this funding, as with previous grants, has occurred only as a result of the city administration, the mayor, council members and other key players working together to prioritize and determine what direction they want to take regarding the city’s identity,” Matzie said. “It’s a solid investment by the commonwealth when there is a big-picture team approach across many fronts that includes improving transportation, addressing blight, bolstering workforce development, strengthening infrastructure improvements and improving education.” Funding for the grant comes from the Municipal Assistance Program, administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. MAP provides technical resources and assistance for municipalities, consolidation and regional efforts, as well as serving as a resource for local government officials, developers and citizens interested in planning Read more

 

Matzie: $160,000 grant to help finance residential, commercial projects in Aliquippa

(Nov 22, 2019)

ALIQUIPPA, Nov. 22 – A $160,000 state grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development will help fund the groundwork for two development projects in the City of Aliquippa, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the funding will allow the city to contract with a professional residential and commercial development specialist, who will work with the city and its partners to complete the projects. “Funding for this grant will allow for essential planning and preparation of two major projects: a market-rate residential project at the Bricks site and a commercial redevelopment project at the Franklin Avenue Redevelopment site,” Matzie said. “Both will help address Aliquippa’s need for affordable housing and modern commercial space to attract local businesses. I’m happy to help both projects take shape.” The funding for the grant comes from the Municipal Financial Recovery Act. Administered by DCED, Act 47 is designed to help cities designated as financially distressed improve their finances and operations. Read more

 

House unanimously passes Matzie bill to bring transparency to pharmacy benefit manager practices

(Nov 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20 – Pennsylvania is one step closer to ensuring fair drug-pricing practices in the state’s Medicaid program after the House today unanimously passed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. House Bill 941 – which Matzie introduced earlier this year with state Rep. Doyle Heffley, R-Carbon – would bring transparency to the pricing practices of pharmacy benefit managers in the state’s Medicaid program. Those third-party PBMs are responsible for deciding which drugs are covered by managed care plans and how much to reimburse the pharmacies that fill those prescriptions. “ Today we had a chance to fix a problem that has long been in need of fixing,” Matzie said. “As the House Democratic Chair of the bi-cameral, bi-partisan Community Pharmacy Caucus, I’ve come to know this issue well. “I’ve heard example, after example of PBMs operating in bad faith. Overcharging patients. Wasting untold millions of taxpayer dollars. And worst of all, squeezing local pharmacies out of business. “In Beaver County, local pharmacies are a literal lifeline to their communities and are critical to their patients. And they’re being put out of business. Today, we took the first step in stopping that. “We’re trying to ensure that these PBMs operate as intended – to the benefit, Read more

 

House adopts Matzie resolution to keep deadly disease in spotlight

(Nov 19, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – Keeping the fight against pancreatic cancer foremost in the public’s mind is the aim of a resolution the House adopted unanimously today, according to the author, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. Matzie said he introduced H.R. 566, designating November 2019 as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, to keep the spotlight on a deadly disease for which successful treatment has proven elusive. “Every year, I introduce a resolution to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer because every year, the statistics on this insidious killer are still moving in the wrong direction,” Matzie said. “This year alone, it’s estimated that more than 45,750 people in the U.S. will die of the disease. That’s a 2% increase over last year. “There are glimmers of hope, however. Scientists are making new discoveries about the disease and its risk factors, and are developing new screening methods. Advances like this are critical, but they’re possible only through ongoing research. That’s why our advocacy is so important – we need to keep the focus on pancreatic cancer until survival is the rule, not the exception.” Matzie noted that the disease is a silent killer, often causing no symptoms in its earliest stages and only vague symptoms after that. At the same time, the disease can spread rapidly so that by the time it is Read more

 

2019 Home Heating Assistance Available

(Nov 18, 2019)

Do you need help heating your home this season? The 2019 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now accepting applications. The program offers assistance with heating bills and crisis situations. Read more

 

Aliquippa redevelopment program selected to receive state support

(Nov 15, 2019)

A major initiative to combat blight and poverty in Aliquippa has been selected to receive a $400,000 tax credit to continue revitalization and job training programs in the city. Read more

 

Matzie: $500,000 state grant to finance improvements for part of Pennsylvania Avenue in Monaca

(Nov 12, 2019)

AMBRIDGE, Nov. 12 – A $500,000 state grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority will fund streetscape renovations to a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue in Monaca, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the renovations are needed because overhead utilities are being relocated to underground as part of the Monaca Gateway Initiative project – a major infrastructure overhaul designed to enhance traffic flow to and from the new Shell cracker plant under construction. “My support for continued investment in downtown Monaca remains unwavering, as does my commitment to ensure that this community's vision is met,” Matzie said. “Renovations to Pennsylvania Avenue between 10 th and 14 th streets are going to transform this area in a major way, with improvements that will include new sidewalks, streetlights, crosswalks, bike racks, and many other features,” Matzie added. “Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are going to see a brighter, safer, more accessible commute as our area readies itself for the changes progress will bring. “Demonstrating to the CFA why this vital artery in the heart of Beaver County is deserving of funding can only occur when the community has a solid plan and cooperation among its leadership team. Monaca has continued to put their best foot forward with a clear vision of how they want their community to function and what they want the Read more

 

Matzie resolution recognizes special benefits of credit unions

(Oct 29, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the unique ways Pennsylvania’s credit unions benefit their 4.2 million members, according to the resolution’s author, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. Matzie said he introduced H.R. 523 – designating Oct. 13 - 19 as “Credit Union Week” in Pennsylvania – to highlight the distinct approach these member-owned financial institutions take that sets them apart from traditional banks. “Credit unions are known as ‘financial democracies’ because they’re owned and controlled by their members, and everyone gets a vote,” Matzie said. “Pennsylvania is home to about 365 of these unique cooperatives, which work so well because they allow like-minded members to pool their resources to achieve common goals. “Those goals are centered around building an organization that caters to individual needs while promoting the collective financial well-being of all members. Guided by the motto ‘Not for profit, not for charity, but for service,” credit unions exist to serve their members, rather than turn a profit for shareholders. Any gains are returned to members in the form of reduced fees, higher interest rates on deposits, lower-than-average bank card rates and low-interest loans. It’s a system that mutually benefits everyone.” Matzie added that credit Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating October as ‘Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month’ in PA

(Oct 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – The state House of Representatives yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution declaring October as Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month in Pennsylvania, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced. Matzie said he introduced H.R. 521 to raise awareness about how Pennsylvania’s economy benefits from the commonwealth’s more than 270 licensed wineries and 280 wine grape growers farming about 14,000 acres throughout the state. “As the fourth-largest producer of wine grapes in the nation, Pennsylvania’s grape growers have a huge impact on our economy,” Matzie said. “In fact, the production of grapes for wines and juices contributes about $1.5 billion annually to the state’s economy, and the grape-growing industry has created nearly 10,000 jobs, with a payroll of $390 million. “Beyond the economic impact, the state’s wineries have a major positive impact on tourism, attracting more than one million visitors each year and generating an estimated $320 million annually in tourism-related spending.” Matzie added that the commonwealth’s vineyards and wineries perform other important roles, including helping to sustain Pennsylvania’s farmland, contributing to the state’s agricultural history and enhancing residents’ quality of life. “It’s pretty amazing to see the multitude of Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating October 2019 as ‘Agent Orange Awareness Month’

(Oct 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 23 – The House of Representatives today unanimously adopted H.R. 522, designating October 2019 as “ Agent Orange Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. Matzie said the resolution is intended to raise awareness about a secondary danger U.S. combat troops confronted during the Vietnam War – a deadly chemical threat from the herbicide Agent Orange that caused grievous health consequences. “As we recognize the bravery and sacrifice of thousands of Pennsylvanians killed or injured during the Vietnam War, it’s important that we also remember those troops who died or suffered devastating health consequences after exposure to an invisible but deadly danger – Agent Orange,” Matzie said. “About 19 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides were used during the war. These silent, chemical killers claimed the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians, and many more continue to live with major health effects, including various cancers. “It bears mentioning that the element of cause here is not speculative – the federal government has acknowledged that certain diseases are conclusively linked to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the war, and federal law even provides for a presumption that certain diseases are directly caused by exposure to Read more

 

Matzie: I'm the Product of Community College

(Oct 21, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Rob Matzie explains how a community college education shaped his life, and why he supports community colleges now as a state legislator. Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $40,000 in grants to fund safety equipment for area schools

(Oct 18, 2019)

ALIQUIPPA, Oct. 18 – Two state grants totaling $39,486 will fund the purchase of safety equipment for Quaker Valley School District and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, announced state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. Matzie said the grants include $24,366 to Quaker Valley School District and $15,120 to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School. “Making sure our students are safe – and feel safe – is a huge priority,” Matzie said. “Kids need a secure, supportive atmosphere in order to learn. The funding announced today will enable our schools to address any safety-related needs they have identified so that our kids can learn in the safe, carefree environment they deserve.” The grant is part of a package of $7.2 million in competitive 2019-20 Safe Schools Targeted Grants from the state Department of Education. The funding – awarded to both public and non-public schools throughout the commonwealth – is designed to help schools prevent or curb violence, purchase safety and security-related equipment, and provide for the training and compensation of school resource and police officers. A list of grant recipients and amounts is available by visiting the Office for Safe Schools webpage on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website . Read more

 

Matzie: Grant of nearly $40,000 will make historic library more energy efficient

(Oct 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 17 – A more energy-efficient heating system is coming to Aliquippa’s historic B.F. Jones Memorial Library thanks to a $39,911 Keystone grant from the state Department of Education, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced. The funding will enable the library, built in 1928 and added to the National Register of Historic Places 50 years later, to replace its aging boiler. “Everyone knows what B.F. Jones library means to Aliquippa,” Matzie said. “I was proud to support this grant, and I couldn’t be happier that the library will be able to replace the boiler. “From free internet access to afterschool programs, the library is a vital part of our community. They can count on my continued support.” Matzie added that the new system will save taxpayers money by cutting operational costs. Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar. Examples of projects eligible for funding include, but are not limited to: ADA upgrades, new roof, replacement windows, energy efficient upgrades to HVAC systems, facility expansion and new construction. Read more

 

Matzie named ‘2019 Legislator of the Year’ by PA Pharmacists Association

(Oct 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, has been named “2019 Legislator of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association in recognition of his commitment and advocacy in support of the state’s pharmacy profession and their patients. Matzie has been working tirelessly to pass legislation that would protect Pennsylvania’s local pharmacies and consumers from mercenary practices by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) – rate-setting, third party middlemen that he says are supposed to be working to lower drug costs but are instead engaging in predatory pricing practices that leave mom-and-pop pharmacies unable to compete. “I’m honored to receive this award, but our work is far from done,” said Matzie, who is Democratic chairman of the Pennsylvania Community Pharmacy Caucus. “Mercenary practices by some unscrupulous PBMs are forcing neighborhood pharmacies to shut their doors, and the biggest losers are the state’s Medicaid consumers, 90% of whom are served by managed care companies that contract with PBMs. “Pennsylvania’s taxpayers also have a huge stake in ensuring PBMs are doing their jobs with the right interests in mind: They paid nearly $3 billion to PBMs for Medicaid enrollees in 2017. I’m not going to stop fighting until we bring the transparency and oversight that’s needed to ensure that these third parties are Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie’s ‘Rail Safety Week’ resolution

(Sep 24, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – Preventing motorist and pedestrian deaths and injuries from train collisions is the goal of a resolution the House adopted unanimously today, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. Matzie said he introduced H.R. 482 – designating Sept. 22-28, 2019 as “Rail Safety Week” in Pennsylvania – to renew focus on the need for vigilance near tracks and trains. “I’d like to be able to report that Pennsylvania is a state leader when it comes to rail safety, but unfortunately, the numbers tell a different story,” Matzie said. “Based on federal statistics from 2018, the commonwealth ranks sixth in terms of pedestrian trespass casualties – with 41 total deaths and injuries – and tenth in terms of the number of highway-rail grade crossing collisions, with 74 incidents.” Matzie noted that although the number of vehicle-train collisions nationwide has dropped dramatically over the years – from more than 9,000 in 1981 to about 2,200 in 2018 – much work remains to be done, particularly to address pedestrian trespass incidents. “Pedestrians sometimes fail to appreciate the degree of danger involved when they wander onto or too close to tracks, especially if they become distracted by music or talking on their cell phones,” Matzie said. “We’re trying to Read more

 

Matzie rallies in support of Beaver Valley Power Station

(Sep 20, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Rob Matzie joined hundreds of people in Beaver to rally in support of the Beaver Valley Power Station. Read more

 

Matzie: More than $104,000 in state grants to fund new equipment for Beaver County parks

(Sep 17, 2019)

AMBRIDGE, Sept. 17 – State grants totaling $104,658 will fund new playground and recreational equipment for families visiting Beaver County parks, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the grants – awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and funded through the state’s Greenways, Trail and Recreation Program – will help finance the replacement of outdated equipment and installation of safety surfaces at parks in Harmony Township and Baden Borough. “Meaningful places for kids and families to play and interact are incredibly important,” Matzie said. “Beyond providing opportunities for fresh air and exercise, our parks are special places where kids make friendships and adults build bonds. They’re places that bring us together as a community to discover common ground and create memories. Investments that preserve and restore these special places yield returns for years to come.” Matzie said the funding is provided in two separate grants, with the details as follows: $62,158 to Harmony Township to purchase new play and fitness equipment – including climbers, spinner and rocker equipment, fitness equipment for adults and a picnic shelter – at three parks. The total project cost is $73,315. The township plans to use municipal labor to install the new equipment to limit the amount of the grant request. $42,500 to Read more

 

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