Monaca Gateway Project receives $1 million grant

(Mar 26, 2019)

A major transportation project to expand and improve Pennsylvania Avenue in Monaca has been selected to receive a state grant, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie’s ‘Limb Loss Awareness Month’ resolution

(Mar 25, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – Honoring the many Americans living with limb loss – and raising awareness about the causes – are the dual aims of a resolution the House adopted unanimously today, according to the author, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. House Resolution 159 designates April 2019 as “Limb Loss Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, and Matzie said he hopes its passage will help shed light on a growing health risk. “Limb loss affects about 2 million Americans, including thousands of Pennsylvanians,” Matzie said. “It’s important to honor these strong individuals who continue leading productive lives while navigating the physical, emotional and financial challenges of living without a limb – challenges many of us can only imagine. “But beyond honoring the strength and resolve of amputees, it’s important that we raise awareness about the causes of limb loss, because those causes have potential implications for millions of Pennsylvanians. Statistics show that more than half of all surgical amputations – a total of 54 percent – are the result of vascular disease. Moreover, the number of amputees is growing because of diabetes-related limb amputations, particularly among older Americans. “But there’s also some good news: we know that there are ways Pennsylvanians can reduce their risk, through lifestyle changes and with the support of their families and physicians. Read more

 

Matzie ‘Sunshine Week’ resolution highlights importance of government transparency

(Mar 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – The House of Representatives today unanimously adopted a resolution designating March 10-16 as “Sunshine Week” in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s author, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. House Resolution 111 highlights the importance of government transparency and public access to official documents and agency meetings. “Democracy depends, first and foremost, on the active, informed participation of the people,” Matzie said. “Access to information guides citizens’ decisions and lets them know how their tax dollars are being spent. It helps them determine who they want to represent them, and it empowers them to decide when action or change is necessary. Most importantly, it ensures that people share in the power that comes with knowledge. “Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act and Right to Know Law protect and promote public access to information by ensuring that government meetings remain open to the public and that key documents and reports be made available to citizens. The laws are also indispensable to the press’s work of uncovering information that brings transparency to government decision-making and keeps leaders accountable to the people,” Matzie said. Matzie noted that Sunshine Week is scheduled to coincide each year with the birthday of James Madison — father of the U.S. Constitution and author of the Bill of Rights, which established the Read more

 

Matzie bill would implement paper ballots statewide

(Mar 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, March 7 – A bill introduced today by state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, would safeguard Pennsylvania’s elections by mandating the use of paper ballots in place of the current electronic systems that are vulnerable to hacking. Matzie said the move is essential to protect the integrity of the state’s elections. “Nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote, but equally important is ensuring that those votes are counted, and counted accurately. Any interference with our election process undermines the most important principle of a free society – the people’s right to choose who represents them,” Matzie said. “Unfortunately, the results of an independent, bipartisan study recently showed that Pennsylvania’s elections are particularly at risk because a majority of our voting machines are susceptible to hacking and manipulation. Similarly concerning is the fact that there is no computer-based solution to hacking. Technology cannot protect the integrity of our elections. “We need to accept that sometimes, the solution lies in simplicity: We need to take a step back and implement a paper ballot system in Pennsylvania. It’s close to foolproof, it’s safe from hackers, and it’s working effectively in 21 other states.” Matzie said H.B. 765 would mandate that all Pennsylvania counties switch to all-paper ballots. He pointed out that any costs Read more

 

‘Charter Day’ resolution gains unanimous House support

(Feb 21, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21 – A resolution naming March 10, 2019, as “Charter Day” in Pennsylvania won unanimous support in the House today, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. “Pennsylvania’s history is unique – not just because of its central role in our nation’s birth but because of the commonwealth’s enduring contributions,” said Matzie, who is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. “First and foremost, Charter Day commemorates King Charles II’s historic grant to William Penn on March 4, 1681, bestowing the land that would become Pennsylvania.” “House Resolution 93 also honors Penn’s remarkable ‘Frame of Government’ – an early form of constitution that laid the groundwork for our democracy by introducing ideas such as freedom of religion, fair trials and a balancing of powers that would inspire the framers of the U.S. Constitution. “Finally, the resolution recognizes the essential work performed by volunteers and historical organizations such as the commission, the Pennsylvania State Archives, the State Historical Records Advisory Board and the many other groups and societies that keep history alive for Pennsylvanians today,” Matzie said. Matzie encouraged residents visiting Harrisburg to go see the original 323-year-old parchment charter hand-printed on animal skin, which is Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution on multiple sclerosis

(Feb 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 20 – Raising awareness about a central nervous system disease that affects an estimated 400,000 Americans and more than 24,000 Pennsylvanians is the goal of House Resolution 92 designating March 10 through March 16 as “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania, according to the sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. “Although it isn’t fatal, MS can steal quality of life from people in a dozen different ways,” Matzie said. “While there is no cure, there are treatments that can help modify the disease process. That’s why it’s essential to expand awareness about the disease. The sooner MS is diagnosed, the sooner a patient can receive medication and make lifestyle changes – with help from their family – that can curb relapses and help manage the disease. “The issue is highly personal to me because my father has lived with MS for so long,” Matzie said. "The disease is difficult to diagnose, and a diagnosis can be delayed or missed altogether. For years, my father thought his vision problems were caused by optic nerve damage, but the problems were actually a symptom of MS, and they left him legally blind in one eye.” Matzie noted that although the cause of MS is unknown, scientists believe an as-yet-unidentified environmental factor triggers a response in people who are genetically predisposed to the disease. The body’s immune system Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $1 million in state grants to enhance STEM, computer science learning for Beaver County students

(Feb 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 11 – Two grants totaling nearly $1 million will enhance STEM and computer science learning and expand career pathways for Beaver County students, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The grants will benefit the Hopewell Area and Aliquippa school districts. “There was a time when traditional math and science classes were sufficient for students entering traditional engineering and technology-based fields,” Matzie said. “Today, all that is changed. Technology is so much a part of so many different fields that STEM and computer science learning are essential components of a complete education for kids of all ages. “The announced grants will place our students on the right educational and career tracks by enriching school STEM and computer science curricula and providing students opportunities for hands-on STEM learning and real-world job experiences.” The funding includes the following: A $500,000 grant to the Hopewell Area School District for the Beaver County Innovation and Learning Consortium to increase the skill set of teachers and enhance their ability to provide quality computer science and STEM instruction. In addition to shared professional learning and curriculum development, the program will include student internships, job shadowing and career exploration. A $443,078 grant to the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc. to allow the council and Aliquippa Read more

 

Matzie supports education, workforce development proposals in Wolf’s budget address

(Feb 05, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 5 – State Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2019-20 budget address today: “The governor’s budget proposal is just that, a proposal. It highlights his priorities moving forward for the next fiscal year. The end product can sometimes look much different than what is presented today. There are several items the governor mentioned that I support, and some that will require further discussion. “I fully support the governor’s proposal for an increase in funding for our schools. America is about opportunity. The only way we ensure equal opportunity for all is by providing our students with a quality education. That starts with adequate funding. “The same is true for our workers. In Beaver County and Southwestern Pennsylvania, they are second to none. But they need the tools to succeed. We have an exciting future for labor taking shape right now in Beaver County. Funding for career and technical training is vital for our workers to meet that future. “I also fully support the governor’s efforts on continuing to fight the opioid crisis. “There’s obviously much work ahead, as this is the first step in a long process. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in ultimately finding the compromise that best serves Beaver County and the residents of my district.” Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution on rheumatoid awareness

(Jan 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – A resolution to raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis and its effects on the heart won unanimous support in the House today, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. House Resolution 42, naming Feb. 2, 2019, as “Rheumatoid Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania, is aimed at raising awareness about RA’s effects, its connection with cardiovascular disease and the importance of early detection and treatment. The resolution also honors approximately 1.3 million Americans, including Matzie’s father, who are currently living with an RA diagnosis. “I think most people understand that RA can cause joint pain and stiffness, but fewer people are aware of its connection to heart disease,” Matzie said. “Rheumatoid arthritis can impact a person’s heart well before the disease is ever diagnosed. That’s why early detection and treatment are so critical.” Matzie noted that Rheumatoid Awareness Day is planned to coincide with the start of American Heart Month to emphasize the link to heart disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, patients with RA have a 50-percent higher risk of heart attacks, twice the risk of heart failure and an increase in peripheral vascular disease compared to people without the disease. Moreover, patients are twice as likely to experience silent heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths. Matzie urged people to visit their doctor if Read more

 

Rep. Matzie: State funding to fix sewer overflows, modify sewage treatment plant

(Jan 30, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Robert Matzie (D-Beaver/Allegheny) today announced the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority has approved funding to modify a sewage treatment plant in Beaver County to eliminate sewage overflows during wet weather. The Rochester Area Joint Sewer Authority will receive a $35.4 million loan and a $1.59 million grant to upgrade its Center Street, West Madison and Freedom pump stations and also add a new detention tank for residents in Rochester, East Rochester and Freedom boroughs and in Rochester and New Sewickley townships. “These needed upgrades and improvements have been discussed for some time in the community, and I’m pleased that Pennvest funding has been secured to move ahead on this vital project,” said Matzie. “It will ensure clean water for our residents and better protect our waterways from system failures and overflows.” An additional $1.2 million investment in local funds will be used to pay for architectural and engineering costs associated with the project, which is slated to begin in mid-June and is expected to be completed by December 2020. Pennvest offers low-cost loans and grants to communities throughout Pennsylvania to fund sewer, storm water and drinking water maintenance and improvement projects. More information is available at www.pennvest.state.pa.us . Read more

 

Are you eligible for a property tax or rent rebate?

(Jan 25, 2019)

Are you eligible to participate in the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program ? If so, applications are now available to claim rebates on rent or property taxes you paid in 2018. Our office can also provide an application, and we can help you apply for free! The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older; widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit to be eligible is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters. When calculating income, half of Social Security is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file for a rebate on behalf a claimant who lived at least one day in 2018 and met all the other eligibility criteria. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2019, and rebates will be distributed beginning July 1. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. Since the program began in 1971, eligible participants have received more than $6.9 billion in property tax and rent relief. The program is supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery and also receives funding from slots gaming. Call or stop by if you have questions or need help applying! Read more

 

Matzie named Democratic chairman of House Consumer Affairs Committee

(Jan 23, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 23 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that he has been appointed Democratic chairman of the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Matzie has been serving on the committee since 2009. “It’s an honor to be named Democratic chair of the House Consumer Affairs Committee. I thank Democratic Leader Frank Dermody for his trust and faith in naming me to lead one of the most important committees in the House of Representatives. “I’ve served on the Consumer Affairs Committee for 10 years, including eight years as a subcommittee chairman, so I’m well versed on the issues we’ll need to address and the challenges we’ll face. “My past committee work, including protecting Pennsylvanians from identity theft and saving tax dollars on bad state contracts, ensures that a watchdog for taxpayers will now be in a leadership position. “The Consumer Affairs Committee has consistently operated to find consensus when possible and I have every intention of preserving that working relationship. My goal is to find solutions to whatever problems arise. It’s about people, not politics. “It’s a great responsibility to protect consumers with oversight in such areas as utilities, cable and telecommunications, and transportation services like Lyft and Uber – and it’s a responsibility that I take very seriously. “Although I’ll have to look at any issue in Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees

(Jan 07, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 7 – The Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation (ACHDD) today proudly announced that seven of its 16 members were appointed to key chair positions on House committees that handle major issues in western Pennsylvania and the state as a whole. State Rep. Dan Miller, chair of the ACHDD for the 2019-20 legislative session, noted the importance of the delegation’s appointments. “The ACHDD and its members take their responsibilities very seriously,” Miller said. “As Democrats, we will continue to prioritize family sustaining jobs, access to quality health care, and investments in education, and having so many of our members in the Caucus leadership will only aid in achieving those goals. Allegheny County will continue to be well-represented.” The newly appointed chairs and their committees include: Rep. Dan Deasy , Liquor Control Committee. Rep. Tony DeLuca , Insurance Committee. Rep. Dan Frankel , Health Committee. Rep. Bill Kortz , Game and Fisheries Committee. Rep. Rob Matzie , Consumer Affairs Committee. Rep. Harry Readshaw , Professional Licensure Committee. Rep. Jake Wheatley , Finance Committee. The appointments were announced by state Rep. Frank Dermody, also a member of the ACHDD, who recently was unanimously re-elected as the House Democratic Caucus leader. First-time chairs include Matzie, Kortz and Deasy. All leadership positions are determined every two years. The ACHDDs website, Read more

 

Matzie takes oath to begin sixth term as state representative

(Jan 01, 2019)

State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, took the oath of office today to begin his sixth term representing the 16th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Read more

 

Rep. Matzie statement on school funding designations

(Dec 13, 2018)

“These funds will go a long way in helping our kids learn and achieve." Read more

 

Rep. Matzie: Report highlights issues with pharmacy benefit managers

(Dec 11, 2018)

'We have entrusted these companies with an enormous responsibility and an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars, but it’s become clear that they are abusing that trust. ' Read more

 

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Nov 29, 2018)

Check out my 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar Read more

 

Matzie: More than $600,000 in grants to bolster Beaver County recycling, leaf collection programs

(Oct 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 12 – More than $600,000 in state grants will support recycling and leaf collection efforts in Beaver County, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. Matzie said the funding – which includes a $350,000 grant to Beaver County, a $198,000 grant to Monaca Borough and a $53,700 grant to Aliquippa City – will help the county and municipalities expand recycling and leaf collection and composting services, along with related programs. The funding comes from the state Department of Environmental Protection. “These types of ‘green’ projects are important on many levels – for residents, for the local economy and for the environment,” Matzie said. “Simply put, recycling makes our communities cleaner and helps to keep the cost of trash collection in line. Any time I can be supportive of the state taking some of that burden off of local taxpayers, I am.” Matzie said Allegheny County also is receiving a $198,000 grant to fund the same kinds of services. The grants are part of a package of $37 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants to nearly 200 county and municipal governments. Eligible projects include operating leaf compost facilities, expanding recycling processing facilities, continuing and creating curbside recycling programs and developing educational materials and web-based programs to encourage recycling. Municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are Read more

 

Monaca Gateway Project receives $1 million grant
Mar 26, 2019

House unanimously adopts Matzie’s ‘Limb Loss Awareness Month’ resolution
Mar 25, 2019

Matzie ‘Sunshine Week’ resolution highlights importance of government transparency
Mar 11, 2019

Matzie bill would implement paper ballots statewide
Mar 07, 2019

‘Charter Day’ resolution gains unanimous House support
Feb 21, 2019

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution on multiple sclerosis
Feb 20, 2019

Matzie: Nearly $1 million in state grants to enhance STEM, computer science learning for Beaver County students
Feb 11, 2019

Matzie supports education, workforce development proposals in Wolf’s budget address
Feb 05, 2019

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution on rheumatoid awareness
Jan 30, 2019

Rep. Matzie: State funding to fix sewer overflows, modify sewage treatment plant
Jan 30, 2019

Are you eligible for a property tax or rent rebate?
Jan 25, 2019

Matzie named Democratic chairman of House Consumer Affairs Committee
Jan 23, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

Seven Allegheny County members to lead key House committees
Jan 07, 2019

Matzie takes oath to begin sixth term as state representative
Jan 01, 2019

Rep. Matzie statement on school funding designations
Dec 13, 2018

Rep. Matzie: Report highlights issues with pharmacy benefit managers
Dec 11, 2018

2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Nov 29, 2018

Matzie: More than $600,000 in grants to bolster Beaver County recycling, leaf collection programs
Oct 12, 2018