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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

 

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(Nov 29, 2018)

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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

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution declaring Credit Union Week

(Oct 10, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 10 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution designating the week of Oct. 14-20 as Credit Union Week in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s prime sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. House Resolution 1128 recognizes the contributions made by Pennsylvania’s more than 390 credit unions, which serve the needs of about 4 million members statewide. “Credit unions are a unique breed,” Matzie said. “These not-for-profit organizations fulfill the same traditional functions as banks but are owned by their individual member account holders. That means that their main priority is serving members’ financial needs, as opposed to maximizing profits for shareholders. Any profits made generally go back to members in the form of lower fees, lower interest rates or higher yield savings accounts.” Matzie said because credit unions are controlled and operated by their membership, they act as financial democracies, affording a vote to each and every member. “These organizations are a perfect example of how common interests can unite to produce the best possible results,” Matzie said. “Because members share a common connection, they can work together to adapt to the needs of specific communities. This, together with their support for members’ charitable work, gives them the local, community-oriented feel their members love.” Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating November 2018 as ‘Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month’ in Pa.

(Oct 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 9 – The House today unanimously adopted H.R. 1127, designating November 2018 as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. “Pancreatic cancer is currently the third-leading cause of cancer death in the United States,” Matzie said. “By 2020, it’s expected to become the second-leading cause. We have to find a way to reverse that trend. “I’ve always said that this fight is personal to me because my mother is a pancreatic cancer survivor,” Matzie said. “Earlier this year, the fight became personal for all of us here in the Capitol when it claimed the life of our beloved colleague, state Representative Flo Fabrizio. Flo never gave up in the face of difficult odds, and neither will we. I plan to keep raising public awareness about this disease and keep fighting for greater funding for medical research so that one day, we’ll find a cure for this insidious killer. In the meantime, we can hope to save lives by increasing public awareness about the importance of early detection.” Matzie said the disease is difficult to diagnose early because tumors can’t be seen or felt during routine exams. Additionally, patients may not experience symptoms until the cancer has already spread to their lymph nodes or other organs. At that point, surgery often is not possible, which accounts for Read more

 

Stand up and be heard! TODAY is the deadline to register to vote!

(Oct 09, 2018)

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Matzie: County schools districts to receive nearly $300,000 in safety grants

(Oct 04, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – Beaver and Allegheny County school districts have been awarded $297,664 in school safety grants, according to state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. Matzie said the districts will use the grants for various resources, including implementing safety programs and hiring school resource or police officers. “No kid should be afraid to go to school. We need to do all we can to make our schools safer. This money is a good start,” Matzie said. “There are steps we can take – trained officers we can put in place, programs we can implement – that we know work. But there is a financial cost. This state funding takes some of that burden off of local taxpayers. Most importantly, it puts us on the right track to making our schools, and our kids, as safe as possible.” Matzie said the funding includes the following: A $20,000 2018-19 program grant to Hopewell Area School District. A $60,000 2018-19 school resource officer grant and a $30,000 2017-18 school resource officer grant to Central Valley School District. A $60,000 2018-19 school resource officer grant to Hopewell Area School District. A $47,664 2018-19 school resource officer grant to New Sewickley Township Police Department. A $60,000 2018-19 school resource officer grant to Rochester Area School District. A $20,000 2017-18 school police officer grant to Quaker Valley School District. The grants are awarded through the Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating October 2018 as “Agent Orange Awareness Month”

(Sep 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26 – The House of Representatives today unanimously adopted H.R. 1075, designating October 2018 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 serve as a reminder of the courage and sacrifices of thousands of Pennsylvanians who fought in the Vietnam War, as well as the devastating consequences so many suffered as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. “Of the more than 170,000 Pennsylvanians who served directly in the Vietnam War, more than 3,000 were killed in action, and many more were listed as missing in action,’’ Matzie said. “Tragically, there was a second, insidious enemy that was invisible to troops but just as deadly – Agent Orange and similar herbicides that were used to clear foliage that provided enemy cover. “Thousands of Pennsylvanians died from exposure to Agent Orange, while thousands more still live with cancers and other health effects. Worse still, many veterans live with the knowledge that genetic damage resulting from exposure to Agent Orange may be handed down through generations.” Matzie said the federal government has acknowledged that certain diseases are linked to Agent Orange and federal law provides a presumption that certain diseases are a direct result of exposure to the chemical and similar herbicides used during the Vietnam War. Read more

 

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution declaring Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month

(Sep 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – The state House of Representatives today unanimously adopted H.R. 1074, designating October as Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s sponsor, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny. “This resolution recognizes the tremendous positive impact on our state’s economy by Pennsylvania’s more than 270 licensed wineries and 280 wine grape growers who farm about 14,000 acres of land,” Matzie said. “These industries have added billions in economic value and created thousands of jobs. They also stimulate tourism, with wineries attracting more than 1 million visitors and generating more than $400 million in tourism-related spending annually.” Matzie cited the results of a recent study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Winery Association showing that the commonwealth’s wine, grape and related industries have a total economic value to the state of $2.5 billion. The study also showed that wine, grapes and related industries have created more than 27,000 jobs, with a total payroll of $673 million. "Beyond the economic impact, our state’s vineyards and wineries help preserve and maintain the commonwealth’s farmland, contribute to our rich agricultural history and enhance our quality of life,” Matzie said. “We’re so fortunate to have these vibrant industries that contribute so much to the commonwealth.” Read more

 

House unanimously approves Matzie resolution declaring ‘Rail Safety Week’

(Sep 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 24 – A resolution designating the week of Sept. 23-29 as “Rail Safety Week” in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted today, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced. “It’s a sobering fact that a U.S. motorist or pedestrian is struck by a train about once every three hours,” Matzie said. “Not only that, Pennsylvania makes the ‘top 15 states list’ in two categories – annual number of highway-rail crossing collisions and annual number of pedestrian trespassing casualties. The best way we can reverse the trend is by continuing to raise public awareness about the need for vigilance at crossings and the deadly dangers of trespassing near tracks.” With regard to train-vehicle collisions, Matzie noted that although annual highway-rail collisions and casualties nationwide have dropped sharply since 1981, which saw nearly 10,000 such incidents, the number has leveled off over the past decade, remaining in the vicinity of 2,000. “That’s still far too many incidents,” Matzie said. “No number is acceptable when you consider that a motorist struck by a train is 20 times more likely to die in a crash than a motorist struck by another vehicle.” Matzie added that trespassing by pedestrians poses an especially deadly problem, with deaths and injuries topping 1,000 nationally in 2016. “People may not realize that it can take a mile or more to stop a Read more

 

Matzie: $70,595 grant to fund new, ADA-accessible playground for Conway

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – A $70,595 state grant will help fund a new Conway playground with equipment that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The grant, approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, will allow the borough to replace the deteriorating, 20-year-old playground equipment at the former Conway Elementary School with new equipment that includes two ADA-accessible swings and a new wood-fiber surface and border. As part of the project – estimated to cost $83,053 – the borough will lease space to a learning center that offers therapeutic and educational programs for children with developmental disabilities. Matzie applauded the CFA board for approving the funding, which he said will allow the community to improve recreational facilities and make them more inclusive. “All kids should have a chance to play on a playground,” Matzie said. “This funding helps us achieve that. It’s important for us, as a community, to provide a safe environment for kids to get some exercise and have some fun. This grant helps get us there.” The grant is funded by the state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program. Read more

 

Matzie: Nearly $500,000 in grants to fund water improvements for Beaver County

(Sep 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Sept. 18 – Nearly $500,000 in grants will help fund improvements to water storage and distribution systems serving Beaver County residents, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today. The grants – both approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority – include the following: • $425,000 to the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa to replace water valves through the Aliquippa and portions of Hopewell, Raccoon and Potter townships. Because of the age of the system, the valves are often inoperable or do not seal properly. Replacement will enable smaller portions of the system to be shut down during maintenance so that fewer customers are affected. The total project cost is $500,000. • $67,000 to the Creswell Heights Joint Authority, which provides treated water to four municipal locations, to install new solar mixers at three water storage tanks. Enhancing the mixing capacities of the tanks will help maintain water quality, help cut down on the disinfectant required, and help maintain the life of the tank. The total project cost in $79,090. “When people turn on the faucet, they expect clean, safe water to come out,” Matzie said. “That takes maintenance and upgrades, which are costly. These grants help to ensure the continued availability of safe drinking water while reducing service interruptions.” Matzie said both grants are funded by the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program. Read more

 

State auditor general joins Matzie at hearing on unfair pharmacy benefit manager practices

(Sep 17, 2018)

MONACA, Sept. 17 – State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale joined state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, and others today for a public hearing on practices by some pharmacy benefit managers that are hurting taxpayers, consumers and local pharmacies. Practices by at least one PBM are currently under investigation by the auditor general. “PBMs hired by employers, unions and health care plans to manage prescription drug benefit plans are supposed to be negotiating with drug makers and setting fair reimbursement rates – they’re supposed to be working to lower drug costs,” said Matzie, who is co-chairman of the state Community Pharmacy Caucus. “Instead, what we’re finding is that some of them are reimbursing pharmacies for way below their dispensing costs, up-charging the insurance plans and keeping the profit. “What you have is a largely unregulated middleman that can do a tremendous amount of harm. Unfair practices by PBMs can cost taxpayers millions, drive up the cost of health care, and force mom-and-pop pharmacies out of business.” Matzie said the hearing featured testimony by independent pharmacists, who explained how they are being squeezed out of the business by unfair PBM practices. He said he believes the ongoing investigation is a positive first step. “We have entrusted these companies with an enormous responsibility and an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars – $3.4 billion in 2017 alone. Yet Read more

 

Administrators Meet To Debate Fairness Of Public, Private Schools Competing For Same PIAA Championships

(Sep 07, 2018)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — High school sports teams compete with dreams of winning state championship under the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. But many public high schools say there’s an uneven playing field. Read more

 

PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee to hold hearing on boundary vs. non-boundary debate Wednesday

(Sep 07, 2018)

State legislators are bringing the boundary vs. non-boundary debate to Western Pennsylvania. The PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee will hear testimony Wednesday at Heinz Field from public school administrators who are demanding separate PIAA playoffs for private, parochial and charter schools. Read more

 

PIAA law to get reviewed in playoff dispute

(Sep 07, 2018)

A 1972 law is about to get the equivalent of a video review in the debate over whether Pennsylvania should stage separate sports playoffs for private and charter schools and traditional public schools. Read more

 

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

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution declaring Credit Union Week
Oct 10, 2018

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating November 2018 as ‘Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month’ in Pa.
Oct 09, 2018

Stand up and be heard! TODAY is the deadline to register to vote!
Oct 09, 2018

Matzie: County schools districts to receive nearly $300,000 in safety grants
Oct 04, 2018

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution designating October 2018 as “Agent Orange Awareness Month”
Sep 26, 2018

House unanimously adopts Matzie resolution declaring Wine, Wineries and Grapes Month
Sep 25, 2018

House unanimously approves Matzie resolution declaring ‘Rail Safety Week’
Sep 24, 2018

Matzie: $70,595 grant to fund new, ADA-accessible playground for Conway
Sep 18, 2018

Matzie: Nearly $500,000 in grants to fund water improvements for Beaver County
Sep 18, 2018

State auditor general joins Matzie at hearing on unfair pharmacy benefit manager practices
Sep 17, 2018

Administrators Meet To Debate Fairness Of Public, Private Schools Competing For Same PIAA Championships
Sep 07, 2018

PIAA Legislative Oversight Committee to hold hearing on boundary vs. non-boundary debate Wednesday
Sep 07, 2018

PIAA law to get reviewed in playoff dispute
Sep 07, 2018