Policy Committee discussion puts major focus on small-business development; You could be eligible for overtime pay; #SaveCHIP

(Jan 19, 2018)

The House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion I hosted Tuesday gave lawmakers across the state great insight into the needs of our small business owners Read more

 

Ravenstahl’s Policy Committee roundtable focuses on small-business development and jobs

(Jan 16, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 16 –State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion at the Bellevue Borough Building on small-business development and jobs, which is a part of the House Democrats’ Plan4PA. Ravenstahl was joined by Democratic Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, legislators from across the state and local stakeholders. “Small businesses are the epicenter of our community. It was great to talk about how helping small businesses grow can improve the job market, create family sustaining wages and retain a talented and diverse workforce,” Ravenstahl explained. “The Plan4PA includes offering low-interest loans to help start and expand small businesses and grow our economy. I look forward to figuring out bright ways to incorporate today’s discussion into the plan.” Sturla added, “Small-business growth and development play an important role in our economy. There are nearly 1 million small businesses in Pennsylvania and they employ 2.4 million people. Representative Ravenstahl’s roundtable gave legislators and small business stakeholders the opportunity to talk about how we can help boost the economy and support business owners.” Panelists included: Raymond Vargo, director, Small Business Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh; Ron Borczyk, director of administrative services, Bellevue Borough; Thomas Link, director of Read more

 

Ravenstahl to talk small business development at House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable Tuesday in Bellevue

(Jan 11, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11 – As part of the House Democratic Caucus’ Plan4PA, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable to discuss small business development and job creation. The roundtable will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Bellevue Borough Building, Council Chambers, 537 Bayne Ave., Bellevue. Ravenstahl requested the roundtable to further discuss how small business development will help improve the job market in Allegheny County and across the state. Policy experts and state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, will be in attendance. The current agenda is: 2 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 2:10 p.m. Discussion with Panelists: Michael McManus, director, Small Business Assistance Network Office of Business Financing; Raymond Vargo, director, Small Business Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh; Ron Borczyk , director of administrative services, Borough of Bellevue; and Thomas Link, director of innovation and entrepreneurship, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks Visit www.planforpa.pahouse.com for additional information about the Plan4PA and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. Read more

 

Recognizing Pa.’s addiction crisis for the emergency it is; Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Radon Action Month; and phony apps

(Jan 10, 2018)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl applauds Gov. Tom Wolf's declaration establishing Pa.'s heroin and opioid addiction crisis as a statewide emergency. He also reports on honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., radon mitigation resources and thwarting phony apps. Read more

 

Honoring a veteran; the latest on Real ID and recycling your Christmas tree

(Jan 04, 2018)

PennDOT has provided more information on what residents need to obtain a Real ID when they become available. You can read more about that, as well as places to recycle your Christmas tree, in my weekly e-newsletter. Read more

 

New law helps veterans receive benefits; 2018 calendar available online; winter coping tips

(Dec 27, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that a bill he supported will help Pa. veterans receive federal, state and local benefits. Also, a free 2018 calendar is available online, and tips for surviving winter. Read more

 

Lawrenceville Corp., Northside Leadership Conference secure state tax credits

(Dec 21, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that the Northside Leadership Conference and the Lawrenceville Corp. have been awarded state tax credits totaling more than $500,000 to support the organizations’ wide-ranging community projects. Read more

 

Don't forget Jan. 2 deadline for property tax/rent rebates; Combatting scams and porch pirates

(Dec 20, 2017)

Rep. Ravenstahl reports that Jan. 2 is the deadline to file a 2016 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program application. Also, resources to thwart scam artists and porch pirates. Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

Click here and download Rep. Ravenstahl's 2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

Lead Safe Homes Program opens; CHIP wins approval; Funds OK'd for UC centers; Seniors can save on auto insurance; dog/fishing licenses

(Dec 12, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that the Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program to identify and remediate lead-based paint hazards has opened for homeowners and rental units. Also, Pa. reauthorizes state Children's Health Insurance Program and a bill to provide $115 million to unemployment call centers advances. Read more

 

Ross Twp. wins $125,000 state grant to upgrade Denny Park

(Dec 06, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that Ross Township has secured a $125,000 state grant to rehabilitate Denny Park. The grant will be used to renovate the ball field, install play equipment with required safety surfacing, install ADA access, landscaping and other improvements. Read more

 

Pittsburgh’s parks deserve dedicated funding; House Democrats’ Plan For PA; State surplus property will be sold only online

(Dec 05, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl says he's supporting a proposal that could provide a dedicated source of park funding for Pittsburgh. Also, the comprehensive PLAN FOR PA. Read more

 

CHIP kids should be priority; Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications due by Dec. 31; Healthcare enrollment ends Dec. 15; Outdoor Corps

(Nov 30, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that 176,000 kids in Pa. are at risk of losing health care coverage because of Congress' failure to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Read more

 

Help with sewage bills; Linking seniors, people with disabilities with local services; protecting pets from the cold

(Nov 20, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports on ALCOSAN's Clean Water Assistance fund to help its customers pay their sewage treatment bills. Also, a new state website links seniors, people with disabilities with services, and new anti-cruelty laws include cold weather protections for pets. Read more

 

State grants to Arsenal Park, Sarah Heinz House to enhance 20th district; Alert issued about scam artists posing as lottery officials

(Nov 15, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl announces two state grants -- to Arsenal Park and the Sarah Heinz House -- that will enhance the 20th Legislative District. Also, a new scam with thieves posing as lottery officials. Read more

 

Lawrenceville’s Arsenal Park awarded $125,000 state grant

(Nov 15, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that historic Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville has been awarded a $125,000 state grant to implement the first phase of plans to better link the historic site to the community and local schools. Read more

 

$100,000 state grant awarded for Sarah Heinz House improvements

(Nov 14, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that Commonwealth Financing Authority has awarded a $100,000 grant for improvements to facilities housing after-school and summer programs at the Sarah Heinz House in Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP now available; Turn back your clocks this Sunday

(Nov 01, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that heating assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP – is now available. Also, Sunday, Nov. 5, is the time to turn your clocks back one hour and check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Read more

 

Fall ballot question on homestead exemptions explained; PennDOT registration stickers – You can keep them or remove them

(Oct 24, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl provides an explanation of the Nov. 7 ballot question regarding the authorization of homestead tax exemptions. Also, PennDOT registration stickers – You can keep them or remove them. Read more

 

Pa. granted REAL ID extension; Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day; and presentation planned Nov. 8 on opioid crisis

(Oct 23, 2017)

Rep. Adam Ravenstahl reports that Pennsylvania’s REAL ID enforcement “grace period” is extended through October 10, 2018. Also, on the heels of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 28, Rep. Ravenstahl is sponsoring a community presentation on the opioid epidemic. Read more

 

Policy Committee discussion puts major focus on small-business development; You could be eligible for overtime pay; #SaveCHIP
Jan 19, 2018

Ravenstahl’s Policy Committee roundtable focuses on small-business development and jobs
Jan 16, 2018

Ravenstahl to talk small business development at House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable Tuesday in Bellevue
Jan 11, 2018

Recognizing Pa.’s addiction crisis for the emergency it is; Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Radon Action Month; and phony apps
Jan 10, 2018

Honoring a veteran; the latest on Real ID and recycling your Christmas tree
Jan 04, 2018

New law helps veterans receive benefits; 2018 calendar available online; winter coping tips
Dec 27, 2017

Lawrenceville Corp., Northside Leadership Conference secure state tax credits
Dec 21, 2017

Don't forget Jan. 2 deadline for property tax/rent rebates; Combatting scams and porch pirates
Dec 20, 2017

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 18, 2017

Lead Safe Homes Program opens; CHIP wins approval; Funds OK'd for UC centers; Seniors can save on auto insurance; dog/fishing licenses
Dec 12, 2017

Ross Twp. wins $125,000 state grant to upgrade Denny Park
Dec 06, 2017

Pittsburgh’s parks deserve dedicated funding; House Democrats’ Plan For PA; State surplus property will be sold only online
Dec 05, 2017

CHIP kids should be priority; Property Tax/Rent Rebate applications due by Dec. 31; Healthcare enrollment ends Dec. 15; Outdoor Corps
Nov 30, 2017

Help with sewage bills; Linking seniors, people with disabilities with local services; protecting pets from the cold
Nov 20, 2017

State grants to Arsenal Park, Sarah Heinz House to enhance 20th district; Alert issued about scam artists posing as lottery officials
Nov 15, 2017

Lawrenceville’s Arsenal Park awarded $125,000 state grant
Nov 15, 2017

$100,000 state grant awarded for Sarah Heinz House improvements
Nov 14, 2017

Heating aid via LIHEAP now available; Turn back your clocks this Sunday
Nov 01, 2017

Fall ballot question on homestead exemptions explained; PennDOT registration stickers – You can keep them or remove them
Oct 24, 2017

Pa. granted REAL ID extension; Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day; and presentation planned Nov. 8 on opioid crisis
Oct 23, 2017