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Wheatley: Pittsburgh School District to receive PAsmart grant to support science and technology education

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – The Pittsburgh School District has been awarded a $35,000 PAsmart grant designed to advance science and technology education from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the grants represent one component of Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education to students and provide professional development for educators. “These truly are smart investments in our state’s future,” Wheatley said. “This latest component of the PAsmart program will be instrumental in providing our students with the science and technology education and skills they will need for high-demand jobs and also effectively meet the needs of local businesses.” A total of $5.7 million in grants were awarded to help schools statewide introduce and expand computer science training. The funds will also be used to provide educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 with the necessary computer science training. More information on the PAsmart initiative can be found at this link: https://www.pasmart.gov/ . Read more

 

Wheatley: Community College of Allegheny County and Point Park University awarded funds to combat campus sexual assaults

(Jan 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – The Community College of Allegheny County and Point Park University each will receive a $30,000 grant to raise awareness of and prevent campus sexual assaults, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. The funds originate from the national “It’s On Us” campaign, created four years ago by President Obama, to educate college students about sexual violence and assault, Wheatley said. Pennsylvania was the first state in the country to create its own statewide “It’s On Us” campaign, he added. “Each student on our college and university campuses deserves to learn in an environment that is free from any and all forms of violent or threatening behavior, and that includes sexual assault,” Wheatley said. “These funds will not only provide violence-prevention education to students and staff, but also ensure resources are there to help survivors of these crimes.” Since its inception, Pennsylvania has received nearly $4 million in “It’s On Us” grants to create sexual assault prevention and education programs at campuses across the commonwealth. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.governor.pa.gov/its-on-us/ . Read more

 

Wheatley: Driver’s license restoration bill approved by committee

(Jan 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 15 – A measure to create a restoration period to help Pennsylvania drivers with suspended licenses was unanimously approved by the House Transportation Committee, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said that H.B. 80 would enact a one-year restoration program, giving affected drivers the opportunity to pay off fines and costs either through a payment plan or by completing community service. He added PennDOT estimates that over a million suspended driver’s licenses exist in Pennsylvania, and the suspensions and increased fines create significant burdens that can quickly spiral out of control. “I have heard firsthand of drivers who received a suspension, who then were faced with impossible decisions: how will they get to work, or what will they do if their child gets sick,” Wheatley said. “Do they take a chance and drive to work or to the doctor’s office, risking additional suspension penalties, or do they struggle to find adequate transportation? My bill would provide a solution and real help for these affected drivers.” Wheatley added that this restoration program, modeled after a similar program in California, would break the vicious cycle of suspensions, fines and penalties, but would still require affected drivers to serve the suspension for the underlying offense. The bill now heads to the full House for consideration. Read more

 

Wheatley: Duquesne University to receive $78,000 opioid use prevention grant

(Jan 08, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 8 – Duquesne University has been awarded a $78,305 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services grant designed to prevent and reduce the use of opioids by college students, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the university’s grant is part of the federal $55.9 million SAMSHA grant awarded last year to Pennsylvania to support the statewide response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. A total of 13 higher education institutions were awarded grants to expand existing preventive programs or to create initiatives with key local stakeholders. These projects can include increasing access to overdose reversal trainings, grief support and raising campus awareness on the dangers of opioid abuse. “We can play a significant role in saving lives on our college campuses through educating young people on the risks of opioid use and also providing them with training on how to administer naloxone,” Wheatley said. “With college-aged students among the hardest hit demographics in Pennsylvania, it’s imperative we continue to fight this epidemic and save lives through prevention and treatment.” For more information on Pennsylvania’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis, including county resources and treatment information, please visit https://www.pa.gov/guides/opioid-epidemic/ . Read more

 

Wheatley: Hilltop neighborhood receives state funds to support, restore buildings in business district

(Dec 31, 2019)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 31 – A South Pittsburgh-based nonprofit has been awarded a $41,000 state grant to restore and support two anchor buildings in the Hilltop neighborhood of Allentown, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. Wheatley said the $41,026 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Keystone Communities program will be used by the Hilltop Alliance to stabilize and enhance the two buildings in the first block of Allentown’s East Warrington Avenue business district. “This grant will help ensure communities and neighborhoods like Allentown remain vibrant centers for business and culture, with the combined goal of economic development and enhancing the overall quality of life for residents and visitors alike,” said Wheatley. “Such investments help these neighborhood communities preserve and protect its heritage for generations to come.” The Keystone Communities program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, supports local initiatives designed to grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, foster effective public-private partnerships, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents. More information on the program can be found here . Read more

 

Wheatley: Veterans service doesn’t end, neither should support

(Nov 14, 2019)

Pittsburgh legislator introduces legislation to give veterans a second chance. Read more

 

Wheatley: Tax Credit Bill is a Missed Opportunity

(Oct 25, 2019)

While Wheatley supports this bill, he would have preferred for it to include language that would allow the state to extend this credit to other folks who provide critical services to our communities -- like childcare providers -- often at their own expense. Read more

 

10/9/19 – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Pittsburgh

(Oct 10, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr. Read more

 

Wheatley to host Policy hearing on adverse childhood experiences Wednesday in Pittsburgh

(Oct 04, 2019)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on adverse childhood experiences. Read more

 

Wheatley Responds to GOP Criticism over Wolf Cannabis Announcement

(Sep 27, 2019)

Rep. Jake Wheatley wrote an open letter expressing disappointment over the negative and dismissive response offered by House Republican leadership regarding Governor Wolf's recent cannabis announcement. Read more

 

Wheatley applauds governor’s call for cannabis reform, urges action on adult-use legislation

(Sep 25, 2019)

Pittsburgh legislator’s bill would legalize adult use, reinvest revenues in Pennsylvania’s future and address social justice, equality issues Read more

 

Reps. Gainey, Wheatley to host ‘Pathways 2 Pardons’ event next week

(Aug 29, 2019)

State Reps. Ed Gainey, and Jake Wheatley, both D-Allegheny, are partnering with Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, to provide education and tips to people in the community who may be seeking a pardon. Read more

 

Gainey, Wheatley to host Pathways 2 Pardons event in Wilkinsburg

(Aug 29, 2019)

As part of their ‘Pathways 2 Pardons’ event, state Reps. Ed Gainey, and Jake Wheatley, both D-Allegheny, are partnering with Brandon Flood, secretary of the Pa. Board of Pardons, to provide education and tips to people in the community who may be seeking a pardon. Read more

 

Wheatley hosts Annual Health & Wellness Weekend

(Aug 21, 2019)

Pa. State Rep. Jake Wheatley hosted his seventh annual Health & Wellness Weekend in Allegheny County. Read more

 

Wheatley: Financial Future of Pennsylvanians

(Aug 21, 2019)

Pa. state Rep. Jake Wheatley hosted a roundtable discussion about the financial future of Pennsylvanians at the BNY Mellon Center in Pittsburgh. Read more

 

8/16/19 – Financial Future of Pennsylvanians – Pittsburgh

(Aug 16, 2019)

Materials from a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing hosted by State Rep. Jake Wheatley, Jr. Read more

 

Wheatley holds roundtable on the financial future of Pennsylvanians

(Aug 16, 2019)

The discussion was part of Wheatley’s 7th annual Health and Wellness Weekend, a three-day festival happening at sites this weekend across Pittsburgh. Read more

 

Weekend community festival returns to Pittsburgh Aug. 16-18

(Aug 07, 2019)

7th Annual Health and Wellness Weekend includes food, entertainment, kids’ activities & more! Read more

 

2019 Summer Newsletter

(Jul 18, 2019)

Catch up with the latest news from Harrisburg and our communities! Read more

 

Wheatley urges Shapiro to support cannabis patients’ rights

(Jul 02, 2019)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, urged state Attorney General Josh Shaprio to join him and others to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians enrolled in the state’s medical cannabis program. Read more

 

Wheatley: Pittsburgh School District to receive PAsmart grant to support science and technology education
Jan 17, 2020

Wheatley: Community College of Allegheny County and Point Park University awarded funds to combat campus sexual assaults
Jan 17, 2020

Wheatley: Driver’s license restoration bill approved by committee
Jan 15, 2020

Wheatley: Duquesne University to receive $78,000 opioid use prevention grant
Jan 08, 2020

Wheatley: Hilltop neighborhood receives state funds to support, restore buildings in business district
Dec 31, 2019

Wheatley: Veterans service doesn’t end, neither should support
Nov 14, 2019

Wheatley: Tax Credit Bill is a Missed Opportunity
Oct 25, 2019

10/9/19 – Adverse Childhood Experiences – Pittsburgh
Oct 10, 2019

Wheatley to host Policy hearing on adverse childhood experiences Wednesday in Pittsburgh
Oct 04, 2019

Wheatley Responds to GOP Criticism over Wolf Cannabis Announcement
Sep 27, 2019

Wheatley applauds governor’s call for cannabis reform, urges action on adult-use legislation
Sep 25, 2019

Reps. Gainey, Wheatley to host ‘Pathways 2 Pardons’ event next week
Aug 29, 2019

Gainey, Wheatley to host Pathways 2 Pardons event in Wilkinsburg
Aug 29, 2019

Wheatley hosts Annual Health & Wellness Weekend
Aug 21, 2019

Wheatley: Financial Future of Pennsylvanians
Aug 21, 2019

8/16/19 – Financial Future of Pennsylvanians – Pittsburgh
Aug 16, 2019

Wheatley holds roundtable on the financial future of Pennsylvanians
Aug 16, 2019

Weekend community festival returns to Pittsburgh Aug. 16-18
Aug 07, 2019

2019 Summer Newsletter
Jul 18, 2019

Wheatley urges Shapiro to support cannabis patients’ rights
Jul 02, 2019