Wheatley, House Democratic Policy Committee talk emerging business industries

(Mar 29, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, March 29 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable at the Pittsburgh Technology Center on emerging business industries in Pennsylvania. Wheatley, Democratic chair of the House Finance Committee, requested the meeting to facilitate a policy discussion on how to build a better tax environment that supports the growth and future workforce of emerging business industries. House Democrats’ Plan4PA promotes tax fairness and creating good jobs. “When we have fair and reasonable tax models, it can produce mutually beneficial partnerships between Pennsylvania and emerging businesses looking to establish roots amongst our talented workforce. We had a productive discussion today on how we can work with our local communities and businesses to attract top-notch employers to the state,” Wheatley said. Roundtable panelists included: Audrey Russo, president and CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council; Jennifer Beer, senior director-government affairs, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce; and Jennifer Wilhelm, assistant director of Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh. The roundtable was one in a series of meetings all over the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA, which includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. More information on Plan4PA can be found at planforpa.pahouse.com . Policy Committee Read more

 

Wheatley to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on emerging business industries Thursday in Pittsburgh

(Mar 27, 2018)

PITTSBURGH, March 27 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will host a House Democratic Policy Committee public roundtable on emerging business industries in Pennsylvania. The roundtable will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Pittsburgh Technology Center, Resource Room, 1 st Floor, 2000 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh. Wheatley requested this meeting to have a policy discussion on how to build a better tax environment that supports the growth and future workforce of emerging business industries. House Democrats’ Plan4PA promotes tax fairness and creating good jobs. The current agenda is: 11:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks 11:10 a.m. Discussion with Panelists: Audrey Russo , president & CEO, Pittsburgh Technology Council Jennifer Beer , senior director-government affairs, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Wilhelm , assistant director of Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh 12:20 p.m. Closing Remarks This roundtable one in a series of meetings all over the state on House Democrats’ Plan4PA that includes putting people first, good jobs, quality schools and fair taxes. Visit planforpa.pahouse.com for Plan4PA details and www.pahouse.com/policycommittee for Policy Committee materials. The media and public are encouraged to attend. Read more

 

Wheatley hosts Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise event in Harrisburg

(Mar 12, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, hosted an entrepreneurial inclusion summit and business mixer on Monday at the Capitol in Harrisburg . The annual event recognized Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Day. It kicked off with a news conference with Wheatley and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila. “As the House Finance Committee Democratic chairman, supporting and providing fairness and equal opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses is important to me,” said Wheatley. “Having an open dialogue between business owners, service agencies and legislators is a good way to keep the lines of communication open about how we can provide them with better resources and support.” The MWDBE program is designed to encourage minority, women and other disadvantaged business owners to bid for and compete in state and local government bidding opportunities. Additional speakers included Brian A. Hudson Sr., the executive director and CEO of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and Curt Topper, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Following the news conference, participants were invited to attend a networking lunch, and work group training facilitated by DGS, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the PHFA and PennDOT. Four women business owners were recognized on the House floor. They included Karen Denton, owner Read more

 

PLBC scholarship deadline is April 30

(Mar 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, a member of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, is reminding graduating high school students and current college students who plan to further their education at a Pennsylvania college or university, to apply for the 2018 Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus scholarship program by April 30. The scholarship amount awarded will be $1,000. Eligible students should be Pennsylvania residents, be of color, have maintained a minimum 2.5 grade-point average, and plan to enroll or be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-or-four year college or university in the commonwealth for the entire upcoming school year. Students must also reside in the legislative district of and be sponsored by a PLBC member. “This is a great opportunity for our young people who are entering into the next stage of their lives,” Wheatley said. “I encourage all who are qualified and interested to apply to the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus scholarship program.” Wheatley noted that students also need to write a 500-word essay on what they plan to study and how they would use their degree(s) after graduation, along with answering a 150-word essay on how their professional career choice will support people of color. A scholarship selection committee will select recipients based on academics, leadership, community involvement, unusual or personal family circumstances, and an Read more

 

Wheatley to introduce resolution honoring Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh's 100-year anniversary

(Feb 26, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, plans to introduce a House resolution in honor of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh’s centennial year. The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh was founded in 1918 and promotes racial equality, self-reliance and community empowerment. Programs focus on housing, financial literacy, youth leadership and development, family support and advocacy within the community. “For the past 100 years, the lifework of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh has centered on empowering communities and changing lives,” said Wheatley, who is the Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “So many African-Americans and minorities have been able to flourish and succeed because they were empowered through the Urban League’s mission of economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.” The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh is located at 610 Wood St. The nonprofit organization is an affiliate of the National Urban League. Read more

 

Wheatley issues statement on Pittsburgh teachers’ contract situation

(Feb 23, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Feb. 23 – On behalf of the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding resolution of the Pittsburgh teachers’ contract negotiations: “As community leaders and concerned parents, the members of the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition have watched and read all the discourse regarding the current teachers’ contract negotiations for the Pittsburgh Public School District. “To be clear, we are not involved in the negotiations and we don't intend to insert ourselves into the process. However, on behalf of the families and communities we represent, we feel duty-bound to express a deep concern with any possible teachers’ strike. “Families are already stretched thin trying to find ways to make sure their children are receiving the high-quality instruction they need to achieve their goals and reach their dreams. Working parents struggle every day to balance their work and life schedules with their kid's school and childcare needs. We all know how an unexpected disruption to this delicate balance easily pushes families over the edge. “If the final hurdle to finding a resolution is about the principal's authority to assign teachers where they are most needed in their buildings, then we have confidence a strike can be avoided. We strongly encourage both sides to continue to work together to find a solution. Under no Read more

 

Funding approved for additional mill site development

(Jan 24, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved funding that will finance ongoing development of an abandoned Pittsburgh steel mill site. Developer RIDC Southwestern Pennsylvania Growth Fund requested the funding—including $4 million in grant money and a $6 million loan—for the second phase of its ongoing efforts to redevelop the abandoned, 12.6-acre mill. Wheatley applauded the CFA’s decision, which he said can spur economic growth. “In particular, if we fully utilize minority-owned, women-owned and veteran businesses, in order to employ the many diverse Hazelwood residents, that economic growth could be exponential,” Wheatley said. The mill is part of Hazelwood Green, a 178-acre site that is Pittsburgh’s last urban brownfield. RIDC assumed ownership of the mill last year and is developing the site in two phases. The first phase, which is currently under construction, will house a 60,000-square-foot Carnegie Mellon University research center. The second phase is a 70,000-square-foot, three-story building that will include flex office spaces and a ground-floor garage, lab and workshop space. The approved funds will come from the Business In Our Sites program, which helps communities build an inventory of ready sites to attract new businesses. Read more

 

Wheatley: $1.7 million awarded in state grants for Pittsburgh improvement projects

(Dec 22, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today two state grants totaling more than $1.7 million to support improvement projects in Pittsburgh. Wheatley said a $1 million grant, awarded through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, was approved to help fund a Museum Lab project for the Children’s Museum. Construction involves renovating the historic Carnegie Library along Allegheny Square East where the facility will be located. “The Museum Lab will be a great resource of knowledge and open the door for educational opportunities to enrich the minds of our children,” Wheatley said. A $750,000 grant was also approved to go toward funding reconstruction of the multiplex theaters at 119 Sixth St. The money will be used for demolition and excavation along with structural and infrastructure work, such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems, among other things. “I am thrilled these grants are also going toward improving the overall look of our neighborhood,” Wheatley said. “It’s projects like updating the multiplex theaters that will help attract more people to our community and assist in bettering our local economy.” RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Read more

 

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 18, 2017)

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

 

Wheatley: Enroll at HealthCare.gov by December 15!

(Dec 05, 2017)

2018 Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment is open now through December 15, 2017. Don't delay! Find out what health insurance is available for you and if financial assistance is available at healthcare.gov Read more

 

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action

(Nov 28, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28 – Several members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus today spoke out against the gun violence epidemic impacting communities of color across Pennsylvania. State Rep, Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, said, “Gun violence in Pennsylvania is a public health crisis and an epidemic, particularly for communities of color. It’s past time we start raising the level of attention on this tragic issue and demand more action. When children are being impacted, it’s time to call a state of emergency. “At this time, I’m not calling for new gun laws, but for a coordinated effort and stronger enforcements of the laws we already have in place. By providing the resources necessary, we can finally address the issue of gun violence that has traumatized our communities for far too long.” In 2016 alone, there were more than 10,000 incidents involving firearms across Pennsylvania, with nearly 5,000 of them taking place in Philadelphia. While one Pennsylvanian is murdered with a gun every 17 hours, communities of color are disproportionately impacted. African Americans and Hispanics represent nearly 79 percent of all gun homicides in Pennsylvania. From 2005 to 2014, Pennsylvania ranked fourth in the nation for the rate of gun homicides of African Americans. Although African Americans make up about 12 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, they account for more than 69 Read more

 

House adopts Wheatley/Gainey resolution recognizing November 2017 as "Food Insecurity Month" across the state.

(Nov 21, 2017)

A resolution introduced by state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, designating November 2017 as “Food Insecurity Month” across the state was unanimously adopted this week by the state House of Representatives. The Wheatley/Gainey resolution, H.R. 433 , calls attention to food insecurity as a serious issue in Pennsylvania and both lawmakers also wanted to recognize the work and donations from many people to those struggling with food insecurity. “Food insecurity occurs in rural communities, in the suburbs and in urban communities and a lack of access to nutritionally adequate food is connected to a number of negative health effects in children and adults,” Wheatley said. Gainey said because many people cannot afford the luxury of buying healthy food, they often times opt for fast food. “Our resolution brings awareness and a call for all of us to work in a bipartisan way to find solutions to the state’s food insecurity problem,” Gainey said. Wheatley said there is more work to do and we must increase our financial support for food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens through grants in the state budget. “We can do way more than we are doing now, such as putting more grocery stores in low-income and rural areas to give more people access to healthy and nutritious food,” Wheatley said. Gainey also stressed the need to improve nutrition levels at Read more

 

Honoring Wendell Freeland; Website links seniors with local services; and Giving thanks and counting our blessings

(Nov 21, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley pays homage to late civil rights activist Wendell Freeland. Rep. Wheatley also reports on a new website that links seniors with local services. Read more

 

Wheatley: Everyone Deserves a Thanksgiving

(Nov 20, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jake Wheatley speaks on House Resolution 433 which recognizes the reality of food insecurity in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and expresses appreciation for the work and donations of the many Pennsylvanians who help those struggling with food insecurity. Read more

 

First public hearing on tax issues held

(Nov 20, 2017)

Last week, the House Finance Committee's Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform held its first public hearing. It was very informative and a positive first step as we focused on the history and background of state demographics and taxes in the Commonwealth. This select subcommittee was created through a resolution that I introduced to review the ways the state collects revenue and the collective impact on taxpayers, and suggest improvements. I believe that this select subcommittee is key to giving legislators an idea as to what steps are needed to ensure that all vital services our citizens look to their government to provide are sustained. We plan to do this by reviewing the state's various revenue-generating mechanisms, determining what is needed to sustain the state for the future and whether changes are needed. The select subcommittee members are engaged and energized for this task. To watch the hearing, click here or on the image below. Read more

 

Wheatley and University of Pittsburgh to hold ceremony to honor Advocates for African-American Students

(Nov 06, 2017)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and the University of Pittsburgh will host the 25 th anniversary to honor Advocates for African-American Students from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the Connolly Ballroom in Alumni Hall on the University of Pittsburgh Campus, 4227 Fifth Ave. Chris Moore of WQED will host the event. The event is in partnership with the Department of Africana Studies and United Front for Education. There will be a reception and evening of recognition for the advocates in honor of their decades’ long fight and the anniversary of the complaint waged 25 years ago. The Advocates for African-American Students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools is a grassroots community group organized in 1990 by the late Dr. Barbara A. Sizemore in response to the dismal plight of African-American students within the Pittsburgh public school district. Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Heating aid via LIHEAP opens Nov. 1; Finding Open Enrollment help for health care before the Dec. 15 deadline

(Oct 24, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley reports that Nov. 1 is the opening date for heating assistance via LIHEAP and Open Enrollment for 2018 health care coverage through the health care marketplace. Rep. Wheatley provides useful links for both programs. Read more

 

The firestorm next time: Pa. ill-prepared for next recession or budget

(Oct 23, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee, says if you think Pennsylvania's budget debacle is bad now, just wait until the next recession. Pennsylvania is substantially unprepared for the next downturn and would face major economic repercussions. Read more

 

Wheatley leads effort for gas drillers to help close budget hole

(Oct 18, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and members of the House Finance Committee today approved seeking a higher tax on the companies extracting record volumes of natural gas from shale formations deep under Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania is facing a serious budget crisis and this is one sensible step toward fixing it. We need to start collecting this recurring revenue from companies that can easily afford to pay it,” Wheatley said. Currently, Pennsylvania is the second-largest producer of natural gas in the country, but is the only major gas-producing state that does not impose a drilling tax. The bill (H.B. 1401) would impose a severance tax on natural gas extraction based on a well's production volume and the average annual price of natural gas. Drillers would be prohibited from passing the tax onto landowners. Wheatley said the measure could be considered by the full House as early as next week, if Republican leaders permit it to happen. “We’ve already wasted too much precious time arguing about a sensible tax that every other natural gas state already uses,” Wheatley said. “We’ve forfeited millions of dollars in untapped revenue that should have been used to pay for schools, health care and many other things the state is obligated to provide. “I and most members of the House believe we should activate this new revenue stream and make the gas drillers carry their share of the load, Read more

 

Pa. House GOP leaders, Trump White House double down on formula for failure

(Oct 11, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee, says the House Republican Caucus needs adult supervision for Its formula for failure on the months-late state budget. Read more

 

Wheatley, House Democratic Policy Committee talk emerging business industries
Mar 29, 2018

Wheatley to host House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable on emerging business industries Thursday in Pittsburgh
Mar 27, 2018

Wheatley hosts Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise event in Harrisburg
Mar 12, 2018

PLBC scholarship deadline is April 30
Mar 05, 2018

Wheatley to introduce resolution honoring Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh's 100-year anniversary
Feb 26, 2018

Wheatley issues statement on Pittsburgh teachers’ contract situation
Feb 23, 2018

Funding approved for additional mill site development
Jan 24, 2018

Wheatley: $1.7 million awarded in state grants for Pittsburgh improvement projects
Dec 22, 2017

2018 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 18, 2017

Wheatley: Enroll at HealthCare.gov by December 15!
Dec 05, 2017

PLBC calls Pa. gun violence a public health crisis like opioids, demands action
Nov 28, 2017

House adopts Wheatley/Gainey resolution recognizing November 2017 as "Food Insecurity Month" across the state.
Nov 21, 2017

Honoring Wendell Freeland; Website links seniors with local services; and Giving thanks and counting our blessings
Nov 21, 2017

Wheatley: Everyone Deserves a Thanksgiving
Nov 20, 2017

First public hearing on tax issues held
Nov 20, 2017

Wheatley and University of Pittsburgh to hold ceremony to honor Advocates for African-American Students
Nov 06, 2017

Heating aid via LIHEAP opens Nov. 1; Finding Open Enrollment help for health care before the Dec. 15 deadline
Oct 24, 2017

The firestorm next time: Pa. ill-prepared for next recession or budget
Oct 23, 2017

Wheatley leads effort for gas drillers to help close budget hole
Oct 18, 2017

Pa. House GOP leaders, Trump White House double down on formula for failure
Oct 11, 2017