Wheatley: Latest House GOP budget defies logic, fiscal responsibility

(Sep 13, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley reports that said a House Republican revenue plan advanced late Sept. 13 doubles down on the fiscal gimmickry that has created a $2.2 billion hole in Pennsylvania’s months-late budget. Read more

 

Wheatley helps unveil House Democratic budget alternative

(Sep 13, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee, says House Democrats have a responsible budget plan that borrows less, relies on real revenues and can enacted before the state's coffers go bone dry. Read more

 

Take the Constitution Day quiz

(Sep 13, 2017)

As we mark Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Rep. Jake Wheatley invites everyone to learn how much we all know of the foundation of our freedoms. Read more

 

Labor Day for the Many, Not the Few

(Sep 05, 2017)

Labor Day's true purpose is celebrating the men and women of the labor movement who struggled, and continue to fight for, better working conditions, Read more

 

Persian Gulf Veterans' Bonus Program expires in one year.

(Sep 01, 2017)

The extension for the Persian Gulf Bonus Program expires in one year. Apply now if you are eligible. Read more

 

Frankel, Wheatley, colleagues, faith leaders call for action on Pa. hate-crimes legislation

(Aug 21, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 21 – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, colleagues and faith leaders held a news conference today at Freedom Corner to discuss the aftermath of the Charlottesville, Va., domestic terror attack and to call for action on hate-crimes legislation in Pennsylvania ( H.B. 505 / S.B. 96 ). "The hatred and ugliness displayed by white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, which culminated in murder, has been followed by a lack of leadership from the White House. So it is more important than ever that state and local leaders and all people of good will do what we can. In Pennsylvania, one of the the most important things we can do is to restore several protections that were only struck from our hate-crimes law on a technicality," Frankel said. "These protections were added in 2002 on a bipartisan basis and were struck from the hate-crime law by the state Supreme Court in 2008 not on the merits, but only because of the state Constitution's single-subject rule for bills. The state House and Senate should vote on legislation that would restore the inclusion of actual or perceived ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, and gender or gender identity. The law currently covers hate crimes committed because of the victim's race, color, religion or national origin." State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said, "It's fitting that we are at Freedom Corner today, since this has been a Read more

 

Health and Wellness Weekend highlights Summer 2017 newsletter

(Aug 09, 2017)

The Health and Wellness Weekend scheduled for Aug. 18-20 highlights my Summer 2017 newsletter. Read more

 

Wheatley to host 5th Annual Health and Wellness Weekend, Aug. 18-20

(Aug 08, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 8 – Continuing what has become a popular summer tradition , state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will host the 5 th Annual Health and Wellness Weekend from Friday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Aug. 20. “This yearly event not only reminds residents of the importance of healthy lifestyles; it also serves as a celebration of the history and vibrancy of our community,” Wheatley said. “My staff and I look forward to sharing this time with as many constituents as possible, and informing them of how we can be of assistance year-round.” Wheatley said the festivities will begin with an opening night reception and fundraiser for the K. Leroy Irvis Scholarship Fund, hosted by Wheatley and state Rep. Ed Gainey, at 6:30 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh. The three-day affair will culminate in a Health Expo at the Warrington Recreation Center on Sunday, Aug. 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wheatley added. Saturday, Aug. 19 events will begin at 7 a.m. with the UpHill 5k, which is aimed at increasing the health and wellness of African-Americans in Pittsburgh and is part of a deeply rooted legacy to bring awareness to health disparities that exist within the Hill District and beyond. Also on tap for Aug. 19 is a Community Day celebration from noon to 5 p.m., taking place along Centre Avenue in collaboration with the Thelma Lovette’s YMCA Spin-A-Thon, the Hill District Education Read more

 

Join me, a man of perfect imperfections, in confronting mental health issues

(Jul 31, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley, overcoming bouts of depression and PTSD, knows first-hand that seeking help is a sign of strength. He will infuse mental health awareness into all aspects of his Fifth Annual Health and Wellness Weekend, set for Aug. 18-20 with events throughout the 19th Legislative District. Read more

 

We need bipartisan leadership to solve our revenue impasse

(Jul 24, 2017)

Our current budget situation is an interesting case study when you consider the ongoing battle between spending and revenue. We passed a $32 billion spending plan with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House. Read more

 

Wheatley calls on House GOP leaders to return to work and complete budget

(Jul 12, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley requests that the Republican leaders of the state House of Representatives return to Harrisburg and complete work on the overdue 2017-18 state budget. “I am requesting that the speaker of the House call the House back into session and keep working until we successfully vote on a revenue package that pays all of the bills of the commonwealth,” said Wheatley, Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. Read more

 

Wheatley resolution calling for ‘Summer Learning Day’ unanimously adopted by House

(Jun 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley’s resolution designating July 13 as “Summer Learning Day” in Pennsylvania was unanimously adopted by the House today. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, put forth H.R. 426 as a means of drawing attention to the importance of keeping youth learning, safe and healthy during the summer – and ensuring they return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the academic year ahead. “Summer learning loss is a significant contributor to the ‘achievement gap,’ which remains constant during the traditional nine-month school year but widens during summer months,” Wheatley said. “By adopting this resolution, my House peers and I are acknowledging that summer learning is a critical component to preparing our youth for success in college, careers and life.” Wheatley said a wide array of public agencies, community-based organizations, schools, libraries, museums, recreation centers, camps and businesses contribute to year-round learning by operating summer programs. He added that summer learning programs also offer older youth meaningful activities that allow them to explore careers of interest, take on new responsibilities, contribute to their community and earn money. Regardless of age, these programs also are proven to maintain and advance students’ academic and social growth, keep children safe and healthy during summer months, and send them back to school in the fall Read more

 

Wheatley, O’Neill name members of Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform

(Jun 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – House Finance Committee Minority Chairman Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and Majority Chairman Bernie O’Neill, R-Bucks, today announced the members of the House Finance Committee who have been appointed to the newly formed Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform. The subcommittee was established through Wheatley’s H.R. 327 to investigate and review Pennsylvania’s tax laws, explore other states’ best practices and methods for levying and collecting various taxes, and develop recommendations to encourage equitable and fair tax policy. Five Republican and four Democratic members will serve on the subcommittee. The appointed members are: Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) – Chairman Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) Rep. Michael Corr (R-Montgomery) Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder/Union) Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-Montgomery) Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) Rep. Christopher Rabb (D-Philadelphia) Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) “This subcommittee will perform important work, giving us ideas on how we can modernize our tax collection system,” Wheatley said. “Most importantly, my hope is for the subcommittee to delve into deeper issues than just taxing and spending, and try to determine the vision for our commonwealth in the future and how best to pay for it.” “The members of this select subcommittee will play a crucial Read more

 

Wheatley resolution calling for examination of tax system unanimously adopted by House

(Jun 19, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 19 – The House today unanimously adopted H.R. 327 , a resolution by state Rep. Jake Wheatley calling for creation of a select subcommittee to thoroughly examine Pennsylvania’s tax collection system and suggest improvements. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, previously gained approval for the measure from the House Finance Committee, where he serves as Democratic chairman. As envisioned by Wheatley, the Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform would be tasked with making a thorough review of the process, rates and methods by which the commonwealth collects revenue – and the collective impact on taxpayers. “I am pleased that this resolution garnered bipartisan support in the full House, just as it did earlier in the Finance Committee,” Wheatley said. “This subcommittee will perform important work, giving us ideas on how we can modernize our tax collection system and methods to ensure that government services are sustained at needed levels.” Wheatley said he wants the subcommittee to delve into deeper issues than just taxing and spending, and look into the realms of what the commonwealth is seeking to create or achieve in its budgeting process. A review of Pennsylvania’s various revenue-generating mechanisms – including whether they are sustainable and in need of changes – should be central to the subcommittee’s work, said Wheatley. Read more

 

Wheatley: Tax rates, methods would be scrutinized by new select subcommittee, with eye on system modernization

(Jun 13, 2017)

HARRISBURG, June 13 – A sweeping review of the ways Pennsylvania collects revenue would be carried out by a new subcommittee under a resolution put forth by state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, which the House Finance Committee unanimously approved today. Wheatley said the Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform called for by his H.R. 327 would be tasked with making a thorough review of the process, rates and methods by which the commonwealth collects revenue – and the collective impact on taxpayers. “Each and every year, we engage in our budget process from a perspective of spending and taxing – without much review of what we are spending and taxing, or what we want to create or achieve,” said Wheatley, the Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. “It is my hope that the work of the select subcommittee will give us an idea as to what steps we need to take to ensure that all vital services our citizens look to their government to provide are sustained.” Wheatley added, “I believe that with the work of our select subcommittee, we can begin to change the current dynamic, looking at what it is we are trying to achieve as a commonwealth and what we expect from our government. By answering the broad questions, we can then thoroughly review our various revenue-generating mechanisms and ask: are they sustainable, are they functioning, and to what degree do we need any changes?” Noting that such Read more

 

Sunrise to sunset fast during June targets hunger, food insecurity

(Jun 01, 2017)

Reps Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey begin their sunrise to sunset fast during June to highlight hunger and food insecurity problems in the commonwealth. Read more

 

Month-long June fast targets hunger, food insecurity

(Jun 01, 2017)

Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey embark on their Hunger Challenge -- fasting between sunrise and sunset during June -- to raise understanding about hunger and food insecurity. Read more

 

Wheatley, Gainey issue Hunger Challenge for month of June, won’t eat or drink between sunrise and sunset for 30 days

(May 24, 2017)

HARRISBURG, May 24 – Seeking to raise awareness and become the faces of hunger, state Reps. Jake Wheatley and Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, plan to go without anything to eat or drink from sunrise until sunset for the entire month of June – and are issuing the same Hunger Challenge to their House and Senate colleagues. Wheatley and Gainey also plan to log the approximate cost of the daily sustenance they forego, then donate that amount to hunger relief organizations in their respective 19 th and 24 th legislative districts. “This sacrifice will allow us to experience some of the pains felt by those in our communities – and there are more of them than you think – who struggle with food insecurity,” Wheatley said. “Representative Gainey and I have decided to lend not just words, but our actions to bring attention to this problem.” Gainey said that in addition to being a great cause, issuing and participating in the legislative Hunger Challenge during the month of June coincides with the tough decision-making that accompanies shaping the state budget due June 30. “For those who think that we in Harrisburg too often make decisions that have little bearing on ourselves, this challenge presents an opportunity to show that we, as elected officials, are willing to personally experience and gain understanding of a problem,” Gainey said. “If your belly’s always full, you’ll never really understand Read more

 

Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty window closes June 19.

(May 23, 2017)

The Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program is open through June 19. Apply now if you owe back state taxes. Read more

 

Wheatley on Sickle Cell Advocacy

(May 23, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jake Wheatley spoke to a group of advocates gathered in the State Capitol for Sickle Cell Advocacy Day. Wheatley encouraged them to speak to as many legislators as possible and to advocate with anyone who will listen for restored funding in the state budget for Sickle Cell resources. Read more

 

Wheatley: Latest House GOP budget defies logic, fiscal responsibility
Sep 13, 2017

Wheatley helps unveil House Democratic budget alternative
Sep 13, 2017

Take the Constitution Day quiz
Sep 13, 2017

Labor Day for the Many, Not the Few
Sep 05, 2017

Persian Gulf Veterans' Bonus Program expires in one year.
Sep 01, 2017

Frankel, Wheatley, colleagues, faith leaders call for action on Pa. hate-crimes legislation
Aug 21, 2017

Health and Wellness Weekend highlights Summer 2017 newsletter
Aug 09, 2017

Wheatley to host 5th Annual Health and Wellness Weekend, Aug. 18-20
Aug 08, 2017

Join me, a man of perfect imperfections, in confronting mental health issues
Jul 31, 2017

We need bipartisan leadership to solve our revenue impasse
Jul 24, 2017

Wheatley calls on House GOP leaders to return to work and complete budget
Jul 12, 2017

Wheatley resolution calling for ‘Summer Learning Day’ unanimously adopted by House
Jun 27, 2017

Wheatley, O’Neill name members of Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization and Reform
Jun 27, 2017

Wheatley resolution calling for examination of tax system unanimously adopted by House
Jun 19, 2017

Wheatley: Tax rates, methods would be scrutinized by new select subcommittee, with eye on system modernization
Jun 13, 2017

Sunrise to sunset fast during June targets hunger, food insecurity
Jun 01, 2017

Month-long June fast targets hunger, food insecurity
Jun 01, 2017

Wheatley, Gainey issue Hunger Challenge for month of June, won’t eat or drink between sunrise and sunset for 30 days
May 24, 2017

Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty window closes June 19.
May 23, 2017

Wheatley on Sickle Cell Advocacy
May 23, 2017