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

 

Fiscal responsibility falls on the Democrats

(May 10, 2017)

By state Rep. Jake Wheatley Read more

 

Thanking our mentors: National Teacher Appreciation Day, Week

(May 08, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley reports that it's National Teacher Appreciation Week -- Tuesday, May 9, is National Teacher Appreciation Day -- and skimping on education funding would be no way to thank teachers, this week or any time. Read more

 

Wheatley calls for realistic action from House Finance Committee

(Apr 25, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said he is becoming increasingly frustrated by the Republican majority’s double standard when it comes to legislation that will have a dramatic effect on Pennsylvania’s budget and financial outlook. Wheatley, who is Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee, said committee members today were forced to vote on a package of tax-related bills introduced by House Republicans that would add $137.5 million to Pennsylvania’s spending, or budget deficit, without offering a way to pay for it. “The majority party continues to introduce and pass out of the Finance Committee legislation that would increase Pennsylvania’s already massive budget deficit and not offer the way to pay for it,” Wheatley said. “When we give away money to one sector, we are cutting money in our budget.” Wheatley said while the GOP bills have the laudable goal of leveling the playing field for mom and pop shops and small businesses, the methods used by House Republicans at the committee level are disingenuous and not in the best interest of taxpayers. “I commend the work and the effort toward helping our small businesses succeed and our economy thrive, for it is a shared goal of House Democrats,” Wheatley said. “I was even pleased to hear the Republican sponsor of this package admit that big business has a more favorable tax environment Read more

 

Jazz Honored by PA House

(Apr 19, 2017)

Pa. state Reps. Jake Wheatley, Ed Gainey, Stephen Kinsey, Patty Kim and others celebrated April as National Jazz Month in Pennsylvania. With the help of musician Calvin Stemley, they recognized the treasured American art form's contributions to PA and the world. Read more

 

Harris, Wheatley seek to end out-of-school suspensions for elementary school students for minor infractions

(Apr 03, 2017)

HARRISBURG, April 3 – Citing research that shows their correlation to exacerbating behavior problems and academic setbacks , state Reps. Jordan Harris, D-Philadelphia, and Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, are seeking to end out-of-school suspensions for kindergarten through fifth-grade students for minor disobedience or misconduct. Harris and Wheatley are the driving force behind H.B. 715, which they discussed today at a Capitol news conference attended by other like-minded legislators. “Well-established research indicates that expulsions and suspensions negatively impact the education, development, health and life of students – particularly those of a young age,” Wheatley said. “This bill seeks to keep more school-age children where they belong, which is in school.” Harris and Wheatley shared that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education have asked states to revamp their suspension and expulsion practices, with an eye toward reduction. “If we want to strengthen the educational foundation of the commonwealth’s young people, one way to do that is making sure that out-of-school suspensions at the elementary level are reserved only for serious offenses,” Harris said. “It is better to keep as many students as possible in school instead of sending them home, where they may be nsupervised and may fall further behind academically.” Supporters of the bill include Read more

 

Golden Luncheon on Friday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Mar 31, 2017)

Rep. Jake Wheatley and The People’s Office will present their 8 th Annual Golden Luncheon on Friday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Point Park University Student Center, 5 th Floor, 330 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh. Representatives from state, county and local agencies, as well as other vendors, will provide information for seniors on health care, volunteer opportunities, prescription drug plans and more. The event also offers a complimentary lunch, entertainment, games and giveaways. However, spaces are limited, so please RSVP by calling (412) 471-7760. Read more

 

Wheatley, Hughes, PLBC and Women's Caucus host Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise event in Harrisburg

(Mar 21, 2017)

HARRISBURG, March 21 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, hosted an entrepreneurial inclusion summit Monday in the Capitol complex . The event recognized Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Day in Harrisburg. Wheatley addressed the participants and highlighted the quest for equality in bidding for state contracts, which began in the 1980s with a select committee that was established by then-state Rep. Gordon Linton of Philadelphia. "Has the state progressed?" Wheatley asked. "Yes, but we still have real work to do." Wheatley concluded his remarks with the acknowledgement that minority business owners are, "not looking for a handout, but actually looking for people to get out of their way." Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Jordan Harris, D-Phila., pointed out that minority business owners are equal to any others. "When the playing field is level, we will excel," he said. Women's Caucus Chairwoman Margo Davidson, D-Phila., recognized the growth in the number of woman-owned businesses, from 8 million to 10 million over the last decade. Following the remarks, minority business owners from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, shared in a networking luncheon with a number of state agencies and then were recognized in the House chamber before visiting individual legislators. State agencies that participated in the networking luncheon included: the departments of Community Read more

 

Wheatley, Hughes, PLBC and Women's Caucus hosting Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise event March 20 in Harrisburg

(Mar 17, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, March 17 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, is hosting an entrepreneurial inclusion summit at 11:15 a.m. in the Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg. Sen. Vincent Hughes, the Women's Caucus and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus also are participating in the event. They will be joined by Stephen Bradley, chairman, Philadelphia African American Chamber of Commerce, and Shariah Brown, chairman, African American Chamber of Commerce of central Pennsylvania. Minority business owners from Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia are expected to participate in the event. 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. In addition to the media event, the attendees will join in a networking luncheon with a number of state agencies and then be recognized in the House chamber before visiting individual legislators in Harrisburg. State agencies expected to participate in the networking luncheon include: the departments of Community and Economic Development, Conservation and Natural Resources, Corrections, General Services, Military and Veterans Affairs, and Transportation; the Game Commission; Gaming Control Board; Liquor Control Board; Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the Turnpike Commission. ### Read more

 

Wheatley giving female employees Wednesday off to celebrate nationwide ‘A Day Without a Woman’

(Mar 07, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, March 7 – In conjunction with the national “A Day Without a Woman” event called for by organizers of the recent Women’s March on Washington, D.C., state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, is giving all female employees of his Pittsburgh and Harrisburg offices Wednesday off with pay. Wheatley, who recently arranged for 200 high school girls to see the inspirational movie “Hidden Figures” and who supports measures to reduce gender inequality – including pay inequity, said his decision was made to show solidarity with all women in the 19 th Legislative District whose voices deserve to be heard. Wheatley said women in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, and especially that region’s African-American women, are some of the most impoverished in the country. “Women make invaluable contributions in the workplace, yet they continue to lag behind their male peers in terms of pay and promotion,” Wheatley said. “Giving my female employees the day off is one way to add more voices to the growing chorus that’s demanding policy changes to help women achieve parity, in the workplace and elsewhere. “We need to recognize their voices and do something to improve their lives. What I am doing Wednesday is just a small part, but I recognize that much more is needed.” Wheatley said the day without women also seeks to recognize women’s vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment and Read more

 

Wheatley Hopes Movie is Inspirational for Girls

(Feb 02, 2017)

Pa. state Rep. Jake Wheatley organized a viewing of the movie Hidden Figures for 200 high school girls from Pittsburgh in the hopes they become inspired and motivated to pursue any career of their choosing. Read more

 

Wheatley: Report on Quality of Life for Pittsburgh African-Americans

(Feb 02, 2017)

Pa state Rep. Jake Wheatley announces the release of the Peace and Justice Initiative report developed by the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition that examines the quality of life, education, and employment opportunities for the city's African-American residents. Read more

 

Wheatley: Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition to release peace and justice report Thursday at City Council Chambers

(Feb 01, 2017)

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1 – The Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition will release and discuss its Pittsburgh Peace and Justice Initiative Phase 1 report from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the City Council Chambers, 414 Grant St. , according to state Rep. Jake Wheatley. Wheatley, D-Allegheny and a coalition member, said the report will include findings in the areas of public safety, family outcomes, businesses and organizations, education and employment, along with policy recommendations. Additional information on the coalition is available at http://pbeoc.org . Media attendance is invited. Read more

 

CORRECTION: Monday school delay moves Wheatley movie viewing to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2

(Jan 27, 2017)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – Because of a snow-related school delay Monday, a viewing of the movie “Hidden Figures” organized by state Rep. Jake Wheatley for 200 high school girls from Pittsburgh has been rescheduled to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at Southside Works Cinemas. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, is partnering with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Hill District Education Council, The Southside Works Cinemas, and members of the local residential and business communities to enable the students to see the morning movie. The film chronicles the true story of a team of African-American women who provided NASA with mathematical data used to launch the agency’s first successful space missions, which Wheatley said should serve as an educational inspiration to attendees. Wheatley said the idea came about when lifelong Hill District resident Taminikah Howze approached him about providing this opportunity for young ladies across his district. Wheatley then called upon the local community to pitch in to make this opportunity come to fruition. "In a little more than 24 hours, donations and commitments came pouring in, enough to cover a sellout of a 250-seat theater,” Wheatley said, noting students from Pittsburgh Milliones, Pittsburgh Perry and Pittsburgh Brasher will attend the event at the SouthSide Works Cinemas. NEWS EDITORS/ASSIGNMENT DESKS : Media coverage of this event is invited. The students will arrive at 9 a.m., view the movie from 9:30 Read more

 

Wheatley reappointed chairman of House Finance Committee

(Jan 05, 2017)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley will again take a leadership role in the General Assembly with his reappointment as Democratic chairman of the House Finance Committee. Read more

 

Wheatley announces state grants totaling almost $3.2 million

(Dec 06, 2016)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 6 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today that four grants, totaling more than $3.19 million, have been approved for four projects in the downtown and Station Square areas of Pittsburgh. The grants, part of the Multimodal Transportation Fund Program, have been authorized by the Commonwealth Financing Agency. McKnight South River Inc. will receive $2 million to assist the construction of a new connection from East Carson Street and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. The construction plans include a ramp, new steps and an outdoor elevator, as well as improvements to the sidewalks, ramps, stairs and curbing along Third and Fourth avenues and East Carson Street. TC NE Metro Development will receive $500,000 to assist in developing a brownfield property, which is currently used as a parking lot. Project plans are to create a mixed-use development, including residences and office space. The grant will be used for structural improvements, such as sidewalks, bike and pedestrian trails and a bike-sharing station. The City of Pittsburgh will receive $492,616 to extend the bike and hike trail at the Monongahela Wharf Switchback. This grant will complete a missing 600-foot length, completing the trail from the Great Allegheny Passage to Point State Park. Duquesne University will receive a grant of $200,000 to assist in the replacement and upgrade of 545 feet of sidewalk along Forbes Avenue with ADA-approved crosswalks, as well as Read more

 

Wheatley, local officials hosting discussion on Every Student Succeeds Act

(Dec 01, 2016)

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and his partners in the Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition are partnering with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and A Schools to host a public discussion with the state Department of Education on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Wheatley, state Rep. Ed Gainey, City Councilmen Rev. Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle and County Councilman DeWitt Walton will host the event at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at CCAC Allegheny Campus, Tom Foerster Student Service Center, 808 Ridge Ave . The ESSA was signed by President Obama in 2015, and reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition invites residents to come together to discuss what this law means for students of our Commonwealth and City. More information about this event is available by calling Wheatley's office at 412-471-7760 . ### Read more

 

Wheatley delivers keynote address to National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials

(Nov 17, 2016)

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today delivered the keynote address to the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials during the National League of Cities 2016 City Summit at the Westin Convention Center. Wheatley spoke to more than 100 black elected officials about the recent work of the Peace and Justice Coalition in Pittsburgh. Wheatley, state Rep. Ed Gainey, City Councilmen Rev. Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle, and County Councilman DeWitt Walton have hosted a series of community meetings across the city to get direct feedback from residents to draft a “Peace and Justice Policy Agenda.” The goal was developing a roadmap to improve police-community relationships, to transform neighborhoods trapped in a cycle of isolated poverty, and to ensure equality and justice for all of Pittsburgh. At the event, Wheatley was named an honorary member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. He urged those in attendance to work together collectively to improve the lives of black citizens across the country. “As black leaders we must all work together to address the long-time structural and systemic challenges facing too many of our underserved, traditional majority black communities across the country,” Wheatley said. ### Read more

 

Limited access will give many a much-deserved second chance

(Nov 15, 2016)

As you may know, many of our residents here in the City of Pittsburgh took advantage of “ Expungement Day ” on Monday. This was possible because of Act 5 of 2016, legislation I was proud to support earlier this year. The newly effective law means individuals with certain low-level misdemeanors on their criminal records can petition the court to request “an order of limited access” to those records, provided that they have remained arrest-free for a period of at least ten years. Despite the victory this represents for criminal justice reform in Pennsylvania, which is one of my top priorities as your state representative, the reality is there is still much more work to do. Something important to keep in mind is that a limited access order is not the same thing as expungement. Expungement is the removal of a conviction from your record, whereas limited access orders means records will still be available to law enforcement agencies and other state agencies, but an individual who obtains relief will not need to disclose those convictions on job applications, for example. Additionally, those records will not be available to the general public from the court. Act 5 of 2016 relieves the burden of disclosing old, low-level offenses for thousands of Pennsylvanians who may have made some mistakes in the past but who have maintained crime-free lifestyles for a significant period of time. While I am encouraged by this progress, when the new Legislative Read more

 

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

Wheatley on Sickle Cell Advocacy
May 23, 2017

Fiscal responsibility falls on the Democrats
May 10, 2017

Thanking our mentors: National Teacher Appreciation Day, Week
May 08, 2017

Wheatley calls for realistic action from House Finance Committee
Apr 25, 2017

Jazz Honored by PA House
Apr 19, 2017

Harris, Wheatley seek to end out-of-school suspensions for elementary school students for minor infractions
Apr 03, 2017

Golden Luncheon on Friday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mar 31, 2017

Wheatley, Hughes, PLBC and Women's Caucus host Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise event in Harrisburg
Mar 21, 2017

Wheatley, Hughes, PLBC and Women's Caucus hosting Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise event March 20 in Harrisburg
Mar 17, 2017

Wheatley giving female employees Wednesday off to celebrate nationwide ‘A Day Without a Woman’
Mar 07, 2017

Wheatley Hopes Movie is Inspirational for Girls
Feb 02, 2017

Wheatley: Report on Quality of Life for Pittsburgh African-Americans
Feb 02, 2017

Wheatley: Pittsburgh Black Elected Officials Coalition to release peace and justice report Thursday at City Council Chambers
Feb 01, 2017

CORRECTION: Monday school delay moves Wheatley movie viewing to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2
Jan 27, 2017

Wheatley reappointed chairman of House Finance Committee
Jan 05, 2017

Wheatley announces state grants totaling almost $3.2 million
Dec 06, 2016

Wheatley, local officials hosting discussion on Every Student Succeeds Act
Dec 01, 2016

Wheatley delivers keynote address to National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
Nov 17, 2016

Limited access will give many a much-deserved second chance
Nov 15, 2016