Wheatley praises creation of Gov. Wolf’s Response Task Force

(Apr 28, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 28 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, has issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement of the creation of the Response Task Force for Health Disparity: “I'm thankful that Governor Wolf has continued to be a leader who listens and understands the needs of all Pennsylvanians and ensures all voice are heard, especially in our communities of color. “It’s vital that all available resources are utilized to stop the spread of this devastating virus, but it’s also important that we begin to truly address the root causes that have made our citizens of color far more susceptible to more serious issues and even death. It is my hope that the focus of this task force will be on health system disparities, which would include expanded outreach to these communities, treating and recruiting a workforce for contact tracing, support of the minority businesses and nonprofits, and Election Day voter protection. “My hope is this task force – in the short term – will be able to address structural and systemic barriers. Looking forward, I am also hopeful that long-term objectives of this task force will include the creation of a transparent, accountable and equitable process for the distribution and allocation of state resources. “Again, I applaud the governor’s leadership and commitment to ensure every Pennsylvanian has a voice – and is Read more

 

Wheatley: Legislative efforts to provide relief, assistance to all Pa’s in responding to pandemic

(Apr 27, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 27 – As Pennsylvania continues to recover from the effects of an unprecedented pandemic, state Rep. Jake Wheatley said he is committed to paving the way to help affected individuals, businesses and institutions with immediate and long-term assistance and support. To date, Wheatley, D-Allegheny, has introduced several measures to provide relief and support, including the Emergency Relief of COVID-19 Workers Act , which would provide additional wages and support for essential workers, including those who have lost their jobs, and the creation of a special uncompensated care fund for Pennsylvanians who have lost their employer-provided health insurance coverage, due to being out of work. In addition, Wheatley is crafting a $10 billion business relief package that would set aside $5 billion for small businesses, $3 billion for minority businesses, $1.5 billion for the food and hospitality industry and $500 million for sole proprietors. The package is designed to help preserve and bolster small business owners, the backbone of our commonwealth’s economy, he added. “Residents in Allegheny County and across our state are hurting, and I am working diligently with my colleagues in the House to bring each of them immediate relief, and that includes our family-owned small businesses, our hospitality and healthcare workers, our seniors and our schools,” said Wheatley. “While there has been some federal help offered, Read more

 

Wheatley, Gainey and Street to host live stream on prohibition of cannabis in Pa.

(Apr 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley will join state Rep. Ed Gainey, both D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Sharif Street, D-Phila., for a Facebook Live discussion on ending the prohibition of cannabis today at 4:20 p.m . The public Facebook Live event link is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/528667574478579/ Wheatley will discuss H.B. 2050 , a bill he introduced that would legalize adult-use cannabis, which includes provisions to help disadvantaged populations and victims of the war on drugs. Reporters/Editors : please join the Zoom conference call at 4 p.m. today by using the login information below: Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84305442677?pwd=Wk51TnVJTGorUktSR2dQZ3NYUFMzZz09 Meeting ID: 843 0544 2677 Password: 125162 Media coverage is invited. Read more

 

Rep. Jake Wheatley's bill could boost Pennsylvania's economy following pandemic turmoil

(Apr 17, 2020)

Getting a recreational cannabis bill passed is no easy feat. Only 11 states have done it, while 33 have legalized medical marijuana. Bills have been introduced in Pennsylvania over the years without ever realistically coming close to passing. But the turmoil caused by the pandemic could actually bolster the argument for legal cannabis in the commonwealth, as record-breaking unemployment and dormant businesses threaten the economy and the state's budget stretches to provide for more emergency funding. Read more

 

Wheatley invites residents to virtual town hall

(Apr 17, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 17 – In an effort to respond to questions and concerns related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Jake Wheatley has announced he will host a virtual town hall at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said this will give residents an opportunity to ask questions and receive information and updates on resources and programs to assist them during this time. Information on how to take part in the virtual town hall can be found by visiting www.pahouse.com/wheatley and clicking on the “Virtual Town Hall” link on the landing page. Anyone with questions can contact The People’s Office at 412-471-7760 or by email at RepWheatley@pahouse.com . Read more

 

Join my COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, April 21!

(Apr 16, 2020)

I know you may have a lot of questions and concerns related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why I would like to invite you to my virtual town hall on Tuesday, April 21 starting at 5:30 p.m . This gives you an opportunity to ask questions and get vital information, including updates on resources and programs to help you during this time. You can join using your mobile device or your laptop/desktop – please see details below. Mobile device (smartphone, iPad, etc.) To participate, you will need to download the Microsoft Teams application: Click here for Apple devices Click here for Android devices Click here for Amazon devices ***Note: if you choose to use the app to participate in town hall and you are using the friends and family option, please ignore the redirect to the Skype application. Please select “business” and enter a business name to participate in the virtual town hall. From a laptop or desktop Simply click on this link by 5:30 p.m. to join the virtual town hall. I look forward to hearing from you! If you need help now, please call The People’s Office at 412-471-7760 or contact me by email at RepWheatley@pahouse.com Read more

 

Wheatley announces effort to address uncompensated care related to COVID-19 pandemic

(Apr 13, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 13 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley announced he will officially introduce legislation designed to assist Pennsylvania hospitals with uncompensated care costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said his bill would allow hospitals to apply for reimbursement of a portion of uncompensated care directly related to COVID-19. A special fund would be created and paid for through a general bond, he added. “As the number of our state’s uninsured continues to rise with many Pennsylvanians out of work and losing their employer-provided insurance, our hospitals will be confronted with an unprecedented amount of uncompensated care,” Wheatley said. “During these unprecedented times, our legislature can be proactive and take steps to prevent thousands of residents from being faced with medical-related debt, which we know can devastate their credit and plague them for years. “With the governor announcing last week that PENNVEST funds will be used to help hospitals with vital equipment and supplies, I am confident my bill would take this commitment a step further to help hospitals continue to fight on the front lines against this devastating virus.” More information on Wheatley’s bill can be found here . Read more

 

Wheatley: Pa. needs better demographic data on COVID-19 cases in order to effectively respond, curb virus’ spread

(Apr 08, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 8 – Citing concerns that minority populations are more likely to be at high risk for contracting COVID-19 and less likely to have access to healthcare resources – including testing – state Rep. Jake Wheatley said he will be introducing a bill to require state agencies to collect better data to address health disparities during the current pandemic. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said he is concerned that low-income communities of color aren’t effectively being tracked and that’s significantly hampering efforts to curb the virus’ spread. He added that minority populations have higher rates of chronic diseases, such as asthma, hypertension and heart disease, which puts them at higher risk for contracting the virus. “Several cities in the U.S., including Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago, are showing that minority populations are dying of COVID-19 at higher rates,” Wheatley said. “In order for our state to better respond to this pandemic, it’s vital we have the correct data. My legislation would require the state departments of Health and Human Services to work closely with local officials and private labs to ensure correct data is being collected.” More information on Wheatley’s bill can be found here . Read more

 

Wheatley urges Gov. Wolf to consider temporary furlough of non-violent offenders

(Apr 06, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 6 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley has asked Gov. Tom Wolf to consider temporarily furloughing inmates and non-violent offenders in state correctional facilities to curb the spread of COVID-19. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said while the governor’s March 29 decision to place more than 44,000 inmates into quarantine was the right one, he said he is especially concerned for inmates who are at higher risk for contracting the virus, and because prisons were never built to handle situations like a pandemic. “I plan to introduce a resolution that would urge the governor to sign an executive order to direct the state Department of Corrections to furlough all non-violent offenders, pregnant women and inmates over the age of 65 until the state’s current emergency declaration is over,” Wheatley said. “Such action could significantly curb the spread of the virus among inmates and staff, because right now, they are in a dangerous and unhealthy situation, compared to the actions we’re taking in our communities to limit the virus’s spread. “By taking this proactive step, it would provide corrections officials sufficient time to implement a more efficient and safer plan to house these non-violent offenders, moving forward,” Wheatley added. More information on Wheatley’s resolution can be found here. Read more

 

COVID-19 support for PA business

(Apr 04, 2020)

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Wheatley: Bill would provide emergency relief to affected workers during COVID-19 pandemic

(Apr 02, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, April 2 – In an effort to provide widespread help to essential workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, state Rep. Jake Wheatley has introduced a measure that would provide multiple levels of assistance. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said H.B. 2380 would include the following: Provide additional wages to essential workers, including those who make less than $15 an hour. Ban employers from requiring employees to use their Paid Time Off directly preceding a layoff due to a health emergency. Suspend all mortgage and rent payments for workers who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic (beginning April 1, 2020, and ending one month following the end of the state emergency declaration). Landlords would be able to apply for reimbursement for lost rent during this period. Forgiveness of student loans in full for essential employees who work more than 150 hours during the outbreak (with proof of essential employee status and hours worked). The legislation would be paid for by a general bond not to exceed $10 billion, Wheatley added. “Right now, we are living in unprecedented, uncertain times, and it’s vital we take action and respond to the immediate needs of residents who have been impacted by this pandemic, due to their work or the loss of their jobs,” Wheatley said. “We have an opportunity to provide and support thousands of Pennsylvanians during this challenging time, and I urge my Read more

 

Wheatley introduces bill to protect public school districts from lawsuits due to COVID-19 related operational changes

(Mar 31, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, March 31 – Public school districts statewide have had to make significant adjustments in how they educate students during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and state Rep. Jake Wheatley said his measure would help protect districts from frivolous lawsuits. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said that House Bill 2375 would prevent legal actions against districts for operational changes that they have had to make due to the coronavirus pandemic in the current 2019-20 school year. “A school district’s primary job is to educate students – and many districts have had to be flexible in implementing ways to continue to teach, due to the restrictions that many families face,” Wheatley said. “My goal is to ensure that these districts can continue to operate as best as they can without fearing legal action due to a situation completely out of their control.” Wheatley added that his effort isn’t an attempt to restrict parents’ rights, but to help protect the state’s public school districts during a vulnerable time. Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 18, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak

(Mar 13, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 13 – State Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation, and fellow ACHDD members on Friday announced their legislative priorities to support Pennsylvania during the coronavirus outbreak, including the need to support low-income and working-class families without paid family leave or the ability to work from home. Miller, as well as state Reps. Austin Davis, Dan Deasy, Tony DeLuca, House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Bill Kortz, Anita Kulik, Summer Lee, Brandon Markosek, Adam Ravenstahl, Harry Readshaw and Jake Wheatley issued the following statement in response to Friday’s statewide school closure: “The delegation, first and foremost, wants to be supportive of the school districts during this time. It is clear that both they and the governor are motivated by an abundance of concern for the health and safety of both their students and staff. We respect their decision and will work to support their needs in Harrisburg. However, while the closure may have been a necessary step, it is not without its subsequent challenges -- and those challenges must be addressed by the legislature. “At a minimum, in order to help people across Pennsylvania, Harrisburg should prioritize the following items for discussion and vote: Paid family leave legislation. Emergency funding for childcare support. Assistance for Read more

 

Wheatley: MWDBE event postponed

(Mar 12, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, March 12 – Out of an abundance of caution due to concerns related to COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, state Rep. Jake Wheatley today announced that the Minority Women and Disadvantaged Business Event, scheduled for Monday, March 23, has been postponed until Monday, May 11 . The day’s events will begin with an 11 a.m. news conference in the Capitol’s Media Center, followed by a free and open networking mixer at noon. These events will be followed by several issue and industry-focused workshops and governmental engagement opportunities throughout the Capitol complex. There is free bus transportation with limited seats leaving from Pittsburgh at 6 a.m. and arriving back from the Capitol at 8 p.m. Please call The People’s Office at 412-471-7760 to RSVP or for more information. Agencies scheduled to take part in the MWDBE event include the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Wheatley invites everyone to participate in the event by using the #MBETakeover2020 hashtag in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Wheatley: Three area nonprofits awarded nearly $84,000 to use toward security, safety improvements

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Three area nonprofits have been awarded a total of $83,499 in grants from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to use toward a variety of security and safety enhancements, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today. Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said ACHIEVA, which provides support and advocacy for people with disabilities and their families, received a $24,419 grant. The Center that CARES, an organization that provides support to children and young adults in need, received an $24,000 grant, and Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania was awarded a $35,080 grant. “These funds will ensure that our residents, who come from a variety of backgrounds and who rely on services and support from these community organizations, can do so without being concerned for their safety or security,” said Wheatley. “I’m pleased PCCD is providing these groups with the necessary funds to allow them to upgrade their facilities, provide staff training, or purchase additional technology to keep their clients – and staff – safe.” The grants awarded today are provided through PCCD’s Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program following the passage of Act 83 of 2019 . The act directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations who have been or who are likely to be targets for hate crimes. Priority consideration for funding was given to organizations that indicated they – or their membership Read more

 

Rep. Wheatley invites minority, women and disadvantaged business owners to state Capitol

(Mar 10, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, March 10 – In what’s become an annual tradition, state Rep. Jake Wheatley is again hosting a day at the state Capitol to provide opportunities for established minority, women and disadvantaged business entrepreneurs to gain recognition for their business acumen and gain additional networking opportunities. This year’s MWDBE event will be held Monday, March 23 in Harrisburg. The day’s events will begin with an 11 a.m. news conference in the Capitol’s media center, followed by a free and open networking mixer at noon. These events will be followed by several issue and industry-focused workshops and governmental engagement opportunities throughout the Capitol complex. There is free bus transportation with limited seats leaving from Pittsburgh at 6 a.m. and arriving back from the Capitol at 8 p.m. Seats are limited, and you must RSVP by contacting Wheatley’s office at 412-471-7760 by Friday, March 13 . Agencies scheduled to take part in the MWDBE event include the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Wheatley invites everyone to participate in the event by using the #MBETakeover2020 hashtag in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Wheatley: $80,000 in state grants awarded to support museum, historical society

(Mar 05, 2020)

PITTSBURGH, March 5 – The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania each have been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. Wheatley said the grants provide general operating support to state museums and official county historical societies that are not directly supported by other state agency operating support programs. “The museum and historical society add so much to the character and culture of our region, helping us learn not only about our communities’ rich history, but also providing resources for visitors to research their families’ lineage,” Wheatley said. “They play a vital role in keeping our communities interesting and vibrant places to visit, live and work.” The grants are awarded under the PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx Read more

 

Wheatley announces grant to Pittsburgh organization to help veterans overcome opioid addiction

(Mar 02, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 2 – A Pittsburgh nonprofit organization has been awarded a $100,000 federal grant to assist in its efforts to help veterans suffering from opioid use disorder, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. Wheatley said the Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard will use the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funds to create an opioid response program under its veterans’ resource center and to connect veterans to community treatment resources. In addition, the funds will also be used toward education and opioid use disorder prevention efforts. “When our veterans, who have served our country with honor and dedication, return home, we know that there are some who have a difficult time adjusting to civilian life due to addiction,” said Wheatley. “This grant will provide the vital support, including treatment services, that our area veterans need and deserve to help them and their families.” A total of $1 million in SAMHSA grants were awarded to seven programs in Pennsylvania which offer treatment and recovery, homelessness and suicide prevention services, and other services to support veterans dealing with substance abuse disorder. Read more

 

Wheatley praises creation of Gov. Wolf’s Response Task Force
Apr 28, 2020

Wheatley: Legislative efforts to provide relief, assistance to all Pa’s in responding to pandemic
Apr 27, 2020

Wheatley, Gainey and Street to host live stream on prohibition of cannabis in Pa.
Apr 20, 2020

Rep. Jake Wheatley's bill could boost Pennsylvania's economy following pandemic turmoil
Apr 17, 2020

Wheatley invites residents to virtual town hall
Apr 17, 2020

Join my COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, April 21!
Apr 16, 2020

Wheatley announces effort to address uncompensated care related to COVID-19 pandemic
Apr 13, 2020

Wheatley: Pa. needs better demographic data on COVID-19 cases in order to effectively respond, curb virus’ spread
Apr 08, 2020

Wheatley urges Gov. Wolf to consider temporary furlough of non-violent offenders
Apr 06, 2020

COVID-19 support for PA business
Apr 04, 2020

Wheatley: Bill would provide emergency relief to affected workers during COVID-19 pandemic
Apr 02, 2020

Wheatley introduces bill to protect public school districts from lawsuits due to COVID-19 related operational changes
Mar 31, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 18, 2020

Miller, ACHDD seek to support school districts, families, first responders and small businesses during outbreak
Mar 13, 2020

Wheatley: MWDBE event postponed
Mar 12, 2020

Wheatley: Three area nonprofits awarded nearly $84,000 to use toward security, safety improvements
Mar 11, 2020

Rep. Wheatley invites minority, women and disadvantaged business owners to state Capitol
Mar 10, 2020

Wheatley: $80,000 in state grants awarded to support museum, historical society
Mar 05, 2020

Wheatley announces grant to Pittsburgh organization to help veterans overcome opioid addiction
Mar 02, 2020