Grants announced for park, connectors for Hill and Downtown districts

(Mar 26, 2019)

A major project that will connect the Hill and Downtown districts with a pedestrian park over the I-579 Highway in Pittsburgh has been selected to receive a $350,000 state grant, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. Read more

 

Lawmakers comment on acquittal of white police officer in fatal shooting of Antwon Rose

(Mar 23, 2019)

PITTSBURGH , March 23 – Pittsburgh-area lawmakers today released the following statement regarding the acquittal of former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld, who fatally shot Antwon Rose II, an unarmed black teenager, in the back last summer. “First and foremost, our deepest sympathies go out to Michelle Kenny and Antwon Rose Sr. as well as the rest of Antwon’s family and friends. Our community lost a 17-year-old boy. We will continue to mourn this senseless and pointless loss of the life. The life he lived as well as the life he could’ve gone on to live. “While no verdict can bring Antwon back, we had hoped to see justice for his murder. Unfortunately, there will be no justice for Antwon. This outcome, while extremely disappointing, is far from surprising. Our region has a troubling history of racial injustices. The loss of an unarmed Antwon with no punishment for the police officer who shot him three times as he tried to flee will be added to that history. “America has a problem with police officers murdering African-American men and women that our region is not immune to. From Freddie Gray, to Sandra Bland, to Philando Castile and now Antwon Rose, police officers time and time again have used excessive, unnecessary force against African-American civilians and faced no criminal convictions for their actions. “As a nation, we simply cannot sit back, express our outrage for a few days and then return to our Read more

 

Wheatley hosts event celebrating, promoting minority, women and disadvantaged businesses in Pennsylvania

(Mar 18, 2019)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, hosted an event in Harrisburg celebrating and promoting minority, women and disadvantaged businesses (MWDBE) in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

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

(Mar 14, 2019)

Over the past several years, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, has hosted a day at the Capitol for entrepreneurs to put faces to the well-established minority, women and disadvantaged business designations. Read more

 

OP-ED: Don’t Blow Smoke, Hop

(Mar 13, 2019)

After reading Hop’s recent opinion piece in the New Pittsburgh Courier, I wanted to give an informed rebuttal to his assertions. Read more

 

Join Rep. Wheatley in Harrisburg for a MWDBE summit

(Mar 08, 2019)

Join Rep. Wheatley for his MWDBE networking event in Harrisburg. Read more

 

Wheatley introduces adult-use cannabis legalization bill for Pennsylvania

(Feb 04, 2019)

state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today introduced the most comprehensive adult-use cannabis legalization bill to date. Read more

 

Wheatley, Hughes hold event recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania

(Feb 04, 2019)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, and state Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery, held an event in Harrisburg recognizing Feb. 7, 2019 as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Read more

 

Wheatley: $2 million in grants awarded to fund Pittsburgh projects

(Feb 01, 2019)

Two projects in Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District have been chosen to receive more than $2 million in state funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Read more

 

In partnership with Gov. Wolf, Rep. Wheatley to introduce bipartisan legislation to restore state’s infrastructure

(Jan 31, 2019)

The plan, Restore Pennsylvania, was introduced by Gov. Tom Wolf at a press conference Thursday in Harrisburg. Read more

 

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools

(Jan 17, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 17 – Sixteen education entities in Allegheny County today were awarded a total $560,000 in targeted grants provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. The grants will fund training and equipment needed to prepare teachers and students for the expansion of computer science programs. Miller said each recipient will receive $35,000 through PAsmart, which has made Pennsylvania No. 2 in the nation for investing in K-12 STEM and computer science education. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding,” Miller said. “In the coming years, most jobs will require workers to use computers and advanced technology in an ever-changing workforce and economy. By providing this funding, we’re helping to ensure students and teachers will be adequately prepared to succeed in their line of work, and do so with confidence.” School districts and charter/intermediate unit schools awarded funding through PAsmart include: Baldwin-Whitehall School District (Reps. Harry Readshaw, Bill Kortz and Dan Miller) Carlynton School District (Reps. Anita Kulik and Dan Deasy) Chartiers Valley School District (Kulik and Miller) City Charter High School (Reps. Dan Frankel, Jake Wheatley, Adam Ravenstahl, Readshaw, Miller, Sara Innamorato, Deasy, Summer Lee and Ed Gainey) Deer Lakes School District (Rep. Frank Dermody) Duquesne Read more

 

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry

(Jan 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 10 – An $115,641 business education partnership grant will provide Allegheny County students with hands-on exposure to careers in the building and construction industry, announced state Rep. Dan Miller, chairman of the Allegheny County House Democratic Delegation. “This grant money will have a positive impact on students from all House districts encompassed within the delegation,” Miller said. “The delegation is happy to announce this funding, as we all understand the importance of providing students with a means-to-an-end when it comes to choosing their prospective career paths. “Students looking to get involved in the building and construction industry will find the programs created by this funding to be not only rewarding, but also extremely informational and influential as they look to solidify their futures in the workforce.” Miller said the Three Rivers Workforce Development Board will join forces with PARTNER4WORK, a Pittsburgh-based workforce development organization, to carry out the three-pronged project. The first phase will include bringing together 14 building and construction unions, local colleges, businesses, students and others at the March 29 Building On … Careers in the Building and Construction Industry conference in Pittsburgh. The second phase involves the creation of the Summer in Trades internship program, which will provide students with hands-on experience and insight into the Read more

 

Wheatley returns as Democratic chairman of House Finance Committee

(Jan 07, 2019)

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, will retain a top position on the influential state House Finance Committee, as he was today named its Democratic chairman for another two-year term. Read more

 

Wheatley sworn in for ninth term in state House

(Jan 02, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 1 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today was sworn into office for his ninth two-year term representing the 19 th Legislative District. Wheatley plans to continue his outreach and advocacy initiatives, including his fight to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the commonwealth. During the 2017-18 legislative session, Wheatley introduced legislation calling for the legalization of marijuana, which would generate an estimated half-billion dollars in tax revenue; the expungement of criminal records associated with marijuana; the return of driver’s and professional licenses that were revoked or suspended due to marijuana-related crimes; and the continued growth of the infrastructure related to medical marijuana. This legislative session, he plans to introduce a measure that will build upon last year’s bill and include dedicating the revenue generated by the tax to be invested in affordable housing, school-loan debt forgiveness and afterschool programs. Wheatley is encouraging constituents to contact his “Peoples Office” at 2015 Centre Ave. in Pittsburgh at 412-471-7760 with any state-related matter or concern. He also is urging people to visit his website – www.pahouse.com/Wheatley – which has links to information on state services and includes a form that enables constituents to email him. He also maintains a legislative Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RepWheatley and the Twitter feed Read more

 

Wheatley lauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s notion to take serious look at legalizing recreational marijuana

(Dec 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 20 – State Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, today released the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent public comments on taking a “serious” look at legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania. “Today I join with many Pennsylvanians to applaud our governor for finally publicly recognizing that our commonwealth needs to take a hard look at the numerous social, economic and medical benefits legal adult-use cannabis would bring to our state. “Last year, I introduced the first comprehensive legislation to not only legalize adult-use cannabis and generate an estimated half billion dollars in tax revenue, but also expunge criminal records, return drivers and professional licenses, incentivize partnerships with Pennsylvania farmers and continue to grow the infrastructure developed by medical cannabis. “Medical cannabis was the right first step, but we can do more. This is why we took Senator Leach’s older first drafts of a legalization bill and spent months compiling the comprehensive version I introduced last year. My bill goes further than any other by rectifying injustices and making investments in the people of the commonwealth. “This is why I will be introducing House Bill 50 in the 2019-20 legislative session, which will build upon all of the work done last year and now include dedicating the revenue generated by the tax to be invested in affordable housing, school-loan debt Read more

 

Wheatley: $1.2 million in tax credits awarded in 19th Legislative District

(Dec 18, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 18 – Ten community redevelopment and outreach projects in the 19 th Legislative District will benefit from $1.2 million in tax credits, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. The projects range from the redevelopment of mix-used commercial buildings and workforce development, to community outreach and well-being, and the renovation or removal of blighted buildings across the district. “I’m happy to announce these substantial tax credits that were awarded to multiple entities within the 19 th Legislative District,” Wheatley said. “We’re trying to enact change and progression here in our neighborhoods, with projects geared toward breaking down barriers to employment and renovating and removing blighted structures. None of this would be doable without the generous tax credits awarded by the commonwealth.” The 10 entities and the tax credits they received are: Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, located in Hazelwood - $55,000. ACH Clear Pathways, located in the Hill District - $55,000. Pittsburgh Gateways Corp., located in the Hill District - $82,500. Hilltop Alliance, located in Knoxville - $200,000. Northside Leadership Conference Inc., located in Northside - $360,000. Hill Community Development Corp., located in the Hill District - $160,000. A. Philip Randolph Institute, located Downtown - $93,750. Pennsylvania Women Work, located Downtown - $75,000. Pittsburgh Community Read more

 

Rep. Wheatley's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar

(Dec 03, 2018)

Click here to download Rep. Wheatley's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar. Read more

 

IFO releases projection of $1.7 billion deficit

(Nov 19, 2018)

According to the latest report from the Independent Fiscal Office, Pennsylvania could be facing a $1.7 billion deficit for FY 2019-20. The size of the deficit highlights the pressing need for wide-scale tax reform – something I have been urging for years. We can’t reform the state’s budget with piecemeal measures – we need a holistic approach that addresses the root causes of why we face deficits. That’s why I prime sponsored the resolution creating the Select Subcommittee on Tax Modernization & Reform. The subcommittee would investigate the ways the commonwealth assesses and collects taxes and would determine whether those methods are outdated based on our state’s changing demographics, economy and workforce. The subcommittee would then develop proposals to ensure that our tax structure is not only fair for both individuals and businesses, but creates better safeguards to adequately generate the revenue we need to pay our bills. It’s also one of the reasons I’m re-introducing legislation to legalize the adult recreational use of cannabis. It’s estimated that legalization could generate more than $580 million in annual tax revenue for Pennsylvania. That’s money to strengthen our economy, bolster our workforce and improve our schools. And it’s revenue that could relieve about one-third of the projected deficit in the coming fiscal year. So as we approach the start of a new legislative Read more

 

Wheatley: $450,000 in grants awarded to fund infrastructure improvements, greenway planning

(Nov 16, 2018)

HARRISBURG, Nov. 16 – A total of $450,000 in Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants will fund infrastructure development and greenway planning for several Pittsburgh sites, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Allegheny, announced today. The grants – awarded by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – include $250,000 to the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for the development of I-579 Cap Park, spanning a portion of I-579 in Pittsburgh. “The I-579 Cap Park project is going to revitalize this area in a major way by re-establishing a physical link between downtown Pittsburgh and the Hill District,” said Wheatley, who added that the project includes construction of pedestrian paths, an event lawn and amphitheater, ADA access, and related features, including lighting and landscaping “I’m thrilled that DCNR released the funding for this project, which is going to provide new connections and amenities for residents.” Wheatley added that two other grants include $160,000 to the Pennsylvania Environmental Council Inc., to prepare a riverfront plan for the 178-acre Hazelwood Green site along the Monongahela River and a $40,000 grant to Pittsburgh City to prepare a master site development plan for the 13.4-acre Kennard Park in Pittsburgh. The grants are part of a $50 million package awarded statewide for various parks and conservation projects. Funding sources include the Read more

 

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans

(Nov 08, 2018)

As Veterans Day nears, I wanted to share information on programs that benefit veterans and their families. To those from Allegheny County who have bravely served our country, thank you and Happy Veterans Day. Read more

 

Grants announced for park, connectors for Hill and Downtown districts
Mar 26, 2019

Lawmakers comment on acquittal of white police officer in fatal shooting of Antwon Rose
Mar 23, 2019

Wheatley hosts event celebrating, promoting minority, women and disadvantaged businesses in Pennsylvania
Mar 18, 2019

Wheatley invites all minority, women and disadvantaged business owners to state Capitol
Mar 14, 2019

OP-ED: Don’t Blow Smoke, Hop
Mar 13, 2019

Join Rep. Wheatley in Harrisburg for a MWDBE summit
Mar 08, 2019

Wheatley introduces adult-use cannabis legalization bill for Pennsylvania
Feb 04, 2019

Wheatley, Hughes hold event recognizing National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania
Feb 04, 2019

Wheatley: $2 million in grants awarded to fund Pittsburgh projects
Feb 01, 2019

In partnership with Gov. Wolf, Rep. Wheatley to introduce bipartisan legislation to restore state’s infrastructure
Jan 31, 2019

$560,000 awarded to 16 Allegheny County school districts, charter schools
Jan 17, 2019

Labor & Industry grant will help students looking to pursue careers in building and construction industry
Jan 10, 2019

Wheatley returns as Democratic chairman of House Finance Committee
Jan 07, 2019

Wheatley sworn in for ninth term in state House
Jan 02, 2019

Wheatley lauds Gov. Tom Wolf’s notion to take serious look at legalizing recreational marijuana
Dec 20, 2018

Wheatley: $1.2 million in tax credits awarded in 19th Legislative District
Dec 18, 2018

Rep. Wheatley's 2019 Capitol Scenes Calendar
Dec 03, 2018

IFO releases projection of $1.7 billion deficit
Nov 19, 2018

Wheatley: $450,000 in grants awarded to fund infrastructure improvements, greenway planning
Nov 16, 2018

More than words; how Pennsylvania supports veterans
Nov 08, 2018