Applications for the Whole-Home Repairs Program will soon open. Read more
State grants fund improvements at four local senior centers Read more
“Addiction has destroyed the lives of individuals and families in every type of community throughout Allegheny County,” said delegation chair Rep. Nick Pisciottano. “While we can’t repair the damage done, we can invest in and expand resources available to those struggling now and help prevent future tragedies. These grants will directly aid individuals on the road to recovery in our region.” Read more
“I’m a firm believer that getting things done requires working across the aisle and am especially proud that all three of my bills passed this week received bipartisan support,” Pisciottano said. Read more
HARRISBURG, May 3 – Today, H.B. 950 , introduced by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, which would enshrine Pennsylvania workers’ right to organize in the state constitution passed the Pennsylvania House and now heads to the PA Senate for consideration. Currently, the Pennsylvania Constitution does not guarantee workers the right to organize and collectively bargain. This legislation proposes to amend Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution to enshrine these rights for all workers in Pennsylvania. Additionally, the bill would prohibit any other laws that interfere with or diminish collective bargaining rights. Fiedler said that the passage of H.B. 950 by the House is a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania workers and expressed gratitude to her House colleagues who voted for the bill. “Workers fuel our economy. They are the mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles of our commonwealth. Workers deserve to be treated with respect and that’s exactly the goal of this legislation,” Fiedler said. “I am grateful to all my colleagues in the House who voted for the bill, and I now call on the Senate to show their support for Pennsylvania’s workers and move this amendment forward.” Pisciottano said it’s important everything possible be done to protect and support workers’ right to organize. Read more
State grant to expand dual credit programs Read more
PDE grants support dual credit enrollment for high school students Read more
HARRISBURG, May 1 – Legislation ( H.B. 950 ) introduced by state Reps. Elizabeth Fiedler, D-Phila., and Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, which would give Pennsylvania workers the right to organize, was reported out of the House Labor and Industry Committee today. Currently, the Pennsylvania constitution does not guarantee workers the right to organize and collectively bargain. This legislation proposes to amend Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution to enshrine these rights for all workers in Pennsylvania. Additionally, the bill would prohibit any other laws that may interfere with or diminish collective bargaining rights. Fiedler said that the passage of H.B. 950 is a step in the right direction for Pennsylvania workers. “Workers fuel our economy. They are the mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles of our commonwealth,” Fiedler said. “Workers deserve to be treated with respect and that’s exactly the goal of this legislation. The Workers’ Rights Amendment will support workers in using their numbers to secure better pay, hours and working conditions.” Fiedler and Pisciottano believe that workplace organizing should be a right, but anti-union employers routinely threaten and scare workers in anti-union workplace seminars, bombard workers with anti-union literature, and bring in consultants that use surveillance technology to sniff out the organizers and fire them. Under the Read more
Reintroduces Stop Price Fixing Act to protect consumers from price gouging Read more
DCED grant to purchase truck for commercial vehicle inspections Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: DEI in the Building and Construction Trades Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Organizations that serve as sponsors or intermediaries of Registered Apprenticeship and/or Pre-Apprenticeship in the building and construction trades. Use : To develop diverse talent pipelines and reach underrepresented populations within the building and construction trades. Funds : $1 million in total program funding. Application Deadline : April 26, 2023 More Information : Click on https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT): Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Program (Funding Source: State, Federal, & Private Funding) Who May Apply : Private companies. Use : To develop innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation, and ports. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : April 30, 2023 More Information : Click on https://www.penndot.pa.gov/ProjectAndPrograms/p3forpa/Pages/default.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry: Youth Reentry Grant (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply : Read more
PCCD grants awarded to potential targets of hate crimes Read more
When Taylor Swift crashed Ticketmaster with her “Eras” tour, it also made a lot of people aware of just how expensive concert tickets are. Not just the face value of tickets, but the hidden fees and additional costs that are not advertised. Read more
“As a state legislator living a half mile from Kennywood Park and representing many of Kennywood’s employees and paying customers, I have worked with Kennywood management on their efforts to ensure the park is safe for all attendees – including my own family – since the tragic shooting last fall. I’ve seen firsthand the security upgrades Kennywood management has made in response to that event. Like many others in our region, I look forward to enjoying Kennywood Park this summer with my family in a safe environment based on the security improvements instituted since last September. Read more
“Hidden or ‘junk’ fees are inherently deceptive and should not exist in a free and fair market,” Pisciottano said. “For too long, companies like Ticketmaster have taken advantage of American consumers through these arbitrary fees. I applaud the steps being taken at the federal level to address junk fees and look forward to supplementing consumer protections here in Pennsylvania by mandating fee transparency in advertised prices.” Read more
“When we’re in Harrisburg we’re not just fighting for the smart policies that are needed to move our commonwealth forward by equitably funding schools, promoting economic development or strengthening our social safety nets, we’re also working to drive state investment in our local communities and neighborhoods,” Pisciottano said. Read more
BALDWIN, March 17 – Over $1.1 million in state grants has been awarded to four local communities, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “Whether it’s helping renovate a community pool, purchasing new public works equipment or helping fund a new off-road vehicle park, these grants mark a direct state investment into our communities,” Pisciottano said. “These grants will help our local municipalities get these projects moving, which otherwise might not have happened. By making our communities better, we’re encouraging business development and private investment as well, a win-win for everyone.” Pisciottano added that the awards announced today would not have been possible without the help of Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, and expressed gratitude for his role in securing the funding. Locally the grants included: Baldwin Borough, $600,000 for renovations the borough community pool. West Mifflin Borough, $376,002 to purchase two dump trucks to replace aging equipment. Dravosburg Borough, $75,000 to purchase a new public works dump truck. Glassport Borough, $56,065 to help build an off-road vehicle park. The grants were awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority, which oversees the state’s distribution of gaming revenues to support public projects. Read more
PITTSBURGH, March 1 – The Biden-Harris administration has awarded $23.5 million to support construction of a new terminal currently underway at the Pittsburgh International Airport, members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “In recent months, Americans have experienced unacceptable levels of delays and interruptions at airports across the country,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, the delegation chair. “This new terminal will expand the capabilities of Pittsburgh International and contribute to our region’s reputation as a national leader in transportation and infrastructure. Building and maintaining robust transportation infrastructure throughout southwestern Pennsylvania will require effort and dedication from all levels of government and I thank President Biden for his support at the federal level.” Pisciottano specified the project will add a 700,000-square-foot landside terminal, which includes a new baggage handling system, elevators and escalators. He added that, when the terminal is complete, improvements to security screening and baggage checking will greatly enhance the experience of all travelers passing through the airport. Construction crews broke ground on the project in October 2021. The total cost of the airport project is estimated to be $1.4 billion and to be completed in 2025. An interactive map showing the nearly $1 billion awarded to 99 airports of all shapes Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – Schools in Allegheny County were awarded nearly $183,000 in state grants to purchase new food service equipment, members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. “Kids can’t learn on an empty stomach,” said state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, who chairs the delegation. “We want to make Allegheny County schools the best they can possibly be and that means making sure cafeterias have the right equipment to feed our children nutritious meals every school day of the year.” Pisciottano said the following local funding was among more than $2.7 million in grants awarded to schools across the state: $5,175 to Nazareth Prep School District for a convection oven at the Seville School. $5,175 to Nazareth Prep School District for a convection oven at the Moon Anthony School. $13,500 to Pittsburgh School District for a convection oven at Greenfield Elementary School. $13,500 to Pittsburgh School District for a convection oven at the Fulton Academy of Science. $28,600 to Plum Borough School District for a combi oven at Plum Middle School. $25,000 to Propel Schools for a combi oven at Propel Braddock Hills High School. $25,000 to Propel Schools for a combi oven at Propel Montour Middle School. $8,700 to Provident Charter School for a reach-in freezer. $24,600 to Steel Valley School District for a convection steamer at Steel Valley Senior High School. $8,400 to Steel Valley Read more
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 23 – Regional workforce development organization Partner4Work will receive a $260,000 grant through the state Department of Labor & Industry’s Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership, members of the state House Allegheny County Democratic Delegation announced today. Reflecting on the recent House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in McCandless addressing critical health care staffing issues, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, the delegation chair, said the investment will play a significant role in filling the employment void hospitals and care providers have been facing since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “While this is an important investment from the state, it’s just a drop in the bucket,” said Pisciottano. “There is a colossal shortage of health care workers right now, and fixing this problem is going to require a more aggressive pursuit of policy reforms and funding initiatives at all levels.” Through its Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, P4W will use Nursing Pathway Apprenticeship Industry Partnership grant funding to establish health care partnerships, expand community outreach between employers and potential workers, and promote apprenticeship opportunities in the health care industry, specifically preparing individuals for careers as licensed professional nurses and certified nursing assistants. The grant program is part of the COVID-19 Nursing Workforce Read more
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