HARRISBURG, July 11 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, voted in support of Pennsylvania’s new budget, hailing the spending plan as a major victory for education, school safety and infrastructure. “We have crafted a state budget in Harrisburg that will provide historic investments where they’re needed most in Allegheny County and throughout the Commonwealth,” Pisciottano said. “It’s unfortunate we missed the budget deadline, but I’m very pleased to report that we passed a budget that will benefit working families in Pennsylvania.” Pisciottano specified that public schools in Allegheny County will receive an additional $54.7 million in the 2022-23 state budget, with schools in the 38 th Legislative District receiving the following approximate increases over the previous year: Basic Education Funding Special Education Funding West Mifflin: $1.8 million – 21.4% West Mifflin: $278,000 – 11.6% Baldwin-Whitehall: $837,000 – 7.8% Baldwin-Whitehall: $186,000 – 6.3% South Allegheny: $817,000 – 7.9% South Allegheny: $161,000 – 10.7 % Read more
Price gouging is devastating the pocketbooks of Pennsylvanians – my colleagues and I are working hard in Harrisburg to change that. I was extremely proud to co-host a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing and a news conference, both centered around our new bills that would combat rising prices and provide relief for working families in Pennsylvania. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 22 – Today, state Reps. Nick Pisciottano and Sara Innamorato, both D-Allegheny, introduced the Open Markets Act, the latest in a package of new bills from PA House Democrats designed to combat rising prices and bring relief to Pennsylvanians. The Open Markets Act would give the PA attorney general the authority necessary to effectively investigate and prosecute anti-trust violations, resulting in lower prices by reducing the number of price-gouging monopolies and creating a fairer, more competitive marketplace. “CEOs are bragging publicly about how inflation is great for their profit margins at the same time working families are struggling to afford enough food and gas” Pisciottano said. “The rules are currently rigged in favor of large corporations, but they don’t have to be. The Open Markets Act is a crucial first step toward protecting consumers and small businesses in Pennsylvania.” Pisciottano argued that anti-trust laws are extremely weak in Pennsylvania, which allows a few dominant corporations to control the supply and demand of entire industries, fostering an unfair, noncompetitive economic landscape. “The fact that only a few dominant corporations control vital sectors of our economy is one of the major reasons for drastic consumer price increases,” Innamorato said. “In order to break the grip of monopolistic corporations on the American economy and political arena, we must Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Assessing Racial & Ethnic Disparities (R/ED) in PA’s Criminal Justice System (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Higher education institutions (public/not-for-profit), nonprofit organizations, and for-profit institutions (i.e., consulting firms). Use : To develop and implement a statewide research initiative to identify current R/ED levels using quantitative methods, understand potential drivers using qualitative methods, and make recommendations to chart a path forward. Funds : Up to $250,000. Application Deadline : July 12, 2022 More Information : Click on https://egrants.pccd.pa.gov/Public/OpenAnnouncements.aspx . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Victim Advocacy – School District of Philadelphia (Funding Source: General Fund) Who May Apply: Organizations that provide direct services to crime victims and may be operated by a non-profit organization or public (governmental) agency, or a combination of such agencies or organizations. Use : To support students and their families who are victims of violence within the School District of Philadelphia. Funds : Up to $375,000 over three years. PCCD expects to fund one (1) applicant over a three-year project period. Application Deadline : Read more
House Democrats have a plan to protect the people now and build a fairer economy for the future. Read more
America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, where working hard gets you ahead, but in 2022, price gouging and corporate greed are leaving working families behind and hurting the small local businesses that are the cornerstones of our communities. Read more
During periods of rapid price fluctuations, it’s important that consumers are protected from bad actors who seek to use price volatility as an excuse to raise prices. Read more
Prices are going up, but we need to ensure that profiteers can’t collude to raise prices just to pad their own wallets at the expense of yours. The Stop Price Fixing Act will protect you from companies looking to jack up prices just because they think you’ll pay more. Read more
HARRISBURG, June 2 – Today, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, introduced the Stop Price Fixing Act , new legislation designed to enhance the ability of the state attorney general to prosecute individuals and businesses that collude to artificially raise the prices of Pennsylvania goods. “Prices continue to climb and working Pennsylvanians are facing overwhelming financial pressure all while corporations are reporting record profits,” Pisciottano said. “It’s clear that this pressure doesn’t stem from just inflation, it is sadly the result of bad actors using price volatility as an excuse to pad their bottom line at the expense of working families.” Pisciottano highlighted that price fixing cases are currently far too difficult to prosecute, citing the dire need to pass the Stop Price Fixing Act and provide the attorney general with the necessary tools to enforce price-fixing laws. He noted that his new bill would also shield whistleblowers and encourage individuals with internal knowledge of price-fixing violations to come forward. "As prices rise at the gas pump and in the grocery store, the General Assembly can take action to help Pennsylvanians by enacting legislation like the Stop Price Fixing Act that protects consumers and ensures our economy is fair for all," Pisciottano said. Lee Hepner, legal counsel at the American Economic Liberties Project , a nonprofit, non-partisan organization seeking to Read more
I helped secure $175,000 for this project through two separate state grant awards – I can’t wait to see the park come to fruition! It will be an asset unique to western Pennsylvania, and I know local residents will enjoy it for many years to come. Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs: Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : Eligible practitioners with the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and can demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as a service commitment of two additional years. Use : To support the supply, distribution and retention of individuals delivering SUD treatment and SCA funded case management services. Funds : Varies by award. Application Deadline : May 26, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Documents/Funding%20documents/GIFA%2022-02%20LoanRepayment_applicationguidance.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Enhancing Services to Culturally Specific Populations Program (Funding Source: Federal Funding) Who May Apply : A nonprofit organization for which the primary purpose of the organization as a whole is to provide culturally specific services to one or more of the following racial and ethnic communities: 1) American Indians (including Alaska Natives, Eskimos, and Aleuts); 2) Asian Americans; 3) Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders; 4) Blacks; and 5) Hispanics. Use : To establish, expand, or Read more
I am coordinating with PennDOT road engineers, Norfolk Southern, and Dravosburg Borough officials to develop a solution to the root causes that are impacting the road. We are all working to address the issue as soon as possible. In the meantime, please drive cautiously through the area and, if possible, consider an alternate route. Read more
The $15.44 million rehabilitation project is anticipated to conclude in the winter of 2022 and includes a new concrete deck and sidewalk, barrier repairs, full painting, structural steel repairs, concrete substructure repairs, bearing replacement, and new expansion dams. Read more
Blighted properties plague communities across PA - ours is no exception. This week in Harrisburg, I was proud to join my colleagues in the House to support a package of bipartisan bills that will enable us to Beat Blight in PA. Read more
WEST MIFFLIN, April 29 – State Rep. Nick Pisciottano announced today $71,568 in state grant funding has been awarded to support recycling and leaf-collection programs in the borough. “These funds will make it easier for borough residents to recycle and will help reduce the amount of local waste sent to landfills,” Pisciottano said. “It’s so important that we do everything we can to keep West Mifflin beautiful, and this award directly supports that goal.” The awarded funds are part of $30.5 million in Recycling Development and Implementation grants to nearly 160 county and municipal governments across the state announced this week. Through the grant program, municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90% funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10% of approved costs. Grants were also awarded based on programs designed to meet current market demands for recyclable goods. Click this link to learn more and see a full list of the funded projects: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/DEP_details.aspx?newsid=1596 . Read more
We need to ensure EMS have the funding they need to continue their highly trained, dangerous jobs. I co-hosted a roundtable discussion about the challenges facing EMS first responders in Allegheny County and across Pennsylvania. I was joined by colleagues from the state House and state Senate as well as EMS Chiefs from our region including Chief Plunkett from Baldwin Emergency Medical Service and Chief Miller from McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service. Read more
PITTSBURGH, April 21 – Improvements including bus stop renovations, safer crosswalks, new rider shelters and more will be made along Route 837 through a grant of $960,000 to the Port Authority of Allegheny County, state Rep. Nick Pisciottano, D-Allegheny, announced today. “This award to the Port Authority is essential for local residents who rely on public transportation,” Pisciottano said. “I’m overjoyed that these funds will drastically improve the experience of our bus riders and create a safer environment for all who travel on this busy road. This was a very competitive grant process and we were fortunate to be the only project in Allegheny County awarded these funds.” Pisciottano emphasized the funded project includes major upgrades to pedestrian crossings and traffic signals at key intersections. This funding is part of a $54.1 million package awarded to 64 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside projects in 34 counties. Over half of the funded projects, including the project to improve Route 837, were funded through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Before the BIL passed, only $18 million was available for TA Set-Aside projects. The TA Set-Aside provides funding for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public Read more
I’m eager to have a productive discussion with local EMS workers and hear your ideas at a public hearing with the PA House and Senate Policy Committees on April 20. Read more
I’m eager to hear from first responders in our community and learn from their experiences about what we can do to support EMS workers in Allegheny County and throughout Pennsylvania. Read more
Anyone who incurred funeral expenses because of a COVID-19-related death may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Read more
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