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President Obama, Vice President Biden to Announce Refocused Job Training Initiatives

Harrisburg – April 16, 2014 – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to appear at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) West Hills Center to highlight a revised 0 million…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Unveil Pension Reform Proposal to Save Billions for Taxpayers

HARRISBURG, March 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today said they would save Pennsylvania taxpayers billions of dollars and solve the state’s pension problem if their proposal to further reform pension rules, refinance billions and…   Continue reading →

Senate, House Democrats Question Corbett Budget Assertions, Unveil Fact Check Website

Harrisburg – February 20, 2014 – Senate and House Democrats said today that Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget speech and follow up opinion pieces and interviews have painted a picture of Pennsylvania that is blurry, inaccurate and…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Deride Gov’s Budget as Election-Year Pandering

Harrisburg, February 4, 2014 – Senate Democratic leaders today called Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal election-year pandering and woefully lacking on multiple levels. “The governor really needs to stop promising and start delivering for…   Continue reading →

Smith Offers ‘Rocco’s Law’ to Strengthen Penalties for Killing of Police Dog

MT. LEBANON, Feb. 3, 2014 — State Senator Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) announced that he will introduce legislation in the near future to strengthen the penalties for severely injuring or killing a police animal. The Senate…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Press Corbett on Human Services Funding Failures

PITTSBURGH, January 30, 2014 – Flanked by people who have struggled due to state human services budget cuts, Senate Democrats today detailed their budget priorities and challenged Gov. Tom Corbett to produce a spending plan that…   Continue reading →

Costa Pleased that Court Strikes Voter ID Law

Harrisburg – Jan. 17, 2013 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following reaction to Commonwealth Court’s rejection of the controversial voter ID law. The law required all voters to produce approved photo…   Continue reading →

Gov. Heeds Democratic Call to Drop Lottery Privatization Plan

Harrisburg – Dec. 30, 2013 – Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to discontinue his attempt to privatize the state Lottery is good news for Pennsylvania taxpayers and it aligns with repeated Senate Democratic calls for him to…   Continue reading →

Sen. Costa Testifies at Healthy PA Hearing

The following are Sen. Costa’s remarks at the Healthy PA hearing in Pittsburgh on Dec. 20: Thank you very much for providing me the opportunity to discuss Gov. Corbett’s Healthy PA plan. This is an important…   Continue reading →

Costa Reacts to Supreme Court’s Decision Overturning Zoning Preemption of Drilling Law

Harrisburg – Dec. 19, 2013 – In a significant decision announced today, the state Supreme Court overturned portions of Act 13, a law that established an extraction fee and regulations regarding Marcellus shale drilling in…   Continue reading →

Child Protection Legislative Package Clears Senate, Costa Says

Harrisburg – December 12, 2013 – A legislative package designed to help prevent child abuse and increase protections for children has now cleared the Senate and is headed to the governor for approval, according to Senate…   Continue reading →

Grant Approved to Spur Development at Former Atom Smashers Site, Costa Says

Harrisburg – December 12, 2013 – The former Westinghouse Atom Smasher site that straddles Chalfant Borough and Forest Hills in Allegheny County will be the subject of an environmental site assessment funded by an ,000…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Outline Billion Dollar Budget Savings and Revenue Plan

Harrisburg – December 10, 2013 – In advance of the governor’s planned mid-year budget briefing, state Senate Democrats today announced details of a plan to generate more than billion in budget savings and revenues…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Announce Legislative Plan for Veterans

Harrisburg – November 19, 2013 – At a Capitol news conference today, Senate Democrats outlined a comprehensive package of legislation designed to help veterans and their families deal with issues as they return to civilian…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Cite New IFO Report as Evidence of Corbett Leadership Failure

Democratic Leaders Outline Specific Revenue Initiatives Harrisburg – November 15, 2013 – On the heels of the Independent Fiscal Office’s (IFO) release of its budget outlook report suggesting that Pennsylvania is facing a structural deficit of…   Continue reading →

General Assembly Launches New Website

HARRISBURG – A completely revamped version of the General Assembly’s website was launched this morning to give the public better access to a wide array of legislative information, including bill text and history, votes in…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats’ Small Games Plan Now Backed by Governor

Harrisburg – October 24, 2013 – State Senate Democrats said today they were pleased that Gov. Tom Corbett has now signaled his approval of their plan to direct revenues generated from small games of chance…   Continue reading →

Costa: Low Interest Loans Offer Economic and Environmental Benefits for Pittsburgh

Harrisburg – October 23, 2013 – More than million in low-interest loans for sewer projects in the City of Pittsburgh were approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) today, according to state Sen….   Continue reading →

Costa: Failure to Adopt Mass Transit Plan has Economic, Public Safety Consequences

Harrisburg,  October 10, 2013 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), the Senate’s Democratic Leader, today released the following statement reminding his House and Senate colleagues that funding for mass transit needs to remain a top…   Continue reading →

Experts, Analysts Weigh-in on Comprehensive Senate Democratic Plan to Grow Jobs, Spark Economic Development, Help Veterans

SCRANTON, Oct. 8, 2013 – Venture capitalists, public policy experts and economic development analysts today debated the strategic elements of the Senate Democratic plan to grow jobs and foster business creation and expansion in Pennsylvania. Called…   Continue reading →


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