Senator Costa at a news conference


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Costa, Bartolotta Highway Worker Safety Legislation Heading to Governor for Signature

Harrisburg, Nov. 18, 2015 – Legislation geared toward preventing distracted and aggressive driving in work zones is heading to Gov. Tom Wolf for signature after unanimous concurrence by the Senate this week, according to the…   Continue reading →

Costa Comments of Announcement of State Budget Framework

Harrisburg – Nov. 10, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said today that he was pleased that a framework for the 2015-16 state General Fund budget has been crafted and that significant progress…   Continue reading →

State Senate Roundtable in Pittsburgh Focuses on Integrating Arts into Math and Science Curricula

Pittsburgh – November 5, 2015 – At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a roundtable discussion in Pittsburgh on integrating arts education into science and…   Continue reading →

Senate Highway Worker Safety Legislation Clears House Committee

Harrisburg – October 27, 2015 – Legislation aimed at strengthening penalties and increasing fines for distracted and aggressive driving was approved by the House Transportation Committee today, according to the bill’s sponsors, Senate Democratic Leader…   Continue reading →

Scarnati Announces Special Committee on Senate Address

October 23, 2015 − Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) today announced his intention to establish a bi-partisan Special Committee to pursue possible Senate action against Attorney General Kane, pursuant to Article 6, Section 7…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Ask Treasurer to Withhold Payment to Charters

Harrisburg – Oct, 20, 2015 – State Senate Democrats today called on the Pennsylvania state treasurer to “stop payment” on a scheduled disbursement of property tax revenue headed to charter schools. They have sent a…   Continue reading →

Costa Condemns Republican Stopgap Budget

Harrisburg – Sept. 18, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today condemned the proposed four-month .22 billion Republican stopgap budget as a “political ploy” designed to thwart negotiations on a comprehensive budget agreement….   Continue reading →

Costa Derides Republican Budget; Says Plan Doesn’t Add Up or Make Sense

Harrisburg – June 30, 2015 – State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today said that the .1 billion Republican budget approved by the Senate today “doesn’t add up and doesn’t make any…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats: Eliminate Property Taxes for 2 Million Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg – June 24, 2015 – A new property tax plan that would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $ 1,990 for another 1.2 million homesteads and provide a…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Hail New Basic Education Funding Formula

Harrisburg, June 18, 2015 − Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Sens. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) and Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin/Perry) who serve as members of the Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC) today hailed the new proposed…   Continue reading →

Costa Applauds Passage of Emergency Communications Bill

Harrisburg – June 16, 2015—Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today issued the following statement applauding the Senate’s passage of legislation renewing and improving the statewide 911 emergency communications system.  The measure, House Bill 911,…   Continue reading →

Costa Applauds the Elimination of Background Check Fees for Volunteers

Harrisburg, June 10, 2015 − State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today applauded Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to eliminate the cost of the child abuse clearances and criminal background checks for volunteers. In 2014, the General Assembly…   Continue reading →

Costa Appalled by Republican Rejection of Nominee to Lead State Police

Harrisburg – June 8, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said it is appalling that Senate Republicans opposed the nomination of Col. Marcus Brown to serve as commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police…   Continue reading →

Democrats Press for Shale Tax to Fund $ 1 Billion Education Investment

Harrisburg – June 2, 2015 – Legislative Democrats gathered in the state Capitol for a news conference today to highlight the broad and deep support in the General Assembly for legislation that would create a…   Continue reading →

Costa Congratulates Sen. Smith on Appointment as incoming President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Harrisburg, May 27, 2015 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today issued the following statement congratulating Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) on his appointment to serve as incoming President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce….   Continue reading →

Costa Statement Concerning Matt Simon, ICA Member, former President of Point Park

Harrisburg – May 22, 2015 — State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) expressed his thoughts on the death of J. Matthew Simon of Point Breeze. Simon served as President of Point Park College from 1986 to…   Continue reading →

Op-ed: New, Tough Campaign Finance Law Needed to Thwart Outside Money Influence

On the ballot this year are three critical seats on the state Supreme Court, one seat each on the Superior and Commonwealth courts as well as county row offices and municipal posts which influence how…   Continue reading →

Costa: Republican Pension Plan Falls Woefully Short on Legal, Fairness Tests

Harrisburg – May 13, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said that the Senate Republican pension reform plan that passed the Senate today (Senate Bill 1) is illegal because it impacts benefits of…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats Call for PERC to Create Fair, Open, Transparent Process to Consider Pension Legislation

Harrisburg – May 13, 2015 – A leading group of Senate Democrats today wrote to the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) to express grave concerns about the process surrounding Senate Bill 1, a massive overhaul…   Continue reading →

Costa Supports Passage of Medical Marijuana Legislation

Harrisburg – May 12, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said today that he strongly supports legislation that legalizes the use of cannabis extracts to address certain medical conditions, including seizures, cancer, diabetes…   Continue reading →


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November 17, 2015:Sen. Costa and  Lt. Gov. Mike Stack pose for a photo with members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. November 17, 2015: Sen. Costa and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack pose for a photo with members of the Fathers Collaborative Council of Western PA. November 17, 2015: Sen. Costa explains the seating arrangement on the Senate floor to members of the Fathers Collaborative Council of Western PA. November 12, 2015: Senator Costa hosts Veterans' Fair.

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