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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 →

Legislation to Protect Construction Zone Workers Detailed

Harrisburg – May 12, 2015 – After a recent series of accidents in construction zones, a bipartisan group of senators and state officials detailed legislation today that’s designed to protect workers in the zones. Senate…   Continue reading →

Legislators: UPMC Using Seniors as Pawns in Fight vs. Highmark

HARRISBURG, April 9, 2015 – A bipartisan group of state legislators from western Pennsylvania released the following statement today in response to the announcement that UPMC does not intend to renew the Medicare Advantage contract…   Continue reading →

Senate Democrats: Wolf Budget Proposal Bold, Responsible, Necessary

Plan includes historic tax relief, business tax shifts, education, and job initiatives Harrisburg – March 3, 2015 – Senate Democratic leaders today said that Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal is a “bold, responsible and…   Continue reading →

Costa: Murray was Transformative Leader, Scholar, Public Servant

Harrisburg – Feb. 11, 2015 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement regarding the death of Dr. John E. Murray, Jr., chancellor and professor of law at Duquesne University.  Murray’s death was announced today. …   Continue reading →

Costa Comments on Gov. Wolf’s Severance Tax Proposal

Harrisburg – Feb. 11, 2015 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement concerning Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to use a new proposed 5 percent gas severance tax to renew Pennsylvania’s investment in…   Continue reading →

Sen. Costa to Hold Community Meeting Regarding Homestead Fire

Harrisburg – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) will hold a community meeting at 6 p.m., TODAY, Feb, 10, with county, state and local officials as well as first responders, social service organizations and residents…   Continue reading →

Costa, Kitchen Applaud Wolf Administration Decision on Medicaid Expansion

Harrisburg – Feb 9, 2014 – Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Democratic Health and Welfare Committee Chair Shirley Kitchen (D-Philadelphia) released the following statement after Gov. Wolf announced plans today to…   Continue reading →

Costa & Vulakovich Reintroducing Waterfront Development Measure

HARRISBURG, Jan. 21, 2015 – Working to spur economic development along Pennsylvania’s waterfront areas, Senators Randy Vulakovich (R-38) and Jay Costa (D-43) are reintroducing legislation intended to encourage private investment in job creation efforts, environmental improvements…   Continue reading →

Costa Comments on Heroic Actions of Rankin Police Chief

 Harrisburg, Dec. 5, 2014 — State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) expressed his thoughts today on the life-saving actions of Rankin Police Chief Ryan Wooten who responded to a serious two-vehicle crash with multiple injuries on…   Continue reading →

Costa, Hughes: Corbett, Republicans Accountable for $ 2 Billion Deficit

Harrisburg – Dec. 3, 2014 – Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Phila.) said the $ 2 billion plus budget deficit disclosed at today’s Mid-Year Budget…   Continue reading →

Costa Excited to Serve Citizens in Reconfigured Senate District

Harrisburg – Dec. 1, 2014 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D- Allegheny) said today that he was excited to begin serving citizens in the newly configured 43rd Senate District. “As a result of reapportionment, all Senate…   Continue reading →

Costa Responds to Corman’s Suggested Lame-Duck Session Comments

Harrisburg – Nov. 21, 2014 – State Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following reaction to incoming Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman’s (R-Centre) comments about the possibility of a lame-duck legislative session…   Continue reading →

Costa Re-elected Leader; Senate Democratic Leadership Team Chosen

Harrisburg, Nov. 12, 2014 – Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was re-elected to lead his caucus in the next legislative session. Costa will be joined by a leadership team that will assist in…   Continue reading →

Costa Comments on Death of Sen. Mike Waugh

Harrisburg – Oct. 8, 2014 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) expressed his thoughts on the death of former Sen. Mike Waugh of York County. Senator Waugh served as a member of the General Assembly for…   Continue reading →

Costa Applauds Passage of Legislation Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Harrisburg – Sept. 24, 2014 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following the statement on the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 1182, the Medical Cannabis Act. Costa’s statement is as follows: “Senate Bill…   Continue reading →


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