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January 2016

As the state legislature begins the second half of the current two-year session, Senator Costa held another of his Telephone Town Hall Meetings this month in which participants were able to ask questions about a wide range of issues including the state budget, property tax relief, and telephone scams targeting the elderly as well as listen to a discussion on topics that are important to Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and the Commonwealth.  You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.

Pennsylvania Moment:  Senator Costa says Pennsylvanians who need health insurance have a new affordable option: the Health Choices program.

Following Gov. Wolf’s line-item veto of the latest Republican-sponsored budget, Senator Costa says the state legislature needs to pass the budget framework all parties agreed to before the Christmas holidays to avoid major problems in next year’s budget.

December 2015

As the state legislature continues its work in Harrisburg this week, Senator Costa held another of his Telephone Town Hall Meetings in which participants were able to ask questions about a wide range of issues including the state budget, education funding, and legislative redistricting as well as listen to a discussion on topics that are important to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.  You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.

Senator Costa comments on Senate passage of  a 30-point-5 billion dollar state budget that provides for a historic increase in school funding, the restoration of job creation and human service program funds, and long-term fiscal stability without a broad-based tax increase. The measure now goes to the House and governor for their approval.

The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution commemorating the 260th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s First Militia Law and designating Tuesday, December 8, as National Guard Day in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Costa, cosponsor of the resolution, and Democratic Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Management Committee.

Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Costa suggests making a donation to your local food bank as a way to make the holidays happy for everyone.

November 2015

On a tie vote of 24-24, the Pennsylvania Senate failed to approve legislation that would have increased the state Personal Income Tax and the state Sales Tax in an effort to eliminate school property taxes statewide.  In remarks during debate on the Senate Floor, Senator Costa explains why he voted against the measure.

A bill geared toward preventing distracted and aggressive driving in highway work zones has been passed by the state legislature and sent to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature.  Here’s more with Senator Costa, sponsor of the legislation.

Pennsylvania Moment: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps to make sure every home stays warm during the winter. Senator Costa has more information about how to enroll in the program.

October 2015

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on Thursday, November 5, at the IBEW Hall in Pittsburgh on the value of adding the Arts to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program offered in many of our schools across Pennsylvania.  Click here to hear Senator Costa with your invitation.

Attention Veterans!  Senator Costa wants to honor you for your service to Pennsylvania and our country with a luncheon on Friday, November 6th.  Click here to get the details on your invitation.

Senator Costa joined with fellow Senators, House members, and members of the academic and business worlds to kick off the first annual Pennsylvania Community College Completion Challenge Week.  The challenge is designed to encourage those enrolled in community colleges to complete their studies and earn their degrees.

The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution observing the week of October 18 through 24 as “Pennsylvania Community College Completion Challenge Week.” Here’s more with Senator Costa who says the resolution encourages community college students to complete their studies.

Senator Costa held another of his Telephone Town Hall Meetings this week in which participants were able to ask questions about a wide range of issues including the state budget, education funding, and property taxes as well as listen to a discussion on topics that are important to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.  You can listen here to the complete town hall meeting.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence joined state lawmakers at the State Capitol today to say when it comes to domestic violence: PA Says No More.  Here’s more with Senator Costa who participated in the ceremony that recognized and paid tribute to domestic violence victims who were killed in the past year.

A resolution recognizing the week of September 27 through October 3 as “Arts and Education Week” in Pennsylvania has been adopted by the state Senate.  Here’s more with Senator Costa, sponsor of the resolution.

September 2015

Senator Costa says Pennsylvania doesn’t need a stopgap budget.  He says the state deserves a full budget that addresses the things voters elected Gov. Wolf to do, including funding education and reducing property taxes.

Pennsylvania Moment: If you’re looking for a job, Senator Costa says the first place to check out is your local Career Link office.

August 2015

Pennsylvania Moment: If you’re traveling on vacation, on business, or for any reason, Senator Costa says to check out PA 511 by phone or online before you leave. You’ll get the latest information on highway conditions, mass transit and airport delays.

July 2015

In remarks on the Senate Floor, Senator Costa paid tribute to former state Senator Leonard Bodack who died July 7th at the age of 82.  The Lawrenceville Democrat served 24 years in the state legislature, retiring in 2002.  Click here to hear Senator Costa’s remarks.

Pennsylvania Moment: Physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly is a very real and significant problem in Pennsylvania. Senator Costa says there’s a way to report elder abuse when you witness it.

In an attempt to make Pennsylvania highways safer for highway workers and others in construction zones, the state Senate has approved legislation to increase penalties on reckless drivers.  Here’s more with Senator Costa, sponsor of the legislation.

Gov. Tom Wolf last night vetoed a $30.2 billion state budget plan.  Senator Costa strongly opposed the House and Senate Republican budget proposal saying it fails our public schools, denies much need school property tax relief, and adds to the state’s deficit woes.