Harrisburg – June 18, 2013 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement on the liquor privatization plan offered by Sen. McIlhinney. “Senate Democrats are unified in support of modernization not privatization. “We believe that the system should be modernized and have offered details in legislation sponsored by Senator Ferlo. Senator Ferlo’s modernization [...]
HARRISBURG, June 13, 2013 – Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said Senate Democrats believe Gov. Tom Corbett has made excellent choices in selecting highly qualified, experienced, skilled and dedicated public servants as nominees to fill vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Turnpike Commission, Liquor Control Board (LCB) and Public Utility Commission (PUC). Costa [...]
Harrisburg – June 5, 2013 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement on the Senate’s passage of a signature transportation funding bill (Senate Bill 1). Once fully implemented, the measure would generate an additional $2.5 billion annually to build, repair and maintain roads and bridges in addition to funding mass transit operations. [...]
Harrisburg, June 3, 2013– Senate Democrats today presented their version of a 2013-14 state budget which they say is a responsible alternative to the short-sighted and ill-advised spending plans offered by Gov. Tom Corbett and House Republicans. Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said that the $28.4 billion spending plan focuses on job creation, [...]
Harrisburg, May 13, 2013 – A new unfunded education mandate now being quietly pursued by the Corbett administration will soon saddle school districts with a $ 300 million expense and threaten graduation for thousands of students across Pennsylvania, Senate Democrats said today at a Capitol news conference.
HARRISBURG, May 9, 2013 — State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today expressed his thoughts on the death of George M. Leader, who was Pennsylvania’s governor from 1955-59 and was a member of the state Senate from 1951-54: “Gov. Leader was a pioneer as senator, governor and as a business and civic leader. He served his [...]
Harrisburg – May 8, 2013 – State Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement on the decision of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to uphold the legislative redistricting plan: “The approval of the redistricting plan by the state Supreme Court is disappointing. We believe that we successfully argued that a fair map, one that [...]
Harrisburg, April 29, 2013 – State Sen. Jay Costa released the following statement on the state Insurance Department’s approval of Highmark’s proposed affiliation with the West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS). Costa has been a strong proponent of the affiliation of the insurer and the hospital system as a means to promote competition in the [...]