Senate Democrats: Wolf Budget Proposal Bold, Responsible, Necessary

On March 3, 2015

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 necessary” plan designed to address issues confronted by middle class families and it is so compelling that it will command […]

Costa: Murray was Transformative Leader, Scholar, Public Servant

On February 11, 2015

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.  “My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Murray’s family and his legion of friends today as we mourn his death.  He […]

Costa Comments on Gov. Wolf’s Severance Tax Proposal

On February 11, 2015

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 public education. The governor unveiled the plan today at an event in Thorndale. “The governor has made a responsible and […]

Sen. Costa to Hold Community Meeting Regarding Homestead Fire

On February 10, 2015

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 affected by the recent Homestead fire. The discussion will focus on disaster response, the coordination of available community services and […]

Costa, Kitchen Applaud Wolf Administration Decision on Medicaid Expansion

On February 9, 2015

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 move forward with Medicaid expansion: Sen. Jay Costa: “Today’s announcement by Gov. Wolf is a defining moment and a sign […]

Costa & Vulakovich Reintroducing Waterfront Development Measure

On January 21, 2015

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 and public recreational enhancements. Senate Bill 282, the Waterfront Development Tax Credit, would establish a $10 million Tax Credit to […]

Costa Comments on Heroic Actions of Rankin Police Chief

On December 5, 2014

 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 the Rankin Bridge yesterday morning: “The actions of Police Chief Wooten to resuscitate a small child involved in the accident […]

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

On December 3, 2014

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 Briefing should be laid at the feet of Gov. Tom Corbett and his Republican legislative allies. The briefing, hosted by […]


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