President Obama, Vice President Biden to Announce Refocused Job Training Initiatives

On April 16, 2014

Harrisburg – April 16, 2014 – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to appear at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) West Hills Center to highlight a revised $500 million federal job-training program and trumpet new grants for industry apprenticeships.

Senate Democrats Unveil Pension Reform Proposal to Save Billions for Taxpayers

On March 12, 2014

HARRISBURG, March 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today said they would save Pennsylvania taxpayers billions of dollars and solve the state’s pension problem if their proposal to further reform pension rules, refinance billions and help school districts avoid escalating payments is adopted. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny); the Democratic chairman of the Senate […]

Senate, House Democrats Question Corbett Budget Assertions, Unveil Fact Check Website

On February 20, 2014

Harrisburg – February 20, 2014 – Senate and House Democrats said today that Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget speech and follow up opinion pieces and interviews have painted a picture of Pennsylvania that is blurry, inaccurate and badly in need of correction. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia) Democratic chair of the […]

Senate Democrats Deride Gov’s Budget as Election-Year Pandering

On February 4, 2014

Harrisburg, February 4, 2014 – Senate Democratic leaders today called Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal election-year pandering and woefully lacking on multiple levels. “The governor really needs to stop promising and start delivering for Pennsylvania.” Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said today following the budget address. “Today’s budget presentation was election –year […]

Smith Offers ‘Rocco’s Law’ to Strengthen Penalties for Killing of Police Dog

On February 3, 2014

MT. LEBANON, Feb. 3, 2014 — State Senator Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) announced that he will introduce legislation in the near future to strengthen the penalties for severely injuring or killing a police animal. The Senate delegation from Allegheny County – Senators Jim Ferlo (D- Lawrenceville), Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport), Randy Vulakovich (R-Shaler), Tim […]

Senate Democrats Press Corbett on Human Services Funding Failures

On January 30, 2014

PITTSBURGH, January 30, 2014 – Flanked by people who have struggled due to state human services budget cuts, Senate Democrats today detailed their budget priorities and challenged Gov. Tom Corbett to produce a spending plan that is aligned with the needs of Pennsylvanians. Senate Democratic leader Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) joined Senators Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) and […]

Costa Pleased that Court Strikes Voter ID Law

On January 17, 2014

Harrisburg – Jan. 17, 2013 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) issued the following reaction to Commonwealth Court’s rejection of the controversial voter ID law. The law required all voters to produce approved photo identification prior to casting their votes in election. “Senate Democrats have said clearly and repeatedly that the voter ID law […]

Gov. Heeds Democratic Call to Drop Lottery Privatization Plan

On December 30, 2013

Harrisburg – Dec. 30, 2013 – Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to discontinue his attempt to privatize the state Lottery is good news for Pennsylvania taxpayers and it aligns with repeated Senate Democratic calls for him to drop the plan and stop wasting resources, Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa said today. Lottery-Outsource-Ends-Costa-W Costa (D-Allegheny) was reacting to […]


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