Costa Re-elected Leader; Senate Democratic Leadership Team Chosen

On November 12, 2014

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 devising policy solutions on key issues such as job creation, education investment, tax reform and repairs to the social safety […]

Costa Comments on Death of Sen. Mike Waugh

On October 8, 2014

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 more than 20 years. “Today Pennsylvania is mourning the loss of a great public servant.  Senator Mike Waugh was a […]

Costa Applauds Passage of Legislation Legalizing Medical Marijuana

On September 24, 2014

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 1182 opens the door to a new course of treatment for those suffering from serious medical conditions including seizure disorders […]

Corbett’s Action on Budget Illustrates Republican Dysfunction

On July 10, 2014

Harrisburg – July 10, 2014 – Members of Senate Democratic Leadership issued the following statements concerning Gov. Tom Corbett’s line-item veto of funding for the General Assembly and his renewed call for lawmakers to consider pension reform: Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said: “Governor Corbett’s action today clearly illustrates the Republican gridlock and dysfunction […]

Costa Slams Corbett Budget as Shallow and Insincere

On June 30, 2014

Harrisburg – June 30, 2014 – State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, (D-Allegheny) slammed Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15 as “remarkably shallow and incredibly insincere because it manages to underfund schools, job creation and human services while being balanced by unsustainable budget gimmicks, rosy revenue projections, accounting tricks and fund transfers.

Costa: Governor Holding Funding Hostage for Students, Seniors, Jobs, Human Services

On June 29, 2014

Harrisburg – June 29, 2014 – State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today called on Gov. Tom Corbett to stop holding new dedicated funding for students, job creation, senior citizens and human services hostage in exchange for his pension and liquor reforms.

Costa Issues Statement on the UPMC-Highmark Agreement

On June 27, 2014

Harrisburg – June 27, 2014 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) released the following statement concerning the UPMC-Highmark transition agreement. The agreement specifies care options that will be available to health-care consumers in Western Pennsylvania beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The current contract between the two companies expires at the end of this year. Costa’s statement […]

Costa’s Pooled Trust Bill Passes Senate

On June 17, 2014

Harrisburg – June 17, 2014 – Legislation authored by the Democratic leader of the Senate, Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), which would improve how pooled trusts are administered, has been approved by the state Senate. “The measure changes the calculation of how funds are to be distributed after the beneficiary dies,” Costa said. “The legislation retains […]


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