Costa Congratulates Sen. Smith on Appointment as incoming President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

On May 27, 2015

Harrisburg, May 27, 2015 – State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today issued the following statement congratulating Sen. Matt Smith (D-Allegheny/Washington) on his appointment to serve as incoming President of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Sen. Smith’s resignation will be effective within the month. “For the past three years, Sen. Smith has served as a […]

Costa Statement Concerning Matt Simon, ICA Member, former President of Point Park

On May 22, 2015

Harrisburg – May 22, 2015 — State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) expressed his thoughts on the death of J. Matthew Simon of Point Breeze. Simon served as President of Point Park College from 1986 to 1995 and as a member of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority from 2005 until his death. Simon died on May 20: […]

Op-ed: New, Tough Campaign Finance Law Needed to Thwart Outside Money Influence

On May 21, 2015

On the ballot this year are three critical seats on the state Supreme Court, one seat each on the Superior and Commonwealth courts as well as county row offices and municipal posts which influence how citizens are judged or represented. These races are of statewide interest and local importance.

Costa: Republican Pension Plan Falls Woefully Short on Legal, Fairness Tests

On May 13, 2015

Harrisburg – May 13, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said that the Senate Republican pension reform plan that passed the Senate today (Senate Bill 1) is illegal because it impacts benefits of current employees, is woefully short-sighted, and unfair to workers. Costa challenged Senate Republicans in floor debate to reconcile well-established law […]

Senate Democrats Call for PERC to Create Fair, Open, Transparent Process to Consider Pension Legislation

On May 13, 2015

Harrisburg – May 13, 2015 – A leading group of Senate Democrats today wrote to the Public Employee Retirement Commission (PERC) to express grave concerns about the process surrounding Senate Bill 1, a massive overhaul of the pension system for public employees. PERC itself raised red flags about the expedited legislative schedule, which rendered them […]

Costa Supports Passage of Medical Marijuana Legislation

On May 12, 2015

Harrisburg – May 12, 2015 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said today that he strongly supports legislation that legalizes the use of cannabis extracts to address certain medical conditions, including seizures, cancer, diabetes and chronic pain. Costa released the following statement after today’s Senate vote. Senate Bill 3 passed the Senate by a […]

Legislation to Protect Construction Zone Workers Detailed

On May 12, 2015

Harrisburg – May 12, 2015 – After a recent series of accidents in construction zones, a bipartisan group of senators and state officials detailed legislation today that’s designed to protect workers in the zones. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) was joined by Sens. Judy Schwank (D-Berks), David Argall (R-Schuylkill), and Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) in […]

Legislators: UPMC Using Seniors as Pawns in Fight vs. Highmark

On April 9, 2015

HARRISBURG, April 9, 2015 – A bipartisan group of state legislators from western Pennsylvania released the following statement today in response to the announcement that UPMC does not intend to renew the Medicare Advantage contract with Highmark customers: “UPMC has broken its promise to seniors in western Pennsylvania. They made a promise to our seniors, […]


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