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April 13, 2015: Senator Fontana’s Resolution declaring April 12-18 as National Library Week in Pennsylvania was approved unanimously. Here’s the Senator’s remarks from the floor of the Senate as he introduced the Resolution:National-Library-Week-2015-Sen
April 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: April is Donate Life Month. Senator Fontana says organ donor enrollment is simple at driver’s license centers or when licenses are obtained or renewed. Larger volumes of potential donors would reduce the numbers on transplant waiting lists and improve the wellbeing of transplant recipients.Pennsylvania-Moment
March 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says Pennsylvanians who served in the military can have that fact recognized on their driver’s license.Pennsylvania-Moment
March 3, 2015: Senator Fontana reacts to Gov. Wolf’s 2015 budget proposal.2015-Budget-Sen.Fontana-web
February 17, 2015: Senator Fontana has introduced legislation that would legalize, regulate and license ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania.ride-share-legislation
February 4, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says most Pennsylvania families qualify for free or low-cost health coverage for kids.Pennsylvania-Moment-
January 5, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says Pennsylvania state government has an online resource that can get people the help they need for everything from child care to mortgage problems to paying less in taxes.Pennsylvania-Moment-
December 2, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says a good way to get in the spirit of holiday giving is to help out your local food bank.Pennsylvania-Moment-
November 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now taking applications to help those who cannot afford to heat their homes this winter.Pennsylvania-Moment-
October 15, 2014: Senator Fontana’s Resolution recognizing the week of October 19 through 26, 2014, as “Homeless Children’s Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania passed unanimously. Homeless Children’s Awareness Week will bring attention to the growing problems and issues children experiencing homeless face throughout Pennsylvania and encourage people to get involved.Homeless-Childrens-Awareness-W
October 7, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says the state Department of Aging has a toll-free hotline anyone can call to get answers to questions about how to care for an aging loved one.Pennsylvania-Moment-Sen.Fontan
September 8, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covers the health needs of all Pennsylvania’s children. Senator Fontana says all parents should check to see if their children are eligible.Pennsylvania-Moment-
August 28, 2014: Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are operating under temporary licenses in Allegheny County while the Public Utility Commission considers granting them permanent licenses. Senator Fontana testified before the PUC about his bill to legalize the services.PUC-Ride-Share-Hearing-Fontana
August 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment- As students head back to college, Senator Fontana reminds them — and their parents — to explore all the possibilities when it comes to paying for higher education.Pennsylvania-Moment
July 8, 2014: On the floor of the Senate, Senator Fontana introduces legislation that would provide a remedy to the Public Utility Commission’s ruling that bars Uber and Lyft from offering ride-sharing transportation alternatives in Allegheny County.Ride-Share-Legislation-Sen.Fon
July 7, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Fontana tells senior citizens how they can get help paying for their prescriptions.Pennsylvania-Moment-
June 25, 2014: Senator Fontana today blasted a proposed House Republican budget plan which totals $29.1 billion and cuts a number of economic development tax credit programs that foster business development and job growth. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who says the budget plan will adversely impact Pennsylvania businesses.Fontana-House-Budget-Proposal-
June 23, 2014: Senator Fontana has introduced a Senate Resolution calling on the bipartisan Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a comprehensive study on the effectiveness of all state sponsored workforce development programs. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who spoke on the Senate Floor today to say even in a year when there’s a tight budget, the state should continue to invest in programs that create jobs.Fontana-SR-396-Econ-Developmen
June 18, 2014: The Pennsylvania Senate today adopted a resolution honoring the life of NFL Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Noll, who led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles. Here are Senate Floor remarks from Senator Fontana, sponsor of the resolution.Fontana-Chuck-Noll-Resolution
June 16, 2014: Senator Fontana today on the Senate Floor went to bat for public employee unions in Pennsylvania and challenged Republicans to bring up their legislation to end the collection of union dues by state and local governments if it’s such a big issue on the minds of working Pennsylvanians.Fontana-Union-Dues-Collection-
June 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Fontana advises Pennsylvania’s veterans to call the Veteran’s Hotline and check on the benefits they’ve earned.Pennsylvania Moment
May 9, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Fontana talks about PennDOT’s Yellow Dot program, designed to help both people with special medical conditions and first responders at an accident scene.Pennsylvania-Moment
May 7, 2014: Legislation that will strengthen child abuse reporting requirements by school employees in Pennsylvania has been given final approval by the state Senate and now goes to the governor for his signature. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the bill that was unanimously approved today.SB-31-Final-Passage-Fontana-Wr
May 1, 2014: A child abuse reporting bill aimed at Pennsylvania school employees has passed the House of Representatives and is just one step away from going to the governor for his signature. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the legislation, who explains why the bill is needed.Child-Abuse-Reporting-Bill-Fon
April 15, 2014: We’ve all heard the catchphrase: Reading is Fun. Well, this week is a good time to make that saying come true. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of a Senate-adopted resolution, recognizing April 13th through the 19th as National Library Week in Pennsylvania.2014-National-Library-Week-Fon
April 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says authorities can be alerted to child abuse by anyone anytime of the day or night.Pennsylvania-Moment
March 10, 2014: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution honoring Junior Achievement’s 75th anniversary in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the resolution.Untitled audio project
March 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Fontana reminds you that March 31st is the deadline to sign up for health insurance provided by the federal Affordable Care Act.Pennsylvania-Moment-
March3, 2014: Thanks to a Resolution co-sponsored by Senator Fontana, the Pennsylvania state Senate has declared March “Problem Gambling Awareness Month,” to call attention to the programs available in the state to help those with a gambling problem, as well as their families and loved ones.gambling-problem-month
February 7, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says Pennsylvania’s Career Link offices can connect the unemployed to businesses that need workers.Pennsylvania-Moment-
January 30, 2014: In advance of Gov. Corbett’s budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly next week, Senate Democrats held a series of news conferences across Pennsylvania today to outline their budget priorities for the new fiscal year which begins July 1. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who says creating jobs and helping small businesses should top the agenda.Budget-Priorities-Jobs-Fontana
January 13, 2014: On the floor of the state Senate, Senator Fontana pays tribute to Air Force Captain Sean Ruane, who died in a helicopter crash during a training exercise near an airbase in England. Captain Ruane was a 2000 graduate of Montour High School.Ruane-Memorial-Sen.Fontana-01-
January 2, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: It’s never too early to begin saving for your child’s college education. Senator Fontana says the state Treasury has a plan that can help now and in the future.Pennsylvania-Moment-
December 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana suggests celebrating the holidays by donating to your local food bank.Pennsylvania-Moment-
December 4, 2013: Senator Fontana’s Community Economic and Recreational Development Committee approved and sent to the floor of the Senate a Resolution — adopted by a 47-1 vote — ordering a study of gaming revenue in Pennsylvania, including a look at how proposed online gambling might affect that revenue. gaming-study-fontana
November 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says now is the time to apply for home heating assistance.Pennsylvania-Moment-
October 31, 2013: Senator Fontana says it’s clear: the state has to do a better job of streamlining its various workforce development programs to help both businesses who have job openings and people who are looking for work or to start a new career. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, who led a roundtable discussion this week in Green Tree Borough, Allegheny County, involving the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and community leaders.Workforce-Development-Roundtab
October 24, 2013: The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, October 30th, in Green Tree Borough, Allegheny County, on what community colleges are doing to team-up with employers to match job opportunities with skilled workers. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who’s inviting the public to attend.Policy-Committee-Green-Tree-He
October 21, 2013: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution congratulating the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s (PHEAA) Board of Directors, management and workforce on their 50 years of service to students and families, helping them to finance higher education. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the resolution.PHEAA-Anniversary-Resolution-F
October 17, 2013: Legislation has cleared the Pennsylvania Senate that would require all school employees to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement — and not just to their school supervisor. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the bill, who has been fighting for eight years to get this legislation approved.SB-31-Approved-Fontana-WrapSto
October 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says your child might be eligible for free or low-cost health care.Pennsylvania-Moment-
October 3, 2013: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing the week of October 13th through the 19th as Homeless Children’s Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the resolution.Homeless-Childrens-Awareness-W
October 2, 2013: With Columbus Day just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution observing October as Italian-American Heritage month in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the resolution.Italian-American-Heritage-Mont
September 24, 2013: A coalition of business groups, labor, and local government officials rallied at the State Capitol today to strongly urge the House of Representatives to quickly approve Senate Bill 1, a $2.5 billion transportation funding bill that passed the state Senate earlier this year. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, who attended the rally.Transportation-Rally-Fontana-W
September 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana reminds drivers to be watchful for police and emergency personnel working by the side of the road.pennsylvania-moment-sen.fontan
August 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says your summer vacation driving will be easier if you follow this tip before you start.pennsylvania-moment-sen.fontana-august’13
July 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana reminds motorists to be aware of bicyclists on Pennsylvania’s roadways this summer.pennsylvania-moment-sen.fontana-july’13
June 28, 2013: Senator Fontana in remarks on the Senate Floor tonight assails the Corbett Administration’s education funding cuts that have created financial hardships for many school districts in Allegheny County and across the state.education-funding-cuts-fontana-remarks
June 26, 2013: Senator Fontana speaks on the floor of the Senate in support of renewing and expanding the Film Tax Credit, to insure that more film, TV and commercial production takes place in Pennsylvania.film-tax-credit-sen.fontana-06-26-13
June 11, 2013: The Senate Education Committee approved legislation today that would toughen Pennsylvania’s child abuse reporting requirements by school employees. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the legislation.child-abuse-reporting-bill-fontana-wrapstory
June 11, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana has details about Pennsylvania’s “Here To Help” website.pennsylvania-moment-sen.fontana-june’13
May 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says there’s a simple, inexpensive step you can take to bring peace of mind for you and your dog.pennsylvania-moment-sen.fontana-may’13
May 6, 2013: As many Pennsylvanians begin to plan their summer vacations, the Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing the week of May 5th through the 11th as National Tourism Week in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the resolution, and Democratic Chairman of the Senate Committee on Community, Economic & Recreational Development.national-tourism-week-resolution-fontana
April 16, 2013: The Pennsylvania Senate is observing the week of April 21st through the 27th as National Volunteer Week in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the resolution dedicating next week to our hard working and courageous volunteers.volunteer-week-pa-fontana-remarks
April 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: There is help for people struggling to make their mortgage payments. Senator Fontana has details.pennsylvania-moment-sen.fontana-april’13
April 14, 2013: No matter whether you want to pick up a good book or if you need help finding a job this is a good week to visit your local public library. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of a Senate-adopted Resolution, observing the week of April 14th through the 20th as National Library Week in Pennsylvania.library-week-pa-2013-fontana
March 18, 2013: A bipartisan group of state senators, including Senator Fontana, unveiled a package of legislation today to provide sweeping improvements to Pennsylvania’s child protection laws. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who talks about his bill that would strengthen child abuse reporting requirements for school employees.child-protection-bill-fontana-remarks
March 13, 2013: The Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution observing today as Industrial Resource Center Day in Pennsylvania. IRCs help small and medium-sized manufacturing companies respond to the changing markets, new technology, and the competitive pressure of the global economy. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who also says a Senate Legislative Manufacturing Caucus is being formed to assist the state’s manufacturing community.senate-legislative-manufacturing-caucus-fontana
March 12, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Thinking about going to college this fall? Believe it or not, now is the time to apply for financial aid. Senator Fontana has some helpful information.pennsylvania-moment-sen.fontana-mar’13
March 1, 2013: State Senate Democrats held a public hearing in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 1st, to discuss the budgetary and economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. Here are Senator Fontana’s opening remarks.medicaid-hearing-fontana
February 6, 2013: Senator Fontana says Gov. Corbett’s $28.4 billion state budget proposal is light on economic development and job creation. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who spoke on the Senate Floor today about two of his proposals that he would like the legislature to approve.fontana-budget-econ-dev-floor-remarks
February 5, 2013: Senator Fontana responds to the Governor’s Budget Address.2013-budget-speech-reaction-sen.fontana
January 15, 2013: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Fontana has an important message for veterans about their benefits.pennsylvania-moment-sen.fontana-jan’13
December 11, 2012: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Fontana suggests a way you can make this holiday special for families in need
December 4, 2012: Senator Fontana joined Bill Rehkopf on KDKA Radio to discuss legislation he plans to re-introduce requiring large non-profits that own real property to pay taxes on the assessed value of the land only (not building), with the first $200,000 of land value being exempt.
November 26, 2012: Film office officials in both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia say Pennsylvania could attract more Hollywood movie and television productions if the state legislature would expand the state’s $60 million tax credit program. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Committee and Community, Economic and Recreational Development, who supports increasing the tax credit amount in next year’s state budget.
November 7, 2012: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says those who need help paying their heating bills this winter should apply for LIHEAP assistance as soon as possible.
October 12, 2012: The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted Senator Fontana’s resolution recognizing the week of October 14th through the 20th as Homeless Children’s Awareness Week in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who says children are the fastest growing segment of the nation’s homeless population.
September 26, 2012: The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously adopts Senator Fontana’s resolution observing September as Infant Mortality Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana.
September 20, 2012: Senator Fontana is “disappointed” in Gov. Corbett’s decision not to bring voter ID services into neighborhoods across Pennsylvania to help registered voters who need a valid photo ID get one. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who made a proposal over a month ago to use all state offices to help voters but got word this week from the administration that they won’t go along with his idea.
September 13, 2012: Pennsylvania Moment – Pennsylvania is ready to help you find a job. Senator Fontana has details
September 5, 2012: Recent reports of child abuse going unreported has prompted Senator Fontana to call for legislation that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s child abuse reporting laws.
August 21, 2012: As a matter of convenience for Pennsylvania voters, Senator Fontana is urging Gov. Corbett to bring Voter ID services into neighborhoods across Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who wants to make photo IDs available at state offices.
August 17, 2012: Pennsylvania Moment: If you see that a senior citizen is being abused, you can do something to help. Senator Fontana says there’s a hotline number you can call to report elder abuse.
July 19, 2012: Senator Fontana says he’s very disappointed that the state Senate killed legislation in June that would have benefitted Allegheny and Washington County homeowners now — and perhaps homeowners across the state down the road. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who’s pushing for a moratorium on property reassessments in the two counties.
July 18, 2012: Pennsylvania Moment: Pennsylvania is ready to help you find the best route when it comes to summer driving. Senator Fontana has the details.
July 6, 2012: Senator Fontana’s proposal to study the demographics of homeless children in Pennsylvania and determine their schooling needs has been signed into law by Gov. Corbett. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the legislation, who says we cannot afford to allow these kids to fall through the cracks.
June 18, 2012: Senator Fontana says, thanks to the CHIP program, no child will be without quality health insurance.
May 16,2012: Hundreds of homeowners from across Pennsylvania rallied at the State Capitol last week calling on the state legislature to eliminate property taxes. Senator Fontana says if the General Assembly is not prepared to deal with the issue statewide, then he’s prepared to pass legislation that would eliminate all property taxes just in Allegheny County. Here’s more with Senator Fontana.
May 10,2012: Senator Fontana says a state program provides certain individuals with rebates on their property taxes or rent, and explains who is eligible
April 30, 2012:There’s always a lot of discussion and debate in Pennsylvania about the classroom needs of our children. But, what about the educational needs of homeless children in the state. Here’s more with Senator Fontana who wants to focus on the educational difficulties faced by homeless children.
April 18, 2012: Certain small businesses in Pennsylvania could be getting some loan guarantee help from the state if legislation now before the state Senate is approved. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the bill, and the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Committtee on Community, Economic, and Recreational Development which approved the measure and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.
April 9, 2012: It’s Library Week in Pennsylvania, and Sen. Wayne Fontana says the week showcases the fact that libraries have remained valuable resources for their communities
March 7,2012: Senator Fontana expresses his disappointment after Senate passage of Voter ID legislation. Senate Democrats say if Voter ID becomes law, they’ll fight it in court
February 21, 2012: Senator Fontana reminds seniors that they can get help paying for their prescriptions.
February 15, 2012: Senator Fontana, Senate Democrats Ask Attorney General Kelly to Use Mortgage Settlement Money to Halt Foreclosures.
February 7, 2012: Senator Fontana says Gov. Corbett’s $27 billion spending plan for the 2012-13 budget year lacks the priorities that Pennsylvanian residents are calling for.
January 19, 2012: There’s assistance for low-income Pennsylvanians who need help paying their heating bills, but there’s not as much funding as in years past. Sen. Fontana advises you to apply early.
January 6, 2012: As new Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald defies a court ordered property tax reassessment, he has the support of Senator Fontana who is again calling on state lawmakers to approve his legislation that would impose a one-year moratorium on court ordered reassessments so that a statewide uniform system can be put into place.
December 13, 2011: It doesn’t take much to lend a hand this holiday season. Senator Fontana has a suggestion.
November 14, 2011: In light of the Penn State University alleged sex abuse scandal, Senator Fontana is calling on the state Senate to approve his legislation that deals with the reporting of suspected child abuse by school employees.
November 14, 2011: Senator Wayne Fontana guests on the Dom Giordano Program to explain a bill introduced in 2005 that would have required a case like Joe Paterno’s to go directly to the police. Listen to Sen. Fontana break down why this imperative.
June 20, 2011: PA Moment :: Make your summer driving easier. Senator Fontana advises you to check with PA 511 before heading out.
May 25, 2011: PA Moment :: Senator Fontana tells what you can do if you suspect abuse of an elderly person.
May 23, 2011: The House is set to vote on a budget bill this week that closely follows Gov. Corbett’s budget proposal to consolidate or eliminate several economic development agencies. Senator Fontana says it makes no sense to reduce or cut funds to programs that are already creating jobs.
March 14, 2011: PA Moment: Senator Fontana says that, thanks to state law, Pennsylvania parents with autistic children can get help paying for their care.
February 23, 2011: Fontana is opposed to gas drilling in state parks and state forests.
February 23, 2011: State Senate Democrats announce the details of a major job creation initiative which will not only create permanent jobs but save hundreds of millions in state taxpayer dollars by enhancing and streamlining existing programs.
February 14, 2011: PA Moment: CHIP makes sure Pennsylvania’s kids are covered when it comes to health insurance. Senator Fontana has the details.
January 26, 2011: Senator Fontana joins Pennsylvania lawmakers and the NFL to support legislation to better manage sports related concussions, especially in youth sports.
January 13, 2011: PA Moment: Don’t let your family go without heat this winter. Sen. Fontana says you can get halp paying your heating bill.