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June 15, 2015: In remarks on the Senate Floor today, Senator Fontana renewed his call for action by the state legislature to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to at least $10.10 an hour. Here’s more with Senator Fontana.
June 5, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Whether it’s a short trip or a summer vacation, Senator Fontana says the PA Turnpike makes it easy to plan your trip.
May 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Warmer weather can get homeowners thinking about home improvements. Senator Fontana advises them to take advantage of Pennsylvania’s list of registered contractors before the work has started.
May 4, 2015: The Pennsylvania Senate today adopted a resolution recognizing May as Brain Tumor Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Here’s more with Senator Fontana, sponsor of the resolution.
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:
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.
March 6, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says Pennsylvanians who served in the military can have that fact recognized on their driver’s license.
March 3, 2015: Senator Fontana reacts to Gov. Wolf’s 2015 budget proposal.
February 17, 2015: Senator Fontana has introduced legislation that would legalize, regulate and license ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft in Pennsylvania.
February 4, 2015: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says most Pennsylvania families qualify for free or low-cost health coverage for kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 7, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Sen. Fontana tells senior citizens how they can get help paying for their prescriptions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 5, 2014: Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Fontana says authorities can be alerted to child abuse by anyone anytime of the day or night.