Op-ed by Senator Wayne Fontana –  Testimony from the trial in Pittsburgh involving alleged child abuse by a former Pittsburgh Public Schools police officer underscores the need for better safeguards for our children and clearer reporting procedures for school officials if they suspect child abuse. That is the goal of my legislation that would require […]

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Harrisburg, June 30, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today issued the following statement after the senate passed a new $28.3 billion budget by a vote of 33-17. Fontana opposed the measure (House Bill 1437): “With this budget, the Corbett Administration and legislative Republicans largely ignored the state’s biggest challenges and problems. Creating […]

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HARRISBURG, June 11, 2013 – The state Senate Education Committee today unanimously approved state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s (D-Brookline) bill that would toughen child abuse reporting requirements in schools “I am heartened and encouraged by this strong bipartisan vote and look forward to the full Senate acting on the bill,” Fontana said. “The bill (Senate […]

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Pittsburgh, PA (June 7, 2013) – Senator Wayne Fontana, Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s (PHEAA) Board of Directors, today announced a new job creation initiative in Allegheny County that will generate 150 employment opportunities for local residents. “I am pleased to announce that PHEAA will be making a substantial investment in […]

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Harrisburg, May 13, 2013 – The bipartisan Pennsylvania Senate Manufacturing Caucus, chaired by Sen. Kim Ward (R-39) and Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-42), held its first meeting today, bringing together manufacturers, legislators and experts to discuss ideas for boosting growth in this vital sector of the economy. “Pennsylvania has been an industrial leader throughout its history, and […]

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HARRISBURG, April 29, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement in response to the state Department of Insurance’s decision today to approve the merger between Highmark and West Penn Allegheny Health System: “I am pleased with the approval of this affiliation and am confident this will lead to enhanced health care, […]

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Brookline, March 28, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced today that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) application deadline has been extended through April 26. “I urge low-income homeowners to look into whether they are eligible for home heating assistance,” Fontana said. “With lingering cold weather and rising heating costs, […]

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BROOKLINE, March 20, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement following city of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s announcement concerning UPMC’s non-profit status: “I commend Mayor Ravenstahl and the city of Pittsburgh for challenging UPMC’s non-profit status and for bringing this issue before the Court to determine whether UPMC truly […]

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Harrisburg, March 19, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today applauded unanimous Senate support for a bill that would enable the Pennsylvania Game Commission to establish an adult mentored hunting program. “A mentored hunting program can encourage more adults to give hunting a try,” Fontana said. “By providing more of an incentive for […]

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