Says Current Bill Would Have Blocked Tougher Allegheny County Ban HARRISBURG, June 4, 2008 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) said the Senate took bipartisan action today in favor of a stronger statewide smoking ban that would protect Allegheny County’s right to have a tougher local smoking ordinance. By a 31-19 vote, the Senate […]

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PITTSBURGH, MAY 30, 2008 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today joined Governor Rendell, DCNR Secretary DiBerardinis and representatives of the PA Historical & Museum Commission, Riverlife Task Force, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open 23 acres of the 36 acre Point State Park to the public.  “It […]

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HARRISBURG, May 13, 2008 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana and Rep. Jesse White today announced the joint introduction of legislation creating the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.  Senate Bill 1354 and House Bill 2474 would require employers to notify employees that they may be eligible for the federal EITC and would also […]

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HARRISBURG, April 23, 2008 – – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today reminded students and their families that May 1 is the filing deadline for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to determine eligibility for Pennsylvania’s need-based state grant. “With college costs going up year after year, I urge students […]

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HARRISBURG, April 21, 2008 — State Senator Wayne D. Fontana is hosting a special baby fair this Saturday for new and expectant families. Entitled “Hey Baby!” the free event will be held twice this Saturday, April 26 at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. The first session will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The session will then […]

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PITTSBURGH, April 18, 2008 — State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today urged citizens to make sure they are positioned to receive a federal stimulus check this year. “People need to understand that it is not too late to qualify for a stimulus check,” Fontana said. “While most citizens who file a 2007 federal income tax […]

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HARRISBURG, April 8, 2008 — State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today announced that veterans of the Persian Gulf Conflict can obtain a bonus application at any of his local district offices. “It is important that we honor the commitment and sacrifice of all war veterans,” Fontana said. “I am pleased to have supported this bonus […]

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HARRISBURG, March 18, 2008 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) joined with other legislators and the CompetePA Coalition at a news conference in Harrisburg today to generate support for Senate Bill 1229, the High-Tech & Manufacturing Stimulus Act.  The bill is designed to help Pennsylvania compete successfully for new jobs and investments by addressing business […]

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HARRISBURG, March 14, 2008 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced that he will introduce legislation that allow municipalities additional tools to address costs associated with providing essential services where the municipality contains a large percentage of tax exempt property.  Fontana said that the bill, currently being circulated for co-sponsors, is intended as […]

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HARRISBURG, March 12, 2008 – – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) and Senator Rob Wonderling (R-Bucks/Lehigh/Montgomery/Northampton) took part in the third annual Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN) Neighborhood Awards Ceremony at the State Capitol and honored the network with a Senate Resolution. Fontana and Wonderling said they were happy to present PPTN with Senate […]

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