Press Releases

Fontana Re-elected Vice Chair of PHEAA Board

HARRISBURG, February 23, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today was unanimously re-elected to serve as the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Created in 1963 by the state…
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Sen. Fontana Pleased with Governor’s Budget Investment Priorities

Harrisburg, February 7, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2017-18 state budget proposal: “This is a lean budget for lean times. “In the face of a daunting…
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Fontana Statement on Closing of SCI-Pittsburgh

Brookline – January 26, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement in response to today’s state Department of Corrections decision to close SCI-Pittsburgh: “I’m very disappointed in the Department of Corrections decision -- as well…
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Fontana Bill Would Require a Public Hearing Before a State Prison Closure

Harrisburg – January 25, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today introduced legislation that would require the Department of Corrections to hold a local public hearing before it could close a prison. “Closing prisons will drastically impact prison…
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Fontana Speaks Out at Harrisburg Senate Hearing to Save SCI-Pittsburgh

Harrisburg – January 23, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today spoke out at a joint Capitol hearing to save SCI-Pittsburgh from closing. The hearing was jointly held this morning by the Senate’s respective judiciary and policy committees.…
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Senate Democrats Question State Prison Closings

Harrisburg – January 18, 2016 – Opposed to the potential closure of correctional institutions across Pennsylvania, Sens. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny), John Blake (D-Lackawanna) and John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) have spearheaded local meetings to examine the impact of facility closures to the…
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Fontana Tours SCI-Pittsburgh and Meets with Prison Officials on Possible Closing

Brookline – January 17, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today toured SCI-Pittsburgh and met with prison workers and officials on the facility’s possible closing. The 24-acre SCI-Pittsburgh facility on the city’s North Side is one of five…
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Fontana Writes Letter Objecting to Possible SCI-Pittsburgh Closing

Brookline – January 9, 2017 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today sent a letter to state Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel and Gov. Tom Wolf objecting to the possible closure of the state prison in Pittsburgh. Citing…
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Fontana Issues Statement on Potential Prison Closures

Harrisburg – January 6, 2017 − Following the governor’s announcement today that he is considering closing the state Correctional Institute in Pittsburgh by June, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) released the following statement. “Decisions of this magnitude cannot and should…
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Fontana Announces $3.7 Million in State Funding for Eight Local Transportation Projects

BROOKLINE, December 6, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced $3.724 million in state grant funds for eight Allegheny County transportation projects. “This funding will help local planners make our transportation system more modern, efficient and attractive,”…
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Sen. Fontana Announces State Funds for Three Local Projects

HARRISBURG, November 23, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced a total of $4.5 million in state grant funds for three Allegheny County projects. “These funds will be used for land development, revitalization and as economic generators in…
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Fontana Re-elected to Serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman

Harrisburg, November 16, 2016 – State Senate Democrats today unanimously re-elected state Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) to serve as Democratic Caucus chairman for the coming two-year legislative session. The caucus chairman sets the daily caucus agenda and leads the…
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Senate Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Fontana’s Early Voting Proposal

Pittsburgh – November 2, 2016 – At the request of state Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing in Pittsburgh today on Fontana’s legislation that would allow early voting. “My legislation (Senate Bill 255)…
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Fontana Announces State Funds for Lawrenceville Tech Center

HARRISBURG, October 28, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced a $1 million state grant for site development at the Regional Industrial Development Corporation’s 14-acre Lawrenceville Technology Center. “These Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds will be used…
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Fontana Announces State Funds for Three Local Projects

HARRISBURG, October 24, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced a total of $1.4 million in state grant and loan funds for three Allegheny County projects. “This state support will help supplement local efforts to improve, redevelop and…
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Fontana Lauds Progress of Lower Hill District Infrastructure Work

Pittsburgh, October 7, 2016 -- State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today served as master of ribbon cutting ceremonies as officials and community leaders marked the opening of the new connector streets in the city’s lower Hill District. “Reconstructing these…
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Fontana Announces $5 Million in State Grant Funds for Two Local Projects

Brookline – Sept. 30, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced state grant funding for two projects in Pittsburgh. “I am pleased that state dollars will supplement these local economic development and community resource efforts,” Fontana said. “I…
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Fontana Details Steady Progress of Beechview Rail Project

Beechview, September 9, 2016 –State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today said he is pleased with the progress of the Red Line rail project in Beechview and confident it will reopen for riders on Sept. 25 as scheduled. “I have worked…
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Joint Legislative Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Eradicating Blight

Wilkinsburg, August 4, 2016 – At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, a joint state Senate-House Democratic Policy Committee hearing was held today on efforts and resources to fight blight within our communities, including the successes and…
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Fontana Measure to Mandate Online Posting of School Policies Becomes Law

Harrisburg, July 15, 2016 - Public school districts will soon be required to post additional policies and information on their websites under legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne D. Fontana's (D-Allegheny) that was amended into the state's school code (House Bill…
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Fontana Business Development Legislation Enacted

Harrisburg, July 14, 2016 –Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s (D-Allegheny) legislation that funds the state’s “Business in our Sites” program has passed the legislature and was signed into law (Act 85 of 2106) by the governor. The Business in our Sites…
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Fontana Wins Expansion of State’s Film Tax Credit Program

Harrisburg, July 13, 2016 – The state Senate today approved legislation backed by Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) that will bolster Pennsylvania’s film and television industry by expanding the state’s film tax credit program. “The state’s film tax credit program…
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Fontana Helps Secure State Money for Beechview Revitalization

HARRISBURG, July 1, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced $600,000 in state grant funding to redesign and revitalize part of Broadway Avenue in Beechview. “This project will make that business corridor safer, more attractive and more…
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Senate Approves Fontana Bill to Help Communities Rectify Sewer Lateral Problems

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2016 – The state Senate today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) that would give municipal governments the option of establishing policies and helping residents repair damaged sewer laterals. “This bill gives local…
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Sen. Fontana Lauds Education Funding Boost in Budget Bill

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana provided the following comment yesterday afternoon after the state Senate voted 47-3 in favor of a bipartisan 2016-17 fiscal budget (Senate Bill 1073). The bill now returns to the House…
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Senate Unanimously Approves Reforming Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority

Harrisburg – June 28, 2016 – Legislation establishing accountability and transparency at the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) received unanimous support in the Senate today, said Senators Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) and Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny/Butler). Amid serious concerns…
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Committee Approves Fontana Amendment to Ban Workplace Sexual Orientation Discrimination

HARRISBURG, June 22, 2016 – A state Senate committee today approved Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s (D-Allegheny) amendment that would outlaw discrimination in the workplace based on one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. “My proposal puts the force of law behind…
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Senate Committee Backs Fontana Bill to Provide Lead Detection Test Option for Home Buyers

HARRISBURG, June 22, 2016 – The state Senate Committee on Urban Affairs and Housing today unanimously approved Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s bill that would give home buyers the option of requesting that a prospective home be tested to determine what level…
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Nurses Rally in Support for Fontana Bill on Hospital Staffing and Care

HARRISBURG, May 10, 2016 – Dozens of nurses rallied in the state Capitol Rotunda today to show support for legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) that would improve staffing and the quality of care at Pennsylvania hospitals. Fontana’s…
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State Senate Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Opiate Addiction Treatment

Pittsburgh - April 7, 2016 - At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on ways to improve access to treatment for people suffering from addiction to opiates,…
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Fontana, Costa Call For Removal of ICA Director, Criminal Investigation

Harrisburg, April 5, 2016 - State Sen. Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Caucus Chairman Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) called today for the removal of Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) Executive Director Henry V. Sciortino and requested a criminal investigation into…
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Fontana Bill Would Make a Lead Detection Test an Option for Home Buyers

HARRISBURG, March 23, 2016 –State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today introduced legislation that would give home buyers the option of requesting that a home be tested to determine what level of lead is in the water. The Fontana bill (Senate…
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Fontana Re-Elected Vice Chair of PHEAA Board

HARRISBURG, February 18, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today was unanimously re-elected to serve as the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). Created in 1963 by the state…
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Fontana Statement on Senate Kane Removal Attempt

HARRISBURG, February 10, 2016 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today provided the following statement on the state Senate’s attempted vote to remove Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office. The senate voted 29 to 19 in favor of recommending Kane’s…
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State Auditor General’s Report backs Fontana’s Call to Dissolve ICA

PITTSBURGH, November 10, 2015 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today issued a statement in response to the audit report issued by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The audit concludes that the state-imposed Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) should be…
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Fontana Calls GOP Stopgap Budget a Wasteful PR Stunt

Harrisburg, Sept. 18, 2015 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today gave the following statement after the party-line Senate vote in favor of the Republican’s so-called stopgap budget measure. Fontana voted against the legislation. “I’m disgusted by this wasteful,…
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Fontana Bill Would Disband “Redundant and Unecessary” ICA in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 15, 2015 – Calling Pittsburgh’s state-imposed Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) “unnecessary, redundant and a waste of taxpayer dollars,” State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced legislation that would disband the authority. “The ICA has outlived both its purpose…
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Fontana Calls GOP Budget a Political Scam

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2014 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today provided the following comment after the state Senate’s 30-19 party line vote for a Republican-sponsored 2015-16 fiscal year budget (House Bill 1192): “It’s disappointing that Republicans are advocating this…
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Fontana Backs Suit to Enforce Highmark-UPMC Consent Decree

Harrisburg, May 22, 2015 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) has signed on to a “friend of the court” legal brief aimed at backing the state Attorney General’s lawsuit to enforce the Highmark-UPMC consent decree. The lawsuit would force…
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Fontana Credits Governor Wolf for Dynamic Budget Proposal

Harrisburg, March 3, 2015 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2015-16 state budget proposal: “Any budget discussion must begin with the fact that the irresponsible policies of the…
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Fontana Bill would Legalize and Regulate Ride-Share Services

Brookline – February 12, 2015 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today re-introduced legislation that would legalize, regulate and license transportation network companies (TNC) in Pennsylvania. Uber and Lyft, and other so-called ride-sharing service companies, use a software platform…
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Fontana Opens Local Mobile Offices to Reach More Constituents

HARRISBURG, February 3, 2015 – In an effort to make his staff and local services more convenient and accessible for constituents, state Senator Wayne D. Fontana is opening two new mobile offices. “Redistricting has changed some of the communities I…
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Fontana Appointed Democratic Chair of Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee

HARRISBURG, January 15, 2015 – State Senator Wayne Fontana has been named Democratic Chair of the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. “I am pleased with this committee assignment and will use my position to help cities like Pittsburgh and…
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Fontana Sworn in to Another Senate Term

HARRISBURG, January 6, 2015 – With family, friends and supporters on hand, State Senator Wayne Fontana took the oath of office today and pledged to continue fighting for jobs, economic investment and tax relief. First elected in 2005, the Brookline…
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Fontana Describes Corbett Mid-Year Budget Deficit as a “Foregone Conclusion”

Pittsburgh, December 3, 2014 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) issued the following statement after Corbett Administration officials today admitted that the state faces a nearly $ 2 billion budget shortfall: “Budgets are about choices and priorities.  Pennsylvania’s impending…
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Fontana Elected to Serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman

Harrisburg, November 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today unanimously elected state Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) to serve as Democratic Caucus chairman for the coming two-year legislative session. The caucus chairman sets the daily caucus agenda and leads the…
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Fontana Supports Ride-share Companies at PUC Hearing

Harrisburg, August 28, 2014 – Urging the state Public Utility Commission (PUC) to grant ride-share companies Uber and Lyft permanent operating licenses, State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today testified that the businesses provide citizens more transportation options, access and flexibility.…
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Fontana Applauds PUC Vote on Temporary Ride-Share Licensing

Brookline – July 24, 2014 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today said he was pleased by the five-member Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) unanimous vote today to allow Uber and Lyft to continue providing so-called “ride-share” service in Allegheny County.…
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Fontana Introduces Ride-Sharing Legislation

Resolution calling for immediate PUC action also proposed Harrisburg – July 8, 2014 – Legislation that would provide a remedy to the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) ruling that bars Uber and Lyft from offering ride-sharing transportation alternatives in Allegheny County will…
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Fontana Calls State Budget a Sham

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2014 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today provided the following comment after the state Senate approved the 2014-15 fiscal year budget (House Bill 2328): “Apart from the usual misguided priorities, I’m alarmed that so-called fiscal conservatives…
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Fontana Comments on Highmark-UPMC Agreement

HARRISBURG, June 27, 2014 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today issued the following statement in response to the announced Highmark-UPMC health insurance coverage agreement: “Today’s announcement is good step forward. It will help allay fears and preserve many…
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Senate Approves Fontana Bill that Renames Part of Rt. 51 in Honor of Capt. Ruane

HARRISBURG, June 25, 2014 – The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation (House Bill 2072) that includes an amendment sponsored by Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) to rename a portion of Route 51 in Kennedy Township as the “Captain Sean…
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Fontana Pays Tribute to Legendary Steelers Coach Chuck Noll

HARRISBURG, June 20, 2014 – Speaking on the Senate floor, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana gave the following remarks in tribute to the late legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll: “Mr. President, I rise to offer this resolution that pays tribute…
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Op-ed: It’s Time for Huge Non-Profits to Pay Their Fair Share of Pittsburgh’s Tax Burden

Recently, our city’s financial overseers released a five-year plan aimed toward greater stability. While I applaud the recovery officers’ ongoing effort toward a path of reasonable, financial sustainability for Pittsburgh, I have serious reservations about a provision in this plan…
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Fontana Bill Would Empower Municipalities to Help Rectify Sewer Lateral Problems

HARRISBURG, June 3, 2014 – A state Senate committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) that would give municipal governments the option of establishing policies and helping residents repair damaged sewer laterals. Sewer laterals connect…
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Op-ed: My Idea for Saving the August Wilson Center

As the fate of Pittsburgh’s treasured August Wilson Center for African American Culture inches closer to foreclosure, it is time to step back from this pitched battle between bidders, bankers and community authorities and examine amicable and innovative solutions. In…
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Fontana Child Abuse Reporting Bill Set to Become Law

HARRISBURG, May 7, 2014 – The state Senate today unanimously approved Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s (D-Brookline) bill that would toughen child abuse reporting requirements in schools. Senate Bill 31 now goes to the governor for enactment. “This bill will help…
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Fontana Calls for Strengthening State’s Film Tax Credit program

Harrisburg, March 31, 2014 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) has introduced legislation that would make more money available to the state’s film production tax credit program by recapturing unused credits from the previous year. If such a law…
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Sen. Fontana Re-Elected Vice Chair of PHEAA Board

Harrisburg, February 13, 2014 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today was unanimously re-elected to serve as the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). “I appreciate the board’s unanimous support…
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Fontana Wants More Budget Dollars for Jobs and Businesses

Harrisburg, February 4, 2014 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 state budget proposal. “Like all budgets, there are things you like – and things you don’t. While I…
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Senate Democrats Press Corbett on Human Services Funding Failures

PITTSBURGH, January 30, 2014 – Flanked by people who have struggled due to state human services budget cuts, Senate Democrats today detailed their budget priorities and challenged Gov. Tom Corbett to produce a spending plan that is aligned with the needs…
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Fontana Praises Veterans at World War II Monument Dedication

Pittsburgh, December 6, 2013 – Calling the Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II monument a fitting tribute to World War II veterans and Pittsburgh’s historic role in that war, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) took part in today’s dedication ceremony…
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Fontana Bill would Give Military Veterans Stronger Hiring Edge

Harrisburg, November 19, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today unveiled legislation that would increase the veterans’ preference points in Civil Service testing from 10 to 15 points. The Fontana legislation, introduced as part of a previous jobs…
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Workforce Development Experts, Community College Officials Share Thoughts, Ideas on Ways PA Can Deliver Qualified Workers to Industry

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30, 2013 – Workforce development leaders and strategists from community colleges worked with the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee today to devise a better strategy for delivering trained employees to Pennsylvania’s energy, manufacturing and other industry sectors. The policy…
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Fontana, Senate Committee to Discuss Community Colleges, Workforce Development

Sen. Wayne Fontana and the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee will host a roundtable discussion at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Pittsburgh to examine how community colleges can better prepare skilled workers in energy, manufacturing and other industry sectors.…
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Fontana Welcomes CSX Project to McKees Rocks, Stowe

McKees Rocks, October 17, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana is praising CSX Corporation’s announcement today that it plans to build the Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal in McKees Rocks Borough and Stowe Township after reviewing numerous sites along CSXT mainline…
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Senate Unanimously Approves Fontana Child Abuse Reporting Bill

HARRISBURG, October 16, 2013 – The state Senate today unanimously approved state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s (D-Brookline) bill that would toughen child abuse reporting requirements in schools. “I am pleased by this strong bipartisan vote in the Senate and will…
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Pittsburgh Trial Highlights Need for Child Abuse Reporting Upgrade

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…
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Fontana Says New State Budget Comes up Short on Education and Job Creation

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,…
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Fontana Child Abuse Reporting Bill Clears Senate Education Committee

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…
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PHEAA’s New Parkway Center Customer Service Facility to Create 150 jobs in Allegheny County

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…
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PA Senate Manufacturing Caucus Holds First Meeting

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…
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Fontana Applauds Highmark-West Penn Merger

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…
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Fontana Announces Deadline Extension for Home Heating Aid Program

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…
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Fontana Comments on Mayor Ravenstahl Challenge of UPMC Non-Profit Status

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…
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Fontana Pleased with Senate Vote for Mentored Hunting Program

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…
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Fontana Child Abuse Reporting Bill Wins Bipartisan Backing

HARRISBURG, March 18, 2013 – Speaking at a Capitol news conference today, State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) said his bill that would strengthen child abuse reporting laws is being touted under a legislative package endorsed by the bipartisan Task…
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Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee Holds Hearing on Medicaid Expansion

Pittsburgh, March 8, 2013 – Democratic members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing in Pittsburgh today to receive testimony from local officials and health-care experts regarding Pennsylvania’s option to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal Affordable Care…
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Senator Fontana’s Statement Regarding City of Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl:

"I have been a state Senator working to advance the City of Pittsburgh with Mayor Ravenstahl for the last seven years. By working together with his Administration, I was proud to advance the revitalization and transformation of many of the…
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Sen. Fontana Re-Elected Vice Chair of PHEAA Board

Harrisburg, February 21, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today was unanimously re-elected to serve as the vice chairman of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA). “I am gratified by the unanimous…
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Sen. Fontana Lauds Kane for Rejecting Lottery Privatization Contract

Pittsburgh, February 14, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement in reaction to Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to reject the Lottery privatization contract on Constitutional grounds: “I applaud Attorney General Kane for her…
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Fontana’s Business Investment Tax Credit Bill Wins Committee Nod

Harrisburg, February 13, 2013 – The state Senate Finance Committee today approved Sen. Wayne D. Fontana’s (D-Allegheny) legislation that would provide tax credits for those who invest in start-up Pennsylvania businesses. “This measure is about generating private investment to help…
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Sen. Fontana Says State Budget Light on Economic Development, Creating Jobs

Harrisburg, February 5, 2013 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following reaction to Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposal: “While I am pleased that after largely ignoring the state’s biggest problems and challenges for the past…
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Fontana to Serve as Democratic Chairman of Key Senate Committee

Brookline, January 8, 2013 -- State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) has been re-appointed to serve as Democratic chairman of the Senate Committee on Community, Economic and Recreational Development. “I am pleased with this appointment and will continue my efforts…
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Sen. Fontana Continues to Press Corbett to Bring Voter ID Services to Communities

BROOKLINE, December 6, 2012 – Following is the text of the letter State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) sent today to Gov. Tom Corbett, reiterating his request to make the voter ID process more simple and convenient for citizens seeking…
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Sen. Fontana Urges Action on Child Protection Recommendations

PITTSBURGH, November 27, 2012 – Pleased that the state Task Force on Child Protection’s report today supported his call provide additional protections for school students who are abused by school employees, state Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) today urged that lawmakers…
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Senate Democrats Elect Leadership Team for 2013-14 Session

Harrisburg, November 14, 2012 – Members of the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus today elected leaders for the upcoming 2013-14 legislative session, with Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) reelected for a second term as Democratic Leader.
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Judge Blocks Portion of Voter ID Law

October 2, 2012 — Earlier today, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson stayed the mandatory requirements of the Voter ID law (Act 18) for at least the 2012 general election. This means that the state of the law reverts to what it…
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Make it easy to get IDs

Elected officials should be able to issue them at their offices Op-ed By Sen. Wayne D. Fontana Act 18, signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in March, requires all Pennsylvania voters to show an acceptable photo ID at the polls…
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Fontana Expresses Disappointment with Administration’s Decision to not Bring Voter ID Services to Neighborhoods

HARRISBURG, September 17, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today said he is “disappointed” in the Corbett Administration’s decision to not bring Voter ID services into neighborhoods. “I am disappointed that the Administration fails to recognize the importance…
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Fontana Calls on Senate Leadership to Move Bill Strengthening Child Abuse Laws

HARRISBURG, August 29, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today called on Senate leadership to move legislation forward that would strengthen Pennsylvania’s child abuse reporting laws. “Every day that my Senate Bill 549 (SB 549) isn’t law is…
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Sen. Fontana Prods Governor to bring Voter ID Services into Communities

HARRISBURG, August 17, 2012 – Following is the text of the letter State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) sent today to Gov. Tom Corbett urging him to make the voter ID process more simple and convenient for citizens seeking the…
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Fontana Calls on Corbett Administration to bring Voter ID Services into Communities

HARRISBURG, August 15, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today called on the Corbett Administration to establish convenient neighborhood centers to help people obtain the necessary photo identification to vote. Read Senator Fontana's August 17, 2012 letter to…
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State Senate Hearing Focuses on Funding Public Schools

Monroeville, June 14, 2012 — Education experts, labor leaders, area school administrators and school board members today laid out disastrous financial problems at a state Senate hearing on the impact of state public school funding cuts. Held at Sen. Jim Brewster’s…
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Fontana’s Child Abuse Reporting Amendment Moves Forward

HARRISBURG, June 12, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) announced today that his Senate Bill 549, which would add stronger requirements for school employees reporting suspected child abuse, has moved forward as an amendment to Senator Kim Ward’s…
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Fontana Announces Extension of Property/Tax Rent Rebate Filing Deadline

HARRISBURG, June 5, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne Fontana today announced that the filing deadline for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for seniors and the disabled has been extended to December 31. “This deadline extension gives people more time…
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Sen. Fontana Views Senate Budget Plan as Positive First Step

HARRISBURG, May 9, 2012 – The Pennsylvania State Senate today passed a revised version of the state’s fiscal 2012-13 spending plan: “While I still consider this spending plan a work in progress, I voted for this improved budget (Senate Bill…
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Fontana Bill Would Enable Allegheny County to Eliminate Property Taxes

BROOKLINE, April 2, 2012 – As a response to the countless number of individuals who have demanded a solution to Allegheny County’s unfair tax system, State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana introduced legislation today that would do away with the controversial…
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Fontana Selected to Serve on Senate Ethics Panel

HARRISBURG, March 8, 2012 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D – Allegheny) has been selected to serve on the Senate Committee on Ethics and Official Conduct. “I am honored to serve on the ethics panel because I know how…
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Senator Fontana’s “Skills for Success” Career Workshops Begin Again this Month

BROOKLINE, March 6, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced a series of seven free career workshops that will get underway on March 19. The program “Skills for Success – The Fontana Series” is being presented by the…
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Fontana Prods Corbett Administration for Long Term Bipartisan Transit Solution

HARRISBURG, February 23, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) has enlisted the support of state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch in his efforts to broker a lasting bipartisan solution to the state’s transportation funding crisis.
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Senate Democrats: Use Settlement to Halt Foreclosures, Stabilize Communities

HARRISBURG, February 15, 2012 — State Senate Democrats today called on the state Attorney General to earmark a significant portion of funds from the national $25 billion settlement with the nations largest mortgage servicers to fund a state program to…
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Fontana: Corbett Budget Proposal Is ‘Groundhog Day’

HARRISBURG, February 7, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2012-13 state budget proposal: “Less than a week after we celebrated Groundhog Day, Pennsylvanians had a ‘Groundhog Day’ moment…
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Fontana: Corbett Budget Priorities Out of Whack

HARRISBURG, January 25, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) issued the following statement after joining with his Senate Democratic colleagues to unveil this year’s budget priorities. “Right now it is more important than ever to continue the fight…
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Fontana Asks Judge to Halt Allegheny County’s Reassessment “Fiasco”

Brookline, January 10, 2011 -- Citing the current reassessment process in Allegheny County as “unworkable, burdensome, expensive and inaccurate,” state Senator Wayne D. Fontana today asked county Judge R. Stanton Wettick, Jr. to delay its implementation. In his letter to…
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Fontana Reminds Constituents of Full-Service Offices

BROOKLINE, January 6, 2012 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today reminded constituents in the current 22nd House District that he is available to assist with state business as the current district is moved to Lehigh County.
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Fontana Comments on Fitzgerald Reassessment Announcement

BROOKLINE, January 5, 2012 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement concerning Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s reassessment announcement: “I was proud to stand with the County Executive today as he announced the certification of…
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Fontana Unveils New and Improved Website

BROOKLINE, December 19, 2011 – Stating that the Internet is a good and easy-access means to provide a wide range of information to citizens, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today unveiled his new Internet website.
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Fontana Reminds Seniors of Dec. 31 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Filing Deadline

HARRISBURG, December 13, 2011 – Sen. Wayne D. Fontana is urging eligible senior citizens to make sure they file their state property tax/rent rebate application by the Dec. 31 deadline.
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Fontana Introduces Legislation to Raise Awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit

HARRISBURG, December 7, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana has introduced legislation requiring employers to post and provide written notification to employees of their potential eligibility for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
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Fontana Bill Would Motivate Non-Profits to “Do the Right Thing”

PITTSBURGH, November 30, 2011 - - After attending today’s Senate Banking and Insurance Committee hearing on the dispute between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Highmark, Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Pittsburgh) again stressed the need for legislative action…
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Fontana Announces Skills for Success Career Workshops

BROOKLINE, October 7, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced a series of seven career workshops beginning October 15th and running through November 17th that will help attendees gain control of the job search process, create powerful resumes…
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Fontana Re-Introduces Assessment Moratorium Legislation

BROOKLINE, September 30, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today filed legislation imposing a moratorium on all court-ordered assessments in the Commonwealth through November 2012, or until the state acts on assessment reforms. There are seven co-sponsors on the…
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Fontana to Re-Introduce Assessment Moratorium Legislation

BEECHVIEW, September 14, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana announced today that he will re-introduce legislation imposing a moratorium on court-ordered assessments through November 2012, or until the state acts on assessment reforms. A similar bill, passed by the…
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Fontana Invites Public to Grand Opening of Market on Broadway IGA

BEECHVIEW, September 13, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana culminated several years worth of work with today’s announcement that the Market on Broadway IGA will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow, September 14th, at 9:00 a.m. and invited the community…
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UPMC-Highmark Impasse Prompts Fontana Bill for Non-Profits to Pay Taxes on Land

HARRISBURG, September 6, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana announced today his intent to introduce legislation that would require non-profits to begin paying real estate taxes on the value of the land owned by their organization. “It has become…
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Fontana Seeks Jobs Impact with Impact Fee on Gas Drillers

BROOKLINE, August 16, 2011 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today said he plans to amend existing Marcellus Shale impact fee legislation to dedicate a one-third share of the revenue to repair roads and bridges statewide. Fontana said a dedicated…
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Fontana Seeks to Boost Job Creation With New Shale Plan

HARRISBURG, August 8, 2011 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana, responding to today's comments made by Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, called the administration’s position on the imposition of a severance fee on Marcellus shale drilling short-sighted. Fontana disagrees with Cawley’s stance…
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Fontana Lauds Opening of New Senior Citizen Apartments in Mt. Washington

BROOKLINE, July 13, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today took part in the grand opening of the new 106-unit South Hills Retirement Residence in Mt. Washington. “I am proud to have played a part in the community effort…
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Fontana Applauds PACE/PACENET Benefits Protection Law

HARRISBURG, July 6, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today lauded the new state law that protects thousands of PACE/PACENET recipients from losing their eligibility due to small Social Security cost of living increases. “Prescription drug benefits are too…
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Costa, Ferlo and Fontana Announce Grant for Natural Gas-Powered Refuse Trucks in Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG, June 23, 2011 - The City of Pittsburgh will be awarded a $500,000 grant to purchase four new refuse trucks powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), state Sens. Jay Costa, Jim Ferlo and Wayne Fontana announced today. The funds…
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Senate Democrats Fight for Local Officials to Govern

HARRISBURG, June 22, 2011 – State Sens. Wayne D. Fontana, John Blake and Jim Brewster today opposed legislation that would allow a 3-member management board to be put in place in an Act 47 community that does not approve a…
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Fontana Lauds Redevelopment of McKees Rocks Railroad Site

HARRISBURG, June 20, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today provided the following statement after Trinity Commercial Development LLC of Pittsburgh announced that it was redeveloping the old Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad property in McKees Rocks, a project…
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Fontana Announces PHEAA Vote for Additional $50 Million for State Grant Program

HARRISBURG, June 16, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana, who also serves as Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), announced today that the Board of Directors has authorized a $50 million public service contribution by…
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Fontana Urges Quick House Action on Private Transfer Fee Legislation

HARRISBURG, June 14, 2011 – Legislation introduced by state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana to prohibit the future use of private transfer fees in Pennsylvania passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives…
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Fontana Calls on DCED to Provide Information on Liberty Fund Proposal

HARRISBURG, June 7, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana has sent the following letter to Department of Community & Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker asking for details on the Liberty Fund Proposal: June 7, 2011 Dear Secretary Walker:…
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Fontana Fighting to Restore Line Items for Economic Development Programs

HARRISBURG, May 26, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D – Allegheny) announced today that he will fight to restore separate line items for the Small Business Development Centers, Local Development Districts, Industrial Resource Centers and Industrial Development Corporations,…
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Fontana Calls Effort to Consolidate Economic Development Programs Senseless

HARRISBURG, May 18, 2011 – At a Senate Policy Committee hearing today at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rocks, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) and other members of the committee heard testimony from several economic development programs…
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Fontana Applauds Passage of Bill to Ban Bath Salts

Harrisburg, May 10, 2011—-State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today said he is pleased with the Senate’s unanimous passage of legislation that would ban the possession, use and sale of so-called bath salts, salvia divinorum and synthetic marijuana. Senate Bill 1006,…
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Fontana: Home Heating Assistance Deadline Extended

BROOKLINE, April 4, 2011 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today announced that the deadline to apply for the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been extended to April 15. “It has been a long and difficult winter…
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Fontana Introducing Legislation to Reconfigure Port Authority Board

HARRISBURG, March 29, 2011 – Responding to the most recent failure to address issues with the Port Authority of Allegheny County, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) is introducing legislation to reconfigure the Port Authority Board to ensure better representation…
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Fontana Says Budget All About Priorities

HARRISBURG, March 8, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny), who serves as Democratic chairman of the Senate Committee on Community, Economic and Recreational Development, today made the following comment on Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal: “This budget clearly…
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Fontana Lauds Senate Vote on Private Transfer Fee Legislation

HARRISBURG, March 2, 2011 – Legislation introduced by state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana to prohibit the future use of private transfer fees in Pennsylvania passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote. It now goes to the House of Representatives…
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Sen. Fontana Spearheads Jobs Initiative

HARRISBURG, February 23, 2011 – Calling it his top legislative priority, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today joined with fellow Senate Democrats in unveiling a six-point proposal that would help businesses create jobs, rebuild the state’s aging infrastructure and…
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Fontana Warns of Student Aid Scams

Pittsburgh, February 17, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today warned students and their families about student financial aid scams. With so many students seeking school aid at this time of year, they and their families can become…
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Fontana Offers Help to Homeowners on Homestead Exemption

Pittsburgh, January 12, 2011 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced that his office stands ready to assist property owners in determining whether they need to do anything further to receive property tax relief. Recent news reports have…
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Fontana Urges Jobless to Keep Filing Claims

BROOKLINE, Dec. 10, 2010 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today said people whose unemployment compensation benefits expired before the 99 week limit should continue filing claims. “While Congress debates extending unemployment benefits for those looking for work, folks should…
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Fontana Announces State Funding to Assist New Beechview IGA

Pittsburgh, November 18, 2010 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced that he has secured $250,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) that will be added to funding that he had previously secured from the state for the…
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Fontana Lauds Senate Vote on Private Transfer Fee Legislation

HARRISBURG, October 14, 2010 – Legislation introduced by state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana to prohibit the future use of private transfer fees in Pennsylvania passed the Senate today and now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. “This is…
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Fontana Homeless Children Education Bill Moves from Committee

HARRISBURG, September 21, 2010 – Legislation introduced by State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana to form a task force that would study the best possible ways to educate homeless children was unanimously reported today out of the Senate Education Committee and…
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Fontana Reminds Voters of Registration Deadline

BROOKLINE, Sept. 14, 2010 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today reminded local citizens that new voters must register by October 4 if they plan on voting in the November 2 general election. “Your vote is your voice,” Fontana said.…
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Fontana Announces New Program for High-Risk Uninsured Relief

August 4, 2010 - State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced the implementation of a new program that enables uninsured individuals with pre-existing conditions to receive first-rate healthcare through the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. “Federal health care reform will prevent…
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Fontana to Introduce Beechview to its New Grocer

Pittsburgh, July 29, 2010 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced a community meeting for Wednesday, August 11th at 7 p.m. in Beechview to introduce residents of the community to their new grocer. “I am absolutely thrilled that…
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Fontana Says Beechview Grocery Store Negotiations Underway

Pittsburgh, July 16, 2010 – Responding to inquiries from community residents, State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today said that negotiations are underway to bring a grocery store to the Beechview neighborhood of the City of Pittsburgh, but cautioned that…
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Fontana Calls for Study on Educating Homeless Children

HARRISBURG, June 18, 2010 -- State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today introduced legislation to form a task force that would study the best possible ways to educate homeless children. “One of the misconceptions about homelessness has always been that it…
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Fontana Announces Extension of Rebate Application Deadline

Brookline, June 4, 2010 -- State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced that the deadline to apply for Property Tax/Rent rebates has been extended to December 31. “In these tough economic times, it is important to older Pennsylvanians to make…
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Bridge Scholarship funding announcement in Pittsburgh

May 6, 2010 - Allegheny County state Senators Wayne Fontana, Jay Costa, Sean Logan and other state lawmakers will join representatives from Bridge Educational Foundation, CSX Transportation, AmeriChoice/Unison Health Plans, and RBC Capital Markets to announce the donation of $67,500…
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Fontana Reminds Students to Apply for Financial Aid

BROOKLINE, APRIL 26, 2010 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today reminded college students and their families that the deadline for most college-bound students to apply for state grant aid for the upcoming school year is May 1. “Financial aid…
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Fontana Designates April 11-17th, 2010 as National Library Week in PA

HARRISBURG, APRIL 12, 2010 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today recognized the importance of libraries on the Senate floor designating April 11th -17th, 2010 as National Library Week in Pennsylvania. First sponsored in 1958, the observance of “National Library…
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Fontana: No Need to Pay Anyone to Help You Apply for Rebate

PITTSBURGH, March 25, 2010 - State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today reminded people eligible for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program that he and his local office staff stand ready to assist people for free. A mailer sent…
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Fontana Opposes Sales Tax on Real Estate Transactions

HARRISBURG, March 24, 2010 – Claiming that it would have a chilling effect on home ownership and the state’s struggling real estate industry, state Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today said he will oppose expanding the sales tax to real…
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Fontana Backs Jobs Legislation

HARRISBURG, March 23, 2010 -- State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today said he will push for swift action on new state legislation that would fund over 40,000 transitional jobs over a two year period. Fontana said the Senate Democratic…
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Fontana Urges Voters to Register for Upcoming Primary

PITTSBURGH, MARCH 22, 2010 - State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today reminded eligible voters that to participate in the May 18 primary election, they must be registered by April 19. “This is an important election year for Pennsylvanians,” Fontana…
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Fontana Reintroduces School Child Abuse Bill

PITTSBURGH, March 2, 2010 -- State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) has reintroduced legislation that would protect children from abuse by teachers or other school employees. “It is outrageous that school employees -- individuals students trust and look up to…
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Fontana Announces Grants Available for Autistic Individuals

PITTSBURGH, FEB. 24, 2010 - Children and adults living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can seek support through state mini-grants, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) announced today. Autism is a neurobiological disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate…
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Fontana Calls Rendell Budget a “Good Starting Point”

Harrisburg – February 9, 2010 – Stressing that he will fight to hold the line on taxes and create good jobs, State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today said the governor’s $29 billion budget proposal is on the right track. “Even…
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Fontana Says He Will Push for Job Initiatives in State Budget

Harrisburg – February 3, 2010 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today joined fellow Democrats in calling for budget initiatives that would streamline state spending and make job creation and economic development legislative priorities. “It is very important that we…
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Fontana: Low-Income Heating Crisis Grants Now Available

BROOKLINE, JAN. 21, 2010 - State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today reminded low-income families facing heating crises that Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) crisis grants are now available. “Many families experience unexpected trouble heating their homes,” Fontana said. “The…
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Fontana Praises Senate Passage of Table Games Compromise

HARRISBURG, JANUARY 5, 2010 – Calling it a good way to create jobs, boost the economy and generate badly revenues, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today praised the Senate’s final passage of the conference committee agreement that would allow…
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Fontana Named to Conference Committee on Table Games

HARRISBURG, JAN. 5, 2010 — State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) has been named as the Senate Democratic conferee on the six-member conference committee that is expected to hammer out a final agreement on table games legislation. “I am honored…
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Fontana and Solobay Introduce Non-Profit Services Fee Bill

HARRISBURG, JAN. 5, 2010 — State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana and Rep. Timothy J. Solobay have introduced legislation that would allow for the imposition of an “essential services fee” on tax-exempt organizations that own property within a municipality. The lawmakers…
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Fontana Reminds Seniors of Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline

BROOKLINE, DECEMBER 7, 2009 - State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today reminded homeowners and renters that Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for the Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for seniors and residents with disabilities. The rebate program benefits…
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Fontana, Solobay Introduce Non-Profit Essential Services Fee Bill

HARRISBURG, NOV. 23, 2009 — State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana and Rep. Timothy J. Solobay began circulating a co-sponsorship memo today to colleagues urging their support of legislation that would amend the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act to allow…
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Fontana Letter Urges Grant to Fund Libraries

HARRISBURG, November 18, 2009 — State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana has sent the following letter to the Pittsburgh City Council in support of legislation being considered today that would provide a $600,000 “bridge” grant to the Carnegie Library: November 17,…
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Fontana Joins Learning Express Toys in Robinson For Ribbon Cutting

State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) will join Jennifer Palashoff and Julie Toussaint, owners of the Learning Express of Robinson, for the new franchise’s ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, November 5th at 1 p.m. at…
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Home Heating Program Will Open on Nov 2

HARRISBURG, October 27, 2009 -- Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) today reminded citizens that Pennsylvania’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program (LIHEAP) will open for the 2009-10 heating season on Nov. 2. LIHEAP operates by providing cash grants to help low-income households…
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Fontana Applauds RAD Board’s Vote to Audit Library System

HARRISBURG, OCT. 22, 2009—State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today applauded the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) Board for its approval yesterday of the recommendation of its auditing committee to order a special audit of the library system. “There are a…
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Fontana Requests that Carnegie Board Delay Branch Closures

HARRISBURG, OCT. 21, 2009—State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana yesterday continued his fight to keep open four branches of the Carnegie Library in the City of Pittsburgh by requesting the members of the Carnegie Library Board of Trustees to delay the…
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Fontana Urges RAD Board to Move Forward with Carnegie’s Audit

HARRISBURG, OCT. 19, 2009 — State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today continued his fight to keep open four branches of the Carnegie Library in the City of Pittsburgh by urging the members of the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD) Board…
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Fontana Disappointed with Carnegie Library Board Vote

HARRISBURG, OCT. 6, 2009—State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today expressed profound disappointment over the Carnegie Library’s decision to close four branches in the City of Pittsburgh – including two in his district and the merger of a third in the…
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Fontana Chastises Leaders For Not Hearing Their Members

HARRISBURG, OCTOBER 1, 2009 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today chastised the leaders of the House and Senate for continuing to push forward their budget proposal when their members are calling for other solutions. “We are hearing today…
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Logan and Fontana Prod State Gaming Board to Force Rivers Casino to Make Arena Payment

HARRISBURG, Sept. 16, 2009 –State Senators Sean Logan and Wayne D. Fontana today called on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to take steps to force the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh to make its required $7.5 million annual payment for the…
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Fontana Calls Table Games a Winner

HARRISBURG, Sept. 16, 2009 – Calling it a good way to create jobs and help keep Pennsylvania’s casinos competitive, State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today said he would likely support allowing table games at existing casinos. “While I will…
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Fontana Comments on Budget Compromise

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 11, 2009 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement on today’s proposed budget compromise agreement. “While I am encouraged by this overdue compromise agreement, I still intend on thoroughly reviewing all of the…
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Fontana Reminds Voters of Registration Deadline

PITTSBURGH, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 - State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today reminded eligible voters that to participate in the Nov. 3 election, they must be registered by Oct. 5. “Voting is not only a right in Pennsylvania, it’s a…
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Fontana Commends Local Radio Stations for Years of Broadcasting

Laments Loss of Pittsburgh Urban Community’s Voice HARRISBURG, JULY 28, 2009—State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today recognized a local radio station for its years of broadcasting in the Pittsburgh region. According to Fontana, WAMO-FM, Pittsburgh’s only urban radio station, WAMO-AM…
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Fontana Advocates Additional Funding Sources for Restoration of Programs Critical to PA’s Fiscal Health

HARRISBURG, JULY 22, 2009 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today called on his colleagues to look at other ways to restore or retain programs that are critical to Pennsylvania’s fiscal health, without increasing the personal income tax (PIT).…
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Fontana Blasts GOP for Stalling Unemployment Benefits Extension

HARRISBURG, July 20, 2009 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today criticized Senate Republicans for blocking bipartisan legislation that would use federal money to extend unemployment benefits for jobless workers. He said 1,330 workers from Allegheny County exhausted their…
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New Program Helps Fund Alternative Energy Projects

HARRISBURG, MAY 27, 2009 - Pennsylvania homeowners and small business owners seeking to reduce their electric bills through alternative energy projects can find assistance through a new rebate program, state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana said today. The PA Sunshine Solar…
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Fontana: Property Tax Rebate Status Now Available Online

HARRISBURG, MAY 14, 2009 - A new Web resource will allow individuals who apply for state-granted Property Tax or Rent Rebates to check the status of their applications online, according to state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana. The new Web site,…
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Fontana Reminds Voters of Monday Registration Deadline

BROOKLINE, April 17, 2009 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana today reminded area voters that the voter registration deadline for the May 19 primary election is this Monday, April 20. “This year’s primary will feature numerous local, county and statewide judicial…
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Fontana Announces Launch of Child Advocacy Center Website

PITTSBURGH, April 2, 2009 - State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today joined representatives of Allegheny County’s Child Advocacy Center - A Child’s Place - to announce the launch of a new website to assist individuals working with child abuse…
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Senate Approves Legislation Reauthorizing Health Care Cost Containment Council

HARRISBURG, MAR. 24, 2009 –The Pennsylvania Senate today passed legislation authored by Sens. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) and Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) reauthorizing the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). Under Senate Bill 89, PHC4 would be reauthorized until 2014.…
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Fontana: Adoption Photo Gallery Visits Region

HARRISBURG, MAR. 12, 2009 -State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced that a photo exhibit featuring Pennsylvania children waiting to be adopted is visiting Pittsburgh. According to Fontana, the Pennsylvania Heart Gallery, a traveling display featuring professional portraits and biographies…
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Fontana Supports State Film Production Tax Credit

HARRISBURG, March 5, 2009 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today provided the following statement in support of Pennsylvania’s Film Production Tax Credit: “In light of some proposals from my colleagues who are calling for the suspension of the…
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Fontana: Home Energy Saving Rebates & Loans Available

HARRISBURG, MAR. 3, 2009 -State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today said assistance is now available in the form of rebates and low interest loans to Pennsylvania families who wish to make their homes more energy efficient Rebates of up to…
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Allegheny Lawmakers Propose Tax Credit for Mass Transit Riders

PITTSBURGH, February 27, 2009 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana and Rep. Nick Kotik are proposing a state tax credit of up to $100 for taxpayers who use mass transit. “Mass transit use eases traffic congestion, diminishes highway and bridge…
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Fontana Honors Late Lt. Gov. Knoll on Senate Floor

HARRISBURG, February 9, 2009 – State Senator Wayne D-Fontana today gave the floor remarks during a state Senate ceremony honoring the late Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll: “I am very honored today to offer this resolution and to pay tribute…
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Fontana to Host Financial Aid Seminar

PITTSBURGH, FEB. 1, 2009 - State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana is inviting college-bound students and their families seeking information about the financial aid process and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to a Financial Aid Seminar he is…
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Fontana Unveils E-mail Briefings

BROOKLINE, January 30, 2009 - Calling it a direct and timely way to communicate with more people, state Senator Wayne D-Fontana today introduced a free new e-mail briefing. “The ‘Fontana News and Views’ e-briefing gives me an additional way to…
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Fontana Announces Re-Launch of I-CAN™ E-FILE on Website and Reintroduction of EITC Information Act

PITTSBURGH, January 21, 2009 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today announced the re-launch of the I-CAN!™ E-File button through his state website.  The program allows low to moderate income tax filers to electronically file their state and federal income…
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Vacant School Finds New Life

URA approves sale and financing of the former South Hills High School (PITTSBURGH) January 15 - The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Board of Directors authorized today the sale of and financing for the former South Hills High School on Mount…
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Fontana Says Emergency Volunteer Tax Credits Now Available

PITTSBURGH, January 15, 2009 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today said active volunteer firefighters, ambulance and rescue personnel can now file the “PA Schedule OC-V” form with their 2008 state income tax return to get the new $100 state…
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Fontana to Serve as Democratic Chair of the Senate Committee

HARRISBURG, December 18, 2008 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) has been appointed to serve as Democratic Chair of the Senate Committee on Community, Economic and Recreational Development. “This committee post will give me a greater opportunity to steer…
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Fontana Commends Expansion of Unemployment Compensation Service

HARRISBURG, DEC. 12, 2008—State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today commended the Department of Labor and Industry for expanding unemployment compensation services in an effort to accelerate assistance to Pennsylvanians who have lost their jobs. “The Department has taken an important…
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Vance, Fontana Push for Longer-Term Reauthorization of Health Care Cost Containment Council

HARRISBURG, November 20, 2008 – Sens. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) and Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today thanked Gov. Ed Rendell for extending the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council’s (PHC4) work, but called on him to help address the issue statutorily.…
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Fontana Remembers Lt. Governor Knoll

November 13, 2008 —State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today released this statement regarding the death of Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.  Senator Fontana was honored to serve as the Lt. Governor’s State Senator and represent her as she was a…
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Fontana Announces Opening of Home Heating Assistance Program

PITTSBURGH, OCT. 31, 2008 – State Sen. Wayne Fontana announced today that the Pennsylvania Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, will open on Nov. 3 for individuals and families who need help paying their heating bills this winter.…
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Fontana: State Election Site Helps Voters Prepare for Election Day

PITTSBURGH, OCT. 30, 2008—With the General Election less than a week away, state Sen. Wayne Fontana is encouraging Pennsylvania voters to visit VotesPA.com, the Department of State’s interactive voter education Web site. “It is important that all Pennsylvanians exercise their…
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Fontana: Consulting Service Available for Small Business Owners

HARRISBURG, NOV. 24, 2008 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced that the University of Pittsburgh Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is now offering monthly office hours at his Kennedy Township Office to serve local small business owners.  “I…
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Vance, Fontana to Introduce Legislation Reauthorizing Health Care cost Containment Council

HARRISBURG (October 14, 2008) –Sens. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland/York) and Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced plans to reintroduce legislation to reauthorize the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). PHC4 was created in 1986 to address rapidly growing health care…
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Fontana Lauds Re-Start of Afro-American Parade

HARRISBURG, October 9, 2008 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today commended community leaders and activists on their successful efforts to re-start of this weekend’s Afro-American Heritage Day Parade. “Pittsburgh’s “Afro-American Heritage Parade is a great tradition dating back…
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State Legislators Declare “ONE CAMPAIGN DAY” in PA

HARRISBURG—October 7, 2008 — At Capitol press conference today, State Sens. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) and Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), and Reps. W. Curtis Thomas (D-Philadelphia) and William Kortz (D-Allegheny) declared "ONE Campaign Day" in Pennsylvania, which recognizes the fight against…
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Fontana Reminds People of Federal Stimulus Check Deadline

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6, 2008 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today urged citizens to make sure they apply for a federal stimulus check by the Oct. 15 deadline. Fontana said most citizens who file federal tax returns automatically received a…
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Fontana Reminds Pennsylvanians to Register to Vote

HARRISBURG, October 2, 2008 - - State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana is reminding eligible Pennsylvanians that Monday, Oct. 6, is the deadline to register to vote in the November 4 General Election. “In November, citizens will have an opportunity to…
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Fontana & Doyle Present Long-Overdue Military Service Medals to Local Vet

HARRISBURG, August 8, 2008 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) and U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) presented several long-overdue military awards to Augustine Russo of Dormont in Congressman Doyle’s Ross Street office this morning. "When Mr. Russo's daughter contacted…
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Fontana and Rafferty to Close DUI Repeat Offenter Loophole

HARRISBURG, August 8, 2008 – State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced that he and Senator John C. Rafferty, Jr. (R-Montgomery) plan to introduce legislation to close a loophole in the law that recently allowed a repeat DUI offender…
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Fontana Reiterates Minimum Wage Hike to Workers and Employers

HARRISBURG, July 3, 2008 -- State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (DAllegheny) is reminding workers and employers that the final step in Pennsylvania’s phased-in minimum wage took effect July 1. The minimum wage rose to $7.15 for virtually all Pennsylvania workers…
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Fontana: Property Tax/Rent Rebate Filing Deadline Extended to December 31

HARRISBURG, June 23 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today reminded senior citizens that they now have until December 31 to file for the state’s expanded Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program. “Gaming revenues have enabled us to significantly expand the…
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Fontana Fights For Stronger Smoking Ban

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…
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Fontana Heralds Re-Opening of Point State Park

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…
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Fontana and White Introduce EITC Information Act

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…
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Fontana Reminds Students of College Grant Deadline

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…
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Fontana to Host “Baby Fair” Saturday in Pittsburgh

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…
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Fontana Urges People to Make Sure they Filie for Stimulus Check

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…
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Fontana: Gulf War Bonus Applications Available

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…
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Fontana Rallies to Improve Economic Competitiveness

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…
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Fontana to Introduce Tool to Address Tax Exempt Properties

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…
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Senators Honor the Pennsylvania Public Television Network

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…
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Fontana Urges Students to File Soon for Financial Aid

PITTSBURGH, February 8, 2008 - - State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today urged college-bound students to complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. “The cost of college can be very daunting,” Fontana…
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Fontana Applauds Action of Finance Committee on Stimulus Bill

HARRISBURG, January 18, 2008 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) applauded the Senate Finance Committee for action earlier this week to move Senate Bill 1229, the High-Tech & Manufacturing Stimulus Act, to the full Senate for consideration. The bill, introduced…
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Fontana Elated with State Support of Pittsburgh Planning Effort

HARRISBURG, January 18, 2008 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny), yesterday, joined Department of Community & Economic Development Secretary Dennis Yablonsky in an announcement of a $200,000 state grant to allow the City to complete a comprehensive, coordinate plan for…
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Fontana Joins Colleagues in “Have a Heart” Campaign

HARRISBURG, January 15, 2008 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) joined his Senate Democratic colleagues today in calling for the General Assembly to provide health insurance to all Pennsylvanians by Valentine’s Day. The “Have a Heart” Campaign was begun in…
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Fontana Says Home Heating Application Now Online

HARRISBURG, NOV. 8, 2007- Low-income families struggling to pay their home heating bills this winter can now apply for heating assistance online, according to state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny). Pennsylvanians can download the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance…
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Smith and Fontana help to add bus run in St. Clair Heights

HARRISBURG, Oct. 4 – State Rep. Matt Smith and state Sen. Wayne Fontana, both D-Allegheny announced that Port Authority Transit will add additional bus runs in St. Clair Heights, effective Nov. 18.“Representative Smith and I heard from our constituents that…
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Fontana Named to Special Energy Session Committee

HARRISBURG, OCTOBER 3, 2007 -- State Senator Wayne D. Fontana today was named to the 15-member state Senate Committee on Energy Policies for the Special Session on Energy.“This special session will help determine how the state can move closer to…
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Fontana Supports Hispanic Heritage Month Resolution

Harrisburg, September 17, 2007- State Sen. Wayne D. FOntana today joined Sen. Tartaglione and other colleagues as a co-sponsor of a Senate Resolution declaring "National Hispanic Heritage Month" in Pennsylvania.  "Hispanic Americans are well known for their hard work ethic,…
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Fontana Pleased with Discussion on Criminal Gun Check Issue

HARRISBURG, August 27, 2007 – Following a meeting today called by the Governor, State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) said he was pleased with the dialogue on the need to upgrade the Pennsylvania State Police’s computerized criminal background check system…
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Allegheny County Senate Delegation Wins Arena Funding

HARRISBURG—July 16, 2007 — The new arena planned for Pittsburgh that will be home to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the next 30 years is a step closer to reality now that the state Senate has approved funding for the $290…
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Fontana Named to PA Public Television Network Commission

HERSHEY (June 22, 2007) - State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana, D-Pittsburgh, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN) Commission by Senate Democratic Minority Leader Robert Mellow. “As someone deeply involved in my own Brookline community in Pittsburgh,…
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Fontana to Insist on Dependable Funding Source for Transit

HARRISBURG, June 20, 2007 -- State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) today said he will insist that a continual and dependable funding source for mass transit be part of any transportation funding remedy. “State government should be doing more to…
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Fontana Urges Visit to New State Trooper Web Site

HARRISBURG, June 19, 2007 –State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (DAllegheny) is urging men and women interested in law enforcement careers to visit a new web site from the State Police that provides information on becoming an officer. The new site,…
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Fontana Votes to Support Legislative Reforms

HARRISBURG, May 8, 2007 – Calling it a step toward making state government more efficient and accountable, state Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today voted for several legislative reform bills that were reported out of the State Government Committee. “These…
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Fontana Announces Funding of Child Advocacy Center Website

PITTSBURGH, April 12, 2007 –(D-Brookline) today joined representatives of Allegheny County’s Child Advocacy Center – A Child’s Place – to announce funding of a new website to assist individuals working with child abuse victims. “It’s particularly appropriate that we announce…
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Fontana Reminds Students of Upcoming Financial Aid Deadline

HARRISBURG, January 16, 2007 –- Families with college students should act now to file for financial aid, said state Sen. Wayne D. Fontana. FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is used to determine eligibility for federal, state and…
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Area Senators Comment of Potential Port Authority Cuts

HARRISBURG, January 2, 2007 - A bipartisan group of state Senators representing Allegheny County today pledged to help solve the Port Authority Transit’s (PAT) financial problems. State Senators Jay Costa, Jane Orie, Sean Logan, John Pippy, and Wayne Fontana said…
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