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. Fontana, who has introduced legislation (Senate Bill 1457) that would legalize and regulate transportation network […]

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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 be introduced today in the state Senate, the bill’s author, Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) said. […]

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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 have saddled Pennsylvanians with a budget that doesn’t add up. This spending plan uses one-time […]

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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 of the health coverage options for patients from our region. I am particularly pleased that […]

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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 M. Ruane Memorial Highway.” “Naming this roadway in honor of Captain Ruane will provide a […]

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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 to legendary Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Chuck Noll. As many of you know, Coach Noll died […]

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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 that would raise property taxes. Some of the reaction to the recommendations in the Act […]

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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 one’s home to a municipality’s main sewer line. Residents are responsible for the maintenance of […]

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