Voting by Mail is No Longer the Exception

By Sen. Wayne D. Fontana As this frightening pandemic affects every facet of our lives, more and more citizens are doing what they can to keep safe by staying at home, practicing social distancing and keeping in touch with others as remotely as possible. We cannot be...

Sen. Fontana Endorses American Working Family Relief Plan 

Pittsburgh, March 18, 2020 – State Sen. Wayne Fontana today endorsed policies and legislation that would help protect workers during and after the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.   The “American Working Family Relief Action Plan” addresses practices for...

Governor’s Budget Plan Touts Numerous Fontana Initiatives

HARRISBURG, February 4, 2020 – Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed $36 billion budget for fiscal 2020-21: “This budget plan would hold the line on taxes while stoking investment in education, job...

Fontana Announces $460,000 in State Grants for Three Local Projects

HARRISBURG, September 17, 2019 – Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today announced a total of $460,000 in state grants for three Allegheny County projects in his senate district. “These grant dollars help local communities move forward on projects that improve...

Fontana Announces $15 Million in State Grants for 17 Local Projects

Pittsburgh, August 1, 2019 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced a total of $15 million in state grants for 17 Pittsburgh development projects. “These state dollars will support and speed up progress on innovative projects that will help create jobs, attract...

Sen. Fontana Comments on Highmark-UPMC Consent Decree

Harrisburg, June 24, 2019 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement in response to the Highmark/UPMC consent decree extension: “Today’s announcement is a victory for patients, medical access and quality care throughout...

Senate, House Members Unveil Elections Reform Proposals

Harrisburg PA – June 4, 2019 – State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Rep. Sara Innamorato (D-Pittsburgh) led House and Senate Democrats in announcing several voting reform proposals Tuesday in the Main Capitol Rotunda.  The legislators were...

Sen. Fontana to Make Funding Announcement at Memorial Service

State Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) will make a funding announcement at this Saturday’s Memorial Service in Beechview. The service will be held on Saturday, May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Beechview Memorial Monument Parklet, Broadway and Shiras Avenues. Your...

State Senate Committee Holds Second Hearing on Global Warming

PITTSBURGH, April 23, 2019 – At the request of state Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) and Senator Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing today in Pittsburgh on strategies for combatting climate change by...

Fontana Announces $2.25 Million in State Funds for Five Local Projects

Harrisburg, March 26, 2019 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today announced a total of $2.25 million in state grant funds for five Allegheny County projects. “This state support complements local efforts improve, redevelop and step up important local projects,” Fontana...

Fontana Praises Wolf’s Budget Proposal

HARRISBURG, February 5, 2019 – Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today provided the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s $34.1 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2019-20: “I am encouraged by the governor’s budget proposal for its emphasis on strengthening a...

Fontana and Costa Announce $650,000 for Open Space Project Near Arena

PITTSBURGH, February 1, 2019 – State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa and Sen. Wayne D. Fontana today jointly announced a $650,000 state grant to provide open space and transportation improvements to the 28-acre former Civic Arena site in Pittsburgh. “I am pleased...

Fontana Announces $3.3 Million in State Grants for Local Projects

Pittsburgh, February 1, 2019 – Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today two state multimodal grants in his district totaling $3.3 million. “These state dollars help local communities complete key projects aimed at enhancing efficiency, safety and improving access...

Western PA Senators Announce Funding For Affordable Housing

Pittsburgh, Pa. – December 14, 2018 – Today, Senators Jay Costa, Wayne D. Fontana and Senator-elect Lindsey Williams announced $2.2 million in state grant funding to promote affordable housing in Western Pennsylvania. “While the city has seen a surge of...

Fontana Re-elected to Serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman

Harrisburg, November 14, 2018 – State Senate Democrats today unanimously re-elected state Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Brookline) to serve as Democratic Caucus chairman for the upcoming two-year legislative session. The caucus chairman sets the daily caucus agenda and...

Fontana Announces $300,000 Clean Energy Grant for Local Business

BROOKLINE, November 8, 2018 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana today announced a $300,000 state grant for Giant Eagle, Inc. to buy 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks, saving more than 355,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per year. “This grant program helps businesses...

Sen. Fontana Condemns Neo-Nazi Propaganda in Brookline

BROOKLINE, November 7, 2018 – Senator Wayne D. Fontana (D-Pittsburgh) today condemned those who have been posting hate propaganda in the Brookline community. The senator made the following statement: “Posting messages that advocate hatred and violence in our community...