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 the two sides into...

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 past four...

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...

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 represent,” Fontana...

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 lawmaker ran...

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...

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. Fontana, who...

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...

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...

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 to legendary Pittsburgh...

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 protect our...

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 were currently...

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...

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 applaud the...

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 of...

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 at the...

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...

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...

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...