HARRISBURG – As daily announcements from Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine say, expanded testing is the most crucial step in saving lives and helping Pennsylvania get back to normal. However, House Democrats disagreed, blocking the two-thirds vote required to pass an emergency bill to expand testing to Pennsylvanians on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday.
HARRISBURG – Speaker of the House Mike Turzai, joined by members of the Allegheny County House delegation, sent the attached letter to Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, requesting she allow hospitals and health systems in the Allegheny County area to reopen to allow for the treatment of COVID-19 patients as well as the pre-planned, medically necessary surgeries that are currently being prevented.
MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement after Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, under her authority, is permitted to take any disease-control measure appropriate to protect the public from the spread of infectious disease. Secretary Levine signed an order directing protections for critical workers who are employed at businesses that are authorized to maintain in-person operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A contagious respiratory disease that was first detected in China in December 2019 has spread worldwide. During the early stages of the coronavirus, we had little statistical information, but there was much concern over hospital space for treatment and the loss of lives. Health officials here and abroad are continuing to work to track and contain the growing epidemic.
WEST DEER, Pa. – Superintendent Dr. Janell Logue-Belden announced today that beginning next Wednesday, March 25, the Deer Lakes School District teachers will implement remote instruction for all grades. These are mandatory school days and teachers will assess the students’ work based on the curriculum.
Lawmaker responds to governor’s business shutdown
MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shut down all non-life-sustaining business in Pennsylvania:
MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced that effective Wednesday, March 18, his district offices in Murrysville and Lower Burrell will not be providing walk-in services to residents of the 54th District until further notice.
MURRYSVILLE - Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced the School Safety and Security Committee has awarded $53.7 million in School Safety and Security Grants to school districts, vocational schools, intermediate units and charter schools across the state, including Deer Lakes, Burrell, Franklin Regional, Kiski Area and Penn Trafford.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today issued the following statement following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address:
HARRISBURG – Within the 54th district portion of Allegheny and Westmoreland counties, 19 fire and ambulance companies will receive approximately $227,000 combined in state grants, Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said today.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced today that local residents will soon benefit from state grant funding that was awarded to Lower Burrell and Murrysville through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP)
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced two improvement projects in the 54th District that will benefit from an additional $300,000 in state funding approved through the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Fund Grant (GEDF).
HARRISBURG – Rep. Bob Brooks’ (R-Westmoreland/Allegheny) legislation to help recruit more first responders across Pennsylvania by authorizing counties to offer a tax credit against the property tax liability of active volunteers of a fire or emergency medical services (EMS) company passed the House of Representatives unanimously today.
MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) today announced almost $85,000 in Safe Schools Grants have been awarded to two school districts in the 54th District by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
LOWER BURRELL – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) is inviting senior citizens, their families and caregivers to his annual Senior Expo on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lower Burrell VFW Post 92, 1601 Wildlife Lodge Road, Lower Burrell.
HARRISBURG – Lower Burrell will receive $50,000 to assist with the Veterans Central Park improvement project in a grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced today.
MURRYSVILLE – Following the flooding that caused widespread damage in the area, Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced today that homeowners, renters and businesses impacted by recent storms in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties may be eligible for low-interest disaster loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program.
I am extremely disappointed that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto shows little concern for your safety and the safety of visitors to the city’s Cultural District, while he simultaneously seeks to increase his own police protection.
In response to your article on July 1, the Penn Hills School District is in debt to the tune of approximately $175 million. Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office said that investigators found gross financial mismanagement.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) voted “no” on passage of House Bill 790, the General Appropriations bill, which spends almost $34 billion.