Recap with Rep. Jess (9/7/21)

(Sep 13, 2021)

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Benham: It’s time to stop treating health care like a privilege

(Aug 26, 2021)

People from all walks of life are struggling to afford health care in this country. As it stands, many Pennsylvanians are forced to make impossible choices between accessing lifesaving prescription drugs or putting food on the table or paying rent. And seniors and people with disabilities are still denied vision, dental and hearing coverage, with many on long waiting lists to receive Medicaid waiver funded care in the dignity of their own homes. Read more


Recap with Rep. Jess

(Aug 25, 2021)

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Rep. Jess Recap: College aid and more!

(Aug 13, 2021)

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Benham: $500K in state grants awarded for development in community

(Aug 02, 2021)

State Rep. Jessica Benham today announced $500,000 in grants has been awarded in the 36th Legislative District, continuing the investment in local communities and driving economic development within the neighborhoods. Read more


Benham, delegation address increased violence on Carson Street

(Jul 30, 2021)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, along with members of the Allegheny County Democratic Delegation, sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf requesting a meeting with the Liquor Control Board and the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement regarding the recent upsurge of violence on Carson Street in the South Side neighborhood of the city.  Read more


Rep. Jess Recap: Touring the community and more!

(Jul 28, 2021)

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Weekly Recap with Rep. Jess: New Office Hours and more!

(Jul 21, 2021)

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Benham announces $125,000 in funding via tax credits for historic preservation project

(Jul 19, 2021)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today a total of $125,000 in Historic Preservation Tax Credits will benefit a preservation project on East Carson Street in the 36th Legislative District. Read more


Weekly Recap with Rep. Jess: New Legislation and more!

(Jul 14, 2021)

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Weekly Recap with Rep. Jess: Grants, Veterans Outreach and more!

(Jul 07, 2021)

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Weekly Recap with Rep. Jess: A Bit (more) about the Budget

(Jun 29, 2021)

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Benham announces nearly $60K in funding for fire, emergency medical services in 36th District

(Jun 29, 2021)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today that a total of $59,499.12 is being awarded to local volunteer fire and emergency medical service companies. Read more


Weekly Recap with Rep. Jess: Budget, Budget, Budget

(Jun 25, 2021)

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LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus introduces PA Fairness Act

(Jun 15, 2021)

In order to extend protection from discrimination to LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians, lawmakers in the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus unveiled the PA Fairness Act on Tuesday. If passed, the PA Fairness Act would prohibit discrimination against an individual based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in the commonwealth, providing a long-overdue update to Pennsylvania’s law. Read more


Kinkead: Allegheny County DA Zappala’s actions are reprehensible and must be immediately addressed

(Jun 04, 2021)

PITTSBURGH, June 4 – State Rep. Emily Kinkead, D-Allegheny, issued the following statement regarding Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s public comments against Milton Raiford, a Black attorney who spoke out against racism in the criminal justice system. “It is undisputed that our criminal justice system has real, systemic and systematic issues of racism and Allegheny County is far from immune. DA Stephen Zappala’s decision not to address these issues but instead to instruct his staff not to offer plea deals to attorney Milton Raiford’s clients after he voiced concerns about these issues betrays public trust in their ability to receive equal justice in Allegheny County, not to mention violating attorney Raiford’s free speech rights. “To potentially punish clients because of the statements their attorney made is beyond reprehensible and must be addressed immediately. This latest action raises additional concerns as to how the district attorney’s office has conducted its business, notably in how it has treated clients of other attorneys, including those with whom DA Zappala may have disagreed, now or in the past. “Several of my colleagues in the state House and Senate today have joined me in signing a letter , urging DA Zappala to take immediate actions that would work to restore public confidence in the district attorney’s office, including rescinding the action taken against attorney Read more


Benham announces $15K grant to Hilltop Urban Farm

(May 10, 2021)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today that Hilltop Urban Farm has received a $15,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill’s Urban Agriculture Grant Program. Read more


Benham announces more than $228K in funding for safety, renovation projects in 36th District

(Apr 21, 2021)

State Rep. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny, announced today that a total of $229,392 in Commonwealth Financing Authority Multimodal and Act 13 funding has been awarded to two projects in the 36th District.   Read more


The PA Rescue Plan tackles long-term care for our most vulnerable

(Apr 21, 2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed so many inequities in our country – from socio-economic to racial, medical conditions and age. These inequities existed long before the pandemic but have been laid bare over the past year in such a way that we can no longer refuse to address them. Our most vulnerable populations – seniors and people with disabilities – must have access to quality, affordable care. And that starts with support for the workforce charged with helping them. We know that, if given the choice, most seniors prefer to age in place from the comfort of their own homes. But as they age, the need may arise for assistance with day-to-day activities, transportation, medications and overall wellness. That’s where direct care workers make a huge difference. These workers are low-paid and often lack adequate health care and other benefits like sick or vacation leave. These jobs are also physically and emotionally demanding and are often characterized by heavy workloads, scheduling challenges, and limited training and career advancement prospects . Yet, these workers show up each day for their clients because they know someone is depending on them. In 2020, people 65 and older made up 19% of Pennsylvania’s population -- that is expected to grow to 22% by 2025 . The increase in our aging population will put additional pressure on our direct care workforce. However, the investment by the state in these important jobs remains persistently low. Read more


Letter to Gov. Wolf

(Apr 07, 2021)

I joined my colleagues in writing to Gov. Wolf to request he add prevailing wage standards to his solar energy plan. Read more