Jake Wheatley http://wesa.fm en Panel to Discuss Employment Opportunities in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/panel-discuss-employment-opportunities-pittsburgh <p>Pennsylvania lawmakers are planning a hearing they hope will foster discussion on growing Pittsburgh’s employment opportunities.</p><p>The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a July 23 public hearing at the Community College of Allegheny County to discuss jobs and workforce development in the Pittsburgh area.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 32953 at http://wesa.fm Legislation Calls for Tax Credit for Teachers Who Pay for Their Own Supplies http://wesa.fm/post/legislation-calls-tax-credit-teachers-who-pay-their-own-supplies <p>Many Pennsylvania teachers are not only preparing for the future of their students, but they’re also helping to pay for it, too.</p><p>State Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) has introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit for teachers who use their own money for their students’ school supplies.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 22245 at http://wesa.fm Food Bank Hosts Hunger Discussion with State Lawmakers http://wesa.fm/post/food-bank-hosts-hunger-discussion-state-lawmakers <p>Streamlining the assistance process and making it more user-friendly were among the goals laid out when state policymakers and community leaders met Wednesday at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for a discussion about how to best combat hunger and poverty in Southwestern Pennsylvania.</p><p>House Majority Policy Committee Chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana) said Representative Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) approached him earlier this summer about holding such an event.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 20:36:41 +0000 Liz Reid 15608 at http://wesa.fm Food Bank Hosts Hunger Discussion with State Lawmakers Primary Primer: Learn More About Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates http://wesa.fm/post/learn-more-about-pittsburghs-mayoral-candidates <p><strong>Elected Positions Held:</strong> District 8 Pittsburgh City Councilman, 2002-Present<br><br><strong>Other Occupations of Note:</strong> Chief of staff to former City Councilman Dan Cohen.<br><br><strong>Education:</strong> BA Penn State University, MA University of Pittsburgh<br><br><strong>Top Issues:</strong><br><em>Economic Development:</em> Peduto plans to take the model of community-based development to all city neighborhoods by landing state and federal grant support, modernizing zoning laws and improving transit.<br> Mon, 20 May 2013 10:02:08 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 9775 at http://wesa.fm Primary Primer: Learn More About Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates Weigh In One Week Before the Primary http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-mayoral-candidates-weigh-one-week-primary <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Former state Auditor General <a href="http://jackwagner.org/">Jack Wagner</a>, City Councilman <a href="http://www.billpeduto.com/">Bill Peduto</a>, and State Representative <a href="http://www.pahouse.com/wheatley/">Jake Wheatley</a> recorded a public radio mayoral forum Tuesday night in front of a live audience at the WESA/WYEP Community Broadcast Center.</p><p>With the help of listener submissions, WESA's <strong>Kevin Gavin</strong> asked the candidates a range of questions: How would you address large tax exempt nonprofits? What would you look for in a new police chief? How do we improve public transit for Oakland and Downtown? The candidates weighed in at one of the last&nbsp; public forums before the May 21st primary.</p><blockquote><p>GUESTS: <a href="http://www.pghcitypaper.com/">City Paper </a>Editor<strong> Chris Potter</strong> and <a href="http://pghcomet.blogspot.com/">Pittsburgh Comet</a> blogger <strong>Bram Reichbaum</strong> offer post forum analysis and reaction on Essential Pittsburgh. Tue, 14 May 2013 19:47:20 +0000 Heather McClain 9539 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Mayoral Candidates Weigh In One Week Before the Primary State, City Elected Officials Voice Support for Peduto http://wesa.fm/post/state-city-elected-officials-voice-support-peduto <p>With less than a month before the primary election, Bill Peduto shored up support Thursday for his bid to become Pittsburgh’s next mayor.</p><p>Peduto was joined by representatives from 22 unions and organizations, as well as 15 elected officials on the steps of the Pittsburgh City-County Building.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 20:32:05 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 8484 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Offer Opinions on Gun Laws http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-mayoral-candidates-offer-opinions-gun-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Thursday more than 100 events, organized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, hoped to bring attention to the country's gun violence policies</span>.</p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twenty of those events were in Pennsylvania, including one in the Hill District, organized by advocacy group </span><a href="http://www.ceasefirepa.org/" target="_blank">CeaseFirePA</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:40:28 +0000 Emily Farah 6946 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Mayoral Candidates Offer Opinions on Gun Laws Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off http://wesa.fm/post/six-dems-pittsburgh-mayor-face <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sparks did not fly but the six remaining Pittsburgh mayoral candidates did begin to outline some of their platform planks Sunday in a forum hosted by the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barack Obama Academy's Youth and Government Club.&nbsp; It was the first such gathering since candidates had to have their nominating petitions submitted.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All invited candidates attended with the exception of State Senator Jim Ferlo who announced Friday that he was withdrawing from the race.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:06:27 +0000 Emily Farah 3472 at http://wesa.fm Six Dems for Pittsburgh Mayor Face-off