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Costa, Solobay Optimistic About Shell Plant in Beaver County

HARRISBURG, March 15, 2012 – Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Washington) issued the following statements regarding today’s announcement by Shell Oil Co.:

Senator Tim Solobay: “This is a win across the board. Shell Oil is going to invest a significant amount of capital in the plant, and I have every confidence they will get the desired return on their investment. Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania all wanted to land this deal. I think the fact that Pennsylvania was chosen speaks volumes to the marketability of the area as well – as the hard work of our governor to make this deal happen. In the end, we also can’t underestimate the hard-working people of the region that I am confident helped to seal the deal. Their work ethic is our best natural resource." read Read More

Solobay, Canonsburg to Offer Residents Free Document Shredding

HARRISBURG – March 14, 2012 – As income tax season reminds residents how many sensitive personal documents they have stored at home, state Sen. Tim Solobay and the Borough of Canonsburg are teaming up with a local business to help get rid of the backlog.

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Senate Passes Bill Aimed to Repeal Costly Gas Mandate

HARRISBURG  –  March 7, 2012 –State Sen. Tim Solobay today praised Senate passage of a bill intended to prevent price spikes and a possible gas shortage in southwestern Pennsylvania.

“The vote today is an important step in reviewing outdated fuel mandates that are hurting consumers and businesses in the region,” Solobay said. “These mandates have been a growing problem in recent years and the closure of fuel refineries in the southeastern part of the state makes this effort more urgent.” read Read More

Solobay, Vogel Consumer Protection Bill Cleared by Committee

HARRISBURG – Feb. 10, 2012 – The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee voted unanimously this week to approve a bill intended to protect western Pennsylvania motorists from summer gasoline shortages and price spikes, according to state Sen. Tim Solobay. read Read More

Solobay Urges Groups to Apply for Recreation, Conservation Grants

HARRISBURG – Feb. 9, 2012 -- State Sen. Tim Solobay is urging local organizations to apply for state grants that support recreation and conservation infrastructure projects.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is accepting grant applications through April 4. read Read More

Solobay: Impact Fee Compromise Will Help Communities, Boost Protections

HARRISBURG – Feb. 7, 2012 -- State Senator Tim Solobay today called passage of new Marcellus Shale regulations “a rational compromise” that will deliver badly needed revenue to communities and state environmental projects.

“When you consider where we began, up against this administration and majorities at both ends of the Capitol, I think it’s remarkable that we were able to make sure that every Pennsylvanian will benefit from this growing economy,” he said. “Three years of hardball through two administrations wasted millions of dollars and left local officials confused and frustrated.” read Read More

Solobay to Host Free Tax Help for Local Residents

HARRISBURG - Feb. 3, 2012 - State Sen. Tim Solobay will be partnering with Community Action Southwest (CAS) to offer free, basic, online income tax filing assistance to qualified working taxpayers in two of his district offices.

“Too many people can’t afford to get qualified help and miss out on key tax breaks,” Solobay said. “I’m glad to host these great volunteers who put so much time into helping others get their taxes sorted out.”
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Solobay Urges Support of Local Food Drive

HARRISBURG – Feb. 2, 2012 – State Sen. Tim Solobay today urged constituents to support a food drive sponsored by the Washington County Farm Bureau in cooperation with the Greater Washington County Food Bank.

“Even as our local economy continues to grow at a faster rate than the rest of the state, there are still people struggling,” Solobay said. “It’s been my experience that those in this area who have been blessed with good fortune have been generous in helping others.” read Read More

Washington to Receive Recycling Performance Grant

HARRISBURG – Jan. 31, 2012 – The City of Washington will receive nearly $10,000 for its recycling efforts, state Sen. Tim Solobay and state Rep. Brandon Neuman announced today.

The grant, from the Department of Environmental Protection’s Recycling Performance Grant Program, is based on more than 1,000 tons recycled in the city for calendar year 2008. The program is intended to encourage communities to develop and maintain recycling programs. read Read More

Solobay, Daley Announce Funding for Business Park

HARRISBURG – Jan. 31, 2012 – The Middle Monongahela Industrial Development Association will receive $600,000 in state aid to continue development at Alta Vista Business Park and the economic recovery of the Mon Valley, state Sen. Tim Solobay and state Rep. Peter J. Daley announced today.

“The natural gas industry has brought opportunity to the region, but tremendous cooperation at all levels of government has allowed us to take full advantage of that opportunity,” Solobay said. read Read More

Solobay Supports Infrastructure Improvements, Consumer Protections

HARRISBURG – Jan. 26, 2012 – State Sen. Tim Solobay voted yesterday to pass legislation that will help replace aging utility infrastructure in Pennsylvania while protecting consumers from costly rate hikes.

Under current law, utilities have the authority to recover costs for necessary construction work through expensive and time-consuming general rate cases. House Bill 1294 will allow utilities to instead gradually recover infrastructure investment costs through a capped Distribution System Improvement Charge (DSIC). read Read More

Solobay Praises Passage of Small Games of Chance Legislation

HARRISBURG – Jan. 25, 2012 – State Sen. Tim Solobay praised House passage of a bill that will help local volunteer organizations earn more revenue from small games of chance.

“Some of these outfits have been having a hard time making ends meet and this bill makes some common-sense changes to help them raise more money for the good work they do,” Solobay said. read Read More

Solobay, Vogel Announce Gasoline Consumer Legislation

HARRISBURG – Jan. 19, 2012 – Senator Elder Vogel and Senator Tim Solobay today announced legislation designed to make gasoline cheaper for western Pennsylvanians.

Specifically, the legislation would remove a costly and burdensome regulation requiring a special “boutique” blend of gasoline from being sold in the seven county Pittsburgh-area of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties during the summer months. This “summer gas” is routinely more expensive than gasoline sold in the rest of Pennsylvania and also in neighboring Ohio and West Virginia. read Read More     read Listen

Solobay Resolution Honors Fallen Officer

HARRISBURG – Jan. 18, 2012 – A unanimous state Senate today honored the lifetime community service of slain East Washington Police Officer John David Dryer, who was killed in the line of duty Dec. 19, during a traffic stop on Interstate 70/79. read Read More     read Listen   read  Watch


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