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Leading through the Pandemic - Summer 2020

(Jul 02, 2020)

Click to view my latest newsletter on leading through the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

 

Burns votes to protect gun rights amid pandemic

(Jun 25, 2020)

Bill would remove restrictions on firearms during emergency declarations Read more

 

Burns: $166,000 awarded to aid homeless in Cambria, Somerset

(Jun 23, 2020)

CAP of Cambria local entity awarded grant Read more

 

Burns: $150 million in federal recovery money available for schools

(Jun 18, 2020)

Urges local districts to apply before June 30 deadline Read more

 

Burns: Shale impact fee delivers $111,276 for Cambria County

(Jun 17, 2020)

Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, today announced Cambria County will be receiving $111,276 in Marcellus Shale impact fees from 2019. Read more

 

Rep. Burns wins open records battle against PA Liquor Control Board

(Jun 16, 2020)

Commonwealth Court sides with Rep. Burns, rules liquor license records are public Read more

 

Burns: $96,000 to support law enforcement in Cambria County

(Jun 10, 2020)

Founder of ‘Blue Lives Matter Caucus’ remains committed to local responders Read more

 

Burns votes to end disaster resolution, get PA back to work

(Jun 09, 2020)

Burns has been the only Democrat who voted three times to end the shutdown Read more

 

Burns: Commandeering the House chamber is not the way to get issues addressed

(Jun 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Frank Burns released the following statement today after several black House members took over the speaker’s podium in the House chamber in an effort to draw attention to stalled police reform legislation: “Insurrections in the House chamber are not something legislators expect or that the public accepts. This is not the type of behavior the people back home want to see. It only serves to further polarize things, which runs counter to my consistent attempts to work in a bipartisan fashion in the legislature. “I've never seen such an orchestrated maneuver in my time in the legislature, one which openly flaunts disrespect for House rules, civil discourse and decorum. It was a sad day for the institution and sets a bad precedent.” “Issuing ultimatums is neither democratic nor effective, and I fear that this is only going to drive a further wedge between the parties instead of moving them closer to working together. In PA, you simply cannot govern by attempting to hijack the political process in the House chamber. It's hard for a moderate like me, who isn't camped out in the far left or the far right, to see how this does anything but further inflame tensions on both extremes. “Every member has legislation that isn't being considered but that doesn't give them the right to overtake the speaker’s podium and refuse to leave until Read more

 

Burns: Grab-and-go meals for kids available during the summer

(Jun 08, 2020)

Free meals help youth stay healthy outside of school Read more

 

Burns offers assistance in applying for new $225 million small business grant program

(Jun 08, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Frank Burns is offering the assistance of his office for small businesses interested in applying for a piece of the $225 million in grants being offered by the state to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and business closure order. “One of my jobs as your state representative is to make sure everyone is aware of state grant opportunities,” Burns said. “I also go above and beyond by offering free help with the application process through an experienced grant writer who is on staff. Simply contact my office for help.” The new program was created by Burns and the state legislature when it set aside that portion of federal stimulus funding for small business relief. Eligible businesses will be able to use the grants to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and transition to re-opening, and for technical assistance including training and guidance for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses. The funds will be available through three programs: $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the governor’s March 19 order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses and have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19. $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that Read more

 

Fire companies, EMS eligible for state grant to respond to unconventional gas well incidents

(Jun 03, 2020)

EBENSBURG, June 3 – State Rep. Frank Burns said applications are being accepted for state grants to help fire companies, rescue companies and emergency medical services be equipped and prepared to handle incidents related to unconventional gas wells. The 2020 Unconventional Gas Well Fund Grant is open through July 31 for such projects as development, delivery and sustainment of training, professional certification or purchasing specialized equipment for emergency responses to natural gas production. “This is just one of the many grant opportunities available to organizations in Cambria County,” said Burns, D-Cambria. “I make it one of my top priorities to ensure that firefighters, EMS and other community organizations, including nonprofits and local governments, know about grant opportunities. My office also is available to help those interested apply.” An unconventional gas well is a well that uses fracking to obtain natural gas from an unconventional formation, such as the Marcellus or Utica shales. For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply is available at www.osfc.pa.gov , the Office of State Fire Commissioner’s website. For help with the online application, contact Burns’ office at 814-472-8021. Last year Burns secured more than $22 million in state and federal grants for Cambria County, including grants for local fire companies, Read more

 

Burns: Cambria County to get $11.75 million in funding for COVID-19

(Jun 01, 2020)

EBENSBURG, June 1 – State Rep. Frank Burns announced that thanks to a bill he voted for, more than $11 million in federal funding has been earmarked for Cambria County in the form of a COVID Relief County Block Grant. Burns voted for H.B. 2510 last week, which established how the state would use the $2.6 billion it received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. “This is welcome news for Cambria County,” said Burns, D-Cambria. “The money must be distributed to the county on or before July 15, so the county will be able to get to work in helping our economy recover.” The county is required to use the $11.75 million for COVID relief: To offset costs of direct county emergency response, including personal protection equipment, or PPE. Small business assistance. Programs to support local economic development entities for costs related to the emergency. Assistance to cities, boroughs, towns and townships for costs related to the emergency. Behavioral health, and drug and alcohol abuse treatment services. Nonprofit assistance programs. Broadband internet deployment. “This will be a big help to our communities who had to deal with the pandemic on the ground, and those small businesses who didn’t receive any money from the federally sponsored programs set up by the CARES Act, especially those related to Read more

 

‘It’s about time’ Burns says as Cambria County slated to move into green phase

(May 29, 2020)

EBENSBURG, May 29 – Upon learning that Cambria County will move into the green phase next Friday, state Rep. Frank Burns said, “It’s about time!” In March, the governor issued a statewide stay-at-home order, shutting down schools and businesses in response to the increasing numbers of infection in the state from the COVID-19 virus. Cambria County was moved to the yellow phase May 15. “ I’ve been telling the governor that it’s time to reopen the state for business and that Cambria County businesses will continue to suffer until we do so, and it seems as though he’s finally taking my advice,” Burns said. Cambria County will move to the green phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 5. This phase means that everything – from child care, restaurants and retail to hair salons, pet grooming and entertainment venues – may be open for in-person service, provided they follow CDC-approved safety protocols and limit capacity to 50 percent. “Since the start of this crisis, I’ve put the people of Cambria County first, and I will continue to do so,” Burns said. “Many people have reached out to me upset with the restrictions being placed on them during this crisis. I took immediate action, urging the governor and the Health secretary to reopen our county, since we have not seen the high numbers of infection that other counties have seen. Read more

 

Burns votes to end state disaster declaration for second time

(May 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, May 28 – As the coronavirus crisis recedes with ever dwindling case numbers, state Rep. Frank Burns today voted to reopen businesses and restart the economy by terminating the governor’s disaster declaration. "Pennsylvania reached the apex in the number of new cases between April 9 and 17th, but now, a month later, we flattened the curve but businesses are still closed," Burns said. "It's time to reopen the economy before it's too late for many small business owners." Burns said that since his disaster proclamation in March, the governor has used broad, sweeping powers to direct the state’s coronavirus response. Last week Burns broke ranks with House Democrats in a committee and voted to move the resolution to the full House for consideration while seeking assurances it would not cost Pennsylvania federal resources. "Governor Wolf's administration has failed time and again to engage with the legislature – the elected representatives of the people – as he attempts a one-size-fits-all response to this pandemic," Burns said. "I voted to terminate his disaster declaration and end the shutdown, returning the power to the people, just like it says in the Constitution.” Since the start of the pandemic, Burns has consistently voted and advocated to balance the safety of workers and families with the need to allow businesses to safely reopen. He has also consistently and Read more

 

Burns votes to support volunteer fire/EMS companies

(May 28, 2020)

Legislation creates $31 million emergency grant program Read more

 

Burns votes to speed $2.6B in federal aid to communities

(May 28, 2020)

Funding package includes $225 million for small businesses Read more

 

Burns votes to freeze salaries for state officials

(May 27, 2020)

Urges legislature to do more to protect taxpayers during crisis Read more

 

Burns seeks to reopen hunting, shooting ranges

(May 27, 2020)

State Rep. Frank Burns, D-Johnstown, voted to protect the rights of sportsmen and firearm owners in Pennsylvania... Read more

 

Burns votes to override Wolf veto, reopen businesses in PA

(May 26, 2020)

Although measure failed, Burns says it sends powerful message Read more

 

Leading through the Pandemic - Summer 2020
Jul 02, 2020

Burns votes to protect gun rights amid pandemic
Jun 25, 2020

Burns: $166,000 awarded to aid homeless in Cambria, Somerset
Jun 23, 2020

Burns: $150 million in federal recovery money available for schools
Jun 18, 2020

Burns: Shale impact fee delivers $111,276 for Cambria County
Jun 17, 2020

Rep. Burns wins open records battle against PA Liquor Control Board
Jun 16, 2020

Burns: $96,000 to support law enforcement in Cambria County
Jun 10, 2020

Burns votes to end disaster resolution, get PA back to work
Jun 09, 2020

Burns: Commandeering the House chamber is not the way to get issues addressed
Jun 08, 2020

Burns: Grab-and-go meals for kids available during the summer
Jun 08, 2020

Burns offers assistance in applying for new $225 million small business grant program
Jun 08, 2020

Fire companies, EMS eligible for state grant to respond to unconventional gas well incidents
Jun 03, 2020

Burns: Cambria County to get $11.75 million in funding for COVID-19
Jun 01, 2020

‘It’s about time’ Burns says as Cambria County slated to move into green phase
May 29, 2020

Burns votes to end state disaster declaration for second time
May 28, 2020

Burns votes to support volunteer fire/EMS companies
May 28, 2020

Burns votes to speed $2.6B in federal aid to communities
May 28, 2020

Burns votes to freeze salaries for state officials
May 27, 2020

Burns seeks to reopen hunting, shooting ranges
May 27, 2020

Burns votes to override Wolf veto, reopen businesses in PA
May 26, 2020