2023 Senior Fair

(Aug 24, 2023)

Check out my 2023 Senior Fair on Sept. 15 in Ebensburg! Read more

 

Greater Johnstown, Ferndale school districts to receive $136,656 for fresh fruits, vegetables for students

(Aug 15, 2023)

“I’ve always supported our students and schools,” Burns said. “Education is the best way to make sure our region can grow and compete in the marketplace, and making sure our students have the nutrition they need to be healthy and strong is a part of that.” Read more

 

Greater Johnstown to receive state grant funding through disability inclusive curriculum pilot program

(Aug 11, 2023)

“Exclusion breeds stigma, shame, ignorance and misunderstanding,” Burns said. “I’ve seen it firsthand; that’s why I get students to sign the anti-bullying pledge and have set up Buddy Benches throughout the region. “This new grant is designed to help schools educate students from kindergarten to high school about disabilities and how it’s a natural part of the human condition.” Read more

 

Burns: House Professional Licensure Committee considers bills to expand mental health care access, keep skilled professionals in the state

(Aug 11, 2023)

“This week’s hearings helped members of the committee learn how necessary these measures are to increasing access to mental health care and therapeutic services in Pennsylvania,” said Burns, committee chairman. “We are facing a growing mental health crisis and patients need every avenue for care they can get, whether through psychologists, psychiatrists, primary care providers or other therapists.” Read more

 

Burns: JHA board needs to take stand on public housing transformation plan

(Aug 01, 2023)

Burns, D-Cambria, made his request in a letter to JHA board Chairman Charles Arnone, noting that Arnone – along with fellow commissioners David Vitovich, Angela Reed, Darlette Haselrig and John Slezak – are the ones directly responsible for operating the JHA and charting its course. Read more

 

Burns: Pasquerilla-affiliated consultant immersed in JHA-HUD public housing interactions, planning

(Jul 28, 2023)

Burns, D-Cambria, said Matt Ward, CEO of Sustainable Strategies DC, is point man in a series of emails between Johnstown Housing Authority and U.S. Department of Urban and Development officials going back to February. Those 25 pages of communication, obtained by citizen-journalist John DeBartola in a Right-to-Know request, were forwarded to Burns and other local state elected officials. Read more

 

Burns urges Shapiro to reject Johnstown’s quest to maintain high Local Services Tax

(Jul 25, 2023)

“First, I cannot and will not support a special exception that would allow Johnstown to continue taxing employees in the city with an increased Local Services Tax (LST) of $3 per person per week…the LST should revert to the non-Act 47 rate of $1 per person per week. Anything more than that amounts to a tax INCREASE.” Read more

 

Burns: Long-awaited HUD emails confirm JHA makes decisions

(Jul 20, 2023)

EBENSBURG, July 20 – Four days after he sought intercession from Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators and Cambria County’s congressman, state Rep. Frank Burns finally received a response from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to his three-month-old Freedom of Information Act request. Read more

 

Burns: Veteran Community Initiatives awarded $39,750 to bolster services

(Jul 14, 2023)

“This grant will boost VCI’s efforts to serve our local veterans, and it is a privilege to do what I can to help those who have served our country.” Read more

 

Burns calls on Casey, Fetterman, Joyce to investigate lethargic HUD response to Prospect information request

(Jul 13, 2023)

“Three months ago, I asked for documents and communication exchanged between the Johnstown Housing Authority, HUD’s Pittsburgh Field Office and/or HUD’s Region III Office in Philadelphia, concerning the Prospect public housing complex,” Burns said. “What I’ve gotten since then is a runaround that no citizen should have to endure – starting with a request for clarification of what is a pretty clear request. Follies such as this have no place in good government.” Read more

 

Burns votes to save Cambria public school districts $3.7 million annually

(Jul 07, 2023)

Burns, D-Cambria, said the time is right to reign in the unbridled money grab by corporate cyber charter schools, which are bleeding local school district budgets dry by siphoning off millions in local tax dollars. These schools frivolously spend those tax dollars advertising to recruit new students in order to increase their profits. They even sponsor professional sports teams and offer gifts and travel to their students’ parents. Read more

 

Burns introduces legislation to protect Pennsylvania drivers

(Jul 03, 2023)

Intent on protecting the state’s drivers from unnecessary tickets and fines, state Rep. Frank Burns introduced two measures that would do just that. Read more

 

Summer 2023

(Jun 30, 2023)

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Burns: Johnstown should abandon quest for 200 percent tax hike

(Jun 23, 2023)

Johnstown city officials want to keep taxing folks at the higher rate, even though Act 47 no longer applies. They want state elected officials, including Burns, to carve out a special exception in state law so they can keep collecting lots of money – an extra $900,000 a year, to be exact. Read more

 

Burns: $290,000 in state grants coming back to Cambria County

(Jun 09, 2023)

“As I’ve said before, if I don’t advocate for our region, state funding won’t make it back to Cambria County,” he said. “We could miss out on the benefits that these grants can bring, or have to pay for them out of our own pockets. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to fight and make sure our region gets its fair share of state funding.” Read more

 

Seats remaining for Burns’ June 27 Harrisburg bus trip

(Jun 08, 2023)

"Our state Capitol is one of the most beautiful buildings in the country, and there’s so much to learn and see,” Burns said. "If you are interested, please call my office to find out more information and reserve your spot on the bus." Read more

 

Burns seeks answers on Oakhurst and Coopersdale public housing redevelopment plan

(May 31, 2023)

EBENSBURG, May 31 – Clued in by a concerned tenant who shared a notice that Oakhurst and Coopersdale public housing are now in play for a wholesale redevelopment, state Rep. Frank Burns is reiterating his call for the Johnstown Housing Authority to reveal what impact HUD’s required “ equity plan ” could have on the effort. Burns, D-Cambria, said the notice sent his way said public meetings held today in Oakhurst and tomorrow in Coopersdale are to discuss the JHA’s pursuit of a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant , as part of a “Transformation Plan” for those communities. Burns said the JHA is looking to “explore rehabilitation and redesign potential, and assess the potential of mixed-income redevelopment with a public-private financing model,” according to the notice. According to the facilities listing on the JHA website, Oakhurst has 100 units, Oakhurst Extension has 300 units and Coopersdale has 121 units. Added to the 110 units at the recently vacated Prospect community, that means 631 of the JHA’s 983 family housing units could be impacted by redevelopment. “What’s unclear at this point is whether those communities would be rebuilt at their current locations, which are all in the city of Johnstown, or whether they could be placed elsewhere in Cambria County,” Burns said, noting that the JHA currently operates a 56-unit complex in Nanty Glo Read more

 

Burns: Johnstown abandoned mine reclamation project secures share of $7.8 million in DEP funding

(May 30, 2023)

“Securing this new funding is going to support reclamation work that will expand access to recreational trails, provide access for maintenance of the Inclined Plane and build on other projects underway to expand hillside recreation and tourism for the area," Burns said. Read more

 

Burns: JHA takes 35 days to comply with Prospect RTK request

(May 25, 2023)

“The JHA told me it needed a 30-day extension to determine whether the information I was requesting needed to be released – then basically turned around and released the same information to news outlets 13 days later,” Burns said. “By doing so, the JHA has proven that it likes to play games. It’s no wonder the public gets fed up with how they operate.” Read more

 

House sends Burns bill to Senate; measure would provide in-state tuition for students in deployed military families

(May 24, 2023)

“Military families can’t control the dynamics of their lives when engaged in serving our nation,” Burns said. “Students shouldn’t be penalized for their families having to answer the call of duty. My bill would make sure they aren’t.” Read more

 

2023 Senior Fair
Aug 24, 2023

Greater Johnstown, Ferndale school districts to receive $136,656 for fresh fruits, vegetables for students
Aug 15, 2023

Greater Johnstown to receive state grant funding through disability inclusive curriculum pilot program
Aug 11, 2023

Burns: House Professional Licensure Committee considers bills to expand mental health care access, keep skilled professionals in the state
Aug 11, 2023

Burns: JHA board needs to take stand on public housing transformation plan
Aug 01, 2023

Burns: Pasquerilla-affiliated consultant immersed in JHA-HUD public housing interactions, planning
Jul 28, 2023

Burns urges Shapiro to reject Johnstown’s quest to maintain high Local Services Tax
Jul 25, 2023

Burns: Long-awaited HUD emails confirm JHA makes decisions
Jul 20, 2023

Burns: Veteran Community Initiatives awarded $39,750 to bolster services
Jul 14, 2023

Burns calls on Casey, Fetterman, Joyce to investigate lethargic HUD response to Prospect information request
Jul 13, 2023

Burns votes to save Cambria public school districts $3.7 million annually
Jul 07, 2023

Burns introduces legislation to protect Pennsylvania drivers
Jul 03, 2023

Summer 2023
Jun 30, 2023

Burns: Johnstown should abandon quest for 200 percent tax hike
Jun 23, 2023

Burns: $290,000 in state grants coming back to Cambria County
Jun 09, 2023

Seats remaining for Burns’ June 27 Harrisburg bus trip
Jun 08, 2023

Burns seeks answers on Oakhurst and Coopersdale public housing redevelopment plan
May 31, 2023

Burns: Johnstown abandoned mine reclamation project secures share of $7.8 million in DEP funding
May 30, 2023

Burns: JHA takes 35 days to comply with Prospect RTK request
May 25, 2023

House sends Burns bill to Senate; measure would provide in-state tuition for students in deployed military families
May 24, 2023