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Snyder: Bill would boost local highway maintenance

(Jun 03, 2016)

Rep. Pam Snyder's House Bill 2123 would provide fairer reimbursements to localities maintaining roadways once part of the state highway system. The reimbursement rate, which hasn’t been increased in 10 years, would increase the maintenance payment from the state Transportation Department to $6,000 a mile from $4,000. Read more

 

Protect those who face danger daily

(May 23, 2016)

Sunbury Daily Item Editorial: Protect those who face danger daily Read more

 

Snyder: Tenmile Creek radiation testing finds acceptable levels

(May 13, 2016)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that further radiation testing near along Tenmile Creek near the Clyde Mine Treatment Facility in Greene County has found acceptable results in water and sludge samples. Read more

 

Snyder warns residents of IRS phone scam

(May 11, 2016)

Rep. Pam Snyder alerts residents of a telephone scam in which taxpayers receive unsolicited calls from people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service and demanding payment or risk a lawsuit. First and foremost, Rep. Snyder notes, the IRS DOES NOT initiate contact over the phone. Read more

 

Snyder: Over $390,000 awarded to area first responders

(Apr 20, 2016)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that state grants totaling more than $390,000 are coming to 37 fire and ambulance companies in the 50th Legislative District. And, the state House voted recently to extend the vital grant program for another four years. Read more

 

Snyder glad to see 2015-16 state budget stalemate end

(Mar 23, 2016)

HARRISBURG , March 23 – As Gov. Tom Wolf announced today that he will permit the final piece of the 2015-16 state budget to become law Monday, ending a nine-month stalemate, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, issued the following statement: “Last week, I was one of 13 House Democrats who voted for this latest budget bill , which pushes to $200 million the additional state subsidy for basic education – and does so without raising taxes. It addition to ensuring our schools don’t close, it also provides funding for human services and 4-H programs that are vital in much of our state. “I am glad the governor has decided not to veto this bill. Now we can close the books on the tumultuous current fiscal year and devote our full energies to completing – on time, hopefully – the 2016-17 state budget due June 30.” Read more

 

Snyder bill exempting local farm markets, stands from sign requirement fees passes House

(Mar 22, 2016)

HARRISBURG, March 22 – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Pam Snyder that would exempt from the state's fee requirements signs for local farmers' markets and farm stands along highways. "Our local agricultural businesses such as farmer's markets and farm stands provide fresh, nutritional food to Pennsylvanians, while at the same time enhancing our local business efforts," Snyder said. Current regulations require a permit and fee in order to have an off-premises sign advertising a business. Snyder's legislation would exempt farmers' markets and farm stands from this requirement for any state routes that do not receive federal funding. PennDOT still may set the size, number and proximity of the signs. Snyder introduced the bill after a family-owned farm in her district was told to remove signs advertising their farm stand from the state route right-of-way. "It is important that PennDOT ensures the orderly and effective display of outdoor advertising, while protecting the state's natural beauty along our roadways. But it is equally valuable that family farming should be supported, especially since agriculture is an important industry in our commonwealth," Snyder said. "The bill that passed today would benefit both the farmer and consumers seeking fresh produce, while continuing PennDOT's oversight." The bill now goes to the state Senate for Read more

 

Snyder votes to end protracted 2015-16 budget stalemate

(Mar 16, 2016)

HARRISBURG , March 16 – Saying the specter of closed schools and crippled human services must not come to fruition, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, voted for a budget bill put forth by the Republican legislative majority today. Snyder said that with only three months left in the current fiscal year, and with budget wrangling between GOP leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf still ongoing after nine months, it’s time to wrap up the tumultuous 2015-16 budget and start focusing on the 2016-17 spending plan due June 30. "We’re able to put this one to bed without raising taxes – and still get an extra $50 million for basic education, pushing that total fiscal-year increase to $200 million," said Snyder of her affirmative vote for H.B. 1801. "I don’t want to see schools close, I want to see human services and 4-H funded, I don’t want to further put our Penn State Extension Services and county commissioners in fiscal predicaments. "Certainly, I would like to see more state funding for basic education. But when it looks like there’s a greater chance of public schools closing their doors than getting more money, we’ve got to acknowledge the reality of the situation and act accordingly. After nine months, this saga must end." Snyder said a constant theme as she’s traversed the 50th Legislative District is resolving the budget impasse and the adverse impact the inability to strike a lasting Read more

 

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office

(Feb 15, 2016)

Forms for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for the 2015 tax year are available at my district office – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free!The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 65 or older, widows and widowers 50 or older, and people with disabilities 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded and the maximum standard rebate is $650.Claimants must reapply for rebates every year because they are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of deceased claimants who lived at least one day in 2015 and meet all other eligibility criteria.The deadline to apply for a rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2015 is Dec. 31, 2016, and the rebates normally are distributed by the Department of Revenue beginning July 1. So, the sooner you file, the sooner you will receive your money. Read more

 

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors

(Feb 10, 2016)

PACE, PACENET and PACE plus Medicare are Pennsylvania's prescription assistance programs for older adults, offering low-cost prescription medication to qualified residents, age 65 and older. As of this year, the legislature passed a law excluding Social Security Medicare Part B premiums from being counted towards income levels. Read more

 

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind

(Jan 29, 2016)

Pennsylvania has a Children's Health Insurance Program that provides free and low-cost health insurance to children. CHIP is not welfare – it covers children of working parents whose employers don't offer coverage and who can't afford private insurance. If you can't afford health insurance for your children, chances are they are eligible for CHIP. Read more

 

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property

(Jan 01, 2016)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Treasury receives millions of dollars of unclaimed property. It is estimated that roughly one in 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property. Read more

 

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions

(Dec 30, 2015)

In Pennsylvania, you can choose the company that generates your electricity – also known as your electric supplier. This means that you have the power to switch to a competing supplier who can offer the lowest price, or provide a specific service you want, such as “green” or renewable energy. Read more

 

Snyder: Schools nearing breaking point, need budget compromise

(Dec 29, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Sept. 29 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said budget negotiators in Harrisburg must compromise and deliver a state budget to save public schools from further fiscal mayhem. “Two school districts in my legislative district – Bethlehem-Center and Albert Gallatin -- already have borrowed a combined total of almost $6 million to keep operating,” Snyder said. “After three months of stalemate on the budget, it’s time to end the theatrics and grandstanding and find a solution.” Snyder said the increasing costs to school districts and ultimately taxpayers were highlighted today by the state auditor general , who noted that at least 17 school districts and two intermediate units already have borrowed more than $346 million to meet expenses and keep classrooms open. The state auditor general said interest and fees on those borrowed education dollars could reach $11.2 million, and at least 28 additional districts and two more intermediate units will be forced to borrow an estimated total of $122 million in October. “Public education is a hallmark of our Republic, yet in Pennsylvania political intransigence has reduced many public schools’ finances to junk bond status,” Snyder said. “The slash-and-burn funding cuts of the last four years coupled with the current impasse are embarrassing, costly to taxpayers and a disservice to citizens, especially schoolchildren. Read more

 

Snyder: DEP probe finds no radiation danger in Tenmile Creek HARRISBURG

(Dec 17, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Dec. 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said that the state Department of Environmental Protection reported today that its extensive, six-month investigation found no elevated radiation levels in Tenmile Creek in Greene County. "The conclusion is good news for residents worried about the safety of drinking water supplies after elevated radiation levels were reported from surface water samples taken in the spring of 2014," Snyder said. "I pushed hard for increased monitoring and analysis of the waterway, and I applaud the thoroughness and attention devoted by the DEP and researchers to the matter." Snyder said DEP conducted comprehensive sampling at 12 sites upstream and downstream of the Clyde Mine Treatment Facility near Clarksville. Surface water and samples of sediment, sludge, soil, aquatic vegetation and fish also were tested. According to the investigation: All water samples were below the EPA drinking water limit of 5 picocuries per liter for radium-226 and radium-228; DEP did not find any indication of accumulated radiation in the sediment, plants, or fish; The 2015 water samples were taken when the average daily stream flows within the watershed were at near normal flow conditions and; The flow of raw and treated mine water was typical mine drainage, consistent with what would originate from a flooded underground coal mine in southwestern Pennsylvania. "DEP is not dropping the Read more

 

Snyder: We're Ready to Work

(Dec 11, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder says that she and her House Democratic colleagues are in the State Capitol ready to pass a budget and calls upon the House Speaker to bring the House back into session to work until the budget process is complete. Read more

 

Snyder pleads for work, compromise on budget

(Dec 11, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Dec. 11 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said House members must work for the greater good and pass a state budget promptly. “The governor, House Democrats, and Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate have all worked together to forge a solution,” Snyder said at a Capitol news conference. “Regrettably, some House Republicans would rather continue to put politics before the people of Pennsylvania.” Snyder, who has not cashed a state paycheck since the start of the budget impasse on July 1, questioned why the House was not in session working on the 2015-16 spending plan. “It should be the season of hope,” Snyder said. “Instead, it’s the season of despair for so many. Two weeks before Christmas, and 164 days into this budget impasse, I ask myself, ‘Why?’” Snyder said that by refusing to compromise, many House Republicans are hurting tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians, including seniors and victims of domestic violence, who are being denied vital services. “This impasse must end as soon as possible for the good of our children and commonwealth, whose reputation, stature and credit rating are on a slippery slope,” Snyder said. “We shouldn’t have to beg them [other legislators] to do the right thing.” Compromise is necessary in life, Snyder said, except apparently in Harrisburg. “Our plea is simple: Compromise with Read more

 

Snyder Fights To Keep Children Healthy With CHIP

(Dec 01, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder talks about the importance of extending the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2017. Pennsylvania's CHIP program puts health coverage within reach for all uninsured kids and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Read more

 

Snyder: Coal Critical to Stable Employment

(Nov 19, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder spoke at a joint hearing of the House and Senate Coal Caucuses that focused on the Clean Power Plan and its impact on Pennsylvania. Snyder spoke out about the need to keep coal prominent in Pennsylvania's energy portfolio because of the large number of jobs the industry supports in the state and the lower energy prices it delivers. Read more

 

Snyder: Need Solutions to Drug Epidemic in Pa.

(Nov 17, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder says the opioid epidemic has touched nearly all Pennsylvanians. Snyder served on a task force looking for solutions to epidemic, including better access to treatment and resources for those affected by addiction. Read more