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Snyder: $1.02 million grant coming to Intermediate Unit 1

(Jun 06, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, June 6 – A $1.02 million state grant to the Intermediate Unit 1 announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder will assist the Adult Basic Education and literacy effort in Greene, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Snyder, who received notice from the state Department of Education that the grant is being awarded, said it provides a significant boost to the IU 1’s efforts. “These grants are awarded to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland. “Another prong is assisting adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and in the transition to postsecondary education and training – including through career pathways.” Snyder said two other objectives of the grant, depending on community need, are: Assisting adults who are parents or family members to obtain the education and skills that are necessary to becoming full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family; and Assisting immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in improving their reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills in English, improving their mathematics skills and acquiring an understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom and the responsibilities of citizenship. Read more

 

Facts on Fighting Opioids

(May 31, 2018)

Did you know that to combat the opioid crisis, the legislature since 2015 has passed seven bills that became law -- and the House has put another four bills in the pipeline? Read more

 

I'm a union supporter -- and more!

(May 23, 2018)

As a lifelong resident of the 50th Legislative District and product of its storied coal-mining heritage, I am proud to be an unabashed supporter of unions. Read more

 

Greene County Historical Society gets $4,000 state grant -- and more!

(May 17, 2018)

My latest weekly email includes photos of the first-graders from Carmichaels Elementary School who visited my office to learn about state government. Read more

 

Snyder: Greene County Historical Society gets $4,000 state grant

(May 11, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, May 11 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced the award of a $4,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to the Greene County Historical Society. Snyder said the Cultural and Historical Support Grant comes from a program designed to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community, by supporting general operations of eligible museums and official county historical societies not supported by other state agency funding programs. “I’m once again grateful that the state is recognizing the importance of funding an entity in the 50 th Legislative District,” Snyder said. “The historical society fills a vital role in our county, one that is deserving of the reinvestment of state dollars to help with its continued operation.” Award amounts are determined using an equation based on a percentage of the eligible museum’s previous year’s operating budget, and the maximum any museum could receive is $50,000, Snyder said. Statewide, the PHMC awarded almost $2 million in grants to 142 eligible museums and official county historical societies from 55 counties. Read more

 

$200,000 grant to impact all programs at Greene vo-tech school -- and more!

(May 10, 2018)

On Wednesday, I announced a $200,000 grant for the Greene County Career and Technology Center – money that will allow it to fulfill all needs under its five-year equipment upgrade plan. Read more

 

Snyder gets $200,000 grant for Greene County Career and Technology Center

(May 09, 2018)

CARMICHAELS, May 9 – A $200,000 state grant announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder fulfills in one fell swoop the equipment purchasing and replacement needs of the Greene County Career and Technology Center under a five-year plan devised by Administrative Director Mark Krupa. Krupa, who joined Snyder at a GCCTC news conference, said the funding Snyder obtained through the Department of Education will allow for simultaneous upgrades that benefit 330 students in 12 instructional programs, plus allow expanded adult education. “Every program and every student in this building is going to benefit,” Krupa said. “Pam’s been absolutely instrumental in doing this. She came to the school, she walked around with me, she listened to me discuss the struggles that we have. And we ended up investing in the community.” Snyder, D-Green/Fayette/Washington, said the importance of vocational and technical training as high schoolers and adults prepare for jobs in the current and future economies cannot be underestimated. “These jobs require specialized training – and you can’t receive cutting-edge training using outdated equipment,” Snyder said. “This became a top priority of mine, and I thank the Department of Education for recognizing the need to do something big and bold to elevate vo-tech training in Greene County.” Snyder said approximately half of the $200,000 will allow the school to purchase a new, modern Read more

 

Coal Queen Kacey Furlong honored in House chamber – and more!

(May 03, 2018)

Among other things happening this week, it was my pleasure to present reigning PA Bituminous Coal Queen Kacey Furlong of Brownsville to the House of Representatives. Read more

 

Snyder: Brownsville, Jeff-Morgan school districts get Food Service grants

(May 02, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 2 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today announced the award of a combined $25,944 in state grants to the Brownsville Area and Jefferson-Morgan school districts for cafeteria equipment. Snyder said Brownsville Area will get $14,696 to purchase a convection oven for its middle school, while Jefferson-Morgan is receiving two awards: $6,039 for a double reach-in warming cabinet for its junior-senior high school, and $5,209 for a convection steamer at its elementary school. Snyder said the state Department of Education supplied the funding through its 2017 Food Service Equipment Grant program, which aims to help school districts purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, improve food safety and expand access to food. “This is great news for two school districts in the 50 th Legislative District,” Snyder said. “I thank the Department of Education for supplying this funding, which is intended to improve the safety and efficiency of meal preparation, in addition to upgrading the menus.” Snyder said the grant program also emphasizes putting more fruits and vegetables in school meals. Read more

 

Snyder recognizes 2017 Coal Queen in House presentation

(May 01, 2018)

HARRISBURG, May 1 – In a presentation before the state House of Representatives today , 2017 Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Queen Kacey Furlong of Brownsville was recognized by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “Kacey has demonstrated that she is an exceptional citizen who is not only a leader, but a positive role model for others to emulate,” Snyder said. “Her selection as coal queen is testimony to her values, work ethic, leadership abilities, commitment to others, integrity and determination – as well as her incredible drive to be the best person she can be.” Furlong is the daughter of Dr. David and Roxie Furlong, and a senior at Brownsville Area High School, where she is enrolled in advanced placement and college accredited courses. Serving as secretary of the National Honor Society, she is also a member of Student Council, the Grand Marche Committee, the National French Honor Society, Tri-Hi-Y, Student Forum, YEA and the Yearbook Committee. In addition to her academic endeavors, Snyder noted that Kacey Furlong has danced competitively since she was 10, earning scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School and to Complexations Ballet in New York City. She has also been named national champion at Rising Star Talent Productions. “Kacey’s connection to the coal industry dates back to her great-grandfather, John Lenk, who dedicated his career to Maple Creek Mine, and her family lineage includes several Read more

 

Snyder, Phillips-Hill form Broadband Caucus in legislature

(Apr 27, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 27 – As an adjunct to their push to expand rural broadband , state Reps. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, and Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, have formed and are soliciting members for the legislature’s Broadband Caucus. Snyder said such caucuses are formed around a shared interest and attract members from both political parties, with the goal of promulgating and promoting a legislative agenda that furthers that interest. “This is one way to bring Democrats and Republicans together to tackle the lack of modern, high-speed internet, which puts 800,000 Pennsylvanians – including 520,000 in rural areas – behind the eight ball when it comes to competing economically and academically,” Snyder said. “Representative Phillips-Hill and I have worked together in a bipartisan way on this very important issue. The Broadband Caucus is our attempt to bring more of our peers into the fold.” Snyder said the lack of high-speed broadband in many parts of Pennsylvania poses multiple problems for communities and families: Students cannot complete assignments at home. People cannot take online classes. Companies cannot locate themselves in these areas that otherwise could provide jobs. Telemedicine cannot be utilized. The agriculture community cannot compete. “This is an issue that affects so many and creates challenges for all of Pennsylvania, which is why we are asking other Read more

 

Snyder urges unhappy customers to review Pa.’s Broadband Bill of Rights

(Apr 25, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 25 – Providing a tool to those dissatisfied with their internet service, state Rep. Pam Snyder has posted the Pennsylvania Broadband Bill of Rights on her state website, along with the form needed to file an official complaint with the state Public Utility Commission. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said she’s providing the documents – available in the “Featured News” section at www.pahouse.com/Snyder -- because many residents aren’t aware of their rights to quality broadband or the method of lodging a complaint against their service provider. “Few people know that under state law, they have the right to request and receive quality broadband from their local telephone company – and even fewer know that they can file an official complaint if that service is inadequate,” Snyder said. “These documents explain everything, including the state’s broadband upload and download speed requirements, and I’m making them available on my website as a public service.” Section 8 of the Broadband Bill of Rights, as posted on Snyder’s website, includes the PUC contacts ( www.puc.pa.gov/filing_resources/filing_complaints.aspx ) that can be used to file informal complaints and inquiries, as well as formal complaints. Section 9 includes contacts for filing additional complaints to either the Office of Consumer Advocate ( www.oca.state.pa.us ) or the Office of Small Business Advocate Read more

 

Snyder to host inaugural Kids Fest event April 28

(Apr 20, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 20 – In a revival of the popular Child Fest format that ended a few years ago, state Rep. Pam Snyder will host her inaugural Kids Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at the Greene County Fairgrounds. “Everyone loved the community’s Child Fest, so we’re bringing it back as a fun Saturday afternoon with games, activities and plenty of information for parents and guardians – plus a free lunch for everyone who attends,” Snyder said. “We’ll also offer useful tips and instruction on child safety, for youngsters and adults, so there’s a serious element as well.” For example, Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the entire Greene County Human Services team will be on hand to provide information on all areas it covers, including counseling and food assistance. Snyder and her staff also will be available to help with state government-related programs, services and problems. Snyder will personally host a 1 p.m. Reading Corner where each child gets a free book before they leave. Blending their expertise with fun activities, Greene County Children and Youth Services will host a duck pond game, while the county’s Department of Recreation will provide costumed children’s characters. Snyder said other offerings include: Kittens and family-friendly dogs for adoption through the Greene County Humane Society. IPads for STEM and OSMO demonstrations, provided by Read more

 

PUC customer formal complaint form

(Apr 20, 2018)

Here is the formal complaint form that customers can use to notify the Public Utility Commission of their problems with broadband or telephone service. Read more

 

Broadband Bill of Rights

(Apr 20, 2018)

Here is the Broadband Bill of Rights, as presented by the PA Public Utility Commission. You have a right to this service -- and can file an official complaint if you're unsatisfied. Read more

 

Snyder welcomes Pa. Farm Bureau to fight for expanded broadband

(Apr 17, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 17 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, and her partner in the push for expanded rural broadband, state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, welcomed the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to that fight at a Capitol news conference Tuesday. “Representative Phillips-Hill and I welcome the added heft of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, which is 62,000 farm member families strong, in our bipartisan effort to bring modern internet to all Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “Like us, the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau supports the effort to improve and expand broadband access to underserved and unserved rural areas, which is critical to those residents’ ability to compete educationally and economically in the current information age.” Snyder said the goal is bringing modern, high-speed internet to the 800,000 Pennsylvanians who currently lack it – including 520,000 who live in rural areas. PFB President Rick Ebert, a full-time dairy farmer from Westmoreland County, spoke on behalf of the expanded internet effort mounted by Snyder and Phillips-Hill. “Rural Pennsylvanians, including farmers and other business owners, are falling further behind those who live in more urban and suburban areas of the commonwealth,” Ebert said. “Many of our farm families can’t take advantage of online banking, tax software and other technology that would greatly benefit their businesses, simply because they lack adequate Read more

 

Snyder: Nemacolin blight, rehabilitation gets boost from $525,000 grant

(Apr 13, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 13 – About 35 homes in the coal patch of Nemacolin will be demolished or rehabilitated through a $525,000 grant announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the Nemacolin Blight Remediation and Rehabilitation Project, led by the Greene County Redevelopment Authority, will use the state funds to acquire and either fix up and sell or demolish blighted structures. The project will also offer zero percent loans to homeowners for major systems repairs, replacements and energy efficiency upgrades, Snyder added. “Those of us who’ve had the situation in Nemacolin on our radar are ecstatic about this news, which represents a major opportunity to help remove hazards and turn things around in that community,” Snyder said. “I’m especially pleased that existing homeowners will be able to get some help to improve their properties.” Snyder said the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency selected the Nemacolin project for funding through its Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement monies that come from Marcellus Shale impact fees. Separately, Snyder said the same agency awarded $195,500 in PHARE/Marcellus Shale funds for the Greene County Homeless Prevention and Housing Stabilization Program. That money will go for leasing an apartment for two years to act as emergency shelter, to hire a case worker who will coordinate services for residents of Parkview Knoll Read more

 

Snyder: Component of rural broadband package clears House committee

(Apr 09, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 9 – A component of the effort by state Rep. Pam Snyder and her partner in pushing for expansion of rural broadband, state Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill, was approved today by the House Education Committee. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.R. 431, which calls for an audit of the state’s Education Technology Fund, has now cleared a critical hurdle on its path to a House vote. “Our resolution calls for this fund, which is administered by the Education Department, to be audited by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s office,” Snyder said. “The E-Fund, as it is known, is a six-year education technology program financed by non-rural telecommunications carriers. We want to make sure it’s operating as intended.” Upon completion of the audit, the resolution put forth by Snyder and Phillips-Hill also calls for DePasquale to share his findings with the General Assembly. Snyder and Phillips-Hill, R-York, who have led the House effort to bring high-speed internet to unserved and underserved rural areas, have introduced a four-bill package to accomplish that goal. The other parts are: H.R. 429, which establishes a special bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the deployment of high-speed broadband services in unserved and underserved areas; H.R. 430, which directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an in-depth investigation and audit into the Read more

 

Snyder to propose that lobbyists complete ethics, discrimination training

(Apr 05, 2018)

HARRISBURG, April 5 – As part of a package of reforms aimed at reducing workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, state Rep. Pam Snyder will introduce legislation to require lobbyists to complete ethics and discrimination training and hold them accountable for violations. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, wants to update the Lobbyist Disclosure Act to include those provisions, making them a condition of registering as a lobbyist in Pennsylvania. “The state Capitol must be free of sexual harassment and discrimination for employees and the public,” Snyder said. “Times are changing – thankfully – and with that shift, we need to make sure all of our applicable laws change at the same pace.” Snyder said that since lobbyists are tightly woven into the daily fabric of the Capitol and state government, they and their behavior should not remain immune from training requirements and potential liabilities. “Lobbyists should be held to the same standards as the public officials and employees they seek to influence,” Snyder said. Snyder’s forthcoming legislation is one piece of a comprehensive package of bills on workplace discrimination and sexual harassment being put forth by House and Senate Democrats. Read more

 

Kids Fest on Saturday, April 28

(Apr 04, 2018)

Come out and enjoy games, activities, child safety tips, and information for parents and guardians at my April 28 Kids Fest – plus a free lunch for all who attend! Read more