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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


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 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: Over $1 million OK’d for projects in Greene, Fayette counties

(Oct 08, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Oct. 8 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today approved more than $1 million for five housing projects in Greene and Fayette counties. The local projects seeded by funding from impact fees on natural gas producers and administered by the PHFA’s PHARE -- Pennsylvania House Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement -- Fund are: $200,000 for the Brownsville Senior Housing Project, which features rehabilitation and new construction at 5 Market St. to include 24 affordable, senior housing apartments augmented by first-floor retail outlets and 17 parking spaces; $450,000 for the Independence Place 2 project in Jefferson Borough to develop four units of affordable housing; $165,000 for the Rogersville Project to acquire the former Center Township High School/Rogersville Elementary School site and remove demolition debris to develop single-story townhomes; $150,000 for the Nazer Street Project in Waynesburg for site acquisition and demolition to develop two, three-bedroom, single-family homes in coordination with Habitat for Humanity; and $125,000 to provide rental and utility assistance through the Greene County Housing Assistance Program to veterans who do not qualify for other assistance. Snyder noted that the funding for the Brownsville project follows the $1.4 million in funding and tax credits announced in May to launch the renewal project. “All five projects Read more


Snyder applauds confirmation of PUC nominee from Greene County

(Sep 30, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Sept. 30 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, praised the state Senate’s confirmation today of Greene County resident Andrew Place to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. “Andrew Place’s impressive talents and experience will serve Pennsylvania well,” said Snyder, Democratic secretary of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, which oversees the PUC. “He brings an outstanding mix of energy know-how and environmental savvy to the table -- qualities that I salute Governor Tom Wolf and the Senate for recognizing.” Snyder said Place’s experience as an energy executive involved in Marcellus shale natural gas development and in state government dealing with energy and technology development make him an ideal PUC commissioner. “As a fellow farmer in Greene County, Andrew has experience dealing with energy and environmental matters on a personal level,” Snyder said. “His hands-on experience is burnished by his record at the EQT Corp., the state Department of Environmental Protection and his degrees from the universities of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. “He is the right person for the job at precisely the right time.” Place replaces Jim Cawley on the commission, which oversees natural gas utilities, pipeline safety and inspection and administers Pennsylvania’s impact fee, the levy gas producers pay on new natural gas wells. Cawley’s five-year term Read more


Snyder: Attorney general’s legal woes must not distract from duties

(Aug 12, 2015)

CARMICHAELS, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today issued the following statement in response to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's refusal to step down from the position as she faces perjury, official oppression and other charges. “The attorney general faces serious, troubling charges and deserves her day in court. However, I share the deep concerns of most Pennsylvanians who want and deserve the best and undistracted efforts of the commonwealth’s chief prosecutor to lead the fight against crime and drugs. “I think it's difficult for her to continue as the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania while defending herself against criminal charges. The situation makes it challenging for the Attorney General’s Office, hard on her family and friends and problematic for Pennsylvania.” Read more


Snyder: Exhaustive water analyses under way

(Jul 28, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 21 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said in-depth water analyses that she requested soon should provide answers to reports of elevated radiation levels in Ten Mile Creek in Greene County. “The state Department of Environmental Protection responded promptly to my request for thorough testing throughout the immediate watershed,” Snyder said. “The health and safety of local residents is paramount, and the analyses soon should begin providing answers to the many questions surrounding the initial reports about heightened radiation levels.” Snyder said 35 samples collected last month from 13 sites, including from water, vegetation, sediment, soil and fish are being tested at DEP laboratories. “The analyses will include more precise methodologies than were previously employed and cited in the initial reports,” Snyder said. “Everyone is anxious for definitive answers, and the testing results, expected in August, should begin replacing much of the speculation with solid information.” Snyder said the DEP testing ranged upstream and downstream from the both the Tri-County Joint Municipal Water Authority plant and the Clyde Mine Treatment Facility. “The testing should provide key scientific markers as to the extent of any problem as well as any cause,” said Snyder, who has been meeting frequently with DEP officials since the reports first surfaced. “Protecting Read more


Snyder salutes Jefferson-Morgan’s WPIAL champion softball team

(Jul 10, 2015)

JEFFERSON, July 10 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, feted the Jefferson-Morgan High School girls’ softball team for its triumphant season, which included the Rocket’s first-ever Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League softball championship. The ceremony Thursday night at the elementary school also enabled the community to express their condolences to the family of Chris Dugan, a Rockets assistant coach who died from cancer May 15 at age 45. “The team was magnificent during its march to the district championship and into the state tourney despite the heartbreak of losing a revered coach and family member,” said Snyder, a Jefferson-Morgan alumnus who presented the team and its coaches a citation from the state House of Representatives recognizing their achievements, sacrifices and sportsmanship. “It was a storybook, yet bittersweet season for a wonderful team and their coaches.” The Rockets compiled a 16-3 overall record, including a four-game winning streak through the WPIAL Class A championship that was capped by a 3-2 victory over Chartiers-Houston. The winning continued before ending with a 1-0 loss in 10 innings to Cochranton, Crawford County, in the state quarterfinals. The team, led by head coach Tony Barbetta, was composed of Nikki Venick, Morgan Kendall, Madison Dupont, Camryn Dugan, Jessica Taylor, Reagan Rush, Madison Ludrosky, Katey Wolf, Morgan Gamble, Kayla Yorko, Brooke Diamond, Read more


Snyder: Inadequate state budget deserves veto

(Jun 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the spending plan passed Saturday largely along party lines in the state House fails on measures crucial to Pennsylvanians – education funding and property tax relief. “Pennsylvanians want a state budget that makes education a priority while providing statewide property tax relief,” Snyder said. “The proposal passed Saturday repeats the last four years of failed strategies. It deserves an immediate veto.” Snyder said House Democrats were not included in the formulation of the spending plan that she voted against and Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto. “Pennsylvanians want real property tax relief and education funding that works,” Snyder said. “Yet, this budget fails at both.” Snyder said the plan, which now heads to the state Senate, provides one-quarter of the funding needed to begin restoring cuts to public education. “It also is bereft of property tax relief needed so desperately by the middle class and older Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “I lament the time lost on this partisan attempt, and look forward to sitting down and crafting a serious plan to address the needs of the 50 th Legislative District and all of Pennsylvania.” Read more


Snyder: Panel OKs measure that would extend Lemon Law to motorcycles

(Jun 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG , June 24 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the House Consumer Affairs Committee today unanimously reported out her legislation that would extend the state’s Lemon Law protections to motorcycle buyers. " House Bill 1098 would widen the definition of a ‘new motor vehicle’ to include motorcycles,” said Snyder, a committee member and its Democratic secretary. “Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law protections then would apply to motorcycles.” Under Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law, manufacturers must replace, repurchase or compensate vehicle owners for defects that substantially impair its use, value or safety at no cost to the purchaser. The law applies when the new vehicle cannot be repaired by a manufacturer-authorized dealership after three reasonable attempts. The defect also must occur within one year after delivery, 12,000 miles of use, or the term of the manufacturer’s warranty. "Motorcycle owners deserve these reasonable protections,” Snyder said. “Purchases of new motorcycles involve significant investments by their owners, who often use them as a primary means of transportation.” House Bill 1098 now is ready for consideration by the full House. Read more


House OKs Snyder bill clarifying minors’ consent for health services

(Jun 09, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that the House of Representatives unanimously passed her bill that would clarify when minors’ consent for mental health treatment is needed. Snyder said H.B. 337 would help end the confusion surrounding consent issues, which are causing great pain to families frantic for help and the young people needing mental health examinations and treatments. Read more


Snyder promotes bill to waive background check fees for firefighters

(Jun 08, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder is pushing legislation that would exempt emergency responders from paying fees for state and federal background clearances. Read more


Snyder: Volunteers deserve break on background clearance fees

(Jun 05, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder and first responders from southwestern Pennsylvania hold a news conference to support House Bill 1081, which would ease the burden of the $47.50 in combined state and federal clearance fees on firefighters and emergency services providers. Read more


State grant to enable Brownsville senior housing project to start

(May 26, 2015)

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency approved $750,000 in funding and $692,279 in tax credits to launch the Brownsville Senior Housing Project. The project features rehabilitation and new construction at 5 Market St. to include 24 affordable, senior housing apartments augmented by first-floor retail outlets and 17 parking spaces. Read more


Snyder praises Governor Wolf’s nomination for PUC

(May 18, 2015)

HARRISBURG , May 18 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today issued the following statement on Gov. Tom Wolf’s nomination of Andrew Place to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission: "The governor made an excellent choice by nominating Andrew Place to the PUC. Andrew will bring a wealth of experience with energy issues to the commission. Coming from the natural gas industry, he will ensure that the commonwealth’s energy resources continue to benefit all Pennsylvanians. As a Greene County farmer, Andrew provides a unique perspective while making sure that the concerns of southwestern Pennsylvania will be taken into consideration." ### Read more