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Snyder announces 2019 office hours, locations in effect Jan. 1

Grants to support university, a reminder to military members, and more!

(Aug 08, 2019)

Great news! Waynesburg University and EverGreene Technology Park are the recipients of $2.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funds. Read more

 

Snyder: $2.5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding awarded to two entities in 50th Legislative District

(Aug 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, Aug. 1 – A Greene County technology park and Waynesburg University are the recipients of $2.5 million in state grants through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said Waynesburg University will receive $1 million in RACP funds for upgrades to its state-of-the-art nursing program in its Stewart Sciences building. In addition, $1.5 million in RACP funds will be awarded to the EverGreene Technology Park to be used to create EverGreene Technology Park II and provide additional jobs in the county. “These are wise investments to support our local community’s economic development and growth, and better prepare nursing program students at Waynesburg University with the vital clinical experience they need for a successful career,” Snyder said. RACP is administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Read more

 

Protecting our corrections and parole officers, grant opportunity and more!

(Aug 01, 2019)

Speaking out in support of the men and women who work in our state prisons and our parole officers. Read more

 

Snyder announces grant opportunities for small businesses, farmers

(Jul 31, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 31 – Small businesses and farmers are encouraged to apply for state grant funding that can be used for energy efficiency, pollution prevention and natural resource protection projects, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said grant funding of $1 million is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to encourage small businesses and farms to utilize “green” technology and become more energy efficient, while also reducing operating costs. “I encourage these businesses and farmers to apply, because it allows them to make vital improvements that boost efficiency and cut operating expenses, while at the same time helping to protect the environment,” Snyder said. “This funding can be used for a variety of projects, including HVAC and boiler upgrades, installation of solar-powered or high-efficiency lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.” In addition, funding is also available for natural resource protection projects, including streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams and agricultural stormwater systems to reduce sediment in waterways. Small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible, and the project to be funded must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution-related expenses. Read more

 

Supporting our unions, pet safety and more!

(Jul 25, 2019)

Proud to support our unions and workers! Read more

 

Protecting yourself from ticks, celebrating Ice Cream month and more!

(Jul 18, 2019)

Protect yourself from ticks this summer! Read more

 

Snyder: Nearly $1 million in funding awarded to Greene County to provide, expand affordable housing options

(Jul 11, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 11 – Greene County will receive $900,000 in funds to expand the availability of affordable housing options through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. “Everyone deserves a place to call home, and these funds will help Greene County residents in a variety of ways, from rental or utility payment assistance, to a down payment or closing costs for a new home,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “Communities can also use these funds to rehabilitate and remediate abandoned properties.” PHARE funding was awarded to the Greene County Redevelopment Authority for two projects: the Greene County Home Purchase Fund Program ($100,000) and to the Nineveh Heights program ($800,000). PHARE program funding comes from a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in Pennsylvania to address the housing shortages caused by the impact of drilling. Those funds are supplemented with two additional funding sources, including a portion of the realty transfer tax and money from the National Housing Trust Fund. For more information, please visit the following link: https://www.phfa.org/legislation/act105.aspx . Read more

 

Summer safety, PTRR reminder and more!

(Jul 11, 2019)

Summer safety tips and more Read more

 

PA Farm Bill signs into law, upcoming PennDOT job fairs and more!

(Jul 03, 2019)

Happy July 4th! Read more

 

Snyder: PA Farm Bill package signed into law

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – The PA Farm Bill, a $24 million comprehensive investment into the state’s agriculture industry, was signed into law today by Gov. Tom Wolf, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, a prime sponsor of H.B. 1520 , which will create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors, said the PA Farm Bill will set our state on a course for a bright, prosperous agriculture future. “Agriculture is our number one industry, and the PA Farm Bill will allow us to support our farmers in several ways, including business development, the expansion of job opportunities, and provide them with additional resources to promote our products through the PA Preferred program,” Snyder said. “I am very pleased that the PA Farm Bill will help our farmers now and for generations to come.” Additional measures in the PA Farm Bill include: the creation of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming and cultivation of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops, honey and hardwoods. the development of a $2 million Agriculture Business Development Center to support business planning and related services for farmers. the establishment of the PA Farm to School Grant Program to support increased nutrition and agriculture education. a $4 million Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account to provide quick responses Read more

 

Snyder: Budget agreement is a win for the people of Pa.

(Jul 01, 2019)

HARRISBURG, July 1 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, provided the following statement regarding the official passage and signing of the 2019-2020 state budget by the governor: “I voted in favor of a budget that includes no new taxes, funding to support trade education and increases in basic education funding for school districts across Pennsylvania. In addition, this budget agreement also puts $300 million into the state’s Rainy Day Fund.” “I’m also pleased that the human services code bill was approved, which included specific language to prohibit the state Department of Human Services from enacting a plan that would mandate shared ride services for Medical Assistance recipients go through a statewide or regional vendor. Instead, a study will be commissioned to analyze the impact such a mandate could have on the thousands of Pennsylvanians who rely on this service, and it will also study other state non-emergency transportation models and related services. A ‘one size fits all’ approach to providing this transportation cannot and will not work, and I am confident we will come up with a viable solution.” “While each budget season can certainly pose its challenges, we have delivered a solid, responsible and comprehensive budget which sets us on a strong path for future growth and prosperity.” Read more

 

Broadband, budget and more!

(Jun 27, 2019)

Budget and broadband effort updates Read more

 

Snyder announces passage of broadband bill

(Jun 20, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 20 – A bill to direct the state to take inventory of communications assets with the goal of providing broadband access to areas of the commonwealth without reliable service passed unanimously in the House today, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington announced. “All Pennsylvanians, whether they live in an urban or rural area, should have access to reliable and affordable broadband service. It will allow more of our residents to have access to telemedicine, to take online courses, and to help our agriculture sector better compete,” Snyder said. “I’ve been advocating for expanded broadband service for three years, and I am pleased that House Bill 305 is moving forward." The bill would require the state Department of General Services to conduct a thorough inventory of all state department, agency, commission or institution-owned communication towers, poles, bridges and facilities to leverage existing assets to provide access to areas without broadband service. Snyder said two additional measures related to broadband access are pending further action. House Resolution 63 , which would direct the Joint State Government Commission to conduct an audit of – and investigation into – the compliance by non-rural telecommunications carriers with previously enacted broadband telecommunications laws, is in the Consumer Affairs Committee. House Resolution 64 , which would establish a bipartisan, Read more

 

Pa Farm Bill passes!

(Jun 20, 2019)

PA Farm Bill, celebrating women's right to vote, and more! Read more

 

Snyder announces passage of bill included in PA Farm Bill package

(Jun 18, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 18 – Calling it a win/win for farmers and a boost to the state’s agriculture industry, state Rep. Pam Snyder today applauded the passage of her measure, included in the bipartisan PA Farm Bill package , that would help new and small meat processors in Pennsylvania. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 1520 would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small and new processors and also subsidize the first-time purchase of meat processing equipment needed for federal compliance. “The PA Farm Bill package is the first of its kind in our state’s history to support and invest in one of our state’s top industries and will provide the necessary resources to ensure its strong and vibrant future for years to come,” Snyder said. “This $24 million investment will be used to assist farmers in a number of ways, including business development, disaster response resources, and expanding our state’s very successful PA Preferred program.” The additional bills in the PA Farm Bill package include the creation of a grant program to improve childhood nutrition and the establishment of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops and hardwoods. House Bill 1520, along with the additional measures contained in the PA Farm Bill package, now heads to state Senate for Read more

 

Broadband efforts moving forward

(Jun 13, 2019)

Broadband updates, property tax relief efforts, and more! Read more

 

Snyder: Bipartisan bill would enable school districts to exclude property taxes

(Jun 10, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – A bipartisan measure that would establish a property tax reform program enabling school districts to exclude up to 100 percent of a homeowner’s school property tax bill has been introduced, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Partnering with state Reps. Marcia Hahn, R-Northampton, and Rosemary M. Brown, R-Monroe/Pike, Snyder said the bill would provide for the elimination of owner-occupied residential school property taxes via the homestead and farmland exclusion, also known as the property tax relief program. The measure would increase the state’s personal income tax by 1.8%. That increase – from 3.07% to 4.87% – represents the amount needed to offset the property tax exemption, Snyder added. “I hear from seniors and homeowners regularly about this property tax burden and how unfair and costly it is to them,” Snyder said. “We realize that school districts need adequate funding to operate, but not on the backs of taxpayers, including first-time home buyers and family farms. The personal income tax is considered one of the more stable taxes levied in our state, and this will ensure districts will have the necessary funding for their schools. “We’ve also seen how property taxes can fluctuate, due to economic downturns over the past few years, and we believe this measure is a viable solution for both taxpayers and school districts Read more

 

Proud to support coal!

(Jun 06, 2019)

Proud to support coal, broadband updates and more! Read more

 

Snyder: Farm Bill package will ensure a strong agriculture future for Pa.

(Jun 06, 2019)

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Supporting Pennsylvania’s farmers and ensuring a strong agriculture future are the primary goals behind a comprehensive package of bills supported by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. Snyder said the PA Farm Bill is the first of its kind in the state’s history and would invest more than $24 million in the state’s agriculture industry, providing opportunities and resources to expand animal agriculture, remove regulatory burdens, implement disaster response resources, and increase marketing opportunities for Pennsylvania-grown products. “It’s no secret that our great state is a leader in agriculture: whether it’s food, dairy or meat, we are among the cream of the crop,” Snyder said. “It’s important that we continue to be proactive in supporting this great industry, but also ensure there are vital supports in place to ensure its strong future.” Snyder is the prime sponsor of H.B. 1520 , which is included in the PA Farm Bill package, and would create a grant program to reimburse federal meat inspection costs for small or new processors. Additional bills in the package include the creation of an agriculture business development center to assist farmers, expansion of the PA Preferred program, and the establishment of a state-level specialty crop block grant program to encourage the farming of high-priority crops, such as hemp, hops and Read more

 

Expanding broadband- join the discussion!

(May 30, 2019)

Broadband, infrastructure, and more! Read more