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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

 

My bill to unfetter farm stands, fresh produce advances;

(Mar 14, 2016)

The House Transportation Committee today OK’d my legislation that would exempt signs for farm markets and fresh produce from PennDOT permit and fee requirements. I understand the need for restraint for signage, and my House Bill 1561 would still allow PennDOT to set specifications regarding size, number and proximity in the rights-of-way. However, family farming is an important facet of Pennsylvania’s economy, and exempting smaller-scale signs notifying consumers of the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables would not upset the regulatory apple cart, so to speak. I had the legislation drafted after a local family farm notified me that it was directed to remove its signs along a state route. H.B. 1561 would not affect sign regulations along highways receiving federal funding. The legislation is now available for consideration by the full House. Jefferson-Morgan’s Teasdale and Bowlen shine at wrestling championships 10 from region compete at PIAA tourney in Hershey Congratulations to Jefferson-Morgan High School wrestlers Gavin Teasdale and Bill Bowlen for their sterling accomplishments at the PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships at Hershey. Teasdale captured his second straight state championship, storming through the 113-pound division by scoring technical falls in every match. The sophomore remains undefeated in his high school wrestling career. Bowlen won the silver medal in the 195-pound division, registering two pins along Read more

 

Help with property tax,rent rebates coming to your neighborhood; new law restores tax exemption for active-duty military service

(Mar 08, 2016)

My staff and I are hitting the road in March and April to help eligible residents file for property tax and rent rebates. We’ll be holding free, two-hour sessions scheduled throughout the district to boost participation and help ensure that eligible citizens receive their rebates. My staff is very experienced with the application process. The sessions are set for 10 a.m. to noon at the following dates and locations: March 8 at Bobtown Senior Center; March 9 at Mt. Morris Senior Center; March 10 at Waynesburg Senior Center; March 17 at Carmichaels Senior Center; March 21 at Beth-Center Senior Center; March 24 at West Greene Senior Center; March 30 at Jefferson Senior Center; March 31 at Monongahela Township Community Center; and April 7 at Masontown Senior Center. The Property Tax/Rent 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. However, half of Social Security income is excluded, and no one is disqualified solely because of Social Security cost-of-living-adjustments. Applicants should bring their 2015 income information as well as paid tax receipts or a completed rent certificate. We have rent certificate forms at my district offices in Carmichaels, Brownsville and Waynesburg . Please call my Carmichaels office at Read more

 

Volunteers sought for statewide cleanup; Local Mentored Youth Fishing day on April 9

(Feb 26, 2016)

The state Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania that begins March 1 and runs through May 31. Interested individuals can find a listing of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup and other information about the effort online at www.gacofpa.org . Groups interested in adopting a section of highway are encouraged to contact the local PennDOT County Maintenance office and ask for the AAH coordinator, or visit www.penndot.gov under “ About us .” Groups interested in adopting a locally maintained road, contact Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful online and look under “Keep It.” During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 6 million pounds of litter were collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines by more than 128,000 volunteers. Gloves, trash bags and safety vests are provided by PennDOT, DEP and the GLAD Products Co., a national sponsor of Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. More information is available by clicking here . Local Mentored Youth Fishing Day on April 9 As we get closer to warm weather, anglers will be dusting off their fishing poles and tackle boxes, and preparing to hit their favorite stream, river or lake. It also means that we’re drawing nearer to our region’s Mentored Youth Trout Day, which will be held April 9. Mentored Youth Trout Days aim to get more Read more

 

Online voter registration and changes available

(Feb 25, 2016)

Pennsylvania has now accepted more than 100,000 new and updated voter registrations online. March 28 is the deadline to register or make changes such as name, address or party to your registration before the primary election on April 26. You can access online voter registration here . Once you submit your online registration application, you will receive an application number. If you provided an email address, this application number will also be emailed to you. This number will allow you to track the application status through the " Find Voter Application Status " application. The county voter registration office will mail your voter registration card to your residence. Please contact the county voter registration office to check on the status of your application if you do not receive your voter registration card within 14 days. Read more

 

Free enrollment offered for tuition-savings plan during America Saves Week; Property tax relief through homestead exemption

(Feb 19, 2016)

The state Treasurer’s Office is joining organizations from across the country to highlight the importance of building wealth, not debt, during America Saves Week , which begins Monday, Feb. 22. The office has teamed with industry professionals to offer five, free online webinars that address all aspects of saving – such as saving for a large purchase, planning for retirement and setting realistic savings goals. Please click here to register for any of the sessions, which are scheduled for noon Monday through Friday next week. Tuesday’s session will highlight the PA 529 College Savings Program, a tax-smart way to save for higher education. As an added incentive to boost savings, the Treasurer's Office is offering free enrollment in the PA 529 Guaranteed Savings Plan – a $50 savings – when you use the enrollment code ASW2016 . Go to PA529.com or call 800-440-4000 to learn more about the PA 529 College Savings Program. Contributions to PA 529 plans are deductible from Pennsylvania income taxes, grow tax free, and, when used for qualified educational expenses, are federal and state tax-exempt. Both the Guaranteed Savings Plan and the Investment Plan , in which returns are based on financial market performance, provide flexibility to pay for higher education expenses at most higher education institutions across the country. Property tax relief through homestead exclusion Please be aware that March 1 is the deadline to apply 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

 

House votes to investigate attorney general

(Feb 12, 2016)

This week, the House voted to authorize the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the conduct of Attorney General Kathleen Kane and determine whether she should be subject to impeachment. House Resolution 659 , adopted 170-12, directs the committee's Subcommittee on Courts to investigate Kane's conduct and make recommendations to the committee. The subcommittee will take testimony, review documents, and subpoena and interview witnesses during the course of its investigation. I think many people share my concern about the conduct of the attorney general. Adoption of H.R. 659 is just the first step in the impeachment process under the Pennsylvania Constitution. Depending on the subcommittee's findings, another House resolution would be needed to formally file one or more counts of impeachment, which then would have to be approved by the House. If adopted, the Senate would conduct the trial, and a two-thirds vote for conviction would be required for removal. The last impeachment occurred in 1994 when the House impeached Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen, who was removed from the court after the Senate convicted him. 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

 

Trout stocking schedules now available online; Heating assistance available through April 1

(Feb 02, 2016)

If you have a double dose of cabin and fishin’ fever, this year’s trout stocking schedules are available online. My offices will carry the printed schedules once they become available, but if you’re itching to plot your angling tactics now, you can visit fishandboat.com , click on the link for Trout Stocking Schedules, select a county and press “Go.” The statewide regular opening day of trout season is April 16. Please click here for more information about trout season, stocking information and waterways from the state Fish and Boat Commission. Heating assistance available through April 1 Even though Punxsutawney Phil predicts just three more weeks of winter weather, it’s a safe bet that some cold days and nights remain. Less than 60 days remain to apply for home heating assistance through LIHEAP, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. LIHEAP applications will be accepted through April 1. LIHEAP helps low-income families -- both renters and homeowners -- pay their heating bills and deal with such heating emergencies as a broken furnace, fuel shortage or utility service shutoff. Online applications can be completed by visiting www.compass.state.pa.us . Paper applications are still available through my offices as well as county assistance offices . Information and applications also are available from the state Department of Human 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

 

Grant awarded for re-employment help; Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms arrive; and staying alert for tax-related identity theft

(Jan 27, 2016)

A $2 million grant has been awarded to provide re-employment assistance for about 1,100 workers affected by layoffs in southwestern Pennsylvania’s coal industry. The federal grant will be sent to the workforce development boards for the Southwest Corner , which includes Greene and Washington counties, Westmoreland/Fayette and the Southern Alleghenies. According to the state Department of Labor and Industry and Gov. Tom Wolf, who announced the grant award, the boards will develop individual employment plans for workers who fit grant requirements. Depending on the recipient, plans could include immediate re-employment in a similar position or training for a different, high-quality position. Please click here to read the announcement. Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, help available Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program applications for the 2015 tax year are now available at my offices in Carmichaels, Brownsville and Waynesburg – and my staff is ready to help you file yours for free ! Applications are also available online at www.revenue.pa.gov or by calling 1-888-222-9190. 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 Read more

 

Potentially severe storm forecast; Winter 2016 newsletter available online

(Jan 21, 2016)

Winter weather seems determined to strike the region this weekend, and it is always prudent to take precautions. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Friday afternoon through early Sunday with the potential of 7 or more inches of snow with more possible in higher elevations. Wind also will be a factor. The ReadyPA campaign encourages citizens to take three basic steps before an emergency occurs: Be Informed, Be Prepared, Be Involved . More detailed information, including free downloadable emergency home and car kit checklists and emergency plan templates, is available online at www.ReadyPA.org . The state Department of Agriculture’s recommendations for protecting pets and livestock are available by clicking here . The Penn State Extension also posts winter awareness information . Winter 2016 newsletter is available online My latest newsletter is available by clicking here or on the icon of the newsletter seen at the left. The Winter 2016 edition includes updates on my efforts to fight for Pennsylvania’s coal communities and legislation I am spearheading, as well as the budget travails in Harrisburg. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to view the newsletter, so you can learn more about my efforts to represent you effectively both around the district and in Harrisburg. 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 votes to end protracted 2015-16 budget stalemate
Mar 16, 2016

My bill to unfetter farm stands, fresh produce advances;
Mar 14, 2016

Help with property tax,rent rebates coming to your neighborhood; new law restores tax exemption for active-duty military service
Mar 08, 2016

Volunteers sought for statewide cleanup; Local Mentored Youth Fishing day on April 9
Feb 26, 2016

Online voter registration and changes available
Feb 25, 2016

Free enrollment offered for tuition-savings plan during America Saves Week; Property tax relief through homestead exemption
Feb 19, 2016

Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms available at my office
Feb 15, 2016

House votes to investigate attorney general
Feb 12, 2016

PACE prescription programs benefit seniors
Feb 10, 2016

Trout stocking schedules now available online; Heating assistance available through April 1
Feb 02, 2016

CHIP offers kids protection and parents peace of mind
Jan 29, 2016

Grant awarded for re-employment help; Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms arrive; and staying alert for tax-related identity theft
Jan 27, 2016

Potentially severe storm forecast; Winter 2016 newsletter available online
Jan 21, 2016

Pa. Treasury could be holding your unclaimed property
Jan 01, 2016

PA Power Switch: Ask the right questions
Dec 30, 2015

Snyder: Schools nearing breaking point, need budget compromise
Dec 29, 2015

Snyder: DEP probe finds no radiation danger in Tenmile Creek HARRISBURG
Dec 17, 2015

Snyder: We're Ready to Work
Dec 11, 2015

Snyder pleads for work, compromise on budget
Dec 11, 2015

Snyder Fights To Keep Children Healthy With CHIP
Dec 01, 2015