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COVID-19 support for PA business

(Apr 03, 2020)

COVID-related business information Read more

 

Coronavirus information and resources

(Apr 02, 2020)

We are certainly living in unprecedented times, but we will get through this together as a community.My goal is to provide you with valuable resources and information to help you and keep you informed. Read more

 

Ciresi and Snyder sponsor $50M grant program for ultra-small businesses impacted by COVID-19

(Mar 31, 2020)

HARRISBURG, MARCH 31 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, today announced that they will be introducing a bill that would offer grants to ultra-small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The bill would create a $50 million grant program for businesses making no more than $3 million per year or employing up to 30 full-time employees. “Small businesses are the backbone of many of our communities," Ciresi said. "It is essential that the Commonwealth go beyond loans and put extra support toward ensuring that they can continue to thrive once life returns to normal. We cannot forget about our small business owners and their hardworking employees, just as we have not forgotten our largest corporations.” “These small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and we know there are thousands of Pennsylvania small business owners who have been hit especially hard by the economic downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Snyder said. “We need to do all we can to protect and support these businesses, and I look forward to working with Representative Ciresi to do just that by creating this special grant program.” On March 25, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Read more

 

Fill out the 2020 census!

(Mar 30, 2020)

In Pennsylvania, everyone counts and April 1 is National Census Day! If you haven’t already, don't forget to fill out your census form. Our population count determines our voice in government and how much federal funding we’ll receive for education, health care, transportation and more. Whether you respond online, mail or by phone , participate and help shape PA’s future. Your responses are anonymous and protected by law. To learn more, visit pa.gov/census #PAcounts #2020Census Read more

 

Snyder: Bill would create new volunteer fire, EMS crisis grants

(Mar 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, today officially introduced a measure to provide immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies. Snyder said House Bill 2374 would establish a one-time program to provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company in Pennsylvania, once approved by the Office of the State Fire Commissioner and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund, which has been used to balance the state budgets in 2014 and 2016, she added. “Every day, our brave men and women are putting their lives on the line to help us stay safe and assist those in need, especially now during these uncertain times with the current COVID-19 pandemic,” Snyder said. “They aren’t able to conduct their normal fundraising activities, and that’s why this grant program is so vital to help them stay afloat and answer the call.” Snyder added her bill has more than 30 co-sponsors and she anticipates the House will move quickly to consider it. For statewide and regional resources and information on COVID-19, residents can visit the following link: https://www.pahouse.net/snyder/News/?id=113189 . Read more

 

Snyder plans to introduce bill to create one-time crisis grant program to assist volunteer fire, EMS companies

(Mar 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 27 – Recognizing their need for support during the current COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Pam Snyder today announced upcoming legislation to provide immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies. Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, said her bill would establish the creation of a one-time grant program, approved by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, that would provide automatic crisis grants to each fire and EMS company. These grants would be funded by a one-time transfer of $30 million from the Volunteer Companies Loan Fund, a fund Snyder said has been used to balance the state budgets in 2014 and 2016. “These men and women put their lives on the line each and every day, especially now with the coronavirus pandemic affecting our state,” Snyder said. “At the same time, these same companies are unable to conduct regular fundraising efforts to stay active. My bill would provide this one-time vital assistance to help these first responders keep answering the call for help.” For more information, including resources and additional information on state and regional COVID-19 resources, please visit the following link: https://www.pahouse.net/snyder/News/?id=113189 Read more

 

Snyder applauds bipartisan efforts to purchase vital medical equipment, supplies for hospitals and emergency workers statewide

(Mar 26, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Up to $50 million in state funds will be used to obtain vital healthcare supplies for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Fayette/Greene/Washington, said this action comes following the passage of H.B. 1232 in the House and Senate this week. The bill provides for $50 million in state funds to be deposited into a special restricted account under the governor’s jurisdiction. Snyder said the funds would only be used if there are insufficient funds available for medical equipment and supplies for healthcare entities, including hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services . Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to sign the bill tomorrow. “We are living through an unprecedented time here in our state and doing all we can to provide our healthcare workers and emergency personnel with the life-saving equipment and resources is paramount,” Snyder said. “I’m pleased the House and Senate worked together -- many doing so remotely -- to get this measure passed and to the governor’s desk quickly. Our healthcare workers need our help, now more than ever, through this pandemic.” Snyder also applauded the announcement of $60 million in small business loans through the COVID-19 Capital Working Access Program , which is designed to help thousands of small businesses impacted by the pandemic get the Read more

 

Coronavirus updates and important information

(Mar 26, 2020)

Since my last update to you, our state has certainly been ravaged by the current COVID-19 pandemic Read more

 

Snyder applauds passage of bill to assist school districts due to COVID-19 pandemic

(Mar 25, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 25 – State Rep. Pam Snyder today lauded the unanimous passage of a measure that would allow the Pennsylvania Department of Education to make changes statewide for all schools for the current school year, including removing the mandate for 180 days of instruction. In addition, Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said S.B. 751 would ensure school employees who are regularly employed as of March 13, 2020 would continue to receive regular pay and that their retirement be protected. The measure would also guarantee school cleaning staff who are responsible for deep cleaning school facilities are provided with CDC-recommended cleaning equipment and supplies. “We are living through an unprecedented situation right now due to this pandemic, and I’m pleased this bill is moving forward to help our school districts,” said Snyder. “It gives them the flexibility they need to provide alternative instruction for students, while also providing additional authority to waive other requirements, with the ultimate goal of ensuring all of our children continue to receive some form of education during this time.” The bill would also require specific notification to be provided to parents of special education students to allow them to receive some form of instruction. It now heads back to the Senate for further consideration. Read more

 

COVID-19 Helpful Resources

(Mar 23, 2020)

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead. Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources. State Services and Resources The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/ For individuals : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals For families : https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies For businesses : https://dced.pa.gov/resources COVID Support for PA Businesses : The following provides information and and links to federal, state, local and private resources. https://www.pahouse.com/News/?id=113388 https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities The following link provides you with information on what steps Pennsylvania utilities have taken to assist customers, including a moratorium on shutoffs for all regulated utilities: https://pahouse.com/News/?id=113134 Sign Up for PA Alerts Sign up for emergency and weather alerts, health notifications, building alerts and other Read more

 

Snyder: Coal mining operations allowed to continue

(Mar 20, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 20 – Coal mining operations will be allowed to continue under an update announced by Gov. Tom Wolf today, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced. Snyder said following yesterday’s order from Wolf that mandated the closure of non-life sustaining companies, which initially included coal mining operations, she has been in constant contact with representatives from the governor’s office, members of the United Mine Workers of America and coal mining company officials. “It’s imperative that our coal operations continue – they are a vital part of keeping our energy grid running as it should, especially during this current pandemic situation,” Snyder said. “I applaud Governor Wolf and members of his team who have been willing to work with us to keep these and other vital energy-producing businesses fully operational. To shut down operations, even temporarily, would be devastating on so many levels, and I am thankful that a shutdown isn’t happening.” Snyder added any business that wants to apply for a waiver from the closure order can do so by using the following email address: RA-dcexemption@pa.gov . Businesses that have questions as to whether they need to close can contact the state Department of Community and Economic Development by email at RA-dcedcs@pa.gov . Read more

 

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 18 – Following the announcement that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would be halting all eviction notices, multiple House Democrats, who earlier in the day requested this halt, issued the following statement: “We’re extremely appreciative to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for showing judicious leadership in halting all evictions statewide through at least April 3 and possibly beyond depending on the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we continually urge Pennsylvanians to stay home out of great concern for their personal health as well as the health of their community, it’s unconscionable that they could still be evicted and thrown into a world of instability when stability is what they need most. This halting of evictions doesn’t only help the homeowner or lessee, it helps the entire community. “Far too many people are living paycheck to paycheck and now face the real situation of being out of work for an extended period of time. Ensuring they have a roof over their heads for the foreseeable future isn’t simply the right thing to do, it’s the moral thing to do.” The following House Democratic legislators signed on to a letter, which can be viewed here, requesting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court halt all eviction proceedings: Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Democratic Whip Jordan Harris, D-Phila. State Rep. Mary Isaacson, D-Phila. State Read more

 

Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions

(Mar 18, 2020)

Letter to Chief Justice Saylor asking to expand a directive in Pennsylvania to include all foreclosures and evictions, beyond those processed through HUD. Read more

 

COVID-19 mitigation resources and information

(Mar 18, 2020)

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is highly contagious and can create life-threatening health problems for some Pennsylvanians. This email update will include a variety of resources and information to help keep you and your family safe and up to date. Read more

 

Snyder: School officials upset with lack of information from Pa. Department of Education regarding COVID-19

(Mar 13, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, March 13 – Today, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, is asking that Pennsylvania Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera provide vital information for school districts in light of COVID-19 concerns. Snyder said superintendents, who took part in a conference call with Rivera earlier today, have notified her of their anger and frustration with the lack of information and flexibility provided to school districts to help them make informed decisions regarding their schools. “School superintendents were told today on this conference call they would get no relief from the 180 days of instruction and that each district would have to make its own decision as to whether to keep schools open or closed,” Snyder said. “This is beyond irresponsible, because they need vital information and guidance to make the best decision for their schools. I am asking that Secretary Rivera and Governor Wolf issue a mandate that all schools across Pennsylvania close for two weeks to help mitigate the virus’s spread.” Updated information on COVID-19, including state and national updates and prevention tips, can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov . Read more

 

Coronavirus updates, watch your speed and more!

(Mar 13, 2020)

I want to provide you a brief update on COVID-19, also commonly referred to as the coronavirus, from the PA Department of Health. Read more

 

Snyder: Visits at state prisons on hold due to COVID-19 concerns

(Mar 12, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 12 – Calling it the only viable decision that could be made, state Rep. Pam Snyder said putting a halt on visitations in state prisons until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, was the right thing to do. Snyder, whose district includes two state correctional facilities, said such a move will protect corrections officers, staff members and prisoners from possibly contracting the virus from friends and family, who often travel long distances to visit, and will also help curb the virus’s spread statewide. “I am pleased that the Department of Corrections took my concerns, as well as those from the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association seriously,” said Snyder. “These hardworking men and women already put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe. These are responsible, proactive steps to ensure staff can go home each day without having to fear spreading this virus to their friends and loved ones.” Snyder added that information on COVID-19, including state and national updates and prevention tips, can be found by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov . Read more

 

Snyder: Fayette County awarded funds to purchase body cameras for deputy sheriffs

(Mar 11, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 11 – Nearly $12,000 has been awarded to Fayette County to use toward the purchase of body worn cameras for its deputy sheriffs, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said $11,950 in federal funds, distributed through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, will be used to purchase 10 of the cameras. “Our deputy sheriffs handle a variety of tasks, many of which have the same serious risk factors as those handled by state or municipal police officers,” Snyder said. “Having these cameras will be vital to keeping them safe, while also providing valuable evidence and accountability.” Fayette is one of two counties in Pennsylvania that were awarded the funds at PCCD’s quarterly commission meeting today. PCCD is the state’s lead agency for criminal justice policy issues, providing support services to law enforcement agencies, victims of crime and communities. More information about PCCD can be found at the following link: www.pccd.pa.gov . Read more

 

Snyder: Nearly $238,000 investment made to assist young people with vital work experience for high-demand careers

(Mar 05, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 5 – The Southwest Corner Workforce Development and Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development boards were awarded $237,900 to provide summer internships through the State/Local Internship Program, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said that the grants, awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and funded through the federal Workforce Innovative and Opportunity Act, will help young adults gain vital workforce skills by providing them with their first work experience. The Southwest Corner Workforce Development Board, which includes Greene, Washington and Beaver counties, received $103,040 in funding, and the Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development Board received $134,860. “This is a win-win for our region, as it will give valuable workforce experience to young people who need to succeed in our ever-changing economy,” Snyder said. “Local employers also will benefit from a career-ready pool of potential employees who are ready for successful, rewarding careers.” The 2020 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 1 and Aug. 28, offering wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for people between the ages of 16 and 24. More information on SLIP can be found at the following link: https://www.dli.pa.gov/Businesses/Workforce-Development/grants/Pages/default.aspx Read more

 

Snyder: Greene County Historical Society awarded state museum grant

(Mar 04, 2020)

HARRISBURG, March 4 – The Greene County Historical Society has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced today. Snyder said these grants are used to provide general operating support to historical societies and state museums that are not receiving direct support by other state agency operating support programs. “Preserving our history, including artifacts and stories of our past, is so important in educating our current and future generations,” Snyder said. “The Greene County Historical Society plays an integral part in keeping our communities connected through that shared history and making these type of investments ensures it can continue to educate and engage residents and visitors alike.” The grants are awarded under the PHMC’s Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program. More information can be found at the following link: https://www.phmc.pa.gov/Preservation/Grants-Funding/Pages/Museum-Support.aspx Read more

 

COVID-19 support for PA business
Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus information and resources
Apr 02, 2020

Ciresi and Snyder sponsor $50M grant program for ultra-small businesses impacted by COVID-19
Mar 31, 2020

Fill out the 2020 census!
Mar 30, 2020

Snyder: Bill would create new volunteer fire, EMS crisis grants
Mar 28, 2020

Snyder plans to introduce bill to create one-time crisis grant program to assist volunteer fire, EMS companies
Mar 27, 2020

Snyder applauds bipartisan efforts to purchase vital medical equipment, supplies for hospitals and emergency workers statewide
Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus updates and important information
Mar 26, 2020

Snyder applauds passage of bill to assist school districts due to COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19 Helpful Resources
Mar 23, 2020

Snyder: Coal mining operations allowed to continue
Mar 20, 2020

Democratic legislators applaud state Supreme Court decision to halt evictions
Mar 18, 2020

Letter to Justice Saylor asking to suspend evictions
Mar 18, 2020

COVID-19 mitigation resources and information
Mar 18, 2020

Snyder: School officials upset with lack of information from Pa. Department of Education regarding COVID-19
Mar 13, 2020

Coronavirus updates, watch your speed and more!
Mar 13, 2020

Snyder: Visits at state prisons on hold due to COVID-19 concerns
Mar 12, 2020

Snyder: Fayette County awarded funds to purchase body cameras for deputy sheriffs
Mar 11, 2020

Snyder: Nearly $238,000 investment made to assist young people with vital work experience for high-demand careers
Mar 05, 2020

Snyder: Greene County Historical Society awarded state museum grant
Mar 04, 2020