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Snyder announces $403K to help local homeless families, individuals

(Jul 13, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, July 13 – Domestic Violence Services of SWPA was awarded approximately $403,000 to assist local homeless families and individuals and prevent future homelessness, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the funds are the first of two allocations of Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act funding distributed through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. “Everyone deserves a place they can call home, and these funds are vital in providing immediate help to our residents who have lost their homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” Snyder said. Domestic Violence Services of SWPA will distribute funding to Greene, Fayette and Washington counties. Approximately $19 million in funds will be distributed statewide, with most of the funds to be targeted toward homelessness prevention efforts. The remaining funds will be used to provide immediate shelter, including emergency shelter services and outreach. More information can be found at the following link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-cares-act-esg-cv/ . Read more

 

No to RGGI, good news for Fayette County township and more!

(Jul 09, 2020)

This week, I spoke up in favor of a bill that would require legislative approval before the state could enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.Let me be clear: joining RGGI would be devastating and lead to the loss of thousands of energy jobs in Southwest Pennsylvania, not to mention higher electric bills and severe economic impacts in our communities. Read more

 

Snyder: Fayette County township awarded infrastructure funds from USDA

(Jul 08, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, July 8 – Redstone Township in Fayette County has received a federal grant to provide vital sewer upgrades to nearly 500 homes, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the township was awarded approximately $13.72 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to construct sewer lines, four pump stations and expansions to the township’s existing sewage treatment plant to serve approximately 460 homes. “These sewer upgrades will truly make a difference in the quality of life for Redstone Township residents,” Snyder said. “I fully support these vital investments in our community and am pleased my office was able to assist the township in these efforts.” “These sewer improvements have been a long time coming to our township, and Representative Snyder and her office helped us from the very beginning,” said Mike Cetera, Redstone Township supervisor. “This is great news for our community, and this project will provide much-needed infrastructure to more of our residents.” Snyder said the township is working with Uniontown-based K2 Engineering on the project, which will provide sewer service to the following communities within Redstone Township: Filbert, Orient, Tower Hill, Thompson, Fairbank and Herbert. Read more

 

Demanding cyber charter school reform, help for small businesses and more!

(Jul 02, 2020)

This week, the Brownsville Area School District’s school board announced they were forced to furlough several teachers and staffers. One of the reasons: the district has had to pay an average of $1 million for the last three school years to cyber charter schools.That made me angry. Read more

 

Snyder demands charter school reform following devastating cuts, furloughs in Brownsville Area School District

(Jul 01, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, July 1 – State Rep. Pam Snyder is urging her colleagues to immediately consider a bill to enact comprehensive cyber charter school reform, following news of a school district in her region that was forced to furlough several teachers and staffers. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Brownsville Area School District announced the furloughs at its school board meeting Monday. While the board said it hopes to rehire as many workers as possible before the beginning of the school year, she said this situation could have been avoided. “Over the past three school years, the Brownsville Area School District has had to pay out $3 million to cyber charter schools, and that’s extremely unfair to students who attend the brick and mortar public schools,” said Snyder. “We’ve known for some time that not only do these cyber charter schools bleed vital funds away from public schools, they also put a financial strain on these districts, causing property taxes to increase. It’s time we enact cyber charter school reform in Pennsylvania.” Snyder supports H.B. 526 , a bipartisan measure that would mandate that if a school district offers its own cyber charter education, but a student opts to go to a different cyber charter school, the student’s parent or guardian would be required to pay tuition. This move would keep property tax funds in the home district where it belongs, Snyder said. Read more

 

Snyder: Small businesses can apply for CARES act funding tomorrow

(Jun 29, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, June 29 – Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can begin to apply for funding through the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program starting tomorrow, June 30, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Westmoreland, said the program will provide $225 million in grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to eligible small businesses to cover operating expenses during the state’s shutdown order and the transition to reopening. The funding can also be used for training and guidance for business owners as they work to reopen their businesses, she added. “Our impacted small businesses are working hard to get back to work and recover, and this funding will be a huge help in that effort,” Snyder said. “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and my office stands ready to help them with any questions or assistance they may need in applying.” Funding will be available through three specific programs: $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the March 2020 order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses, including those businesses that have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations. $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that Read more

 

Help for our dairy farmers, 2020 Census reminder and more!

(Jun 25, 2020)

Local dairy farmers: I wanted to make you aware that the state's Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Dairy Indemnity Program is now open. Read more

 

Snyder: Greene County senior center awarded state grant

(Jun 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 24 – The Carmichaels Activity Center in Greene County is one of 60 senior community centers statewide to receive a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the $10,014 Senior Community Grant will allow the center to use the funds for a variety of projects, including updates to the facility, providing new or enhanced programs and services, or to upgrade technology. "Many of our seniors look forward to returning to activities they enjoyed prior to the pandemic, and this funding will help the Carmichaels Activity Center to continue to enjoy the programs and services tailored to their needs,” Snyder said. Proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery help to fund these annual grants, Snyder added. More information on senior community centers can be found at this link: https://www.aging.pa.gov/local-resources/Pages/Senior-Center.aspx . Read more

 

Broadband survey, business grants information and more!

(Jun 18, 2020)

As you may be aware, I have been working hard for years to bring reliable, affordable broadband to our communities. Read more

 

Snyder: District to receive $5.34 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees

(Jun 17, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Calling it great news for the 50 th Legislative District, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced the district will be receiving $5.34 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees from 2019. “ This is certainly welcome news for our communities and our counties, especially in light of the economic challenges we’ve been facing due to the current pandemic,” said Snyder. “These funds will go a long way to support several valuable highway, water and sewer projects throughout our district.” The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, which is tasked with implementing the collection and distribution of impact fees as required by Act 13 of 2012 , released detailed information on this year’s distribution of impact fees on natural gas producers. More than $200.36 million in 2019 impact fees will be distributed statewide. Of that amount, county and municipal governments directly affected by drilling will receive $109.18 million for the 2019 reporting year. Additionally, $72.19 million will be transferred to the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which provides financial support for environmental, highway, water and sewer projects, rehabilitation of greenways and other projects throughout the state. More information on the impact fee can be found at the following link: https://www.act13-reporting.puc.pa.gov/Modules/PublicReporting/Overview.aspx Read more

 

No to RGGI, honoring our local heroes and more!

(Jun 11, 2020)

I’ve made no secret about my opposition to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. It’s bad news for our region. Locally, we’ve made strides and continue to do so to protect the environment without needing it.I was proud to support H.B. 2025, which specifically outlines the process that the General Assembly has before the state could impose a carbon tax on energy suppliers or join any multi-state program, like RGGI. Read more

 

Snyder: Measure to honor local fallen heroes passes House

(Jun 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, June 10 – A bill that includes designations to honor three local men who died while serving their country and their community passed unanimously in the House today, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 1510 included the following designations in honor of Greene County Sheriff Brian Tennant, Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda of Brownsville, Fayette County, and Cpl. Denny Ray Easter, also from Fayette County: A bridge on S.R. 2003, also known as South Porter Street over the South Fork Tenmile Creek in Waynesburg, Greene County, as the Sheriff Brian A. Tennant Memorial Bridge. Ten years ago, Tennant saved several lives from a house fire and was later elected sheriff in Greene County for two terms. Tennant passed away last year at 35. The interchange of S.R. 43, also known as the Mon-Fayette Expressway, with U.S. Route 40, known as Exit 22, in Redstone Township, Fayette County, as the Pfc. Joseph Frank Duda Memorial Interchange. Duda of Brownsville served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Duda was a member of the 1 st Battalion, 7 th Marines, 3 rd Marine Brigade, and the Fleet Marine Force aboard the USS Fuller. He died in the line of duty on Jan. 9, 1944. The interchange of U.S. Route 40 with S.R. 4035, also known as Market Street and Spring Street in Brownsville, Fayette County, as the Cpl. Denny Ray Easter Memorial Interchange. Easter joined the U.S. Army in 1970 and served Read more

 

SWPA goes green, protecting property owners and more!

(Jun 04, 2020)

I was extremely pleased late last week to announce that our region is among those moving to the green designation, effective at 12:01 on Friday, June 5.We have done our part to flatten the curve and practice safe behaviors, and this designation means we can have more of our businesses safely reopen or expand their operations in a safe and responsible manner. Read more

 

Snyder: Greene, Fayette, Washington counties to move from yellow to green reopening designation

(May 29, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 29 – State Rep. Pam Snyder today announced that Greene, Fayette and Washington counties are among those that will move to the state’s green reopening designation, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 5. “It’s clear that our region has done its part to flatten the curve and practice safe behaviors, and this good news is certainly long overdue,” Snyder said. “No doubt I am extremely pleased with today’s news, because it will allow many of our businesses to resume or expand their operations and get our residents back to work and continue the recovery process.” Counties in the green designation must follow these restrictions: Work-related restrictions: Continued telework is strongly encouraged. Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements. All businesses operating at 50% occupancy in the yellow phase may increase to 75% occupancy. Childcare facilities may open and must comply with state guidelines. Congregate care restrictions are in place. Prison and hospital restrictions to be determined by individual facilities. Schools subject to CDC and state guidance. Social restrictions: Large gatherings of more than 250 persons are prohibited. Restaurants and bars can open at 50% occupancy. Personal care services (including hair salons and barber shops) Read more

 

Snyder: Fiscal Code bill includes funds to protect property owners from higher taxes

(May 29, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 29 – State Rep. Pam Snyder voted in favor of a state Fiscal Code measure that would direct federal funds to protect property owners and ensure vital funding for school districts. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said with casinos being closed, there has been a $300 million loss of revenue for homestead exemption funds that would normally be distributed to school districts. “I made sure that specific wording was included in House Bill 1083 that would use funds from the federal CARES act to provide that funding to school districts to ensure property owners wouldn’t face an enormous tax hike,” Snyder said. “This move protects school districts, property owners and our school students. It’s a win/win for everyone.” House Bill 1083 was signed into law by the governor today. Read more

 

Continuing to work for you and keeping you informed

(May 28, 2020)

The 2020 Census is happening now. It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone, or by mail — all without having to meet a census taker. Read more

 

Snyder: Extremely disappointed in decision by Wolf administration to keep Greene, Fayette, Washington counties in yellow designation

(May 22, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 22 – Greene, Fayette and Washington counties are among those state Rep. Pam Snyder said should have been included in today’s reopening announcement. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said she will continue to push to move the counties to the green reopening designation. “Our communities have done their part and have helped flatten the curve and are practicing safe behaviors, and that includes my district offices,” Snyder said. “While the governor said the state has closely monitored yellow counties for outbreaks, we have had zero outbreaks. This doesn’t make sense. Once again, my residents deserve answers as to why we weren’t included in the counties that have moved to the green designation. Rest assured, I will continue to urge the governor to reconsider today’s decision in southwestern Pennsylvania and move our counties to green.” Earlier this month, Greene, Fayette and Washington counties were among those whose restrictions were lifted from “red” to “yellow” status. Read more

 

Snyder announces grant to assist Greater Washington County Food Bank

(May 21, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 21 – The Greater Washington County Food Bank has been awarded a $22,837 state grant to assist them with equipment costs related to the preparation, transportation and storage of food, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the grant can be used to purchase refrigerated or non-refrigerated box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks or dollies for the food bank. “Our food banks do so much to help our residents in need, including during this current pandemic, and this grant will help them ensure they can properly prepare, store and transport food to ensure nothing goes to waste,” said Snyder. More information on the grant program can be found at this link: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/Recycling/Municipal-Resources/FinancialAssistance/Pages/default.aspx Read more

 

Working for you and Happy Memorial Day!

(May 21, 2020)

For many people, Memorial Day is about family and friends, parades and picnics and some time off to relax and kick off the summer season. I know this year, those celebrations will be different. Read more

 

Information to keep you safe and informed!

(May 14, 2020)

As our area transitions from the red to yellow designation, it’s vital to remember that we still have a responsibility to follow the health guidelines to further curb the spread of COVID-19. Read more

 

Snyder announces $403K to help local homeless families, individuals
Jul 13, 2020

No to RGGI, good news for Fayette County township and more!
Jul 09, 2020

Snyder: Fayette County township awarded infrastructure funds from USDA
Jul 08, 2020

Demanding cyber charter school reform, help for small businesses and more!
Jul 02, 2020

Snyder demands charter school reform following devastating cuts, furloughs in Brownsville Area School District
Jul 01, 2020

Snyder: Small businesses can apply for CARES act funding tomorrow
Jun 29, 2020

Help for our dairy farmers, 2020 Census reminder and more!
Jun 25, 2020

Snyder: Greene County senior center awarded state grant
Jun 24, 2020

Broadband survey, business grants information and more!
Jun 18, 2020

Snyder: District to receive $5.34 million in Marcellus Shale impact fees
Jun 17, 2020

No to RGGI, honoring our local heroes and more!
Jun 11, 2020

Snyder: Measure to honor local fallen heroes passes House
Jun 10, 2020

SWPA goes green, protecting property owners and more!
Jun 04, 2020

Snyder: Greene, Fayette, Washington counties to move from yellow to green reopening designation
May 29, 2020

Snyder: Fiscal Code bill includes funds to protect property owners from higher taxes
May 29, 2020

Continuing to work for you and keeping you informed
May 28, 2020

Snyder: Extremely disappointed in decision by Wolf administration to keep Greene, Fayette, Washington counties in yellow designation
May 22, 2020

Snyder announces grant to assist Greater Washington County Food Bank
May 21, 2020

Working for you and Happy Memorial Day!
May 21, 2020

Information to keep you safe and informed!
May 14, 2020