Expanding broadband, winter driving reminders and more!

(Feb 04, 2021)

As you’re likely aware, expanding broadband to ensure all communities in our state can get reliable access is a cause I have been championing for some time. It takes a great deal of work, especially on the infrastructure front, but creating a special authority will help move our state forward in a big way. Read more

 

Southwest House Democrats issue statement regarding RestorePA

(Jan 28, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington and chairwoman of the Pennsylvania House Democrats’ Southwestern Delegation, has issued the following statement regarding comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf today on RestorePA. This statement is made on behalf of the delegation, which includes state Reps. Frank Burns, D-Cambria; Robert Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny; and Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence: “Pennsylvania’s small businesses and citizens absolutely need relief, and we applaud Governor Wolf for continuing to pursue efforts to generate and deliver COVID relief. However, the pandemic prescription he proposed today is misguided. “Targeting a single industry with another layer of taxes – our oil and gas industry that employs tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians – is a nonstarter. This industry was deemed an essential industry by Governor Wolf last year, has produced the materials to manufacture the PPE that allowed us to respond to the pandemic, and is now producing the byproducts that are fueling the manufacturing, storage, and distribution of the vaccine to Pennsylvanians. This is not just a tax on the oil and gas industry, it would be a tax on our pandemic recovery. “The administration and all four caucuses need to get together to work on a plan that can actually pass in both chambers of the General Assembly.” Read more

 

Unemployment assistance updates, honoring our miners and more!

(Jan 28, 2021)

This week, the United Mine Workers of America celebrated its 131st anniversary and continues its strong tradition of fighting for fairness and justice for all working families.I appreciate and honor our local mine workers and their families who work so hard to keep our communities running strong! Read more

 

Harris names deputy whips for 2021-22 legislative session

(Jan 26, 2021)

The PA House Democratic whip, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., today announced that state Reps. Jessica Benham, D-Allegheny; Donna Bullock, D-Phila.; Danilo Burgos, D-Phila.; Morgan Cephas, D-Phila.; Patty Kim, D-Dauphin; Kyle Mullins, D-Lackawanna; Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh; Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester/Montgomery; Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington; and Jared Solomon, D-Phila., will serve as deputy whips for the 2021-22 legislative session. Read more

 

Vaccine info, help for our schools and more!

(Jan 21, 2021)

This week, state health officials expanded the groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to include Pennsylvanians 65 or older and those aged 16-64 with specific serious health conditions. Read more

 

Farm show, more help for small businesses and more!

(Jan 15, 2021)

While this year’s PA Farm Show continues virtually, there’s still a great deal to learn and experience about our state’s number one industry. Read more

 

Snyder again named caucus deputy whip

(Jan 11, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 11 – State Rep. Pam Snyder announced she has been chosen to serve a second term as a deputy whip of the PA House Democratic Caucus. “I’m deeply honored for the opportunity to again lead the charge on setting and guiding our caucus’s agenda, focusing on several priorities, including support for our small businesses, which have been adversely impacted by the current pandemic,” Snyder said. “I look forward to working with our team to advance our agenda for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians.” Snyder also co-founded the legislature’s Broadband Caucus and the formation of a state Office of Broadband Initiatives. For several years, Snyder has led the push toward expanding reliable affordable broadband access for unserved and underserved communities statewide. Snyder has also been chosen to serve on the following House committees: Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Committee on Committees. Consumer Affairs. Environmental Resources and Energy. Labor and Industry. Policy Committee. Last week, Snyder was sworn in for her fifth term to serve the 50th Legislative District. Read more

 

Ready to serve

(Jan 07, 2021)

On Tuesday, I was sworn in for a fifth term in office, and I am beyond honored and humbled to again have this opportunity to represent you. Read more

 

Snyder sworn in for fifth term in state House

(Jan 05, 2021)

HARRISBURG, Jan. 5 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, has been sworn into office for her fifth term representing the 50 th Legislative District. “I am honored and humbled to again have this opportunity to continue to represent my communities, and while there is a lot of work to be done, I vow to continue to reach across the aisle to work together to help all residents in our state, including many individuals – our health care workers, first responders and local business owners – who continue to be adversely impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic.” Recently, Snyder again partnered with fellow state Rep. Joseph Ciresi, D-Montgomery, in reintroducing a bill to help ultra-small businesses impacted by the pandemic. The measure would create a $50 million grant program for businesses which make no more than $3 million in gross annual receipts or employ up to 30 full-time employees. Snyder added she remains committed to connecting more underserved and unserved communities to reliable, affordable broadband internet access, including garnering federal support to bring the needed vital infrastructure and support to make it happen. Known as First Tuesday, today’s ceremonies at the state Capitol kicked off the 205 th legislative session of the state House. Read more

 

Ciresi, Snyder reintroduce bill to assist ultra-small businesses during the pandemic

(Dec 30, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 30 – State Reps. Joe Ciresi, D-Montgomery, and Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced that they are reintroducing a bill that 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 Pennsylvania’s smallest businesses, which make no more than $3 million in gross annual receipts or employ up to 30 full-time employees. This bill, which was introduced in the last session as H.B. 2452 , has been updated to allocate funding from the state’s Rainy Day Fund following the exhaustion of federal CARES Act money. “When local ‘Mom and Pop’ businesses shut their doors, communities die,” Ciresi said. “We can’t let that happen. We’ve all seen beloved businesses close and hard-working people lose their jobs during this pandemic. We’ve got to come to our local businesses’ aid NOW with life-sustaining funding. That’s why Representative Snyder and I have updated and are reintroducing our bill to ensure small businesses receive the aid they need to survive.” “Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. They’ve been hit extremely hard by the effects of the pandemic, and it’s imperative we provide them the support they need and deserve to survive,” Snyder said. “Representative Ciresi and I are committed to bringing this much-needed relief to Read more

 

Supporting our local businesses, property tax/rent rebate reminder and more!

(Dec 17, 2020)

Our local businesses and our frontline workers have had an extremely tough year. During the holiday season, consider supporting your favorite restaurant by getting take-out or delivery, or by purchasing a gift card. Gift cards make great holiday presents for friends and loved ones, but also for essential workers who have gone (and continue to go) the extra mile this year! Read more

 

Snyder: $1.3 million in funding to prevent juvenile delinquency, support crime victims and criminal justice efforts

(Dec 10, 2020)

HARRISBURG, Dec. 10 – Approximately $1.32 million in state grants will enhance services for victims of crime, including domestic violence and child abuse, and provide support for other criminal justice efforts in Greene, Fayette and Washington counties, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder said the funding comes from several grants awarded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency at its quarterly commission meeting on Wednesday. “Our providers do an exceptional job to help victims of crime and children who are or could be in danger, and that also includes our counties’ probation staff ,” said Snyder. “Especially during these challenging times, their work is all the more needed and valuable to our communities. This funding means they can continue to serve those in need and support vital criminal justice efforts, including funding for training, staff and program services.” Snyder said the grants awarded include the following (broken down by specific PCCD committee): Victims’ Services Advisory Committee – funding earmarked to help victims of crime: Fayette County (Fayette County STOP Grant Project): $125,000. Community Resources of Fayette County, Inc. (for services to victims of juvenile crime): $131,746. Fayette County Commissioners (for services to victims of adult crime): $144,919. Greene County (funds for victims of juvenile offenders): $87,750. Read more

 

Snyder announces federal funds allocated to expand broadband service for residents

(Dec 08, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Dec. 8 – Approximately $368 million in federal funds will be allocated to Pennsylvania by the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband service to rural areas of the commonwealth, including $24 million earmarked for Greene, Fayette and Washington counties, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I will bring broadband access to nearly 10,000 residents in her district. “This is great news to help our ongoing efforts to connect the residents in our region to reliable, affordable broadband access,” Snyder said. “Whether you’re a student, a business owner or a healthcare provider, this access is a necessity, especially now during this ongoing pandemic.” Organizations serving Fayette County will receive the following federal allocations: Armstrong Telephone Co. – Northern Division: $80,508; QCOL Inc.: $235,146; Space Exploration Technologies Corp: $3.43 million. Windstream Services LLC, serving Greene County, will receive a federal allocation of $13.96 million. Organizations serving Washington County will receive the following allocations: Armstrong Telephone Co. – Northern Division: $59,034; Space Explorations Technology Corp.: $3.33 million; and Windstream Services LLC: $3.14 million. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I action is part of the FCC’s broader effort to close Read more

 

Heating help reminder, Pennie information and more!

(Dec 03, 2020)

Now that colder temps have arrived, I wanted to remind you that if you or someone you know needs help with heating bills, the 2020-21 LIHEAP program is open and accepting applications. Read more

 

Snyder announces museum grant for Greene County

(Dec 03, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Dec. 3 – The Greene County Historical Society was awarded a $4,000 grant as part of the state’s efforts to support museums and historical societies during the current pandemic, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the society was among 155 eligible entities that were awarded general operating support grants under the Cultural and Historical Support Grant Program administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. “We know our museums and historical societies play a vital role in preserving and sharing our rich history and culture to residents and visitors alike, and the current pandemic has certainly had a severe impact on their operations,” said Snyder. “Thanks to the dedication and continued support of the historical society by its volunteers and board of directors, they’ve been able to keep the doors open, and this grant will certainly help their efforts in continuing to educate and connect people to our county’s heritage.” Snyder added the program’s goal is to strengthen the commonwealth’s museum community by supporting the operations of eligible museums and county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs. An eligible museum must have an annual operating budget exceeding $100,000 (excluding capital and in-kind services) and at least one full-time professional staff Read more

 

Snyder applauds passage of measure to help veterans’ service organizations

(Nov 23, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, Nov. 23 – State Rep. Pam Snyder said she’s pleased that veterans’ service organizations, including the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars chapters, are closer to getting some relief, as many of these chapters have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the unanimous passage of H.B. 777 , which she co-sponsored, would allow these organizations to use all revenue from Small Games of Chance temporarily to help keep them afloat. “The clubs that operate in my area and across our state are such an integral part of our communities,” said Snyder. “Not only do they provide a place for veterans to gather, but they also support several local causes and efforts, including blood drives, support for youth sports, and so much more. I know they’ve been hit extremely hard by this pandemic, and I was proud to support this measure, because it will truly be a life-saver for these clubs and help them survive.” Under current law, the clubs are required to give 60% of their Small Games of Chance revenue to charity and allows them to keep the remaining 40%. House Bill 777 would allow the clubs to tap into the remaining 60% of those funds and use it to pay employees, rent, utilities and other operational expenses. Back in September, Snyder supported an effort to create a one-time grant program to help the clubs stay Read more

 

Honoring our veterans, heating help and more!

(Nov 12, 2020)

This week included Veterans Day - a special day to honor the courage and commitment of our veterans, active members and their families. Their sacrifices and dedication to serve our nation should always be a reminder of what is great about our country. Read more

 

Happy Halloween and more!

(Oct 29, 2020)

Have a safe and happy Halloween - and remember it's time to 'fall back!' Read more

 

Continuing to work for you!

(Oct 22, 2020)

Community updates and more! Read more

 

Honoring a hero, help for our fire and EMS companies and more!

(Oct 15, 2020)

This week, we honored a Fayette County native and Vietnam War veteran who died in the line of duty. Read more