Snyder: Compromise budget off target on property taxes

(Oct 07, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Oct. 7 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said she voted against a budget plan because it fell short on key concerns, especially property tax relief. “Every Pennsylvania homeowner deserves a property tax decrease,” Snyder said. “Unfortunately, the measure defeated today failed in that respect and would have done too little to move the commonwealth toward an education funding system based on ability to pay and not property.” Snyder said the measure, defeated 73-127 – would increase state revenue by a projected $1.4 billion in the current fiscal year and $2.4 billion in the next through a half-point increase in the Personal Income Tax to 3.57 percent. “Increasing a broad-based levy such as the income tax should produce benefits for a wider range of Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “Instead, the proposal neglected property tax relief for working folks, asking a family making $53,000 annually to pay more than $5 a week more in income taxes. “I am working to make taxes fairer on the middle class and working families, not put more of the tax load on it,” Snyder said. “A more than 16 percent increase in income taxes and a severance tax on natural gas drillers must bring with it commensurate benefits, but this good-faith attempt came up just short.” Snyder said the defeated revenue bill also was lackluster in restoring the devastating cuts to public education, Read more


Snyder applauds confirmation of PUC nominee from Greene County

(Sep 30, 2015)

HARRISBURG , Sept. 30 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, praised the state Senate’s confirmation today of Greene County resident Andrew Place to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. “Andrew Place’s impressive talents and experience will serve Pennsylvania well,” said Snyder, Democratic secretary of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, which oversees the PUC. “He brings an outstanding mix of energy know-how and environmental savvy to the table -- qualities that I salute Governor Tom Wolf and the Senate for recognizing.” Snyder said Place’s experience as an energy executive involved in Marcellus shale natural gas development and in state government dealing with energy and technology development make him an ideal PUC commissioner. “As a fellow farmer in Greene County, Andrew has experience dealing with energy and environmental matters on a personal level,” Snyder said. “His hands-on experience is burnished by his record at the EQT Corp., the state Department of Environmental Protection and his degrees from the universities of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon. “He is the right person for the job at precisely the right time.” Place replaces Jim Cawley on the commission, which oversees natural gas utilities, pipeline safety and inspection and administers Pennsylvania’s impact fee, the levy gas producers pay on new natural gas wells. Cawley’s five-year term Read more


Snyder: We need a REAL budget

(Sep 24, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder speaks out against a short-term stopgap budget that does nothing more than create another budget crisis for schools and non-profit social service agencies until October and urges the passage of a true compromise budget that delivers long-term, sustainable funding. Read more


Keep Hunting and Shooting Safe

(Sep 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder wants to make sure the next generation of Pennsylvanians learns to handle firearms safely and with respect. You can stop by her offices for information on firearm laws, gun safety and hunting in Pennsylvania. Read more


Snyder: Stopgap is Not the Budget Answer

(Sep 22, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder says a stopgap budget plan will do nothing to bring Pa. closer to a real, long-term, and comprehensive budget. Read more


Snyder at the Washington Senior Fair

(Sep 21, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder co-hosted the Washington County Senior Fair to help area seniors and their families connect with local services and state government agencies for the resources they need. Read more


Snyder: Attorney general’s legal woes must not distract from duties

(Aug 12, 2015)

CARMICHAELS, Aug. 12 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today issued the following statement in response to state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane's refusal to step down from the position as she faces perjury, official oppression and other charges. “The attorney general faces serious, troubling charges and deserves her day in court. However, I share the deep concerns of most Pennsylvanians who want and deserve the best and undistracted efforts of the commonwealth’s chief prosecutor to lead the fight against crime and drugs. “I think it's difficult for her to continue as the top law enforcement officer in Pennsylvania while defending herself against criminal charges. The situation makes it challenging for the Attorney General’s Office, hard on her family and friends and problematic for Pennsylvania.” Read more


Snyder Dedicates Kowalewski Bridge

(Aug 07, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Snyder officially renamed the bridge running over Muddy Creek in Cumberland Township on Route 88 as the Army Corporal Richard W. Kowalewski Memorial Bridge. Read more


Snyder: Exhaustive water analyses under way

(Jul 28, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 21 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said in-depth water analyses that she requested soon should provide answers to reports of elevated radiation levels in Ten Mile Creek in Greene County. “The state Department of Environmental Protection responded promptly to my request for thorough testing throughout the immediate watershed,” Snyder said. “The health and safety of local residents is paramount, and the analyses soon should begin providing answers to the many questions surrounding the initial reports about heightened radiation levels.” Snyder said 35 samples collected last month from 13 sites, including from water, vegetation, sediment, soil and fish are being tested at DEP laboratories. “The analyses will include more precise methodologies than were previously employed and cited in the initial reports,” Snyder said. “Everyone is anxious for definitive answers, and the testing results, expected in August, should begin replacing much of the speculation with solid information.” Snyder said the DEP testing ranged upstream and downstream from the both the Tri-County Joint Municipal Water Authority plant and the Clyde Mine Treatment Facility. “The testing should provide key scientific markers as to the extent of any problem as well as any cause,” said Snyder, who has been meeting frequently with DEP officials since the reports first surfaced. “Protecting Read more


Snyder: Study finds negligible radiation in Ten Mile Creek

(Jul 23, 2015)

HARRISBURG, July 23 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said that independent analyses by the West Virginia Water Research Institute found vastly reduced radiation levels in contrast to 2014 test results from Ten Mile Creek in Greene County. “This is the first of the exhaustive testing planned for the creek, but today’s results indicate no dangerous levels of radiation,” said Snyder, who has pushed for increased monitoring and analysis of the waterway, which supplies public water in the area. “No one is resting easy, but it is encouraging that zero or negligible levels of Radium 226 and 228 were detected.” Snyder said the results from June 25 testing at four sites found: No levels exceeding federal Safe Drinking Water Act limits; A gross alpha radiation -- energy released from decaying radioactive elements -- reading near the Clyde Mine less than half of what was detected in the 2014 study; Zero traces of Radium 226 at Cumberland and Clyde mines’ discharge sites; Fractional Radium 226 levels – well below SDWA limits -- at a Smith Creek tributary and at Ten Mile Creek at Sugar Camp Road; and Only miniscule Radium 228 levels at all four testing sites. “The results are highly technical, but I have been assured that they are generally encouraging and should begin to reassure residents about the safety of Ten Mile Creek,” Snyder said. “Even those without a scientific Read more


Snyder salutes Jefferson-Morgan’s WPIAL champion softball team

(Jul 10, 2015)

JEFFERSON, July 10 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, feted the Jefferson-Morgan High School girls’ softball team for its triumphant season, which included the Rocket’s first-ever Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League softball championship. The ceremony Thursday night at the elementary school also enabled the community to express their condolences to the family of Chris Dugan, a Rockets assistant coach who died from cancer May 15 at age 45. “The team was magnificent during its march to the district championship and into the state tourney despite the heartbreak of losing a revered coach and family member,” said Snyder, a Jefferson-Morgan alumnus who presented the team and its coaches a citation from the state House of Representatives recognizing their achievements, sacrifices and sportsmanship. “It was a storybook, yet bittersweet season for a wonderful team and their coaches.” The Rockets compiled a 16-3 overall record, including a four-game winning streak through the WPIAL Class A championship that was capped by a 3-2 victory over Chartiers-Houston. The winning continued before ending with a 1-0 loss in 10 innings to Cochranton, Crawford County, in the state quarterfinals. The team, led by head coach Tony Barbetta, was composed of Nikki Venick, Morgan Kendall, Madison Dupont, Camryn Dugan, Jessica Taylor, Reagan Rush, Madison Ludrosky, Katey Wolf, Morgan Gamble, Kayla Yorko, Brooke Diamond, Read more


Snyder Stands Up For Students and Homeowners

(Jun 27, 2015)

Pa. state Rep. Pam Synder voted “no” on a bad Pennsylvania budget that does nothing to help restore school funding cuts that have hurt students in our area and does nothing to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Read more


Snyder: Inadequate state budget deserves veto

(Jun 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG, June 27 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the spending plan passed Saturday largely along party lines in the state House fails on measures crucial to Pennsylvanians – education funding and property tax relief. “Pennsylvanians want a state budget that makes education a priority while providing statewide property tax relief,” Snyder said. “The proposal passed Saturday repeats the last four years of failed strategies. It deserves an immediate veto.” Snyder said House Democrats were not included in the formulation of the spending plan that she voted against and Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto. “Pennsylvanians want real property tax relief and education funding that works,” Snyder said. “Yet, this budget fails at both.” Snyder said the plan, which now heads to the state Senate, provides one-quarter of the funding needed to begin restoring cuts to public education. “It also is bereft of property tax relief needed so desperately by the middle class and older Pennsylvanians,” Snyder said. “I lament the time lost on this partisan attempt, and look forward to sitting down and crafting a serious plan to address the needs of the 50 th Legislative District and all of Pennsylvania.” Read more


Snyder: Panel OKs measure that would extend Lemon Law to motorcycles

(Jun 24, 2015)

HARRISBURG , June 24 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the House Consumer Affairs Committee today unanimously reported out her legislation that would extend the state’s Lemon Law protections to motorcycle buyers. " House Bill 1098 would widen the definition of a ‘new motor vehicle’ to include motorcycles,” said Snyder, a committee member and its Democratic secretary. “Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law protections then would apply to motorcycles.” Under Pennsylvania’s Lemon Law, manufacturers must replace, repurchase or compensate vehicle owners for defects that substantially impair its use, value or safety at no cost to the purchaser. The law applies when the new vehicle cannot be repaired by a manufacturer-authorized dealership after three reasonable attempts. The defect also must occur within one year after delivery, 12,000 miles of use, or the term of the manufacturer’s warranty. "Motorcycle owners deserve these reasonable protections,” Snyder said. “Purchases of new motorcycles involve significant investments by their owners, who often use them as a primary means of transportation.” House Bill 1098 now is ready for consideration by the full House. Read more


House welcomes state wrestling champ from Jefferson-Morgan

(Jun 16, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder welcomed Gavin Teasdale, Jefferson-Morgan High School’s undefeated state champion wrestler, to the Capitol. Gavin won the 106-pound PIAA Class AA Individual Wrestling Championship in Hershey in March, capping a 46-0 freshman season. Read more


State police seeking cadet applicants; House OKs expansion of vehicle registration discount for retirees

(Jun 12, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that the state police is seeking cadet applications until June 30 for its written examination, which is scheduled for August. Also, the House voted for legislation that would increase the income eligibility limit for the state’s reduced-fee vehicle registration program for retirees. House Bill 582 would increase the income eligibility limit to $23,500 from $19,200 annually. Read more


Efforts pay off for local volunteers; Region reaping benefits from Marcellus impact fees

(Jun 11, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that Gov. Wolf heard the concerns that sheand local first responders raised at a news conference at the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Co. station. The governor announced that the $10 fees for both the State Police Criminal Background Check and the Child Abuse Clearance will be waived for volunteers working with children, including volunteer firefighters and emergency service personnel. Read more


House OKs Snyder bill clarifying minors’ consent for health services

(Jun 09, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder reports that the House of Representatives unanimously passed her bill that would clarify when minors’ consent for mental health treatment is needed. Snyder said H.B. 337 would help end the confusion surrounding consent issues, which are causing great pain to families frantic for help and the young people needing mental health examinations and treatments. Read more


Snyder promotes bill to waive background check fees for firefighters

(Jun 08, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder is pushing legislation that would exempt emergency responders from paying fees for state and federal background clearances. Read more


Snyder: Volunteers deserve break on background clearance fees

(Jun 05, 2015)

Rep. Pam Snyder and first responders from southwestern Pennsylvania hold a news conference to support House Bill 1081, which would ease the burden of the $47.50 in combined state and federal clearance fees on firefighters and emergency services providers. Read more