COVID-19 information and updates and more!

(Apr 30, 2020)

While my staff and I continue to work remotely, we remain here to help you, and that includes providing you with helpful information and updates. Read more

 

Snyder applauds passage of bill that includes funds to help volunteer fire, emergency management service companies

(Apr 28, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 28 – A bill that includes immediate financial assistance to volunteer fire and emergency management service companies passed unanimously in the House, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced. Snyder said her amendment, which originated from her bill introduced last month and included in House Bill 2413 , 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. “Every single day – especially during this current time – our brave men and women across our state are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe and assist people in need,” Snyder said. “Because of the pandemic, they’re not able to conduct their normal fundraising activities to stay active, and this grant program will help them continue to answer the call. I am extremely grateful for my colleagues’ support in making this happen.” The bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration. Read more

 

Snyder: Broadband expansion on its way

(Apr 27, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 27 – Expansion of reliable broadband access is closer to reality, thanks to state support and the establishment of a partnership between a West Virginia internet provider and nonprofit group, state Rep. Pam Snyder announced today. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said $200,000 in state funds, awarded to the Greene County Industrial Development Corp. by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will allow West Virginia-based ClearFiber to begin construction to expand broadband access through all of Greene and Washington counties, including part of Fayette County, providing service to over 2,000 homes. The partnership also includes KINBER – a nonprofit group that helps communities gain access to reliable, high speed internet services –which will work with ClearFiber to bring new fiber infrastructure to the area through its partnership with Waynesburg University. "This announcement has been years in the making, and with the current pandemic, it's shown that affordable, broadband access is a vital necessity for our hospitals, our businesses and our schools," Snyder said. "This public/private partnership will place 65 miles of high-speed fiber optic technology throughout our district, bringing much-needed service to residents who either had no access at all or had unreliable broadband access. This is just the beginning, as ClearFiber anticipates expanding its Read more

 

Snyder announces more than $500K to aid in community development and affordable housing activities

(Apr 24, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 24 – New funding assistance under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will help pay for community development and affordable housing activities for municipalities across the 50 th Legislative District, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Washington/Fayette/Greene. In total, the state Department of Community and Economic Development earmarked $515,979 for the district, Snyder said. Cumberland Township was awarded $67,206; Franklin Township received $68,912; Waynesburg was allotted $60,849; Fayette County received $159, 506; and Greene County was awarded $159,506. “COVID-19 hit everyone hard, including a number of communities in our district,” Snyder said. “This funding comes during a time when critical resources are limited, but today’s announcement will ensure our communities are able to secure these much-needed resources and, most importantly, help safeguard the health and wellbeing of our residents.” Snyder said the funding comes by way of the CARES Act, which aimed to provide immediate and direct relief to individuals struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding in the CARES Act, Snyder said, includes supplemental allocations of Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A total of $5 billion will be made available under the Community Development Read more

 

House Democrats have a plan to make sure PA HEALS

(Apr 24, 2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is the greatest challenge many Pennsylvanians have ever faced or will ever face. For many families, it’s brought personal or financial tragedy. But it has also shown all of us that when we work together, Pennsylvania is strong enough to handle any challenge. Pennsylvanians have been staying home and saving lives. Our state’s amazing nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals are redefining the word “hero” every day. And, our grocery store employees, pharmacists, warehouse workers and truckers have kept PA supplied and moving. We owe it to them, and to each other, to stay the course until the virus is defeated and our workers, families and communities are safe. If we keep making good, commonsense choices based in facts and science, this crisis will be over soon. In the meantime, House Democrats have developed a plan to put People First, reward hard work, support community based businesses and make sure PA is H elping E mployers A nd L abor S ucceed once this crisis has passed. PA HEALS is just the first steps, but they are crucial to an effective start: Local Businesses Matter – Rep. Joe Ciresi This legislation would use $100 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to provide 0% interest loans to smaller, local businesses that were shut out of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Loan Program when it ran Read more

 

Plan to reopen PA, COVID-19 resources and more!

(Apr 24, 2020)

On Wednesday night, the governor announced a detailed plan to reopen our state, with a targeted May 8 start – this reopening will use three phases, as seen in the image above: red, yellow and green. These phases will be assigned, based on conditions in a county/ counties or region. Read more

 

Snyder: Southeastern Greene School District awarded state education grant to assist with resources, equipment to ensure continuity

(Apr 22, 2020)

WAYNESBURG, April 22 – A $37,534 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education has been awarded to the Southeastern Greene School District to ensure students receive access to educational materials and related resources while schools are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, announced. Snyder said the focus of the Continuing of Education Equity Grant for the 2019-20 academic year is to help districts assist students who are unable to attend school with the resources they need to continue their education. “Our schools districts have faced numerous challenges following the statewide shutdown and they’ve had to quickly create and implement innovative ways to keep their students engaged in the learning process,” Snyder said. “This grant will help them with the resources they need, whether it’s purchasing tablets, internet hot spots or other materials for students.” Snyder noted that school districts with the highest percentage of students lacking access to these resources were given priority in receiving these state grants. Read more

 

Vital COVID-19 resources and more!

(Apr 16, 2020)

These truly are very uncertain times we’re living in right now. My goal with these emails is to provide you with valuable information to keep you and your family safe and assist you as we continue to follow the stay-at-home order. Read more

 

O’Mara, Snyder draft legislation to aid essential employees with collecting workers compensation

(Apr 15, 2020)

HARRISBURG, April 15 — State Reps. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, and Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, will introduce a bill this legislative session to make it easier for essential employees to collect workers compensation if they contract COVID-19 coronavirus on the job. Their legislation would deem COVID-19 as an occupational disease for employees of life-sustaining businesses and occupations. This would remove the burden of proving that COVID-19 is occurring more in their occupation than in the general population. “Pennsylvanians who still are showing up to work every day as we overcome a global pandemic jeopardize or sacrifice their health and the health of their families to ensure that our state continues to function,” O’Mara said. “Chances are that they will come into contact with COVID-19. “We need to make filing for workers compensation as simple as possible to show that we haven’t forgotten or given up on our essential employees, just like how they aren’t giving up on us.” “We rely on these essential employees to protect us and keep us safe, and right now, they are on the front lines responding to the pandemic that’s affected every corner of our state,” Snyder said. “Removing the burden of proof on workers who have contracted COVID-19 is the right thing to do. They’re putting their lives on the line to help each one of us, and we need to Read more

 

Helpful COVID-19 information, start of trout season and more!

(Apr 09, 2020)

COVID-related information and helpful resources, details on the beginning of trout season, and a reminder to complete your 2020 Census! Read more

 

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 **Self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers: Apply here for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits .** https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities Information from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry on the federal CARES Act: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx The following link provides you with Read more

 

COVID-19 information and updates and more!
Apr 30, 2020

Snyder applauds passage of bill that includes funds to help volunteer fire, emergency management service companies
Apr 28, 2020

Snyder: Broadband expansion on its way
Apr 27, 2020

Snyder announces more than $500K to aid in community development and affordable housing activities
Apr 24, 2020

House Democrats have a plan to make sure PA HEALS
Apr 24, 2020

Plan to reopen PA, COVID-19 resources and more!
Apr 24, 2020

Snyder: Southeastern Greene School District awarded state education grant to assist with resources, equipment to ensure continuity
Apr 22, 2020

Vital COVID-19 resources and more!
Apr 16, 2020

O’Mara, Snyder draft legislation to aid essential employees with collecting workers compensation
Apr 15, 2020

Helpful COVID-19 information, start of trout season and more!
Apr 09, 2020

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