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: Greene, Fayette, Washington among counties to begin reopening process

(May 08, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 8 – Today state Rep. Pam Snyder announced that Greene, Fayette and Washington counties are among those allowed to segue from a red to a yellow reopening designation, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. “I’m pleased the governor listened to my concerns about not being included in last week’s announcement and took a close look at our region. With today’s announcement, this means that many businesses which were previously closed or whose operations were significantly limited will now be able to reopen, provided they follow the health and social distancing guidelines,” Snyder said. “The last thing we want to do is to go back to red, so it’s vital that each one of us follows the necessary precautions to protect each other as we continue to move forward toward the green designation.” Counties in the yellow designation must follow these restrictions: Work-related restrictions: • Telework must continue where allowed and feasible. • Businesses with in-person operations must follow business and building safety orders. • Childcare facilities open must comply with state guidelines. • Congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place. • Schools will remain closed for in-person instruction. Social restrictions • Stay-at-home order lifted for aggressive mitigation. • Large gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited. • Read more

 

Snyder urges local school districts to apply for federal CARES funds

(May 08, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 8 – State Rep. Pam Snyder is encouraging area school districts to consider applying for funds to assist them in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Pennsylvania Department of Education submitted an application last week to the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Once the state’s application is approved, school districts will need to apply for the funding. “Our school districts have made so many adjustments to help keep students connected during this pandemic, and these funds can help them with the costs associated with their responses to COVID-19, including summer and after-school programs, mental health needs, technology purchases and cleaning and sanitation supplies,” said Snyder. “I highly encourage districts to apply for this funding once it’s available from PDE.” PDE expects the U.S. Department of Education to approve the application within a week and is currently working on a streamlined application process to ensure the funds can be available to school districts as quickly as possible, Snyder added. For more information, please visit this link: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Education-Details.aspx?newsid=842 Read more

 

Snyder part of bipartisan effort to urge Governor Wolf to withdraw RGGI order

(May 07, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 7 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, joined 58 of her colleagues in the House, urging Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to suspend the state’s efforts to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Late last year , Snyder joined several colleagues to support a measure that would require the state to receive legislative approval before it could formally enter RGGI, which requires any carbon-producing power plan to purchase allowances in order to continue operation. At the time, Snyder said RGGI would create an unfair tax burden, cause detrimental economic impacts in her district, and result in the loss of thousands of jobs. “As of today, DEP has not met with plant owners or unions representing workers who will lose their jobs if we join RGGI,” Snyder said. “The governor had promised strong public outreach, but nothing, outside of DEP doing the bare minimum outreach required by law, has occurred. He and DEP must understand that joining RGGI could have devastating effects on our state and could actually raise electricity rates across Pennsylvania. Right now, with the current pandemic, is not the time to be considering joining and I am asking Governor Wolf to please reconsider joining.” The letter highlighted the following factors in urging the governor to rescind the executive order: DEP just published the RGGI modeling data, which Read more

 

Working for you and keeping you updated!

(May 07, 2020)

My staff and I continue to work remotely, but rest assured, we are here to help you, and that includes providing you with vital resources during this time. Read more

 

Snyder supports bill to expand COVID-19 testing

(May 05, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 5 – In a concerted effort to help Pennsylvania move forward in reopening its economy and to ensure public safety, state Rep. Pam Snyder has voted in favor of a measure to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said H.B. 2455 would call for the state to develop a comprehensive testing plan. The bill would also fund research, development and manufacturing of COVID-19 testing equipment and supplies, contact tracing and other measures. In addition, she said the measure would require health care and other essential workers to be given testing priority once the plan is activated. “Such a plan is vital to our collective efforts to reopen our entire state and work together to continue to halt the spread of this devastating virus,” Snyder said. “Medical experts agree that the only way we can truly stop this virus is with a robust, wide-ranging testing program to protect every Pennsylvanian, including our health care and essential workers.” The bill now moves to the Senate for further action. Read more

 

Snyder demands Wolf administration reconsider Greene, Fayette, Washington counties in reopening order

(May 01, 2020)

CARMICHAELS, May 1 – Greene, Fayette and Washington counties are among those state Rep. Pam Snyder said should have been included in today’s reopening announcement and is now urging Gov. Tom Wolf to lift those restrictions immediately. Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said her district’s counties were held to an extremely unfair measurement standard by being held to the same restrictions as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. “When you compare our COVID-19 numbers to other counties, like Erie, Lycoming, Mercer and Centre, they have significantly more cases and deaths than our area has experienced since the pandemic began,” said Snyder. “Any lifting of restrictions should be done on a county by county basis, not lumped by region. In fact, during today’s announcement, state Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine admitted that the entire southwestern region of the state was kept in the red because of Allegheny County. That is beyond inaccurate and unfair. Every single day the governor delays reopening our counties is crushing our businesses and devastating our communities. Our residents deserve answers and they deserve action, and that’s why I am calling on the Wolf administration to reconsider his decision to keep the southwestern corner counties closed.” Snyder added that with nearby West Virginia reopening on Monday, that could add an additional devastating blow to local businesses. Read more

 

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

 

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

Snyder: Greene, Fayette, Washington among counties to begin reopening process
May 08, 2020

Snyder urges local school districts to apply for federal CARES funds
May 08, 2020

Snyder part of bipartisan effort to urge Governor Wolf to withdraw RGGI order
May 07, 2020

Working for you and keeping you updated!
May 07, 2020

Snyder supports bill to expand COVID-19 testing
May 05, 2020

Snyder demands Wolf administration reconsider Greene, Fayette, Washington counties in reopening order
May 01, 2020

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