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Friday, March 28, 2014

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, March 28, 2014 The latest news from the State Capitol

Easing the Financial Burden on Rural PA

The substantial acreage of state-owned land here in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties – more than 475,000 acres – takes an economic toll on our communities and our taxpayers. To address this, I recently introduced legislation that will increase the state’s payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) on the land.

House Bill 2112 would increase from $3.60 per acre to $5.40 per acre the payment made by the Commonwealth to municipalities, school districts and counties that host state land under the control of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). The PILT is divided equally among the three taxing bodies and was last increased in 2006.

To further support rural communities with significant amounts of state-owned land, I have also sponsored House Bill 444, which calls for 20 percent of total revenue collected from the sale of timber, oil and natural gas on most state-owned lands to be returned to local governments.

Read more here.
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with members of the Potter County Conservation District on Thursday at their annual Legislative Luncheon. Pictured left to right are Deb Rudy of Sen. Joe Scarnati’s office; Earl Brown, conservation district board chairman; me; Sheila Sterrett of Sen. Pat Toomey’s office; Deborah Pontzer of Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office; and Chris Mitterer, conservation district manager.  

Tune in to Liveline Monday!

Be sure to tune into WESB’s Liveline on Monday, March 31, for a great discussion of some of the issues we are working on in Harrisburg. Topics covered include the effort to bring community college services to our region, my proposal to boost compensation by the Commonwealth for state-owned lands, and a variety of issues related to my chairmanship of the House Game and Fisheries Committee.

Thanks to host Anne Holliday for the opportunity to get the word out about these important issues. The program airs from 12:30-1 p.m. on WESB 1490 AM.

Outreach Office Hours Set for April 3

To help ensure access to state government information and services, one of my representatives will hold outreach office hours at the following locations on Thursday, April 3:
 • Emporium Borough Office – 9-10 a.m.  
 • Port Allegany Borough Office – 11 a.m. to noon.  

As always, you are welcome to stop by my offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor) or Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1) Monday through Friday, or visit my website at or my Facebook page at for the latest news from state government.

LIHEAP Grants Available Through April 18

Individuals who are struggling to pay home heating bills through this extended cold weather season now have more time to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program deadline was recently extended to Friday, April 18.

LIHEAP provides cash grants based on household income, family size, type of heating fuel and location. Income limits are set at $17,235 for a single-person household, $23,265 for two people, and $35,325 for a four-person family.

Individuals can apply for a LIHEAP grant online at or in person at county assistance offices. Call the statewide toll-free hotline at 1-866-857-7095 with questions.  

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Must be he forgot that Vietnam Veterans Day has been proclaimed for tomorrow, March 29th. Imagine that!