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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, January 16, 2015 The latest news from the State Capitol

Many thanks to the members of the Bradford Rotary and Bradford Kiwanis for inviting me to speak at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13. I always appreciate the opportunity to hear from local leaders about their concerns with both state and local issues. Here I am pictured with Rotary President Robin Borland and Kiwanis President Diane Sheeley.


PA Farm Show Draws to a Close

I had the opportunity to visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Wednesday in Harrisburg. While there, I met up with Joel Rotz, director of state governmental relations with the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and toured the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab. I also stopped by the new WoodMobile and, of course, the butter sculpture. The 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show draws to a close on Saturday, Jan. 17.


Area Bridges Slated for Replacement Under Public-Private Partnership Program

With the passage of Act 88 of 2012, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives authorized the creation of the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, which provides a faster method to fix Pennsylvania’s most deficient bridges.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently announced it has finalized the list of bridges which will be included in this $899 million project, including more than two dozen in the Cameron/McKean/Potter region. All designated bridges must be replaced within 36 months. To see the full list of 558 bridges slated for replacement, click here.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project uses Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) to fix more bridges for less money, faster and more safely by using private construction firms to replace them. In turn, these companies are compensated for their work based on performance. Ultimately, this situation saves the taxpayer money, provides family-sustaining jobs, encourages business investment in the Commonwealth and improves the condition of bridges. To learn more about P3s in Pennsylvania, visit

Emergency Home Heating Help through LIHEAP

Qualifying individuals and families encountering a home heating emergency can now apply to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis Grant program for assistance.

The crisis grant is specifically reserved for emergency situations, including broken heating equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service, or being in danger of being without fuel or of having utility service terminated. In most counties, assistance with home heating crisis situations is available 24 hours a day.

In addition to the crisis grant, LIHEAP offers home heating assistance for low-income families struggling to pay heating bills. Eligible Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to apply for this program.

For more information, please contact the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095 or your local county assistance office:

 • Cameron County – 1-888-855-1824 or 814-486-1206.
 • McKean County – 1-800-822-1108.
 • Potter County – 1-800-446-9896.

You may also visit the Department of Human Services’ LIHEAP website for additional information. 


Anonymous said...

I think it is interesting that Representative Causer is writing about all of the bridges that are going to be repaired and replaced because some members of the legislature and Governor Corbett had the guts to support Act 88 so there would be money available to save our crumbling bridges. What he did not report here was that he voted AGAINST it and did not offer any alternative for getting these defective and dangerous bridges. So this is possible in spite of him but certainly not because of him.

Anonymous said...

He's a republican. You're now just learning that he's shafting the lower class? Wake up.