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Friday, February 5, 2016

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer

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Capitol Update
Friday, February 05, 2016 The latest news from the State Capitol

Oil, Gas Regs Threaten Jobs, Industry

The state’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) met earlier this week and approved new regulations on the oil and gas industry. These new rules represent another dangerous regulatory overreach by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and pose a serious threat to the future of conventional oil and gas production in our region, as well as to the jobs of tens of thousands of people.

Check out the coverage of the issue in Thursday’s Bradford Era.

Working to Ensure Funding for Key Ag Programs

Agriculture is the state’s top industry, but that didn’t stop Gov. Tom Wolf from vetoing millions of dollars in funding for key ag programs in the state budget, including Penn State’s Agriculture Extension and efforts aimed at protecting against an avian influenza outbreak.

Eliminating funding for these initiatives simply makes no sense. That’s why I am introducing legislation to restore the funding the governor vetoed.

House Bill 1831 would restore the more than $50 million in funding the governor vetoed from Penn State’s agriculture research and extension programs. This funding includes an estimated $2 million specifically designated to help the Commonwealth prepare for and respond to the potential outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which is a serious threat to the poultry industry.

House Bill 1832 would restore $350,000 in funding for the Hardwoods Development Council. The council plays a key role in research and promotion to support the ongoing development and expansion of the forest products industry.

Finally, House Bill 1589 would allow for the transfer of more than $25 million from the Race Horse Development Fund to support the State Racing Fund, the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission, Pennsylvania Veterinary Lab, Agricultural Fairs and the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show.

To read the full press release, click here.

Governor to Offer 2016-17 Budget Proposal Tuesday

The House and Senate will convene in a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday to hear Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year. With a portion of the current year’s budget not yet resolved (the governor line-item vetoed more than $6 billion in funding from the budget we sent him late last year), it will be interesting to see what he has to say about next year and whether he continues his push for significant income and sales tax increases. Stay tuned.

Assistance for Veterans Available at Bradford Office Monday
Veterans in need of assistance with issues such as compensation, education, pension and health care may receive help at my Bradford office this Monday, Feb. 8, from 1-3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

For additional information about veterans assistance opportunities at each of my local offices, click here.

LIHEAP Offers Home Heating Assistance

People in need of help to afford to heat their homes this winter may qualify for assistance through the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that provides home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For an individual, the income limit is $17,655, and for a family of four, it is $36,375.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence:

 • Cameron County, 411 Chestnut St., Emporium, 1-888-855-1824.
 • McKean County, 68 Chestnut St., Suite B, Bradford, 1-800-822-1108.
 • Potter County, 269 Route 6 West, Room 1, Coudersport, 1-800-446-9896.

For additional information or to apply online, visit RepCauser.com

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

How about doing your job and get a budget passed. The politics played by both sides has Pennsylvania one step ahead of Illinois as competing for the title of most incompetent state government in the USA. Our bond rating is in the toilet and these incompetent morons still get paid and keep their jobs. Totally amazing.