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Friday, January 5, 2018

Capitol Update By Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, January 5, 2018 The latest news from the State Capitol
Ag Committee to Meet at 102nd PA Farm Show

The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show starts this Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The show, which features 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors, emphasizes the importance of agriculture in daily life, highlights the latest in ag technology and advancements, and offers attractions for all ages.

This year, the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, which I chair, is hosting an informational meeting with state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. We will discuss an array of issues and challenges facing the industry at the meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Susquehanna Room at the Farm Show Complex. Barring technical difficulties, the meeting will be streamed live at

The show runs through Saturday, Jan. 13. Admission is free but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided. More information is available at
Speaking of the Farm Show, take a behind-the-scenes look at the place and people who help keep Pennsylvania’s farm animals healthy and our food supply safe.
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Welfare Reform Efforts Unveiled

To help contain costs and bring about real reform to Pennsylvania’s welfare system, a package of bills was unveiled this week to give more Pennsylvania families an opportunity to improve their quality of life, while tackling waste, fraud and abuse from within the current system.

The legislation would require able-bodied adults without dependents to work, perform community service, participate in a work program or be enrolled as a full-time student in order to receive SNAP benefits; limit temporary assistance beyond five years and establish a cumulative 48-month lifetime limit; and start a pilot program that encourages companies to hire individuals receiving welfare.

The goal of the measures is focused on ensuring benefits are directed to those who are truly in need while making every effort to prevent waste, fraud and abuse. These bills are the latest in a series to bring more integrity back to state government and escaping government dysfunction.
Grant Awarded for Emporium Improvements

The Cameron County Industrial Development Authority has been awarded a $31,150 grant for fa├žade improvements at deteriorated storefronts in Emporium Borough.

The grant was awarded through the Keystone Communities program, which is designed to encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities; ensure social and economic diversity; and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.
Need Help With Heating Bills?

Residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this winter.

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through 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 his or her 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 income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,090; for a couple, the limit is $24,360; and for a family of four, it is $36,900.

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


Anonymous said...

All able bodied adults should have to work. The system should help with child care expenses. Most current working adults have dependents and they also hold jobs. Why are all these young adults on welfare because they have kids? The limits should be for all able adults whether you have children or not. Why would an adult keep having kids knowing that they can’t provide for them? The whole system sucks! It’s supposed to help people who have temporary financial problems, lose employment, laid off etc until they get back on their feet. Instead it turned in to a way of life for the lazy. I don’t get it! Parents and single mothers with all their kids in school are getting welfare. Don’t have kids if you can’t work to support them.

Anonymous said...

Stop believing all this BS. The Republican Party has just as many on the system as the Dems.They will cut Medicare and SS. before they cut food stamps and welfare.The big AG and Walmart would go bankrupt.Do a little thinking on your own and you will find this talk is all smoke and mirrors. Let’s cut fed and state pensions that is where the money is wasted.Wish your kids and grandkids good luck, because they are going to need it.