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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Causer To Seek Re-Election to State House

Continuing his commitment to rural Pennsylvania, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today he will seek re-election to the state House of Representatives.

“Now more than ever, our region needs a strong and experienced leader to fight for our communities, our priorities and our values,” Causer said. “I will continue beating back calls for higher taxes and job-crushing regulations that seek to rob our employers and workers of economic opportunity. I will also continue fighting for better health care and educational opportunities for people here and across rural Pennsylvania.”

Causer is in line to be the sixth most senior member of the state House Republican caucus.

“Seniority matters when it comes to advocating for local needs and building consensus on policies vital to our economy and quality of life,” Causer said. “The majority of members in the General Assembly represent predominantly suburban or urban communities and often don’t understand the unique challenges facing our region. I will continue working to ensure our residents, our employers and our communities are heard.”

As an example, Causer pointed to efforts by some lawmakers to drive a larger percentage of education funding to growing school districts in other areas of the state without regard for the impact on rural schools that face a declining student population and limited tax base but must still maintain their facilities and meet the needs of their students.

In addition to his advocacy for rural schools, Causer continues to be a leader in promoting the wise use of natural resources and the production of energy, a cornerstone of the region’s economy. He fought back against excessive regulation of the conventional oil and gas industry by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and now serves as a member of the Penn Grade Crude Advisory Council, which is working to ensure reasonable and responsible oversight of the century-old industry.

As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Causer helped to orchestrate passage last year of a comprehensive package of bills to support the state’s farmers and grow the agriculture industry. He is the author of a bill creating the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account, which is designed to ensure the Commonwealth can respond quickly to disease or other threats to crops or livestock. Other measures assist farmers with implementing best management practices, provide support to the dairy industry and prepare the next generation of farmers to lead the industry.

Causer has also been a vocal advocate for the region’s fire and ambulance companies, working to boost funding and address the recruitment and retention challenges they face. He fought successfully to increase reimbursements for Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support ambulance services, the first increase since 2004. He also supported a new law that requires reimbursement for treatment provided by an ambulance service, even if the patient is not transported to the hospital. He continues to support the expansion of grant and loan programs that help fire and ambulance companies with facility, training and equipment needs.

The lawmaker has also secured millions of dollars in state funding for a variety of local projects focused on job growth and development, including construction of a new building at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to house its growing engineering and information technology program. He previously worked to bring another higher education and job training option to the area by supporting development of the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College. He also helped ensure passage of a 2016 law that increased the payment in lieu of taxes on state-owned forest lands from $3.60 per acre to $6 per acre, benefitting the municipalities, school districts and counties in which the land is located.

“We have made great progress, but there is more work to be done,” Causer said. “I look forward to the opportunity to continue my efforts in advocating for our local job creators and workers, expanding high speed internet access and more.”

He resides in Annin Township and has three children, Matthew, Morgan and Mallory.

7 comments :

white russian said...

MARTIN: Not a peep when Wolfe misappropriates $2.45 billion of road funds to our state police.
Not a peep while our state police are being trained by a foreign nation.
You might claim ignorance of what is going on.
If so, you are not worthy of anyone's vote.

Anonymous said...

"Advocating for job creators".........or in other words, making sure the rich get richer and the poor get dumber. This guy voted against cannabis legalization when 87% of the state want it legalized completely. If he doesn't support his constituency on an obvious want, then he won't act on your behalf unless you're lining his pockets with campaign contributions like the "job creators".

Anonymous said...

I wish someone.... Anyone would run against this guy just once. They would get my vote !

Anonymous said...

I like Marty because he supports fracking, and is loyal to Donald Trump and the New GOP. Go TRUMP!! We will win big again!

Anonymous said...

What the liberal dopers want is another do nothing demorat ! They don't care about anything but dope and free handouts !

Anonymous said...

9:55 He is term-limited. He will be out after his 2nd term expires.

Anonymous said...

vote causer out