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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Capitol Update by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) Senior Citizens Expo Friday in Bradford

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It’s Potter County Fair week! If you stop by tonight or tomorrow night, be sure to visit our table for information on state programs and services. The fair wraps up on Saturday. You don’t want to miss it!!
Bradford Senior Citizens Expo TOMORROW, Aug. 5

Please join us tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 5) for the Bradford Senior Citizens Expo!

Open to senior citizens and their family members and caregivers, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Sports and Fitness Gymnasium, Campus Drive, Bradford.

The event is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about a variety of issues. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prize drawings will be held at 12:30 p.m.

If you can’t make it this time, mark your calendar for additional expos scheduled later this year. We’ll be at the Kane Community Center on Friday, Sept. 9, and the Roulette Fire Hall on Friday, Oct. 7. Both events run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the senior expos, contact the Bradford office at 814-362-4400. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the expo, our offices in Bradford and Kane will be closed all day on Friday, Aug. 5. The office in Coudersport will remain open and may be reached by calling 814-274-9769.
PA Budget Matters to You! Building Up Our Infrastructure

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Dependable and well-maintained infrastructure is crucial to support a better quality of life and create a consistent platform for natural economic growth. This state budget targets investments to strengthen and expand the existing foundational systems, supplement federal transportation funding, and support critical projects, such as accessible broadband service and water/sewer lines.

To help create thousands of new jobs and spur substantial local economic development, we are investing $175 million more in state funds for highway and bridge improvements. These funds will help meet the 20% match requirement for $4 billion in federal transportation infrastructure funds. That brings the overall amount committed to road and bridge improvements to $3.9 billion.

The budget directs $11.2 million to the development of Pennsylvania’s ports, $12 million for airports and $12.2 million to our rail lines.

Our water and sewer infrastructure systems are also key to ensuring maximum economic development potential. The Small Water and Sewer program through the Commonwealth Financing Authority is refunded more than $300 million in federal relief funds to support grants for water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure projects.

Finally, the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority will receive $279 million in federal money from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund to expand broadband access into underserved areas around the Commonwealth.

I’ll be highlighting other key initiatives contained in the budget in the coming weeks. You may also read more at
Celebrating Agriculture at Ag Progress Days

Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, the Commonwealth’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition, will be held next week, from Tuesday, Aug. 9, through Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, 2710 W. Pine Grove Road in Pennsylvania Furnace.

The event is hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and showcases educational programs, current research, and the latest innovations in agricultural equipment and technology. It features more than 400 exhibitors from the United States and Canada.

Both parking and admission are free. Learn more here. 
Tax Credits Available to Farmers for Water, Soil Quality Investments

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for tax credits through the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program for agricultural producers who implement best management practices or purchase equipment to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, which enhances soil and improves the quality of Pennsylvania’s waterways.

A total of $13 million is available to fund the tax credits. Recipients can combine the credits with other state funding, including the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, the Chesapeake Bay Program or Conservation Excellence Grants.

Farmers may receive REAP tax credits of 50% to 75% of the project’s eligible out-of-pocket costs. Farmers whose operation is in a watershed with an EPA-mandated Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) can receive REAP tax credits of 90% of out-of-pocket costs for some projects.

REAP applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available at
UC Assistance Available at Area CareerLink Centers

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is now offering in-person assistance with unemployment compensation (UC) claims at PA CareerLink centers throughout the Commonwealth. Appointments are required.

The services are aimed at assisting individuals who do not have proper technology, equipment, or technical skills; individuals without access to home internet or broadband; and individuals with limited English proficiency.

Contact your local center to schedule:
  •   McKean County CareerLink: 40 Davis St., Bradford. 814-363-9100.
  •   Potter County CareerLink, 279 Route 6 West, Coudersport. 814-274-9330.
  •   Elk County Career Link, 245 Depot St., Saint Marys, 814-834-2857.

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