ALTOONA – Blair County has continually had lower numbers of COVID-19 cases compared to other counties that have been allowed to begin the reopening process. However, Blair County was not included in the first round of counties that are permitted to reopen on Friday. In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s choice to keep Blair County businesses closed and workers at home, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) appealed to the governor urging him to reconsider his decision.
ALTOONA – Earlier today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced 24 counties will begin to reopen starting May 8. In response to Blair County not among the counties, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) issued the following statement:
ALTOONA – In response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to slowly reopen Pennsylvania, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) issued the following statement:
ALTOONA – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) have canceled the informational meeting about stormwater management that was to be held on March 30.
HARRISBURG – To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) announced new procedures have been put in place at his district office in Altoona.
ALTOONA – To ensure residents have up-to-date information on managing stormwater, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) will host a program about stormwater management for property owners. The program is being held in conjunction with the Blair County Conservation District (BCCD) and the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC).
ALTOONA – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced two Blair County museums will receive $15,286 in Cultural and Historical Support grants through the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC).
Gov. Tom Wolf recently presented his budget message to a joint session of the General Assembly. His budget proposal shows that his administration has already overspent the current budget by nearly $600 million. In spite of that profligate spending, the Governor is now seeking an additional $1.5 billion in new spending for next year’s budget. Over 80% of that new spending is for welfare benefits.
ALTOONA – Districts in the 79th Legislative District will receive a combined $697,069 in funding to improve safety for students, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced today. The funding is through Pennsylvania’s School Safety and Security Grant Program created two years ago.
ALTOONA – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced today that the Altoona Water Authority will receive a low-interest loan through the Commonwealth’s Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for a much-needed improvement project.
ALTOONA – Several fire companies and emergency medical service providers in the 79th Legislative District will receive funding through the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced.
HARRISBURG – To assist with providing young adults who were once in the justice system with educational and skills-building opportunities to better prepare them for good jobs and successful careers, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board is the recipient of a $492,509 Youth Reentry Demonstration Project grant through the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I).
HARRISBURG – Two state grants will fund traffic safety improvements near Altoona’s Junior and Senior High Schools, according to Senator Judy Ward (R-30) and Representative Lou Schmitt (R-79).
ALTOONA – The Altoona freight railcar repair facility Union Tank Car Company (UTLX) is the recipient of a $1 million grant through the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced.
ALTOONA – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) invites residents of the 79th Legislative District to Lou’s Winter Review, an open house during which he will update attendees on the happenings in Harrisburg and more. The festive open house, which is free to attend, will be held at his office, located at 1331 12th Ave., Suite 104, Altoona, on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 3-7 p.m.
HARRISBURG – The Altoona Water Authority (AWA) will receive $900,000 in funding through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ C2P2 Land Conservation grant program to assist with the purchase of 2,450 acres in Logan Township and Cambria County for a watershed, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced today.
ALTOONA – Several projects will receive tax credits through the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to aid Altoona residents, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Altoona) and Sen. Judy Ward (R-30) announced.
ALTOONA – Logan Township will receive a nearly $200,000 grant through the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to revitalize and further develop a park, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) announced today.
WHAT: Lawmakers will present commemorative pins to Vietnam War era veterans. Several hundred veterans are anticipated to attend.
HARRISBURG – Legislation introduced by Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) that would require the State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) to produce an additional report each year to provide policymakers with more information for budget planning was approved by the House State Government Committee on Tuesday.