Schmitt, Ward Announce Job-Training Grant Funding for Youth

Dec. 20, 2019 /

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).

Schmitt, Ward Announce Railroad Improvement Grant

Dec. 13, 2019 /

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.

Residents of the 79th District Invited to Lou’s Winter Review

Dec. 02, 2019 /

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.

Schmitt, Ward Announce Grant for Altoona-Area Watershed, Recreational Space

Nov. 20, 2019 /

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.

Schmitt Announces Park Improvement Funding

Nov. 14, 2019 /

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.

Committee Approves Schmitt Bill to Better Track State Pensions

Oct. 23, 2019 /

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.

Blair County Business Leaders Bring Concerns to House Policy Committee

Oct. 02, 2019 /

CLAYSBURG – Business owners, nonprofit organizations and community leaders from around Blair County brought their concerns, questions and challenges to members of the House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), at the Sheetz Claysburg campus on Tuesday.

House Policy Committee to Convene Business Roundtable Discussion in Blair County

Sep. 25, 2019 /

WHAT: The House Majority Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest), will travel to Blair County to host a roundtable discussion with local businesses, elected officials and economic development organizations. Topics to be discussed will include workforce development, unfunded mandates, health care, higher education, regulatory reform and criminal justice reform. This is part of the House Republican Caucus’ #GoodJobs4PA legislative package.

Residents Invited to Schmitt’s Concealed Carry Seminar

Aug. 22, 2019 /

ALTONNA – In order to keep residents abreast of Pennsylvania’s gun laws, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) will host a free Concealed Carry Seminar at the Altoona Grand Hotel, located at 1 Sheraton Drive in Altoona, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m.

Schmitt Offers Free ‘Shredding with Schmitt’ Paper Shredding Event

Aug. 07, 2019 /

ALTOONA – Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) invites residents to his Shredding with Schmitt event to have their important documents shredded for free by Burgmeier’s Hauling. The event will be held at People’s Natural Gas Field (Curve Stadium), located at 1000 Park Ave., Altoona, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4-7 p.m.

Altoona to Host House Transportation Hearing, Schmitt Says

Aug. 05, 2019 /

ALTOONA – Blair County will play host to a House Transportation Committee public hearing later this month, Rep. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair), a member of the committee and the chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, announced today. The hearing is slated to be held at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum, 1200 9th Ave. in Altoona, on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 3 p.m. The Transportation Committee is also scheduled to tour the Norfolk Southern Railroad’s Juniata shops in Altoona on Thursday, Aug. 29.

House Passes Fair Budget, Schmitt Says

Jun. 25, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives today approved it’s $33.99 billion 2019-20 state budget that increases funding to public schools, libraries and agriculture, among others, without raising taxes. The funding portion of the budget now goes to the Senate for consideration.

State Officials Say Resources Available for Furloughed Workers in Blair County

May. 28, 2019 /

HARRISBURG – Reps. Lou Schmitt (R-Blair) and Jim Gregory (R-Blair), along with Sen. Judy Ward (R-Blair/Cumberland/Franklin/Fulton/Huntingdon), say they are saddened and concerned by news of job losses at North American Communications Inc. and Norfolk Southern, and they want to ensure the workers have the resources they need to find new employment.