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Senator Don White

April 2015

Dear Friend,

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Don White


CWM Environmental Breaks Ground for New Facility

Senator White

I was pleased to join with Armstrong County officials to help CWM Environmental, Inc. break ground on April 1 for its new 9,600 square-foot building in the West Hills Industrial Park. The new building will consolidate CWM Environmental's administrative offices and laboratory.

Transportation Plan Provides Boost to Municipalities

In addition to the many highway and bridge projects that have been expedited by Act 89 of 2013 , that comprehensive transportation funding plan is providing a significant boost to local municipalities through increased state liquid fuels funding.

Liquid fuels allocations are annual payments to municipalities to help pay for highway and bridge-related expenses such as snow removal and road repaving. There are 119,847 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania, with 77,889 of those miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally owned roads.

The charts below show the five-year trends in funding for municipalities in the 41st Senatorial District in Armstrong, Butler, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.

Armstrong County

Municipality FY 12-13 FY 14-15 FY 15-16 FY 17-18 Total Increase
APOLLO 34,187 42,488 47,740 55,316 21,129
APPLEWOLD 6,703 8,331 9,360 10,846 4,143
ATWOOD 11,088 13,781 15,484 17,941 6,853
BETHEL 57,981 72,059 80,966 93,816 35,835
BOGGS 71,504 88,865 99,849 115,696 44,192
BRADYS BEND 39,858 49,536 55,659 64,492 24,634
BURRELL 65,530 81,441 91,507 106,030 40,500
CADOGAN 8,571 10,652 11,969 13,868 5,297
COWANSHANNOCK 212,518 264,118 296,765 343,862 131,344
DAYTON 14,353 17,837 20,042 23,223 8,870
EAST FRANKLIN 150,070 186,507 209,561 242,818 92,748
ELDERTON 11,644 14,471 16,259 18,840 7,196
FORD CITY 67,447 83,823 94,184 109,132 41,685
FORD CLIFF 9,421 11,708 13,155 15,243 5,822
FREEPORT 35,066 43,580 48,967 56,739 21,672
GILPIN 94,169 117,034 131,500 152,369 58,200
HOVEY 7,532 9,361 10,518 12,187 4,655
KISKIMINETAS 179,231 222,748 250,281 290,002 110,771
KITTANNING BORO 78,089 97,049 109,045 126,351 48,262
KITTANNING 135,733 168,689 189,540 219,620 83,888
LEECHBURG 49,445 61,450 69,046 80,003 30,559
MADISON 87,344 108,552 121,969 141,326 53,982
MAHONING 86,774 107,843 121,173 140,404 53,630
MANOR 133,688 166,148 186,685 216,312 82,624
MANORVILLE 9,006 11,193 12,576 14,572 5,566
NORTH APOLLO 31,449 39,085 43,916 50,886 19,437
NORTH BUFFALO 97,619 121,321 136,317 157,951 60,332
PARKER CITY 19,991 24,844 27,915 32,346 12,355
PARKS 84,068 104,479 117,394 136,024 51,957
PERRY 53,396 66,361 74,563 86,397 33,001
PINE 19,786 24,590 27,630 32,015 12,229
PLUMCREEK 175,694 218,352 245,343 284,279 108,585
RAYBURN 60,308 74,951 84,216 97,581 37,273
REDBANK 112,290 139,554 156,804 181,689 69,399
RURAL VALLEY 24,318 30,222 33,958 39,347 15,029
SOUTH BEND 82,520 102,556 115,233 133,521 51,000
S. BETHLEHEM 10,744 13,352 15,003 17,383 6,640
SOUTH BUFFALO 127,715 158,725 178,344 206,648 78,933
SUGARCREEK 109,171 135,677 152,448 176,642 67,471
VALLEY 48,140 59,828 67,223 77,892 29,752
WASHINGTON 94,487 117,429 131,944 152,884 58,396
WAYNE 160,546 199,527 224,190 259,769 99,223
WEST FRANKLIN 96,450 119,868 134,685 156,060 59,610
WEST KITTANNING 26,191 32,550 36,573 42,377 16,187
WORTHINGTON 15,416 19,160 21,528 24,944 9,528

Butler County

Municipality FY 12-13 FY 14-15 FY 15-16 FY 17-18 Total Increase
ALLEGHENY 52,089 64,736 72,737 84,281 32,193
BRUIN 13,876 17,245 19,376 22,451 8,576
BUFFALO 193,430 240,394 270,109 312,976 119,546
CHERRY VALLEY 5,857 7,279 8,179 9,477 3,620
CHICORA 22,975 28,553 32,082 37,174 14,199
CLEARFIELD 119,376 148,360 166,698 193,154 73,778
CLINTON 112,648 139,998 157,303 182,268 69,620
CONCORD 115,491 143,532 161,274 186,868 71,377
DONEGAL 86,410 107,390 120,664 139,814 53,404
EAST BUTLER 22,765 28,292 31,790 36,835 14,070
EAU CLAIRE 9,346 11,615 13,051 15,122 5,776
FAIRVIEW BORO 4,669 5,803 6,520 7,555 2,886
FAIRVIEW 105,535 131,159 147,372 170,760 65,225
JEFFERSON 140,741 174,913 196,534 227,725 86,983
KARNS CITY 4,078 5,068 5,694 6,598 2,520
MIDDLESEX 175,351 217,926 244,864 283,724 108,373
OAKLAND 110,129 136,868 153,786 178,192 68,064
PARKER 53,148 66,052 74,217 85,995 32,847
PETROLIA 7,015 8,718 9,795 11,350 4,335
SAXONBURG 29,106 36,173 40,644 47,094 17,988
SUMMIT 145,747 181,135 203,524 235,824 90,077
VENANGO 67,237 83,562 93,891 108,792 41,555
WASHINGTON 83,912 104,286 117,177 135,773 51,861
WINFIELD 105,143 130,672 146,824 170,126 64,982

Indiana County

Municipality FY 12-13 FY 14-15 FY 15-16 FY 17-18 Total Increase
ARMAGH 2,647 3,290 3,696 4,283 1,636
ARMSTRONG 175,705 218,367 245,358 284,297 108,592
BANKS 56,163 69,800 78,428 90,874 34,711
BLACK LICK 73,269 91,059 102,314 118,552 45,283
BLAIRSVILLE 75,862 94,281 105,935 122,747 46,885
BRUSH VALLEY 126,477 157,186 176,615 204,644 78,167
BUFFINGTON 73,931 91,882 103,239 119,623 45,692
BURRELL 152,670 189,738 213,191 247,025 94,355
CANOE 104,979 130,468 146,595 169,860 64,881
CENTER 167,313 207,937 233,639 270,718 103,405
CHERRYHILL 178,251 221,530 248,913 288,417 110,165
CHERRY TREE 9,487 11,791 13,248 15,351 5,864
CLYMER 39,532 49,130 55,203 63,964 24,432
CONEMAUGH 136,697 169,886 190,886 221,180 84,483
CREEKSIDE 8,638 10,735 12,062 13,976 5,339
EAST MAHONING 90,656 112,668 126,594 146,685 56,029
EAST WHEATFIELD 92,107 114,471 128,620 149,033 56,925
ERNEST 10,459 12,999 14,606 16,924 6,464
GLEN CAMPBELL 11,260 13,994 15,723 18,219 6,959
GRANT 81,013 100,684 113,129 131,083 50,069
GREEN 195,001 242,347 272,303 315,518 120,517
HOMER CITY 39,703 49,343 55,442 64,240 24,538
INDIANA 252,296 313,554 352,312 408,224 155,928
MARION CENTER 10,166 12,634 14,195 16,448 6,283
MONTGOMERY 94,887 117,926 132,502 153,531 58,644
NORTH MAHONING 82,497 102,527 115,200 133,483 50,986
PINE 84,914 105,532 118,576 137,395 52,480
PLUMVILLE 7,705 9,576 10,760 12,467 4,762
RAYNE 197,826 245,858 276,248 320,089 122,263
SALTSBURG 19,500 24,235 27,230 31,552 12,052
SHELOCTA 3,700 4,598 5,166 5,986 2,287
SMICKSBURG 2,241 2,785 3,129 3,625 1,385
SOUTH MAHONING 115,817 143,938 161,729 187,396 71,579
WASHINGTON 159,306 197,985 222,458 257,762 98,456
WEST MAHONING 92,953 115,522 129,801 150,401 57,448
WEST WHEATFIELD 108,734 135,134 151,838 175,935 67,201
WHITE 384,265 477,564 536,595 621,754 237,489
YOUNG 116,046 144,222 162,049 187,766 71,720

Westmoreland County

Municipality FY 12-13 FY 14-15 FY 15-16 FY 17-18 Total Increase
AVONMORE 24,252 28,073 33,042 39,819 15,567
EXPORT 22,844 27,108 31,906 38,450 15,606
MURRYSVILE 526,355 627,061 738,050 889,440 363,085
OKLAHOMA 14,620 17,358 20,430 24,621 10,001
BELL TOWNSHIP 97,921 116,133 136,689 164,726 66,805
LOYALHANNA 81,841 97,081 114,264 137,702 55,861
UPPER BURRELL 84,100 100,489 118,276 142,536 58,436
WASHINGTON 220,153 261,191 307,422 370,480 150,327

Local Veterans Encouraged to Use Indiana VA Clinic

Senator White

More than 800 local veterans have signed up for services at the Indiana County VA Health Care Outpatient Clinic since it opened at 1570 Oakland Avenue in Indiana last October, but we know that many local veterans are still traveling to Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Altoona and Greensburg for their care.

That’s why I am helping to get the word out to local veterans that this facility is here to help them. The clinic provides:

  • Primary care and care management (PACT).
  • Mental health services.
  • Routine laboratory and electrocardiogram (EKG).
  • Prescriptions.
  • Immunizations, including flu shots, pneumonia, tetanus.
  • Women’s health services.
  • Telemedicine/telehealth services
  • My HealtheVet/Secure Messaging

If you would like more information about eligibility and enrollment please call Enrollments and Eligibility at (814) 943-8164, extension 7084. You can also contact the clinic directly at (724) 349-8900.

Attorney General's Office Launches UPMC/Highmark Helpline

The state Attorney General’s Office recently launched a toll-free helpline and will act as an intermediary between consumers and UPMC and Highmark. Consumers who call the helpline, (844) 743-2015, will speak with a specialist who will listen to their complaint and assist with processing their information. The helpline will operate on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In order to expedite the process, consumers should provide basic information about themselves, and be prepared to: describe in as much detail as possible the conflict they experienced with either UPMC or Highmark; provide any correspondence they may have received from either company; provide insurance coverage information because of the variety of plans that exist.

For more information about the UPMC/Highmark transition plan, consent decree or frequently asked questions, visit www.stayinformed.pa.gov .

2015-16 Budget Hearings Summaries, Video on My Website

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently wrapped up three weeks of public hearings on Governor Wolf’s proposed state budget for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year. I have posted weekly wrap-ups and videos of the hearings on my website www.senatordonwhite.com. Go to the “Newsroom” tab and click on “E-newsletters.” The files are listed under “Session-Wraps.”

The first week features: Governor’s Budget Office, Independent Fiscal Office, General Services, Attorney General, Treasury, Auditor General, Judiciary, State Police, Drug & Alcohol Programs, Gaming Control Board, State System of Higher Education, and Community Colleges.

The second week includes: PUC, SERS/PSERS, Health, Aging, Thaddeus Stevens, State-Related Universities, DEP, Corrections, PLCB, Human Services, DCED, and State.

The final week wraps up with: Education, Labor & Industry, Banking, Revenue, Historical Commission, Transportation, Agriculture, PEMA, DCNR, Military & Veterans Affairs, and Insurance.

More information on the budget is also available at: www.pasenategop.com/state-budget/.

 

Presque Isle, Moraine State Parks up for National Honor

You can help three western Pennsylvania state parks earn national honors as family-friendly fishing and boating spots.

Moraine State Park in Butler County, Presque Isle State Park in Erie County and Keystone State Park in Westmoreland County are among 276 parks from across the country vying in the 2015 America’s Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots Sweepstakes, sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Take Me Fishing™ campaign.

Other Pennsylvania competitors are Lackawanna State Park in Lackawanna County, Little Buffalo State Park in Perry County, Nockamixon State Park in Bucks County, and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia and Delaware counties.

Entrants can vote daily for the three parks they feel offer the best experience based on family amenities, location and the likeliness to catch a fish or enjoy a day on the water. The contest runs through April 12.

At the end, the parks with the most votes will be placed on the list of 2015 America’s Top 100 Family Fishing and Boating Spots, which RBFF will use to entice families and newcomers to visit during National Fishing and Boating Week in June, as well as throughout summer.

Those who enter the sweepstakes will have a chance to win a weekly prize: a Get Started Fishing Kit, including two South Bend® Spinning Combos, an Eagle Claw® Tackle Kit, as well as a Take Me Fishing hat, tumbler, backpack and luggage tag. One lucky grand prize winner will receive their own memory-making experience from Take Me Fishing: a 3-night, 4-day stay for 4 at the Walt Disney World® Resort, including a Guided Fishing Excursion. Full prize information can be found in the Official Rules.

To learn more about the sweepstakes and to vote for our local parks, visit America’s Top Family Fishing and Boating Spots Sweepstakes .

Mentored Youth Trout Day, Trout Season Opening Nearing

With warmer weather finally arriving, local anglers are gearing up for the opening day of trout season and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) popular Mentored Youth Trout Day.

The statewide opening day of trout season is April 18.

The Mentored Youth Trout Day, which has been expanded this year to include all PFBC-stocked trout waters, will be held on April 11 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Anglers and their mentors can each keep a combined species total of two trout, at least seven inches in length. To participate, adult anglers (16 years and older) must have a valid fishing license and trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth.

Youth anglers must obtain a free PFBC-issued permit or a voluntary youth fishing license (only $2.70 including all fees) and be accompanied by a licensed adult. Both licenses and permits are available at www.GoneFishingPA.com or at any of the more than 900 licensing agents across the state.

The PFBC plans to stock more than 3.2 million trout in at least 820 Pennsylvania lakes and streams this year. The stocking includes approximately 2.01 million rainbow trout, 641,000 brown trout and 525,000 brook trout.

The 2015 trout stocking schedule and complete fishing license information is available online at www.fish.state.pa.us.

Insurance Department Urges Property Owners to Consider Flood Insurance

Since spring flooding is common throughout Pennsylvania, the state Insurance Department is urging property owners to consider purchasing flood insurance to protect their homes, businesses, and possessions.

Federal Emergency Management Agency statistics show residents in 66 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties filed nearly 18,000 flood insurance claims in the nine years from 2006 through 2014, and received more than $551 million in payments.

Information on coverage and how to obtain flood insurance can be found at www.floodsmart.org, the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program, a federally funded resource for flood victims.

Property owners can take a number of steps to minimize flood damage:

  • Install a sump pump and make sure it is working; install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure.
  • Install “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • Seal walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds.
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Anchor any fuel tanks.
  • Elevate your furnace, water heater, washer, dryer, and electric panel, if you live in a high flood risk area.

Additional information on emergency preparations are available online at www.ReadyPa.org.

Mark Your Calendar

I am pleased to join with State Representatives Dave Reed, Jeff Pyle and Cris Dush, as well as the Indiana County Commissioners; the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce; and the PA CareerLink® Indiana County in announcing that Job Fair 2015 will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the S&T Bank Arena at White Township Recreation Complex in Indiana. The Job Fair is free and open to the public. Candidates of all ages, experience levels, and industries are encouraged to attend.


 

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