Contact Information 

District Offices

Somerset Office
301 Georgian Place

Somerset, PA 15501
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (814) 443-4230
Fax: (814) 443-3866

Windber Office
1605 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
Closed on Wednesday 
Phone: (814) 467-4011

Hyndman Office
158 Washington St.
Hyndman, PA. 15545
Open on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(814) 842-3362
TOLL-FREE: (866) 779-1477
Fax: (814) 842-3367
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment
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Capitol Office
Room 111 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
Fax: (717) 782-2911

Working to Properly Fund Pennsylvania Agriculture
3/7/2016
 
Working to Properly Fund Pennsylvania Agriculture

Ever since I was first elected to the House of Representatives, I have worked hard to improve funding for the Commonwealth’s No. 1 industry, agriculture. It has been disheartening to see what Gov. Tom Wolf has done in the past year to harm our strong and prosperous industry that feeds so many people.

I have consistently voted to properly fund Pennsylvania agriculture and I will not stop unless and until this funding is passed.

In order to get funding to the Penn State Ag Research and Extension, the General Fund Appropriations bill needs to be passed to transfer funds to the Agriculture Land Scrip Fund and the Penn State Non-Preferred Appropriations bill also needs to pass (with a two-thirds majority) which effectively appropriates the dollars out of the Land Scrip Fund to Penn State. This legislative funding also affects the outstanding 4-H program, which has produced numerous agriculture students who go to work in the industry.

Many attempts have been made to release funds for agriculture, only to get stopped by the governor and his allies in the House and Senate. I have stood, and will continue to stand, with you in this fight.

To see all of the details on the various bills, the votes and the dates they were taken, please go to my website at RepMetzgar.com, and click on “My Budget Votes In Support Of Properly Funding Agriculture.”

 
School Closure Checklist Part of Wolf’s Tax Strategy

With several Pennsylvania schools on the verge of closing due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget cut of $3 billion in state education funding, the administration has developed and sent a school closing checklist to help schools shut their doors. That action is completely unnecessary as the governor has it within his power to ensure that schools are funded and stay open.

When the General Assembly sent a budget to the governor’s desk on Dec. 24, schools were set to receive a historic level of state aid, until the governor vetoed several education line items, including half of the Basic Education Funding allocation schools would receive for 2015-16. That amounted to only six months of funding, even though all of the state funding needed for schools is currently sitting in the state Treasury.

We immediately began to address that cut by working on a supplemental budget measure, House Bill 1821, which also faces a veto threat. We are frustrated that the governor continues to play games with the children of Pennsylvania, leaving millions of parents with questions about their students’ education.

Wolf continues to use his $3 billion cut of education funding to leverage support for $2.7 billion in new and increased taxes on senior citizens, small businesses and working families.
 
House Continues Examining 2016-17 State Budget Proposal

This week, the House Appropriations Committee continued its extensive look at the governor’s 2016-17 budget proposal, including reviews of the requests by the departments of State, Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection, and Community and Economic Development, along with the state-owned and state-related universities.

Many of the questions from the committee focused on how the agencies operated during the budget impasse, how programs were funded without legislative authority and plans for the coming fiscal year.

The hearings will wrap up next week, with appearances by the departments of Health, Human Services, Education, Agriculture and General Services.

To view the complete schedule, or to watch video from past hearings, click here.
 
 
Celebrate Pennsylvania’s Charter with Free Museum Admission on March 13

To help the Commonwealth celebrate its 335th birthday on Charter Day, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) will offer free admission to many historic sites and museums, including the Somerset Historical Center, along the Pennsylvania Trails of History on Sunday, March 13.

Charter Day celebrates the founding of the Commonwealth and gives visitors to The State Museum of Pennsylvania a rare opportunity to see the original Charter of Pennsylvania written in 1681. The document is on display March 7-17.

For more information, click here.
 
Spring Clean, Pennsylvania

With spring weather finally on the horizon, the Pennsylvania departments of Transportation (PennDOT) and Environmental Protection (DEP) are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania that runs now through May 31.

The program is the nation’s largest annual community improvement program, which encourages volunteers to clean up litter and trash along roadsides, streams, beaches, parks, forests and neighborhoods.

A list of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup, and other information about the effort are online at gacofpa.org. Groups interested in adopting a section of highway for litter pickup are encouraged to contact their local PennDOT County Maintenance office, or visit penndot.gov under “About us.” Groups interested in adopting a locally maintained road should contact Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, keeppabeautiful.org under “Keep It.”

Other events include spring plantings and collections for hard-to-recycle items.

During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 6 million pounds of litter was collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails and shorelines by more than 128,000 volunteers.
 
Classroom Visits Last Week


I had the pleasure of visiting two schools last week. The first was Berlin Elementary School, where I participated in Dr. Seuss Week, which is devoted to reading books to young children in memory of the late children’s books author who has captivated young people for generations.

 

I also visited North Star Elementary School and had to opportunity to speak to students about politics. They were a polite and receptive audience. 

 
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