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Senator Gene Yaw

Monay, August 21, 2017

Dear Friends,

Hello! Thank you for subscribing to my E-newsletter. I am honored to serve the 23rd Senate District and look forward to working with you toward building a better future for Pennsylvania!

This E-newsletter serves to keep you updated on what is happening throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties and what I am doing as your state senator in Harrisburg. I hope that you will find this E-newsletter helpful, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Gene Yaw
State Senator

You never lose a dream; it just incubates as a hobby.

2017-18 Budget

Natural Gas ‘Impact Fee’ Safety Net Proposed 

This year’s state budget process included some enormous obstacles, including a deficit of nearly $3 billion and hundreds of millions of new mandatory cost increases for pensions and human services.

On July 27th, the state Senate took another step to meet our Constitutional obligation and steady a sinking financial ship. One piece of the $32 billion revenue plan included a proposed severance tax on the state’s natural gas industry, which I have historically opposed. 

In 2012, I faced much criticism from constituents and local elected officials after I voted in favor of the natural gas Impact Fee. In my opinion, the Impact Fee has been the most important piece of legislation to benefit rural Pennsylvania in the last 50 years by supplying valuable revenue to communities across our region. 

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Infrastructure Development

High Steel Structures Celebrates Completion of Steel Fabrication for New NY Bridge Project

Pictured left to right are: Ronnie Medlock, VP Technical Services, High Steel Structures; Rep. Jeff Wheeland; Sen. Gene Yaw; Dr. Gabe Campana, Mayor of Williamsport; Congressman Tom Marino; Jeff Sterner, President and COO, High Industries Inc.

On August 18th, I joined High Steel Structures, LLC employees and elected officials in Williamsport to celebrate the completion of steel fabrication for the New New York Bridge Project, the largest transportation infrastructure design-build project in the United States. High Steel Structures was contracted for approximately 50,000 tons of steel to support the approach spans of the new bridge, valued at more than $120 million.

Located north of New York City, the New NY Bridge Project is replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge.  The bridge will carry the Thruway, Interstate 87, and Interstate 287 over the Hudson River between South Nyack, Rockland County, New York and Tarrytown, Westchester County.

Show & Tell Farm Tour

Getting Our Boots Dirty in Susquehanna County

On August 9th, I joined the Susquehanna County Farm Bureau for a legislative farm tour to showcase the best management practices (BMP’s) being implemented by area farmers. These BMP’s are significantly safeguarding the environment and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 

Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and I also had the distinct pleasure of recognizing Claude Bennett with a Senate Citation for receiving the 2017 Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Award, awarded to ONE person in the entire Commonwealth.

Claude and his family, who reside in Jessup Township, were also the recipients of the Susquehanna Conservation District’s Outstanding Conservation Farmer Award in 2016. 

Congratulations to Claude and his family on this outstanding recognition and keep up the great work!

Local Grants Awarded

Chesapeake Bay Agriculture Special Project Grants Awarded

Last week, more than $350,000 in regional grants were awarded to assist agriculture operations in the 23rd District improve their BMP’s and reduce nutrients and sediment delivered to the Chesapeake Bay.

Many of our local farmers are way ahead of the curve, so to speak, in terms of implementing these BMP’s on their land. This funding will go a long way to further improve their operations and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The grants, funded by federal dollars and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Projection, are as follows:

  • Bradford County Conservation District ($155,000) to improve BMP’s related to animal waste storage facilities and barnyard runoff treatment systems on multiple county farms.
  • Susquehanna County Conservation District ($120,521) to improve BMP’s related to animal waste storage facilities, animal heavy use area protections, and cover crops on multiple county farms.
  • Bar Z Farm ($93,000), located in Buffalo Township, Union County, to improve BMP’s related to animal waste storage facilities, animal heavy use area protections and barnyard runoff controls.
PHMC Marker Unveiled

Repasz Band Historical Marker Dedication Held

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of congratulating Williamsport’s own Repasz Band on the commemoration of a historical marker by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). The historical marker was unveiled and dedicated in a special program at Brandon Park in Williamsport, and will be a roadside monument near the Brandon Park Band Shell. 

The marker reads: “Founded in Williamsport in 1831 and named for its honored director Daniel Repasz, it is one of the oldest American community bands. The band played at Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in 1865 and at its 150th anniversary in 2015, and at Grant’s Tomb dedications in 1897 and 1997. As the band of the 12th Pa. National Guard, members participated in the presidential Inaugural parades of T. Roosevelt and W.H. Taft. “The Repasz Band March” is performed worldwide.” 

PHMC administers the program of historical markers to capture the memory of people, places, events, and innovations that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries since William Penn founded the Commonwealth. More than 2,000 cast aluminum markers tell the important and interesting stories that are part of the history of Pennsylvania. 

For more information on the Repasz Band, visit

RULE Program

RULE Recruitment 

With an alumni base of 626 strong, The Pennsylvania Rural-Urban Leadership Program (RULE) still has room to grow. RULE, of Penn State Extension, is a program that encourages and fosters the development of adult community leaders from all segments of Pennsylvania. The program explores public issue engagement, inter-organizational networking, effective public decision making, strategic design, and sustainable relationships. 

There is no specific occupation or organizational affiliation; the only commonality is a joint commitment to community involvement. This can be a function of your job, community advocacy, elected office, or volunteer efforts.

Interviews will be conducted in State College on August 23rd and in October. The first RULE XVII study institute has been scheduled for December 1-3, 2017, at Toftrees in State College. This is an opportunity to participate in Pennsylvania's state-wide, transformative leadership development program. You can find the online application at or contact Tara Homan at (814) 863-4679 for more information.

CRP Board Meeting Held

Center for Rural Pennsylvania Holds Summer Board Meeting in Indiana PA

Center Board (L to R): Rep. Garth Everett, Steve Brame, Dr. Tim Kelsey, Dr. Michael Driscoll, Sen. Gene Yaw, Dr. Nancy Falvo and Dr. Stephan Goetz.

Meeting with Indiana county & local officials on rural issues

Noteworthy News

Pennsylvania Critical Access Hospital Program Receives National Recognition

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has recognized 10 states, including Pennsylvania, for outstanding quality performance of their Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in achieving the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement over the past year. 

Pennsylvania has 15 Critical Access Hospitals which serve the most rural communities in the state, including throughout our region. 

In the 23rd Senate District they include: The Endless Mountains Health System in Montrose; Guthrie Troy Community Hospital; Jersey Shore Hospital; and Muncy Valley Hospital

Rural hospitals are key safety-net providers in our communities and it is vitally important that we make every effort to provide the highest quality of care to individuals living in rural communities.

Satellite Office Hours

Next ‘District Outreach’ Scheduled for August 24 

My next District Outreach will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017, 3PM-5PM, at the Green Free Library, 38 North Center Street in Canton, Bradford County. 

District Outreaches provide area residents with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of my staff to address state-related problems they may be encountering. A staff member will be able to offer assistance with driver license and vehicle registration applications, and help in filling out applications for various state programs, such as the senior citizen Property Tax/Rent Rebate and PACE prescription drug assistance programs. 

Outreaches will be announced monthly and can be viewed by visiting my website at Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. 

To make an appointment, call (800) 443-5772.

Department of Health News

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Funding Opportunities

Small Business Advantage Grant Program Open

Applications are being accepted for the Small Business Advantage Grant Program, which helps small businesses purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or adopt waste reduction processes.

Pennsylvania-based small businesses with less than 100 employees are eligible. Businesses are able to receive a 50 percent reimbursement match on new equipment or processes which save a minimum of $500 and reduce their energy or waste by 25 percent peryear. The program is open July 25, 2017 through June 30, 2018, or until funds are exhausted.

For more information, click here.

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Williamsport, PA 17701
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