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Local Emergency Responders Receive State Grants

Lawrence County Emergency Responders Receive State Grants Thirteen Lawrence County fire companies, 44 fire and ambulance companies in Beaver County and five fire and EMS companies in Butler County were recently awarded state grants, according to Senator Elder Vogel. The grants, from a program administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our firefighters and EMS crews,” Senator Vogel said. “They provide a tremendous and…


Senator Vogel to Collect Food for Local Salvation Army

State Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. announced that he will be collecting non-perishable food for the New Castle Salvation Army at his New Castle District Office. The deadline to donate the food items is June 30. In addition to non-perishable foods, there is a special request for a few particular items: canned potatoes, canned sweet-potatoes, and boxed pasta meals (Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, etc.). “Our latest food drive was a resounding success; let’s build upon it. I hope many people join in helping to alleviate hunger in Lawrence County,” Vogel said. Similar to the previous food drive, everyone making a donation…


Vogel Supports Restoration of Funding for Schools, Agriculture, Hospitals

HARRISBURG — Senator Elder Vogel Jr. (R-47) issued the following statement today in response to the Senate’s passage of legislation to restore approximately $6 billion in funding for education, agriculture, and hospitals that Governor Wolf eliminated from the state budget in December: “Today, I voted for and the Legislature restored the $6.05 billion in funding that was vetoed by Governor Wolf back in December. If Governor Wolf signs it into law, our public schools will remain open, the 1,000+ folks that work for Penn State Extension will not be laid off, and we can finally move past this ugly situation…


Ag Committees to Hold Hearing Tomorrow on Cuts to Agriculture Funding

With an increasing groundswell of public outcry regarding the Governor’s slashing of $72 million in state funding for agricultural programs, the Legislature will hold a public hearing tomorrow (Tuesday, March 15) on the impact of those cuts on Pennsylvania’s farmers and the various programs that support their livelihood, according to Senator Elder Vogel, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and Representative Martin Causer, Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will hold a joint public hearing on “Agriculture Partial Budget…


Senator Vogel Invites Area Seniors to “Healthy Steps” Program

Tues, April 19 – Baden Circle of Friends Thurs, April 21 – Center at the Mall Fri, April 29 – New Brighton Circle of Friends 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Beaver County Office on Aging along with Senator Elder Vogel Jr., would like to invite all area seniors 55+ and better to attend the “Healthy Steps” Program. The program will be held on three separate occasions: April 19 at the Baden Circle of Friends, April 21 at the Center at the Mall and April 29 at the New Brighton Circle of Friends. The Office on Aging’s program will focus on how…


Ag Committees to Hold Hearing on Cuts to Agriculture Funding

With an increasing groundswell of public outcry regarding the Governor’s slashing of state funding for agricultural programs, the Legislature will hold a public hearing on the impact of those cuts on Pennsylvania’s farmers and the various programs that support their livelihood, according to Senator Elder Vogel, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, and Representative Martin Causer, Chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee. The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee will hold a joint public hearing on “Agriculture Partial Budget Funding” beginning at 9 a.m., March 15,…


Property Tax/Rent Rebates Now Available in Senator Vogel’s District Offices

Applications are now available for the Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program and qualified individuals should file as soon as possible, according to Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The program is open to state residents age 65 or older; widows and widowers age 50 or older; and, 100 percent disabled people 18 or older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, with half of Social Security income excluded. The deadline for filing an application is July 1…


Senator Vogel to Collect Food for Local Salvation Armies

State Senator Elder Vogel, Jr. announced that he will be collecting non-perishable food for area Salvation Armies at his Rochester and New Castle District Offices. The deadline to donate the non-perishable food items is March 21. “It’s important that we all do our part to remember those less fortunate. I hope many people join in helping to alleviate hunger in our area,” Vogel said. Everyone making a donation will be entered into a drawing to win a gift donated by Senator Vogel. If you would like to participate, please drop off any non-perishable foods at the Senator’s offices at 488…


Horse Racing Industry Measure Headed to Governor

The Senate today (Feb. 10) gave final approval to a bill that makes substantial regulatory changes necessary to protect and bolster Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, according to Senator Elder Vogel. House Bill 941 which includes an amendment by Senator Vogel that will shift essential funds into the State Racing Fund and protect the horse racing industry in Pennsylvania, now goes to the Governor for his signature and enactment into law. Once enacted, the bill would provide a surplus of more than $27 million for the State Racing Fund by 2019-20, Senator Vogel said. “There has been a tremendous amount of…


Ag Committee Holds Hearing on Fireworks Bill

The Senate Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee today (Feb. 10) held a public hearing on a bill that would legalize the sale of fireworks in Pennsylvania, according to Committee Chairman Senator Elder Vogel (R-47). Senate Bill 1055, legislation introduced by Senator Vogel and his colleagues Senators Don White (R-41) and Gene Yaw (R-23) would lift the ban on the sale of “consumer” fireworks, known as “Class C” fireworks, and allow businesses legally operating in the state to sell consumer fireworks — such as bottle rockets, roman candles and mortars — to Pennsylvania residents without the need for a permit. “It’s…