HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced that school districts in the 68th Legislative District will share more than $2.2 million in new education money coming to the area as the result of the recently approved 2014-15 state budget, which he supported.
HARRISBURG – Children and adults who may not be covered for vaccinations under their insurance plan and those who don’t have insurance are eligible for low-cost vaccinations at a health clinic open on Thursday, July 17, from 1-3 p.m. at Middlebury Center Fire Hall, 11747 Route 287 in Middlebury Center, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).
HARRISBURG – In order to execute the $29.1 billion funding plan outlined in the 2014-15 state budget, the General Assembly must pass a Fiscal Code bill. This year, the Fiscal Code was inserted into House Bill 278, authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), to address Medicaid reimbursements for the state’s 13 rural critical access hospitals.
HARRISBURG – With more than 6,000 utility line hits being reported each year, it is clear better enforcement of the state’s PA One Call Law needs to take place in order to ensure public safety. Legislation to address this issue, authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), was approved by the House today and now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – The $29.1 billion House state budget plan supported by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, provides a $536 million increase over the 2013-14 fiscal year budget and increases K-12 education spending over the previous budget and funds the core functions of government without raising taxes.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania will be able to help more senior citizens and those with disabilities access community-based support through a recent partnership with the federal government that will give the state additional funding, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) would like to let residents know that the deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended from June 30 to Dec. 31.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced that as a result of Act 13 of 2012, impact fees collected from natural gas drilling companies are coming back to counties and municipalities in the 68th District, with the total amount for the district at approximately $22.6 million.
WHAT: House Health Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) will hold a meeting to vote on House Bill 907 (Rep. Mike Reese), which prohibits the use of EBT and EPPI cards to purchase tobacco products, and House Bill 2242 (Rep. more»
HARRISBURG – In honor of the supreme sacrifice given by SFC William Boyle, formerly a resident of Watrous, the bridge on Elk Run Road over Pine Creek in Gaines Township will be named the SFC William Boyle Memorial Bridge, announced state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), author of the bill naming the bridge.
WHAT: Reps. Paul Clymer (R-Bucks), chairman of the House Education Committee, and Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, will hold a joint hearing of the two committees on the School-Based ACCESS Program, which allows schools to receive Medicaid reimbursement for certain health-related services provided to students who are eligible for Medical Assistance.
HARRISBURG – During an annual briefing in Harrisburg on April 30, state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) led a discussion and heard presentations on the current status of rural health care in Pennsylvania and trends for the future, as well as health care issues specific to rural areas of the state.
HARRISBURG – In recognition for his advocacy of various health care issues, including loan forgiveness for medical professionals and funding of community centers, the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) this week awarded state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, with its 2014 Legislative Leadership Award.
WHAT: Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) will host the 2014 Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing on Rural Health in Pennsylvania: Issues and Perspectives along with Rep. Flo Fabrizio (D-Erie) and Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks).
HARRISBURG - Two area high schools have earned national recognition for their placement on U.S. News & World Report’s list of top schools, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga). Wellsboro Area High School in Tioga County and Galeton Area High School in Potter County have both earned a “bronze” rating in the magazine.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today said a recent funding announcement of $9.3 million to renovate the Canton Borough Authority’s wastewater treatment plant will allow for the expansion of three business and the creation of 221 new jobs in the area.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, is spreading the word that April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month in Pennsylvania. Baker co-sponsored legislation approved in the House of Representatives on April 2 officially designating the month.
HARRISBURG – Work is continuing in Harrisburg to secure passage of legislation designed to clarify the existing state law on how natural gas royalty payments to Pennsylvania landowners are calculated, according to bill sponsors, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) and Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford).
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) was recently honored with the 2014 Legislator of the Year award by the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) for his authorship and advocacy of legislation to develop and use a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Advisory Council within the state’s Medicaid program.
HARRISBURG – Legislation that seeks to clarify a minimum royalty payment in state law was reported out of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee today, said bill’s sponsors, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) and Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming).
HARRISBURG – In an effort save lives and improve the quality of life for potentially thousands of Pennsylvanians, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, authored legislation unanimously approved by the House today encouraging physicians to offer hepatitis C screening for patients born between 1945 and 1965.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) and Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford) to clarify minimum royalty payments in state law was the subject of a meeting of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Tuesday in Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG - State Rep. Matt Baker (R- Bradford/Tioga) today welcomed news of $4 million in funding being made available for JOBS1st PA Regional Partnership grants, which will be used to develop employer-driven training programs between workforce development and economic development organizations across the Commonwealth.
HARRISBURG – In response to the thousands of complaints statewide about skyrocketing electric rates for those individuals who entered into variable rate contracts with their electric generation supplier, the House Consumer Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing in March to gather more information on the issue, announced state Rep. more»
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) announced today that his district offices have once again ranked No. 1 in the amount of constituent services handled by Republican lawmakers across the state. In fact, his offices process approximately nine times more motor vehicle and driver licensing paperwork than the average legislative district.
HARRISBURG – In a letter delivered to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane this week, Reps. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming), Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) and Tina Pickett (R-Bradford/Sullivan/Susquehanna) are calling for an investigation into Chesapeake Energy Company’s practice of deducting gas royalty payments for post-production costs.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) offered the following statement after hearing the governor’s 2014-15 state budget address, which proposes to spend $29.4 billion, a 3.3 percent increase over the 2013-14 state budget:
HARRISBURG – Fire and emergency medical services companies in the 68th Legislative District have been awarded $251,021 in funding through the state’s Fire Company and Volunteer Ambulance Service Grant Program, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).
HARRISBURG – Two state grants totaling $449,925 for the Tioga County Conservation District and Babb Creek Watershed Association Inc. were announced today for projects aimed at improving waterways in Tioga County, said Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania state House today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, aimed at improving patient care and reducing health care costs through the development and use of a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Advisory Council for the state’s Medicaid program.
HARRISBURG – The state House today approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), chairman of the House Health Committee, which increases the penalty for those who commit the crime of impersonating a doctor.
WHAT: The House Health Committee, chaired by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), will hold a public hearing on House Bills 1621 and 1622, sponsored by Rep. Jim Christiana (R-Beaver). The bipartisan legislative package is aimed at protecting patient access and choice in the health care marketplace.
HARRISBURG – Legislation designed to improve patient care and reduce health care costs through the development of a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Advisory Council for the state’s Medicaid program has gained approval from the House Health Committee, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), author of the bill and chairman of the committee.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to empower law enforcement to convict those who manufacture dangerous illegal drugs, Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) has authored legislation to give the secretary of the state Department of Health the ability to quickly add chemicals to a list of controlled substances and “precursor substances” under the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.
Rep. Matt Baker was recently honored by The American Conservative Union for his steadfast commitment to voting in favor of legislation that supports the values of the U.S. Constitution. He was presented with a 2013 Defender of Liberty award from Larry Hart (left), ACU director of government relations, and Charlie Gerow (right), ACU board member.
HARRISBURG – Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) that would increase loan amounts available for volunteer fire and ambulance companies under the Volunteer Loan Assistance Program (VLAP).
HARRISBURG – In an effort to save lives and reduce crime and addiction in the Commonwealth due to the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, the House of Representatives today approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) to create a confidential prescription drug monitoring database for professionals who prescribe or dispense prescription medication.
HARRISBURG – Legislation that seeks to protect the interests of landowners with royalty agreements has been introduced in the state House, according to four members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who are spearheading the measure.
HARRISBURG – Two bills addressing state issues pertaining to Medical Assistance (MA) gained passage in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga), author of the measures and chairman of the House Health Committee.
HARRISBURG – In an effort to better ensure consumer safety from underground utility line hits during project excavation, state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) authored legislation to increase enforcement of the PA One Call Law. more»
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) today announced that $777,788 in state funding will benefit residents in the 68th Legislative District in Bradford and Tioga counties with the availability and affordability of housing in the region.
Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) will lead the House Health Committee in a public hearing on House Bill 746, sponsored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster). The bill seeks to amend the Generic Equivalent Drug Law regarding biosimilar products.
Eureka Resources, LLC, announced today that it will construct a world-class centralized wastewater treatment facility in Standing Stone Township, Bradford County, Pa., to treat wastewater generated during development of oil and gas wells in the Marcellus and Utica Shale. more»
State Route 14, Village of Alba, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, looking Southbound near Minnequa Main Road. "Madainn Mhath A Alba" is Gaelic for "Good Morning Scotland". Alba is West of Highland, East of Arnot and South of Springfield, Pa. GPS = N41.435 W076 49.720 (Photo by S MacMillen, Wikimedia Commons)
There are environmental impacts of natural gas drilling that need to be managed, and then there are human impacts. more»