Bradford County

Historic State Education Funding Benefits Local School Districts, Says Baker

July 15, 2014

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.

Low-Cost Immunizations Offered July 17 in Middlebury Center

July 9, 2014

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).

Baker’s Bill Implements 2014-15 State Budget

July 3, 2014

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.

House Approves Baker’s Bill to Improve Public Safety of PA One Call Law

June 27, 2014

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.

Baker Votes to Move 2014-15 Budget Proposal to Senate

June 26, 2014

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.

Baker Welcomes Federal Funding to Help Improve Community-Based Services

June 23, 2014

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.

Deadline to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended, Says Baker

June 12, 2014

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.

Marcellus Shale Impact Fees Give Back $22.6 Million to 68th Legislative District, Announces Baker

June 3, 2014

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.

Health Committee to Vote on Welfare Reform Bill and Legislation Impacting Diabetics

May 31, 2014

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»

Baker Announces $100,000 Grant for Repairs to Streams in Delmar and Charleston Townships in Tioga County

May 27, 2014

HARRISBURG – A $100,000 grant to help repair two Tioga County streams damaged by flooding has been awarded by the Department of Environmental Protection, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).

Baker Announces Bridge Dedication in Honor of SFC William Boyle

May 14, 2014

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.

Clymer, Baker to Hold Joint Committee Hearing on School-Based ACCESS Program

May 6, 2014

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.

Baker Leads Briefing on Rural Health Issues

May 1, 2014

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.

Baker Awarded 2014 Legislative Leadership Award from PA Association of Community Health Centers

April 30, 2014

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.

Baker to Co-Host 2014 Rural PA Legislative Briefing on Rural Health Issues

April 29, 2014

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).

Baker Says Area High Schools Gain National Ranking on List of State’s Best Schools

April 26, 2014

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.

Baker Says $9.3 Million Funding Grant for Canton Borough Will Lead to 221 New Jobs

April 23, 2014

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.

Baker Says April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month in PA

April 22, 2014

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.

Work Continues on Pending Royalty Legislation

April 9, 2014

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).

Baker’s Work to Improve Patient Care Recognized by PA Academy of Family Physicians

March 19, 2014

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.

Minimum Royalty Legislation Voted out of House Committee, Say Local Lawmakers

March 18, 2014

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).

House Gives Unanimous Approval to Baker’s Hepatitis C Screening Act

March 17, 2014

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.

Royalty Legislation Subject of Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Meeting

March 11, 2014

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.

Baker Applauds Employee Training Initiative

March 4, 2014

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.

Baker Co-Sponsors Legislation to Address Variable Rate Electric Plans; House Hearing to be Held on the Issue March 20

February 28, 2014

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»

Baker Ranked No. 1 in Citizen Services

February 27, 2014

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.

Everett, Major, Baker, Pickett Call For Investigation into Gas Drilling Royalty Withholding

February 24, 2014

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.

Baker Says Governor’s Budget Focuses on Health, Education

February 4, 2014

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:

Baker Announces More Than $250,000 in Grants for Fire, EMS Companies

January 23, 2014

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).

Tioga County to Benefit from Nearly Half Million Dollar Investment in Watershed Improvements, Says Baker

January 22, 2014

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).

Legislation Aimed at Improving Care and Reducing Costs for Medicaid Patients Garners House Approval, Says Baker

January 14, 2014

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.

Baker Bill Increases Penalties for Those Impersonating a Doctor

December 18, 2013

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.

House Health Committee to Hold Hearing on Patient Access and Consumer Choice Bills

December 18, 2013

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.

House Committee Passes Baker Bill to Increase Quality of Care and Reduce Costs for Patients in PA’s Medicaid Program

December 11, 2013

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.

Baker’s Bill to Combat Crime of Child Identity Theft Becomes Law

December 2, 2013

HARRISBURG – Individuals who are convicted of stealing the identity of a minor will now receive a stricter sentence under a new law authored by state Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).

Baker Opposes Bill to Increase Gasoline Tax

November 22, 2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga) this week cast a series of votes in opposition to record high gasoline and diesel taxes.

Baker Bill Seeks to Combat Growing Illegal Drug Trade

November 13, 2013

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.

Baker Recognized for Conservative Values

November 8, 2013

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.

Baker Bill Helps Fire Companies Purchase Needed Equipment

October 23, 2013

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).

House Approves Baker Bill to Save Lives, Reduce Crime and Addiction Through Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

October 22, 2013

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.

Bill to Clarify Royalty Minimums Introduced in State House

September 30, 2013

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.

State House Supports Baker Bills Addressing Medical Assistance

September 23, 2013

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.

Bill to Increase Public Safety through Stricter Enforcement of PA One Call Law Focus of House Committee Hearing, Says Baker

September 18, 2013

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»

Residents in 68th Legislative District to Benefit from More Than $777,000 in State Housing Assistance

September 13, 2013

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.

House Health Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Biosimilars Legislation

September 10, 2013

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.

Baker Announces More Than $800,000 in Pre-K Counts Grants for Tioga County

August 7, 2013

HARRISBURG – Making sure Pennsylvania children have the best possible start when entering school, two Tioga County Pre-K Counts providers will share in $84.5 million in grants going to more than 159 providers offering services to nearly 12,000 children across the state, announced Rep. Matt Baker (R-Bradford/Tioga).

New Food Preservation Blog!

June 6, 2012

Penn State Extension is pleased to announce its new blog on home food preservation!  more»

Eureka Resources to Construct Marcellus Shale Wastewater Treatment Facility in Bradford

2 years 10 weeks ago

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»

The New Homeless

2 years 15 weeks ago
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»

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