The Local Effect of the PA Budget Impasse and How You Can Help!

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The PA budget impasse is creating hardships for our most vulnerable members of our local community. Experience, Inc., our Area Agency on Aging, coordinates home and community based services for frail members of our communities as well as our senior community centers. Experience relies on state funding to provide healthy lifestyles programming for these members of our community. Currently, the AAA is not able to provide new services such as Home Delivered Meals to these seniors. Centers have had to reduce their operating hours throughout November the December, which drastically reduces the number of healthy lifestyles options as well as meals for hundreds of people in Warren and Forest Counties.

If the budget impasse is not resolved soon, the Allegheny Community Center will have to reduce its operating hours further or even close its doors in January. The VITA program, which provides income tax filing assistance and rent rebate application assistance, may not be available for over 1500 low-income, disabled or older members of our communities in Warren and Forest Counties in 2016. Sadly, another program that has already been cut this year as a result of the budget impasse is the Santa House project. We are unable to provide this annual Old Fashioned Christmas experience that over 700 children enjoy due to the cut back in the ACC operating hours.

As in many times when there is a need, people do step forward with assistance. Many thanks go out to those who have contributed funds to help defray the cost of food for centers. The Lander Methodist Church, the Franklin Moose Club, Venango Glass – and many individual gifts of food or funds, have been so very much appreciated! Contributions can be made at your local center or to Experience, Inc. at 905 Fourth Avenue, Warren, PA  16365 (814-723-3763).

We encourage everyone to call or email their legislators and the Governor to voice your concern about the continued impasse and the effect that it is having locally:

Republican, Kathy Rapp, 814-723-5203   klrapp@pahousegop.gov

Republican, Donna Oberlander, 814-226-9000 Doberlander@pahousegop.com

Republican, Mike Turzai, House Speaker 1-717-9943   mturzai@pahousegop.com

Democrat, Frank Dermody, Democratic Leader 1-717-787-3566 fdermody@pahouse.net

Republican, Joseph Scarnati, President Pro Tempore Senate       1-717-787-7084  jscarnati@pasen.gov

Democrat, Jay Costa, Democratic Senate Leader 1-717-787-7683  costa@pasenate.com

Democrat, Tom Wolf      Governor 1-717-787-2500  https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/

Republican Senator Scott Hutchinson 1-717-987-9684 shutchinson@pasen.gov

Let your voices be heard!

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