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Budget Hearing Q&A: Budget Secretary

March 04, 2020
I asked about transfers from the Race Horse Development Fund and the use of those funds to support PASSHE and the need to raise the threshold for the prevailing wage requirement during the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with Budget Secretary Jen Swails.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Environmental Protection (DEP) (Part 2)

March 04, 2020
While residents are forced to pay stormwater management fees, some state agencies are refusing to pay. That & a local gas drilling ban were the topics of my #PASenate #PAbudget hearing questions with @PennsylvaniaDEP.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Environmental Protection (DEP) (Part 1)

March 04, 2020
At the #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @PennsylvaniaDEP, I questioned Secretary Patrick McDonnell about Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, oversight & measuring the results of PA’s efforts vs. those of MD & VA.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Penn College/Thaddeus Stevens College/Community Colleges

March 03, 2020
During a #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @PennCollege, @thaddeusstevens and @NorthamptonComm, I asked how the institutions are working to “right-size” programs for students.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Conservation & Natural Resources (Part 2)

March 03, 2020
I told @DCNRnews Secretary Cindy Dunn that DCNR needs to focus projects to reduce runoff where they’re most needed, as part of Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. #PASenate #PAbudget     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State-Related Universities

March 03, 2020
Demographics are crucial in determining college costs. State-related universities have increased competition for declining enrollment, so I wanted to know how they plan to right-size their operations. #PASenate #PABudget hearings.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Penn State Ag Research & Ag Extension

March 02, 2020
At a #PASenate #PABudget hearing on Penn State’s @agsciences & @psuextension, I asked farms need to do to reduce sediment and nitrogen runoffs and to how to encourage best practices to protect the Chesapeake Bay.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Penn School of Veterinary Medicine

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @pennvet, I asked about the school’s dual enrollment programs in health care and social services.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAgriculture, I asked about efforts to meet the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay watershed requirements and the impact of MS4 on farmers.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: PennDOT

February 25, 2020
  At the #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @PennDOTnews, I asked Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian about why the department does some projects with PennDOT employees rather than use private-sector contractors.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: LCB

February 25, 2020
During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing with the PA Liquor Control Board, I questioned a $475 million no-bid contract that was awarded to an out-of-state company for warehousing and distribution in the southeast.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Aging

February 24, 2020
  During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing with the Department of Aging, I questioned potential savings in prescription assistance programs and how those savings would be used. I also asked about the use of prescription rebate programs in PACE and PACENET.   [Read More]