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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]

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Sen. Yaw Questions L&I Officials on Prevailing Wage Reform

February 24, 2020
State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today questioned officials from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry over their stance on prevailing wage.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Auditor General

February 24, 2020
  During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAuditorGen, I asked about pharmacy benefit managers and rebates in the pharmaceutical industry.   [Read More]