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2016 Budget Hearings Q&A

State System of Higher Education

February 23, 2017

Senator Browne questions SSHE Chancellor Frank Brogan during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the State System of Higher Education.
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Attorney General

February 22, 2017

Senator Browne questions Attorney General Josh Shapiro during the Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearing for the Office of Attorney General.
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Auditor General

February 22, 2017

Senator Browne questions Auditor General Eugene DePasquale during the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Department of State

February 22, 2017

Senator Browne questions Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes during the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Independent Fiscal Office

February 21, 2017

Senator Browne questions officials from the Independent Fiscal Office during the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Department of Treasury

February 21, 2017

Senator Browne questions State Treasurer Joe Torsella during the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Overview of Budget

February 21, 2017

Senator Browne offers an overview of budget issues and challenges at the beginning of the 2017 Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings.
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Public Hearing

February 14, 2017

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - February 13, 2017
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Senate Leaders Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal: Raise Concerns About Future Cost-Drivers, Including Pensions

February 7, 2017

Responding to Governor Wolf’s budget address today, Senate Republicans said they will continue to advocate fiscal responsibility, as they have done in previous budgets, and prioritize the process of finding government efficiencies.
 
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Early Childhood Education

February 1, 2017

Senator Browne speaks at a “Pre-K for PA” rally at the Capitol, in support of early childhood education.
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Public Pensions

December 6, 2016

Senator Browne appeared as a guest on PCN to discuss the public pension crisis
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Public Hearing

November 21, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - November 21, 2016
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Performance Based Budgeting

September 16, 2016

Joint Hearing - Senate Appropriations and Majority Policy Committees - September 20, 2016
 
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Public Hearing

September 6, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - September 7, 2016
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Public Hearing

August 23, 2016

PA Public School Building Construction & Reconstruction Advisory (PlanCon) Committee - August 31, 2016
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PlanCon Hearing: Overview of PlanCon Process

July 12, 2016

The PA Public School Building Construction and Reconstruction Advisory Committee held its first hearing with testimony from the PA Department of Education on the overview of the current PlanCon process.
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Senate Leaders Hail Passage of On-Time, State Spending Plan: Measure Will Increase Funds for Schools, Drug Prevention 

June 29, 2016

The State Senate today passed a balanced and on-time state spending plan that will boost funding for education to the highest level in state history and allocate new funds to fight the state’s opioid epidemic.
 
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Discussion of New Federal Overtime Rules

June 20, 2016

Joint Hearing - Senate Appropriations and Labor and Industry Committees - June 21, 2016
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Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Budget Hearing

June 1, 2016

Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Budget Hearing - June 6, 2016

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Issues Related to the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole

April 8, 2016

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety & Criminal Justice - April 11, 2016
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Proposed Revisions to Funding for Charter Schools

April 1, 2016

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community & Economic Development
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Long Term Care Topics

March 21, 2016

Health and Human Services Subcommittee - March 21, 2016
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Supplemental Budget

March 16, 2016

Senator Browne speaks in support of House Bill 1801, a supplemental budget bill.
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Senate Republican Leaders Respond to Gov. Wolf’s Call For Massive Increases in State Taxes, Spending

February 9, 2016

Senate Republican leaders offered the following reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2016-17, which he announced today. His plan would increase taxes on state residents and job-creators by $3.6 billion and spending by $2.45 billion.
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Joint Hearing on Implementation of 2015 General Appropriation Act 10-A of 2015

February 5, 2016

Joint Hearing of Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Finance Committee - Monday, February 8, 2016
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Senate Appropriations Chair Pat Browne on the State Budget

December 8, 2015


Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne comments on the budget passed by the Senate that includes cost-cutting reform and historic funding for education without the need for the massive tax increases originally proposed by Governor Wolf.[...Read more]

Senate Appropriations Chair Pat Browne on Public Pension Reform

December 8, 2015


Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Pat Browne outlines landmark public pension reform passed by the Senate requiring new state and school employees to enroll in a combined traditional pension and a 401(k)-type benefit as used in the private sector.[...Read more]

Budget Impasse Update

October 28, 2015

Senator Browne talks about an effort by Senate Republicans to override Governor Wolf’s veto of an emergency budget passed last month by the General Assembly.

 
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Senate Votes to Release $1 Billion in Withheld Payments to Schools, Critical Funding for Social Service Agencies

September 18, 2015

In passing an $11.2 billion temporary state funding plan, the state Senate today voted to send tax dollars being collected by the state back to communities, including $1 billion in missed payments to schools and hundreds of millions of dollars to social services agencies.[...Read more]

Senate Bill 1000

September 18, 2015


During session, Senator Browne speaks in support of Senate Bill 1000, legislation that would provide critical financial relief to schools and social service agencies impacted by the budget impasse.[...Read more]

Budget Impasse

September 17, 2015


During session, Senator Browne discusses the ongoing budget impasse and the Senate Republicans’ proposed stopgap budget proposal.[...Read more]

Republican Legislative Leaders Unveil Substantial Increases in Education Funding as part of 2015-16 Budget Plan

June 26, 2015

Senate and House Republican leadership today unveiled the 2015-16 budget plan that adds considerable funding to education without adding to the tax burden of Pennsylvania families.
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Basic Education Funding Commission Releases Recommendations and Report

June 18, 2015

The Basic Education Funding Commission recommended today (June 18th) that the General Assembly adopt a new formula for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts, according to a statement from the members of the Commission.

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Basic Education Funding Commission to Release Report

June 16, 2015

The Basic Education Funding Commission, Co-Chaired by Senator Pat Browne (R-16 Lehigh) and Representative Mike Vereb (R-150 Montgomery), will meet on Thursday, June 18th at 10 a.m. to consider recommendations and a funding formula and release its report to the General Assembly and the public.

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Senate Leaders Applaud Passage of Sweeping Pension Restructuring Plan Projected to Save $18.3 Billion

May 13, 2015

A significant plan to reform Pennsylvania’s costly state pension systems was approved today by the Senate by a vote of 28 to 19, according to Senate Republican Leaders.


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Basic Education Funding Commission Hearing

April 27, 2015

Basic Education Funding Commission Hearing - April 27, 2015
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Budget Hearing for the Governor’s Budget Office

March 16, 2015

During the budget hearing for the Governor’s Budget Office, Senator Browne comments on the negative direct impact that Governor Tom Wolf's proposed tax increases would have on Pennsylvania residents and businesses.
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Basic Education Funding Commission

March 11, 2015

Basic Education Funding Commission - March 12, 2015
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March 4, 2015

Senator Browne highlights some of the problems with the numbers in Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget.
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Red Cross

February 24, 2015

Senator Browne offers remarks at a Red Cross news conference.
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Annual Meeting of the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission

February 23, 2015

Annual Meeting of the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission
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Basic Education Funding Commission

February 4, 2015

Basic Education Funding Commission - February 5, 2015
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Senator Browne Takes Oath of Office

January 7, 2015

State Senator Pat Browne, R-16, accompanied by his family and staff as well as all members of the Senate and House of Representatives who were elected last November, took the oath of office in the State Capitol today (January 6). With his re-election, Senator Browne begins his fourth term in the Senate.
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Relevant Factors in School Funding

November 24, 2014

Basic Education Funding Commission - November 24, 2014

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Funding Issues Related to Philadelphia

November 18, 2014

Basic Education Funding Commission - November 18, 2014

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Consider relevant factors in school funding

November 5, 2014

Basic Education Funding Commission - November 6, 2014
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Basic Education Public Hearing Agenda and Testimony

September 10, 2014

Basic Education Funding Commission - September 9, 2014

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Basic Education 101 Public Hearing Agenda and Testimony

August 20, 2014

Basic Education Funding Commission - August 20, 2014

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BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING COMMISSION ORGANIZES AND BEGINS WORK

July 24, 2014

The Basic Education Funding Commission held its inaugural and organizational meeting today (July 24) and is now ready to begin its work developing an adequate and fair system for distributing state money to local school districts, according to Senator Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) and Representative Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery).
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