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Budget Hearing Q&A: Drug & Alcohol Programs

March 04, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne asked Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jen Smith to provide details on the department’s spending plan and projected outcomes, and urged an assessment of non-medical treatment needs across Pennsylvania.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC) / PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency (PCCD)

March 01, 2019
Where do we stand on #schoolsafety and where do we need to go?” Sen. Browne’s discussion with Acting Director Derin Myers at the PA Senate Budget Hearings with the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Liquor Control Board

February 28, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne asked PLCB Chairman Tim Holden how many stores have the lottery machines and if sales are profitable.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Corrections / Probation & Parole

February 28, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne asked Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel where prison populations stand in terms of capacity, whether we accept inmates from other states, and what cost-savings measures are being implemented.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Department of Human Services

February 27, 2019
Senator Browne discussed the effectiveness of the current framework of public assistance programs in helping people transition from welfare to work during a PA Senate Budget Hearing with the PA Department of Human Services.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Thaddeus Stevens College

February 27, 2019
Senator Browne discussed the value of creating partnerships between higher education and the business community during today’s #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @thaddeusstevens   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: PA College of Technology

February 26, 2019
Senator Browne asked Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, President of Pennsylvania College of Technology, about workforce investment and the state’s financial support of the school during today’s budget hearing.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Judiciary

February 26, 2019
Senator Browne discussed the performance of specialty courts and questioned the impact of keeping vacant judgeships open during today’s PA Senate Budget hearing with the PA Judiciary.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State-Related Universities

February 26, 2019
Senator Browne asks the leaders of Penn State, Temple, Lincoln, and the University of Pittsburgh about the governor’s flat funding of their schools, & stressed the need of a PA HigherEd strategy.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Transportation

February 26, 2019
During the budget hearing for PennDOT, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne raised the possibility of revising the 30-year-old formula for funding transportation projects, and discussed the department’s ongoing fiscal challenges with PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: General Services

February 25, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne asked about a proposed staffing increase for the Department of General Services and inter-departmental collaboration during the budget hearing with Secretary Topper.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Labor & Industry

February 25, 2019
During the budget hearing for the Department of Labor & Industry, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne During discussed the performance of vocational rehabilitation programs and the number of people that would be served by the additional funding proposed by the Governor.     [Read More]