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Budget Hearing Q&A: Gaming Control Board

March 07, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne asked Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin O'Toole about the health of PA’s horse racing industry following the expansion of gaming in the commonwealth.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Ben Franklin Technology Partners

March 07, 2019
During the budget hearing for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne discussed the interstate competition of economic development incentives and the value of the Ben Franklin system.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 06, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne discussed the value of state licenses, the fiscal future of the Farm Show Complex and the availability of fireworks in Pennsylvania with Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Military & Veterans Affairs.

March 06, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne questioned PA Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli about efforts to move away from traditional institutional care for veteran senior citizens to community-based settings and how that will impact PA Veterans Homes.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Aging

March 05, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne asked about training on opioid prescribing and statewide funding for Area Agencies on Aging during the budget hearing on the Department of Aging.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education

March 05, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne discussed the need to reevaluate all aspects of education funding and ensure fair funding between school districts with Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Conservation and Natural Resources

March 05, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne questioned DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn about staff complements within her department and if proposed reductions will impact her department’s ability to meet its goals.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Life Sciences Greenhouses/Life Sciences PA

March 04, 2019
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne challenged representatives of PA’s Life Sciences greenhouses to establish a model that would help to determine and quantify what the net rate of return is for the money invested in research and development companies and new technologies     [Read More]

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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]