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Budget Hearing Q&A: Conservation and Natural Resources

March 04, 2019
Senator Vogel discussed complicated fund transfers within the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and flat timber sales with DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn.     [Read More]

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

March 04, 2019
Senator Vogel asked representatives of Life Sciences Greenhouses/Life Sciences PA for more detailed information how many jobs are created by the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in research and development, and the pay scale for those jobs.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Drug & Alcohol Programs

March 04, 2019
Senator Vogel questioned Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Program Jen Smith about the effectiveness of methadone treatment at clinics across PA and the success rate with patients.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP

February 28, 2019
Senator Vogel asked DEP Secretary Patrick McConnell about grant programs to assist farmers, delays in DEP permits, fund transfers in the budget and a reduction in the Recycling Fund.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Liquor Control Board

February 28, 2019
Senator Vogel asked members of the Liquor Control Board about the potential for a trade deal to sell excess PA dairy products to Cuba in exchange for rum and how many PA wines are featured in state stores.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Corrections / Probation & Parole

February 28, 2019
Senator Vogel urged Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel to use telemedicine whenever possible as an efficient, affordable way to help treat Pennsylvania’s aging prison population during the budget hearing for the Department of Corrections / Office of Probation and Parole.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Department of Human Services

February 27, 2019
Senator Vogel requested an update on the timeline for changes to the Medical Assistance Transportation Program and discussed loopholes in child abuse reporting requirements during the PA Senate Budget Hearing with the PA Department of Human Services     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Department of Health

February 27, 2019
At today’s PA Senate Budget hearing, Senator Vogel raised concerns to Department of Health Secretary Rachel Levine about the shortage of vital ambulance staff and services, particularly in rural Pennsylvania.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: PA College of Technology

February 26, 2019
Senator Vogel asked Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, President of Pennsylvania College of Technology about graduation rates and students who leave early for job opportunities and the school’s relationship with the Shell cracker plant and a new facility in Wellsboro during today’s budget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Judiciary

February 26, 2019
Senator Vogel discussed the efforts of the judicial branch to reexamine office space and leases, and the number and effectiveness of problem-solving courts during today’s PA Senate Budget hearing with the PA Courts     [Read More]