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Public Hearing on PA Farm Bill Proposal

March 15, 2019
Joint Hearing Senate and House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committees | Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. | North Office Building, Hearing Room #1 |     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Office of the Budget/Governor’s Executive Offices

March 07, 2019
Senator Mensch raised concerns about transfers between funds and transparency issues with Budget Secretary Jen Swails during today’s budget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Community & Economic Development

March 07, 2019
Senator Vogel asked Secretary Dennis Davin about the economic impact of the Shell cracker plant and workforce development during the DCED budget hearing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Gaming Control Board

March 07, 2019
During the budget hearing for the Gaming Control Board, Senator Vogel asked for an update on the status of the Big Beaver mini-casino application, and discussed regulations for video gaming at truck stops and gaming’s impact on horse racing.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Ben Franklin Technology Partners

March 06, 2019
During the budget hearing for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Senator Vogel discussed Innovation Works’ efforts to develop new companies in southwestern Pennsylvania and potential spin-off companies from the Beaver County cracker plant.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 06, 2019
Senator Vogel asked Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding about industrial hemp, poultry and wild bird diseases, the PA Preferred program, and proposed Centers for Ag Excellence.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Military & Veterans Affairs.

March 06, 2019
Senator Vogel stressed to members of the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs that telemedicine is crucial to providing services to veterans in an efficient and affordable manner, and also asked about the status of contributions to the PA Veterans Trust Fund.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Aging

March 05, 2019
Senator Vogel asked about the guidelines for Senior Community Center grants, a potential decline in Lottery Fund resources and projected increases in Pennsylvania’s senior citizen population during the budget hearing on the Department of Aging.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education, Part 2

March 05, 2019
Senator Vogel requested an update on career and technical education grants for equipment purchases and discussed funding needs for student transportation from Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education, Part 1

March 05, 2019
Senator Vogel raised concerns about Governor Wolf’s veto of legislation that would have provided new resources for agriculture education to Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera.     [Read More]