Senators question the necessity of the state system of higher education

Senators question the necessity of the state system of higher education

The majority of the Senate Appropriations Committee expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the state system of higher education during Thursday’s budget hearing.


Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery), Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), Sen. John Eichelberger (R- Blair), and Sen. Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny) were the most vocal about their criticism.


The main issues, according to senators, are low enrollment and the system’s lack of self-sufficiency.


Thursday, February 22, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Senators discuss Wolf's proposed lease-leaseback plan of Farm Show Complex to help with state budget deficit

Senators discuss Wolf's proposed lease-leaseback plan of Farm Show Complex to help with state budget deficit

The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, along with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, Workforce, Community and Economic Development, held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss a $200 million lease-leaseback proposal of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. 

In his 2017-2018 budget proposal, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed seeking a private investment company  to pay an upfront fee, presumably $200 million, to the Commonwealth to help fill a hole in the Commonwealth’s $2 billion structural deficit. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
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Legislators discuss telemedicine benefits

Legislators discuss telemedicine benefits

At a press conference Wednesday, Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware), Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford), Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), and Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) joined others to discuss the importance of telemedicine being part of our health care system. 

Rep. Topper stated that, "Innovations and telemedicine are helping to make health care more accessible, more convenient and more affordable."
Wednesday, June 15, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Proposals to reduce the size of the legislature will get “serious consideration”

Proposals to reduce the size of the legislature will get “serious consideration”

The Senate began steps Wednesday to advance proposals that would reduce the size of the General Assembly.

According to a Senate Republican spokesperson, the proposals are under serious consideration in the chamber.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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