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Senator Laughlin Calls on Governor: “Be the Hero of Erie”

March 07, 2019
Senator Dan Laughlin today again called on Governor Tom Wolf to reverse his moratorium on the expansion of a development program that could spur development and job growth in Erie and communities across Pennsylvania.   [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Community & Economic Development

March 07, 2019
Senator Laughlin asked DCED Secretary Dennis Davin about Erie’s request to participate in the Early Intervention Program and to receive a CRIZ designation.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Gaming Control Board

March 07, 2019
Senator Laughlin asked Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin O'Toole about the iGaming application at Presque Isle Downs and the prospect of off-track betting, and iGaming’s impact on gambling addiction and local share assessments.     [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 Laughlin requested information on companies and jobs created through Ben Franklin and discussed economic development in Erie.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 06, 2019
Senator Laughlin asked Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding about Chronic Wasting Disease, crop damage payments and the potential for Sunday hunting to curb the deer population.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Military & Veterans Affairs

March 06, 2019
Senator Laughlin told PA Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli that he is very concerned about proposed cuts in mental health funding, and asked for an update on construction and rehabilitation efforts at the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Aging

March 05, 2019
Senator Laughlin asked about pharmaceutical cost transparency during the budget hearing on the Department of Aging.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education, Part 1

March 05, 2019
During Part 1 of the budget hearing for the Department of Education, Senator Laughlin discussed the impact of additional funding dedicated to the Erie School District and strategies to intervene before financially struggling districts become insolvent.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Conservation and Natural Resources

March 04, 2019
Senator Laughlin I questioned DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn on the status of sand replenishment efforts at Presque Isle Bay and other efforts to improve this important recreational resource.     [Read More]

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

March 04, 2019
Senator Laughlin expressed concern that Erie County does not have a Life Sciences Greenhouse, which would help to bring jobs, venture capital and economic development to our area.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Liquor Control Board

February 28, 2019
Senator Laughlin told members of the Liquor Control Board that he takes issue with the state store system acting like a business when it is a government monopoly, and that money used to advertise state stores and alcohol should be put to better use.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Corrections / Probation & Parole

February 28, 2019
During the budget hearing for the Department of Corrections / Office of Probation and Parole, Senator Laughlin shared with Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel a proposal to train eligible inmates to become volunteer firefighters.     [Read More]