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Budget Hearing Q&A: DEP

March 04, 2020
At the #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with the Department of Environmental Protection, I expressed my anger that DEP & DCNR are doing nothing to help Presque Isle State Park, which is being ripped apart by erosion. I also sought help for reducing Lake Erie algae blooms, and warned that the administration’s proposed TCI gas hike will send motorists over the border to buy gas.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Penn College/Thaddeus Stevens College/Community Colleges

March 03, 2020
I highlighted the importance of creating a community college in the Erie region during a #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @PennCollege, @thaddeusstevens and @NorthamptonComm.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Conservation & Natural Resources

March 03, 2020
At the #PASenate #PAbudget hearing with @DCNRnews, I asked Secretary Cindy Dunn about high water levels at Presque Isle State Park and the dire need to study alternative breakwater strategies.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: State-Related Universities

March 03, 2020
With the cost of higher education continuing to rise, I raised concerns that the state-related universities may not continue to be competitive with online universities and other lower-cost institutions. #PASenate #PABudget hearings.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Penn State Ag Research & Ag Extension

March 02, 2020
At a #PASenate #PABudget hearing on Penn State’s @agsciences & @psuextension, I raised concern about the impact of insecticides on honey bees.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Penn School of Veterinary Medicine

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @pennvet, I asked about efforts to address Chronic Wasting Disease in deer.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture (Part 2)

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAgriculture, I addressed the state’s efforts to address the Spotted Lanternfly infestation.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Agriculture

March 02, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PAAgriculture, I discussed the impact of the Governor’s proposed transfers from the Race Horse Development Fund on Presque Isle Downs and the Department’s efforts to address the Spotted Lanternfly and Chronic Wasting Disease.     [Read More]

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Senator Laughlin Renews Push for Erie CRIZ

February 28, 2020
Senator Dan Laughlin (R-49) today renewed his push for the expansion of a 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

February 27, 2020
During the #PASenate #PABudget hearing with @PADCEDnews, I discussed Erie’s successful Opportunity Zones and the need for a CRIZ in the city.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Education

February 27, 2020
During a #PASenate #PABudget hearing on the @PADeptofED, I asked about pending approval of a community college in Erie and how that college would be funded.     [Read More]

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Budget Hearing Q&A: Health

February 26, 2020
During questioning at a #PASenate #PaBudget hearing with the @PAHealthDept, I asked about obtaining more data on the toxicology of gun violence offenders.     [Read More]