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DCNR Budget Hearing

April 01, 2015
Senator Baker questions Acting DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn about the funding for heritage parks and raised concerns about high-hazard dams.   [Read More]

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PEMA Budget Hearing

April 01, 2015
During a hearing on PEMA"s budget, Senator Baker discussed the value of the Local Emergency Relief Line Item, hazard mitigation efforts to prevent reoccurrence of flooding, and state assistance for volunteer recruitment and retention efforts.   [Read More]

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Department of Agriculture Budget Hearing

March 31, 2015
Senator Baker questions Acting Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding about ingredient label regulations for food-related fundraisers, funding for Pennsylvania Fairs and other line items in the Agriculture budget.   [Read More]

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Department of Transportation Budget Hearing

March 31, 2015
Senator Baker asked Acting Transportation Secretary Leslie Richards about the state’s Dirt and Gravel Road Program and its success in protecting streams, ensuring that seasonal workers are treated fairly, and how to move transportation and development projects forward while protecting the environment.   [Read More]

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Department of Revenue Budget Hearing

March 31, 2015
Senator Baker questioned Acting Secretary of Revenue Eileen McNulty about the frustration that small business owners have in calculating the sales tax they pay and concerns about drillers passing down the cost of the severance tax to landowners.   [Read More]

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Department of Banking & Securities Budget Hearing

March 30, 2015
Senator Baker raised concerns about the bank shares tax and its impact on community banks during a hearing on the Department of Banking & Securities’ budget.   [Read More]

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Department of Labor and Industry Budget Hearing

March 30, 2015
Senator Baker asked the Acting Director of the Department of Labor and Industry about the staff complement and pension-related costs, the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act, the need to increase vocational rehabilitation funding, savings in workers compensation costs, and the rationale for using an out of state company for labor negotiations.   [Read More]

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DCED Budget Hearing

March 26, 2015
During the hearing on the proposed budget for the Department of Community and Economic Development, Senator Baker raised concerns about the governor’s proposal to implement combined reporting and how it would affect companies because of a lack of predictability and questioned officials about the Prep Partnership, which is critical to the manufacturing industry.   [Read More]

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Department of Human Services Budget Hearing

March 26, 2015
During questioning on the Department of Human Services’ budget, Senator Baker had concerns about the hiring of a New York-based company to oversee labor relations with direct care workers involved in home and community based services. She cited high costs and the lack of involvement in the Commonwealth.   [Read More]

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Department of State Budget Hearing

March 26, 2015
Senator Baker questions Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes about "no excuse" absentee voting, the replacement of aging voting machines and online campaign finance reports.   [Read More]