Mar

17

2016

March 17, 2016

Mar

15

2016

March 15, 2016

Sen. Lisa Baker welcomed members of the Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation to the Senate.   [Read More]

Mar

14

2016

March 14, 2016

Sen. Lisa Baker welcomed PIAA Class AA Cross Country champions from Dallas High School to the Senate chamber for special recognition: Listen [Read More]

Mar

09

2016

March 09, 2016

  Senator Lisa Baker asked Secretary of Health Karen Murphy about the funding the EMS Operating Fund reductions and the challenges facing Emergency Medical Services and volunteer rates. The senator also raised concern over the zeroing out of the Primary Healthcare Practitioner Loan Repayment line item in the budget. [Read More]

Mar

08

2016

March 08, 2016

Sen. Lisa Baker asked Secretary Pedro Rivera to look into transportation reimbursements for rural pre-kindergarten programs. She also inquired as to how counseling services funds are distributed and what improvements are being made to ensure proper vocational education access for disabled students. The secretary, during questions from committee members, agreed that pension costs were the leading cost driver for school districts.   [Read More]

Mar

07

2016

March 07, 2016

Revenue Secretary Eileen McNulty was questioned by Sen. Baker about the financial hit families and businesses would take if a proposed retroactive 11 percent increase in the personal income tax and what efforts are being made to boost lottery revenues. In addition, the senator raised concerns about the impact continued talk of a severance tax has had on the natural gas industry.   [Read More]

Mar

07

2016

March 07, 2016

During questioning on the Department of Human Services’ budget with Secretary Ted Dallas, Senator Lisa Baker expressed concerns about the governor’s vetoing of funding for critical access hospitals and urged funds to be released based the health, safety and public welfare of members of those hospitals’ communities.   [Read More]

Mar

07

2016

March 07, 2016

Sen. Lisa Baker asked department officials for updates on the Gino Merli Center in Scranton and its provisional license status. She also asked for updates on the Veterans Trust Fund and its use. In addition she asked whether a bonus program for those men and women serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan warzones was being considered similar to the Persian Gulf Bonus program.   [Read More]

Mar

02

2016

March 02, 2016

  Sen. Lisa Baker asked Chancellor Frank T. Brogan about system operational costs, including pension obligations and health care increases. She also asked about how the schools are meeting the needs spelled out in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. [Read More]

Mar

02

2016

March 02, 2016

  Representatives of Pennsylvania’s state-related universities – Temple, Pittsburgh, Lincoln and Penn State -- answered questions from Sen. Lisa Baker regarding graduation and freshmen retention rates In addition she asked about initiatives to bolster workforce preparation and training and credentialing programs. [Read More]