Pension System Accountability

Apr. 13, 2023 / Embed

Rep. John Lawrence asks PSERS about its questionable real estate purchases and its plans moving forward.

DCED Responds to Potential Dissolution of City of Chester

Apr. 13, 2023 / Embed

At the budget hearing for the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), I asked Acting Secretary Rick Siger about recent statements made by the court-appointed receiver of the city of Chester, and DCED’s role in this situation as it relates to Chester Water Authority.

What is Being Done to Address Unemployment Compensation Fraud?

Apr. 12, 2023 / Embed

At the budget hearing for the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I), I questioned department officials about the estimated $6 billion in unemployment compensation fraud and what the department is doing to recover these funds.

DHS Officials Questioned About Proposed Medicaid Expenditures

Apr. 11, 2023 / Embed

At the Department of Human Services (DHS) budget hearing, I questioned DHS officials why a proposed 8% increase in Medicaid dental fees does not specifically appear in the governor’s budget and why dental services were prioritized over other services.

Lawrence Questions PennDOT Official About Shortage of Road Workers

Mar. 30, 2023 / Embed

During the budget hearing for PennDOT, I questioned Acting Secretary Mike Carroll about the shortage of trained equipment operators in Chester County to fix potholes and perform other road maintenance. My inquiry centered on PennDOT salaries and the agency’s ability to attract and retain these workers.

PennDOT Official Open to Discussion on Potential Amtrak Rail Line Transfer

Mar. 30, 2023 / Embed

Pennsylvania pays Amtrak a substantial subsidy to operate Keystone Line train service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. At the PennDOT budget hearing, I asked Acting Secretary Mike Carroll about the administration’s willingness to acquire the line to give the Commonwealth greater control over the cost and quality of service.

Lawrence Questions Corrections Official Over Conditions at Delco Prison

Mar. 30, 2023 / Embed

At the state budget hearing for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), I questioned DOC Acting Secretary Dr. Laurel Harry about conditions at the Delaware County prison and urged her to conduct an inspection there.

State Health Officials Respond to Questions Concerning Status of New State Health Lab

Mar. 28, 2023 / Embed

During budget hearings, I asked state health officials about the status of a new state health laboratory to be built with the $60 million approved in last year’s budget.

Are Pennsylvania Farmers Receiving the Full Benefit of Consumer-Paid Milk Premiums?

Mar. 22, 2023 / Embed

At the agriculture budget hearing, I questioned Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding about state-mandated milk premiums, paid by consumers for the benefit of Pennsylvania farmers. But where does the money go?

PASSHE Reforms Lauded at Budget Hearing

Mar. 22, 2023 / Embed

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has done a remarkable job of getting its spending under control while holding tuition in check. At the PASSHE budget hearing, I asked Chancellor Daniel Greenstein about the impact his reforms have had on the state system schools.