Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.
This week was another split week in Harrisburg with the House in Session while the Senate was in recess to continue our Appropriations Committee Budget Hearings.
This week, the Appropriations Committee held budget hearings for the following agencies. You can view my questions and answers by clicking on the Department.
- State-Related Universities (Pitt, Penn State, Lincoln, and Temple)
- Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs
- Liquor Control Board
- Attorney General
- Auditor General
- Labor & Industry (Part 1 & Part 2)
- Department of Agriculture
Further this week, I introduced a piece of legislation and issued a memo seeking co-sponsors for another significant initiative which I feel is important to education in our Commonwealth. First, I introduced my legislation which will require the Auditor General to perform an audit of election procedures throughout the Commonwealth. I think there are a fair number of people in Pennsylvania who aren’t aware of how widely election procedures differ from county to county, so this audit will begin to gather data on all the variants.
The legislation I will be introducing will allow more money to flow through the basic education funding formula by taking a targeted approach at the “hold harmless” provision. This provision inadvertently has prevented the formula from reaching its full potential, so I am hopeful this legislation will correct this issue for our underfunded school districts.
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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 215-541-2388.
Senator Bob Mensch
24th Senatorial District