Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Executive Director and CFO Robin Wiessmann and Deputy Executive Director and Chief Counsel Leonidas Pandeladis testified today before the House Appropriations Committee. House Republicans focused their questions on how the PHFA is improving their services after their high-profile failure with distributions from the Federal CARES Act for rent and mortgage relief programs. Additionally, Republicans asked for details on the Governor’s plan to spend more money through the PHFA in the PA Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund, commonly referred to the “PHARE” program.
House Republicans focused their line of questioning on cost increases for the department, even though the prison population in Pennsylvania has been declining. Republicans also asked what the DOC can do to help counties deal with the recent increase in high-profile prison escapes and increases violent incidents.
Department of Agriculture (Ag) Secretary Russell Redding, and Executive Deputy Secretary Greg Hosttetter testified today before the House Appropriations Committee. House Republicans focused their questions on proposed spending increases for the Department and how these new dollars will directly help Pennsylvania farmers. Additionally, Republicans asked, and were again dismayed, at the lack of planning for another of the Governor’s key budget initiatives – adult-use cannabis regulated by the Department of Agriculture.
House Republicans focused their questions on how the Department of Aging is meeting the needs of Pennsylvania’s growing elderly population. Additionally, Republicans asked why the department’s budget material provided no details on the $11.7 million request for the “Aging Our Way, PA” plan, and how this investment will reduce the need for more costly levels of care for the growing senior population. Republicans also asked pointed questions on the Department’s handling of reports of elder abuse and neglect, leading to frustrating replies from Sec. Kavulich.
Dr. Daniel Greenstein, the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), testified today before the House Appropriations Committee. House Republicans focused their questions on the fiscal health of the 11 Universities under the PASSHE system. Additionally, Republicans asked about the potential issues with Governor Shapiro’s opaque “blueprint” for Higher Education and its impact on PASSHE schools.
House Republicans focused their questions on the fiscal management of PEMA and how they are using their state and federal dollars to ensure Pennsylvania is prepared to handle emergencies.
For the second consecutive year under Governor Shapiro’s leadership, spending is poised to outpace revenue, leading House Republicans to question the fiscal stability of his proposal. Additionally, Republicans recited conversations with their constituents concerning the untimely processing of applications for Property Tax and Rent Rebates last year which resulted in an unnecessary delay of much needed relief for seniors.
Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Rick Siger, along with Executive Deputy Secretary Mike Hanna Jr., testified before the House Appropriations Committee. House Republicans focused their questions on many of the bloated and potentially wasteful spending proposals within DCED. This includes spending millions on new programs while cutting others with a track record of success at the same time
WHAT: Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) will host a press briefing on the House Republican response to the governor’s budget proposal and agenda heading into budget hearings.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House Republican leaders responded to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget proposal Tuesday by stating the plan is akin to a fiscal phishing scam that looks good and sounds good but is wrought with hidden danger and potential ruin.
HARRISBURG ¬– In response to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s $48.34 billion budget proposal, the York County House Republican Delegation consisting of House Appropriations Chairman Seth Grove (R-Dover) and Reps. Kate Klunk (R-Hanover), Dawn Keefer (R-Dillsburg), Wendy Fink (R-Red Lion), Mike Jones (R-York Township) and Joe D’Orsie (R-Manchester) issued the following statement:
WHO: House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), House Republican Whip Tim O’Neal (R-Washington), House Republican Appropriations Chairman Seth Grove (R-York), House Republican Policy Chairman Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), other caucus leaders and members.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) recently sent a letter to State Attorney General Michelle Henry requesting a review of the recent IT failure affecting the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and State Employee Retirement System (SERS).
HARRISBURG – House Republican Appropriations Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) shared the following thoughts on Shapiro’s new Higher Education “blueprint.”
HARRISBURG – House Republican Appropriations Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) reacted to the Democrat plan adopted by the Basic Education Funding Commission (BEFC) with significant concerns about its eye-popping costs.
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) released $2.8 million for projects in the 196th district.
HARRISBURG – House Republican Appropriations Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) announced the release of the monthly House Republican Appropriations Financial Brief for November 2023.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry proudly announced arrests and convictions for “over $800,000 dollars in Medicaid fraud.” Henry further touted a “staunch commitment to hold accountable those who steal from Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents.”
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania House Republican Appropriations Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) announced a final decision on funding for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities. The final product resulted from House Republicans again leading on Pennsylvania’s budget.
WHAT: Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Seth Grove (R-York) will host a press briefing on legislation that would allow the courts to establish unborn child support obligations during pregnancy. This event has now been postponed,