Senate Budget Hearings Schedule Set

Appropriations Committee Begins Session on February 23

The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a two-week series of Budget Hearings beginning on February 23, Committee Chairman Senator Jake Corman (R-34) announced today. Corman said the hearings will be especially important this year, with the state facing a critical revenue shortfall and the prospect of major spending cuts in programs and services.

“These hearings provide an opportunity for the Appropriations Committee to hear cabinet secretaries, agency officials and other members of the Administration detail their plans for the upcoming fiscal year,” Senator Corman said. “These hearings are especially important since several of the agencies coming before the committee are the ones likely to be most significantly affected by the proposals offered by the Governor in his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2009-10.”

All hearings will be held in the Hearing Room 1 on the main level of State Capitol’s North Office Building in Harrisburg. Video, audio and summaries of the hearings will be available at the Senate Republican website:

The hearing schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 23

10 a.m. Department of Labor & Industry

1 p.m. Office of Open Records

2:30 p.m. Budget Secretary/Department of Revenue

Tuesday, February 24

10 a.m. Department of General Services

1 p.m. Department of Corrections

3 p.m. PA Commission on Crime & Delinquency

Wednesday, February 25

10 a.m. Department of Agriculture

1 p.m. Department of Treasury

2:30 p.m. Department of Environmental Protection

Thursday, February 26

10 a.m. Gaming Control Board

1 p.m. Governor/Executive Offices

Monday, March 2

10 a.m. Department of Public Welfare – Medical and Cash Assistance programs

1 p.m. Department of Public Welfare – Non Medical and Cash Assistance programs

Tuesday, March 3

10 a.m. Department of Education

1 p.m. Department of Education

3:15 p.m. State Police

Wednesday, March 4

10 a.m. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

1 p.m. Department of Aging

2:30 p.m. Department of Transportation

Thursday, March 5

10 a.m. SERS/PSERS (state retirement programs)

1 p.m. Department of Community and Economic Development.

Tim Nyquist
Phone: (717) 787-1377