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E-news Updates – February 23, 2024
February 23, 2024

E-news Updates – February 23, 2024

Senate Begins Review of Proposed State Budget The Senate Appropriations Committee began public hearings this week on the proposed 2024-25 state budget. Gov. Josh Shapiro’s budget plan would increase state spending by more than $3.2 billion, or about 7.1% above the current year’s budget. Projections indicate it will be near impossible to balance budgets in […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – February 16, 2024
February 16, 2024

E-news Updates – February 16, 2024

Budget Hearings Scheduled to Begin Next Week State spending would increase by more than $3.2 billion, or about 7.1%, under the Governor’s budget proposal. This level of increase will make it virtually impossible to balance future budgets without spending cuts and tax increases within the five-year planning period. As a member of the Senate Appropriations […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – February 9, 2024
February 9, 2024

E-news Updates – February 9, 2024

Brown Releases Statement Following Shapiro’s Budget Address This week marks the beginning of the state budget process. Governor Shapiro presented his proposal to the legislature for lawmakers to begin the work of delivering an effective and responsible budget for Pennsylvania. I was pleased to be one of six lawmakers asked to escort the Governor to […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – February 2, 2024
February 2, 2024

E-news Updates – February 2, 2024

Senators Brown and Pennycuick Host Joint Hearing on Protecting Municipalities from Cyberattacks As Chairwomen of the Senate Local Government Committee and the Senate Communications and Technology Committee, Sen. Tracy Pennycuick (R-24) and I hosted a joint hearing this week that examined cybersecurity threats faced by local governments and municipal authorities. Recent cyberattacks targeting the Bucks […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – January 26, 2024
January 26, 2024

E-news Updates – January 26, 2024

Healthy Rainy Day Fund Cushions Against Hard Times Currently, the state’s Rainy Day Fund sits at a record high of $6.1 billion. In large part thanks to careful decisions of the Senate over the last several years. Most recently, we deposited $900 million as part of the current state budget. While many wanted to spend […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – January 19, 2024
January 19, 2024

E-news Updates – January 19, 2024

DWG: Route 611 Closure This prolonged closure has done more harm than necessary. I totally respect that there are laws they are trying to respect within the National Park Service, but when you want to get something done – you can get it done. The state has secured the necessary emergency funding and has specialized […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – January 12, 2024
January 12, 2024

E-news Updates – January 12, 2024

Brown Once Again Calls Upon the National Park Service for Urgency This week, I contacted the Director of the National Park to call for the immediate prioritization of the required federal permit to begin work on Route 611 in Delaware Water Gap, which has been closed since Dec. 6, 2022. You can view the letter […]  [Read More]

First Year as Your Senator
December 29, 2023

First Year as Your Senator

First Year as Your Senator When I was sworn in as your Senator this year, I made one very important promise: to work hard! To stay accountable, I am sharing a snapshot of just some of what I have accomplished this year in conjunction with the Senate Republican majority. First, to be transparent to you, […]  [Read More]

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
December 24, 2023

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Extending warm wishes for a holiday full of peace, love, and happiness.  [Read More]

E-news Updates – December 22, 2023
December 22, 2023

E-news Updates – December 22, 2023

Brown Works for Road Safety, Fairness to Drivers The reauthorization of the automated speed zone enforcement program was signed into law last week, but not without significant changes based on your feedback. In the 40th Senatorial District, we have several speed zone enforcement cameras to encourage drivers to slow down, prevent serious crashes, and to […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – December 15, 2023
December 15, 2023

E-news Updates – December 15, 2023

Brown Successfully Enacts Mental Health Study This week, I worked with Senate leadership to expand language in House Bill 1300 to direct a study on Pennsylvania’s suicide and crisis hotline. As chair of the Mental Health caucus and from conversations with constituents, Fe and Gareth Hall, we successfully enacted this proposal. The Halls unfortunately lost […]  [Read More]

E-news Updates – December 1, 2023
December 1, 2023

E-news Updates – December 1, 2023

Remembering Pearl Harbor “A date which will live in infamy…”  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Dec. 7 marks 82 years since the surprise attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After a decade of strained relations between the United States and Japan, that act drew the United States into World War II. While […]  [Read More]

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