Key Points from Senate Budget Hearings on Community and Economic Development, Corrections

HARRISBURG – The need to create jobs and keep young residents in Pennsylvania were among the topics covered in Tuesday’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearings on the budget requests for the Department of Community and Economic Development and Department of Corrections.

The hearings are part of the third and final week of Senate budget hearings. Gov. Josh Shapiro’s $45.8 billion plan seeks to boost state spending by more than $1.3 billion above the current year’s budget. Senate Republicans are advocating pro-growth policies and helping Pennsylvanians keep more of their hard-earned money as the surest way to meet budgetary challenges in the years ahead.

Department of Community and Economic Development

Gov. Shapiro is seeking a budget for the Department of Community and Economic Development of $191.4 million. Committee members sought assurances from Acting Secretary Rick Siger that this money would be spent efficiently.

Full Hearing

Senator Martin on Workforce Development, Barriers to Growth, Performance and Accountability of Tax Credit Programs, and More

Video Highlights

Department of Corrections/PA Parole Board

Pennsylvania’s recidivism rate and declining inmate population were among the topics the committee covered with Acting Corrections Secretary Laurel Harry.

Full Hearing

You can find the hearings schedule, livestreams, daily recaps and video from prior hearings at


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