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Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill represents the 28th District in the Senate of Pennsylvania.
Jan 22, 2024
EP 037 Improving Financial Literacy with Special Guest Sen. Chris Gebhard
Even before graduation, high school students are inundated with financial decisions – from student loans for college to the purchase of a first vehicle. However, equipping those students with the knowledge to make informed decisions has proven to be a big challenge. Latest studies show recent high school graduates (18 years of age) through 29-year-olds carry average credit card debt totaling $2,900. As these students grow older, so does their credit card debt. Gen X carries the highest credit card debt load with more than $8,000 in credit card bills. This does not include mortgages, vehicles or other items that are financed. Sen. Chris Gebhard wants to build a better foundation for future financial decisions starting in high school. He authored a new law that will give students basic money management skills and long-term financial planning through a mandatory course every Pennsylvania student will take in high school. The half-credit personal finance course will be a graduation requirement under the new law he authored. He joins Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss his effort, why he sponsored the bill and what it means for the future financial health of everyday Pennsylvanians, starting with the next generation of high school graduates. You can learn more about Sen. Gebhard’s new law here: https://senatorgebhard.com/2023/12/13/gebhard-bill-to-improve-financial-literacy-set-for-enactment/
Jan 4, 2024
EP 036 Previewing the 108th PA Farm Show with Special Guest Deputy Secretary Lisa Graybeal
One of Pennsylvania’s great traditions is back and bigger than ever with the 108th annual Farm Show held in Harrisburg Jan. 6 – 13. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Lisa Graybeal sits down with Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to preview the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo. To learn more about the upcoming Farm Show, please visit: https://www.farmshow.pa.gov/pafarmshow/Pages/default.aspx
Oct 26, 2023
EP 035 The Facts about Parental Empowerment through SB 7 with Special Guest Sen. Ryan Aument
Sen. Ryan Aument joins Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss Senate Bill 7, legislation that would empower parents to protect their own child from accessing sexually explicit content at school, without impacting the books available to other students. Sen. Aument walks through what the bill does and does not do and addresses many misconceptions and myths about his legislation. Sen. Aument recently launched a website to help educate Pennsylvanians about the extreme and graphic content contained in the materials. You can learn more about the issue here: https://www.senatoraument.com/parental-control-of-sexually-explicit-content/
Sep 26, 2023
EP 034 Proposed Pumped Storage Facility along the Susquehanna River with Special Guest Mark Platts
Earlier this year, the Philadelphia Inquirer broke the news about out-of-county developers seeking to take 1,000 acres of land to build a pumped storage facility along the Susquehanna River near Chanceford Township. The developers, who are based in Reading, Pennsylvania, sought the approval of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin the multi-year process of building a massive pumped storage hydroelectric facility. The process would require taking and flooding of many properties, including farmland as well as recreational and historical sites along the Susquehanna River. Joining Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill is Mark Platts, president of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. Mark discusses the adverse impact of the proposed project along the river. Since the podcast was recorded, FERC rejected the initial application, however, the developers indicated that they will re-apply.
Sep 1, 2023
EP 033 Exploring York County’s Outdoors with Special Guest Mark Platts
The Susquehanna National Heritage Area has been a catalyst for major improvements to York County’s natural resources along the Susquehanna River. Leading this effort is Mark Platts, who was the first employee of the heritage area. He joins Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss York County’s outdoor recreational opportunities. The Susquehanna Heritage Area is our nation’s 55th national heritage area, which brings great exposure to the region, as well as drives greater resources to improve areas along the Susquehanna River. Mark discusses some of the latest additions to the heritage area, and some family-friendly “must-dos” as summer turns into fall along eastern York County.
May 12, 2023
EP 032 Reforming Pennsylvania’s Permitting Process with Special Guest Luke Bernstein
Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill and Pennsylvania Chamber President and CEO Luke Bernstein recaps major reforms passed by the Senate of Pennsylvania this week to grow the economy and cut down bureaucratic delays by reforming the state’s historically sluggish permitting process. Bernstein hailed the passage of Senate Bill 350 stating: “Senate Bill 350 takes a giant step forward propelling our state to become more competitive. By building on the governor’s efforts to improve permitting, this measure further helps to modernize, streamline, and add much needed transparency to the permitting process.”
Apr 17, 2023
EP 031 Saving for the Future with Special Guest Treasurer Stacy Garrity
State Treasurer Stacy Garrity sits down with Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss the impending fiscal cliff and the best way to navigate future financial challenges. Treasurer Garrity and Sen. Phillips-Hill also discuss the importance of Pennsylvanians checking to see if they have unclaimed property, and ways the Treasury is working to streamline the unclaimed property process. They also review their efforts to ban TikTok on state government devices and networks in order to bolster the Commonwealth’s cybersecurity standards.
Mar 30, 2023
EP 030 Safeguarding PA Taxpayers with Special Guest Auditor General Timothy DeFoor
Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog joins Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill to discuss his concerns with government spending and the need for greater oversight and transparency. Auditor General DeFoor shares how taxpayers can be part of the solution in reviewing the state’s finances. The podcast also covers General DeFoor’s background that led him to serve in his current role. Finally, Sen. Phillips-Hill and General DeFoor recap the General’s recent audit on school district budget reserves.
Mar 2, 2023
EP 029 Banning TikTok in State Government with Special Guest Sen. Tracy Pennycuick
Growing concerns from the nation’s top law enforcement agency and intelligence agencies about the security and potential manipulation of the popular social media app TikTok has led to various branches of the federal government and many states banning the platform on government devices and networks. Recently, Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity banned the app from all Treasury-issued devices. Sen. Phillips-Hill is the sponsor of a bill that would prohibit all state-owned devices and networks from downloading and using TikTok. She sits down with newly appointed Senate Communications and Technology Committee chair Sen. Tracy Pennycuick to discuss the issue.