• State Lawmakers Highlight Growing Bipartisan Support for Tax on Marcellus Shale to Fund Education

    Harrisburg, April 9, 2014 – Today a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Senate and House voiced their support for imposing a severance tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

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  • Sen. Hughes Announces Legislation to Tax Natural Gas Drilling, Fund Public Education and Other Critical Programs

    March 27th, 2014 – At a news conference today, Senator Hughes announced his support for new legislation that would impose a severance tax on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania at a 5 percent rate. The new levy, which will raise $720 million in FY14-15, would be used to fund critical investments in public education, job creation, and the environment.

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  • Hughes to Host the 5th Breaking the Silence Summit

    Sen. Vincent Hughes will host his Breaking the Silence Summit at Temple University School of Medicine on April 4 & 5.

    Behavioral health issues take a tremendous toll on our community due to the associated stigma, the strong tendency to remain silent when confronted with behavioral health concerns, the misunderstanding of the nature of the illnesses, and the lack of clarity about how to identify and access available, appropriate services and resources.

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  • Senate Democrats Unveil Pension Reform Proposal to Save Billions for Taxpayers

    HARRISBURG, March 12, 2014 – State Senate Democrats today said they would save Pennsylvania taxpayers billions of dollars and solve the state’s pension problem if their proposal to further reform pension rules, refinance billions and help school districts avoid escalating payments is adopted.

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  • Senate, House Democrats Question Corbett Budget Assertions, Unveil Fact Check Website

    Harrisburg – February 20, 2014 – Senate and House Democrats said today that Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget speech and follow up opinion pieces and interviews have painted a picture of Pennsylvania that is blurry, inaccurate and badly in need of correction.

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  • Senate Democrats Deride Gov’s Budget as Election-Year Pandering

    Harrisburg, February 4, 2014 – Senate Democratic leaders today called Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal election-year pandering and woefully lacking on multiple levels.

    “The governor really needs to stop promising and start delivering for Pennsylvania.” Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said today following the budget address.

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  • Senate Democrats Detail Budget Priorities, Highlight Corbett Budget Failures

    Philadelphia Senators Call for $300 Million in New Education Funding

    Philadelphia, Jan. 30, 2014 – Senate Democrats gathered in communities across Pennsylvania yesterday to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett to produce a spending plan that is aligned with the needs of the Pennsylvania.

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  • Senator Vincent Hughes Hails Decision to Find Voter ID Law Unconstitutional

    Philadelphia – January 17th, 2014 – Today, Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the decision by Judge Benard McGinley of Commonwealth Court finding that Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law is unconstitutional:

    “This decision is a tremendous victory for democracy and the voters of Pennsylvania. The Corbett Administration has been defending a flawed and punitive law that restricts access to the polls.

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  • Emergency Heater Repair Hotline

    The ECA Heater Repair Hotline is a year-round program that assists low-income homeowners in Philadelphia County that are in need of immediate, minor repairs to their heating systems. The program uses a combination of public funding sources and a partnership with the City of Philadelphia to provide up to $2,000 in repairs at no cost to residents.

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  • Senate Democrats Outline Billion Dollar Budget Savings and Revenue Plan

    In advance of the governor’s planned mid-year budget briefing, state Senate Democrats today announced details of a plan to generate more than $1 billion in budget savings and revenues they say can be used to make key investments, avoid deep cuts or tax increases in dealing with a projected $839 million budget deficit.

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  • Affordable Care Act

    With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, better known as ObamaCare) scheduled for January 1, 2014, many people are still not aware of how the new health care law will affect them. Certain provisions of the law are incredibly far-reaching; others are specific to certain small groups. However, there are several important points of which every American should be aware.

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  • Senator Hughes Now Features Employment Assistance

    Click here for information on employment opportunities, employment resources, job training resources, links to job fair announcements and other useful career information.

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