• Costa, Hughes Support Budget Becoming Law; New Funds for Education, Opioid Treatment

    Harrisburg, July 10, 2016 - Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) released the following comments in support of Gov. Tom Wolf's announcement that he was allowing the state budget bill (Senate Bill 1073) to become law without his signature.

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  • Senator Hughes Statement on Passage of State Budget

    Harrisburg, June 29th, 2016 – State Senator Vincent Hughes today voted with the majority of the Pennsylvania Senate to pass a $31.53 billion General Fund budget. The bill offers an on-time budget that contains a modest increase funding for public education and makes other investments. The bill, which passed the Senate 47 to 3, will now be sent back to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for concurrence.

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  • Senate Democrats Call for More Funding for Human Relations Commission

    June 22, 2016 - State Senate Democratic Whip Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) today said that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has been devastated by recurring state budget cuts and that the state spending plan now under consideration needs to address agency funding shortfalls.

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  • State Senate Roundtable in Philadelphia Focuses on the Dangers of Lead Exposure

    Philadelphia – May 19, 2016 – At the request of state Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a roundtable discussion today on the health impact of lead exposure.

    “The effects of lead exposure are indelible, dangerous and deadly,” Hughes said.

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  • Senate Democrats Outline Legislation to Combat Opioid and Heroin Crisis

    Harrisburg, May 18, 2016 – With drug overdose deaths reaching epidemic levels, Senate Democrats unveiled legislation today to address the opioid addiction crisis from prevention through recovery.

    “Addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and there is no easy solution to fix the problem,” Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said.

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  • Senator Hughes' remarks at Senator Art Haywood's press conference on introducing legislation to create a more progressive taxation system in PA

    May 11, 2016 – At a news conference held at the state capitol today, State Senator Vincent Hughes joined Senate Democratic colleagues and community leaders calling for tax reform to protect middle and low-income Pennsylvanians. At the event, Haywood introduced legislation – Senate Bills 1257 and 1258 – that would reduce the tax burden for everyday Pennsylvanians.

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  • Senator Hughes Responds to the Auditor General’s Audit of the Philadelphia School System

    HARRISBURG, May 11, 2016 − Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the Auditor General’s audit of the School District of Philadelphia: “I commend the auditor general and his team for their thorough review of the School District of Philadelphia’s finances."

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  • #MoreThanMinimum

    Today Governor Wolf increased the minimum wage for state workers and state government contractors from the current $7.25 to $10.15 per hour through an executive order. While limited in scope, this action is critically important for hard-working Pennsylvanians and their families.

    With just a few strokes of his pen, the governor has taken steps to put success within reach for working-class families. Far too many of them still spend their days working in jobs that don't pay a living wage, forcing them to make the choice between food, medication, health care and eviction.

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  • Employment Opportunities

    Visit my Employment Opportunities page to find current resources to utilize during your job search, including helpful employment opportunity websites and local job fairs and job alerts. Please contact me if you have any questions or if you are an organization or employer that would like to post a job fair or employment opportunity for constituents.

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