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Senate Democrats: Wolf Budget Proposal Bold, Responsible, Necessary

Plan includes historic tax relief, business tax shifts, education, and job initiatives Harrisburg – March 3, 2015 – Senate Democratic leaders today said that Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal is a “bold, responsible and necessary” plan designed to address issues confronted by middle class families and […]

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Senator Hughes Statement on Governor Wolf’s Appointment of Majorie Neff to Chair the School Reform Commission

HARRISBURG, (March 1st, 2015) − Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s appointment of Majorie Neff to be Chair of the School Reform Commission: “I want to offer my support for Governor Wolf’s decision. It is a good thing to have […]

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Senator Hughes Statement in Support of Governor Wolf’s Decision to Impose a Moratorium on the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, February 13, 2015 − Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement in support of Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to impose a moratorium on the death penalty: “I want to commend Gov. Tom Wolf for taking the brave step of declaring a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. […]

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Senator Hughes Statement on Governor Wolf’s Announcement Regarding “Healthy PA”  

HARRISBURG – (February 9th, 2015) Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on changes to “Healthy PA” announced today by Governor Tom Wolf: “I want to praise Governor Tom Wolf for announcing today the first step towards transitioning away from so-called “Healthy PA” to true Medicaid expansion. […]

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Hughes, Haywood Propose 8 Percent “Shale For Our Future” Tax

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5, 2015 — Surrounded by local educators and parents, state Sens. Art Haywood and Vincent J. Hughes today announced legislation to impose an 8 percent tax on Marcellus Shale gas along with the 1.9 percent impact fee. Joined by Sen. Larry Farnese, Haywood and Hughes […]

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Senator Hughes Praises Commonwealth Court Decision on School Reform Commission Attempt to Cancel Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ Contract

PHILADELPHIA- (January 22nd, 2015) − Senator Vincent Hughes issued the following statement in response to Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s decision to prohibit the Philadelphia School Reform Commission from unilaterally canceling the contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers: “This is a great decision by the Court that prohibits the […]

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Senator Hughes Statement on the Inauguration of Governor Tom Wolf         

HARRISBURG- (January 20, 2015) Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the inauguration of Governor Tom Wolf: “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Governor Tom Wolf. I know that he will serve our great Commonwealth with distinction. He has a clear vision for […]

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Costa, Hughes: Corbett, Republicans Accountable for $2 Billion Deficit

Harrisburg – Dec. 3, 2014 – Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Phila.) said the $2 billion plus budget deficit disclosed at today’s Mid-Year Budget Briefing should be laid at the feet of Gov. Tom Corbett and […]

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Senator Hughes Reacts to the Independent Fiscal Office’s Projected Nearly $2 Billion Budget Deficit

PHILADELPHIA- (November 13th, 2014) – Senator Vincent Hughes issued the following statement in response to the Independent Fiscal Office’s projection that Pennsylvania has a budget deficit of nearly $2 billion: “I am disturbed but not surprised to learn that Pennsylvania has a growing budget deficit, estimated by the […]

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Lawmakers Learn About Housing Needs of Vets at McKeesport Roundtable

McKeesport – September 5, 2014 – Lawmakers who participated in Friday afternoon’s roundtable discussion at the James R. Brewster Community Center in McKeesport learned first-hand about the needs of veterans and the obstacles they face when they try to find adequate housing. “There is no question that […]

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Costa, Hughes Comment on Corbett’s Healthy PA Following Federal Approval

Harrisburg – August 28, 2014 − Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement following federal approval of Medicaid expansion for Pennsylvania. Statements from Costa and Hughes follow: Sen. Jay Costa: “The approval of the long-delayed […]

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Senator Hughes Responds to Decision to Open Philadelphia Public Schools

PHILADELPHIA- (August 15th) – Sen. Vincent Hughes released the following statement today in response the announcement that Philadelphia public schools will open on time: “While I am grateful that students and parents will not have to deal with the disruption of our public schools opening late, I […]

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Senator Hughes Calls for PA House to Return and Vote on Philadelphia Cigarette Tax

PHILADELPHIA- (July 31st, 2014) Senator Vincent Hughes issued the following statement in response to news that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has cancelled scheduled session days for next week: “The failure of the Pennsylvania State House to return means in very real terms that the Philadelphia School […]

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Corbett’s Action on Budget Illustrates Republican Dysfunction

Harrisburg – July 10, 2014 – Members of Senate Democratic Leadership issued the following statements concerning Gov. Tom Corbett’s line-item veto of funding for the General Assembly and his renewed call for lawmakers to consider pension reform: Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) said: “Governor Corbett’s action […]

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Senator Vincent Hughes Denounces “Sham” Budget Passed by PA Senate

HARRISBURG- June 30th, 2014- Senator Vincent Hughes issued the following statement in response to the passage of HB 2328 by the Pennsylvania Senate: “Today, in an effort to pass a budget bill before the start of the new fiscal year, Senate Republicans advanced a $29.1 billion spending […]

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Senator Vincent Hughes Applauds Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee for Unanimous Passage of Veteran Housing Bill

HARRISBURG- June 18th, 2014- Senator Vincent Hughes issued the following statement in response to the passage of Senate Bill 1135 by the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee: “Today, the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee passed new legislation which amends the Housing Authorities Law of 1937, […]

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Senator Vincent Hughes Applauds Philadelphia School Reform Commission for Refusing to Pass Draconian Budget, Calls on State to Provide Additional Revenue

Philadelphia – May 30th, 2014 – State Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement in response to the announcement that the School Reform Commission (SRC) will not approve a budget that does not include new revenue to restore vital programs in Philadelphia’s classrooms: “Last night, the Philadelphia […]

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Pennsylvania Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Expressing Sympathy to Victims of Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria

Harrisburg, May 7th, 2014 – The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by State Senator Vincent Hughes expressing sympathy to the victims of the recent mass kidnapping in Nigeria. More than 300 teenage girls were abducted from a local government secondary school by Islamic militants in […]

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Senator Vincent Hughes Reacts to More Than $1.2 Billion Revenue Shortfall, Urges Lawmakers to Pass Shale Tax and Other Measures to Balance the State Budget

Philadelphia – May 1st, 2014 –Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement in response to news from the Independent Fiscal Office that declining April revenue collections reveal that Governor Corbett’s proposed budget over estimates available revenues by more than $1.2 billion: “I am deeply troubled but not […]

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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. While there was no clear consensus among the legislators on the exact terms of the severance tax, […]

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