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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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State Senator Vincent Hughes Announces Legislation to Tax Natural Gas Drilling, Fund Public Education and Other Critical Programs

Philadelphia – 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 […]

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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. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa […]

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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. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Sen. […]

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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 […]

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Senate Democrats Detail Budget Priorities, Highlight Corbett Budget Failures

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 […]

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Senator Hughes calls for another “Healthy PA” hearing in Philadelphia

January 6th, 2014 Secretary Beverly Mackereth Department of Public Welfare P.O. BOX 2675 Harrisburg, PA 17105 Dear Secretary Mackereth, We were pleased to hear that nearly 300 people had signed up to participate in the Department of Public Welfare’s two hearings on “Healthy PA” that were scheduled […]

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