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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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For PA’s Minimum Wage Workers, Christmas Unaffordable, Tartaglione, Hughes Say

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 17, 2013 – With thousands of Pennsylvanians buying the most popular Christmas gifts and planning family get-togethers by plane, train and automobile, state Sens. Christine M. Tartaglione and Vincent Hughes today said too many people will not be able to afford an average holiday because […]

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Senate Democrats Outline Billion Dollar Budget Savings and Revenue Plan

Harrisburg – Dec. 10, 2013 – 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 […]

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Senator Hughes: Expanding Traditional Medicaid is the Best Way to Provide Insurance to Low-Income Individuals in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – December 6th, 2013 – Senator Vincent Hughes issued the following statement on the need for Pennsylvania to expand Medicaid: “Gov. Tom Corbett has begun to offer more details about his proposal to expand health-care coverage for low-income individuals using provisions of the Affordable Care Act. […]

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Senator Hughes Votes for Funding for Critical Transportation Needs, Calls It Major Job Creation Initiative

HARRISBURG – November 20, 2013 – Senator Vincent Hughes issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1060: “I am pleased today that the Pennsylvania Senate passed a major transportation funding package and has now sent that amended bill to members of the Pennsylvania House […]

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Senate Democrats Announce Legislative Plan for Veterans

Harrisburg – November 19, 2013 – At a Capitol news conference today, Senate Democrats outlined a comprehensive package of legislation designed to help veterans and their families deal with issues as they return to civilian life from military service. According to Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), […]

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Senate Democrats Cite New IFO Report as Evidence of Corbett Leadership Failure

Democratic Leaders Outline Specific Revenue Initiatives Harrisburg – November 15, 2013 – On the heels of the Independent Fiscal Office’s (IFO) release of its budget outlook report suggesting that Pennsylvania is facing a structural deficit of $839 million next year, state Senate Democrats said today the blame for […]

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Senate Democrats’ Small Games Plan Now Backed by Governor

Harrisburg – October 24, 2013 – State Senate Democrats said today they were pleased that Gov. Tom Corbett has now signaled his approval of their plan to direct revenues generated from small games of chance in taverns to the Lottery Fund. The Democratic plan would bolster lottery programs and create a potential funding source for a property tax freeze benefitting seniors.

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State Senator Vincent Hughes Statement in Response to Gov. Corbett’s Decision to Release $45 Million for School District of Philadelphia

Philadelphia – October 16th, 2013 – State Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement today in response to Governor Tom Corbett’s decision to release the $45 million grant for the School District of Philadelphia: “I am relieved that Gov. Corbett has finally indicated he will release the […]

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Senator Vincent Hughes: Congressman Eric Cantor Needs to See Impact of Inadequate Funding for Public Education

Philadelphia – September 23, 2013 – State Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement in response to U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor’s Monday visit to Freire Charter School in West Philadelphia: “It’s outrageous that Congressman Cantor is coming to Philadelphia to sell so-called ‘school choice,’ which is really a […]

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Hughes Supports Legislation to Raise Minimum Wage

PHILADELPHIA, September 17, 2013 — At a news conference in Philadelphia’s City Hall today, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione announced new legislation aimed at restoring the buying power of Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Tartaglione, the Democratic chair of the Labor and Industry Committee was joined by Democratic Appropriations Chair Sen. […]

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Senate Democrats Comment on Corbett Health Plan

Harrisburg, September 16, 2013 – Senate Democrats issued the following joint statement in response to Gov. Tom Corbett’s announcement of his plan to reform the state’s Medicaid program. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia) Democratic Appropriations Committee chair, Democratic Health and Welfare Committee […]

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State Senator Vincent Hughes and Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers to Participate in Medicaid Expansion Discussion Sponsored By Cover the Commonwealth Campaign

PHILADELPHIA, September 9th, 2013 – State Senator Vincent Hughes will join with Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-Philadelphia) and other elected officials for a discussion on Medicaid expansion sponsored by the Cover the Commonwealth Campaign on Tuesday, September 10th at 3pm in Philadelphia City Hall, […]

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