Senator Hughes has filed a resolution that would force a vote on legislation to expand Medicaid in Pennsylvania.medicaid-resolution-hughes-wrap
Senate Democrats say new high school graduation standards being pursued by the Corbett Administration will threaten graduation for thousands of future high school students and stick school districts and local taxpayers with a costly unfunded state mandate. Here’s more with Senator Hughes who spoke at a State Capitol news conference today in support of a moratorium on the new graduation test standards.graduation-tests-hughes
Pennsylvania Moment: There is help for people struggling to make their mortgage payments. Senator Hughes has details.pennsylvania-moment-sen.hughes-april’13
New employment numbers are out, and they do not paint a good picture for Pennsylvania. Senator Hughes and his fellow Senate Democrats say the state is heading in the wrong direction economically.missed-job-opportunities-hughes-wrap
State Senate Democrats held a public hearing in Pittsburgh on Friday, March 1st, to discuss the budgetary and economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. Here are Senator Hughes’ opening remarks.hughes-medicaid-hearing-03-08-13
Senator Hughes says Gov. Corbett is shortchanging public school education in his proposed state budget, especially poorer school districts, and the proof is in the test scores statewide. Here’s more with Senator Hughes, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who told Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis at the department’s budget hearing before the Senate that the governor’s budget proposal is unacceptable.education-budget-hearing-hughes-wrapstory
Senator Hughes responds to the Governor’s Budget Address.2013-budget-speech-reaction-sen.hughes
Governor Corbett has not yet decided if Pennsylvania will participate in Medicaid expansion available under the federal government’s new Affordable Care Act. Following a hearing in Philadelphia looking into the matter, Senator Hughes says he should decide to participate, and do it quickly.Q&A-medicaid-expansion-hearing-sen.hughes-01-25-13
Senator Hughes and his fellow Senate Democrats have outlined their priorities when it comes to transportation funding in Pennsylvania.transportation-priorities-sen.hughes
Acknowledging the growing problems in financially distressed small cities across the state, Senate Democrats discussed their plans at a State Capitol news conference to address a wide range of problems impacting aging and distressed communities. Here’s more with Senator Hughes on the Senate Democrat’s Growth, Progress and Sustainability, or GPS plan, to strengthen distressed communities.
Senator Hughes and his fellow Senate Democrats say the Governor should open up the lottery privatization process so that the public and lawmakers can have a chance to get all the facts and offer their opinions.
Senate Democrats have set their budget priorities for the new session of the General Assembly that begins in January. Senator Hughes and his colleagues say the focus is on jobs.
Pennsylvania Moment: Senator Hughes says those who need help paying their heating bills this winter should apply for LIHEAP assistance as soon as possible.
Pennsylvania Moment: If you’re looking for help, Senator Hughes says there’s a website that will connect you to many of the services the state of Pennsylvania offers.
Pennsylvania Moment – Pennsylvania is ready to help you find a job. Senator Hughes has details
Senator Hughes says the latest increase in the state’s unemployment rate is predictable considering Gov. Corbett and his administration have failed to develop an economic and job growth plan. Here’s more with Senator Hughes, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Sen. Hughes says the Pennsylvania Housing Financing Agency is now accepting applications from struggling homeowners for the newly reinstated Homeowners Mortgage Assistance Program.
Senator Hughes says the decision by a Commonwealth Court judge to uphold the Voter ID law is highly disturbing and disconcerting because he believes it was a political decision.
Pennsylvania Moment: If you see that a senior citizen is being abused, you can do something to help. Senator Hughes says there’s a hotline number you can call to report elder abuse.
Pennsylvania Moment: Pennsylvania is ready to help you find the best route when it comes to summer driving. Senator Hughes has the details.
Senator Hughes talks about the 2012 state budget.
Senator Hughes says, thanks to the CHIP program, no child will be without quality health insurance.
Senator Hughes speaks on the floor of the state Senate about the budget bill(SB 1466) that passed 39-8 on May 9th.
A key state Senate committee has approved a budget bill that increases spending for struggling public schools, universities, and human services programs. Here’s more with Senator Hughes, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which unanimously approved a $27.6 billion spending plan.
A new state law establishes an asset test on Food Stamp recipients. Senator Hughes says this unnecessarily penalizes the poor and the elderly.
Senator Hughes addressed students from the 14 schools in the State System of Higher Educationwho rallied at the Capitol in Harrisburg against Gov. Corbett’s proposed cuts to higher education funding
Senator Hughes expresses his disappointment after Senate passage of Voter ID legislation. Senate Democrats say if Voter ID becomes law, they’ll fight it in court
The state Department of Public Welfare came under fire from Senate Democrats at its budget hearing Tuesday in Harrisburg for proposed cuts in human services programs that target the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Here’s more with Senator Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Parents of students at the Cook-Wissahickon public school in the Philadelphia suburb of Roxborough sent letters to Sen. Hughes, state Rep. Pam DeLissio, and Gov. Corbett, offering a tour of the school to see first-hand the impact of state budget cuts. Here’s what Sen. Hughes had to say when he finished the tour:
Senator Hughes reminds seniors that they can get help paying for their prescriptions.
As mortgage foreclosure filings rise sharply across Pennsylvania, Senator Hughes, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, says the increase is directly related to the gutting of the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program last August by Gov. Corbett. Senator Hughes is calling for the restart of HEMAP.
Senator Hughes calls Gov. Corbett’s $27 billion 2012-13 state budget proposal “a failure” for Pennsylvania residents and taxpayers.
Senator Hughes joins state lawmakers and advocates for the poor at a rally at the SHARE Food Program Center in Philadelphia to fight against proposed eligibility regulations by the Corbett Administration for food stamp recipients.
There’s assistance for low-income Pennsylvanians who need help paying their heating bills, but there’s not as much funding as in years past. Sen. Hughes advises you to apply early
Senator Hughes says Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the life, work and legacy of one of our most celebrated historical figures.
Senator Hughes says the state budget isn’t the only thing that’s running a deficit — the Corbett Administration is also running a deficit when it comes to creating jobs and growing the state’s economy. Howard Ondick has more with Senator Hughes from a State Capitol news conference on Tuesday following a mid-year budget briefing by Gov. Corbett and his budget secretary to legislative leaders.
Sen. Hughes’ Infrastructure Summit at Temple University shows fixing the state’s communities is as important as fixing its roads and bridges.
Senator Hughes speaks on Senate Floor on Senate Bill 1.
Senate Democrats Roll Out Billion Dollar Job Creation Plan: Pa Works Now.
PA Moment :: Make your summer driving easier. Senator Hughes advises you to check with PA 511 before heading out.
PA Moment :: Senator Hughes tells what you can do if you suspect abuse of an elderly person.
Senate Democrats offer $1.1 billion budget savings plan to offset Gov. Corbett’s cuts in basic and higher education.
Senator Hughes Proposes ‘Victory Academies’ Legislation to Help Students at Pennsylvania’s Failing Schools.
Senator Hughes joins higher education students at a rally opposing Corbett’s proposed education cuts!
PA Moment – Senator Hughes says that, thanks to state law, Pennsylvania parents with autistic children can get help paying for their care.
Senator Hughes Says State Should Not Allow adultBasic Care Health Insurance Program to Die.
State Senate Democrats announce the details of a major job creation initiative which will not only create permanent jobs but save hundreds of millions in state taxpayer dollars by enhancing and streamlining existing programs.
Sen. Hughes joined Sen. Larry Farnese at a press conference calling upon the members of the legislature to focus their attention to the immediate needs of Pennsylvanians.
Senate Public Health & Welfare and Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure committees hold hearing on Philadelphia abortion clinic where its medical doctor has been charged with numerous crimes including the murder of a woman and seven babies.
PA Moment – Don’t let your family go without heat this winter. Sen. Hughes says you can get help paying your heating bill.