Senator Hughes Blasts Republican State Budget Priorities, Says “It Would Move Pennsylvania in the Wrong Direction.”

On July 1, 2015, in Releases

HARRISBURG, June 30th, 2015 − Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the Republican legislative priorities, including state budget, liquor privatization, and pension overhaul: “I am deeply disappointed with the actions of my Republican colleagues in the General Assembly. Tonight, the majority party in both chambers decided to ignore the will of the votes and pursue […]

Senate Democrats: Eliminate Property Taxes for 2 Million Pennsylvanians

On June 24, 2015, in Releases

Harrisburg – June 24, 2015 – A new property tax plan that would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $1,990 for another 1.2 million homesteads and provide a $500 rent rebate for more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians was unveiled today by Senate Democrats.

Senator Hughes Statement on the Recommendations of the Basic Education Funding Commission

On June 18, 2015, in Releases

HARRISBURG, June 18, 2015 − Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the recommendations of the Basic Education Funding Commission: “First, I want to applaud the work of the Commission members and the effort they put into this critical issue. It’s encouraging that a group of bipartisan lawmakers from both chambers in the General Assembly and the Governor’s Office can work together on such a vital issue as funding our schools. I fully support the Commission’s proposed funding formula, which represents an important step toward closing the staggering education funding inequalities that exist in our state.”

Senator Hughes Statement on the Defeat of Marcus Brown’s Nomination for State Police Commissioner

On June 8, 2015, in Releases

HARRISBURG, June 8, 2015: Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the defeat of Marcus Brown’s Nomination for State Police Commissioner: “I am extremely disappointed that my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate have failed to support such a qualified nominee as Colonial Marcus Brown. This is a man who is undoubtedly qualified to lead the […]

Democrats Press for Shale Tax to Fund $1 Billion Education Investment

On June 2, 2015, in Releases

Harrisburg – June 2, 2015 – Legislative Democrats gathered in the state Capitol for a news conference today to highlight the broad and deep support in the General Assembly for legislation that would create a new $1 billion natural gas extraction tax for education. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) and Democratic Appropriations Chair Vincent […]

Wozniak Says Manufacturing Tax Credit Will Create Jobs

On May 22, 2015, in Releases

Harrisburg – May 22, 2015 – A new $5 million manufacturing tax credit, contained in legislation that state Sen. John Wozniak (D-Cambria) is introducing, will help create jobs and bolster the economy, he said today. “Helping the manufacturing sector of our economy with tax credits will result in more jobs and commercial activity,” Wozniak said. […]

Gov’s Proposal to Improve Workforce Skills Now Before Committee as Schwank Bill

On May 14, 2015, in Releases

READING, May 14, 2015 – One of Pennsylvania’s champions for education has converted Gov. Tom Wolf’s idea for career and technical instruction into a proposal that is now before a Senate committee for consideration. Sen. Judy Schwank’s Senate Bill 114 would deliver as much as $15 million for public-private training partnerships focusing on high-demand, high-growth […]

Senator Vincent Hughes Introduces Bill to Provide Historic $3.8 billion in Property Tax Relief

On May 14, 2015, in Releases

Harrisburg, May 14, 2015 – Today, State Senator Vincent Hughes announced he has introduced SB 118, Governor Wolf’s proposal to provide $3.8 billion in property tax relief for Pennsylvania’s homeowners as part of the 2015-2016 State Budget. SB 118 would totally eliminate school district property taxes for approximately 270,000 senior citizens. Renters with incomes of […]

Senate Democrats: Wolf Budget Proposal Bold, Responsible, Necessary

On March 3, 2015, in Releases

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 it is so compelling that it will command […]

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

On December 3, 2014, in Releases

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 his Republican legislative allies. View 2014-15 Mid-Year Budget […]

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