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PA Senate Votes 43-7 to Send PA Budget with Record Education Increase to House to End Budget Impasse

Senator Hughes calls for budget impasse walls to come down :: December 7, 2015
Senator Hughes calls for budget impasse walls to come down :: December 7, 2015


I am extremely happy to report that the Pennsylvania Senate took a major step forward today to end the budget impasse that has gripped Pennsylvania for more than 150 days. We passed a bipartisan bill that would put in place a compromise state budget that includes $400 million in new education funding.  

I have called on my colleagues to bring down the budget impasse walls, which you can see in the video clip attached to this e-mail. Four key actors have agreed to this budget compromise: Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, Governor Wolf, and the House Democrats. The House Republicans are the only outstanding actors. 

The previous governor and Republican-controlled legislature cut more than $1 billion from public education.  Philadelphia was hit especially hard, losing nearly $400 million in funding from the state. As a result, class sizes have increased to as many as 40 students in a class. Philly schools have also cut after-school programs, extracurricular activities, and key support staff like guidance counselors and nurses. 

Senator HughesThat’s why I’m so happy that the overwhelming majority of Pennsylvania Senators, both Republican and Democrat, came together to pass a budget today that will start to restore some of that funding. We must make investments in our future to provide all children with opportunities to succeed.

Please share this e-mail with your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can spread the word that Pennsylvania needs to come together in support of the compromise that passed the Pennsylvania Senate.


State Senator Vincent Hughes
Democratic Chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee

Senator Hughes Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Budget Compromise

State Senator Vincent Hughes comments on the passage of the state budget bill :: December 7, 2015
Sen. Hughes comments on the passage of the state budget bill :: December 7, 2015

HARRISBURG, December 7th, 2015 − Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on Senate passage of Senate Bill 1073, a bipartisan state budget compromise:

“I am thankful that the Pennsylvania Senate has come together and passed a compromise bill to end the budget stalemate that has gripped Pennsylvania for more than 150 days. I am also happy to report that the budget passed by the Senate today provides a historic increase in funding for public education. It contains a $350 million increase for basic education, $50 million for special education, and $78 million in new funding for higher education. These are important investments in our future that are sorely needed.

“Senate Democrats, working with Governor Tom Wolf and Senate Republicans, have put together a $30.5 billion budget that will get dollars flowing again to our schools, social service agencies, and local governments.

“The budget compromise passed by the Senate today also makes significant strides towards restoring cuts in job creation, economic development, and social services that occurred during the previous four years. I am grateful that Senators on both sides of the aisle see the wisdom of funding these programs.”

“It is now time for our colleagues in the State House to join in this bipartisan compromise. The people of Pennsylvania are rightly frustrated with this budget standoff. The finish line is within reach, but compromise and bipartisanship must prevail.

Senator Vincent Hughes represents the 7th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He is also the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

capitolPennsylvania State Senate Passes Framework Budget Plan

By Charles Thompson | December 7, 2015

The state Senate has just passed a $30.8 billion state budget bill that could be a major step toward to ending the six-month deadlock.

The bill passed on a 43-7 with strong bipartisan support, and will now move to the state House, where it was not immediately clear Monday if majority Republicans will take it up, or continue to insist on a less-expensive budget.

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