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Tax Marcellus Shale to Fund Our Schools


Everyone else pays their taxes. The Shale Drillers should pay their fair share too.


It’s very simple: We need the Marcellus Shale drillers to pay their fair share. We’ve got to tax shale drilling and use the money to fund our schools.

Please share the two videos below on social media. Use the hash tag “#TaxShaleFundSchools”. Together, we can make sure that our schools have the money they need to properly educate our children.

Senator Vincent Hughes


Top Pa. lawmaker says added rigor of state tests calls for spending increase

By Kevin McCorry | August 17, 2015

A top Pennsylvania Democrat is calling for substantial new investment in education in light of more rigorous state standardized tests.

State Sen. Vincent Hughes of Philadelphia said poor results on recent tests make a clear argument for lawmakers to adopt Gov. Tom Wolf's proposal to increase state education funding.

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Two issues keep Pa. budget resolution stalled

By Damon C. Williams | August 14, 2015

State Sen. Vincent Hughes said Thursday that Democrats will not budge on two core issues in the 44-day state budget impasse: restoring the cuts to education funding and exercising a severance tax on the Marcellus Shale sector.

Hughes, the Democratic chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, had planned to use the city school district headquarters as a backdrop for his pronouncement Thursday, but then rushed back to Harrisburg for ongoing budget talks. Instead, he spoke with reporters by phone and focused most of his comments on education, natural gas and the state of negotiations on the whole.

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No Pa. budget without school $: Hughes

By Kristen Graham | August 13, 2015

Minutes before heading into a second straight day of budget talks with Gov. Wolf and top leaders in Harrisburg, state Sen. Vincent Hughes said there would be no Pennsylvania budget without a Marcellus Shale tax and millions of dollars in education spending.

Hughes had planned a news conference at Philadelphia School District headquarters for Thursday morning to underscore how falling state standardized test scores demonstrated a need for greater funding for schools around the city and across the state.

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Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579