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State Senate Policy Hearing on the Impact of COVID-19 on the African American Community

Harrisburg – June 4, 2020 – At the request of state Senators Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware, Vince Hughes (D-Philadelphia), and Shariff Street (D-Philadelphia), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a...
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Senator Hughes issues statement on $25.8 billion budget, $2.6 billion in aid

HARRISBURG – May 29, 2020 — Democratic Appropriations Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) issued the following statement after the Pennsylvania Senate passed bills for an unprecedented $25.8 billion interim budget and allocated $2.6 billion in federal...
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PA Senate Democrats Announce $550 Million Main Street Business Revitalization Grant Program

Harrisburg, PA − May 22, 2020 − Senators Jay Costa, Vince Hughes, John Blake, Jim Brewster and Pam Iovino today called for $550 million of funds allocated to Pennsylvania through the federal CARES act to be used for a program they are calling the Main Street Business...
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Republican Reopening Scam Is the Worst Kind of Politics 

In the last few weeks, Pennsylvania Republicans have ramped up the political theatre in a brazen attempt at politicizing the Wolf Administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. From staged political rallies organized by out-of-state, extreme right-wing...

Join Sen. Hughes for a telephone town hall on COVID-19 and staying safe during the June 2 primary

Join Senator Hughes for his latest telephone town hall on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and how residents can stay safe by voting at home during the June 2 primary. RSVP for the telephone town hall at 7:20 p.m., Wednesday, May 23 here. To date 1.25 million...
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PA offering Emergency Assistance Program for those affected by COVID-19

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) recently announced an Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) for qualifying families who are experiencing financial challenges because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Residents can get more information about...

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Democratic PHEAA board members tout $30 million in CARES Act funding for PHEAA grants

HARRISBURG — June 5, 2020 — State Senators Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny), Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), John Blake (D-Lackawanna), and Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia touted the $30 million in funding the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus was recently able to secure for higher education grants administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Authority (PHEAA). The funding boost means the maximum award for Pennsylvania State
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State Senate Policy Hearing on the Impact of COVID-19 on the African American Community

Harrisburg – June 4, 2020 – At the request of state Senators Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware, Vince Hughes (D-Philadelphia), and Shariff Street (D-Philadelphia), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a virtual public hearing to discuss the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African-American community. “This hearing is intended to find out why so many African
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Senator Hughes issues statement on $25.8 billion budget, $2.6 billion in aid

HARRISBURG – May 29, 2020 — Democratic Appropriations Chairman Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) issued the following statement after the Pennsylvania Senate passed bills for an unprecedented $25.8 billion interim budget and allocated $2.6 billion in federal CARES Act recovery funds Thursday: "The budget we passed today reflects the reality of Pennsylvania’s economic situation in the wake of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
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Turning protest into policy and progress: telephone town hall on our response to the murder of George Floyd

Turning protest into policy and progress: telephone town hall on our response to the murder of George Floyd

I am hurt. I am angry. I am heartbroken. George Floyd’s murder has shaken me the way it has shaken so much of this nation. Now is the time to focus that anger and turn it into action. Join me for a telephone town hall at 6:10 p.m. Thursday, June 4 to discuss how we can begin turning our
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One of the most troubling challenges facing many students and families across Pennsylvania is the high cost of education.  This is often such a high hurdle that many students simply forgo a college education and are prevented from acquiring the skills necessary to gain better positions with higher wages.

collegeThe education gap caused by a lack of access to college or advanced education is, for many low-and-middle income students, the one faction preventing them from gaining traction in the workplace.   In our increasingly complex and high-tech economy, it is essential that we make, then fulfill, the promise to Pennsylvania students:  YOU will have access to a high-quality education without the burdens of crippling debt.

That’s what the Pennsylvania Promise is all about.   The Pennsylvania Promise is available to students with family incomes of $110,000 or less.  It provides for grants of at least $1,000 per year for community college students for two years and a minimum of $2,500 per year for four years to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Schools and state related institutions.

The program also provides $50 million for adults in families whose incomes are less than $110,000 to acquire up to four years of postsecondary credit.

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New Deal For A New PA

A New Deal for a New Pennsylvania means devoting resources and energy to policy that uplifts the people. Find out what state Senator Vincent Hughes wants to bring to Pennsylvania so it’s people can prosper.

#NewDeal4NewPA

Pennsylvania needs a change. We need comprehensive policy solutions that address the issues our people face.

Pennsylvanians need economic security so they can work with dignity, pay their bills, and take care of their families and plan for a better life.

Pennsylvanians need quality, affordable housing to go home to after a long day’s work. They also deserve world class health care without ridiculously high premiums, hidden costs or inadequate coverage.

Pennsylvania's children deserve a high-quality education, which should start with our preschoolers and continue through college. Pennsylvania should provide the best educational opportunities for its people.

Pennsylvanians need voting reform so that young adults are automatically registered to vote when using state services. Voting should be accessible and inclusive.

Pennsylvanians need healthy environment with clean air, water and land. We must also move forward with the understanding that renewable energy and green jobs are our future.

In short, we need a New Deal for a New Pennsylvania!

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2401 North 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778

Harrisburg Office

545 Capitol Building
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579