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‘Protest is leading to policy’ says Sen. Hughes as legislature passes police reform bills

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed several police reform bills as a response to the tragic murder of George Floyd and subsequent movement to address systemic policing and racial justice issues. None of this would have been possible without the substantive action seen...
PA CARES - Protecting Renters & Homeowners During COVID-19

$175 million housing assistance program open for renters and homeowners

Sen. Hughes and the PA Senate Democrats fought to include program in COVID-19 reliefThe Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority is working with organizations across the commonwealth’s 67 counties to help ensure people hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic can get much-needed...
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Sens. Hughes, Haywood join PHFA to announce upcoming financial assistance program for renters and homeowners hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic 

PHILADELPHIA— July 1, 2020 — State Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and Director Robin Wiessmann from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) announced a new program that will help renters and homeowners impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic, alongside Pennsylvania housing advocates. 

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PA Senate Democrats Discuss Police Reform Legislative Agenda and Statewide Racial Equity Solutions Tour

Harrisburg – June 30, 2020 – Pennsylvania Senate Democrats gathered in the Capitol and through Zoom to discuss the status of their legislative agenda for police reforms, and to announce a statewide Racial Equity Solutions Tour. PA Senate Democrats introduced a...
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Small business grants applications open at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 30

Applications for grants to aid small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic open at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 30. Eligible businesses will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 depending on where they fall in the program’s criteria.  $100 million in...
Business Grants

Applications for new small business GRANTS open June 30

Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be able to apply for grants to offset losses as a result of business closures. The application process for the grants is set to open Tuesday, June 30. Eligible businesses will receive grants ranging from...

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Sens. Hughes, Haywood join PHFA to announce upcoming financial assistance program for renters and homeowners hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic 

PHILADELPHIA— July 1, 2020 — State Senators Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery), Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and Director Robin Wiessmann from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) announced a new program that will help renters and homeowners impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic, alongside Pennsylvania housing advocates. PHFA opened up applications for rent and mortgage relief on June 29.
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PA Senate Democrats Discuss Police Reform Legislative Agenda and Statewide Racial Equity Solutions Tour

Harrisburg – June 30, 2020 – Pennsylvania Senate Democrats gathered in the Capitol and through Zoom to discuss the status of their legislative agenda for police reforms, and to announce a statewide Racial Equity Solutions Tour. PA Senate Democrats introduced a comprehensive package of law enforcement reform legislation on June 10, and in the past two weeks of session have
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Successful ‘Read to Succeed’ summer program goes virtual

Registration for rising kindergartners through third grade is extended to June 25 PHILADEPHIA, PA — (June 22, 2020) — The Read to Succeed Summer Program (R2S), a free program with a track record of boosting reading skills among Philadelphia schoolchildren, is going virtual this year. Online sessions will begin on July 6, and the registration deadline for the four-week
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‘Protest is leading to policy’ says Sen. Hughes as legislature passes police reform bills

‘Protest is leading to policy’ says Sen. Hughes as legislature passes police reform bills

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed several police reform bills as a response to the tragic murder of George Floyd and subsequent movement to address systemic policing and racial justice issues. None of this would have been possible without the substantive action seen at protests and demonstrations across the commonwealth. My message to you all is to keep up the fight.
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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