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Hughes, Tartaglione Mark 15th Anniversary of Minimum Wage Bill with State’s Leaders

PHILADELPHIA, July 9, 2021 – On the 15th anniversary of the signing, state Sens. Vincent J. Hughes and Christine M. Tartaglione today marked the enactment of Pennsylvania’s last minimum wage legislation with a reenactment and rally with state leaders at the site of...
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Minimum Wage Rally and Reenactment

On Friday, July 9, on the 15th anniversary of the signing of Senate Bill 1090 (Act 112 of 2006) – the last increase in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage -- Sens. Christine M. Tartaglione and Vincent J. Hughes, along with Gov. Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, U.S....
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PA Approves $30 Million for Community Violence Prevention Programs

Harrisburg, Pa. – June 25, 2021 – The Pennsylvania Legislature has allocated $3o million dollars for community violence prevention programs in the approved 2021-2022 fiscal year budget. The Block Grants will be managed by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and...
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After 156 Years, Juneteenth is a National Holiday

Biden signs bipartisan bill into law, but struggles continueAfter Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, it took more than two years of bloody warfare for its goal of ending slavery in the United States was fully realized. By June...
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General Assembly Democrats, Local Leaders Across PA Call for Immediate Action on Toxic and Unsafe School Infrastructure

Statewide, PA − June 11, 2021 -- As the projected state budget surplus surged to $3 billion and more than $7 billion in federal aid remains idled by inaction, Senate & House Democrats gathered in front of local schools across Pennsylvania on Friday to call for...
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House & Senate Democrats join Gov. Wolf to call for investing in schools, delivering equity for all students

HARRISBURG, June 8, 2021 – House and Senate Democrats and advocates for students from across the state joined Gov. Tom Wolf to call for investing half of the $3 billion in above-expected state revenue into improving schools for students statewide, and fully...

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Hughes, Tartaglione Mark 15th Anniversary of Minimum Wage Bill with State’s Leaders

Hughes, Tartaglione Mark 15th Anniversary of Minimum Wage Bill with State’s Leaders

PHILADELPHIA, July 9, 2021 – On the 15th anniversary of the signing, state Sens. Vincent J. Hughes and Christine M. Tartaglione today marked the enactment of Pennsylvania’s last minimum wage legislation with a reenactment and rally with state leaders at the site of the 2006 ceremony. Hughes and Tartaglione were joined by Gov. Tom Wolf, former Gov. Ed Rendell, U.S.
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Hughes Statement on Budget Passage

Harrisburg, PA − June 25, 2021 − Senate Democratic Appropriations Chair Vincent Hughes issued the following statement tonight regarding the 2021-2022 state budget: “The budget that is being passed today makes progress in a number of areas. From extra school funding that reflects an attempt to get to education equity, to a newly created $30 million Community Violence Program, to
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PA Approves $30 Million for Community Violence Prevention Programs

Harrisburg, Pa. – June 25, 2021 – The Pennsylvania Legislature has allocated $3o million dollars for community violence prevention programs in the approved 2021-2022 fiscal year budget. The Block Grants will be managed by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and will support local efforts to take preventive measures to stop growing gun violence that is occurring across
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Child Tax Credit checks will be arriving soon

Hear about that and other topics on Wednesday Telephone Town HallAs we begin to emerge from the global pandemic, some are faring better than others and many questions remain for those who were hit hard over the past 16 months. The Biden Administration has stepped up with a significant aid package that could ease the burden on some of 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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