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Historic State Budget Takes Broad Approach to Community Safety

Historic State Budget Takes Broad Approach to Community Safety

In addition to violence prevention grants, public safety and prosecution get a boost While the news that Pennsylvania’s commitment to violence intervention programs represented a huge victory for advocates in Philadelphia, it was only part of the story in how our...

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Violence Prevention Funding More than Tripled in State Budget

Violence Prevention Funding More than Tripled in State Budget

Just a year after a historic first-ever investment in community programs, $105 million is budgeted In last year’s state budget, we were able to secure more than $30 million for programs aimed at curbing the community violence that surged along with the COVID-19...

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New PA Budget Delivers Historic Education Investment

New PA Budget Delivers Historic Education Investment

$1.1 billion increase, much of it through ‘Level Up’ to help disadvantaged schoolsIn a significant victory for allies and advocates, the state budget signed by Gov. Tom Wolf last week delivered historic new funding for education, capping off years of progress that...

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Deadline for Tax and Rent Relief Extended

Deadline for Tax and Rent Relief Extended

Each year, thousands who qualify fail to apply. Now they have until the end of the year.The deadline for older and disabled Pennsylvanians to apply for rebates on rent and property taxes paid in 2021 has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31, 2022, the departments of...

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You’re Invited to an Open House on Saturday

You’re Invited to an Open House on Saturday

Breakfast, refreshments and lots of vital information will be available at my West Philadelphia District OfficeI’m hoping to see you this Saturday May 14 from 9 a.m. until noon for an Open House at my West Philadelphia District Office where you can meet my team and...

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Investing in Our Youth Through Sports in North Philadelphia

Investing in Our Youth Through Sports in North Philadelphia

Key state official visits ‘West Philly’s Main Street’ to chart a path forwardContinuing his focus on reinvesting in communities to revitalize neighborhoods, Senator Hughes guided a $2.5 million state investment to Philadelphia Youth Basketball (PYB) for the...

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Free Tax Help Available as Deadline Approaches

Free Tax Help Available as Deadline Approaches

Register now to take advantage of breaks available for working familiesAs the federal tax filing deadline approaches, I’m holding a series of interactive zoom events to help you and your family navigate the tax season and all the new benefits available to you and your...

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Reinvest to Revitalize Tour

Reinvest to Revitalize Tour

Key state official visits ‘West Philly’s Main Street’ to chart a path forwardOnly days after his official nomination, Pennsylvania’s top economic development official spent a recent day in West Philadelphia touring important and historic economic corridors and talking...

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Convenient and Free Vaccine Clinic Tomorrow

Convenient and Free Vaccine Clinic Tomorrow

Rates still lagging among children in our communities. Take this opportunity to protect them.Nearly two years into this pandemic and now a year after vaccines became available, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color are still lagging behind everyone in...

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Wolf Proposes Historic Education Budget

Wolf Proposes Historic Education Budget

Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his last annual budget address this week, calling for historic investments in education, along with bolstering workforce development, criminal justice reform and raising the minimum wage.

The plan has the potential to reverse generations of systemic inequity in education funding and comes with no increase in taxes.

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Hughes and Colleagues Announce Historic Education Plan

Hughes and Colleagues Announce Historic Education Plan

$3.75 billion would be the largest in education funding everThis week, along with House Democrats and education advocates, I announced a school budget plan that would represent the largest investment in public education in Pennsylvania history. The $3.75 billion...

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New $15M Investment in Gun Violence Prevention

New $15M Investment in Gun Violence Prevention

Additional Funds Raise State Investment to $45M This week, I was joined in West Philadelphia by Gov. Tom Wolf, gun violence victims and violence prevention providers to announce a $15 million increase in funding to further support grassroots prevention efforts in...

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New Subsidies Make Health Insurance More Affordable

New Subsidies Make Health Insurance More Affordable

ARP funds provide new help for those who need coverage, but a deadline looms.Pennie is Pennsylvania’s official destination for shopping for quality health insurance plans and accessing financial assistance.  If you are not covered through work or another...

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Historic Jobs and Infrastructure Act Poised to Deliver

Historic Jobs and Infrastructure Act Poised to Deliver

We can expect 1.5 million jobs a year, new roads, clean water and a wider internet​President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris delivered this week on an important promise to make historic investments in American infrastructure that will take steps to mitigate...

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Open Enrollment for Affordable Health Insurance is Now Open

Open Enrollment for Affordable Health Insurance is Now Open

ARP funds provide additional savings for budget minded consumersIf you, or someone you know, needs health insurance coverage, now is the time to take those important steps toward peace of mind and healthy savings.  For more than a decade, the Affordable Care Act...

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Vaccine Outreach Grant Deadline Quickly Approaching

Vaccine Outreach Grant Deadline Quickly Approaching

State providing a ‘webinar’ to help applicants learn the process Pennsylvania has made great strides in getting people vaccinated to end the COVID-19 pandemic.  While two-thirds of the total population is at least partially vaccinated, communities of color are...

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PA Pandemic Relief Efforts Tragically Underfunded

PA Pandemic Relief Efforts Tragically Underfunded

$7 billion sits in a vault while real need goes unmet across the stateThree months ago, shortly after the 2021-22 state budget was passed, I gathered allies and advocates at City Hall in Philadelphia to talk about where we thought the budget would fall short on its...

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New Vaccine Outreach Grant Program

New Vaccine Outreach Grant Program

New Grant Program to Help Community Heroes Spread the WordGovernor Wolf visited Strawberry Mansion today to talk about a new grant program that will support the efforts of community organizations conducting outreach on COVID-19 vaccines.   The $5...

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This Saturday! Public Safety Awareness Day

This Saturday! Public Safety Awareness Day

Join us this Saturday for an event filled with fun things to do and lots of help in preparing for the upcoming election. We’ll be promoting public safety, including some senior self-defense demonstrations, while also helping people defend their right to vote with some...

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Time Running Out to Apply for Anti-Violence Grants

Time Running Out to Apply for Anti-Violence Grants

Pennsylvania’s current state budget contains more than $24 million to help community groups intervene in the surge of violence that has spread through our neighborhoods since the pandemic started.  However, with only two weeks to go before the application deadline,...

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$20 Million Now Available to Help Image/Hair Care Businesses

$20 Million Now Available to Help Image/Hair Care Businesses

We continue to push for more help for these critical small businesses After concerted and coordinated effort with our House colleagues, image and hair care businesses that were hit hard by the pandemic will now be eligible for $20 million in relief funding if they...

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Rental Assistance Still Available

Rental Assistance Still Available

Income Affected by Pandemic? Apply now. Don’t wait. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is available for renters of residential properties who are at risk of eviction or utility shutoffs due to hardship caused by COVID-19. Landlords can apply for assistance...

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We’re Listening to Those Still Struggling

We’re Listening to Those Still Struggling

The pandemic isn't over for many workers, businesses Dr. Bill King RemarksSince the majority in Harrisburg left town with $7 billion stashed away in a state vault, we’ve been out talking to the folks that are still suffering from the effects of the pandemic and who...

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Child Tax Credit checks will be arriving soon

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...

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It’s Been Too Long. It’s Time to Raise the Wage.

It’s Been Too Long. It’s Time to Raise the Wage.

PA hasn’t seen new minimum wage legislation in 15 years. On the 15th anniversary of the signing, state Senator Hughes and Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione marked the enactment of Pennsylvania’s last minimum wage legislation with a reenactment and rally with Gov. Tom Wolf...

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After 156 Years, Juneteenth is a National Holiday

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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No More Excuses. End Toxic Schools Now

No More Excuses. End Toxic Schools Now

The money is there. Is the courage?With a projected state budget surplus of more than $3 billion and more than $7 billion in federal aid idled by inaction, Senate & House Democrats gathered in front of local schools across Pennsylvania Friday to call for immediate...

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Register NOW To Get Your Vaccine This Weekend: May 1 and 2!

Register NOW To Get Your Vaccine This Weekend: May 1 and 2!

Vaccine clinics at 5 locations in the 7th Senatorial DistrictAs you know by now, Sheryl and I have launched our  #StopTheVirus campaign to help beat COVID-19 and begin transitioning to our new normal. A key part of our efforts has been raising awareness and sharing...

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Sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine April 17!

Sign up to get the COVID-19 vaccine April 17!

Sen. Hughes, Rep. Cephas and Councilmember Jones want you to help #StopThe VirusCall 215-879-6625 to reserve your spotThose eligible in Phase 1A include: Patient-facing healthcare workers Long-term care facility residents and staff Those eligible in Phase 1B include:...

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In Honor of Dr. King, PA Needs Education Justice Now!

In Honor of Dr. King, PA Needs Education Justice Now!

Pennsylvania’s current school funding formula creates a separate and unequal system that hurts children all across the commonwealth. I stood with a number of elected officials, education advocates, students and teachers April 5 – a day after the 53rd anniversary of...

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Ghost Guns Must Be Stopped and Regulated

Ghost Guns Must Be Stopped and Regulated

On Monday, I stood with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro as he announced a deal with Pennsylvania’s largest firearms show promoter, which will end the sale of untraceable ‘ghost gun’ kits as its shows.Ghost guns are a serious danger to public safety. Eighty...

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2017

10.17.2017: ‘Pathways to Pardons’ Event This Thursday at Drexel University

10.5.2017: Join Us at Neighborhood Fall Festival Oct. 14

9.27.2017: Friday Roundtable to Focus on Voter Access

9.26.2017: Today is National Voter Registration Day

9.22.2017: Must Stop No Health Care/TrumpCare Bill

8.30.2017: How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Survivors

8.17.2017: We Must Not Be Silent

8.11.2017: Due to Inclement Weather Forecast, Tomorrow’s Block Party with a Purpose is Postponed

8.7.2017: Honoring Voting Rights Act & Increasing Voter Participation

8.3.2017: You’re Invited: Neighborhood Block Party with a Purpose!

7.25.2017: Shame! Health Care Repeal Effort Moves Forward

6.30.2017: There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Reading Program

6.28.207: Absurd! Senate OKs Guns in Classrooms

6.23.2017: Unequal and Insufficient Education Funding in PA Must Come To An End

6.1.2017: First Time Homebuyer Seminar & Energy Conservation Workshop

5.12.2017: #1 Issue in Education – PA’s Unequal Education Funding! Worst in the Nation!

5.8.2017: Success Story! Jobs, Community Revitalization and Fresh Food Come Back to the Neighborhood

5.2.2017: Signups for Obamacare on the Rise

4.26.2017: Attack on Planned Parenthood Comes to the Pennsylvania Senate

4.5.2017: It’s Tax Return Season; See if You Qualify for Tax Credit

4.4.2017: Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

2.27.2017: Join Us at Wednesday’s Community Forum

2.22.2017: Turn Anger Into Action at My Upcoming Forum!

2.21.2017: PA Budget Hearings Viewing Schedule

2.13.2017: Fighting Bad Policies that Hurt Women, Families and Workers

2.7.2017: ALERT: Watch Gov. Wolf’s Budget Address Today

2.7.2017: Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

1.31.2017: Today is the LAST DAY to Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act

1.26.2017: You can STILL enroll in Obamacare!

1.19.2017: Just 11 days left to enroll in Obamacare!

1.18.2017: January 31st is the deadline to enroll in Obamacare!

1.4.2017:  Time to Mobilize with Senator Hughes & Rev. Al Sharpton

1.1.2017: Happy New Year from Senator Hughes & Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes

2015

12.29.2015: Gov. Wolf Prevents School Closings with Line-Item Budget Veto

12.19.2015: Check Out the Next Big Project in West Philly’s Revitalization

12.14.2015: Here’s What I’m Doing on the Anniversary of the Mass Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

12.7.2015: PA Senate Votes 43-7 to Send PA Budget with Record Education Increase to House to End Budget Impasse

12.3.2015: Getting Results: New Affordable Housing Coming to West Philly

11.25.2015: Senator Hughes Invites You to Unleash the Power of Age Expo for Adults 50 +

11.9.2015: Check out my latest opinion piece in the Harrisburg Patriot-News

11.5.2015: Senator Vincent Hughes Celebrates Veterans Day 2015 by Honoring African American Women Veterans

10.22.2015: Help Me Stop the Next Act of Gun Violence

10.15.2015: Pennsylvania Needs a Budget, So GOP Must Compromise

10.7.2015: Republicans Pick Drillers Over Schools, Again

10.4.2015: The deadline to register to vote in the November 3rd election is October 5th.

9.24.2015: Hitting the Streets for Quality Health Insurance!

9.18.2015: You’ll Never Believe the Latest Republican Budget Stunt

8.27.2015: #BREAKING: You Won’t Believe What This Poll Says About the Republican Position on the State Budget

8.18.2015: Please share this video #TaxShaleFundSchools

8.13.2015: You Won’t Believe What’s Happening to Test Scores in Our Public Schools

7.29.2015: Here’s How to Beat the Heat

7.2.2015: Why Governor Tom Wolf Vetoed the Republican Budget

6.25.2015: Major Announcement: More Summer Jobs for Philly Youth!

6.23.2015: Three Reasons Why We Need More Funds for All Schools – Especially Philadelphia

6.8.2015: Live Telephone Town Hall Meeting – June 9th at 6 p.m.

6.3.2015: Sen. Hughes Presents Save our Skills: Read to Succeed Program

5.18.2015: Sen. Hughes Introduces Historic $3.8 Billion Cut in Property Taxes

4.7.2015: Senator Hughes Welcomes Governor Wolf to 7th Senatorial District in West Philadelphia

4.6.2015:  Help Support Drexel Student Zakiya James

3.27.2015: Confronting Racism in PA: Why I Am Supporting Gov. Wolf’s Nominee for PA State Police

3.24.2015: Senator Hughes to Appear on Pa. Cable Network TONIGHT

3.20.2015: Sen. Hughes Introduces Universal Voter Registration Bill to Honor The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Passage of the Voting Rights Act

3.16.2015: ALERT: Senate Budget Hearings Start Today

3.3.2015: ALERT: Governor Wolf to Deliver Budget Address

2.6.2015: Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Resources

1.14.2015: Top Hughes Staffer Chosen by Governor-Elect to be Budget Secretary

1.12.2015: Important Deadline to Sign up for High Quality, Very Affordable Health Care is Approaching

1.6.2015: Private Panel Discussion & Screening of the Movie Selma

2014

12.24.2014: A Season for Giving Back

12.8.2014: More Bad News for PA: Gov. Corbett Announces $2 Billion Budget Hole

12.2.2014: Additional resources for World AIDS Day

12.1.2014: A Message from Senator Hughes and Sheryl Lee Ralph on World AIDS Day

 

11.18.2014: Senator Hughes Can Help Get Health Coverage for You and Your Family! 

11.13.2014: Senator Hughes Re-Elected Senate Democratic Appropriations Chairman 

11.10.2014: Please Join Me on Veterans Day

11.5.2014: Please Join Me on Veterans Day

11.3.2014: Vote for Our Schools and Our Kids!

10.31.2014: Your Right to Vote is Under Attack!

10.04.2014: Repaving City Line Ave Thanks to Act 89

09.15.2014: Senate Democrats Call for Pennsylvania Department of Education to Investigate Complaints About School Conditions in Philly Schools 

09.05.2014: Update on your Credit Score

08.26.2014: Documenting School Conditions in Philadelphia

07.10.2014: Save our Skills Summer Reading Program

07.07.2014: 5th Annual Community of Giving Blood Drives in Memory of E. Steven Collins

6.18.2014: Solution #2 for PA’s Budget Deficit & Education Funding Crisis: Shale Tax for Schools

6.11.2014: Solution #1 for PA’s Budget Dilemma and Education Funding Crisis: Expand Medicaid and Save PA $400 Million

5.9.2014: #BringBackOurGirls: PA Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution in Support of Victims of Nigerian Kidnapping

4.25.2014: PHEAA Financial Aid For College Deadline Approaching!

4.14.2014: Time to Tax Natural Gas Drilling to Fund Education

4.3.2014: Tomorrow: Breaking the Silence on Mental Wellness

3.26.2014: Register Now for Breaking the Silence: A Summit on Mental Wellness

3.25.2014: Action Alert: Fund Our Schools / Tax Marcellus Shale Rally

3.18.2014: Time is Running Out to Get Affordable Health Insurance

2.18.2014: Join Senator Hughes THIS Saturday to Get Health Insurance

2.12.2014: Gov. Corbett’s “Healthy PA” vs. Healthcare for All

2.10.2014: Governor Corbett’s “Proposed” 2014-2015 Education Budget

1.28.2014: West Philly, Get Covered Thanks to Obamacare!

1.22.2014: The Affordable Care Act is Working 

1.17.2014: Test Scores Fall Because of Education Funding Cuts

1.16.2014: Mr. President: Don’t Buy Governor Corbett’s Health-care Plan

2013

12.11.2013: PA Senate Honors the Life of Nelson Mandela

11.26.2013: Senate Democrats Offer Plan to Create 80,000 Jobs to Put People Back to Work

11.19.2013: Help Available to Understand Health Insurance Options

10.30.2013: First in A Series: The Crisis in Education Funding!

10.1. 2013: Health Care for All: The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare Starts October 1, 2013! Enroll Now!

9.30.2013: Learn How to Get Health Coverage in the Insurance Marketplace

9.24.2013: Why It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

8.14.2013: Tell the Governor to Send $45 million to Philly Schools

8.7.2013: Save Our Skills: Free Reading Program for Students

7.25.2013: Update on Philadelphia School District Funding Crisis: $138 Million response to $180 Million Request

7.11.2013: How We Can Create Jobs in PA

7.1.2013: Huge Victory in Senate on Medicaid Expansion

6.24.2013:  Time for Big Push to Expand Health-Care

6.19.2013: How We Can Solve the Statewide School Funding Crisis

6.13.2013: Medicaid Expansion: Helps Others, Help Yourself

6.11.2013: Hughes Hosts “Welcome Home Hero: You’re Not Alone”

6.62013: PA Senate Passes Attack on Women’s Reproductive Health-Care Services

6.4.2013: 2013-14 State Budget -Stop the Cuts, Put the People First

5.7.2013: Free Dental Clinics in Pennsylvania

5.6.2013: Fresh Food Access Initiative for Urban Food Deserts

4.12.2013: Another Study Comes Out in Support of Medicaid 

3.25.2013: Pennsylvania’s Job Picture: Wrong Direction, Unemployment Up, New Job Creation Down 

3.8.2013: A True Look at Basic Education Funding In Pennsylvania

3.6.2013: Senators Hughes, Ferlo, and Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee to Hold Hearing on Medicaid Expansion in Pittsburgh 

2.26.2013: LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Another Republican Governor Decides to Expand Medicaid, It’s Time for Gov. Corbett to Follow Suit

2.25.2013: Steep Federal Spending Cuts Will Have Serious Impacts on Pennsylvania

2.22.2013:  As Another Governor Decides to Expand Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act, Governor Corbett Continues to Stall

2.19.2013: Getting Philly Covered: The Promise and Opportunity of the New Health Care Law

2.19.2013: Senate Appropriations Committee 2013-14 Budget Hearings Begin Today

2.7.2013: Governor Corbett Must Make the Right Choice for Pennsylvania: Expand the Medicaid Program, Bring Billions of Dollars to PA and Help the Uninsured

1.29.2013: Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee Hosts Health Care Reform Discussion

1.23.2013: Sen. Democratic Appropriations Committee to Hold Public Discussion on the President’s New Health Care Reform Plan

1.16.2013: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden Unveil Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence

1.14.2013: Devastating Fire in West Philadelphia Highlights the Need for Fire Safety and Prevention Awareness

1.9.2013: Philadelphia School District Superintendent Releases Action Plan

1.8.2013: Senator Hughes Sworn-In to Fifth Full Term in PA Senate – Jobs to be Top Priority