PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 30, 2011 – State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) today hosted a jobs meeting at his district office with members of the Philadelphia Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs Network and other constituents who are struggling with unemployment. The Senator received feedback on their employment challenges and suggestions for moving forward with good policies and legislation for putting Pennsylvanians back to work, including the recently announced PA Works plan.

This past week, my Senate Democratic colleagues and I announced our refreshed PA Works Now jobs creation plan, Hughes said. The more I listen to my constituents, the more I clearly see how much our state needs this investment strategy that would create more than 80,000 jobs and provide an immediate economic boost. PA Works Now does not raise taxes, and makes use of current state resources. It leverages private resources and makes critical long term investments that would create new opportunities for future growth and development.

Todays meeting was the third conversation in a series of talks the Senator has been having with constituents regarding this important topic. Todays guests included young professionals, such as teachers, administrators, lawyers, small business owners and others who are having a difficult time finding employment.

The Senator is also encouraging individuals to post their own struggles with unemployment on his Facebook page, whereby continuing to give this crisis a voice. We want to use all resources available to us. Individuals can feel free to post their unemployment stories and videos on my Facebook page. The more people who speak up, the stronger our argument is for passing solid, job creation legislation, Hughes said.

The Senator will continue to post on Facebook and Twitter (SenatorHughes) his thoughts on the jobs crisis, as well as the feedback he receives from his constituents. Be sure to follow him there and visit Senator Hughes at for the latest information, including all of the details on PA Works Now.

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