HARRISBURG- (January 20, 2015) Senator Vincent Hughes released the following statement on the inauguration of Governor Tom Wolf:

“I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Governor Tom Wolf. I know that he will serve our great Commonwealth with distinction. He has a clear vision for putting Pennsylvania back on the right track and I look forward to working with him closely in the coming months to make those plans a reality. Together, we can create a bright future for all Pennsylvanians.

“However, we must also face the fact that there are enormous challenges that must be addressed. The biggest issue is a $2.3 billion deficit left by the previous administration. We will need to responsibly address the budget hole while fully funding our education system, raising wages for all, putting people back to work, and turning around distressed communities. Perhaps the greatest task is to address rising income inequality, which has left far too many working families behind as the wealthiest corporations avoid paying their fair share in taxes.

“We must tackle these challenges to move Pennsylvania forward for all of our residents. Today’s inauguration is the first step on a long and difficult journey, but I know that Governor Tom Wolf is up to the challenge. He is the right man to lead our Commonwealth at this difficult time and I have faith in his leadership to put Pennsylvania back on the right track.”

Senator Vincent Hughes represents the 7th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County. He is also the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.