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Senator Haywood and PASSHE Announce DEI Funding

Senator Haywood and PASSHE Announce DEI Funding

Harrisburg, Pa. – July 21, 2021 – Today, State Senator Art Haywood (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) held a hybrid press conference at Kutztown University, to announce new funding for Diversity, Equity, and...

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New Federal Report Highlights Exemptions for Oil and Gas Companies are Leading to Harmful Radioactivity Exposure

New Federal Report Highlights Exemptions for Oil and Gas Companies are Leading to Harmful Radioactivity Exposure

HARRISBURG, July 21, 2021 – The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report on the impact of hazardous, radioactive oil and gas waste that underscores the need for Congress to pass legislation and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to pass all three bills put forward by state Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny. Her legislation would close the hazardous waste loophole and prevent devastating health impacts on children, most notably Ewing’s sarcoma.

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Brewster Recognized as ‘Sportsman of the Year’

Brewster Recognized as ‘Sportsman of the Year’

McKeesport, July 19, 2021 – State Sen. Jim Brewster has been named “Sportsman of the Year” by the Elizabeth Township Sportsmen Association (ETSA), the group announced Saturday. Brewster, who serves as Democratic Chair of the Senate Game and Fisheries Committee, said...

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Comitta: PUC Advances Key Pipeline Safety Regulations

Comitta: PUC Advances Key Pipeline Safety Regulations

WEST CHESTER (July 16, 2021) – Persistent efforts by state Senator Carolyn Comitta and others to enhance pipeline safety in Pennsylvania took a major step forward as the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) advanced important new regulations...

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Senator Kearney Votes ‘No’ for the 2021-22 State Budget

Senator Kearney Votes ‘No’ for the 2021-22 State Budget

HARRISBURG, PA − June 29, 2021 − State Senator Tim Kearney (D- Chester/Delaware) issued the following statement on his decision to vote ‘No’ for the state budget: “Last Friday, just before midnight, the Pennsylvania legislature passed the 2021-2022 state budget. While...

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Uptick in Unemployment Fraud Scams

Uptick in Unemployment Fraud Scams

Reading, PA − June 29, 2021 − My office has seen a significant uptick in calls related to unemployment fraud since the implementation of the new Unemployment Compensation (UC) system. As many are aware, the rollout of this new system has been very difficult....

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Fontana Lauds Boost for Film Industry Jobs in 2021-22 Budget

Fontana Lauds Boost for Film Industry Jobs in 2021-22 Budget

HARRISBURG – June 28, 2021 – State Sen. Wayne Fontana today praised the inclusion in Pennsylvania’s final budget changes to the Film Production Tax Credit that will recognize the popularity of short-series streaming shows and help producers apply the tax credits to...

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Senator Street’s Statement on Budget Passage

Senator Street’s Statement on Budget Passage

Harrisburg, PA − June 26, 2021 − The Pennsylvania state budget for the upcoming year is deficient at many levels, leaving more than $5 billion of unspent American Rescue Plan funds at a time when every level of society is in desperate need. Ultimately it received my...

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Senator Boscola Votes For State Budget

Senator Boscola Votes For State Budget

  HARRISBURG, PA − June 25, 2021 − State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton) today issued the following statement on her decision to vote for the state budget: “This budget may not have included everything I wanted but without a tax increase it makes...

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Hughes Statement on Budget Passage

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...

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Senator Kane Statement on Budget Passage

Senator Kane Statement on Budget Passage

June 25, 2021 − Chester, PA − Senator John Kane issued the following statement on the 2021-22 budget: "Today, I voted for the proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year. This budget does some good things -- an additional $300 million for education, increased funding...

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Senator Collett Reacts to Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 Budget

Senator Collett Reacts to Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 Budget

Harrisburg, Pa. - June 29, 2021 — Late Friday night the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget and related code bills, which are currently awaiting Governor Wolf’s signature. Senator Maria Collett (D-12 Montgomery/Bucks, Democratic...

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