State Sen. Vincent Hughes traveled to Selma, Alabama this past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement in which police brutally beat non-violent activists. The events led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Philadelphia state Sen. Vincent Hughes is one of the most dynamic members of the state Senate. The nearly 20-year veteran of the Pennsylvania General Assembly holds fiscal power as the Democratic chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and maybe more importantly, his Twitter game is on point.
Gov. Tom Wolf kept a major campaign promise this week and has started the process of repealing Healthy PA and instead accepting federally–funded Medicaid expansion in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.
Healthy PA was former Gov. Tom Corbett’s healthcare reform plan, one in which many critics derided for causing clients to lose coverage and for installing certain asset checks and other obstacles.
Wold said the state will now transition to a simpler Medicaid expansion plan, and labeled the efforts as “the first step toward” simplifying a complicated process.
There’s been un-taxed Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania for the last few years, but now some state officials want to change that.
Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes and a number of his colleagues want to put an eight percent tax on Marcellus Shale extraction in the commonwealth.
“To have one of the wealthiest industries in the world get off scot free without paying their fair share and allowing the children to suffer the most is unacceptable,” said State Senator Hughes.
The welcome to Upper Dublin Township may not have been what one might have hoped for — getting stung by a bee while touring the Fort Washington Office Park — but state Sen. Vincent Hughes seems eager to pull the township into the fold of his 7th Senatorial District.
“I love Upper Dublin,” the 58-year-old Democrat said recently. “I’ve been there a lot. I started meeting people when the court approved the [redistricting] lines.”
State lawmakers from Delaware County agree that a natural gas extraction tax is a needed economic initiative that would take Pennsylvania off the map as the only state without the severance tax. However, opinions on the details behind the tax proposal vary.
For the last three years, state Senate Democrats have pushed for the state to accept federally–funded Medicaid expansion — a maneuver, state Sen. Vincent Hughes said would save the state nearly $400 million while providing coverage for up to 500,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians.
Hughes trumpeted that point again on Thursday during a news conference at Philadelphia City Hall. His remarks preceded the inauguration of Democrat Tom Wolf next week as the state’s next governor.