HARRISBURG, June 29, 2011— State Senator Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) cast a negative vote against the 2011-2012 state budget (House Bill 1485) which passed the state Senate last night.  In voicing his displeasure for the $27.15 billion state spending plan, Farnese said that the budget puts the needs of Pennsylvania families second, while pandering to the […]

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Arts and Culture is Economic Engine that Provides 62,000 Jobs, Generates Almost $300 Million in State and Local Tax Revenues. [hdvideo id=21 ] Harrisburg—Senator Larry Farnese today continued fighting for the arts by offering an amendment in committee that would have restored $20 million dollars in funding to the Arts.  The amendment was offered in […]

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The state legislature says it’s very close to reaching a hand-shake deal on the state spending plan, which could happen in the next few hours. However, PA Governor Tom Corbett is being very tight lipped about state budget talks.  Unlike the man he succeeded, this new governor refuses to say anything about budget talks until […]

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Senator Farnese welcomes World Boxing Council and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins Jr. to the Pennsylvania Senate, where he was presented with a citation for his incredible story of struggle before rising triumphant as a champion.

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Expansion Allows for Dangerous “Shoot First; Ask Questions Later” Approach HARRISBURG—State Senator Larry Farnese today said that the expansion of the Castle Doctrine is wrong for Pennsylvania.   Senator Farnese was one of five Senate members who voted ‘No’ on the bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 45 to 5 earlier this week. […]

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HARRISBURG, June 20, 2011—State Senator Larry Farnese has been appointed to serve on The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency’s (PHEAA) Board of Directors. “I have long been an advocate of economic development in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Farnese. “One of the best ways to ensure the future economic vitality of Pennsylvania is to maintain a […]

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HARRISBURG, June 16, 2011 – State Sen. Larry Farnese today announced that the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has authorized a $50 million public service contribution to the Commonwealth to supplement the Pennsylvania State Grant Program. “I am very pleased about the action taken today by the PHEAA Board,” said Senator Farnese, who was […]

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HARRISBURG, June 15, 2011—State Senator Farnese today applauded passage by the Senate of legislation that would ban the possession, use and sale of so-called bath salts, synthetic marijuana and salvia divinorum. Farnese, a long time supporter of a ban on these substances, first introduced similar legislation earlier this year as Senate Bill 909.

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Votes ‘No’ on Mensch Amendment to Senate Bill 732 [hdvideo id=19 ] Harrisburg (June 8, 2011) – Senator Larry Farnese today affirmed his commitment to women’s rights by voting ‘No’ on the Mensch amendment to Senate Bill 732. “My views on reproductive rights are well known,” said Senator Farnese.  “I support a woman’s right to […]

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Arts and Culture is Economic Engine that Provides 62,000 Jobs, Generates Almost $300 Million in State and Local Tax Revenues.

Harrisburg, June 7, 2011 – Senator Larry Farnese and other state senators today joined arts and cultural organizations from across Pennsylvania to protest the budget currently before the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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