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1st District Connection

Senator FarneseDear Constituent,

Earlier this month Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his 2012-13 state budget proposal before a joint session of the General Assembly and as he talked about his fiscal plan for the Commonwealth, I realized just how out of touch he is with Pennsylvania families.  Some of the policies and proposed budget cuts to important programs and services include:

  • Job Creation – This proposal makes even deeper cuts to successful job creation programs that were already cut by $130 million last year;

  • Education – After cutting $1 billion from our schools last year, the governor is looking to reduce education funding again by cutting nearly $400 million from early learning programs and targeted programs for struggling students;

  • Higher Education – This budget would make a college education nearly unaffordable in Pennsylvania by cutting state funding to Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln, many by 30 percent, and state system schools, including West Chester, Indiana, Slippery Rock and Kutztown by another 20 percent;

  • Human Service Programs – Instead of investing in programs that help the people that need it the most, the governor’s plan cuts funding to these programs by more than $600 million;

  • Transportation Infrastructure – Our roads and bridges are crumbling and our public transportation systems are crying for more support, but Gov. Corbett has failed to produce, and doesn’t seem interested, in talking about a plan; and,

  • Marcellus Shale impact fee – Unfortunately, Gov. Corbett signed into law one of the biggest industry sweetheart deals in Pennsylvania’s history. The fee, which will change depending on the price of natural gas and will be implemented in 2013, will only yield about $310,000 over 15 years for each well.  I voted against the legislation because I know we can do better for Pennsylvania.

Over the next few weeks, I will work diligently with my Democratic colleagues to attempt to right the many wrongs of Governor Corbett’s budget. I encourage you to make your voices heard too by calling, mailing and emailing Pennsylvania’s legislators – especially the Republican caucuses – to make your voice heard. 

In closing, I hope you had an enjoyable President’s Day Weekend, and as always, thank you for your continued support.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any further information.

Sen. Larry Farnese 


2012 Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair

I encourage all of our veterans, active duty military members, National Guard and Reserve members and their families to come out to the Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair on March 2 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum which is located at 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.

This is a one-of-a-kind FREE hiring fair for both employers and job seekers. For more information and to pre-register for the Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair, click here. If you need assistance registering, send an email to

Tree PhillyPlant A Tree With TreePhilly

The City of Philadelphia recently launched TreePhilly to encourage property owners, businesses and neighbors to plant and maintain trees.  This is a great program and you can get involved by planting and caring for trees, volunteering for a tree planting event or by sponsoring community service days to plant and care for our trees. For more information visit  or call 215-683-0217.

Hungry? We Can Help.

PhilabundanceEboxes are Philabundance’s way of helping people who need immediate, emergency access to food. The boxes are available by calling 800-319-3663 for a referral. Once you have a referral you can pick one up at my District Office which is located at 1802 South Broad St. Eboxes weigh 30 pounds and contain shelf-stable food for three meals for a family of four for about three days. The contents vary, but they usually contain:

  • Hot and cold breakfast cereals;
  • Shelf-stable milk;
  • Canned meat and fish;
  • Canned fruits and vegetables;
  • Peanut butter and jelly;
  • Bagged/boxed grains; and
  • Macaroni and cheese.

The boxes also contain information on agencies available for food assistance.

Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese