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1st District Connection
DPW Hearing

Watch Sen. Farnese question DPW Secretary Gary Alexander

Dear Constituent,

Over the course of three weeks worth of Senate Appropriations Committee budget hearings, I had the opportunity to listen to testimony and question representatives from nearly 30 departments, agencies and organizations that receive state funding.

One of the most troubling budget cuts proposed by Gov. Corbett is the $600 million to the Department of Public Welfare's human service programs. This administration continues to attack low-income families while protecting corporate interests – including $275 million in tax cuts proposed in this budget. Since August, 89,000 children have been cut from Medicaid, and now Gov. Corbett has proposed instituting an asset test for food stamps. Pennsylvanians are hurting and this administration doesn’t get it.

In closing, I hope you have a good week, 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.

Yours, 
Sen. Larry Farnese 

 

Costly Voter ID Bill Creates Obstacles for Pennsylvania Voters

Floor Remarks

Watch Sen. Farnese's Floor Remarks from Monday

Yesterday the Republicans moved HB 934, a bill requiring voters to show identification at the polls, out of committee.  When it comes up for a full vote, scheduled for tomorrow, I’m going to vote against the bill. 

When Governor Corbett gave his budget address he said that Pennsylvania still needs to make drastic cuts to everything from education to social services because of the weak economy.  Still, the Republicans found money to require voters to show identification at the polls.  This is a costly solution to a problem we simply do not have in Pennsylvania. Some independent estimates show that this program would cost $11 million in the first year and up to $25 million in three years. We should be focusing on the issues that affect the people that we represent, and not ideological legislation like this that discourages voter participation.

Two Upcoming Senior Expos

I am excited to announce that I will be hosting two upcoming senior expos on March 22 and April 5. I hope all senior citizens from the First Senatorial District can attend.  These events will feature free health screenings, refreshments and a light lunch. There will also be representatives from local and state government agencies, as well as from public and private service providers, available to discuss programs and services for older Philadelphians.

Senior ExpoThursday, March 22
10 a.m. to Noon
Neumann South Senior Housing
1601 E. Palmer Street, Philadelphia
RSVP by March 15

Thursday, April 5
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
South Philadelphia High School
2101 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
RSVP by March 29

Seating is limited so please RSVP at 215-952-3121.

Flower ShowPhiladelphia International Flower Show

The world famous Philadelphia International Flower Show opened its doors over the weekend and will run until Sunday at the Philadelphia Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha.”  

New to the Flower Show this year is the official Flower Show App for Smartphone users, which will provide free maps, schedules, special offers, show features, and parking advice.

For more information on the Flower Show, tickets and hours of operation, click here.

Don’t forget that SEPTA is a great way to get to the Flower Show! If you are 65 or older, stop by my office to sign up for the SEPTA Senior Pass which allows you to ride the bus, trackless trolley, subway, and trolley services for free and ride and the train at a discounted rate.

Free Tax Preparation Services

The Campaign for Working Families (CWF) is offering free tax preparation services through April 17.  In addition to helping with your income tax returns, CWF can help you with a number of tax services including filing for an Earned Income Tax Credit.  Call the City of Philadelphia’s help line at 3-1-1 to:

  • Locate the nearest free tax prep location;

  • Receive a list of documentation needed to complete your taxes; and

  • Learn more about eligibility guidelines.

More information is available at www.cwfphilly.org.

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 www.TreePhilly.org  or call 215-683-0217.

Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese