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Sen. FarneseGood morning!

In this Information Age, you are bombarded with messages, so I want to begin this edition of my newsletter by telling you that I am working to make the First District Connection better and more informative.

We’ll continue to let you know about community events, but we want to make sure you know how we are handling issues that are controversial, beneficial, and in need of your support to make them state law.

If there is something you’d like to read about in this space, call or write to me. If you want to tell me, then make plans to participate next month in my telephone town hall meeting. Details are below.

Thanks for reading.

Sen. Larry Farnese

That's the Tax, Jack

No one likes to be taxed, but most of us understand that it’s part of citizenship; part of being a productive, contributing member of society. Companies that are not taxed – or are not tax sufficiently – are placing the burden of support squarely on your shoulders.

Senator Farnese speaks during Senator Art Haywood's Press Conference announcing a shale gas tax to fund Pennsylvania schools

For the past few years, companies taking natural resources out of commonwealth land have been getting off, tax-wise, virtually scot-free as our schools have suffered.

That’s why I have joined with Sens. Vince Hughes and Art Haywood to propose a new levy on companies that extract natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale fields.

Our proposal would require an 8 percent tax on the extraction of the gas. The revenue generated would infuse our schools with a $550 million annual investment. It would deposit about $350 million into our very troubled public pension systems. And, it would deliver $100 million to better protect Pennsylvania’s environment.

Allentown Morning Call’s reporter predicted our idea would be “dead on arrival.” While I find it interesting that a journalist is injecting his stories with personal opinion, I believe he is wrong.

What should be dead on arrival is business as usual, which is a bad policy that is robbing the future from our kids and from us, as a commonwealth.

Talk to Me!

You’ve heard about town hall meetings. You might have even wished you could attend one but couldn’t because you couldn’t leave the house or you had other conflicts.Telephone

Now you can talk to me live – over whatever telephone number you give me – during a telephone town hall. All you have to do is sign up to participate.

The event will begin at 7 p.m., March 30.

To register, visit and complete the short form. You may also ask a question, if you’d like.

Tele-town halls are not just ask-and-listen events. You’ll also be able to share your thoughts and concerns during live polling.

Whatever you ask, know that this will be a great way for me to sit with you and talk about the issues affecting you and our First Senatorial District.

Flower Power

FlowerIf winter white has got you down, infuse yourself with color and a warm sense of spring later this week during the annual Philadelphia Flower Show.

This is the world’s largest indoor flower show, and it’s just what we all need to escape the ice, sub-zero temps, and bone-chilling wind.

From this Saturday until March 8, the Philadelphia Flower Show will bloom from within the Pennsylvania Convention Center. What’s really cool is exhibitors have been asked to fit in with the theme of "Celebrate the Movies."

Don’t miss it!

KidneyProtect Your Health

Are you aware that 1-in-3 people are at risk for kidney disease? Protect yourself March 7 and get a free kidney health check.

The check-up will include a risk survey, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure check, free educational materials, and your chance opportunity to talk with a health care professional.

Call 215-923-8611 to register, and mark your calendar today.

Saturday, March 7
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
2800 W. Cheltenham Ave.

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese
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Philadelphia, PA 19145
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