June is a time for high school graduation and transitioning our teenagers to adulthood. It’s also a time for crunching numbers – like state budget dollar figures.
We are deep into budget negotiations with House and Senate Republicans – plus Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration and talks promise to dive deeper as the last month of the current fiscal year tocks away.
Despite some occasional flaring tempers, we are working to get this done with you and your neighbors’ priorities front and center.
Congratulations to our high school – and college – graduates and thank you again for your interest in making the 1st Senatorial District a great place to live, work and play.
Sen. Larry Farnese
Shale Tax = Better Education
If you are a property owner, you know you are paying a steep and growing percentage of your disposable income to the tax collector. Proportionately, companies drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale regions of PA are not. The disparity is why I joined colleagues this week to urge approval of a shale tax that would help to increase funding for education.
I’m on record with my support of this tax and I re-emphasized that commitment this week when I stood with Senate Democrats to get this done for our children.
Need for Leave
Philly’s long fight to deliver fair sick leave policies for employees who would otherwise lose their jobs to take care of a sick child, elderly relative or themselves is facing a dead end if the House concurs with a proposal that would overturn our city’s new policy.
It’s a very important local issue, and it’s why I hosted a joint policy committee hearing last week with House and Senate Democrats.
It was great to spend an evening with my mom – and Gov. Tom Wolf – and receive the Mazzoni Center’s Elixir Award for my work on LGBT issues.
The Mazzoni Center provides quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment. Its Elixir Gala was a great event and it raised thousands of dollars for the cause and for continued great treatment of Philly’s LGBT community.
Philly, HSP & LGBT
You know Philly is the cradle of democracy, and you know I am an advocate for equal rights. So I am asking that you place Oct. 18 and 19 on your calendar now.
Later this fall, on those dates, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the William Way Center will host a conference that focuses on the history of LGBT health activism.
The conference is part of a citywide commemoration, Reminder 2015, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Reminder Day Demonstrations.” The demonstrations happened every July 4th in front of Independence Hall from 1965 until 1969 and they were the first sustained demonstrations to demand a national focus on discrimination against lesbians and gay men.
So save the date and be reminded of the long march to equality for the LGBT community.
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