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2019-2020 State Budget – I Vote 'No'

Senator Farnese Floor Remarks on the 2019-20 State Budget Bill
The 2019-2020 Pennsylvania Budget does not address some of the most pressing matters in Pennsylvania. Without a minimum wage increase, a plan to save General Assistance, necessary school building repair funding, and a larger increase in Pre-K Counts and Basic Education funding, I could not support it. I was sent to Harrisburg to fight for Pennsylvanians, especially for Pennsylvanians who need us the most. This budget ignores the voices of our constituents. It ignores the voice of the people. I hope in the future we can work together to provide a budget for all Pennsylvanians. You can read my full press release and watch my remarks on the Senate floor by clicking here.

Hahnemann University Hospital

It has been a difficult few days for the citizens of Philadelphia and all who rely on Hahnemann University Hospital and its dedicated staff of professionals who delivered high-quality health care to the area for nearly two-centuries. The faculty has been a fixture in the city and a critical part of the region’s health care delivery system.

The Philadelphia Senate and House Delegations sent a letter to Governor Wolf, asking him to use all available resources to prevent the closure of Hahnemann Hospital to save 2,500 good paying jobs and to prevent significant negative impacts on Philadelphia’s health care community.

Thank you to Senator Tina Tartaglione for her amazing work and advocacy as leader of the Philadelphia Senate Delegation to address this issue.

I would also like to thank Secretary Levine for working with Hahnemann officials to make sure that we protect the health and safety of Philadelphia and its residents.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery

Myself along with Sen. Anthony Williams, Rep. Maria Donatucci, Rep. Jordan Harris, and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler, have issued a statement regarding the closure of Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery. Please click here for the full statement.

Fund Our Facilities CoalitionFund Our Facilities Coalition

I am proud to stand with the Fund our Facilities Coalition in calling for additional resources for our public schools to be included in the Pennsylvania Budget. Philadelphia school buildings are in critical need of funding to repair deteriorating infrastructure. Our children should not have to worry about the condition of their school buildings. For more information, click here.

Finding Shelter Animal Rescue & SB 44

Finding Shelter Animal Rescue & SB 44

On Monday, June 24, 2019, I had the opportunity to stop by an event in support of Finding Shelter Animal Rescue, a terrific organization that helps raise public awareness about the treatment of pets across the Commonwealth and works with the community to provide homes to some of the most vulnerable pets. Their advocacy has led to the introduction of Victoria’s Law (Senate Bill 44) in Pennsylvania, which I am a proud co-sponsor of. Victoria’s Law would prohibit pet stores in PA from selling commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits. Before she passed away earlier this year, I had the opportunity to meet Victoria, a German Shepherd who was rescued from a puppy mill after living as a breeding dog for 10 years. Let’s work in honor of Victoria to make Pennsylvania a place that protects our animals. Thank you for all the advocates and this organization for fighting for our pets and all animals across the Commonwealth.  

MTF ProgramGrants Now Available for Transportation Projects

Happy to announce that applications are being accepted now through July 31 for CFA Multimodal Transportation Fund grants. This program provides funding for projects that enhance transportation assets and promote economic development in our communities.

For more information, click here.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Deadline ExtendedProperty Tax/Rent Rebate

Applications for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2018. The deadline to apply for a rebate is June 30, 2019.

For more information and details, please contact my district office at 215-952-3121 or click here.

PFT Healthy Schools Tracker App

Philadelphia Federation of TeachersThe Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has launched the PFT Healthy Schools Tracker Mobile App which is available for Android and iPhone. This app allows users to identify specific problems with building conditions in schools and includes the ability to submit photos. The app can be downloaded for FREE from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Wawa Welcome America Festival – June 29 – July 4, 2019

On June 29th, the birthplace of America will host and epic 6-day July 4th celebration. This annual event, known, Wawa Welcome America, will have event full days with free museum admissions, concerts, fireworks and more.

For more information and details, click here.

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The Philly Ice Cream Scoop – June 29th from 11am – 5pm

Philly Ice Cream Scoop is the largest ice cream festival in the country and will kick off the Welcome America festivities at the Reading Terminal Market on June 29th at 11am. Come join 14 of the region’s best ice cream artisans and participate in the ice cream eating contest, games, activities, demonstrations, live music, and other entertainment throughout the day. Admission to the event is free; ice cream is pay-as-you-go.

For more information, click here.

Patriotic Display at the Delaware River Waterfront – June 29th from 8-10pm

The celebration of Independence will start at 8pm at the Delaware River Waterfront with a concert starring the United States Army Band “Perishing’s Own”. At 9:30pm, a dazzling fireworks display will appear over the Delaware River Waterfront, perfectly choreographed to an amazing soundtrack. This an event for the whole family to enjoy.

For more information and details, click here.

Historic District Block Party – June 30th from 12-7pm

Historic District Block PartyThe 5th annual Historic Philadelphia Block Party will be held on June 30th from 12-7pm at 5th & 6th Street between Market and Chestnuts Streets. This year’s block party will be featuring a variety of entertainment, food trucks, and pop-up performances. In addition to the event’s happening on the main stage, this year’s event will have a Kids Zone specifically for young attendees to enjoy.

For more information, and block party stage schedule, click here.

Chase presents Philly @ the Movies: Rocky – June 30th from 5:30-9:30pm

Philly @ the MoviesThis year’s Philly @ the Movies Series opens by keeping with tradition by watching the iconic movie, Rocky, during the week of July 4th. Come join the festivities outside of the very steps that made Rocky famous, right outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

For more information, click here.

Free Museum Day: Independence Seaport Museum – July 1st from 10am-5pm

Dive into Rive Alive!, is the newest interactive exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum. It brings wildlife, science, and the wonders of the Delaware River up close to your finger-tips. Raise the sails on the pirate ship Diligence, and experience the hands-on exhibits, Workshop on Water, Citizen Science lab, Makerspace and more. Tickets are free on July 1st from 10am to 5pm. To participate, please go online to register.

For more information and details, click here.

U.S. Army Field Band Concert & Waterfront Fireworks – July 1st from 8-10pm

Independence Seaport MuseumJoin the U.S. Army Field Band, debuting “Let Freedom Ring”, which is a musical and visual celebration to honor Independence Day on July 1st at the Delaware River Waterfront. The concert will start at 8pm. Come early to enjoy other music by DJ Cutmaster while scaling the U.S. Army rock climbing wall and participating in other interactive activating from the U.S. Army and other participating sponsor. Fireworks will follow overtop of the Delaware River Waterfront.

For more information and details, click here.

National Constitution Center- Free Museum Day – July 2nd from 9:30am-8pm

National Constitution CenterThe National Constitution Center will be having a FREE museum day for all ages on July 2nd from 9:30am-8pm. Join people from around the world with different perspectives to celebrate one of the greatest visions of human freedom in history. The Constitution Center is full of interactive programs and exhibits for visitors of all ages to enjoy while learning about the U.S. Constitution.

For more information, click here.

National Liberty Museum – Free Museum Day – July 3rd from 10am-6pm

National Liberty MuseumNational Liberty Museum will be having a FREE museum day for all ages on July 3rd from 10 am-6pm. Liberty is brought to life through the stories of the people who played a crucial role through their courage and character to bring liberty for all. Visitors are even encouraged to ring the exact replica of the Liberty Bell that is on display.

For more information, click here.

America’s Birthday Party with Betsy Ross and Termini Brothers Bakery – July 4th from 9am-2pm

Celebrate America’s Birthday right where it began! Visitors are invited to the Independence Visitor Center to join the Termini Brothers Bakery staff as they decorate an amazing five-tier cake on-site, starting at 9am. 2,500 cupcakes will also be arranged into the shape of an American flag. At 1pm, Betsy Ross will arrive to lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday” to America, before the cupcakes and cake are distributed. Come join in the birthday celebration of America!

For more information, click here.

Salute to America Independence Day Parade – July 4th from 11am-12:30pm

Salute to America Independence Day Parade, presented by the Philadelphia International Airport, will be held on July 4th from 11am-12:30pm. The parade starts at 5th and Chestnut Street and will wind its way through Independence Hall. The parade will be full of diverse groups on colorful floats, marching bands, proud military units, and more, with over 4,000 participants.

For more information and parade details, click here

Salute to America Independence Day Parade

Party on the Parkway – July 4th from 12-7pm

The annual Party on the Parkway will be help on July 4th from 12-7pm. 3 stages will be set up along with Benjamin Franklin Parkway will a day full of festivities. There will also be a Kids Zone set up for the whole family to enjoy. Engage in activities, games, or cruise over the Parkway on a zip-line.

For more information and for the band schedule, click here.

Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks – 7-10pm

To close out the celebration of the America’s Birthday with a star-studded evening on the Independence Blue Cross Stage featuring Performances by Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor. The celebrations will conclude with a spectacular firework display choreographed to a custom patriotic soundtrack that was created and will be performed by the United States Army Field Band.

The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert & Fireworks is FREE and open to the public. Guests are invited to join the Party on the Parkway beginning at Eakin’s Oval and continuing along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway down to 20th Street. Tickets are NOT needed to watch from the Parkway. Please note, tickets are needed for the seated section in Eakin’s Oval. 

For more information and tickets, click here.

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese | Contact Me
1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
Fax: 215-952-3155
543 Main Capitol | Box 203001
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
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