HARRISBURG, June 30, 2014 – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) tonight issued the following statement on the Pennsylvania Senate’s passage of Gov. Corbett’s 2014-‘15 fiscal year budget (HB 2328):

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“The governor’s $29.1 billion budget is a sham and I’m happy to have voted against it. In fact, I hope this is the last time we, as a legislature, have to vote on a Corbett budget.

“The governor’s plan does little for the people of Pennsylvania, our workers, our most vulnerable citizens, and unfortunately our school children. Budgets are about priorities, and the priority of the Corbett administration seems to be about putting schools and jobs at the end of the line. Where is the leadership?

“Children have to come first, and the time is always right to do the right thing, so I’m pleased that there was some progress tonight because the Senate successfully amended House Bill 1177 to include a local $2-per-pack cigarette tax to help fund Philadelphia’s schools.”

Farnese voted against the budget plan, and since the Senate passed HB 2328 with amendments, the legislation will now be returned to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

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Sen. Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District which contains some of Philadelphia’s most unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport. Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee.  He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. His District Office is located at 1802 S. Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA (ph: 215-952-3121) and his Harrisburg Office is located at 543 Main Capitol in Harrisburg, PA (ph: 717-787-5662).  More information about the Senator and his initiatives is available at www.senatorfarnese.com.

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