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Tartaglione: U.C. Temporary Funding Fix Approved by Governor

Harrisburg – April 25, 2017 – A $15 million transfer to temporarily aid the processing of unemployment compensation claims, remove backlogs and result in the hiring of 200 workers laid off last year was signed into law as Act 1…
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Tartaglione: Senate Legislation Assails Women and Working Families

Harrisburg – February 8, 2017 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement harshly critical of the passage of legislation that assails the rights of women and working families. Tartaglione said there were a number of anti-women…
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Job Training, Minimum Wage Boost, Education Key Parts of Budget Proposal, Tartaglione says

Harrisburg – February 7, 2017 – Senate Democratic Labor and Industry chair Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) offered comments about the proposed $32.3 billion 2017-18 Fiscal Year budget that Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled today before a joint session of the…
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Tartaglione to Introduce Minimum Wage Increase Legislation

Harrisburg – February 3, 2017 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Phila.) today announced that she will introduce legislation to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2021. “An increase in the minimum wage is justified morally and makes…
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Tartaglione: Treasury Unveils New PA ABLE Savings Account Program Website

Harrisburg – January 18, 2017 – A new website administered by the Pennsylvania Treasury will provide access to information about savings accounts designed to aid individuals with disabilities and their families, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said today. The…
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Tartaglione: Contract Awarded to Improve Traffic Flow on Allegheny Avenue

Harrisburg – December 22, 2016 – A $6.3 million contract to improve traffic flow on a section of Allegheny Avenue between Ridge Avenue and Tulip Street in Philadelphia has been awarded by the state Department of Transportation, state Sen. Christine…
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Transit Worker Protection Now!  General Assembly Dawdles, Workers Assaulted

Op-ed by Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione For transit workers, the news hasn’t changed much and it certainly hasn’t gotten better.  It’s the same story, year after year: “SEPTA bus driver taken to hospital after men throw liquid on her,” “Man…
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Senator Vincent Hughes & Senator Christine Tartaglione Call for Pennsylvania Senate to Reconvene to Extend Funding for Labor & Industry Service Call Centers

Harrisburg – November 18th, 2016 – Senators Vincent Hughes and Christine Tartaglione issued the following statements on the failure of the Pennsylvania Senate to extend funding for Labor & Industry service call centers: Senator Hughes: “I am outraged by the…
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Tartaglione Selected to Head Philadelphia Senate Delegation

Harrisburg – November 16, 2016 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione has been selected by her peers to lead the Philadelphia delegation in the Senate. “As delegation chair, I will have an incredible opportunity to influence statewide policy and ensure…
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Tartaglione Lauds Gov. for Signing U.C. Bill, 44,000 Workers Impacted

Harrisburg – November 4, 2016 – Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation into law that will help 44,000 seasonal and cyclical workers gain eligibility for unemployment compensation insurance, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said.
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Tartaglione Comments on Legislation to Help Workers Gain UC Eligibility

Harrisburg – October 26, 2016 – Legislation designed to fix a problem created four years ago by a change in the unemployment compensation law that has impacted seasonal/cyclical workers cleared the Senate and will now go back to the state…
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Tartaglione: Unemployment Compensation Legislation to Aid 44,000 Workers

Harrisburg – October 25, 2016 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said that an amendment was approved by the Senate today that would aid seasonal/cyclical workers who were negatively impacted by a change in the unemployment compensation (UC) law…
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$2 Million Grant Approved for Nueva Esperanza, Tartaglione Says

Harrisburg – October 14, 2016 – A $2 million state grant was approved for Nueva Esperanza, Inc. to renovate and build on its campus in North Philadelphia, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said today. “This grant is excellent news,” Tartaglione…
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Tartaglione Senior Expos Scheduled for Oct. 13, Oct. 27

Harrisburg – Oct. 12, 2016 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) today reminded seniors that she is hosting two Senior Expos in Philadelphia in October. “The Senior Expos provide very valuable information,” Tartaglione said.  “There will be free health…
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Tartaglione Presents Resolution in Capitol Rotunda on “World Suicide Prevention Day”

Harrisburg − Sept. 28, 2016 − State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) today presented a copy of a Senate resolution declaring Sept. 10, 2016 as "World Suicide Prevention Day" to a group of advocates and families in the Capitol Rotunda.…
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Tartaglione Unemployment Compensation Legislation Clears Committee

Harrisburg − Sept. 26, 2016 − Legislation designed to preserve a fund that aids in the processing, administration and adjudication of unemployment claims has cleared the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, according to the bill's sponsor state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione…
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Tartaglione: Mobile District Office on Thursdays at CORA

Harrisburg, Sept. 14, 2016 − State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) announced today that her office will be hosting a Mobile District Office each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CORA, 8540 Verree Road in Philadelphia. "My staff will…
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Tartaglione Says Education Investments Highlight Budget Plan

Harrisburg - June 29, 2016 - State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said today that increased investments in basic and higher education were critical aspects of the state spending plan that was approved by the Senate today. The legislation - Senate…
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Senate Democrats Call for More Funding for Human Relations Commission

June 22, 2016 - State Senate Democratic Whip Anthony H. Williams (D-Philadelphia/Delaware) today said that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has been devastated by recurring state budget cuts and that the state spending plan now under consideration needs to…
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Tartaglione Uses ReWalk Demonstration to Aid Drive for New Clinic for Vets

Philadelphia - June 17, 2016 - State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) employed a demonstration of ReWalk -- a motorized exoskeleton suit that allows patients with lower limb paralysis to stand and walk - to detail her vision for a clinic…
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Tartaglione: Grant Funding Approved for Norris Square Senior Community Center

Harrisburg - June 14, 2016 - A grant of $80,877 has been awarded to the Norris Square Senior Community Center, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) said today. "Grants for senior centers help bolster activities and provide critical assistance to seniors…
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Kitchen, Tartaglione Join Gov. Wolf on Tour of Temple Addiction Research Site

PHILADELPHIA, June 2, 2016 − State Sens. Christine M. Tartaglione and Shirley M. Kitchen today joined Gov. Tom Wolf for a tour of one of the nation's leading research centers investigating the causes of drug addiction. The Center for Substance Abuse…
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Tartaglione Upholds Assistive Tech Group’s Work During Capitol Rally

HARRISBURG, May 17, 2016 – Promising to “fight tooth and nail” to ensure the state funding of a special group that helps people with disabilities pay for technology that helps improve their quality of life, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione today…
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Tartaglione’s Senate Resolution Marking May as ‘Older Americans Month’ Approved

HARRISBURG, May 10, 2016 – State Sens. Christine Tartaglione today won approval of a resolution marking May as “Older Americans Month” in Pennsylvania. “When we think about our future, it is important to think about the past and the hard…
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Senator Tartaglione Remarks on Her Sexual Assault Awareness Month Resolution

 
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Senate Resolution Making April ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’ Approved

HARRISBURG, April 4, 2016 – State Sens. Christine Tartaglione and Rob Teplitz today won approval of a resolution marking April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania. Sen. Tartaglione said increasing awareness is vital because 20 percent of women and…
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Sen. Tartaglione Joins Groundbreaking for Economic Renewal Project in North Philly

  PHILADELPHIA, March 1, 2016 – With the promise of economic renewal and 140 new jobs in a North Philadelphia community that is part of her district, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione today helped to break ground for an 85,000-square-foot retail…
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$10.10 Minimum Wage a Revenue Generator for Commonwealth, Sen. Tartaglione Says During Capitol Rally

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10, 2016 – As state budget negotiators struggle to find new sources of revenue, Sen. Christine Tartaglione told a Capitol rally today that a $10.10 minimum wage would generate millions in new state income and save the commonwealth millions…
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Sen. Tartaglione Pleased with Governor’s Call for $10.15 Minimum Wage in PA

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9, 2016 – Despite the financial challenges facing Pennsylvania due to Republican intransigence, the commonwealth’s leading advocate for a fairer minimum wage said she is pleased that Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for a $10.15 base hourly rate.…
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Sen. Tartaglione, Dressed in Red, Promotes ‘National Wear Red Day’

HARRISBURG, Jan. 27, 2016 – To bring greater awareness to certain health risks facing women, state Sens. Christine M. Tartaglione and Lisa Baker today dressed in red and ushered a resolution marking Feb. 5 as “National Wear Red Day” in…
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Sen. Tartaglione, MossRehab Showcase Robotic Assistive Technology During Special Senate Demonstration

HARRISBURG, Dec. 8, 2015 – Cutting edge robotic assistive technology designed to help people walk again gained an audience of leading state lawmakers today when Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, representatives from the technology’s developer, and officials from Einstein Health Network's…
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Senate Hearing Focuses on Budget Impasse’s Impact on Schools

Harrisburg – October 28, 2015 – At the request of state Sen. Vince Hughes (D-Phila.), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee today held a hearing on the devastating impact that the state’s 120-day budget impasse is having on schools across the…
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Sen. Tartaglione Finally Submits Discharge Petition on $10.10 Minimum Wage Bill

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21, 2015 – Following up on her promise to force a vote on her bill to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today submitted her discharge petition on Senate Bill 195.…
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Sen. Tartaglione’s Annual ‘Disabilities Day’ Educates, Inspires

HARRISBURG, Oct. 20, 2015 – With some lawmakers wearing vision-distortion glasses and others using a wheelchair or a walker for the first time, decision-makers got the chance during state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s “Disabilities Day at the Capitol” to experience…
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month/National Mammography Day Resolution by Sen. Tartaglione Earns Senate’s OK

HARRISBURG, Oct. 19, 2015 – Despite inroads in breast cancer research, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said more needs to be done, and she urged the Pennsylvania Senate to approve her resolution making October “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and…
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Sen. Tartaglione’s Annual ‘Disabilities Day’ Tomorrow in State Capitol

HARRISBURG, Oct. 19, 2015 – To help decision makers better understand the needs of Pennsylvanians with disabilities, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione will once again hold her “Disabilities Day at the Capitol.” “I hold Disabilities Day to help people with…
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Sen. Tartaglione to Host Senior Expo

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14, 2015 – Older Philadelphians and their family members will have the opportunity to learn about programs that can enrich their lives at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Oct. 15, at the Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School during state…
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Tartaglione: Hearing on U.C. Changes Impacting Seasonal Workers Productive

Harrisburg – Oct. 7, 2015 – At a recent hearing of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, members learned first-hand about the impact of recent changes in the unemployment compensation system as it applied to seasonal workers, according to state…
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Unemployment Compensation Labor & Industry Part 2

 
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With Bipartisan Support, Sen. Tartaglione Says She Will Use Discharge Resolution to Force Vote on $10.10 Minimum Wage Bill

HARRISBURG, Sept. 30, 2015 – Pennsylvania’s leading fighter for increasing the minimum wage today said she will introduce a discharge petition to force the state Senate to vote on her bill to finally increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to…
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Sen. Tartaglione, Colleagues, Advocates to Outline Minimum Wage Action in Press Conference

HARRISBURG, Sept. 29, 2015 – The General Assembly’s leading minimum wage advocate will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Capitol Rotunda to explain how she plans to get Republicans to finally consider increasing the…
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Tartaglione Marks Silver Anniversary of ADA with Senate Resolution

HARRISBURG, Sept. 17, 2015 – To mark the 25th anniversary of the federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in many places, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today won unanimous approval of a resolution. The Americans with Disabilities…
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Hundreds Benefit During Tartaglione’s Annual Senior Expo

Two more senior expos planned for October PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 11, 2015 – A multitude of Philadelphia area seniors and their caregivers collected helpful information, enjoyed being entertained and had free health screenings Thursday during state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s “Senior…
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Senate Labor and Industry Committee Examines Unemployment Compensation Changes

Erie, Aug. 4, 2015 – Today, the Senate Labor and Industry Committee held a public hearing to examine recent changes to unemployment compensation eligibility and potential negative impacts to seasonal workers. The meeting was convened at the request of Sen.…
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Sen. Tartaglione Remembers Sen. Len Bodack

PHILADELPHIA, July 9, 2015 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today issued the following statement as she remembered the life and work of former state Sen. Len Bodack, who died today at the age of 82: “We represented people from…
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Sen. Tartaglione Votes ‘No’ on Republican Do-Nothing Budget

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2015 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today voted against the Republican state budget proposal for 2015-2016, saying it falls far short of the needed investments in education, workers and taxpayers. “Many people believed we were heading…
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Tartaglione Resolutions Designate September as ‘Spinal Cord Awareness Month,’ Sept. 10 as ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’

HARRISBURG, June 24, 2015 – In her ongoing work to include Pennsylvanians with disabilities in daily life, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today won Senate passage of resolutions that will designate September as “National Spinal Cord Awareness Month” and Sept.…
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Tartaglione Endorses New Proposal That Would Drop Wage, Sales, Use, Cigarette, Property Taxes for Philadelphians

  HARRISBURG, June 24, 2015 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione added her strong and enthusiastic support today to a new proposal that would eliminate school property taxes for millions of homeowners throughout Pennsylvania and significantly reduce many taxes in…
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Tartaglione Applauds Gov.’s Decision on Background Check Fee Waivers

HARRISBURG, June 10, 2015 – Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement today that he is waiving fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks for volunteers working with children is receiving state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s approval. The Wolf administration announced…
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On 5th Apprenticeship Awareness Day, Tartaglione Says New Laborers Key to Better PA

HARRISBURG, June 9, 2015 – Before a sea of colored t-shirts donned by union apprentices, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione once again celebrated the 5th Annual Apprenticeship Awareness Day today in the Capitol Rotunda. Known throughout Pennsylvania as a leading supporter…
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Tartaglione Joins Foundation’s Push for More State $$ to Help People with Disabilities

HARRISBURG, June 2, 2015 – The statewide foundation that helps Pennsylvanians with disabilities improve the quality of their lives with assistive technologies won the promise of Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today to work for a greater state investment in the…
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Pension Proposal Politically Motivated, Unconstitutional, Tartaglione Says

HARRISBURG, May 13, 2015 – With billions of retirement and tax dollars at stake, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today blasted the new Senate Republican proposal for pension reform saying the unconstitutional bill has not been properly vetted by the…
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Minimum Wage Supporters Step Up at Important Legislative Hearing, Tartaglione Says

HARRISBURG, May 5, 2015 – With mounting public pressure and a governor who has called for Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to be increased to $10.10 an hour, a committee co-chaired by Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione listened today as workers, employers and…
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Sen. Tartaglione, Minimum Wage Earners to Hold Media Availability Tuesday

HARRISBURG, May 4, 2015 – Following a morning-long Senate committee hearing on her bill to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, working men and women, and other supporters of a higher base wage…
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Tartaglione Says AG’s Findings on OT for Healthcare Workers ‘Outrageous’

HARRISBURG, April 23, 2015 – As one of the leading lawmakers who worked to address the issue of mandatory overtime for healthcare professionals, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said the revelation that the 2009 law has not been followed is…
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New Study Proves $ 10.10 Minimum Wage Would Be ‘Rising Tide,’ Tartaglione Says

HARRISBURG, April 22, 2015 – Because “a rising tide lifts all boats,” state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today a new study shows that if Pennsylvania finally approves a minimum wage of $ 10.10 an hour, residents in each of…
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Sens. Tartaglione, Teplitz Make April ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’

HARRISBURG, April 13, 2015 – Thanks to the legislative efforts of Sens. Christine M. Tartaglione and Rob Teplitz, April in Pennsylvania is now “Sexual Assault Awareness Month.” April became “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” when the senators successfully introduced a resolution…
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Tartaglione Named to PA Council on the Arts

HARRISBURG, March 13, 2015 – The organization charged with promoting and supporting the arts and cultures throughout Pennsylvania has picked up the fervent abilities of state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione. Tartaglione, who has been a member of the Legislative Arts…
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Tartaglione Urges Persian Gulf Vets to Apply for One-Time Bonus

PHILADELPHIA, March 11, 2015 – Pennsylvania veterans who fought in the Persian Gulf Theater in the early 1990s could receive up to $525 a month for their service if they apply now for a special, one-time bonus, state Sen. Christine…
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Tartaglione to Participate in Policy Committee’s Minimum Wage Hearing

PHILADELPHIA, March 10, 2015 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione will continue her push to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage tomorrow when the House Democratic Policy Committee convenes a hearing at Temple University. Tartaglione has proposed a package of legislation that…
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Tartaglione Hails Bold Thinking; Minimum Wage, Business Support in Gov. Wolf’s $29.9 Billion Budget Proposal

HARRISBURG, March 4, 2015 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for his bold and promising 2015-2016 budget proposal. She said his willingness to push a higher minimum wage, his belief in proper education funding, his…
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Tartaglione Urging PAians to Create a Savings Plan During ‘America Saves Week’  

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 20, 2015 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione is urging her constituents to participate next week in “America Saves Week.” “America Saves Week” is designed to increase awareness of the need for people to save money, reduce debt, and…
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Sens. Tartaglione, Baker Work to Give Women Better Understanding of Heart Disease

HARRISBURG, Feb. 17, 2015 – Because it’s more prevalent than breast cancer or any other type of cancer, state Sens. Christine M. Tartaglione and Lisa Baker today proposed a resolution designating “National Wear Red Day in Pennsylvania.” Sen. Tartaglione read…
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Tartaglione to Help Residents-In-Need Stay Warm During Forman Mills Event

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 11, 2015 – Working with the Salvation Army and other charities to identify people who need help staying warm outside, Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Forman Mills will give out vouchers for coats,…
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Tartaglione, Raise the Wage PA Start Bipartisan Push to Up PA’s Minimum Wage to $10.10

HARRISBURG, Feb. 9, 2015 – Republicans and Democrats, advocacy groups and minimum wage earners filled a church near the state Capitol this afternoon to organize for a new effort to finally increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10. “We need to…
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Tartaglione Praises New Minimum Wage Research

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6, 2015 -- The case for aggressive action on Pennsylvania’s stagnant minimum wage was made stronger today by new economic research, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said. Tartaglione praised the Keystone Research Center’s thorough comparison of her minimum…
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PA’s Next Minimum Wage Contained in Tartaglione’s Newest Legislative Package

HARRISBURG, Jan. 27, 2015 – Pennsylvania’s frontline workers who are languishing with poverty-level wages would finally be paid more under new minimum wage legislation that state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione announced today. The five-bill proposal would increase the minimum wage…
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Sen. Tartaglione to Again Chair Labor & Industry Committee, Serve on Others

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 15, 2015 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione announced that she will once again hold an influential seat to continue fighting for labor rights and an increase in the minimum wage as the Democratic chair of the Senate…
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Sen. Tartaglione Takes Oath for 6th Term

HARRISBRUG, Jan. 6, 2015 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today took the oath of office today for her sixth term in the Pennsylvania General Assembly and promised to continue her fight for better policies that promote economic development, raise…
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To Better Help Pennsylvanians with Disabilities, Tartaglione Says PaDDC to Hold ‘Conversations’ in January for New Grant Program

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 18, 2014 – A Pennsylvania group that works to improve life for people with developmental disabilities will hold four meetings next month, including one in Norristown, to gage how it can best target funding under a new grant…
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Increasing Minimum Wage Would Help PA’s Budget Situation, Tartaglione Says

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3, 2014 – As the Corbett administration continued its subterfuge during its final mid-year budget briefing, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said Pennsylvania would generate new revenue if it finally approved a minimum wage increase. “Other state…
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LIHEAP Looking to Help Low-Income Philadelphians, Sen. Tartaglione Says

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 6, 2014 – To help keep heaters working and the lights on through winter, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said the time is now for low-income residents in her district to apply for the popular Low Income…
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Tartaglione Secures $ 150,000 Grant for Historic Friends Hospital

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 21, 2014 – The nation’s oldest, private psychiatric hospital will be able to preserve a tract of land near Tacony Park, thanks to a $ 150,000 state grant secured today by state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione. The Natural…
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Wissinoming Park Getting $ 300k Upgrade, Sen. Tartaglione Says

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 20, 2014 – Wissinoming Park will offer many new features to summertime visitors now that a $ 300,000 state grant has been awarded to help pay for their construction, Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today. Wissinoming is getting…
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Tartaglione Rises to Defeat ‘Paycheck Protection’ in Senate

HARRISBURG, Oct. 15, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today helped to quash a backdoor attempt to weaken unions by joining a bipartisan push to defeat an amendment that would have prohibited employers from automatically deducting membership dues from…
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Lawmakers Experience Life with a ‘Disability’ During Sen. Tartaglione’s Event

HARRISBURG, Oct. 7, 2014 – State lawmakers and Capitol visitors had the opportunity today to experience how people live with disabilities during Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s annual Disability Awareness Day. People without disabilities were able to experience “blindness” or what…
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Tartaglione Urging Corbett Admin to Improve PA’s Job Gateway

HARRISBURG, Oct. 6, 2014 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione is urging the administration of Gov. Tom Corbett to finally take immediate action to improve Pennsylvania’s website for job seekers. In a letter to state Department of Labor & Industry Secretary…
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Tartaglione, Minimum Wage Supporters Fan Out Across PA to Urge Increase to $10.10

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 29, 2014 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, advocates and members of Raise the Wage PA today marched to Gov. Tom Corbett’s office here to finally urge his endorsement of legislation that would increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10…
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Tartaglione Joins Call to Deliver Hate Crimes Protections for PA’s LGBT Residents

HARRISBURG, Sept. 23, 2014 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today stood with advocates and fellow state lawmakers as they called for immediate action to expand Pennsylvania’s hate crimes statute to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens. “We cannot sit…
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Sen. Tartaglione’s Senior Expo Delivers Important Info to Hundreds

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18, 2014 – Hundreds of 2nd Senatorial District residents learned about beneficial services and vital information today during the second of state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s three senior expos. Attendees also had the opportunity to have free vision,…
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Sen. Tartaglione Urging Fire Companies, Volunteer Ambulance Services, Rescue Squads to Apply Now for State Grants

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 9, 2014 – Fire Departments, volunteer ambulance companies and rescue squads needing financial assistance to buy equipment, make renovations or repairs to their facilities or train new members should act soon to apply for a state grant, Sen.…
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Sen. Tartaglione Delivers Free School Supplies to Students, Constituents at Wissinoming Park; Gets Soaked in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione visited Wissinoming Park today to continue her picnic series with constituents, hand out free backpacks and school supplies to children, and experience the chilly pour of a bucket of ice…
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Kids, Communities Benefitting as Sen. Tartaglione’s Picnic Series Visits Burholme Park

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12, 2014 – Hundreds of children are preparing to go back to school with the supplies they need, and communities in the 2nd Senatorial District are enjoying some summer fun with the latest picnic sponsored by state Sen.…
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Property Tax Relief? Sen. Tartaglione Says Homestead Tax Exemption an Available Option, but Deadline Approaching

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12, 2014 – State Sen. Christine Tartaglione today said time is running out for property owners to shave hundreds from their annual tax bills through Pennsylvania’s Homestead Exemption. The deadline to apply for the exemption is Sept. 13.…
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Farcical 2014-’15 Corbett Budget Gets Sen. Tartaglione’s ‘No’ Vote

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2014 – Because of its failure to help school children in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania, because it deprives veterans and 500,000 residents of much needed health care insurance, and because it requires hocus pocus to make the…
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Tartaglione Votes Yes on Medical Marijuana Bill

HARRISBURG, June 27, 2014 – State Sen. Christine Tartaglione today voted in favor of a proposal to legalize the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania. The Senate Law and Justice Committee, of which Sen. Tartaglione is a member, approved an…
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‘Roberto Clemente Way’ Heading to Philly, Sen. Tartaglione Reports

‘Roberto Clemente Way’ Heading to Philly, Sen. Tartaglione Reports HARRISBURG, June 17, 2014 – A hero to millions of baseball fans and Latinos, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione said today she is pleased the Pennsylvania Senate has approved a bill to…
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Tartaglione Lauds Construction Trades’ Apprentice Program, Urges Young Workers to Get Involved

HARRISBURG, June 10, 2014 – With hundreds of union workers filling the Capitol Rotunda today, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione applauded the apprentice program operated by the Pennsylvania State Building & Construction Trades Council and urged students and others to participate.…
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Sen. Tartaglione, ‘Raise the Wage PA’ Rally Again to Urge Minimum Wage Increase

HARRISBURG, June 3, 2014 – State Sen. Christine Tartaglione rallied inside the Capitol today with Raise the Wage PA to again urge legislative action on proposals to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage and deal with the paltry hourly rate established for…
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Sen. Tartaglione Welcomes Salvation Army; Urges Consideration of Bill to Classify Its Disaster Service Autos as Emergency Vehicles

HARRISBURG, May 6, 2014 – With dozens of uniform-clad Salvation Army workers visiting the state Capitol, Sen. Christine Tartaglione reminded lawmakers that her bill to include their disaster-response vehicles under Pennsylvania’s list of approved emergency vehicles is awaiting consideration. Senate…
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Tartaglione Says New Fast Food Executive Pay Study Another Reason Why PA Should Increase Minimum Wage

HARRISBURG, April 23, 2014 – A national public policy organization’s study of how the salaries of fast food industry executives continue to blow away the measly pay of their frontline workers has state Sen. Christine Tartaglione demanding once again that…
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Tartaglione Heralds Maryland’s Approval of Minimum Wage Hike; Congress’ Vote to Extend Jobless Benefits

HARRISBURG, April 8, 2014 – With another state voting overwhelmingly to increase its minimum wage, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione said today that Republicans and Gov. Tom Corbett are in danger of telling tens of thousands of hardworking Pennsylvanians they aren’t…
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Momentum Building for Minimum Wage Increase to $ 10.10, Tartaglione Says

HARRISBURG, March 28, 2014 – With another Northeast state increasing its minimum wage and the largest labor union in the country taking action this week to support the effort, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today that Pennsylvania lawmakers should…
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Sen. Tartaglione Says PA Minimum Wage Should be $ 10.10/Hour

HARRISBURG, March 18, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today she will replace her proposal to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $ 9 an hour with a new bill that would increase it to $10.10 by 2016. Minimum…
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Sen. Tartaglione to Announce Significant Change to Minimum Wage Bill

HARRISBURG, March 17, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today she plans to unveil a new version of her proposal that would increase the minimum wage for Pennsylvania’s working poor. Tartaglione’s announcement will come at 3 p.m. Tuesday,…
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Apply Now for Autism-Related Mini-Grants, Sen. Tartaglione Urges

HARRISBURG, March 13, 2014 – Pennsylvanians and families with relatives who have autism spectrum disorder should act now to apply for mini-grants of up to $500, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today. The deadline for applications is March 31.…
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Tartaglione, Senate Dems, Offer Solution to Protect Pension Systems, Save Taxpayers Billions

HARRISBURG, March 12, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said she is supporting a proposal that would save Pennsylvania taxpayers billions of dollars and solve the state’s pension problems. The proposal, introduced by members of the Philadelphia lawmaker’s…
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Tartaglione Says Gov’s Election Year Budget Still Shortchanges Workers

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4, 2014 – Despite his claims to the contrary, Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed $29.4 billion budget for the 2014-’15 fiscal year continues to slight Pennsylvania’s workers, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today following his annual budget address.…
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Tartaglione, Senate Democrats Detail Budget Priorities, Highlight Corbett Budget Failures

Philadelphia, Jan. 30, 2014 – Senate Democrats gathered in seven communities across Pennsylvania today to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett to produce a spending plan that is aligned with the needs of Pennsylvanians. Sen. Christine Tartaglione joined Philadelphia senators here to highlight…
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Tartaglione Urges Legislature, Governor to Follow President, Raise Minimum Wage

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today applauded President Barack Obama for his decision to use his executive powers to increase the minimum wage to $10.10/hour for new federal contract workers. She urged Pennsylvania’s legislature and…
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Tartaglione Says Grant Opportunity Would Help Schools Get Students Physically Fit

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 23, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today urged schools in the 2nd Senatorial District to apply for a grant to participate in the most complete Presidential Youth Fitness Program and help their students improve their fitness…
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Court’s Voter ID Ruling Should Be End of Farce, Tartaglione Says

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 17, 2014 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today urged Gov. Tom Corbett and his Department of State to heed the Commonwealth Court ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s bad voter ID law. The law had required all voters to…
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Apply Now for Recreation and Conservation Grants, Tartaglione Urges

HARRISBURG, Jan. 14, 2014 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said groups interested in continuing the greening of Philadelphia should apply now for a share of the state’s recreation and conservation grants. The 2014 awards will be made by the…
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Tartaglione Urges Senate to Act on Committee’s Violence Prevention Recommendations, Especially for Lost and Stolen Guns

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8, 2014 – A just-finished report on violence prevention in Pennsylvania should be acted upon as soon as the legislature returns to session Jan. 13, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today in a letter to a key…
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Tartaglione Announces $7M in RACP Grants to St. Christopher’s, Fox Chase

HARRISBURG, Dec. 24, 2013 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program has invested a total of $7 million to help the expansion of the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and make improvements at Fox…
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For PA’s Minimum Wage Workers, Christmas Unaffordable, Tartaglione, Hughes Say

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 17, 2013 – With thousands of Pennsylvanians buying the most popular Christmas gifts and planning family get-togethers by plane, train and automobile, state Sens. Christine M. Tartaglione and Vincent Hughes today said too many people will not be…
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Senate Democrats Outline Billion Dollar Budget Savings and Revenue Plan

Harrisburg – December 10, 2013 – In advance of the governor’s planned mid-year budget briefing, state Senate Democrats today announced details of a plan to generate more than $1 billion in budget savings and revenues they say can be used to…
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Corbett’s Minimum Wage Comment Ignores Plight of Working Women, Men

HARRISBURG, Dec. 9, 2013 – Gov. Tom Corbett’s revelation that he is against raising the minimum wage because he is worried about its affect on the economy is another example of how this governor is only worried about the rich,…
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Sen. Tartaglione: Deadline Approaching for Property Tax/Rent Rebates

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3, 2013 – Eligible residents who need help stretching their budgets have less than a month left to apply for property tax or rent rebates, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today. “Pennsylvania’s property tax/rent rebate program can…
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Advisory: Tartaglione to Begin Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution

Philadelphia – November 25, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione will begin distributing more than 1,500 Thanksgiving turkeys to needy families in the 2nd Senate District at 1 p.m. today at her 1061 Bridge Street district office. Tartaglione will…
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Tartaglione Urges Students to Research Scholarship Opportunities

Harrisburg – November 25, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today urged students to take some time to research often overlooked college scholarship opportunities.   “You don’t have to be able to dunk a basketball or graduate at the…
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Tartaglione Rips Process that Produced Transportation Plan

Harrisburg – November 20, 2013 – The transportation funding plan that passed the Senate tonight was the ‘flawed product of a flawed process,” state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today. “Changes to Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage laws have been proposed and…
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Tartaglione Launches New Effort to Help Returning Veterans

Harrisburg – November 19, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today joined Senate Democratic colleagues in announcing a series of bills intended to address problems faced by Pennsylvania veterans in their return to civilian life. “Today’s returning veterans face…
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Tartaglione Resolution Marks International Day of People with Disabilities

HARRISBURG, Nov. 18, 2013 – The state Senate today unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione marking Dec. 3 as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities.” Started in 1982 by the United Nations, the day is recognized…
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Tartaglione Reacts to Audit of Department of Public Welfare

The following statement was offered today by Senator Christine M. Tartaglione in support of Auditor General DePasquale’s recent audit that discovered mismanagement of a Department of Public Welfare contract for home care workers: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today issued a…
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Tartaglione Resolution Marks Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness Week

HARRISBURG, Oct. 21, 2013 – The state Senate has unanimously passed a resolution marking “Brachial Plexus Injury Awareness Week in Pennsylvania,” state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione announced today. “With greater knowledge and awareness of this type of injury, I hope…
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Tartaglione Announces New Minimum Wage Bills

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2013 -- At a news conference in Philadelphia’s City Hall today, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione announced new legislation aimed at restoring the buying power of Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Tartaglione, the Democratic chair of the Labor and…
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MEDIA ADVISORY: State Senator Christine Tartaglione to Introduce Bill to Raise Pennsylvania Minimum Wage from $ 7.25 to $ 9.00

WHO: State Senator Christine Tartaglione, Democratic Chair of Senate Labor and Industry Committee State Senator Vincent Hughes, Democratic Chair of Senate Appropriations Committee Elizabeth McLroy, Secretary-Treasurer of Philadelphia AFL-CIO Mark Price, Labor Economist at Keystone Research Center Kathy Black, President…
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Tartaglione Joins Working Families in Labor Day Celebration

HARRISBURG, Sept. 3, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione joined thousands of local workers and their families yesterday in a rain-drenched parade held to celebrate Labor Day and to show solid support for working families.   Rather than detract…
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Tartaglione Statement on School Funding

PHILADELPHIA,  Aug. 18, 2013 – The following statement was offered today by Senator Christine M. Tartaglione, Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, in support of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools…
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Tartaglione Hosts First Ever Wissinoming Park Picnic

PHILADELPHIA,  August 21, 2013 – Hundreds of residents from the neighborhood surrounding Wissinoming Park turned out yesterday for a community picnic organized by state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione. The event was the first in the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood after years…
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Thousands Attend Tartaglione Community Festival

HARRISBURG, August 9, 2013 – Thousands of constituents from the neighborhoods surrounding Norris Square Park attended state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s annual community festival yesterday. By coordinating numerous sponsors and community partners, Tartaglione was able to personally distribute more than…
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Tartaglione Urges Corbett to Quickly Sign Fiscal Code

HARRISBURG, July 16, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today urged Gov. Tom Corbett to quickly sign the state Fiscal Code passed by the House yesterday, more than two weeks after the budget deadline.   In a letter sent…
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Tartaglione Rejects Republican Budget Plan

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2013 -- State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today voted against a Republican-backed budget plan that continues more than two years of economic backsliding and education failure. “Pennsylvania has been sitting in the ditch watching the rest of…
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Latest Liquor Plan Fails to be ‘Everything to Everybody’

HARRISBURG, June 18, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement regarding Sen. McIlhinney’s liquor proposal: “I am grateful to Sen. McIlhinney for taking the time and making the effort to listen to a broad range…
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Tartaglione Supports Better Budget Alternative

HARRISBURG, June 3, 2013 -- State  Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today joined her Democratic colleagues in support of a budget alternative that improves funding for schools, social services and job creation while holding the line on broad-based taxes. “Governor Corbett…
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Tartaglione on Corbett Interview: ‘Damn Lies and Statistics’

HARRISBURG,  April 30, 2013 — Gov. Corbett’s contention that drug use is responsible for Pennsylvania’s high unemployment rate is disturbing, but not the most troubling part of his interview on PAMatters.com, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today. “The governor’s disdain for the…
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On Tax Day, Tartaglione Decries Corbett Policy

HARRISBURG, April 15, 2013 – With the deadline for filing tax returns looming, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione decried the Corbett administration’s strategy of relief for large corporations along with increased scrutiny for individuals.  “When the administration talks about tax…
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Tartaglione: PA Leaders Head South…Along with PA Economy

HARRISBURG – April 12, 2013 -- Bad news continues to pile up for Pennsylvania workers, while the state’s economic leaders look to South America for answers, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today. Figures released by the U.S. Department of…
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Missed Opportunities Result in Rising Unemployment

Harrisburg, March 19, 2013 -- Employment numbers released by Pennsylvania labor officials this week show the state continuing to move in the wrong direction while falling far behind surrounding states in job creation, two leading state senators said today.  “The…
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Tartaglione Statement on Lottery Decision

HARRISBURG, February 14, 2013 — State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s decision to reject the lottery contract with Camelot Global Services: “The Attorney General used her authority to support what many of us…
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Tartaglione Statement on Budget Proposal

HARRISBURG, February 5, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement regarding Gov. Corbett’s proposed budget: “In two years, Pennsylvania has fallen from the top ten into the bottom third in job creation. If this budget…
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Tartaglione Statement on Liquor Privatization

HARRISBURG, January 30, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement regarding Gov. Corbett’s plans for Pennsylvania liquor stores: “It’s obvious that there is little support in the General Assembly for the governor’s strange agenda and…
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Tartaglione Questions Unemployment Processing Delays

HARRISBURG, Jan. 29, 2012 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today joined House and Senate colleagues in questioning Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry about chronic delays and busy signals plaguing the state’s unemployment compensation phone system. “Some of these…
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Tartaglione: Hearing Doesn’t Sell Lottery Deal

HARRISBURG,  Jan. 14, 2012 – A day-long hearing today regarding the Corbett administration’s plan to hand the Pennsylvania Lottery over to a foreign operator failed to address serious concerns about the deal and the secretive and unilateral process by which…
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Governor’s Camelot Move ‘Another Brick in the Wall’

January 11, 2012 — State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement regarding the administration’s announcement regarding Camelot and the Pennsylvania Lottery: “After campaigning to a public demand for transparency and open government, the governor’s action today is another brick…
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Tartaglione Reappointed Labor Chair; Targets Minimum Wage

HARRISBURG, Jan. 8, 2013 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, recently re-appointed as Democratic chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, said today she will use the position to push for changes in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage law in order…
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Tartaglione Attends State Police Graduation

HARRISBURG, December 21, 2012 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today attended ceremonies honoring a class of  “There is something incredibly inspiring about being in the presence of young men and women about to embark on a career of public…
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Tartaglione: Help Available if Electricity Service is Terminated

HARRISBURG, Dec. 12, 2012 – Philadelphians who have had their electric service terminated should check into their eligibility for a state program that provides utility grants in crisis situations, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today. As part of Pennsylvania’s…
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Tartaglione Questions Delaware Subsidiary of PA Lottery Bidder

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5, 2012 –   State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione is asking Corbett administration officials why an international gambling company created a Delaware corporation to submit its bid to take over the Pennsylvania Lottery. According to Delaware’s Department of State,…
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Tartaglione Praises Corbett Commitment to Intellectually Disabled

HARRISBURG, Nov. 29, 2012 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today praised Gov. Corbett’s recently expressed commitment to cutting the long waiting list of intellectually disabled adults who need community-based services. Tartaglione was reacting to remarks made during the governor’s…
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Tartaglione Urges Immediate Action on Child-Protection Report

HARRISBURG, Nov. 28, 2012 –   State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today called on the Corbett administration to quickly begin implementation of the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection.  “Some of the recommendations can be done without legislation…
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Tartaglione Collecting Toys for Tots at District Offices

HARRISBURG, Nov. 21, 2012 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione announced today that she is again hosting a “Toys for Tots” collection box in each of her two district offices. “Through these years of difficult financial times, the people of…
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Tartaglione Urges US Air to Settle Labor Contract Before Merger

HARRISBURG, Nov. 20, 2012 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione is urging US Air to settle long-stalled contract talks with its current workers before closing a merger with American Airlines. In a letter to Douglas Parker, CEO of US Airlines…
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Tartaglione Reelected to Senate Leadership

HARRISBURG, NOVEMBER 14, 2012  – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, the first  woman to ever be elected to a Senate Democratic caucus leadership post, was reelected today by her colleagues. Tartaglione, now in her fifth term, is the Senate Democratic…
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Absentee Ballot Deadline Extended

HARRISBURG,  Oct. 31, 2012 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today reminded voters that Pennsylvania officials have extended the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot.  “Hurricane Sandy forced a halt to most government services, putting pressure on last-minute absentee…
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Hurricane Sandy Update

Absentee ballot deadline extended in Pennsylvania as state recovers from this massive storm. Harrisburg — October 30, 2012 – (9:20 a.m.) Gov. Tom Corbett provided additional details on how Pennsylvania is dealing with Hurricane Sandy earlier today at a briefing…
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Hurricane Sandy Impact, Important Contact Numbers, Information

October 29, 2012 — (6 p.m.) Gov. Tom Corbett held briefing to update the status of Hurricane Sandy and its impact on Pennsylvania.  The governor said that the storm had 90 mile per hour winds and was making landfall in…
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Senate Democrats Say Corbett Administration Fails to Address Job Creation

Harrisburg – October 19, 2012 -- Senate Democratic Leaders today called Pennsylvania’s latest employment report “unfortunate, but not surprising” given the lack of interest in rising unemployment on the part of the Corbett administration.  “It’s a trend that needs to…
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Senator Tartaglione Hosts the 2012 Senate Disability Day

October 15, 2012:  Sen. Tartaglione hosted the 2012 Senate Disability Day. This event provided all members and staff with the opportunity to experience, first hand, what it is like to have various disabilities.  Wheelchairs, walkers, vision-distorting goggles, magnifiers, arm restraints…
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Tartaglione: Voter ID a “Costly Mistake”

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2, 2012 –   State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said a Commonwealth Court decision restores voting rights for thousands of Pennsylvanians, but can’t entirely fix a “costly mistake.”   “I’ve been confident all along that the courts would…
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Tartaglione: Voter ID a “Costly Mistake”

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2012 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement on today’s Commonwealth Court ruling: “I’ve been confident all along that the courts would see the serious flaws and dubious reasoning behind voter ID. With just…
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Senate Passes Tartaglione Hispanic Heritage Month Resolution

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25, 2012 – The state Senate has unanimously passed a resolution, sponsored by Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, designating Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 “Hispanic Heritage Month” in Pennsylvania. The designation aligns the state with national Hispanic Heritage Month…
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Tartaglione Senior Expo Draws Hundreds to Excel Academy

 HARRISBURG, Sept.  21, 2012 –  With confusion swirling about voting rights and the future of health care and hundreds of seniors turned out yesterday for Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s Senior Expo for answers to a wide variety of questions. “The…
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Tartaglione: Firing Fraud Investigators is No Way to Fight Fraud

HARRISBURG, July 27, 2012 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione has written a letter to Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway asking her to reverse and administration decision  to furlough nearly 100 employees who process claims and investigate fraud. “Not…
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Tartaglione: Settlement Helps More than 1,000 Philly Homebuyers

HARRISBURG, July 17, 2012 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today urged African-American homebuyers to contact the U.S. Department of Justice to see if they are qualified to receive part of a $125 million settlement with Wells Fargo. “It’s terrible…
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Tartaglione Trooper Fines-for-Training Heads to the Governor

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2012 – More than three years after her first bill was introduced, Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today praised House passage of a measure that will raise revenue for State Police training classes while creating a fairer fine-distribution…
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Senate Passes Bill to Provide Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis

HARRISBURG, June 30, 2012 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today praised passage of a bill that will put more wheelchair-accessible taxis on the streets of Philadelphia. House Bill 2390 expands the number of taxicab medallions issued by the Philadelphia…
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Tartaglione: Seniors, Students Pay the Price for Politics

HARRISBURG, June 29, 2012 –   Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement on the final 2012-13 budget: “I commend the thousands of Pennsylvanians who took the time to come to Harrisburg over the past five months for their persistence…
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Tartaglione Lauds Labor Union Apprentice Programs

HARRISBURG, June 12, 2012 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione praised the hundreds of union apprentices lining the Rotunda steps today and urged them to help convince lawmakers to rebuild the middle class.”Apprenticeships through organized labor not only prepare students…
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Tartaglione Trooper Fines-for-Training Bill Passes Senate

HARRISBURG, June 11, 2012 – After more than three years of effort, Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s bill to raise revenue for State Police training classes while creating a fairer fine-distribution system passed the Senate unanimously today. Senate Bill 237 is…
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Tartaglione: Unemployment Bill ‘a Disservice to the Economy’

HARRISBURG, June 5, 2012 – While applauding the bipartisanship that marked negotiations, Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today voted against the final version of Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation reform, calling it a “disservice” to the economy and working families. “I appreciate the…
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Tartaglione Trooper Training Bill Clears Senate Committee

HARRISBURG, June 4, 2012 – A bill that will raise revenue to fund State Police training classes while creating a fairer fine-distribution system cleared the Senate Appropriations committee today, according to state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, the bill’s sponsor. Senate…
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Tartaglione: Citizens Forcing Budget Shift

HARRISBURG, May 9, 2012 – State Sen. Christine M . Tartaglione today praised the thousands of civic activists, educators and social service providers who traveled to Harrisburg over the past two months for helping Senate Democrats force changes in state…
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Tartaglione Joins Colleagues in Call for New Budget Priorities

HARRISBURG, April 3, 2012 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione joined Senate Democratic colleagues at a Capitol news conference today calling on the Corbett administration to focus budget priorities on jobs and working families. “Last year’s budget and this year’s…
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Advisory: Tartaglione to Participate in Assistive Technologies News Conference

HARRISBURG, March 27, 2012 --State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione will join the Pennsylvania Assistive Technologies Foundation next week for a news conference to discuss the success of investments in Pennsylvanians with disabilities and the challenges they still face.             The…
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Op-ed: Corbetts Blindness a Disability He Can Overcome

The barricades and the extra police at the end of a Capitol hallway tell you everything you need to know about the administration of Gov. Tom Corbett. From Day One, the governor, who campaigned bravely about ordinary citizens reclaiming their…
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Tartaglione: Voter ID Part of a ‘Disturbing Trend’ for the Disabled

HARRISBURG, March 7, 2012 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said Senate approval of a bill requiring photo identification from voters, which comes one week after the Corbett administration barred disabled visitors from public areas of the Capitol, represents…
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Tartaglione: Action on House Bill 934 ‘Appalling’

HARRISBURG,  March 5, 2011 –   State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement regarding Appropriations Committee action on House Bill 934: “Tonight’s action in the Appropriations Committee revealed a stark lack of consideration for the thousands of Pennsylvanians…
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Tartaglione: Disabled Pennsylvanians Don’t Want to ‘Just Sit There’

“The blind and shortsighted slashing done by this budget creates many small cycles that, when completed, will create budget challenges for future administrations and future generations.
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Tartaglione Questions Administration’s Tax Fairness

HARRISBURG, Feb. 21, 2011 – Sen. Christine Tartaglione today questioned Pennsylvania’s revenue secretary over why corporate tax loopholes aren’t drawing the same attention as consumers who make purchases on line.
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Tartaglione Lauds Progress on Train to Work, Urges Oversight

HARRISBURG, February 9, 2011 – Nearly a year after she introduced the idea in the Senate, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today praised the Corbett administration for embracing her job training plan, but cautioned state labor officials to include provisions…
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Tartaglione: Budget Outlines Administration’s Trust Issues

“The budget outlined by the governor today is the result of his long-held and unsupportable distrust of struggling families and an equally inexplicable and unsustainable trust of large corporations.
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Edison Redevelopment Project to Receive $1.5 State Loan

HARRISBURG, February 1, 2011 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione is happy to announce the approval of a $1.5 million state loan to aid plans to redevelop the site of the former Edison High School on Lehigh Avenue.
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Tartaglione: Senate Action Fuels Public Outrage

Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione tonight issued the following statement on the decision from the chair to suddenly close voting on a taxpayer-friendly amendment to the Marcellus Shale bill despite requests for reconsideration: “The cynical and arbitrary actions of the majority…
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Tartaglione Collecting Toys For Tots at District Offices

PHILADELPHIA, DEC. 7, 2011 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione announced today that she is again hosting a “Toys for Tots” collection box in each of her two district offices. “All through the recession years, the community has shown its…
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Senators Hughes and Tartaglione Visit Stetson Middle School

PHILADELPHIA, November 30, 2011 -State Sens. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Christine Tartaglione toured Stetson Middle School today to get a first-hand look at the school’s remarkable turnaround.
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Tartaglione: Voucher Bill Leaves Thousands Behind

HARRISBURG,  Oct. 26, 2011 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today voted in opposition to a school voucher plan that will spend millions to benefit a narrow group of students while draining resources from already struggling public schools. “Instead of…
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Tartaglione on Jobs: “We are moving backward”

In response to the unemployment figures released by the state Department of Labor and Industry, Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione released the following statement.  Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, is the Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. "Nearly four months after…
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Committee Avoids Tartaglione Minimum Wage Amendment

HARRISBURG, Oct. 18, 2011 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today she will continue to push for an update to Pennsylvania’s minimum wage law, after a Senate committee voted to avoid a decision yesterday. The Senate Labor and Industry…
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Senate Democrats Seek to Augment ‘PA Works Now’ Plan

Day Care, Adult Care, Job Training, School-to-Work Transition, and Green Jobs are Targeted HARRISBURG, October 18, 2011 - - Today members of the Senate Democratic caucus unveiled legislation to be introduced this week to supplement the “PA Works Now” job…
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Policy Committee Hears Plans for Modernization of State Liquor Sales

Philadelphia, Oct. 6, 2011— The Senate Democratic Policy Committee today heard from various stakeholders in the effort to modernize Pennsylvania’s liquor sales system in a way that will keep up consumer demand while continuing prevention of abuse and underage drinking.
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Senators Call Electoral College Bill Detrimental to Urban Communities

HARRISBURG, Sept. 27, 2011 — Pennsylvania Senate Democrats representing urban communities today called the Republican plan to change the Electoral College voting process a “blatant attempt to gerrymander votes during presidential election cycles. “We continuously tell people ‘Your vote counts,’…
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Senate Democrats Roll Out Billion Dollar Job Creation Plan

HARRISBURG – September 26 – State Senate Democrats today unveiled their revised job creation plan, called “PA Works Now,” which they claim would create 80,000 new jobs and leverage billions in private investment to generate jobs and economic activity. State…
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Hundreds Turn Out for Tartaglione Senior Expo

HARRISBURG, Sept. 26, 2011 – Hundreds of local seniors packed the gymnasium at Camelot’s Excel Academy for state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione’s annual Senior Expo.
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Tartagione Praises Agreement on Puerto Rican Festival

HARRISBURG,  July 15, 2011 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today praised the city’s Latino leaders for coming to agreement on the handling of this year’s “Puerto Rican Festival.” “For many years, leaders in the Latino community have worked to…
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Tartaglione Attempts to Reinstate Graterford Labor Agreement

HARRISBURG,  June 30, 2011 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione tonight offered an amendment to a key budget bill that would have prevented labor unrest at the Graterford Prison project. “The Graterford project is an important project and its timely…
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Tartaglione: Sound-Bite Budgeting is Shortsighted

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today released the following statement on the budget: “Trying to spare wealthy corporations from any sacrifice during a difficult budget year, the governor and the majority have gutted programs that have been proven to be…
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Tartaglione: Budget Ignores Better Choices

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione released the following statement about today's budget vote in the Appropriations Committee: “It’s been said many times that the state budget process is about choices. Sometimes, those choices are tough.
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Lawmakers Offer Philadelphia Teacher Contract Protections

HARRISBURG, June 20, 2011 – Democratic lawmakers today introduced legislation that would blunt the Philadelphia School Reform Commission’s (SRC) attempt to violate seniority provisions in the existing teacher labor contract and then potentially cancel other labor agreements on June 30.
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Tartaglione Praises Passage of Compromise on Unemployment

HARRISBURG,  June 17, 2011 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today praised Senate passage of a compromise bill that extends unemployment benefits and makes changes that will help shore up the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. “I am grateful that my…
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Tartaglione Joins Bankers, Homeowners in Support of HEMAP

Philadelphia,  June 17, 2011 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione joined local bank executives, homeowners and consumer advocates in support of restored funding for Pennsylvania’s emergency mortgage assistance program. At a news conference at City Hall, Tartaglione said preventing foreclosures…
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Tartaglione Praises Passage of Compromise on Unemployment

HARRISBURG,  May 24, 2011 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today praised Senate passage of a compromise bill that extends unemployment benefits and makes changes that will help shore up the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. “It has taken considerable effort…
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Tartaglione Praises Action on Unemployment Extension

HARRISBURG,  May 10, 2011 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today praised colleagues for including provisions from her unemployment reforms in legislation that was unanimously reported out of a key Senate committee. Thousands of unemployed Pennsylvanians will lose their extended…
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Tartaglione Urges Close Scrutiny of Drilling Company Taxes

HARRISBURG,  May 2, 2011 –  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, along with Democratic colleagues, today urged the state Department of Revenue to aggressively audit the tax filings of Marcellus Shale drilling companies in light of proliferation of Delaware subsidiaries. “The…
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The Energy Boom and the Delaware Loophole

Delaware Loophole - Background Delaware has no corporate tax on income from “non-tangible assets,” such as leases, trademarks, royalties and copyrights. Large corporations form Delaware subsidiaries and transfer ownership of such assets, then makes steep payments for the use of…
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Tartaglione on House GOP Budget: Same Song, Different Arrangement

HARRISBURG,  May 2, 2011 – The budget plan offered by House Republicans yesterday ignores obvious remedies for Pennsylvania’s budget problems and lopsided business –tax system,  State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione said today. “It’s better than what Governor Corbett proposed, but…
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Tartaglione Introduces Legislation to Protect Unemployed

HARRISBURG,  April 26, 2011 –  Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today announced the introduction of legislation intended to prevent as many as 135,000 laid-off  workers from losing unemployment benefits. “The economic recovery has been strong on Wall Street, but slow on…
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Senate Democrats Gather Ideas on Improving Job Training Programs

Philadelphia – April 15, 2011 –Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chair Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) said Democrats will hone their PA Works jobs and economic development plan with many of the ideas offered at yesterday’s roundtable discussion in Philadelphia. “I thought the…
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Tartaglione Backs Budget Alternative to Save $1.1 Billion

Philadelphia– April 14, 2011 –State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione joined Democratic colleagues today to announce a budget plan that underscores their budget priorities and includes $1.14 billion in total savings, new revenues and efficiencies. At a news conference today at…
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Proposal Would Modernize PA Wine and Spirit Store Operations

Harrisburg, April 14, 2011 – In response to yesterday’s Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on the modernization of the Liquor Control Board operations and in conjunction with the Senate Democrats “Budget Savings Plan,” three Democratic senators are unveiling legislation…
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Tartagione Praises Committee Approval of Firefighter Cancer Bill

HARRISBURG,  April 11, 2011 –  The state Senate Appropriations committee today approved a measure that will ensure firefighters that they and their families will be protected financially if they contract cancer on the job, state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione announced.…
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Senate Democrats to Hold Philly Hearing on Job Training Proposals

Harrisburg – April 7, 2011 – The Senate Democratic Policy Committee will hold a roundtable discussion on job training issues at the Temple Corporate Learning Center in Philadelphia next week. “Any legislative effort to stoke our economy and create jobs…
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Tartaglione Opposes Changes to Construction-Code Process

HARRISBURG, April 6, 2011 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today fought changes in Pennsylvania’s construction code process that she said are intended to favor special interests over consumer protection.             “It took seven years and the effort of thousands…
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Phila. Senators, City Officials Discuss State Budget Impact

Philadelphia, March 18, 2011 — The Philadelphia Senate Delegation today held a discussion on the impact of the governor’s proposed 2011-12 budget plan on the Philadelphia region. The senators, along with representatives from the mayor’s office, School District of Philadelphia,…
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Tartaglione Bill Alters Local Share of State Police Fines

HARRISBURG, March 1, 2011 – A bill designed to boost State Police training efforts while creating a fairer funding system passed a key Senate committee today, said state Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione. Senate Bill 237 will redirect millions of dollars…
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Tartaglione Again Takes Aim at ‘Delaware Loophole’

[caption id="attachment_1957" align="alignright" width="250" caption="State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione talks about closing the "Delaware Loophole" as part of a Senate Democatic plan to improve Pennsylvania's job climate."][/caption] HARRISBURG, February 23, 2011 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today molded her…
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Sen. Christine Tartaglione helped unveil the AFL-CIO legislative agenda

At today’s Capitol news conference, state Sen. Christine Tartaglione joined union leaders and state legislators to unveil the AFL-CIO legislative agenda and discuss how to protect and create jobs in Pennsylvania. Tartaglione, a member of the UFCW union, said that…
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Senate Democrats Fight to Save Essential, Cost-Saving Health Care Program

  HARRISBURG, January 24, 2011 - - Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus joined House Democrats in the Capitol Rotunda today to stress the urgency of extending the state’s adultBasic health care program. The adultBasic program currently provides benefits to…
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Tartaglione Sworn In for Fifth Term in Senate

HARRISBURG, JAN. 6, 2011 -- At a noontime ceremony in the state Capitol, State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione took the oath of office for her fifth term in the Pennsylvania Senate. "I’m grateful to the people in my district who…
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