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Rally at the Rotunda

Senator Casey at the Pennsylvania CapitolOn Monday, I joined Governor Ed Rendell and representatives from the Pennsylvania School Funding Campaign for a rally on the steps of the State Capitol Building rotunda.  At the Parents’ Rally for Education, parents and students alike spoke of the importance of maintaining adequate funding levels for school districts throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
 
Following statements from citizens throughout the Commonwealth, I discussed how several important federal policies impact the state budget.  The Keep Our Educators Working Act, which I am cosponsoring, is as straightforward as it gets when it comes to education: by creating a fund to provide education aid to the states, it would save between 12,000 and 15,000 teaching jobs throughout Pennsylvania.  Equally important, however, are extensions for FMAP funding for Medicare, unemployment insurance, and COBRA. Extended FMAP funding is necessary to ensure that the state of Pennsylvania does not suffer a large budget gap, which could result in cuts in education.  Unemployment and COBRA extensions are needed not only to protect vulnerable Pennsylvanian families, but also to prevent economic recovery from being stifled, which could hurt the state’s ability to collect the revenue it needs for education and other programs. Without this funding, Pennsylvania could experience 20,000 layoffs and a threat can be posed to public safety and schools. Extending this funding has majority support in the Senate.  And it has bipartisan support outside of Washington with 42 governors having signed a letter urging Congress to extend this funding, including 26 Democrats and 16 Republicans.

The message of the Parents’ Rally for Education is an important one that I will carry with me to Washington DC.  I will advocate tirelessly for the passage of the Keep Our Educators Working Act, and for extensions for FMAP funding, unemployment, and COBRA.  These programs are important to the citizens of the Commonwealth and vital for assisting state budgets and ensuring economic recovery.

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Dauphin
Education
Pennsylvania

Jobs and the Economy at the Rotary Club of Harrisburg

Senator Casey speaks at the Harrisburg Rotary Club

On Monday, March 22, I joined members and guests of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg to discuss a very important issue: jobs for Pennsylvanians. During the event, I spoke with many members and guests who are committed to energizing the economy in Central Pennsylvania. I also outlined some of the benefits that Pennsylvanians can expect to receive from the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act) that was passed by Congress and signed into law last week. This bill is the first in a planned series of bills targeted towards job creation and retention. As this work continues in Congress, I will continue to listen to workers, business leaders and economists on the best ways to move forward to create jobs and help our economy.

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Dauphin
Economy
Harrisburg
Jobs
Pennsylvania

Green Energy in Steelton

Located in Dauphin County, Steelton was once a booming steel community, but times have changed.  The steel mills are long gone, and now green energy is taking root with the Steelton Solar Project, which has received $655,000 in federal economic recovery funds to build a 500 kilowatt-hour solar facility.  The project will not only create clean energy, but also new jobs.  I have and will continue to support clean energy job creation to ensure further economic growth and recovery in Pennsylvania.

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Clean Energy Jobs
Dauphin
Energy
Pennsylvania
Recovery Act

The Pennsylvania Farm Show

Senator Casey speaks to students at the PA Farm Show

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is always an exciting time of year. I look forward to my annual visit and am never disappointed in the displays I see, people and their animals I meet, and of course the good food I get to eat. This year I was honored to be ask to speak before a group of over 6,000 young leaders in agriculture -- all members of Pennsylvania Future Farmers of America. They are dedicated, ambitious, and a very talented group of high school students who will help preserve our family farms, be inventive in agriculture practices, and keep Pennsylvania growing.

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Agriculture
Dauphin
Pennsylvania
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