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FUMO STATEMENT ON PASSING OF
LT. GOV. KNOLL
HARRISBURG, November 13, 2008 –
State Senator Vince Fumo (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement today
regarding the death last night of Lt. Governor Catherine Baker Knoll:
"I was saddened to learn of the passing of Lt. Governor
Knoll. Catherine and I were close for a long time; I have been friends with her
and her family for many years. It is a huge loss for me personally and for the
Commonwealth. She was a warm and caring person, and that was reflected in her
tireless efforts for the people of Pennsylvania. She was a true champion of the
poor, of working men and women, and of seniors in our state. My prayers go out
for her and her loved ones. I will miss her."
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CONSUMERS GET ENERGY HELP, BUT
HARRISBURG, October 8, 2008
– The state Senate passed an amended piece of energy legislation (HB 2200) today
that helps electric utility customers in several crucial ways, but does not yet
provide relief from potential huge monthly bill increases that will hit them
when rate caps expire in the next few years, Senator Vince Fumo (D-Philadelphia)
Fumo, who was the main force behind the imposition of
rate caps after Pennsylvania deregulated electric generation in the late 1990s,
said he is confident that the General Assembly will address the looming rate
hikes during the 2009-10 legislative session that begins in January. Fumo is not
running for re-election, and therefore will not be a member of the Senate in the
“I and many other members of the legislature would have
preferred to extend rate caps in this legislation,” Fumo said. “Unfortunately,
we were unable to gain enough support for that at this time. That is a fight
that will have to wait for another day. But if we don’t act now, the problem
will get worse.”
Fumo and several other Senate Democrats were heavily
involved over the last few months with Senate Republican leadership, officials
of the Rendell Administration, and electric utilities in trying to reach a
comprehensive energy compromise that would include limits on consumer price
increases that could be as large as 60 percent when caps come off for most
electric company customers in 2010. While they reached agreement in several key
areas, a deal on rates eluded them.
WE MUST PROTECT
AGAINST HUGE ELECTRIC BILL HIKES
Floor Speech, September 18, 2008.
As all of you know, I did not expect to be in Harrisburg this week, but
since I am able to be here I want to speak for a few moments about an
issue that will soon have an impact on every person in Pennsylvania.
Politicians make a lot of speeches. I certainly have made my share on
this floor, but every now and then we have a chance not just to talk,
but to act in a direct fashion to help people.
We have that opportunity before us right now.
The United States financial markets are in turmoil. Our economy seems to
be sinking. By one estimate that I heard last night, $1.2 trillion
dollars of wealth in this country has been wiped out over the past three
days. Undoubtedly, that includes some of the hard-earned savings, or
investments, or retirement nest eggs of many Pennsylvanians.
As we sit here in the Pennsylvania Senate, we don’t have the power to do
very much about the meltdown on Wall Street, and we can’t correct the
lax regulation in Washington that got us into this mess. We can’t do
much about the crisis in the national credit markets, or undo the
subprime mortgage lending mistakes.
But we can take action on a simple matter that affects the checkbook of
every family in our commonwealth, as well as every business -- large or
small -- that pays an electric bill.
We can do something to prevent our citizens from being hit with enormous
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NEW FOOD DISTRIBUTION
CENTER COMING TO PHILA.
PHILADELPHIA, September 4,
2008 – With state assistance, a private developer will build a new Food
Distribution Center in South Philadelphia, containing retail and wholesale
operations that sell fresh produce throughout the mid-Atlantic region, state
Senator Vince Fumo announced today.
The $218.5 million dollar project will include a
667,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility occupying a 48.6 acre parcel of
land at 6700 Essington Avenue, with another 15 acre parcel nearby that will be
used as a parking/staging area. It will retain 1,468 current jobs, and create an
estimated 375 more.
Essington Avenue Partners II will develop the new
Philadelphia Regional Produce Market. The state will provide a $100 million
grant, with additional state and federal loan financing, through the
Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. The PRPA will be the landlord under a
“This has been a long time coming, with numerous
obstacles and detours over the past seven years. But many people were determined
not to give up, and now we are going to have the kind of modern, world-class
facility that we need to serve our population in the 21st century,” said Fumo, a
Democrat who represents the first Senatorial District, home of the current Food
Distribution Center facility on Galloway Street in South Philadelphia.
PHIL. LAWMAKERS PLEDGE
ACTION ON RIPARIAN RIGHTS
August 25, 2008 – A coalition of state Senate and
House members who represent districts along the Delaware River in
sharply criticized last week’s Supreme Court decision giving away riparian
rights, and said today that they would urge the legislature to restore state
control over state land.
They also promised to seek federal court review.
Representatives William Keller and Mike O’Brien, along with Senators
Vince Fumo and Mike Stack (all D-Philadelphia) called Friday’s high court ruling
dramatic and unprecedented. Not only did it convey public land to a casino
without any payment to the state taxpayers who own it, but it also declared the
“With all due respect to the court, they simply got this one wrong,”
said Keller. He pointed out that it has been long-established legal practice
for the state General Assembly to decide whether or not to approve the lease of
submerged waterfront land, which the state owns, to private entities. The state
is also entitled to compensation.