• OpEd: Grow Housing Fund, and Investments

    By State Sen. Shirley Kitchen and Sen. Elder Vogel:

    "As Pennsylvania’s economy struggles to rebound, it’s important to prioritize policies that are both effective and bipartisan. Expanding the State Housing Trust Fund is the perfect opportunity to do so."

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  • Kitchen Laments New, Weak PA Budget

    Applauds Senate adoption of amendment to allow for $2/pack cigarette tax

    HARRISBURG, June 30, 2014 — Angry that Pennsylvania’s $29.1 billion budget proposal fails to restore education funding, continues to deny Medicaid coverage for 500,000 people, and uses one-time gimmicks to close a whopping $1.5 billion deficit, state Sen. Shirley Kitchen tonight said she voted against the governor’s proposal.

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  • Bill to Expand State Housing Trust Fund Moves Forward

    HARRISBURG, PA. − The state Senate Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to approve Senate Bill 1380, a measure that would expand the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE) – commonly known as the State Housing Trust Fund – statewide without creating new fees or raising taxes. It now awaits a full Senate vote.

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  • Kitchen Urges Constituents to Act Now, Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act

    With thousands of people learning how to sign up for the federal government’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly called Obamacare, Sen. Shirley Kitchen today urged her constituents, who need health insurance, to not wait to get low-cost coverage.

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  • Second Chances Still Matter

    My record on changing the way we deal with nonviolent criminals is clear, so I was heartened to learn last week that the U.S. Justice Department appears to be moving closer to giving federal prosecutors more leeway when it comes to meting out sentences for them.

    I introduced Senate Bill 328 this year to give Pennsylvania’s nonviolent offenders a second chance and my legislation would work well if the Justice Department takes action to change the way they are incarcerated.

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Latest News


    Sen. Kitchen’s District Office Closes

    PHILADELPHIA, July 22, 2014 — Due to redistricting, state Sen. Shirley Kitchen has had to close her satellite office. Sen. Kitchen said her office at 6418 Rising Sun Ave. had to close after the redrawing of legislative boundaries took that…   Continue reading →

    Kitchen Laments New, Weak PA Budget

    HARRISBURG, June 30, 2014 — Angry that Pennsylvania’s .1 billion budget proposal fails to restore education funding, continues to deny Medicaid coverage for 500,000 people, and uses one-time gimmicks to close a whopping .5 billion deficit, state Sen. Shirley Kitchen…   Continue reading →

    Bill to Expand State Housing Trust Fund Moves Forward

    HARRISBURG, PA. − The state Senate Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Wednesday unanimously voted to approve Senate Bill 1380, a measure that would expand the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE) – commonly known as the State…   Continue reading →

    Sen. Kitchen’s 9th Senior Expo to Open Friday

    PHILADELPHIA, May 8, 2014 — State Sen. Shirley Kitchen’s highly anticipated Senior Healthy Living Expo will open its doors at 9 a.m., tomorrow, May 9, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The 9th annual event will feature seminars designed to help…   Continue reading →

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Harrisburg, PA 17120
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