HARRISBURG, P.a. (CBS) — A Philadelphia state senator says he’s gearing up for a fight after a report that “redlining” by financial institutions continues to plague Philadelphia and other cities.

“My staff, some of my colleagues will tell you I pretty much went ballistic,” state Sen. Vincent Hughes tells KYW Newsradio.

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Hughes, ranking Democrat on the state Senate Appropriations Committee, explains how he reacted when he saw an analysis by Reveal from The Center For Investigative Reporting detailing the persistence of “redlining” – denying mortgages based on race and ethnicity.

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The analysis shows African-Americans in Philadelphia are 2.7 times as likely to be denied a conventional mortgage as whites.

As state budget hearings opened, Hughes urged the state treasurer to flag financial institutions guilty of the practice.

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“My charge will be to remove those funds from those institutions and put them somewhere else,” he said.