Senate approves minimum wage hike with bipartisan support, but progressives pledge to fight for $15

Senate approves minimum wage hike with bipartisan support, but progressives pledge to fight for $15

Pennsylvania is one step closer to a higher minimum wage after lawmakers in the state Senate voted Wednesday night to increase the rate to $9.50 an hour.

 

But as the legislation advances toward the House, progressive lawmakers in the General Assembly say the move still doesn’t go far enough and pledged to fight for more improvements.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

A sweeping update to the Pennsylvania Election Code sailed through the General Assembly this week, paving the way for one of the largest election code reforms in years.

 

The agreed-upon negotiation from the Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf would provide $90 million in state aid to help counties shoulder the costs of new voting machines prior to next year’s presidential election.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
IFO analysis: Nearly 2 million workers could see pay increase with $12 minimum wage; 34,000 could lose jobs

IFO analysis: Nearly 2 million workers could see pay increase with $12 minimum wage; 34,000 could lose jobs

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office has released new estimates on how Pennsylvania workers would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage, which suggests that close to 2 million workers could see increases in their pay if the state’s base wage is raised to $12 an hour.

 

However, the IFO says the policy wouldn’t come without some consequences — namely, a potential loss of approximately 34,100 jobs.

Thursday, October 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Following the passage of a controversial bill in the Pennsylvania Senate, immigrant groups are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to veto the legislation, which would prohibit unauthorized workers from being employed in construction trades.

 

The bill, known as the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, would require construction industry employers to verify whether a prospective employee is eligible to work in the U.S. and prohibit construction companies from employing undocumented and unauthorized workers. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills you may have missed during budget season

5 bills you may have missed during budget season

Amid the crunch of budget negotiations, the General Assembly was busy passing dozens of bills beyond the state’s $33.9 billion spending plan. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a number of them in recent days to much fanfare, but many others have flown under the radar. We took some time to profile five of the most interesting laws that came out of budget season.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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