With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

After weeks of speculation, a Senate committee advanced a proposal Monday to increase the state’s minimum wage, potentially setting up another showdown between Gov. Tom Wolf and the members of his own party over whether to compromise on one of their key legislative priorities.

Despite Wolf’s hopes of a $15 an hour minimum wage, the Senate Labor and Industry Committee signed off on a more modest proposal: a minimum wage which rises to $9.50 an hour in 2022. In exchange, Wolf’s office will put on hold a controversial expansion to the state’s overtime law, agreeing to keep it in line with federal regulations until 2023.
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future

Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor on Tuesday said that an ethane cracker plant in southwestern Pennsylvania could play a role in transitioning the state toward an energy efficient future.

 

Speaking to KDKA Radio, Gov. Tom Wolf said that the Shell petrochemical complex in Beaver County will prove critical to producing materials needed to push Pennsylvania toward sustainable energy, including components for solar panels and electric vehicles. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package

House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package

House lawmakers have pushed this week a series of proposals they say are designed to boost the fortunes of the state’s volunteer firefighter and EMS companies amid declining enlistment and financial hardship.

The package of bills came out of the SR 6 commission, which traveled the state to evaluate threats to first responders and firefighters. Their end product totals 23 bills, including loan forgiveness for those who sign up as volunteer firefighters, making it easier for companies to secure loans and helping first responders suffering from trauma to get care.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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3 highlights from a House hearing on climate change

3 highlights from a House hearing on climate change

As international climate rallies take place across the globe, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee held a hearing to learn more about the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat climate change. 

The hearing offered a glimpse into the future of climate-related policy in the General Assembly, which would have to appease both Democrats and Republicans before making it to the Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. 
Friday, September 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

Let’s get fiscal: 4 highlights from the 2019-2020 Fiscal Code bill

A wide-ranging Fiscal Code bill was sent to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Thursday, bringing the 2019-2020 budget one step closer to enactment.

The legislation, which helps outline specifics of the annual spending plan, passed the House and the Senate on Thursday, setting in place procedures that could affect environmental policy, energy costs, and the state’s preparedness for emergencies.
Thursday, June 27, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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