Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia City Council committee hearing Monday morning brought to light the poor conditions and wages workers endure in parking lots and domestic service jobs in the city. It also brought to light how the city’s leadership has found a way around the minimum wage impasse in Harrisburg to boost pay for their constituents.

City Council has taken up more efforts to raise wages and improve working conditions for residents in various sectors over the past few months. Most of the sitting councilmembers, along with Mayor Jim Kenney (D), face re-election this year.

Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Legislators, advocates rally to push for equal pay for women

Legislators, advocates rally to push for equal pay for women

Barbara Price, Public Policy Co-Chair for American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Pennsylvania joined legislators and other advocates to push for equal pay for women. 


Multiple legislators have legislation that they have introduced that are focused on helping women achieve their equal pay goals. 

Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary

As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary

As part of a continued movement to reform the state’s criminal justice system, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman formally announced Monday that he has tapped Brandon Flood, a veteran legislative staffer and lobbyist, as secretary of the state’s Board of Pardons.

Fetterman and a bevy of lawmakers said at a press conference that Flood’s appointment would open up a more efficient and empathetic era for the Board of Pardons. Flood himself was formally pardoned earlier this year for a pair of drug and firearm charges when he was 17 and 22, respectively.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Right 2 Know: We sit down with Rep. Andrew Lewis in our inaugural podcast episode

Right 2 Know: We sit down with Rep. Andrew Lewis in our inaugural podcast episode

In the inaugural episode of the Right 2 Know podcast, PLS Reporter journalists Andrew Bahl and Justin Sweitzer sit down with freshman Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) to talk about his busy start to his Harrisburg career, the potential for government reform and what his experience as an Army intelligence officer was like. 

 

Right 2 Know is a new podcast from The PLS Reporter. We break down the news stories of the day, offer analysis and insight you won't find anywhere else and get to know those crafting policy on a more personal level. For the moment, you can find us on https://right2know.podbean.com but we will soon be available on iTunes, Google Podcasts and Spotify.


Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
5 bills to watch for the week of April 8

5 bills to watch for the week of April 8

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From nuclear power to wedding barns, here are five bills to watch for the week of March 25.
Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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