As budget talks continue, trade deal resolution sparks debate over minimum wage

As budget talks continue, trade deal resolution sparks debate over minimum wage

A resolution urging the US Congress to ratify a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada quickly sparked a floor debate Thursday about whether or not to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

 

House Democrats took issue with the Republican-backed resolution because the trade deal requires Mexican auto workers make at least $16 per hour for the country to avoid US tariffs.

Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Activists rally statewide for minimum wage increase

Activists rally statewide for minimum wage increase

With budget talks continuing in Harrisburg, members of OnePA and other advocacy groups held rallies across the state to demand a minimum wage increase be included in whatever passes the General Assembly this month.

Introduced with the budget earlier this year, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) offered a bump up to $12 an hour from the current $7.25 and then incremental raises to $15 an hour by 2025. Supporters point to the wage increases by all of Pennsylvania’s neighbors as proof workers need a boost.
Monday, June 17, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Sec. Miller highlights need for a minimum wage increase

Sec. Miller highlights need for a minimum wage increase

Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller joined legislators and advocates to call for a raise to the minimum wage to help end the cycle of poverty. 

Pennsylvania has the lowest possible minimum wage under federal law, at $7.25 an hour, but in Governor Tom Wolf's 2019-2020 budget proposal it would be increased to $12 an hour and eventually $15. 

Monday, June 17, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

From discussions about raising minimum wage to new legislation mirroring Gov. Tom Wolf's Restore PA plan to a new report being released with information about Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) and sexual assault claims. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

A top budget negotiator has said a raise to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage “is not on the table” for budget negotiations, though Gov. Tom Wolf remains steadfast in his desire to avoid kicking the topic to the fall. 

Remarks by House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) to The PLS Reporter Monday echo similar statements from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) to Capitolwire last week, signaling a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal could be put on hold. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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