Capitol Quick Hits for 3.15.16

Capitol Quick Hits for 3.15.16

Author: Alanna Koll/Tuesday, March 15, 2016/Categories: Event Central

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  •  Lt. Governor Mike Stack joined volunteers and officials of the Red Cross to recognize March as Red Cross Month.
  • The Raise the Wage PA Coalition held a press conference on the Capitol Steps to urge lawmakers to pass a minimum wage increase and an elimination of the tip minimum wage. Sam Jones, Member of the Raise the Wage PA Coalition and Policy Organizer for the Restaurant Opportunity Centers (ROC) of Pennsylvania, said the coalition supports raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 with a cost of living adjustment to keep up with the minimum wage and the elimination of the tip minimum wage.
  • Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery) joined legislators and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to announce the findings of MADD’s first-ever Ignition Interlock Report and seek support for SB 290 and HB 278, which would require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
  • Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery), Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, hosted a roundtable discussion on Mandatory Minimum Sentences. Sen. Greenleaf talked about all the cases in which he’s prosecuted and all that he’s been through as a prosecutor. “Drugs are worse than ever,” he stated, adding that mandatory sentencing hasn’t worked.
  • Tourism industry and government leaders met in the Main Rotunda for a press conference to discuss the findings of an independent analysis of Pennsylvania’s tourism marketing budget. The analysis, conducted by Tourism Economics and commissioned by the Pennsylvania Tourism Coalition, revealed that Pennsylvania ranks last in the country for state tourism funding relative to industry size, 36th by dollar amount and 44th per industry job.