Despite coming up short last session, Wolf again pushes for $15 minimum wage

Despite coming up short last session, Wolf again pushes for $15 minimum wage

The state’s minimum wage would rise to $15 by 2025 under a plan unveiled by Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday, despite the fact that past proposals have garnered little to no traction in the General Assembly.

Surrounded by a dozen Democratic lawmakers and a handful of hourly employees who would benefit from the changes, Wolf said it was time Pennsylvania joined neighboring states including Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey in boosting the minimum wage.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
“Let us stand strong together”: Inside Philadelphia and the southeast’s ascension in the House Democratic caucus

“Let us stand strong together”: Inside Philadelphia and the southeast’s ascension in the House Democratic caucus

It was an opportunity too good to pass up.

As House Democratic leadership elections approached November 13, two of the top positions, Whip and Appropriations Chair, sat open due to retirements of their Western Pennsylvania holders. Meanwhile, Caucus Chair also was vacant as its holder maneuvered for a higher position.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557

Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) was joined by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) to share their excitement for House Bill 2557 passage by the Senate. 

This bill updates the way municipalities exit Act 47 and enables the city of Harrisburg to continue to balance its budget. Kim stated that the governor has agreed to sign the bill and she is hoping to see it on his desk by the end of this week or next week. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Compromise Harrisburg recovery plan advances out of committee

Compromise Harrisburg recovery plan advances out of committee

Harrisburg could have another five years of extra taxing authority under a bill advanced out of committee Tuesday.

Worked out over a working weekend, HB 2557 from Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) was amended to put Harrisburg under an Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, much like the one that managed Pittsburgh, for the next five years.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Senate redistricting bill amended ahead of final chamber vote

Senate redistricting bill amended ahead of final chamber vote

Lobbyists were banned, diversity reinforced and a three-year registration minimum added to the Senate’s prime redistricting bill Monday as it was prepared for a final vote by lawmakers.

The bill, SB 22, would set up a redistricting commission made up of eleven citizens who apply to the Department of State, are vetted, and then picked by majority and minority legislative leaders to draw Pennsylvania’s congressional and state legislative maps.

Monday, June 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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