Wolf Admin. finalizes controversial overtime protection regulations

Wolf Admin. finalizes controversial overtime protection regulations

The Wolf Administration Thursday announced the final details of a proposal that would bump overtime pay for almost 400,000 workers in the state, despite the objections of many state business leaders.

The proposal, first introduced in January of last year, must still go before the Independent Regulatory Review Commission for scrutiny. But as proposed it would raise the upper limit for those workers who must be paid overtime from $455 per week to $875 per week, representing $45,500 annually.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
As lawmakers praise improved PASSHE relations with General Assembly, system looks to cash in chips for $100 million investment

As lawmakers praise improved PASSHE relations with General Assembly, system looks to cash in chips for $100 million investment

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education officials have been clear that many moves in the first year of chancellor Dan Greenstein’s term have been about winning back the trust of the General Assembly, with an eye towards boosting dwindling state support.

It appears that PASSHE is looking to cash in their chips and ask for a one-time infusion of cash to help support the system’s reorganization efforts, something lawmakers told The PLS Reporter they could tentatively support.
Thursday, October 17, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf: Pennsylvania will remain open to refugee resettlement

Wolf: Pennsylvania will remain open to refugee resettlement

Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that the state will continue accepting refugees despite new authority granted to local government officials to refuse them, pushing back against the Trump Administration’s repeated attempts to slash refugee resettlement in the U.S.

In a letter to President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Wolf underscored his belief that accepting refugees has both enriched the commonwealth and is consistent with its history.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Tags: Tom Wolf
With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

The recent announcement that a state correctional facility in Luzerne County is set for closure has sparked a scramble among lawmakers, area residents and unions to keep the prison open.

But as concerns over the closure of SCI Retreat largely focus on the impact of an economically depressed part of the state, many are questioning the moral ramifications of using prisons as economic stimulants in the first place.
Monday, October 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: Features
Right 2 Know Episode 26: Southeast Spotlight with Rep. Joanna McClinton

Right 2 Know Episode 26: Southeast Spotlight with Rep. Joanna McClinton

Our good pal Marco Cerino nabs Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) for a chat about her first term as Minority Caucus Chair and hears a bit about the ins and outs of making sure the caucus is humming along smoothly. He also gets a behind the scenes look at last summer's budget negotiations and gets an update on prison gerrymandering and recreational marijuana. Like what you hear? Follow the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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