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
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

Did You Get The Memo? Property tax rates, pre-trial detention and parole eligibility

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would reduce property tax rates as school districts pay of their debt, prohibit pre-trial detention of children in adult facilities and provide parole eligibility to people with life sentences.

Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Snyder hopes to improve broadband access with state-owned asset inventory

Snyder hopes to improve broadband access with state-owned asset inventory

It’s clear that high-speed broadband internet access is an issue in Pennsylvania, but how exactly to connect Pennsylvanians in low-access areas has been a troublesome obstacle in Harrisburg this year.

 

But it appears that legislators may have found a starting point.

Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens

House advances bill that would end cash payments to needy citizens

Despite last-minute pleas from Democrats, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to pass a bill Wednesday that would end a program that provides cash grants to Pennsylvanians who don’t qualify for other welfare and assistance programs.

 

House lawmakers voted 106-95 to pass House Bill 33, which would we bring an end to the General Assistance program that provides cash grants of approximately $200 a month to some of the poorest residents in the state.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
House committee approves bill designed to increase government transparency

House committee approves bill designed to increase government transparency

In an effort to increase transparency across the commonwealth, lawmakers in the House State Government Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would strengthen transparency requirements for governmental bodies.

 

Under a new proposal from Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence), the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act would be amended to require government agencies and bodies to post public meeting agendas on their website at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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