Senate approves minimum wage hike with bipartisan support, but progressives pledge to fight for $15

Senate approves minimum wage hike with bipartisan support, but progressives pledge to fight for $15

Pennsylvania is one step closer to a higher minimum wage after lawmakers in the state Senate voted Wednesday night to increase the rate to $9.50 an hour.

 

But as the legislation advances toward the House, progressive lawmakers in the General Assembly say the move still doesn’t go far enough and pledged to fight for more improvements.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party

After weeks of speculation, a Senate committee advanced a proposal Monday to increase the state’s minimum wage, potentially setting up another showdown between Gov. Tom Wolf and the members of his own party over whether to compromise on one of their key legislative priorities.

Despite Wolf’s hopes of a $15 an hour minimum wage, the Senate Labor and Industry Committee signed off on a more modest proposal: a minimum wage which rises to $9.50 an hour in 2022. In exchange, Wolf’s office will put on hold a controversial expansion to the state’s overtime law, agreeing to keep it in line with federal regulations until 2023.
Monday, November 18, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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IFO analysis: Nearly 2 million workers could see pay increase with $12 minimum wage; 34,000 could lose jobs

IFO analysis: Nearly 2 million workers could see pay increase with $12 minimum wage; 34,000 could lose jobs

The state’s Independent Fiscal Office has released new estimates on how Pennsylvania workers would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage, which suggests that close to 2 million workers could see increases in their pay if the state’s base wage is raised to $12 an hour.

 

However, the IFO says the policy wouldn’t come without some consequences — namely, a potential loss of approximately 34,100 jobs.

Thursday, October 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Co-sponsorship memo circulating for minimum wage for TNC drivers

Co-sponsorship memo circulating for minimum wage for TNC drivers

A co-sponsorship memo currently circulating may bring some financial certainty to the world of ride-share drivers. Rep. Maria Donatucci (D-Philadelphia) is currently seeking support for a minimum wage for drivers who work for transportation network companies, or TNCs, like Uber and Lyft.
 
Donatucci published the memo late last month. Drivers across Pennsylvania have complained to legislators and others that uncertain wages from trips create anxiety and make them less likely to continue working.
Friday, August 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

With the budget done, lawmakers look to the fall for key policy objectives

Speaking on the floor of the House last week, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) urged colleagues to push legislation across the finish line to advance an agreed-upon budget between Republican leadership and Gov. Tom Wolf.

 

The budget passed both chambers on time, but even with an agreed-upon spending plan, Republicans and Democrats still have a wish list of policy goals that they hope to address in September when the General Assembly reconvenes.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
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