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
Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Immigrant groups call for veto of E-Verify bill

Following the passage of a controversial bill in the Pennsylvania Senate, immigrant groups are urging Gov. Tom Wolf to veto the legislation, which would prohibit unauthorized workers from being employed in construction trades.

 

The bill, known as the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, would require construction industry employers to verify whether a prospective employee is eligible to work in the U.S. and prohibit construction companies from employing undocumented and unauthorized workers. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
5 bills you may have missed during budget season

5 bills you may have missed during budget season

Amid the crunch of budget negotiations, the General Assembly was busy passing dozens of bills beyond the state’s $33.9 billion spending plan. Gov. Tom Wolf signed a number of them in recent days to much fanfare, but many others have flown under the radar. We took some time to profile five of the most interesting laws that came out of budget season.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Senate GOP sends blistering letter to Fetterman, says he ‘scarred the institution’ during General Assistance dispute

Senate GOP sends blistering letter to Fetterman, says he ‘scarred the institution’ during General Assistance dispute

The entirety of the Pennsylvania Senate Republican Caucus sent a letter to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman on Tuesday excoriating the lieutenant governor for allowing a Democratic senator to speak on the floor against Senate rules in the midst of a heated debate on ending a cash assistance program for the poor.

 

The letter, signed by all 28 Republican senators, accused Fetterman of scarring the institution when he allowed Sen. Katie Muth (D-Montgomery) to read a letter from a constituent as Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman was calling for a point of order.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

The budget deadline of June 30th has been inching closer this week, and as of Friday morning the budget and all of its code bills have passed both chambers are headed to the Governor's desk. 

Also this week chaos broke out on the Senate floor over the General Assistance bill causing the Senate Democrats to leave the floor. 

And lastly, legislators did a toast to 13 agricultural and farm related bills passing and being sent out for a signature from Governor Tom Wolf. 

Friday, June 28, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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