House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats

House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats

The House voted Tuesday to approve a $33.9 billion spending bill for the 2019-20 fiscal year despite the repeated objections of many Democrats, who pushed to turn the debate towards a raise to the state’s minimum wage.

Citing concerns ranging from eliminating the General Assistance program to the lack of a minimum wage increase to support for public education that didn’t go far enough, all-in-all, 62 members, including seven Republicans, voted not to support the budget. 
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate

No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate

The House voted Tuesday to approve the $33.9 billion General Appropriations budget, sending it to the Senate, who are set to follow suit later in the week.

The budget bill is agreed to by both chambers, as well as by Gov. Tom Wolf. But there are still no shortage of loose ends to tie up outside that bill, with lawmakers and the Wolf Administration still in discussions on a range of issues present in the numerous code bills set to be passed in the coming days.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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
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Activists rally statewide for minimum wage increase

Activists rally statewide for minimum wage increase

With budget talks continuing in Harrisburg, members of OnePA and other advocacy groups held rallies across the state to demand a minimum wage increase be included in whatever passes the General Assembly this month.

Introduced with the budget earlier this year, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) offered a bump up to $12 an hour from the current $7.25 and then incremental raises to $15 an hour by 2025. Supporters point to the wage increases by all of Pennsylvania’s neighbors as proof workers need a boost.
Monday, June 17, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Sec. Miller highlights need for a minimum wage increase

Sec. Miller highlights need for a minimum wage increase

Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller joined legislators and advocates to call for a raise to the minimum wage to help end the cycle of poverty. 

Pennsylvania has the lowest possible minimum wage under federal law, at $7.25 an hour, but in Governor Tom Wolf's 2019-2020 budget proposal it would be increased to $12 an hour and eventually $15. 

Monday, June 17, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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