Despite coming up short last session, Wolf again pushes for $15 minimum wage

Despite coming up short last session, Wolf again pushes for $15 minimum wage

The state’s minimum wage would rise to $15 by 2025 under a plan unveiled by Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday, despite the fact that past proposals have garnered little to no traction in the General Assembly.

Surrounded by a dozen Democratic lawmakers and a handful of hourly employees who would benefit from the changes, Wolf said it was time Pennsylvania joined neighboring states including Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey in boosting the minimum wage.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Sen. Daylin Leach files suit against women accusing him of sexual assault, two others

Sen. Daylin Leach files suit against women accusing him of sexual assault, two others

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) filed a defamation suit Monday against three women in relation to accusations that he forced an underage woman to perform oral sex in 1991.

The move comes after Senate Democrats announced last week they would hire outside investigators to probe the allegations against Leach by Cara Taylor, then the 17-year-old daughter of a woman Leach was defending in a criminal case.
Monday, January 28, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Optimism for boosting career technical education, as report calls for more state support

Optimism for boosting career technical education, as report calls for more state support

Advocates are calling for more of an investment in career and technical education (CTE) in the upcoming budget, and lawmakers say they are optimistic Gov. Tom Wolf will agree when he unveils his proposal next month.

report released by the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children earlier last week praised the introduction of the Career and Technical Education Subsidy in the last budget but argued that school districts were still footing too much of the bill and that more state support is needed.
Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Wolf and Fetterman to launch listening tour for opinions on legalizing marijuana

Wolf and Fetterman to launch listening tour for opinions on legalizing marijuana

On Thursday afternoon Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman announced that they will be launching a statewide listening tour to speak with Pennsylvanians about their thoughts on the possibility of legalizing marijuana. 

Fetterman will be starting his tour in February and will be going to all 67 counties in the state to hear from residents. His office will also be launching a website where voters can go on to post their thoughts and opinions online. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

With TMI closure ticking down, General Assembly looks into nuclear deal

State lawmakers and politicos are preparing for an early session fight over the future of Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry, the second biggest in all fifty states.

“It’s the worst kind of legislative challenge,” Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), co-chair of the state’s bipartisan Nuclear Caucus said. “It’s complicated, costly, urgent and irreversible.”

Allies of the industry have coalesced around a report, issued by the Nuclear Energy Caucus, which projects significant environmental and economic problems if the state’s nuclear plants falter in the coming years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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