In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor

Of the 17 statewide races held over the past decade, the winner of Northampton County has carried Pennsylvania in 15 of them.

The two who didn’t go on to win? Both native sons — including former Northampton County Executive John Brown in the 2016 auditor general’s race, and Former District Attorney John Morganelli in the 2008 attorney general’s race.

“If [Northampton County] likes a candidate, they will pick them up and drag them across the finish line,” Lee Snover, chairwoman of the county’s Republican Committee, said.

Sunday, July 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - Budget Roundup and more

Tweets of the Week - Budget Roundup and more

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Friday, June 29, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
In major criminal justice reform, Pennsylvania becomes first state in nation to seal minor misdemeanors

In major criminal justice reform, Pennsylvania becomes first state in nation to seal minor misdemeanors

It was a motley crew of lawmakers that gathered two years ago to first bring up the idea of a bill to give people who have committed misdemeanors or lesser crimes a fresh start after paying their dues to society.

“Two Republicans from Central Pennsylvania, two Democrats from Philadelphia — what could we possibly have in common,” Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), one of those members, asked. “But we made it work.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Wolf increases minimum wage for state empoyees

Wolf increases minimum wage for state empoyees

The lowest paid state worker is about to get a $1.80 an hour raise by Sunday.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order Thursday to increase the minimum wage for state employees to $12 an hour by July 1. From there, the wage will increase yearly by 50 cents until 2024 before leveling off at $15 an hour.

Thursday, June 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

While Republicans celebrate free speech, labor allies push new legislation post-Janus

In a decision that could have implications for years going forward, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that public employees do not have to pay agency fees to their workplace’s union.

The case, brought by Illinois state employee Mark Janus against the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local, overturned an earlier SCOTUS ruling that said public workplace unions could mandate employees pay into the union to cover collective bargaining and other workplace related expenses.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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