As Wolf pushes for minimum wage increase, lawmakers hear from skeptics of the proposal

As Wolf pushes for minimum wage increase, lawmakers hear from skeptics of the proposal

At least two researchers believe a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage would ultimately damage the state’s economy, as a House committee launched a series of hearings on the matter Tuesday.

The House Labor and Industry Committee heard from two conservative economists and both underscored their belief that a provision in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 would result in job losses. 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Committee amends, passes deadline extension on senior tax refund program

Committee amends, passes deadline extension on senior tax refund program

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Finance passed an ordinance Tuesday extending the deadline for low-income senior citizens to apply for a refund or forgiveness of real estate taxes. Residents would now have until March 15 to file this year.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

Lawmakers appear optimistic after Wolf's opening budget salvo

The surprising consensus Tuesday from both the House and Senate was that members of both parties were positive about the Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address, which Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) stated is "breaking tradition". 

"I think there is a lot there that we can embrace and get behind, at least generically," Corman said. "The governor laid out some priorities that I think we all share." 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes

In budget address, Wolf lays out plan to bolster education and workforce development—with no new taxes

A boost in funding for education, expanding initiatives to target the state’s workforce development, and a previously announced minimum wage hike are cornerstones of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal, unveiled Tuesday in the first budget address of the governor’s second term.

Wolf’s plan spends a little over $34 billion, a 2.79 percent increase from last year, but adds in no new taxes, something he touted early and often throughout his address and was a line which drew a bipartisan standing ovation. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Committee advances cashless business ban

Committee advances cashless business ban

Philadelphia City Council’s Committee on Law and Government passed a measure banning businesses from refusing cash payments.

Philadelphia has seen an increase in cashless businesses, often higher-end quick service food retailers. Last week New Jersey passed a ban on such practices, the first state to do so since Massachusetts did so in 1978.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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