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
State's school safety task force releases preliminary report

State's school safety task force releases preliminary report

After a string of six roundtable meetings across the commonwealth, Gov. Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a preliminary report from their school safety task force this week.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
New caucus, legislation in works as Democratic representatives react to police shooting

New caucus, legislation in works as Democratic representatives react to police shooting

In light of the police shooting last week of Antwon Rose Jr. and the overall tallies of, in particular, black people killed by police, a group of Democratic legislators gathered Monday to call for a package of policing reform bills.

Including Allegheny County representatives Ed Gainey, Austin Davis and Jake Wheatley, as well as Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia), the lawmakers pushed for reform to restore the faith of communities of color in police.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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