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
Minimum wage advocates rally, tacking on new issue for budget season

Minimum wage advocates rally, tacking on new issue for budget season

Taking stock of a subdued Capitol Rotunda on the eve of budget season, John Meyerson, spokesperson for Raise the Wage PA, made note that the building still has symbolic meaning.

“It’s not empty, because it’s filled with the hopes and aspirations of millions of Pennsylvanians who are looking for a fair and living wage,” Meyerson said.

Thursday, May 31, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

IFO report predicts proposed severance tax would make up for cut in state corporate income tax rate

A recently released Independent Fiscal Office review of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2018 budget analyzed three marquee proposals found within — a cut in the state’s corporate net income tax, a natural gas severance tax and raising the minimum wage to $12.00.

Taken together, the IFO predicted an average annual gain of $418 million each year in state revenue, which peaks in the early 2020s before falling down by 2023.

Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Legislative Democrats push for $15 an hour minimum wage

Legislative Democrats push for $15 an hour minimum wage

Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) announced legislation, SB 1044, to raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.


Under the proposed law, minimum wages would immediately be raised from the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $12 an hour. Tipped workers’ pay would be raised from the current $2.83 per hour to $9.00 per hour.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

Pittsburgh city contractors may face wage hike from new council bill

The city of Pittsburgh has just introduced the next step in its slow grind forward to raise wages for low income workers in the most liveable city. 

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto sent legislation to city council Monday to mandate any employer with a professional service contract with the city worth more than $100,000 pay their workers $15 an hour. 

“City government has the ability to choose many different factors of who it decides to do business with,” Peduto said. “I can't think of anything more important than having an agreement that the lowest paid workers of those that do business with the city are adequately paid.” 

Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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