Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

Saylor: Minimum wage hike 'not on the table' in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority

A top budget negotiator has said a raise to the state’s $7.25 minimum wage “is not on the table” for budget negotiations, though Gov. Tom Wolf remains steadfast in his desire to avoid kicking the topic to the fall. 

Remarks by House Appropriations Chair Stan Saylor (R-York) to The PLS Reporter Monday echo similar statements from Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) to Capitolwire last week, signaling a key piece of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal could be put on hold. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers debate workers’ compensation bill

Lawmakers debate workers’ compensation bill

Late-night commercials promoting class action mesothelioma lawsuits could come to an end if a bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is made law. 

Lawmakers in the House Labor & Industry Committee held a public hearing Monday on House Bill 1234, which would add latent occupational diseases to the state’s Workers Compensation Act, allowing those with mesothelioma and similar diseases to receive workers’ compensation. 
Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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5 bills to watch for the week of May 6

5 bills to watch for the week of May 6

We get it—session weeks are busy. That’s why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From abortion to rural broadband, here are five bills to watch for the week of May 6.
Friday, May 3, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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
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Brown sentenced to 23 month probation, still withholds resignation

Brown sentenced to 23 month probation, still withholds resignation

A lawmaker found guilty of bribery earlier last month was sentenced Friday.

Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown (D-Philadelphia) was ordered to complete 23 months of probation and pay $4,000 in restitution, ending a years-long limbo where the embattled lawmaker tried to hold onto her seat well after three other members caught in the same sting had accepted their charges and left public office.

Per the Associated Press, Brown declined to answer questions on if she planned to resign.

Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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