Activists rally statewide for minimum wage increase

Activists rally statewide for minimum wage increase

With budget talks continuing in Harrisburg, members of OnePA and other advocacy groups held rallies across the state to demand a minimum wage increase be included in whatever passes the General Assembly this month.

Introduced with the budget earlier this year, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) offered a bump up to $12 an hour from the current $7.25 and then incremental raises to $15 an hour by 2025. Supporters point to the wage increases by all of Pennsylvania’s neighbors as proof workers need a boost.
Monday, June 17, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Wolf says he’ll veto $100 million increase to EITC program

Wolf says he’ll veto $100 million increase to EITC program

Just one day after the Pennsylvania Senate voted to send a bill expanding the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program to his desk, Gov. Tom Wolf has said he will veto the legislation.

 

House Bill 800, sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), would increase the cap on contributions to the state’s EITC program, which allows businesses to receive tax credits for donating to scholarship organizations that provide private school scholarships to Pennsylvania students.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

Lawmakers participate in the annual Capitol All Stars Bat Grab

In an event as bipartisan as they come, House and Senate leaders gathered in the Rotunda Wednesday for the yearly Capitol All Stars Bat Grab, which allows winning captains to select two players of their choice for the annual Capitol All Stars Game in September.


Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny), captains of the Youse team, selected Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D-Delaware) and Sen. Scott Martin (R-Lancaster), after Scarnati won the bat grab competition against Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget

House Republicans aren’t closing the door on including components of their tax-free alternative to Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” plan in this year’s budget. 

As lawmakers reported two bills from the House GOP’s “Energize PA” package out of committee on Tuesday, House Appropriations Chairman Stan Saylor (R-York) said it’s possible that the package — which seeks to incentivize Pennsylvania’s energy sector by providing tax credits and additional grant opportunities for private businesses  — could be included in the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Democrats considering discharge resolution to move ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ bill past committee

Just days after lawmakers unveiled legislation mirroring Gov. Tom Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan, House Democrats are eyeing a workaround that could push the bill onto the House floor without a committee vote.

 

Following an informational hearing Monday on the Restore Pennsylvania legislation, House Democrats suggested they may file a discharge resolution on the floor that would allow the legislation to bypass the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Monday, June 10, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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