Philadelphia Democrats rally for minimum wage increase

Philadelphia Democrats rally for minimum wage increase

Four members of the Philadelphia delegation to Harrisburg joined advocates and business owners Thursday afternoon to promote a plan to raise the state’s minimum wage. 
 
The General Assembly continues to consider raising the minimum wage. Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has called to raise the rate to $15 an hour but the proposal has yet to gain traction in the Republican-controlled legislature.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Did You Get The Memo? Incarcerated mothers, veteran tax exemptions and fireworks

Did You Get The Memo? Incarcerated mothers, veteran tax exemptions and fireworks

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that address the treatment of incarcerated mothers, prevailing wage requirements for school districts and municipalities and state laws pertaining to fireworks.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training

There’s no clear, unified answer on how to curb school shootings in the US, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers across the country from trying.

Pennsylvania legislators have attempted to take a balanced approach by helping schools enhance their security, while also making it easier to report potential threats. As lawmakers in the General Assembly — and across the country — continue searching for answers, one state legislator wants to build off the state’s Safe2Say anonymous tip reporting system and provide additional funding to schools for employee self-defense training.
Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Melissa Shusterman

Freshman Focus: Rep. Melissa Shusterman

Meet Rep. Melissa Shusterman (D-Chester). From the world of MTV, VH1, Food Network, her own film company to the world of Pennsylvania government. How did she get here? Find out in The PLS Reporter's series, Freshman Focus. 

Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
3 under 3!

3 under 3!

Check out this week's 3 under 3! 

This week was full of primary and special elections, legislation that would ban pet leasing, and a bill that would help eliminate employment barriers for former offenders. 

Friday, May 24, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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