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‘Something needs to change’: Wolf admin, Casey, state lawmakers call for action on wage gap
Calling unequal pay practices “antiquated” and “absurd,” Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf didn’t mince words about the importance of pay equity in the commonwealth.
New Wolf admin. rule would aid Pa.’s tipped workers | Wednesday Morning Coffee
The proposed regulation, now before a state oversight panel, would impose ‘robust and modernized guardrails’ to protect tipped workers, officials said.
The future of the U.S. is on the ballot. Democrats must step up and defend it | Fletcher McClellan
Many Republicans have concluded they can only win through suppressing votes, taking control of election machinery, and whitewashing history.
At Christmas, Wolf, allies call on Legislature to hike minimum wage | Thursday Morning Coffee
(A scheduling note: This newsletter will be off until 1/3/2022 for a holiday break. From all of us at the Capital-Star, our best wishes for a happy holiday and peaceful New Year.) Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. With more than two-dozen states set to hike their minimum wage in 2022, the Democratic Wolf administration is urging the […]
Whether at factories, shops, or campuses, labor is on the move this holiday season | Opinion
Most labor analysts point to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions were laid off suddenly. Essential workers, ranging from nurses to child care workers to grocery stock clerks, stayed on the job despite hazardous conditions. Family life was negatively impacted by school closings and remote work, garnering greater media attention. Gaping holes in the U.S. social safety net were uncovered.
Municipalities want to limit carbon emissions. Pa. utilities want to preempt them
Nineteen states have passed legislation banning local governments from regulating utilities within their borders.
The federal poverty line doesn’t really capture Americans’ financial struggles | Opinion
Low-wage jobs in the 21st century are not only the lowest rung on a career ladder, they are often the only rung.
Legislators at work? One in 5 laws enacted in Pa. this year renamed a bridge (or road)
Much like legislation naming post offices to members of Congress, bills to name bridges and roads are a staple of slow legislative days in Harrisburg. The honorees range from military members and first responders who have died in the line of service to deceased lawmakers and local historical figures. But such legislation has made up […]
Congress passed the $1T infrastructure bill. So how does that money get spent? | Analysis
To understand how public procurement can be used to improve social equity or speed up climate action, it helps to know the basics of how it works.
Pa.’s Fitzpatrick’s ‘yes’ on infrastructure is the least of the GOP’s problems | Monday Coffee
Republicans used to believe fixing roads and building bridges was a core function of government. Not any more.