With the Fight for $15 in a holding pattern, do two new bills point the way to a deal? | Thursday Morning Coffee
State Sen. Dan Laughlin, R-Erie, wants to boost the wage to $10 an hour. No one's saying no, but nor are they saying yes -- yet.
Looking to boost minimum wage, Pa. Dems want to end preemption. That’s a heavy lift
After a deal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage — stuck at $7.25 — fell apart last year, some advocates for a statewide pay raise are shifting their approach to win Republican votes.
With audit rejected, lawmakers shift focus to future changes to Pa.’s election code
A bipartisan legislative research panel has rejected a watered-down House Republican proposal to complete a duplicative audit of the 2020 presidential election. The rejection was the latest in a running battle between Harrisburg Republicans and Democrats over the election’s administration, featuring tough rhetoric backed by scant evidence in preview of a 2021 voting reform push. […]
The Pa. House will review the 2020 election, but it’s unlikely it will change the results
While the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania House is preparing for a wide ranging review of the 2020 election, the review appears unlikely to impact President Donald Trump’s loss in the Keystone State.
‘Birth control is healthcare’: Democratic reps call for legislation to ensure access to contraception
Democratic State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Kevin Boyle, and Tina Davis say access to birth control is a right — not a privilege. They slammed the Trump administration for its efforts to curtail equitable contraceptive coverage during COVID-19, arguing that such measures disproportionately impact women of color, and urged the Pennsylvania Legislature to prioritize the passage […]
The Legislature’s silence on a minimum wage hike when so many are in need speaks volumes | Opinion
The Pa. House Labor & Industry Committee must hold a vote on a bill allowing municipalities to set their minimum wages above the state level.
Republican lawmaker calls police after ‘aggressive and belligerent’ call with Democratic colleague over LGBTQ bill
A Philadelphia suburban Republican called the police to his home after a Democratic colleague launched into a late-night, curse-filled tirade against him in a phone call on Monday. In a statement released Tuesday, Rep. Tom Murt, R-Montgomery, claimed that Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, told him in the call that Sims would “ruin” Murt and that […]
Philly Dem Boyle pitches bill allowing municipalities to set their own minimum wage
Despite multiple efforts to raise it, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has not changed since 2006; it sits at the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.
The COVID-19 pandemic is proof that we need to pay Pennsylvanians a living wage | Opinion
A Democratic lawmaker from Philadelphia wants to give every Pa. municipality the freedom to self-determine its minimum wage needs.
Amid Democratic dissent, brokered election reform bill advances in the Pa. House
The bill allows voters to register up to 15 days before an election and vote by mail, and — most controversially — ends straight-ticket balloting.
Pa. House Dems call for legislative special session to address gun violence
After 31 people were killed in less than 24 hours in mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, some state House Democrats are calling for Gov. Tom Wolf to call a special session to address gun violence. Under the state Constitution, the governor may call the Legislature back to debate and pass laws related to a […]
Gov. Wolf vetoes bill that tied voting machine funding to end of straight-ticket ballots
“Pennsylvania must secure its elections and provide real reform that makes it easier to vote,” Wolf said in a statement Friday.