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NEWS
February 19, 2016
By Michael Saltsman Gov. Wolf proposed raising Pennsylvania's minimum wage by 41 percent, to $10.15, last week as part of his 2016-17 budget. Perhaps he's thinking second time lucky. Last year, as part of his first budget, he proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10. While the nickel-higher proposal is new, the economics of it remain the same. In 2014, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office analyzed the effects of a $10.10 minimum wage applied nationally. It concluded that 500,000 jobs would be lost nationwide if it took effect.
NEWS
February 19, 2016
By Kia Hinton and Shymara Jones Today, about halfway through Mayor Kenney's first 99 days in office, it is clear that the city has moved in a positive direction - but plenty of work remains to be done. Most critically, the mayor can make the next 50 days even better by adopting a $15 minimum wage for all city government employees, a bold move that would follow in the footsteps of big-city mayors like Bill de Blasio in New York and set the bar higher for other elected officials still on the fence.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is proposing to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour, following cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles that have made similar increases. The move in New Jersey comes after voters in 2013 approved a ballot initiative that raised the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, tied to increases in the cost of living. The current minimum wage is $8.38 an hour. "We set a floor, not a ceiling," Prieto (D., Hudson) said at a Statehouse news conference Thursday, joined by lawmakers and advocates such as New Jersey Working Families.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2016
In the Region Gaming take hits Pa. high Gambling revenue in Pennsylvania rebounded last year to $3.17 billion, topping the 2012 record of $3.16 billion, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Friday. The upbeat report followed the opening last month of SugarHouse Casino's expanded gaming floor and as the partnership between Cordish Cos. and Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment Inc. are gearing up to start construction on Philadelphia's second casino, Live! Philadelphia, in the stadium district of South Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 17, 2016
Wawa Inc., of Media, will raise the minimum hourly wage it pays store workers to $10. The move comes amidst a tightening labor market, where there is now competition for workers at all levels, including low-wage workers, economist Joel Naroff told members of the MidAtlantic Employers' Association Friday. Also raising its minimum wage is Sheetz Inc., the Altoona-based convenience store chain. The company, with $6.9 billion in revenue and 17,000 employees, said Wednesday it would spend $5 million to increase wages.
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
A fee on shopping bags. Security cameras outside every bar. A ban on cigarette sales at city pharmacies. All were proposed by Philadelphia City Council members last year, but none saw a Council vote. Two were shelved without a hearing. Dozens of bills face the same fate each year. And every four years, at the end of a term, all that leftover legislation is gathered, stamped lapsed, and buried. But this graveyard of bills, which this week will get an influx of new markers, may not be a final resting place for every proposal.
NEWS
November 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
As travelers pass through airports on their way to visit their families this Thanksgiving, they should take note of the people pushing grandma's wheelchair, loading dad's golf clubs, or quietly mopping the terminal. These are some of the people who have been bypassed by a recovering economy. They suffer disproportionately from stagnant wages that have about 5 percent less buying power than they did five years ago. They are struggling to feed and shelter their families on wages that put them at or near the poverty line.
NEWS
November 16, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Rain spits down, clouds obscure William Penn atop City Hall, and on this damp fall day no one is sure where Katie McGinty is supposed to go. Labor unions, liberal activists, and fast-food workers plan to rally to boost the minimum wage to $15, and McGinty, running for the U.S. Senate, is eager to add her voice to the cause. But the event is off to a choppy start. It's running late. When a crowd of purple-clad SEIU workers finally arrives, McGinty greets them with a smile locked in place, teeth showing.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Holding a microphone, Shymara Jones, a fast-food worker at Popeyes, had a message for the politicians. "We have to make sure our state representatives are talking about $15 an hour," Jones, 22, of Philadelphia, said at a rainy rally outside City Hall. "This is what they need to be talking about 24/7 if they want our vote. " Dubbing it a fast-food "strike," more than 100 restaurant workers in Philadelphia and many more around the nation on Tuesday held rallies, protests, and marches, seeking a $15-an-hour minimum wage, a union, and political power.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Tens of thousands of times a week, according to one study, employers steal money from low-wage workers in Philadelphia. They fail to compensate them for overtime, pay them less than the minimum wage, undercount their hours, withhold their tips, or don't pay them at all. A Temple University study estimated that there are about 90,000 incidents of wage theft in the city every week, costing victims $51 to $87. That's less money for rent, food, and...
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