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Plan to reopen PA gets a closer look in the Senate

Plan to reopen PA gets a closer look in the Senate

The plan to reopen Pennsylvania is getting a closer look as members of the Senate met in a remote hearing Monday that included testimony from multiple leaders including PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

The meeting follows Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement last week that 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state will transition out of the ‘red’ phase into the ‘yellow’ phase beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8.

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PA House and Senate leaders advocate for worker’s rights

PA House and Senate leaders advocate for worker’s rights

Pennsylvania House and Senate leaders joined together for workers rights. In a virtual news conference Monday morning, members discussed advocacy for paid sick leave, better workplace protections, and other efforts to help PA workers during the coronavirus pandemic....

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Callers discuss virus outbreak with Haywood, Evans

Callers discuss virus outbreak with Haywood, Evans

U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans and Dr. Scott Goldstein recently joined state Sen. Art Haywood for a digital town hall meeting to discuss the novel coronavirus. “Right now we are at a lull before the storm and hopefully we can keep everyone’s anxiety at a very low level,” said...

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Gov. Wolf proposes increased gun violence prevention grants

Gov. Wolf proposes increased gun violence prevention grants

Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf joined advocates and legislators at Parkway Northwest High School For Peace and Social Justice in Philadelphia to discuss Community Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction grants, which will be distributed by the Pennsylvania...

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Haywood gives legislative updates at breakfast

Haywood gives legislative updates at breakfast

State Sen. Art Haywood recently hosted a leadership breakfast at Arcadia College in Glenside to provide a legislative update on employment opportunities across the region. The meeting between various community organizations, elected officials, and civic and religious...

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Germantown community stands together for wage increase

Germantown community stands together for wage increase

The Germantown community came together on Martin Luther King Day to continue pressuring the owner of a McDonald’s franchise at 29 E. Chelten Ave. to address what participants called wage injustice. State Sen. Art Haywood along with the Rev. Kent Matthies, who is...

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Sen. Haywood wants to tackle injustices in 2020

Sen. Haywood wants to tackle injustices in 2020

State Sen. Art Haywood aims to focus on economic, environmental and social justice in the new political year. “My office will respond to the decades of injustice,” he told The Tribune. “Specifically on economic justice, we shall work to implement recommendations in...

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Senator Haywood and Power caroled to McRaise the Wages

Senator Haywood and Power caroled to McRaise the Wages

State Senator Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) joined POWER to Carol for A McRaise event outside of the Chelten Avenue McDonald’s. This was an effort to get owner Derek Giacomantonio to raise the wage of his employees to $15 an hour.

“We came back to this McDonald’s to share the message of the season,” said Senator Haywood. “Hopefully our songs will heal Derek G’s heart and allow him to pay his employees a living wage.”

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Pa. Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Happen Until 2020

Pa. Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Happen Until 2020

Pennsylvanians waiting for an increase to the state’s minimum wage will have to wait until 2020. A Senate Bill to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour passed the Senate in November, but the House Committee where the Bill sits did not bring it up for a vote. That...

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State Senate approves Polk measure

State Senate approves Polk measure

The Pennsylvania Senate approved a bill Monday that seeks to put a moratorium on the planned closure of Polk and White Haven state centers until a series of steps are taken. Senate Bill 906 passed by a 40-9 margin and will now head to the state House for...

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In McKeesport, poverty talk goes over the “benefits cliff”

In McKeesport, poverty talk goes over the “benefits cliff”

Efforts to fight poverty in Pennsylvania have long focused narrowly on getting people into jobs, but that won't work if it also pushes people off of a proverbial financial cliff, officials said Friday in McKeesport at the presentation of a report on deprivation in the...

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Why 7 Pa. legislators ‘worked’ at a burrito shop Friday

Why 7 Pa. legislators ‘worked’ at a burrito shop Friday

A group of Pennsylvania Democratic legislators served chips and salsa at El Fuego, a burrito shop next to Washington Square Park Friday to call attention to two efforts — on the state and federal level — to raise the minimum wage for the first time in almost 10 years,...

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Governor champions gun control measures

Governor champions gun control measures

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf joined a group of lawmakers and gun control advocates Wednesday to call for renewed action on gun laws ahead of Gun Violence Awareness Day Friday. “The time has come to end gun violence in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “We need to end mass...

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Wolf joins rally for gun violence awareness

Wolf joins rally for gun violence awareness

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -- Gov. Tom Wolf joined lawmakers and activists at the state Capitol on Wednesday to commemorate Gun Violence Awareness Day. The governor last year signed Act 79, a law that forces domestic abusers to surrender their guns. It was the state's...

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