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Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage, Calls on Legislature to Raise Minimum Wage Statewide

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Today, as part of his “Jobs That Pay” initiative, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order that ensures employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour. The executive order also covers employees of organizations that negotiate state contracts or that lease property to the commonwealth. Those employees that perform direct services to the commonwealth or spend at least 20 percent of their working time on ancillary services related to the contract or lease will be paid a minimum of $10.15 an hour. This provision will take effect when contracts or leases are solicited or bilaterally modified on or after July 1, 2016. If the legislature acts to expand the raise to the entire state, revenue would be boosted by roughly $60 million annually, providing additional resources to fund critical programs across the commonwealth.“Since the beginning of my administration, I have made creating good paying jobs, increasing efficiency, and achieving cost savings in state government top priorities,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “An increase in the minimum wage will achieve efficiency and cost savings for state government, reduce state expenditures on income support programs, and give valued employees a well-deserved raise.”To view the executive order, click here.The inflation-adjusted hourly earnings of the bottom fifth of Pennsylvania workers are lower today than they were in 1979. The current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has 18 percent less purchasing power than the minimum wage had in 1979. A full-time, year-round worker earning the current minimum wage earns less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two. Studies have consistently shown that increases in the minimum wage have not reduced the employment of low-wage workers.“An increase in the minimum wage will lead to increases in employee morale, productivity, and quality of work and decreases in turnover and the cost of training and supervision,” said Governor Tom Wolf.In addition to signing the executive order, Governor Tom Wolf also called upon legislators to pass a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvania workers.“I am calling on the Pennsylvania House and Senate to pass legislation that increases the minimum wage in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “A minimum wage increase to $10.15 per hour supports local businesses, creates new jobs, and would boost state revenue by roughly $60 million annually.”Charlie Crystle, Co-Founder and CEO of The Lancaster Food Company, said, “People who put in a full day of work should get a full day’s pay that at least covers basics like housing, food and transportation – but you can’t make ends meet on $7.25 an hour. Investing in staff reduces costly turnover and creates a more committed, productive, healthier workforce, which helps my business prosper. And raising the minimum wage puts money in the pockets of workers who most need to spend it, boosting local businesses and communities. I strongly support a statewide minimum wage increase to at least $10.15 an hour.  Paying at least that is good for everyone – employees, their families, our communities, and yes, our businesses.John Traynor, owner of the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, which includes The Kitchen & Gallery Bar, a 150-seat restaurant, said, “The Governor’s action is a vital step forward. I urge our legislators to now pass a minimum wage raise for all Pennsylvanians. It makes great business sense. Businesses throughout our state will see greater consumer demand as workers have more money to spend. Increasing the minimum wage will lead to greater employee retention, which reduces hiring and training costs, and increases productivity. I know from experience that building a brand with loyal employees is the most important thing for customer satisfaction and long-term growth.”The increase would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf March 07, 2016center_img Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order to Raise Minimum Wage, Calls on Legislature to Raise Minimum Wage Statewidelast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, April 23, 2014•8:08 a.m. Officers took a report of a general public assist in the 200 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•1:17 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•3:38 p.m. Officers conducted an agency outside assist in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.•5:32 p.m. Dean A. Dudek, 47, Arthur Wellington, Texas was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed traffic signal and defective tail lights.•6:47 p.m. Mark J. McClure, 44, Oxford, was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for probation violation.•On April 18, at 10:58 p.m. Christopher M. Eckermann,  23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for careless driving.last_img

Alejandro, Salem beef up Go for Gold-St. Benilde in PBA D-League

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Alejandro emerged as an MVP contender in his final year with the Bulldogs, averaging 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.3 steals in 33 minutes on his way to a Mythical Five selection this past UAAP Season 80.Salem, meanwhile, churned out 8.3 markers on 32 percent clip from threes, that went with 7.2 boards, 1.3 dimes, and 1.2 steals in 22 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe duo’s entry in the Go for Gold-St. Benilde is definitely a shot in the arm as they will be counted on to help the Blazers’ core in their preparation for NCAA Season 94 next year.“They have a good coaching staff. They have a good culture with their work ethic,” explained Salem of the move. “Also, I thought they can help me improve more as a player to be able to play the three and four position. And lastly, Jay and I always talked after the season to continue playing on the same team.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Read Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNational University seniors J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem will reinforce Go for Gold-St. Benilde in the upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Head coach TY Tang confirmed the news as the duo is expected to provide much-needed scoring boost for the young Blazers crew.ADVERTISEMENT Rookie Perkins vows ‘to play a lot better’ after Phoenix’s loss to San Miguel Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Aside from Alejandro and Salem, Go for Gold-St. Benilde will also bank on Unique Naboa, Kendrix Belgica, Edward Dixon, and Clement Leutcheu for this campaign in the developmental league. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more