Summary: Podcast by PA Budget & Policy Center
Steve Catanese, President of SEIU Local 668, joins the podcast to talk about various Trump Administration proposed rule changes that would affect many social safety net programs that help Pennsylvania families get back on their feet. Steve also discusses how members of the public can voice their opinion on these proposed rules—and why doing so is so important. TO SEND PUBLIC COMMENT: - Comment on SNAP regulation concerning eligibility: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=FNS-2018-0037-0001 - The comment periods are closed for the other two proposed rules discussed, but members of the public can email comments about Wagner-Peyser to: ETAPagemaster@dol.gov and comments about the poverty threshold to the White House's contact page: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ as Mick Mulvaney is both the head of OMB and Trump's CoS.
Kadida Kenner, Director of Campaigns for the PA Budget and Policy Center, talks about the May 23 statewide day of action on raising the minimum wage and where the minimum wage debate goes from here. See the page to write to your legislator about raising the minimum wage here: http://bit.ly/2HUUs8j See information about the June 4 budget day of action in Harrisburg here: http://bit.ly/2W2mTsp
PBPC Director Marc Stier talks about the possibility of a minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania this year for the first time in a decade and why that conversation is tied to budget negotiations. Tell your legislators it's time to raise the minimum wage here: http://bit.ly/2HUUs8j "Pizza and the Minimum Wage" by Marc Stier: http://bit.ly/2V2qCAM
PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us to talk about Governor Tom Wolf's budget proposal following his budget address last week. More info from PBPC about the budget here: http://bit.ly/2TQW9pQ Follow the We The People - PA campaign here: www.wethepeoplepa.org
As of January 1, 2019, 20 U.S. states raised their minimum wages, lifting pay for 5.3 million workers across the country. Pennsylvania did not. Mark Price, Labor Economist for the Keystone Research Center, joins us to debunk the most common myths about the minimum wage. More info at: www.keystoneresearch.org.
Marc Stier, PBPC Director and the chair of the We The People - PA campaign, joins the podcast to talk about what the We The People campaign has been doing both right before and right after the election a couple weeks ago – and he helps us look ahead to the 2019 legislative session. Visit the We The People - PA website here: http://wethepeoplepa.org/ Visit the We The People - PA Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/WeThePeoplePA/
Marc Stier, Director of the PA Budget and Policy Center, joins the podcast to talk about the We The People - Pennsylvania campaign and its proactive policy agenda. Learn more about WTP here: http://bit.ly/2Con4os *The event Marc mentions was put on by We The People - Pennsylvania Action. Watch a video of the event here: http://bit.ly/2OfuzDc
PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to talk about a tax plan for Pennsylvania released this week by the PA Chamber of Business and Industry. See the PA Chamber plan here: http://bit.ly/2McD4to See Marc's response here: http://bit.ly/2NjDDWR See more about the Fair Share Tax Plan here: http://bit.ly/2sUX9uT See more about closing the DE loophole here: http://bit.ly/2CGajpM See more about instituting a shale tax in PA here: http://bit.ly/2s1xzV9
Bob Engel, retired CEO of CoBank and chief spokesperson of the Free & Fair Markets Initiative(FFMI) joins us to talk about a specific concern of FFMI, which is a company in the news fairly often recently in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh – Amazon. More about FFMI here: https://freeandfairmarketsinitiative.org/
Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center, joins us to talk about a proposal from the Wolf Administration to increase the overtime threshold for middle-income, salaried workers in Pennsylvania. Read Stephen's policy brief about the proposal here: http://bit.ly/2nSWCtg
Adrienne Standley, Deputy Outreach and Engagement Director for PBPC, joins the podcast to give us an update on the We The People - Pennsylvania campaign. Adrienne has been meeting with community groups across the state to talk about the campaign's proactive policy agenda, and she tells us about how she's hearing many of the same concerns regardless of where she goes. More about the campaign here: www.wethepeoplepa.org. Contact Adrienne at email@example.com.
Kadida Kenner, Campaign Director for PBPC focused on the Why Courts Matter - PA coalition, joins the podcast to talk about Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the importance of the federal courts. Stay up to date with Why Courts Matter - PA on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WhyCourtsMatterPA/) and Twitter (@courtsmatterpa).
The PA General Assembly just passed what is called the general appropriations bill and sent it to Governor Wolf. Jeff Garis, Outreach and Engagement Director for the PA Budget and Policy Center, joins us to talk about the state of the 2018-19 Pennsylvania budget. Read PBPC's statement on the GA bill here: http://bit.ly/2tjYGgU
PBPC Director Marc Stier joins us for part II of a conversation about a series of redistricting reform bills being considered in the General Assembly, including SB22, a bill to create an independent redistricting commission that was, in essence, hijacked in the state Senate this week. An amendment brought forward by Senator Aument (R-Lancaster) would add judicial districts for state appellate courts to the constitutional amendment, opening up the opportunity for the General Assembly to gerrymander these new judicial district maps. Listen to part I of the podcast here: http://bit.ly/2JHPcW7 Take action on SB 22, as mentioned in the podcast, here: http://bit.ly/2HUka8B
PBPC Director Marc Stier joins the podcast to talk about a series of redistricting bills going through the state legislature right now, one of which (SB22) is moving quickly through the state Senate. Take action on SB22 and tell your state senator to vote "no" on it in its current form here: http://bit.ly/2LU0nJI