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Higher Wages, More Jobs & Stronger Communities

HARRISBURG (FEB. 4, 2019) – Leaders of the CLEAR Coalition today issued a blueprint for a strong and growing state economy that will create higher wages, more jobs, and revenue for critical investments in quality K-12 and technical education; affordable access to higher education; and adequate funding for our other core services and programs.

Critical elements of “A Blueprint for Growing Pennsylvania’s Economy” include raising the state’s minimum wage; imposing a statewide shale tax; closing corporate tax loopholes and making our tax system fairer; and eliminating waste and increasing efficiency in state operations. The plan generates an estimated $3.5 billion in new revenue and savings and efficiencies in state government operations.


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Gov. Tom Wolf pitches his fiscal plan for a prosperous Pennsylvania

The Morning Call reports, “The Democratic governor’s plan, unveiled Tuesday, would harness the taxing authority of the state with the innovation of private business to improve the state’s classrooms and enhance the employment prospects of some teachers, hourly wage earners, skilled laborers and farmers.”

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Pa. budget winner: Wolf’s commitment to education shines through in his 2019-20 budget

PENNLIVE reports, “Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget unveiled on Tuesday pushes the state’s investment in preschool-to-grade 12 education up nearly 3 percent to a record level of more than $9.6 billion – a little more than 28 percent of the general fund budget.”

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Gov. Wolf unveils budget: More money for public schools and a higher minimum wage

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Gov. Wolf will ask state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $12 per hour starting in July, with additional increases coming each year until 2025, when it would reach $15 an hour.”

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