$700 million per year for economic development incentives. x a small reduction of just 5% = $35,000,000 in annual savings.
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.”
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.”
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.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer makes the right case for raising our state’s embarrassing wage, “The raise would affect 1.6 million minimum and other low-wage workers in Pennsylvania, who, in turn, would put their money right into the economy for housing, food, and other essential goods and services, according to Mark Price, a labor economist with the […]