We’ve ended another week of legislating in Harrisburg -- fighting for workers and middle class protections. What’s happened, however, is the majority party has approved two proposals that aim to stifle negotiators who work to come up with fair contracts for teachers, sanitation workers and other public employees.
Meanwhile, all I want to do is work on the governor’s good budget, rebuild the middle class and move Pennsylvania forward.
Forcing contract negotiations into the open will grind the process to a halt.
Think how this would impact your actions and decisions if the public was allowed to listen as you negotiated the price of a new car or home. It’s a scary proposition.
Sharing much more in this edition of the “First District Connection.” Thank you for your interest in making the 1st Senatorial District a great place to live, work and play.
Sen. Larry Farnese
SLAPP Approval, Stage 1
My proposal to stop frivolous lawsuits that are introduced only as a way to squelch opposition got a big boost this week when the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 95.
We need Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation – or SLAPPs – because groups like the Old City Civic Association and many others like it throughout Pennsylvania cannot be quieted simply because they cannot afford to defend themselves. That’s not the way justice works.
Here’s my news release, if you’d like to read it.
Minimum Wage Momentum
I joined fellow Philadelphians and senators this week in the Capitol this week to help make our call louder for a higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania.
The rally followed an important Senate Labor and Justice Committee informational hearing earlier in the day that considered the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour.
From my point-of-view, the supporters of a higher wage – proposals are there for $10.10 an hour by January – made a much better case for the increase.
Filling Philly Pot Holes
It was good to hear PennDOT announce this week that it is seriously working to fix the pot holes that seem to have opened just about everywhere in our roads and highways throughout Philly.
You can help if you see a yawning road divot or if one swallows your car (that’s humor). Just call 1-800-FIX-ROAD.
Act 89 transportation funding is helping PennDOT get this job done, and quickly. Learn more here.
Getting hungry thinking about it – as the the 9th Street Italian Market Festival is just around the corner. We’re talking great Italian food, pastries, music and more.
Here are the details!
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