Democrats have long supported Pennsylvania workers. We will continue to stand and partner with them to ensure a fair day's work earns a fair day's pay and the protections that should accompany it. Read more
With just seven legislative session days left before the General Election on November 8, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) and other House Democrats are calling on Harrisburg’s Republican leaders to pass a clean pre-canvassing bill. Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – State Reps. John Galloway, D-Bucks, Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, and Pat Harkins, D-Erie, today announced their introduction of H.B. 2810 to stop wage theft in Pennsylvania. The bill is based on recommendations from a 2022 report from the Joint Task Force on Misclassification of Employees, which was created under a bill authored in 2020. Misclassification of employees occurs when a business wrongfully classifies a worker as an independent contractor even though the nature, type and oversight of their work determines they should be considered an employee under the law. The report found that by misclassifying employees as “contractors” the workers are deprived of wages, workplace health and safety, and unemployment protections. It amounts to tax fraud and costs the commonwealth millions of dollars in lost revenue annually. Misclassification can impact industries from home health care to construction to online businesses, like Uber and Lyft drivers. “For years, I’ve been fighting to end corporate price gouging on workers in the commonwealth,” Galloway said. “Too many companies are cooking the books and using dirty tricks to take money out of the hands of workers and put it into stock buybacks, shareholder dividends, and corporate executive perks instead of putting the money back into the communities. When HB 2810 is passed, Pennsylvania’s workers will have the Read more
HARRISBURG, Sept. 13 – House Democrats called on their legislative counterparts today to advance several measures that would improve workers’ conditions in the commonwealth. With limited days remaining in the legislative session, Democrats highlighted the need to act on legislation that would boost workers’ earnings, offer workplace protections, allow for paid sick leave, and help workers save for retirement. “Working class families are the backbone of our communities,” Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said. “While this year’s state budget delivered help for many of these families, there are still Pennsylvanians who don’t earn what they deserve, can’t take a day off to care for a sick loved one, or save for retirement. We can’t advance as a state if we leave workers and their families behind.” This week, House Democrats will introduce a worker misclassification bill. By misclassifying employees as “contractors” employers deprive workers of wages, workplace health and safety, and unemployment protections. It amounts to tax fraud and costs the commonwealth millions of dollars in lost revenue annually. Many of the measures House Democrats highlighted have been languishing in Republican-led committees for more than a year, despite having bipartisan and broad public support. Among the measures legislators touted are the Family Care Act ( H.B. 1200 ), which would Read more
Frustrated by a lack of action on everything from raising the state’s minimum wage to establishing a paid family leave program for Pennsylvania workers, Democrats in the state House called on Republican leaders to hold votes on a series of bills they say would be a boon for the commonwealth’s workers. Read more
STATE PROGRAMS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS: Commonwealth Financing Authority: Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund (GEDTF) (Funding Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund) Who May Apply : Allegheny County Municipalities, Authorities (Redevelopment, Municipal or Industrial), Councils of Government, Non-Profit Organizations, Trusts and For Profit Organizations. Use : To support community and economic development projects in Allegheny County. Funds : Awards between $150,000 and $500,000. Application Deadline : September 23, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.alleghenycounty.us/economic-development/authorities/gedtf-fund.aspx . Pennsylvania Department of Transportation: Traffic Signal Technologies Grant Program (Funding Source: Motor License Fund) Who May Apply : Municipalities. Use : To install and maintain traffic signal technologies. Funds : Varies by award. This is a reimbursement grant with no matching funds required. Application Deadline : September 30, 2022 More Information : Click on https://www.dot.state.pa.us/public/Bureaus/BOMO/Portal/TST_INFO.pdf . Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency: Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Grant Program (Funding Source: American Rescue Plan Act Funds) Who May Apply Read more
I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with so many of you at community events like the Cobbs Creek Trail Day and theTyhir Barns basketball game. Read my latest newsletter for more information on what's happening at home and in Harrisburg. Read more
Finding affordable housing is a challenge for many people in our community. Rising rents, costly improvements to older homes, and a lack of available units has led to a housing crisis here – not just in West Philly, but all over Pennsylvania. Many families are stuck spending more than half of their income just to pay for housing! This means that sometimes families are forced to make hard choices and skip buying necessities like food or medication, and certainly can’t save for an emergency. Read more
DARBY TOWNSHIP – Gov. Tom Wolf paid a visit to the Kindergarten Center of the SouthEast Delco School District on Thursday afternoon to call attention to his administration’s efforts to invest $3.7 billion in taxpayer funding into public education during his eight years in office. Read more
Domestic violence victims in Philadelphia will now have access to free Ring doorbells through the city’s leading domestic violence service provider. Read more
HARRISBURG, Aug. 2 -- PA House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton released the following statement today after the PA Supreme Court affirmed that no-excuse mail-in voting is legal and constitutional in Pennsylvania: “Republican attempts to roll back bipartisan improvements in our election law - improvements that eased access and allowed for greater participation - have been thwarted. Mail-in voting is a safe and secure way that millions of Pennsylvanians have used to exercise their right to vote since the legislature passed the law in 2019. Looking ahead, I will continue to champion measures like the K. Leroy Irvis Voting Rights Protection Act, to further improve access and security, while restoring public faith in our election system and our local election officials.” Read more
Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton appears on CNN's State of the Union to discuss access to abortion and reproductive rights in Pennsylvania. Read more
Read about the latest grant programs open for applications. Read more
Harris traveled to Philadelphia Saturday to meet with more than three dozen state House and Senate Democrats, plus members of the state’s congressional delegation, to join the lawmakers in a call to action and to discuss the relentless effort of right-wing extremists to take away rights, starting with the right to abortion and reproductive health care. Read more
Pa. House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton fights back against the latest attack by extremists in Harrisburg to take away reproductive rights. Read more
“Today’s executive order safeguarding access to abortion makes it clear that Pennsylvania values all people and will stand up to defend their rights. Governor Wolf’s action signifies that Pennsylvania is a place where abortion is health care and must remain safe, legal and available to all people. We applaud the Governor for taking action to ensure that no one is harmed for accessing reproductive health care. We are proud to work with him on keeping abortion care standards in place.” Read more
Pennsylvania House Democratic Leaders released the following statement regarding Republican lawmaker’s last-minute attack on Pennsylvania women and voters before breaking for the summer recess. Read more
PA state Reps. Joanna McClinton and Gina Curry released a joint statement in response to a 22-year-old man’s apparent suicide Tuesday afternoon while in the custody of the Yeadon Borough Police Department. Read more
“The inaction we’ve seen is disappointing. With a $12 billion surplus, we can and should deliver for the people of Pennsylvania.“Rather than pass a timely budget that helps working families, we’ve been distracted by unrelated issues and interjected politics at the expense of in-state tuition for Pennsylvania students. Read more
As Friday’s Supreme Court decision over abortion rights continues to reverberate across the nation, Democratic legislators in Pennsylvania called on voters across the state to organize and keep the issue of abortion top of mind ahead of November’s midterm elections. Read more
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