June 04, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Minimum Wage, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Lt. Governor John Fetterman issued the following statements as hundreds of workers head to the state Capitol to rally for a living wage.Governor Wolf’s statement:“Hundreds of workers are in the state Capitol today calling on the legislature to finally raise Pennsylvania’s outdated minimum wage and I applaud Lt. Gov. John Fetterman for joining them.“While other states are raising their minimum wage to $15 per hour, Pennsylvania has the lowest wage allowed by federal law and it’s hurting workers. Pennsylvania is lagging behind 29 other states, including all our neighbors, in ensuring fair wages.“When jobs don’t pay enough, workers can’t afford the basics, like food or housing. That hurts families, businesses and communities. Raising the wage floor rewards hard work, boosts local economies and saves tax dollars as people work their way off government programs.“Pennsylvanians are renowned for our work ethic and polls show the public overwhelmingly supports increasing the minimum wage. A $15 minimum wage will boost incomes for 2 million workers, 61 percent of whom are women, which takes a step toward closing the gender pay gap. A staggering 89 percent of workers who would benefit are adults over age 20, and 37 percent are age 40 or older.“All hardworking men and women – no matter the age – have waited too long with low wages. It’s time for working Pennsylvanians to stop falling behind. The legislature must stand with workers and raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.”Lt. Governor Fetterman’s statement:“People deserve the dignity of being able to support themselves when they’re working full-time jobs. Workers being paid low wages are doing what their parents and grandparents did, but they are not getting anywhere; they still need to ask for help for routine expenses.“A single mom or dad who works 40 minimum-wage hours a week can’t afford childcare and needs to use safety nets to get by. We wonder why people are frustrated. This is one reason, and people have told us that time and again.“Poverty wages jeopardize food, housing, and transportation and contribute to intergenerational poverty. People are forced to use government-provided safety nets because they aren’t being paid enough. We need to do better, and we know we can afford to do better. Tell your legislator to raise the wage as 29 states, including all of our neighbors, have already done.” Gov. Wolf, Lt. Gov. Fetterman Urge Raising Pennsylvania Minimum Wage
Since March, local officials have been urging policy makers on COVID-19 response to reconsider its no back-riding policy, which they enforced to keep people away from the virus. “Maganda ito sapagkat talagang protektado ‘yung passenger pero s’yempre kailangan dito ang pag-iingat sa pagda-drive. Dapat susunod talaga tayo sa speed limit at saka kakaibang panahon ito, nabago natin configuration ng motorsiklo dapat dobleng pag-iingat sa pagda-drive,” he added. However, there should be a protective shield between the two riders, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque pointed out, citing the prototype plastic shield proposed by Gov. Arthur Yap of Bohol. MANILA – Starting today, backriding or pillion riding on motorcycles for couples who are living together has been allowed by the Inter-agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID). The task force has previously rejected the requests, citing issues on safety and enforcement./PN For his part, Interior secretary Eduardo Año said backriding for couples will be implemented nationwide in areas under modified general community quarantine and general community quarantine. “Dapat may barrier in between the rider and the passenger para hindi magkaraoon ng hawaan ng COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). I a-approve din naman kaagad ‘yan ng technical working group,” Ano said in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo. “Pwede na pero kailangan ang mag-asawa na sumunod sa minimum public health standards,” Roque said Thursday. Año added that the protective shield should cover past the head and there should also be handles attached to its poles. Both passenger and the rider should still wear face masks and helmets. According to Roque, the backriding cohabiting couples should also show proof like identification cards and a photocopy of marriage certificate.