The national debate over a minimum wage hike

  • Ed Mahon

WESA’s Chris Potter recently pointed out that the Twitter account for the Pennsylvania Treasury is, uh, actually kind of funny. This tweet, posted July 3, hit close to home: “Fight Song, but for abandoning your social media responsibilities for a few days.” –Ed Mahon, PA Post reporter

Pennsylvania didn’t vote on it

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., mixes margaritas while tending bar at a restaurant in the Queens borough of New York, Friday, May 31, 2019. She was back in her New York district tending bar as part of her push to raise the federal minimum wage, especially for workers who now depend on tips.

Best of the rest

Marie Cusick / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Protesters blocked pipeline construction equipment on the property of The Adorers of the Blood of Christ, an order of Catholic nuns, in Lancaster County last year.

  • Trespassing charges were dismissed against seven protesters who blocked construction of a natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County, Jon Hurdle reports for StateImpact Pennsylvania. The defendants agreed to an unspecified amount of community service.

  • Without the public’s knowledge, some Pa. superintendents gained permission from law enforcement officials to carry guns in schools, WHYY’s Jen Kinney reports. “I will tell you, you probably don’t know who these individuals are, but they are carrying concealed weapons within the school districts because of our petition,” said an attorney whose firm represents school districts.

  • Attorney General Josh Shapiro is distancing himself from a bill that gives his office new authority over gun-related cases in Philadelphia. “I didn’t seek this law and I didn’t advocate for it … And it doesn’t change anything,” he said, although WHYY’s Ryan Briggs reports that those comments were a surprise to some state lawmakers.


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