The centerpiece of the Senate Democrats agenda are jobs, the economy, and providing a just foundation for progress of working people. In recent years, Senator Costa and the Senate Democrats have spearheaded efforts to create and fund job-creating tax credits for film production, mixed use development, waterfront improvement, and attracting tech companies. The caucus has supported historic funding levels for business investment to increase manufacturing, jobs and sustainable future for workers in Pennsylvania.

We want to empower working people to find fulfilling work, earn better paychecks and benefits, and build wealth over their careers that will provide for their families and themselves in retirement. A fair economy that accrues opportunities and rewards for all people, not just those at the top rungs of the economic ladder is achievable.

Legislation I’m Working On

Strengthening Collective Bargaining

Our legislation attempts to stem this assault on working people by strengthening the opportunity for them to form unions and stick together. Economic gains for working Pennsylvanians did not come quickly or easily. Yet thanks to anti-worker efforts, economic gains have been rolled back with the goal to seemingly eliminate them for all. Across the board in every “right to work” state there are lower wages, higher medical costs, greater retirement insecurity, as well higher poverty, infant mortality, and workplace deaths.

First, our bill makes deciding whether to form a union easier by streamlining the election process. Instead of requiring a lengthy two-tiered election process, this bill would allow a simple card check where expressing majority support would be sufficient. Next, our legislation requires access for new employees to certified unions in order for them to explain the benefits of union membership.

“Right to work” is a fallacy and a distraction meant to divide working people and pay them less. If left unchecked, these anti-worker efforts will weaken our middle class and likely increase inequality. Only through strength in numbers have working Pennsylvanians really ever found economic progress.

The PA Senate Democratic Caucus is working on proposals to:

Increase the Minimum Wage

800,000 Pennsylvanians would see an immediate increase in their paychecks if a modest increase was made, and a rising tide lifts all boats.

Invest in Employees

With unemployment at all-time lows, it is time for all Pennsylvanian’s to benefit from the improving economy. Bettering paychecks, benefits, and working environment is at the heart of the Senate Democrats priorities.

Encourage Small Business Development and Growth

Small businesses improve the economy from the ground up, create new jobs, and build wealth at the community level. The Senate Democrats want to foster an environment that provides minor owned businesses with opportunities to be establish and grow that have been previously unattainable. Focused small business loans, access to capital for growth, technical assistance, and employee training support are on the Senate Democrat agenda.

Provide Incentives to Existing Businesses

Whether it’s to attract multi-national corporations or provide that last bit of financing for a mid-size company to grow, we must step up to provide the competitive advantage necessary for Pennsylvania to be business friendly. The Senate Democrats have worked hard to make our tax climate more business friendly and provided many tax credits and exemptions to attract and retain companies.

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