Governor Corbett's Healthy PA plan threatens to undermine the stability of community health centers and services for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable, writes Dr. Hilda Shirk, the chief executive officer of SouthEast Lancaster Health Services.
Raising the minimum wage has already gained momentum nationally and is likely to be a defining issue in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial election this year. It's also a policy issue where Pennsylvania is lagging well behind our neighboring states.
It is a very good sign that prominent low-wage employers are talking in a positive way about raising wages for their workers. What to look for in the coming months is whether politicians normally opposed to a minimum wage increase begin shifting their stance.
Pennsylvania’s economy is not recovering as quickly as most states. Gov. Corbett, attempting to improve growth, made a bet that a billion dollars in new corporate tax cuts would fuel economic recovery, but that bet has been lost.
Punxsutawney Phil is predicting more chilly weather ahead, but a winter-weary Gov. Tom Corbett must have spring on his mind. His budget address Tuesday painted a bright and rosy picture of Pennsylvania's future even as we remain in the grip of a long economic winter.
Expect to read and hear a lot about state and federal efforts to raise the minimum wage over the next year. You can also expect to read and hear a lot about a familiar argument from opponents: that raising the minimum wage is a bad idea because it will mainly benefit teens working summer jobs for extra cash. Simply put, that argument is just not true.
Governor Corbett's Healthy PA plan threatens to undermine the stability of community health centers and services for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable, according to Dr. Hilda Shirk, the chief executive officer of SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, writing in a recent op-ed.