Pennsylvania Democrats push for min. wage increase, job creation in budget

A group of Democrats across the state of Pennsylvania recently rallied together to push Republican Governor Tom Corbett to introduce a spending plan that benefits the state's residents.

State Sen. John Blake (D-22) met with Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor and representatives from economic development organizations from the area to discuss some of the negative impacts of Corbett's previous budgets.

"Pennsylvania's state budget is an identification of priorities and a strategy for investment," Blake said. "We can do better than what Gov. Corbett and his administration have provided."

Blake and other Pennsylvania Senate Democrats said their budget reflects the common needs of the state and its residents, including the expansion of healthcare through Medicaid, an increase in the minimum wage, restoring education funding and job creation.

"Under Gov. Corbett's leadership, Pennsylvania has fallen to the bottom in job creation and government efficiency, and we must do a better job of identifying policy priorities," Blake said. "Senate Democrats have concrete plans to move the state forward and our payment method does not involve a broad-based tax increase."

Democrats in the state Senate have said they will push for water and sewer rehabilitation projects to create jobs, add $300 million to education funding, raise the state's minimum wage to at least $9 per hour and use $85 million in Medicaid budget savings to offer human services like drug and alcohol counseling.

"We look forward to learning details of the governor's policies and going through the budget in depth," Blake said. "It is critical that we revise the spending plan to better reflect the shared priorities of the citizens of Pennsylvania."

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