Davis to hold policy hearing Thursday on state’s minimum wage

HARRISBURG, Aug. 26 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, will hold a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Munhall Borough Building, Council Chambers, 1900 West St., Munhall. The media and public are invited to attend.

Davis requested the hearing to discuss the state’s current minimum wage status, how it compares to neighboring states and the benefit of increasing wages to reflect the current cost-of-living. He will be joined by legislators from across the state.

The current agenda is:

    10 a.m.           Welcome and Opening Remarks

    10:10 a.m.      Panel from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

  • Bryan Smolock, Director of the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance.
  • Kelley Martini, Policy Director.

    10:40 a.m.      Panel Two:

  • Darrin Kelly, President, Allegheny/Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
  • Diana Polson, Policy Analyst, Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.
  • Sarah Fishbein, Vice President, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania.
  • Bobbi Linskens, Member, Restaurant Opportunities Center.
  • James Conway, Member, Restaurant Opportunities Center.

    11:30 a.m.      Panel Three:

  • Jeff Shook, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.
  • LaSain Latimore, Member, One PA.
  • Jennifer Rafanan Kenney, Acting Executive Director, Pittsburgh United. 
  • Dawn Plummer, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council.
  • Grace Johnson, Member, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. 

    12:20 p.m.      Closing Remarks

The hearing is one of a series being held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first by growing jobs, providing health care access, creating quality schools and providing training for jobs in a fair economy. More information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com, and hearing materials are at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.