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Rachele Fortier: Equal Pay for Equal Work

Just 79 cents — that’s how much Pennsylvania women make for every dollar made by a man doing the same work. Pennsylvania has already fallen

Just 79 cents — that’s how much Pennsylvania women make for every dollar made by a man doing the same work.

Pennsylvania has already fallen behind 26 other states — and the national average — in pay equity.

Yet Republicans in the general assembly recently introduced legislation this year that would actually roll back local protections against discrimination.

It’s time to take action. This Equal Pay Day, stand with Governor Wolf and demand the Pennsylvania General Assembly pass real solutions to close the pay gap.

Governor Wolf has been clear about where he stands on wage discrimination. He made equal pay a campaign issue even before he took office.

But for his entire term, Republicans have stood in the way of legislation proposed by Democrats in the general assembly to promote equal pay for equal work. This year, they decided to change tactics by promoting an “equal pay” bill that would actually make the problem worse.

That’s not just a problem for Pennsylvania women — it’s a problem for all of us. Because when women are deprived of a fair wage, they have less money to feed their families, start small businesses, invest in their communities, and make Pennsylvania’s economy strong.

If Republicans think they can pull the wool over our eyes on this important issue, they’re wrong. But we need to prove that we’re not fooled, and we won’t be satisfied until they stand with Governor Wolf in supporting real solutions to end wage discrimination.

Add your name and stand with Governor Wolf this Equal Pay Day. Tell the Pennsylvania General Assembly it’s time for equal work for equal pay.

Thanks for taking action

Tom Wolf: The cost of Trumpcare

Last week, after I sent letters to five Pennsylvania Congressmen, I urged you to join me in formally requesting them to reject President Donald Trump

Last week, after I sent letters to five Pennsylvania Congressmen, I urged you to join me in formally requesting them to reject President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan.

More than 26,000 of you have joined me to voice opposition to the Republican plan and to protect the progress we’ve made under the Affordable Care Act to reduce Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate, and expand coverage options for seniors, working families, the disabled and those seeking treatment for a substance use disorder.

Activism from folks like you is making a difference.

Just the other day, Speaker Ryan said he would incorporate feedback and make improvements — but we have to keep the pressure on Congress. Add your name to the petition.

Here’s what’s at stake in Pennsylvania and across the country:

  • The Congressional Budget Office estimates 24 million Americans will lose their coverage by 2026 under Trumpcare
  • The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center estimates 1.1 million will lose their care in Pennsylvania alone if the Affordable Care Act is repealed
  • The RAND Corporation estimates premiums for a 64-year-old will go up by more than $2,000 a year under Trumpcare — and the CBO estimates premiums for some seniors could skyrocket by more than $10,000
  • The elimination of Medicaid expansion would put access to substance abuse treatment at risk for more than 125,000 Pennsylvanians in the middle of the opioid and heroin crisis that has taken 3,500 lives

These are just a few of the ways President Trump and Speaker Ryan’s plan would be devastating to too many families.

I’ll fight any proposal that forces seniors, working families, and our most vulnerable citizens to lose their coverage or pay more while giving tax cuts to the wealthy and huge insurance companies.

I’m working to ensure that Pennsylvanians will continue to have access to affordable healthcare — stand with me and join the more than 26,000 who have signed the petition.

Thank you.