Governor Wolf: Approval of New Overtime Rules a Victory for Hardworking Pennsylvanians

first_imgGovernor Wolf: Approval of New Overtime Rules a Victory for Hardworking Pennsylvanians January 31, 2020 Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Building on his commitment to workers, Governor Tom Wolf announced the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted today to approve the Department of Labor & Industry’s final regulation that will extend overtime pay eligibility to 82,000 more workers.“This is an important victory for thousands of workers,” said Governor Wolf. “People who work overtime should be paid for it. This is absolutely the right thing to do.“Today’s approval of my plan will modernize our outdated overtime rules so more people are eligible for time-and-a-half pay. This will put more money in the pockets of workers and strengthen the middle class.”The new regulations require overtime pay to most full-time salaried workers in executive, administrative, and professional jobs if they make less than $45,500 by 2022.This increase will be phased in over three steps:$684 per week, $35,568 annually (federal rule that went into effect January 1, 2020);$780 per week, $40,560 annually in 2021; and$875 per week, $45,500 annually in 2022.Starting in 2023, the salary threshold will adjust automatically every three years.The Attorney General must approve the final regulation before it can be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and go into effect later this year.In addition to the 82,000 workers who will benefit from Pennsylvania’s new overtime regulations, the federal government raised the salary threshold to $35,568 on January 1, 2020, which made 61,000 Pennsylvanians newly eligible for overtime. With the combined rule changes, an estimated 143,000 more workers will be eligible for time-and-a-half pay by 2023.Earlier this week, Governor Wolf reinforced his commitment to helping hardworking Pennsylvanians by reintroducing his proposal to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour with a pathway to $15.“Despite widespread support from the public, it’s been more than a decade since the General Assembly passed a minimum wage increase,” added Governor Wolf. “There are far too many Pennsylvanians working full-time and multiple jobs who are still unable to support themselves and their families.”The governor’s proposal would give a direct wage increase to 1 million workers, provide better financial stability for women, rural and tipped workers, enable thousands of people to work their way off public assistance, and grow the economy for everyone.Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, the minimum wage allowed by federal law. A full-time, year-round minimum wage worker earns only $15,080 annually, less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two. Twenty-nine states have a higher minimum wage and 21 states are increasing the wage floor this year.The governor’s proposal raises the minimum wage to $12 an hour on July 1, 2020 with annual 50 cent increases until reaching $15 an hour in 2026. When workers are paid fairly, fewer people will need public assistance. At $15 an hour, nearly 93,000 adults will leave Medicaid and the workers will generate more than $300 million in state tax revenue in 2026.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Strickler ends rollercoaster week with Super Nationals Modified crown

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – A rollercoaster four days at Boone Speedway ended with Kyle Strickler on top of the dirt track racing world. Strickler led all 40 laps of Saturday’s Modified main event at another record-setting IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The victory lane scene that followed was an emotional one. “This is the greatest race ever. Winning it means so much to me,” he said, pausing several times to wipe away tears of joy. “There is so much history here. I’d always wanted to put my name on the T-shirt and now I’ve done it.” The win came a night after Strickler’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot triumph and paid $2,700. Richie Gustin, the 2011 champion, defending champion Dylan Smith and Canadian Aaron Turnbull completed the top four.Strickler had been disqualified from a runner-up finish in his Wednesday qualifier for use of unapproved wheels. He won his Friday qualifier and started at the front on the outside row in Saturday’s big dance.“It was pretty cool to be able to rebound that way at Super Nationals, and to start a row further ahead than we could have,” he said. “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. This is just phenomenal.” After a multi-car pileup on the front stretch that stopped the race on lap 18, the feature stayed green to the finish. A purse of more than $250,000 was paid to, and a similar dollar value in cash and contingencies was awarded to drivers from a record 27 states entered in the 32nd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation. The car count of 866 nearly matched the mark of 874 set two years ago. The common theme to Saturday’s other three main events was family. Rookie Devin Smith joined brothers Donavon and Dustin as a Super Nationals champion, scoring the Stock Car crown and a $3,200 check. He also won the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions, earning $1,175 and matching Donavon’s 2012 Super Nationals double. Dustin and oldest brother David are also Sunoco RoC winners.Shannon Anderson led all 30 laps in winning his career third Hobby Stock title and $1,750. His father Jeff won two Super Nationals Stock Car championships.Johnathon Logue, son of five-time Modified champion John Logue, was reeling in leader Randy Roberts before a lap 17 restart in the SportMod main. He was in first when the next circuit was scored and drove to his first Super Nationals title, good for $1,925. Keith White ended a string of bad luck at Boone by winning the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds. He ran in front the last 11 of 12 laps, holding off Mason Big Eagle for what turned out to be the $2,100 checkers. The Luellen family celebrated twice. Austin Luellen led all 10 laps of the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks. That victory paid $800. Older brother Clinton then led all 10 laps of the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for SportMods for a $1,300 payday. All four race of champions events ran caution free.Jeff Aikey won his Late Model division record-matching fourth Deery Brothers Summer Series feature and $3,300 on opening night Sept. 1. Gustin and Tyler Droste both qualified for the Deery feature and Saturday’s Modified show. Adam Gates was the winner of Tuesday’s Sport Compact main event. That victory paid $320.last_img read more