Thank you for joining us here today.
As you know, last week Governor Wolf signed an executive order that raised the minimum wage for Pennsylvania state employees. We applaud him for taking that bold action, but his order affects less than five hundred workers. There are almost two hundred thousand Pennsylvanians who still make less than ten dollars an hour, and it’s time for their voices to be heard.
For two years now, our state representative, Maurie Gingrich, has held up a bill that would raise the state minimum wage to $10.10. While other states raise theirs, Pennsylvania lags behind. This affects families in every city and town. It affects all of us.
When wages are too low, people have to work two or even three jobs to get by. They have to lean on public assistance to help feed themselves and their children. That costs the state money, money that could be used for education or repairing our highways, which would create jobs. Studies show that raising the minimum wage creates new jobs, which makes our state stronger and more competitive.
Instead of launching an investigation into the validity of Gov. Wolf’s action, our legislature should be bringing new solutions to change Pennsylvania for the better, not bowing to corporate special interests. We need more of the new leadership that Governor Wolf brings to the table.
That’s why I’m running to become your representative in Harrisburg. I will fight for you and your families. I will fight to bring a living wage to Pennsylvania. The governor has taken the first step. Now it’s our turn to take up the baton and move it forward. Together we can bring jobs and prosperity back to Pennsylvania.
Good Evening! My name is Lorraine Scudder and I'm running for the 101st district of the General Assembly. I'm so glad to be here and have this chance to tell you a little about myself. I'm a mother of two and have two grandsons. Jenny and her family live in Palmyra and I live just down the road from them. Which is good and bad, by the way. Cheri and her family live in GA.
What compelled me to run for office initially was in large part due to the stalemate in Harrisburg to pass the budget. But the scope of what is happening now is an even greater threat to the people of our Commonwealth. I want to bring sanity back to government.
As an Executive Director of professional associations, I acted as liaison between the membership and the Board. Bringing their concerns and questions to the table as their representative. Mediating with the Board and come to a consensus, then relay the outcome to the membership.
That job description is pretty much what a representative to the GA does.
That is what the people of Pennsylvania deserve. I want to bring their voices back to the table, something they haven’t had for a very long time.
Thank you again. I hope to get to know all of you much better in the coming months.