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If Pa. state government won’t help working families, it’s up to Philly and Pittsburgh | Opinion

October 31, 2018

The Inquirer,

Helen Gym and Corey O’Connor,

October 31, 2018-

The state government of Pennsylvania is holding our workers back. Not only are they failing to ensure decent working conditions for families, they are also preventing cities and local governments from taking action. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are two cities driving Pennsylvania’s economic engine.  In the southeast, Philadelphia’s metropolitan area is home to more than 6 million people, has a thriving economy that includes a vibrant “eds and meds” sector, and hosts the corporate headquarters of national and international conglomerates.

In the west, the Pittsburgh metropolitan area is home to more than 2.3 million people and has a proud history of steel production and manufacturing, along with a burgeoning technology sector supported by dynamic universities and renowned health-care institutions.  Yet, despite the critical role we play in Pennsylvania’s economy, the state has repeatedly tried to interfere in our ability to bolster our economic potential. For more than a decade, a state law prohibiting local governments from raising the minimum wage above the state standard (the lowest in the region)…

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