State Rep. Dan Frankel, the Founder & Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus, is our Guest Blogger today. Read on to learn more about the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health -- and its special significance for today, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Today, on the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Pennsylvania legislators are shining a spotlight on the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health. Reflecting a cross-section of issues and concerns facing women and families today, the Agenda is designed to go beyond playing defense and advance a slate of proactive women's health priorities.
January has seen the minimum wage emerge as a major issue in 2012 policy debates, with a virtual consensus for raising the wage emerging among all but the extreme conservative fringe. Prominent conservatives from former Massachusetts Governor Willard “Mitt” Romney to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have come forward urging just that the minimum wage be raised automatically every year. State legislators championing minimum wage increases are also playing a pivotal role in driving the salience of inequality and economic security issues on the national stage.
Over the past two years, workers have made impressive advances in about a half dozen states to protect themselves and their livelihoods from unscrupulous employers. But conservatives are increasingly mobilizing to undo these gains. Two separate efforts within the past month alone would make it harder for workers to recover stolen wages from employers — completely ignoring overwhelming public support for labor standards that safeguard workers’ rights and narrowly safeguarding the interests of the 1%.