State of Pennsylvania secondary Archives: on Families & Children
Require all businesses to provide paid sick leave
Under a 2014 New York City law, businesses with 15 or more employees have to provide five paid sick days. Smaller employers have to provide five unpaid sick days. The New York City Council recently voted to require local businesses to give workers
time off if they are ill or have to care for a sick child. The anticipated result will be fewer sick New Yorkers riding the subway, serving food in restaurants, or infecting their colleagues and classmates.
Connecticut; San Francisco; Portland, OR; Washington, DC, and Seattle have all already approved sick leave rules.
Paid sick time is currently available to only 40 percent of service workers, who interact directly with the public, compared to 61 percent of the overall workforce. We need to extend paid sick leave to all American workers.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania House campaign website DwightEvans.com
Nov 8, 2016
Improve home-based & community-based senior care services
Just as Pennsylvanians make their children a top priority, so, too, are aging parents, aunts and uncles a top priority for all of us. I listened to seniors all across our Commonwealth. They told me that they very much appreciated how often politicians
came to see them, but that they'd prefer real action on improving senior services.
That's why one of the first initiatives I announced as Governor was to improve home-based and community-based care services, so that more seniors could have more
options for getting the care they needed without having to move out of their homes. And it's why, when health insurers threatened to kick 180,000 seniors off their health plans, we stepped in and took those insurance companies to court to make sure
that their coverage stayed in place.
Just this past year, we distributed more than $2 million in lottery proceeds to 43 senior community centers. And we made it easier for struggling seniors to get assistance purchasing nutritious food.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Pennsylvania Legislature
Feb 7, 2016
Involved with Big Brothers and AmeriCorps since age 23
At 23, John joined up with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and his life has never been the same since. John threw himself into the program, mentoring his 'little'--an 8 year-old boy who had recently lost his father to AIDS and whose mother was also battling
the disease. Before she passed away, John promised that he would continue to look out for her son and make sure that he would graduate college. Fifteen years later, John's and his 'little' had both held up their ends of the bargain, with his little's
graduation from Washington and Jefferson College.
But John wanted to do more. The disparity between his own life and that of his 'little' motivated him to quit his job and join AmeriCorps' 2nd Year class. For two years,
John served in Pittsburgh's historic Hill District, where he helped set up the first computer labs in the neighborhood and taught GED classes to young mothers and fathers.
Source: 2016 Pennsylvania Senate campaign website JohnFetterman.com
Sep 22, 2015
$41.5 million for home and community-based disabled care
We have the chance to continue to improve the lives of our friends and neighbors with disabilities, individuals whose strength and courage have become a constant source of inspiration to me. For far too long, these people had to wait for services they
and their families so desperately needed. But last year, our increased investments helped reduce that waiting list.
Just last week, I visited the Kroc Center where those with disabilities are able to work and lead fulfilling lives in the community.
I saw the commitment of a community to make people's lives better. I know how important that commitment is, and so do you.
We need to create a Pennsylvania where people with disabilities, and their families, will never be forced to wait for services
again. This year, we will work to further reduce those waiting lists with an additional $41.5 million to provide home and community-based options for people with disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Pennsylvania legislature
Feb 4, 2014
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