Josh Shapiro on Jobs



Treat career paths with the same respect as choosing college

I'm sick and tired of hearing someone say to a high school student, "well… college just might not be right for you. Maybe you should think about becoming a welder." That elitist attitude is wrong--and it hurts our Commonwealth. If you're in the 10th or 11th grade and you're excited about being a welder or a plumber, we should celebrate that. And we should treat that career path with the same level of respect as someone who chooses to go to college.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the PA legislature , Feb 6, 2024

Minimum wage stuck at $7.25/hr for 15 years--It's a shanda!

I'm not looking to give a handout. I want to give a hand up--and create an opportunity economy that gives everyone a shot. In order to create that kind of opportunity, Pennsylvanians need to earn a decent wage. And come on guys, let's be real, our minimum wage has been stuck at 7.25 an hour for 15 years. It's a shanda! If you don't know what that means, ask the budget secretary later. It's time we raise our minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. Because we're falling behind.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the PA legislature , Feb 6, 2024

Let's finally raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour

I'll state the obvious--$7.25 an hour is not a livable wage in 2023. Our minimum wage makes it harder for Pennsylvania to compete and hasn't been raised in 14 years. Businesses get this--that's why so many of them aren't sitting back and waiting for us to act--they're raising wages aggressively from department stores to diners. So I'm asking you, respectfully, to work with me to finally--finally--raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to Pennsylvania legislature , Mar 7, 2023

While I'm governor this will never be a right to work state

We also need to protect worker rights. As Attorney General, I took on company executives when they tried to screw over their employees. As Governor, I won't let anyone threaten our workers.

When it comes to dignity and respect--all workers should have the right to organize and bargain collectively. Hear me on this--so long as I am your Governor, Pennsylvania will never be a right to work state.

Source: 2023 State of the State Address to Pennsylvania legislature , Mar 7, 2023

Will veto any bill to make PA a right-to-work state

As Governor, Josh will protect the right to collective bargaining, go after employers who spread anti-union propaganda and interfere with workers' right to join a union, strengthen worker misclassification laws, and veto any legislation that seeks to make Pennsylvania a right-to-work state.
Source: 2022 Pennsylvania Governor campaign website JoshShapiro.org , May 18, 2022

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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
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