ECONOMY: FAIRER PAY, BETTER BUSINESSES
The 171st District offers a rich mix of farms, factories, mom-and-pop shops, new and seasoned tech firms, and contractors and design firms advancing the clean energy industry.
It is already a great place to live and work, but we can do even better. Here are some positive steps to change that Peter will fight for.
Peter has supported farmers' markets, advanced zoning changes for increased prosperity in the Centre Region, endorsed legislation to Centre County government that reduces energy costs and increases local contracting jobs, and is working with the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County to support solar power in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's $7.25/hour minimum wage is not just a pittance, it is an affront to the dignity of working men and women. Peter supports and will fight tooth and nail to raise the minimum wage to $12 immediately, and eventually to $15. Peter also understands the potential benefits of a regional minimum wage and supports research into how to make that possible.
Peter will fight for the district's rural areas. Over the past few years, the Legislature has dragged its feet in providing broadband access to rural Pennsylvania. Recently, Penns Valley residents finally got broadband internet without state help, but Mifflin County residents still face the same problems.
Peter knows that unions are a core part of American life. He supports the right for working people to come together to make sure that business and government work for the workers. Whether you are a teacher, healthcare worker, a welder, or an employee in Penn State's Physical Plant, Peter supports your collective rights.
Peter will also support legislation and funding for retraining workers whose jobs are threatened by changes in the energy industry. Coal and natural gas extraction was a major provider of jobs in years past, but the clean energy job sector is the fastest-growing energy sector. We need to welcome former coal miners and others into the clean energy world with training and job opportunities.