This press release issues a statement from Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center, following the Senate’s passage of SB 166, so-called “paycheck protection” legislation.
HARRISBURG – Following the Senate passage of SB 166 (ending automatic payroll deductions), Stephen Herzenberg, executive director of the Keystone Research Center, made the following statement:
“SB 166, passed today out of the state Senate, is yet another policy that would result in lowering the pay of middle-class Pennsylvanians. On its face, the rationale for this legislation is patently dishonest. Payroll deduction costs the state nothing. Beyond that, the so-called ‘paycheck protection’ legislation is a partisan arrow directed at working Pennsylvanians. On issue after issue, organized labor fights for the middle class — for a higher minimum wage, for health care for all, for fairer taxes, for a good education, infrastructure, and human services that benefit the vast majority of citizens. By weakening organized labor, supporters of this legislation promote an economy and a state rigged even more against regular Pennsylvanians. It’s the exact opposite of what people voted for last November and exactly the wrong direction for the state.”