December 2019

Senators Tartaglione and Art Haywood are expressing their disappointment that the House failed to pass a bill increasing the minimum wage in Pennsylvania by the end of the year.

November 2019

After a 13 year fight by Senator Tartaglione, the Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour in two years. The Senator is happy but adds that the bill doesn’t go far enough

Senator Tartaglione says she voted in favor of legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2022, even though it’s not as much as she wanted.

September 2019

On Suicide Prevention Day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Senator Tartaglione applauded the quick thinking of a boy in Pennsylvania who intervened to stop a suicide in Texas.

March 2019

Senator Tartaglione joined with her fellow Democrats in the Senate and the House to introduce a package of bills designed to protect Pennsylvania workers from workplace harassment.

February, 2019

Senator Tartaglione and other lawmakers are throwing their support behind Governor Wolf’s proposal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to twelve dollars an hour by July.

January, 2019

Senator Tina Tartagione and her fellow Senate Democrats have joined Governor Wolf’s call to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

October, 2018

Every year, one million Americans attempt suicide. Senator Tartaglione joined with an organization devoted to preventing suicide to sponsor a day at the state Capitol to increase awareness on the issue.

Activists and lawmakers, including Senator Tartaglione, gathered in the state Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg to remember the 117 women, men and children who lost their lives last year to domestic violence in Pennsylvania.

June, 2018

Senator Tartaglione says the 2018 state budget breaks new ground with some of its spending priorities

A foundation that helps those with disabilities receive the help and care they need is getting support from Senator Tartaglione to receive more state government funding.

Governor Wolf has signed an Executive Order making sure women employed by the state are given equal pay for equal work. Senator Tartaglione is introducing legislation that would do the same thing for all Pennsylvania employers

April, 2018

Senator Tartaglione is sponsoring legislation that proposes to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace by expanding Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Act to cover more workers. Sen. Tartaglione’s bill is part of a package of legislation authored by Senate and House Democrats and supported by Gov. Wolf.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Senator Tartaglione has sponsored a Senate Resolution encouraging communities to speak out against sexual violence in order to prevent it.

February, 2018

Senator Tartaglione is introducing legislation to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, saying it will be good for workers and for the state’s economy.

January, 2018

Democrats in the state Senate laid out their legislative priorities for Pennsylvania in 2018. Senator Tartaglione, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, outlined ways the state can help Pennsylvania workers and their families.

October, 2017

The law providing protection against hate crimes for certain groups in Pennsylvania hasn’t been updated in more than 10 years.  Senator Tartaglione is co-sponsoring legislation that has been introduced to change that.

June, 2017

Supporters of House Bill 1520, legislation to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, rallied in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. They were joined by Senator Tartaglione, sponsor of a similar bill in the Senate. The bill would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12.00 per hour on January 1st of next year, and by an additional 50 cents per hour each year until 2024, when the minimum wage would be $15.00 per hour. Beginning in 2025, the minimum wage would receive a cost-of-living adjustment every year.

Senator Tartaglione joined hundreds of Teamsters gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to protest legislation that is currently being considered in the General Assembly, bills that the unions have labeled “anti-union.”

March 2017

The PA Senate has passed legislation providing 15 million dollars to the Department of Labor and Industry that will be used to re-hire unemployment call center workers who were laid off late last year. The layoffs came after Senate Republicans refused to renew temporary funding for the offices until they received an accounting of how the money was spent. Senator Tartaglione says this led to long waits for those who were out of work and filing for benefits. Today’s funding should put at least 300 of those workers back on the job.

October 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here is Senator Tartaglione on the Senate floor introducing a Resolution making that declaration and declaring October 21st as Mammography Day.

Senator Tartaglione’s Resolution naming October as Brachial Plexus Injury Month in Pennsylvania received unanimous approval.  Here are her remarks as she introduced the Resolution:

September 2016

Senator Tartaglione speaks on the Senate floor as she introduces a Resolution marking September 10th as World Suicide Prevention Day in the Commonwealth.

July 2016

The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing July 11 through 15 as “National Disability Voter Registration Week” in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Tartaglione, a cosponsor of the resolution, who says everything possible must be done to help people with disabilities to exercise their right to vote.

June 2016

In remarks on the Senate Floor, Senator Tartaglione reminded state lawmakers that June 30th is the 10th anniversary of the last time the state legislature voted to increase the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $7.25 an hour.  The Philadelphia lawmaker, who is the Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor & Industry Committee, again urged her colleagues to pass legislation increasing the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

Senator Tartaglione joined fellow Senate Democrats and representatives of human service agencies at a press conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg to say that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) has been devastated by recurring state budget cuts. She says the state budget now being developed needs to address funding shortfalls for the PHRC and similar agencies.

May 2016

In remarks at a State Capitol news conference today, Senator Tartaglione commended the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation for its hard work to provide education and financing opportunities for older Pennsylvanians and people with disabilities, helping them to acquire the assistive technology devices and services that improve the quality of their lives.  Here are the senator’s remarks:

A resolution has been adopted by the state Senate recognizing the month of May as “Older Americans Month” in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Tartaglione who says her resolution is intended to pay tribute to our older citizens for their contributions and hard work.

April 2016

The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution observing April as “Sexual Assault Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Tartaglione, sponsor of the resolution, who says knowledge and awareness are the first steps toward prevention.

March 2016

Senator Tartaglione today commended Gov. Wolf for signing an Executive Order that increases the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.15 an hour for state workers and employees of businesses that are awarded future state contracts.  Here’s more with the Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor & Industry Committee.

February 2016

Calling it a common sense approach to an expanding problem, Senator Tartaglione told a Capitol rally that a $10.10 minimum wage would generate millions in new state income and save the commonwealth millions more.  Listen here for her comments:

The Pennsylvania Senate has adopted a resolution recognizing Friday, February 5, as “National Wear Red Day” in Pennsylvania.  Here’s more with Senator Tartaglione who says her resolution is intended to raise awareness about heart disease and to encourage women to take the necessary steps to prevent, detect and treat the disease.