Way No. 8: Minimum Wage Increase
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the wages of 1.2 million Pennsylvanian workers, or 23 percent of the state’s workforce.
When Gov. Wolf unveiled his 2015-16 budget proposal to the General Assembly in March, he included a call to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour. "I strongly believe that nobody who works full-time should be forced to live in poverty," Wolf told legislators.
Even before introducing his budget, the governor went on record in support of a bill sponsored by Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin County, which would boost the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour over two years. The federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 per hour in 2009.
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the wages of 1.2 million workers, or 23 percent of the state’s resident workforce. Total wages in Pennsylvania would increase by $1.8 billion, and the higher spending that would result would create 6,000 jobs.
In 46 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, at least one in four workers would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, and in 48 rural counties 395,000 workers, or 27 percent of the rural resident workforce, would benefit.
To view county fact sheets showing the local impact of a minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour click here.
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