During a discussion at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) mostly lauded Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, while indicating a discussion about raising the minimum wage should happen.
“I think the minimum wage discussion needs to happen,” Corman said.
The current minimum wage in PA is at $7.25 an hour, which is the federal minimum wage. Last month, Wolf renewed his call for an increase in the state minimum wage to $12 an hour effective on July 1, 2019. The Democratic governor’s proposal included a gradual increase by 50 cent increments until it reaches $15 an hour in 2025.
Corman said he met with Senate Minority Chair of Labor and Industry Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) about this issue, although he sees $15 as not plausible.
“Look it’s like anything else, it’s gotta be a reasonable discussion,” Corman said. “$15 is not a reasonable discussion. It’s just not.”
In a statement, his office did not specify a specific a number to start off at, but reiterated his call for those who would like to see an increase to propose a “reasonable plan so we can move this forward.”
Although this statement from Corman does not assure minimum wage advocates that an increase is coming, Tartaglione chimed in on Twitter sharing that the GOP Senate Majority Leader’s comments were “great news” and that she is looking forward to having discussing with him about it.
— Senator Tartaglione (@SenTartaglione) February 25, 2019