Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order Monday to raise the minimum wage for state employees and contractors to $10.15 – a 40% increase.
The wage hike – part of the Governor’s “Jobs that Pay” initiative – will take effect for all state contracts signed or modified after July 1, Wolf announced.
“Since the beginning of my administration, I have made creating good paying jobs, increasing efficiency and achieving savings in state government top priorities,” Wolf said. “An increase in the minimum wage will achieve efficiency and cost savings for state government, reduce state expenditures on income support programs and give valued employees a well-deserved raise.”
The Governor is also pushing the Legislature to raise the statewide minimum wage, a move that would boost annual revenues by $60 million and benefit 1.2 million Pennsylvanians, Wolf said.
The Keystone State’s current minimum wage – $7.25 – has 18% less purchasing power than it did in 1979, the Wolf Administration said.