Second time’s a charm for the Governor?
Yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf laid out his proposal to once again raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour on July 1, 2019.
“Pennsylvania must be a place where hard work is rewarded. But our minimum wage hasn’t changed in a decade and too many hardworking people are struggling to get by,” Wolf said. “Raising the minimum wage lets people afford the basics, like food, rent and transportation.
Wolf made calls to raise the minimum wage in his first term, but was unsuccessful.
The current minimum wage in PA is at $7.25 an hour, which is the federal minimum wage.
It’s time to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Today I proposed my plan.
July 1, 2019: $7.25 ➡️ $12
2020: ⬆️ $12.50
2021: ⬆️ $13
2022: ⬆️ $13.50
2023: ⬆️ $14
2024: ⬆️ $14.50
2025: ⬆️ $15
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 30, 2019
Wolf’s proposal would increase the state’s minimum wage up to $12 an hour effective the beginning of this July, while the rate gradually increases by 50 cents until it reaches $15 an hour in 2025.
“It also lets people work their way off of public assistance rather than having taxpayers subsidizing employers that are paying poverty wages,” Wolf said. “One fair wage saves tax dollars, grows the middle class and creates new customers for businesses, which benefits all of us.”
Each state bordering Pennsylvania has a minimum wage above the federal minimum, but Wolf’s call for $15 an hour by 2025 would make it tied with New Jersey as the highest in the region. New Jersey recently became the fourth state in the nation that has raised the wage to gradually increase to $15 an hour.
House Speaker Mike Turzai’s office did not immediately respond to comment on the Governor’s proposal.