Minimum wage increase passes in Pa. Senate; bigger test will come in House

Charles Thompson | Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

The Pennsylvania Senate easily passed a compromise bill Wednesday that would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour over the next two years.

Under the terms of Senate Bill 79, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage would move from $7.25 to $8 per hour on July 1, 2020. It would rise to $8.50 on Jan. 1, 2021; $9 on July 1, 2021; and then take the final step to $9.50 on Jan. 1, 2022.

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Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker opens door to minimum wage deal

Marc Levy | Monday, February 25, 2019, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker is opening the door to raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, but he’s also insisting that Democrats lower their sights.

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said Monday that Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest proposal isn’t reasonable and not worth discussing.

Corman wouldn’t define what he views as a reasonable increase. But he suggests there’s enough Senate Republican support for a more modest increase to bring a bill to the floor.

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Your View: Why Pennsylvania should join neighboring states and raise the minimum wage

David Fillman | Thursday, February 21, 2019, The Morning Call

As lawmakers begin to debate Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2019-20 budget proposal, I would urge them to consider the headlines from some of our neighboring states regarding one of the governor’s top priorities — raising our state’s shameful $7.25 an hour minimum wage:

$15 minimum wage is now coming to New Jersey

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Gov. Wolf renews bid to put Pennsylvania’s minimum wage among highest

Wednesday, January 20, 2019, The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is rolling out a second-term proposal to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage after similar first-term proposals by the Democrat fell flat in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Wolf said Wednesday he wants to raise Pennsylvania’s hourly minimum to $12 this year, making it one of the highest in the nation, with annual 50-cent increases to bring it to $15 an hour in 2025. He says it would boost pay for a million workers and provide savings in programs for the poor.

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Gov. Wolf raises Pa. minimum wage for state employees to $12 per hour, $15 by 2024

Gillian McGoldrick | Monday, July 9, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Harrisburg Bureau

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order last week that raised the minimum wage for employees who work for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and contractors to $12 an hour and established raises each year through 2024.

This order increased the wages of 900 state employees as of July 1 and could affect an unknown number of state contractors as well, according to the state’s Office of Administration.

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Wolf calls on Pennsylvania Legislature to raise minimum wage

Brian C. Rittmeyer | Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is calling on state lawmakers to raise the state’s minimum wage.

In a Wednesday morning tweet on Twitter , Wolf noted that more than half of the states have raise their minimum wage — including all states bordering Pennsylvania.

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Minimum Wage – Executive Order

On March 7, 2016, Governor Wolf signed an executive order that will increase the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to $10.15 per hour for employees of the Commonwealth and of organizations receiving state contracts.

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