Oct. 10, 2014

Legislative Review

On 10/10, push for $10.10 minimum wage continues

As the calendar hits 10/10, House Democrats continue to lead efforts in Pennsylvania to increase the minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour – an amount that would allow thousands of people earning the wage to keep their families out of poverty.

Almost half of the nearly 200,000 people earning the minimum wage or less in Pennsylvania are over 25 years old. Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would boost the earnings of a full-time worker by more than $5,900 to $21,008. For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, this would get her family above the poverty line, which is $19,530 for a household of three.

A majority of Pennsylvania residents support raising the minimum wage, and a growing number of businesses – including small businesses – support the move, as well. Several studies have shown raising the minimum wage does little to hurt jobs but does allow thousands more low-wage workers to escape poverty and contribute to the economy. In fact, in several states and cities that have already raised the minimum wage, job growth is outpacing the national average.

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Patty Kim that would raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $10.10 per hour has been bottled up in committee by House Republicans since it was introduced Dec. 9 last year.

 

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