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All of Pennsylvania’s neighbors have raised the minimum wage

Staff writer |
Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia all have passed legislation to raise their state minimum wage above the federal minimum.

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"We already know that 70 percent of Pennsylvanians support raising the minimum wage — but did you know legislatures in all of our neighboring states have already raised the wage?" writes Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary from Governor Tom Wolf's office.

"Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced he was raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.15 for all state employees under his jurisdiction — those include about 450 commonwealth workers, as well as all state contractors moving forward.

"While it was an important step, it represents only a small subsection of Pennsylvania’s workforce.

"A minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families.

"A full-time, year-round worker earning the current minimum wage earns less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two.

"Studies have consistently shown that increases in the minimum wage have not reduced the employment of low-wage workers.

The inflation-adjusted hourly earnings of the bottom fifth of Pennsylvania workers are lower today than they were in 1979. The current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has 18 percent less purchasing power than the minimum wage had in 1979."

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