Governor Tom Wolf is renewing his call to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.
“21 other states raised their minimum wage on Jan. 1st,” Wolf said. “That brings the total states that have a higher minimum wage than Pennsylvania to 29. Raising the minimum salary threshold is the right thing to do for Pennsylvanians working men and women who deserved to be paid fair.”
Wolf has pledged his support for proposed legislation that would raise the minimum wage from its current $7.25 per hour, to $12 per hour. The plan would take effect in July and increase by 50 cents each year until it reaches $15 per hour by the year 2025.
This proposal would give a direct wage increase to one million Pennsylvania residents as well as improve financial stability for many rural and tipped workers.
“Pennsylvanians are worth more than $7.25 per hours,” Wolf said. “So I’m going to continue to fight for a minimum wage until all Pennsylvanians are finally paid life-sustaining wages.”
The state Senate approved a bill in November that would raise the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour with incremental increases to reach that amount beginning in July.