Minimum wage could be going up in Pennsylvania, if some House Democrats have their way.


New legislation would raise the hourly wage to $9 per hour. That number would climb to $10.10 per hour after the first year.


Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017, and each year after, the rate would be determined by the cost of living adjustment.


Erie-area lawmakers, including Rep. Pat Harkins (D-Pa.), who represents the 1st Legislative District, supports the increase. He is a co-sponsor of House Bill 250, which would raise the commonwealth's minimum wage for the first time since it reached its current level of $7.25 in 2009.


"It reduces inequality and it boosts productivity," Harkins said. "The more spending that you have in the economy, the better that it is for all parties involved. It moves the economy and it moves the country."


In addition to hourly wage workers, tipped employees would make more money, as well. The bill requires employers to pay 50 percent of their minimum wage.


Harkins said the legislation would benefit not only the estimated 190,000 Pennsylvanians making minimum wage, but also businesses and local economies.


The Legislature's bill comes during a time when major retailers, including Walmart, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls are increasing minimum wage for their own employees.