Advocates, Lawmakers Push for Minimum Wage Increase in PA
Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are wasting no time where they left off before summer break: fighting to increase minimum wage.
Advocacy group We The People rallied with Democratic lawmakers in the Harrisburg today to call on the Legislature to pass a Bill increasing the minimum wage. It’s currently sitting at $7.25 per hour, the lowest allowed by federal law. Minimum wage hasn’t been raised in Pennsylvania since 2009 when the federal Government raised it.
Advocates say the current minimum wage isn’t a living wage, and too many people are struggling to make ends meet because of that. House Bill 1215 would raise the minimum wage immediately, and would set tipped wage to the same level.
“$15 an hour would raise up about 2 million people in Pennsylvania. This doesn’t require more taxes, it actually saves the Commonwealth more money, and best of all, it will improve the lives of so many,” says Representative Patty Kim (D-Dauphin).
Representative Kim is one of the Bill’s sponsors. House Bill 1215 would increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour, and would increase each year until it reaches $15 per hour.