Governor Tom Wolf is continuing his push to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

“We are literally surrounded by states that are giving minimum wage workers a better deal,” said Gov. Wolf. “It's embarrassing."

During his final budget address, Gov. Wolf called on the General Assembly to raise minimum wage to $15.00 an hour.

Pennsylvania's minimum wage currently stands at $7.25 an hour and has not been increased in 13 years.

Gov. Wolf proposes an increase to $12.00 an hour this July, followed by annual increases of 50 cents until the minimum wage reaches $15.00 an hour in 2028.

"It's time to do the right thing,” said Gov. Wolf. “It's time to do the smart thing. It's time to raise our minimum wage.”

According to Shirley's Restaurant owner Lynn Fogel, it's not that simple.

"I've been through three minimum wages in my lifetime,” said Fogle. “All it does, it's a direct reflection of inflation.”

Fogle says the pandemic is already forcing most restaurants and businesses to pay well above the current minimum wage.

“For 42 years, I ran the Burger Kings in Erie, I ran the Taco Bells,” said Fogle. “Most people do not make minimum wage. They're not at $7.35 an hour. Nobody ever talks about that. My lowest employee here, is $10.00 an hour.”

By more than doubling the minimum wage, Fogle says the extra costs will be passed on to the customer.

"I think there should be two wages,” said Fogle. “A student wage, and then maybe a living wage, because 16, 17, even people in college, their needs might be completely different."

Brewerie at Union Station owner Chris Sirianni says there needs to be balance in raising the minimum wage.

"I think anybody reasonable knows that minimum wage needs to be raised,” said Sirianni. “It should have been raised all along. $15.00 is a bit steep, even gradually, so I think you need to really take a look and see what is sustainable."

In 2022, a total of 25 states raised their minimum wage.