Pennsylvania (WPMT) — Governor Tom Wolf is renewing his call to raise the minimum wage with a plan that would implement $12 an hour by July 1, 2020 and $15 an hour by 2026.
Pennsylvania’s minimum wage currently stands at $7.25, which is also the federal minimum wage. The yearly salary with a $7.25 minimum wage would stand just over $15,000.
The General Assembly discussed a proposal last year that would bring the minimum wage to $9.50.
“There’s momentum to finally raise the wage, but momentum in the Capitol doesn’t put food on the table in workers’ homes,” said Governor Wolf. “Too many workers are still struggling to get by because Pennsylvania hasn’t raised the minimum wage in more than a decade. The cost of living goes up and Pennsylvanians wait as 29 other states, including all of our neighbors, raised the minimum wage for their workers.”
Pennsylvania’s minimum wage saw its last increase in 2009. In his statement, the Governor said 29 states have a higher minimum wage than Pennsylvania and 21 states are increasing the wage floor this year.
The Governor’s plan calls for $12 an hour with 50 cent increases each year that would total to $15 an hour by 2026. The Governor claims under the plan nearly 93,000 adults will leave Medicaid and the workers will generate more than $300 million in state tax revenue in 2026.
The Governor is also calling for new overtime rules to be approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission January 31st that would overtime pay to most full-time salaried workers in executive, administrative, and professional jobs if they make less than $45,500 by 2022.
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