Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf on
Febuary 8, 2019 held a Raise the Wage rally with legislators and advocacy groups as a reminder that it’s past time to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour.
“Pennsylvania must be a place where hard work is rewarded, but our minimum wage hasn’t changed in a decade and too many hardworking people are struggling to get by.” Wolf Said
“I fought hard in 2006 when we were a leader in raising the minimum wage,” Sen. Hughes said.
Raising the minimum wage to $12 this year would benefit more than one million Pennsylvania workers and their families.” ““Philadelphia is dealing with a 26 percent poverty rate,” said state Rep. Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia House Delegation chairman.
The Philadelphia House Delegation stands behind Governor Wolf in finally raising the minimum wage.
Raising the minimum wage for Philadelphia and for all of Pennsylvania is long overdue.” Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009.
We need more homecare attendants to care for the state’s aging population, but without wages that workers can live on, half of the them will quit less than a year after they start.” Governor Wolf also wants the state to transition to one fair minimum wage for all workers, as tipped workers are currently forced to survive on only $2.83 an hour plus tips.
Pennsylvania’s tipped wage has been unchanged for 21 years, while seven other states have eliminated the subminimal wage for tipped workers.