Potential minimum wage bill moved to Senate Appropriations Committee. Please contact members of the committee to support a fair minimum wage:
Recently there was an effort to include an increase in the state minimum wage in the state budget discussions. A bill (SB 199) was moved to the Senate Appropriations Committee, which could have been used as a vehicle to increase the minimum wage during the budget talks. However, when Governor Wolf decided to let the Republican caucuses decide how to raise revenues for the budget, they ignored the option of a higher minimum wage to increase revenues. Wolf had little choice, as last year, the majority Republicans held out for months to maintain control of taxing and revenue decisions.
The good thing is that minimum wage legislation has finally moved out of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee, where it sat for almost two years and is now in the Appropriations Committee. There are few session days left this term for a bill to be passed, but the new committee gives us some hope of movement in the Appropriations Committee. The committee’s chair, Pat Brown of Allentown, has been a long time supporter of a $10.10 minimum wage.
Click here for a list of Appropriation Committee members. If you are in their districts, please let them know that you want immediate action in September to amend and report out of committee SB 199 to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10/hour with a cost of living escalator, an increase in the tipped minimum wage, and the ability for localities to set their own minimum wages.
According to recent polling, 74% of PA voters, including 54% of Republicans, agree that we should raise the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour.
Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would generate over $225 million in revenue for the state budget, according to a new report by the Keystone Research Center. Click here for details.
Principles of Raise the Wage PA
We support an increase in the state and federal minimum wages to at least $10.10 per hour.
We support a cost of living adjustment in any legislation so that the minimum wage keeps pace with inflation.
We oppose a separate minimum wage for tipped workers.
We oppose the preemption of the right of localities to set their own minimum wages in Pennsylvania.
We support a significant increase in fines on employers who engage in wage theft against their employees and strengthening of enforcement efforts.
Contact Raise the Wage PA at 215-557-0822 or firstname.lastname@example.org