Raise the Wage PA Applauds Governor Wolf’s Decision to Raise Minimum Wage for State Workers and Contractors

Press Advisory

For more information contact John Dodds 215-557-0822 ext.102 or 267-975-4706

Raise the Wage PA, a state wide coalition of over 60 organizations, applauds Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to raise the minimum wage for state workers and those employed under state contracts.

“The Governor’s action is appropriate in light of the resistance of Republican committees to move legislation to raise the minimum wage for all Pennsylvania workers” said John Dodds, Director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project on behalf of the coalition.  “Legislation to increase the state minimum wage has been blocked in House and Senate Labor and Industry committees for well over a year.”

1.2 million PA workers would get a raise if legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour were enacted.  Recent research by the Keystone Research Center has shown that such a raise would generate $225 million for the state budget.

The Raise the Wage PA coalition has been advocating for a minimum wage increase for well over a year in PA. The coalition is sponsoring a Week of Action for a Fair Minimum Wage, the week of March 13 2016, where people in 13 PA communities will demand action to raise the state minimum wage to at least $10.10, including for tipped workers, with a cost of living escalator.