All of Pennsylvania’s neighbors have raised the minimum wageStaff writer ▼ | March 11, 2016
Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia all have passed legislation to raise their state minimum wage above the federal minimum.
Better living A minimum wage increase would benefit more than 1.2m Pennsylvania workers
"Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced he was raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.15 for all state employees under his jurisdiction — those include about 450 commonwealth workers, as well as all state contractors moving forward.
"While it was an important step, it represents only a small subsection of Pennsylvania’s workforce.
"A minimum wage increase in Pennsylvania would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families.
"A full-time, year-round worker earning the current minimum wage earns less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two.
"Studies have consistently shown that increases in the minimum wage have not reduced the employment of low-wage workers.
The inflation-adjusted hourly earnings of the bottom fifth of Pennsylvania workers are lower today than they were in 1979. The current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has 18 percent less purchasing power than the minimum wage had in 1979." ■