Governor Tom Wolf announced today a plan to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage over the next few years from $7.25 to $15 per hour.
The plan is to raise minimum wage in July to $12 per hour and then increase by 50 cents until reaching $15 per hour in 2025. The increase will be for all workers, proposing to get rid of the tipped minimum wage. Tip workers will still be able to get tips, but they will get the same minimum wage as all other workers in the state.
Governor Wolf stated that polls show that 7 our of 10 Pennsylvania residents want a raise to minimum wage.
"When 1 million Pennsylvanians finally get a wage increase as a result of this proposal, it will help families" Governor Wolf said "It's gonna help our customers and all of our business because they're gonna have more money to spend in the businesses that are out there."
Senator Christine Tartaglione, Democratic chair of the Labor and Industry Committee, will be championing the proposal in the Senate. The plan is not definite until it is passed in the Senate.
Governor Wolf compared Pennsylvania to other states with higher minimum wages. "simply put, Pennsylvanians are working hard, but earning less." Wolf said on the comparison.