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Minimum Wage in Pa. Going Up Up Up?

Last month, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation raising the minimum wage for city contract and subcontract workers to $12 an hour.

Another day, another dollar.

But should Pennsylvania's working men and women be earning a few more dollars an hour?

Last month, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed legislation raising the minimum wage for city contract and subcontract workers to $12 an hour.

The minimum wage for everyone else in Pennsylvania is $7.25 an hour -- for now.

Legislation before the state Senate Labor and Industry would incrementally raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by January 2016.

Senate Bill 1300, sponsored by state Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia), would first raise minimum wage to $8.20 an hour on July 1; then to $9.50 an hour on Jan. 1, 2015; and finally up to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2016.

Critics say that raising the state's minimum wage will cause businesses to cut jobs and hours. Tartaglione says that's not so.

“To the critics who say an increase in the minimum wage will hurt the economy: you are wrong,” she told WSEA. “Studies and history show that increases in the minimum have very little to no impact on the economy.”

Would you support a significant raise of Pennsylvania's minimum wage?

Country1st June 02, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Good -- I'm glad the minimum is increasing -- and it should BEFORE 2016. You do realize that @ $7.25/hour -- a FT year round employee is making $15K a year -- that's well below poverty. You look at WalMart -- whose FT employees -- on average -- are making $14K a year. Then WM management encourages them to sign up for welfare benefits -- and WE, the People end up paying out >$3BILLION in direct welfare benefits to WMart FT employees. While WMart CEO and senior management are making >$25MM a year. So we're SUBSIDIZING Walmart. It's enough. When CEO salaries have increased over 380X that of the 'average' worker over the last 30 years -- you know that something's wrong.
Frank Powell June 02, 2014 at 11:43 AM
My lowest paid worker makes 14.00 per hour part time to hand polish metal and I make fair money from their labors. Businesses that can't afford to pay fair wages do not deserve to exist! Period!
mark wood June 02, 2014 at 12:12 PM
how can you tell when you dumb as a box of rocks? you think, (thats a mistake to outcome, no child, and commoncore grads)try a 10 dollar Mcdonalds burg, morons, then your brain will say, we need more pay. low and slow leaners will never understand, NEVER, so like the article says, " yes increase the wage" and the first thing I will do is FIRE a odummer voter..and country first has got to be a new national socialist party, its called Liberal, moron.. not a reader of history? not surprised, you really think in that really small mind, that wage increase is the cure all? DUH! Your master was in poverty when in college now he is a multi-multi millionaire, and all you think about is minimum wage? How in the hell did he get his millions idiots? HOW!!!
mark wood June 02, 2014 at 12:14 PM
it will be a great day when your master blames everybody but him when gas is 10 bucks a gal. slow learners, stop voting, your killing the country....
dwayne roberson June 03, 2014 at 06:42 AM
I have no doubt politicians will promote the minimum wage canard. Public sector can pull it off on the backs of the taxpayer. In the private sector however entry level jobs all but disappear and unemployment accelerates. How have these people been helped when what they need most is a JOB? Not to mention most of government policy like this and QE2, QE3 are contributing to hyper-inflation. Politicians will applaud themselves about this emotionally, but in reality they have robbed people the ability to find work, be productive and learn to work beyond entry level.

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