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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Gov. Wolf Leads Rally to Raise the Wage in Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today held a Raise the Wage rally with legislators and advocacy groups as a reminder that it’s past time to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour. The boost in pay would enable tens of thousands of people to work their way off of public assistance, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and growing the economy for everyone.

“I’ve said it before, I’ll say it today, and I’ll keep saying it – it’s past time that we raise the wage in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Pennsylvania must be a place where hard work is rewarded, but our minimum wage hasn’t changed in a decade and too many hardworking people are struggling to get by. We must raise the wage.”

Governor Wolf was joined by Mayor Jim Kenney, Sens. Christine Tartaglione and Vince Hughes, Representative Jason Dawkins, and representatives of Raise the Wage and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, among many others, at the Frankford Transportation Center in northeast Philadelphia.

“I fought hard in 2006 when we were a leader in raising the minimum wage,” Sen. Hughes said. “Doubters said it wouldn’t happen, but we beat the odds and won. I believe we can secure victory once again and pave a better path for Pennsylvanians. It is unacceptable for our commonwealth to continue with a minimum wage that, by law, drives people into poverty.”

“Let’s be clear about the people who we’re going to help by raising the minimum wage,” said Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, “It’s not just the teenagers who work at fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and other part-time, entry level jobs. The overwhelming majority of those who would see their paychecks get bigger – 90 percent in fact – are in their 20s or older. And half of them are full-time workers. On average, these folks earn more than half of their family’s total income. Raising the minimum wage to $12 this year would benefit more than one million Pennsylvania workers and their families.”

““Philadelphia is dealing with a 26 percent poverty rate,” said state Rep. Jason Dawkins, Philadelphia House Delegation chairman. “There are many families that are working minimum wage jobs and having difficulty making ends meet. We need to change this. The Philadelphia House Delegation stands behind Governor Wolf in finally raising the minimum wage. The increase would enable thousands of working class and poor families to transition out of poverty. Raising the minimum wage for Philadelphia and for all of Pennsylvania is long overdue.”

Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009. Over the decade, 29 states, including all our neighboring states, have raised the wage floor for their workers.
The governor’s proposal raises the wage to $12 an hour on July 1, 2019, with gradual 50 cent increases until reaching $15 an hour in 2025. New Jersey recently became the fourth state on a pathway to a $15 minimum wage.

When workers are paid fairly, fewer people will need public assistance. At $12 an hour, nearly 17,000 adults will leave Medicaid next year and another 51,000 the following year. A portion of the savings will be re-invested to provide at least a $12 minimum wage for workers providing Department of Human Services-supported childcare and home care for seniors and people with disabilities.

With workers earning more and leaving the public safety net, taxpayers will save $36 million in Medicaid costs next year and $119 million the following year. The savings are achieved without raising taxes or increasing the size of government.

“I’ve been a homecare worker for 15 years and I love it, but the work is extremely challenging,” said Lolita Owens. “I don’t make enough to survive on my own. We need more homecare attendants to care for the state’s aging population, but without wages that workers can live on, half of the them will quit less than a year after they start.”

Governor Wolf also wants the state to transition to one fair minimum wage for all workers, as tipped workers are currently forced to survive on only $2.83 an hour plus tips. Tipping would continue, but workers, typically women, would not have to rely solely on consumers. Tipped workers are twice as likely to live in poverty compared with the overall workforce, and nearly half rely on public assistance. Pennsylvania’s tipped wage has been unchanged for 21 years, while seven other states have eliminated the subminimal wage for tipped workers.

Last year the governor put a similar plan into action for state workers. In June, he signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for employers under his jurisdiction to $12 an hour on July 1, 2018. The wage will gradually rise to $15 an hour in 2025.

“Raising the minimum wage lets people afford the basics, like food, rent and transportation, and saves each of us who are currently paying for their public benefits because their employers don’t pay them enough,” Gov. Wolf said. “Raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is the right thing to do.”


Anonymous said...

Does this mean people already above $12 will be compensated for the 65.5% increase mostly not which is Bullsh**

Captain Obvious said...

Want to make more then minimum wage change your skill set.

Anonymous said...

How about jumping to $10. per hour and 50 cents per hour until they reach $ 12 per hour minimum .

Anonymous said...

"The boost in pay would enable tens of thousands of people to work their way off of public assistance".

Why work when politicians force hardworking Taxpayers to give them free medical, housing, food, transportation, etc.?

Anonymous said...

raising minimum wage will just increase gas, elec, food etc. businesses will have to compensate for the increase in the labor rates, it's just a big circle.

Anonymous said...

Do you think that when your making more money,your landlord is not gonna want a piece of it and double rent??
The grocery store owner is going to want some. The contractor is going to eant some,soon your making more but still in poverty . All you acomplish is putting small buisness owners and their workers in the unemployment line.

Anonymous said...

In places that have raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour the effects have been positive for all party involved. To many people never take the time to learn the facts they are to busy buying the BS spread by the GOP and the 1%

Anonymous said...

Ask the people of New York what effect it has had ln them. Example prices at some fast food places has more than doubled so that the place of business can keep their doors open. There are no REAL winners when minimum wage increases. Just my thought.

Anonymous said...

Odd that a Democrat wants to find a way to stop the progress made by Trump.will the people that worked their way up to $12 dollars also be compensated for their work ethic?or just wake up and lose all that they have gained through their effort and commitment? Who gives a rats behind about Philadelphia!

Anonymous said...

What better way to cause inflation then to raise minimum wage

DER said...

2:32 everyone you just listed is a working part of society and should get paid for there labor.

Anonymous said...

Raise the minimum wage. Its A Long time overdue for those of us who would rather work then sit on our butts wanting handouts

Anonymous said...

So Wolf is going to drive small businesses out of business. Because they will have to raise prices and cut back employees hours and employees. Wolf is determine to ruin our state one way or another. Quit paying for illegal immigrants bills maybe the state will have less debt.

Anonymous said...

Didn't he say he was going to raise taxes too. Small business owner in most places in PA aren't rich. Most workers in the state aren't rich. I think multi million Wolf is out of touch with the people of PA.

Anonymous said...

Minimum wage is intended for minimally skilled workers. If your older than 19 and making minimum wage you're either working part time, or working a job with little possibility of reasonable advancement. The notion that people working at Sheetz should earn $15/hour for their first day on the job is ludicrous.

This mindset breeds mediocrity. Don't we have enough of that in our society?
It won't lift anybody out of poverty that wouldn't have lifted themselves out regardless.

Anonymous said...

Never saw so many complaints about trying to help lift people up. Its ridiculous, people deserve fir wages, especially with the cost of everything.

Bill said...

They do get paid for their labor...but now they have to increase their prices to compensate paying their's a vicious cycle that raising a wage won't fix. Look at the American auto worker. They make crazy wages thus being the reason your new Chevy truck cost more than you paid for your house.

Anonymous said...

You are over looking the real reason politicians are
pushing for higher hourly wages.

There will be some employees who see an increase in income.
There will be some employees who will lose their jobs so
the employer can remain in business.
There will be some employees who will lose their jobs due
to businesses closing.
There will be some consumer buying power lost due to
prices being increased to cover the wages. This will
especially effect the elderly on fixed incomes.

But look at who benefits most......Government.
I have included the Employer's SS/Medicare contribution
since that is what the government gets.
US Standard deduction for Single Filer $12,000
US Standard deduction for Married Filer $24,000

The employees pay much higher taxes, the buying power
goes down, but the government tax income increases

SINGLE ($12,000 ded)
Rate      Gross      Net(taxable)     US taxes US SS/Med PA Tax
$7.25 $15,080           $3,080          $308      $2,307      $462
$12      $24,960      $12,960          $1,367      $3,818      $766
$15      $31,200      $19,200           $2,111      $4,773      $957

MARRIED ($24,000 ded)
Rate      Gross      Net(taxable) US taxes US SS/Med PA Tax
$7.25 $15,080           $0                $0               $2,307      $462
$12      $24,960      $960                $96           $3,818      $766
$15      $31,200      $7,200           $723           $4,773      $957