Minimum Wage Increase Bill Advances in PA Legislature
Harrisburg, PA (WENY)-- After years without raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, a Bill to do just that is gaining traction in the legislature.
The Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate Bill 79 Wednesday evening. This Bill would raise the state’s minimum wage $2.25 over the next three years. It would start with an increase to $8.00 per hour on July 1st, 2020. It would then increase to $8.50 on January 1st, 2021, $9.00 on July 1st, 2021, and $9.50 on January 1st, 2022. Those who have been pushing to eventually raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour say this is a start, but the fight isn’t over.
“Is the glass half full or is it half empty? I’m going to have to say it’s half full. But this is halftime in the game of minimum wage. This is just a break. We’re down by 5 dollars and 50 cents. So let’s take a little break, get a breather, celebrate our mini success, but we’re going to go hard after halftime,” says Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin).
Senate Bill 79 now heads over to the House for consideration. The House may take it up when they return from recess in December, but it’s also possible this legislation won’t get a vote on the House floor until 2020.