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February 22, 2015
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Dems Mounting Campaign to Up State's Minimum Wage

Democrats are mounting a campaign to increase the state’s minimum wage to as much as $10.10 an hour, giving Pennsylvania the highest statewide rate in the country.
Only the District of Columbia, scheduled to increase to $11.50 an hour in July 2016, would have a higher minimum wage.

Not all Democrats are as enthusiastic about the $2.85 per hour raise, and one Republican, Sen. Scott Wagner of York County, has proposed boosting pay to $8.75 an hour by 2017.
State Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer County, said the economy has recovered, but wages haven’t kept pace. “It is time we increase the minimum wage,” he said.
But Longietti said he’d rather see an increase in the federal minimum wage, now $7.25 an hour.

He also expressed discomfort about setting a wage higher than those of Pennsylvania’s neighbors, including Ohio, which will use a $8.15 per hour minimum wage this year.
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia now have minimum wages above the federal level, including all of Pennsylvania’s neighbors. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is currently tied to the federal rate, which has not changed since 2009.

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Dems Mounting Campaign to Up State's Minimum Wage
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