State Democrats continue push for $10.10 minimum wage

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Proposals seeking to increase Pennsylvania's minimum hourly wage to as high as $12 continue to circulate in Harrisburg.

Philadelphia Democratic Sen. Christine Tartaglione on Tuesday said she will replace a bill that was targeting a bump to $9 per hour with one that would increase minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.

The latter is in line with President Obama's recent efforts to increase hourly wages.

Minimum wage increases under Senate Bill 1300 would be tied to inflation once the base hourly rate hits $10.10, she said.

"A rising tide lifts all boats," Tartaglione said during a rally. "Pennsylvania's hardworking women and men must have a fairer shake when it comes to paydays. They are drowning today with the paltry $7.25 they make each hour."

Citing a study from the University of California, Berkeley, released last week, Tartaglione said the review shows increases in the base hourly rate might mean small increases in product price but also spark higher worker productivity and have a more positive impact on businesses.

The senator's new proposal would allow municipalities with a higher cost of living to consider a higher minimum wage.

The bill — one of several introduced in Pennsylvania over the last few months — seeks to raise the tipped wage from $2.83 per hour to 70 percent of the regular minimum.

"It's an issue best addressed at the federal level," said Erik Arneson, a spokesman for Senate Republicans.

The Republican majority does not plan to address the minimum wage proposals, he said: "I believe there was one occasion in the past when Pennsylvania moved ahead of the federal government, so that is not without precedent — but it is certainly rare."



bstein said:
KKroon thinks that "nothing a cashier or burger flipper does merit this raise. They are skilless jobs." Really? Does he think he deserves a burger made by people who can't support their families? How incredibly arrogant, insensitive and greedy! Wake up, everyone. The problem with our economy is that the working class and the disappearing middle class don't have enough to spend on goods and products. Raising the minimum wage will help addreess this, and it won't put any of KKronn, Dan Smith or JPeterson's friends out of business. Never has, and won't now.

March 26, 2014 8:34 pm

JPeterson said:
Unbelievable. Simple and straight-forward economic principles are lost on these liberal politicians. Exactly where do they think the extra money to pay the higher wage will come from? The ether?

March 24, 2014 8:11 am

KKroon said:
"A rising tide lifts all boats," Tartaglione said during a rally.

Really? My wage is not going to increase with this bill. My wage will remain the same, but the cost of the stuff I buy will go up. Nothing a cashier or a burger flipper does merits this raise. They are skillless jobs.

March 20, 2014 12:41 pm

Dan Smith said:
Senator Tartaglione is citing a story from the University of California? Their state went bankrupt for a reason... raising the minimum wage will force some small business, such as restaurants, to close who can barely pay their bills now. Not to mention they will begin requiring more work with less employees. So less hiring all around... sounds like ObamaCare all over again!

March 19, 2014 1:03 pm

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