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Gov. Wolf Pressing for Minimum Wage Increase

Today Governor Wolf renewed his call to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour.

“Right now our minimum wage across the commonwealth is not a livable wage,” said Gov. Wolf.

Governor Wolf is seeking an increase to $12 per hour on July 1st, with annual increases of $0.50 until reaching $15 per hour on July 1, 2027.

“Since the last time minimum wage was increased it’s purchasing power has dropped by nearly 17%,” he said.

This news received a mixture of opinions from local leaders.

Clearfield County Commissioner John Sobel said increasing minimum wage will have a negative impact on local businesses.

“Employers are going to raise prices to cover increased costs which will be passed over to consumers,” said Sobel.

County Commissioner Tony Scotto, who’s also a business owner agrees.

“I don’t think it’s a good situation for us right now especially with all of the economic impact that COVID has had,” said Scotto.

Meanwhile, County Commissioner Dave Glass said there isn’t a one size approach to this but something has to change.

“There’s no way to live on $7.25 even I’ve also been a small business owner and I was hiring people at $12 or $13 [an hour],” Glass said.

State leaders also expressed their opinions on this call.

Jason Gottesman, Press Secretary to the House Majority Leader, released this statement that said in part, “Mandating a minimum wage increase in the middle of a pandemic would only do more to hurt Pennsylvania’s chances at a meaningful economic recovery, make it more difficult for Pennsylvania workers to support their families, and unfairly target small businesses with more government-mandated costs.”

Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. released this statement that said, “At a time when small businesses are dying and closing their doors, this Governor’s out-of-touch proposed budget includes increasing taxes and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. That is not the answer. We need to be working to get small businesses safely reopened – not imposing additional taxes and costs.”

While we’re unsure when a resolution will happen, Gov. Wolf said increasing minimum wage can benefit over one million Pennsylvanians.

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