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Why It's Time to Raise the Minimum Wage

Senator Vincent Hughes and Senator Christine Tartaglione


Senator Hughes remarks on Minimum Wage- Watch Video
Sen. Vincent Hughes Remarks on Minimum Wage

I’m happy to announce that I’m joining with State Senator Christine Tartaglione to push for an increase in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. We recently joined together at a press conference to announce the details of the legislation.

Currently, the state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. I do not believe that is enough. People who work full-time should not be trapped in poverty, which is the reality of our current law.

Here are the top five reasons to support increasing the minimum wage:
  1. It’s good for working families. The current minimum wage is not enough to support a family, especially in urban areas. Female workers with children tend to make less than male workers, which is why raising the minimum wage is a family friendly policy.

  2. It’s good for the economy. The economic recovery would be helped if workers had more money to spend. Boosting the minimum wage will mean greater demand for goods and services.

  3. It lifts people out of poverty. The current full-time minimum wage worker makes just $14,500 per year. That means thousands of workers are trapped in poverty, which the federal government defines as being $15,510 for a single parent with one child. Increasing the minimum wage would help address this problem and our legislation would boost that annual salary to $18,720.

  4. It would be a tool for racial justice. People of color are more likely to work minimum wage jobs because of discrimination in the workforce. According to the Center for American Progress, African-Americans and Latinos make up 42 percent of minimum wage workers.

  5. The people of Pennsylvania support it. According to a Gallup Poll from March of 2013, 72 percent of PA residents support increasing the minimum wage.

Our legislation would increase the minimum wage from $7.25/hr to $9.00/hr by January 1st, 2015. The minimum wage would then be tied to inflation, increasing along with prices. It would never drop.

We are also proposing raising the tipped wage, which is the minimum wage for workers like waiters and waitresses. The tipped wage is currently just $2.83/hr and has not been increased since 1998. Our legislation would increase it to $4.83/hr by January 14th, 2014. The tipped wage would then automatically be 70 percent of the minimum wage going forward.

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State Senators From Philadelphia Once Again Call For Minimum Wage Increase

By Mike Dunn, Reporter @ KYW News Radio

September 18, 2013 — Two state lawmakers from Philadelphia say they’ll try once again to convince colleagues to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, despite the failure of past proposals. They unveiled the latest effort Tuesday at City Hall.

State senators Tina Tartaglione and Vince Hughes are now pushing a measure to raise the current Pennsylvania minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour by the start of 2015. » Continue Reading

Seven in 10 support raising the minimum wage, Gallup poll says

By Ron Southwick, Reporter @ Harrisburg Patriot-News

March 7, 2013 — Raising the minimum wage has ignited an intense debate in Washington and on Main Street, but a new Gallup poll finds broad support nationwide.

Seven in 10 Americans say they would raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour if they were given a vote, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday. The poll found 71 percent support lifting the minimum wage and 27 percent oppose it. » Continue Reading

Just How Much Will a Fast Food Wage Increase Cost?

By Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of Keystone Research Center

September 11, 2013 — In The State of Working Pennsylvania 2013, we said that substantially raising the wages of fast food workers — to roughly $15 per hour — could put Pennsylvania and the nation back on the path to shared prosperity. Capitolwire suggested in an August 29 Under the Dome brief (subscription required) that people would end up paying “a lot more” for their Big Macs and eating out at other restaurants. Yes, it would cost a bit more initially but not nearly as much as Capitolwire suggested. And it could lower costs in the long run. Let me explain.

For starters, there are immediate offsetting economic benefits for an employer like McDonalds taking a high road approach on wages. Experience shows that employers get back a substantial portion of a wage increase in the form of higher worker productivity and savings from lower staff turnover. » Continue Reading

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Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
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