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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