A Million Reasons For PA Minimum-Wage Hike
2014- Tom Joseph
- The impact of a minimum-wage hike in Pennsylvania would benefit more than 1
million workers from all areas of the state, according to a new report from the
Keystone Research Center. KRC Labor Economist Mark Price co-authored the study.
He says boosting the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 would have
a major ripple effect from one end of Pennsylvania to the other.
that million, roughly 340,000 of the people who would benefit from this
minimum-wage increase live in the state's rural areas," Price says.
"Those folks represent about 23 percent of the rural workforce, and that's
a greater share than you would find in the state's urban areas."
says the prospects of a boost in Pennsylvania's minimum wage are well received
because the idea makes good business sense.
growing people's earnings from work, and they're going to take that extra money
and they're going to pay a bill they've been putting off, get their car
repaired, maybe just take their family out for a nice meal. That spending then
filters out to the local economy," he explains.
adds that the reality of people struggling financially is one many people can
talking about your neighbors, people in your family, so this is a common
experience. That's why when debates about the minimum wage come up, these
policies to raise the minimum wage are broadly popular," he points out,
"popular among Democrats and Republicans."
terms of value, Price says, today's minimum wage is 23 percent lower than it
was in 1968, when adjusted for inflation. The result of a minimum-wage hike,
the report shows, is that about 50,000 workers would be financially better off
in each of Bucks and Lancaster counties and the Harrisburg and Scranton metros.
More than 113,000 would benefit in Philadelphia, and in excess of 200,000 would
be helped in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas.