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Proposal to Raise the State’s Minimum Wage

September 18, 2013- Howard Ondick
PHILADELPHIA- A Philadelphia lawmaker is pushing her legislation that would raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $9 an hour by 2015.

Tina Tartaglione of Philadelphia was joined today at a Philadelphia City Hall news conference by state lawmakers and public advocates to push for legislative approval of her legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage in Pennsylvania from the current $7.25 an hour to $7.75 an hour this year, $8.25 an hour next year, and to $9 an hour in 2015. The bill also calls for an annual cost-of-living adjustment in the minimum wage after 2015. That’s Senate Bill 858 which was introduced last April and has been awaiting action by the Senate Labor & Industry Committee.

She’s also introducing Senate Bill 1099 which would raise the state’s $2.83 an hour minimum wage for employees who earn tips such as food servers. The tipped minimum wage would increase one dollar this year, another dollar to $4.83 an hour in 2014, and to 70% of the base minimum wage in 2015 which would bring it to about $6.30 an hour. The tipped minimum wage would also be tied to a cost-of-living increase in future years.

Senator Tartaglione says her legislation is aimed at improving the buying power of minimum wage workers in the state.

Senator Tartaglione was the prime sponsor of legislation that was signed into law in 2006, boosting the state minimum wage from $5.35 an hour to $7.15 an hour. The federal minimum wage was increased to the current $7.25 an hour in 2009.

Senate Bill 858 has one dozen cosponsors however no Senate Republicans have signed onto the bill. Senate Bill 1099 has not yet been officially introduced but will be shortly.

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