to Raise the State’s Minimum Wage
18, 2013- Howard Ondick
Philadelphia lawmaker is pushing her legislation that would raise the minimum
wage in Pennsylvania to $9 an hour by 2015.
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.
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.
Tartaglione says her legislation is aimed at improving the buying power of
minimum wage workers in the state.
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.
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.