Gov. Corbett’s Minimum Wage Comment Ignores
Plight of Low-Income Working Women and Men
16, 2013- Howard Ondick
A Philadelphia lawmaker says Gov. Corbett’s opposition to raising the minimum
wage in Pennsylvania is ignoring the plight of low-income working women and men
trying to make ends meet.
Tina Tartaglione of Philadelphia, the Democratic Chair of the Senate Labor
& Industry Committee, is sponsoring legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s
Corbett’s revelation that he is against raising the minimum wage because he is
worried about its affect on the economy is another example of how this governor
is only worried about the rich, said Senator Tartaglione, the state’s leading
minimum wage advocate.
have been making record profits on the backs of hundreds of thousands of
Pennsylvania residents who have not had a pay raise in nearly five years,”
“Meanwhile, countless executives have enjoyed
increases and bonuses every year that have equaled far more than $1.75/hour.
“Why does this governor think giving
hardworking men and women another $70 a week is going to hurt the economy? The
answer is woven in all of the other actions he’s taken since his election.
Whether it is his historic $1 billion cut in basic education funding, his
Scrooge-like welfare cuts, or his lack of investments in job creation programs
to get people back to work, this governor has proven time and again that he
doesn’t believe the people who make this economy run are worth it.”
told the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader on Friday that he “always worries about
changing the dynamic when we’re starting to come out of the (recession).”
unemployed Pennsylvanians – and even our neighbors who have found work but are
working two or three minimum-wage jobs to try and make ends meet – the Great
Recession continues,” said Tartaglione.
“Multi-billion dollar corporations are paying
their employees poverty-level wages and it is flat wrong,” she said. Tartaglione sponsored Senate Bill 858 to
raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $9/hour by 2015. She has
also crafted legislation to increase the minimum hourly rate for tipped
employees to 70 percent of the regular minimum wage. The tipped minimum has
been $2.83/hour since 1999.
many more holidays are our dedicated and committed workers going to have to
suffer through wondering if they’re going to have enough money to buy food and
pay their rent, let alone by a present for a loved one?” Tartaglione asked. “This
Scrooge mentality has got to go.