The Update: What’s Going on in Harrisburg and DC – March 31, 2023



This week, senior research associate, Claire Kovach, testified before the Democratic Policy Committee on why it’s long past time we raised the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Take a look below at her testimony about who in Pennsylvania would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by January 1, 2024.


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Testimony for the PA House Democratic Policy Committee Hearing: Raise the Wage

Claire Kovach | 03/27/2023 | Testimony
The Pennsylvania and U.S. minimum wages have remained at $7.25 per hour since July of 2009. Meanwhile, every state that borders Pennsylvania has a higher minimum wage, and many in the northeast region and Maryland have reached, or are on paths to reach, $15 per hour soon. The buying power of the minimum wage has plummeted in the almost 14 years since it was last increased in Pennsylvania and is now worth less in real (inflation-adjusted) terms than at any point since 1956. Thirty states and Washington, DC, have already responded to calls to raise the minimum wage above the national level, helping struggling families pay for groceries, rent, utilities, and other necessities.

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Support Governor Shapiro’s Effort to Raise the Wage PA’s minimum wage hasn’t been raised in 14 years and is still a dismal $7.25 and $2.83 for tipped workers. I just wrote a letter with @pawethepeople asking my legislator to raise the wage to $15 and to allow local governments to raise it higher. Join me in taking action and send one now!

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