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BLOG: It’s Time to Give Pennsylvania’s Workers a Raise (VIDEO)

By: Governor Tom Wolf

March 08, 2016

This week as part of my “Jobs That Pay” initiative, I signed an executive order that ensures all commonwealth employees and employees of organizations that receive state contracts will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour.

An increase in the minimum wage will lead to increases in employee morale, productivity, and quality of work and decreases in turnover and the cost of training and supervision.

I am also calling on Pennsylvania’s House and Senate to pass legislation to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.15 per hour, while tying it to inflation to maintain its purchasing power over time.

The increase would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families. Studies have consistently shown that an increase in the minimum wage does not result in job loss for low-wage workers.

A minimum wage increase to $10.15 per hour supports local businesses, creates new jobs, and would boost state revenue by roughly $60 million annually.

It’s time to give Pennsylvania’s workers a raise.

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