BLOG: 70 Percent of Pennsylvanians Want to #RaiseTheWage
By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary
March 10, 2016
A February 2014 survey of Pennsylvanians found that 70 percent supported raising the state’s minimum wage above $7.25, including a majority of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
That 2014 survey and another in October 2015 found that more than half of those surveyed would support raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour or more.
Business owners also support a minimum wage increase: a poll of small business employers found that 67 percent of them in the Northeast supported raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
This week, as part of his “Jobs That Pay” initiative, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order that ensures employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour. Governor Tom Wolf is now visiting business across the state who already pay above minimum wage to call upon Pennsylvania legislators to pass a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvania workers.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) March 8, 2016
The governor’s 2016-17 Budget proposes 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.
— Jeffrey Sheridan (@jeffreysheridan) March 8, 2016
Increasing minimum wage helps low workers (by increasing their take-home pay), employers (by increasing productivity) and businesses (by increasing purchasing power of consumers).
For all of these reasons, Americans and Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support raising the minimum wage. Now it is time for the General Assembly to step forward and meet their call.
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