BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues Call for Raise in Minimum Wage at “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops in Wilkes-Barre and Allentown (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

April 01, 2016

Earlier this month 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.

Yesterday, the Governor visited Simon Arias Agencies in Wilkes-Barre and Parkway Caribbean Restaurant in Allentown to continue his call for Pennsylvania legislators to raise the minimum wage statewide. The increase would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families.

“I am calling on the Pennsylvania House and Senate to pass legislation that increases the minimum wage in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “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.”

Take a look at the additional coverage below:

Times Leader: Wolf: Higher minimum wage good for business, economy

“It’s good business to have a sustainable wage,” [Governor] Wolf said. “I urge the legislature to raise the minimum wage. Pennsylvania has one of the lowest in the U.S.”

Citizens Voice: Wolf promotes minimum wage increase in W-B visit

“Paying a fair wage is not just sound principle from a moral point of view. It’s really good business,” said [Governor] Wolf, who was a businessman in York County before taking office in January 2015. “When we have a fair and decent wage for our workers, we don’t have the turnover. We don’t have the training costs. We have better loyalty. We have higher morale.”

WNEP: Governor Wolf Again Calls for Increase in Minimum Wage

“It’ll do good things for our economy and it’s the right thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do from a business point of view,” said Governor Wolf.

Lehigh Valley Live: Governor visits Allentown in push for minimum wage increase

“It’s a good business practice,” [Governor] Wolf said. “It’s not just good for business, it’s good for Pennsylvania. We increase the minimum wage, we not only increase the compensation for workers, but we increase the consumption dollars for people.”

WFMZ: Governor Wolf in Allentown to pitch minimum wage

“Fair treatment for employees is really important especially when it comes to compensation,” Governor Tom Wolf said…”It’s time for us to make this change, it’s good for our economy, it’s good for business,” Wolf said.

The Morning Call: Governor Wolf visits Allentown to promote minimum wage increase

Governor Tom Wolf visited Allentown Thursday to promote a proposed increase in the state minimum wage with the help of a local business owner. Wolf met with Rose Thomas the owner of Parkway Caribbean on Union Street who favors Wolf’s proposal to set the minimum wage at $10.15 an hour.


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