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$10.10 minimum wage: State Democrats continue legislative push

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Proposals seeking to increase Pennsylvania's minimum hourly wage to as high as $12 continue to circulate in Harrisburg.

Philadelphia Democratic Sen. Christine Tartaglione on Tuesday said she will replace a bill that was targeting a bump to $9 per hour with one that would increase minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.

The latter is in line with President Obama’s recent efforts to increase hourly wages.

Minimum wage increases under Senate Bill 1300 would be tied to inflation once the base hourly rate hits $10.10, she said.

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” Tartaglione said during a rally. “Pennsylvania’s hardworking women and men must have a fairer shake when it comes to paydays. They are drowning today with the paltry $7.25 they make each hour.”

Citing a study from the University of California, Berkeley, released last week, Tartaglione said the review shows increases in the base hourly rate might mean small increases in product price but also spark higher worker productivity and have a more positive impact on businesses.

The senator’s new proposal would allow municipalities with a higher cost of living to consider a higher minimum wage.

The bill — one of several introduced in Pennsylvania over the last few months — seeks to raise the tipped wage from $2.83 per hour to 70 percent of the regular minimum.

“It’s an issue best addressed at the federal level,” said Erik Arneson, a spokesman for Senate Republicans.

The Republican majority does not plan to address the minimum wage proposals, he said: “I believe there was one occasion in the past when Pennsylvania moved ahead of the federal government, so that is not without precedent — but it is certainly rare.”

John Hilton

John Hilton

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Nicholas Lamb said:
Why so stingy with other people's money?! Why not make the minimum wage $25/hr., or $100/hr.? That would surely lift a lot of boats!

Let me just say that forcing employers to pay wages higher than an employee's added value is a sure fire way to make sure those employees no longer have a place to work.

These arbitrary policies tend to play well in politics among the economically illiterate- but they always end up, one way or another, hurting the very people they are intended to help.

March 19, 2014 11:50 am

Chris Marisic said:
I support increasing the tipped wage, too often it allows employers to get out of paying their servers. I really think there needs to be reform on tipped wages that when an employee engaging in primarily non tipped activity that they must be paid the minimum wage.

This means servers shouldn't able to be made to clean and do side work for hours during a downtime in a business at $3/hr. However because they made enough in busy hours to exceed the overall minimum wage, they get paid only their tipped wage.

Increase the minimum wage itself has no purpose. It will cost more jobs. The worst part about raising the minimum wage, the low income individuals it's supposed to help most substantively encompasses minorities and young employees, the people it's meant to help are the ones who will lose jobs or not be hired. It will be the higher skilled/educated/better socioeconomic background individuals who get or keep these higher wage jobs.

March 19, 2014 11:42 am



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