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Sens. Daylin Leach, left, and Sen. Mike Stack
Sens. Daylin Leach, left, and Sen. Mike Stack - (Photo / Submitted)

State Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Stack are seeking a raise to the state minimum wage to $12 an hour and also to kill the sub-minimum wage for employees who receive tips.

Leach, D-King of Prussia, and Stack, D-Philadelphia, introduced Senate Bill 1317 on Tuesday. The lawmakers said in a news release that the bill would index the minimum wage, currently $7.25, to inflation each year, adding that 11 states do that now.

As for the sub-minimum wage, state law allows for a tip credit that lets employers use tips against all but $2.83 of the current minimum wage. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 and has not changed for more than 20 years.

"The tipped minimum wage hasn't changed in 23 years and allows business owners to take advantage of low-wage, disproportionately female workers, even demanding they do untipped work like dish washing and cleaning bathrooms for $2.83 an hour," Leach said in the release. "Pennsylvania's economy will grow as over 1 million workers in PA would see their wages rise if we pass this bill. Twenty years of research has shown that in states that have increased the minimum wage, small businesses had lower turnover and increased productivity."

Stack said increasing the minimum wage would reduce reliance on government assistance in the long run.

"Adjusting the minimum wage to account for inflation prevents working families from being trapped in poverty and reduces dependence on public assistance," Stack said. "Fair wages for a day's work is fundamental to achieving the American dream and generating self-determination and independence."

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Ray said:
As this could be considered an experiment, why don't they implement it first in their own districts and let us watch to see how good or bad it is before upsetting the apple cart.

April 7, 2014 8:59 am

Stg. Shultz said:
What about people on SS. We only got a 1% rase this year. People making $12 an hour would make more them most people on SS. Think-working 35 hrs a week at $12=$420 a weekxs4.3=$1,806x74% Taxes=$1,336.44 take home pay. Most people on SS don't make that much in a mo.

I owned 2 Business for 26 years and I live on only $689 a mo and when things starts to go up in price how can I make it. I can just about make it NOW. I would be come HOMELESS because I can't afford anything any more.

Think about this if I had 10 people working for me and I had to raise from $7.25 to $12 I would lay off 5 people and make the rest do double the work so I can keep my price he same or keep all 10 people and raise my product $2 more to buy. As a business owned I would be out of business in 6 mos because people would not buy my product as it cost to high. I now do Flea Markets and try and Sell things like DVD Movies. You can only get around $2 a movies and buy for $1.50 and make $.50 profit. You can't sell enough to make stand rent and gas to get to the Flea Market. So guess what you are out of business. Think about that.

April 5, 2014 5:26 pm

Norman said:
These two gentlemen, frankly, have embarrassed themselves with their lack of knowledge on how businesses work. And again, they are assuming every business is making money so they can afford this increase. Restaurants would either close, reduce their amount of employees drastically, or simply insist that their patrons do not tip as a means of leveling the playing field for total cost of the visit to their restaurant. As well, we would have more people unemployed and therefore collecting from the government. Really guys?

April 5, 2014 10:46 am

Michael said:
Why $12 an hour? Why not $25? Let's just make everybody middle class by law. Oh, you say that might be too high? That it might have undesirable effects on consumer prices and business expenses? Interesting concession. If you want socialism, move to Sweden.

April 4, 2014 6:48 pm

nANCY said:
It is amazing how stupid so called educated politicians can be!!!!!!!! Rais minimum wage and everything else goes along, dumb dumb dumb!!!!!! Only thing is then they get more TAXES!!!!!!!

April 4, 2014 4:40 pm

Doug said:
Really? When you raise minimum wages companies need to charge more for their product or service. Where is the net gain when we will all just end up paying for for things? Better learn to like paying $8 for a fast food cheeseburger.

April 4, 2014 4:26 pm

Kevin said:
If lower turnover and increased productivity offsets the increased wages then a business will do it without government coercion.

April 4, 2014 4:24 pm

Ed said:
"Pennsylvania's economy will grow as over 1 million workers in PA would see their wages rise . . ." Really? Any word on how many current minimum wage workers will lose their jobs because their employer can no longer afford them?

April 4, 2014 4:21 pm

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