HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A public hearing was held Monday to talk about raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $15 an hour.
State Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) plans to introduce legislation and hosted the House Democratic Policy Committee hearing.
Kim says it’s been eight years since the minimum wage was raised to $7.25 in Pennsylvania. She says in 2016, the inflation-adjusted minimum wage was about one-third below its 1968 level, even though productivity has doubled since 1968.
Kim says someone earning minimum wage who works 40 hours per week only earns $15,080, some $4,700 below the poverty line, requiring many people to rely on government assistance programs to get by.
She hopes to introduce the bill early next month.