Public hearing held on raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage

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.

Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s