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.

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