Business Community Debates Raising the Minimum Wage in PA


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) A proposal to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania seems to be gaining some momentum. The Governor proposing an increase in his budget address Tuesday. Now… some in the business community are speaking out against the idea. Eyewitness News Harrisburg Reporter Matt Heckel with the details.

At the state capitol, Wednesday members of the House Labor and Industry committee talked with experts about the governor’s proposal to raise the minimum wage… and the impact it could have.

  “I’m proud to announce a proposal to increase the minimum wage for all workers to 12 dollars an hour, starting July 1st.” Noted Governor Wolf on Tuesday.

Under Governor Tom Wolf’s plan included in his latest budget proposal, the minimum wage in Pennsylvania would then gradually rise ultimately to 15 dollars an hour in 2025. It’s been stuck at 7-25… For the last ten years.

  “We know this is going to cost jobs. We know this is going to cause business closures.”

Gordon Denlinger with the National Federation of Independent Business points to studies indicating that a 12 dollar an hour minimum wage would result in about 30-thousand jobs lost.

  “At the end of the day, we think the minimum wage is just a door of entry. To get teenagers, maybe folks coming out of criminal justice, back into productive society. “

  “I think it’s important to keep in mind that raising the minimum wage is good for some people, and bad for others,”  Said Anthony Davies.

At a meeting of the House “Labor and Industry Committee” on Wednesday.  Antony Davies… An Associate Professor of Economics at Duquesne University told lawmakers that while some will benefit from a rise in the minimum wage he believes the ones hurt will be those who are most vulnerable.

  “Who ends up being let go is precisely the worker we’re looking to help the most. The people with the least skills, the least education, and the least job experience.”

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