Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. Governor Wolf and Senate and House Democrats are proposing to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 on July 1, 2019 and increase it annually by 50 cents until it reaches $15 in 2025.
In some Pennsylvania counties, more than 43% of workers are earning the minimum wage.
But there are some misconceptions out there about who the average minimum wage earner is. Here are the facts: most are adults, women, and more than half work full time. This is not an issue that only impacts teenagers working after school part-time.
A higher minimum wage means fewer Pennsylvanians will need government assistance. A higher minimum wage would save taxpayers $36 million in Medicaid costs next year alone and $119 million the following year.
Women make up more than 60% of minimum wage earners. 1.2 million Pennsylvania women would benefit from raising minimum pay to a living wage.
70% of Pennsylvanians support raising the minimum wage. Are you one of them? Tell your legislator to #RaiseTheWage for all Pennsylvanians.
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