Legislation Would Increase State Minimum Wage To $15/Hour
(Harrisburg, PA) -- A state Republican senator from Erie has introduced a measure to up the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Senator Dan Laughlin says the idea would not only increase the wage from seven-dollars-and-25-cents to 15-dollars-per hour within three years, it would also permanently index wage increases with inflation every year after that. Pennsylvania has not seen the minimum wage increase since it was hiked at the federal level in 2009. Senate Bill 743 also includes language to set the tipped wage in Pennsylvania to 40-percent of the minimum wage. The state's tipped wage has remained at two-dollars and 83-cents per hour for almost 30 years.