Herald Mail: Pennsylvania's minimum wage is the lowest in the region. Advocates tell lawmakers an increase is overdue.

By Chris Ullery, Bucks County Courier Times
Herald Mail, Jan 21, 2021

Democratic lawmakers heard from advocates, academics and business groups Monday on a renewed push to give minimum wage workers in Pennsylvania a raise to $15 an hour. Over 100 people attended the Zoom hearing on minimum wage hosted by the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee, covering a broad range of topics over three hours.

The state has used the $7.25-per-hour federal minimum wage since 2009, a wage that many lawmakers and advocates say is unlivable and perpetuates poverty. ...

Testimony from members of groups like the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, and Bucks County Women's Advocacy Coalition said a raise for low-income earners is needed now more than ever. ...

Sen. Steve Santarsiero, D-10, of Lower Makefield, said he believed many minimum wage workers had multiple jobs, skewing claims of overall job loss.

Alissa Barron-Menza, vice president of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, supported that claim, saying job loss from wage increases was more akin to a "consolidation" to a single job. ...

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