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CNN: The minimum wage hasn't gone up in nearly 10 years. That's a new record

By Lydia DePillis
CNN, June 14, 2019

(CNN Business) The US economy is setting all kinds of records this year, and one of them is the length of time the federal minimum wage has gone without an increase. America's base pay rate has remained at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009 — 3,614 days ago on Sunday. That will be the biggest time lapse since July 2007, when the wage hadn't risen since September 1997.

ABC 27 News: First lady Frances Wolf calls for minimum wage hike

ABC 27 News, June 13, 2019

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -- First lady Frances Wolf calls it an embarrassment that every state surrounding Pennsylvania has a higher minimum wage.

The wife of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf toured Lancaster Sweet Shoppe on Thursday and tried to rally support for a boost in the state's minimum wage.

She says 89% of people on minimum wage are adults and most of them are women. ...

PA HomePage/ WBRE/WYOU-TV: State Leaders Push to Raise the Minimum Wage: Labor and Industry Secretary Visits One Point Facility

By Jayne Ann Bugda
PA Homepage/ WBRE/WYOU-TV , May 23, 2019

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Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak is pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage. He toured the One Point Facility in Scranton Thursday morning. The company supports raising the minimum wage and credits paying a living wage for its hourly employees as the key to their growth and success.

Nation's Restaurant News: Restaurants adapt to the new reality of today’s workforce

 By Lisa Jennings
Nation's Restaurant News, May 2, 2019

Five years ago, the proposal for a $15 per hour minimum wage seemed a ridiculous suggestion coming from radical fringe groups. ... Today, it seems restaurant operators are increasingly seeing $15 an hour as inevitable at a time when attracting and keeping good workers is harder than ever. ...

But restaurants are not dying. They are adapting by changing the way they think about attracting and retaining workers.

Meadville Tribune (PA): Myths about the minimum wage

By Joe Tompkins
Meadville Tribune (PA), April 24, 2019

There’s been a renewed push to raise the federal and state minimum wage to $15 per hour and, naturally, the conservative pushback has been strong. ... Their reasoning plays more on fear than facts — myths that keep people at poverty wages. ...

Pasadena Voice: Maryland Lawmakers Push Long-Term Policies During 2019 Session

By Zach Sparks
Pasadena Voice, April 18, 2019

... Minimum Wage

Both the House and Senate overrode Hogan’s veto of a bill that will increase the minimum wage to $11 by January 1, 2020. Businesses with 15 or more employees must increase that wage by 75 cents per year until reaching $15 in 2025. Businesses with 14 or fewer employees will increase the rate by 60 cents per year, reaching $15 in 2026. ...

Arkansas Democrat Gazette: Richard Bishop: Sullying good name

By Richard Bishop
Letter to the Editor, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, April 16, 2019

Sullying good name

As a small-business owner, I was relieved when legislation trying to weaken the law raising the minimum wage was voted down in the Legislature recently. I, along with the majority of Arkansans, voted to raise the minimum wage last November because it makes good economic sense. Some lawmakers tried to use the good name of small business as a reason to weaken the law. That's offensive to small-business owners like myself.

Baltimore Watchdog: Maryland joins other states in offering $15 minimum wage by 2025

By Kaylea Granville
Baltimore Watchdog, March 29, 2019

The Fight for $15 Coalition is basking in the glow of victory Friday now that the Maryland Legislature has rejected Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage from the current $10.10 an hour to $15 an hour by 2025.

“When workers have more money, they’ll spend more money that’s poured into smaller businesses,” said Coalition Chair Ricarra Jones. ...

WAMU: Raising Wages In Md. Forces Businesses To Make Tough Choices, Some Employers Say

By Ally Schweitzer
WAMU 88.5, March 28, 2019

... But employers like Tim’s Towing and Tulkoff Food Products are countered by other business owners across the state who say better wages create better employees.

“It’s important to pay people fairly, because I expect them to show up on time and work hard,” says Andrew Buerger, who co-owns B’More Organic, a maker of drinkable Icelandic-style yogurt. “If they have the sniffles, [they] come in. If it’s a snowstorm, they come in. You can’t pay somebody $10 an hour and expect them to give 110 percent.”

WAMU: Maryland Senate Approves $15 Minimum Wage Bill

By Ally Schweitzer
WAMU 88.5, March 14, 2019

Maryland’s Senate passed a bill Thursday that gradually increases the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour ... though it establishes a slower timeline for employers with 14 or fewer workers. Next the bill moves to the House of Delegates, where legislators recently passed a version of the legislation without a different timeline for smaller employers. If delegates concur with the Senate bill, it will head to Gov. Larry Hogan for him to sign, veto or let become law without his signature. ...