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Lehigh Valley Business: Pa. House passes increase in minimum wage to $15/hr

By Stacy Wescoe
Lehigh Valley Business, June 21, 2023. Also in Central Penn Business Journal.

The State of Pennsylvania is moving towards a higher minimum wage. The House of Representatives has voted to raise the minimum wage in a proposal that would gradually increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026. ...There would be annual cost-of-living increases beginning in 2027.

The plan has also received support from some business owners in the state, including John Schall, owner of El Jefe’s Taqueria in Bethlehem.   

“Raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is...

Philly Voice: Pennsylvania House passes bill to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2026

By Maggie Mancini
Philly Voice, June 21, 2023

Pennsylvania's minimum wage, which has remained stagnant for 14 years, could be increased to $15 by 2026 under a bill passed by the Pennsylvania House on Tuesday night. ...

"Paying employees a fair wage is good business," said Amy Edelman, owner of Night Kitchen Bakery in Chestnut Hill. "Employees who aren't continually stressed about making ends meet can focus on taking care of our customers and producing delicious baked goods, which translates into the returning customers that drive small business success. Raising Pennsylvania's minimum wage will boost spending at local...

ABC27 WHTM (Harrisburg): Tipped wage increase included in minimum wage bill

By Taylor Tosheff
ABC27 WHTM, Harrisburg, PA, June 21, 2023

The Pennsylvania House passed a bill Tuesday to eventually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Employers who rely on tips would also see an increase. ...

“I feel like as employers, it’s our responsibility to pay a living wage and take care of our employees the best way we know how to,” said Jennie Groff, co-owner of Lancaster Sweet Shoppe and Stroopies Inc.

Groff employs refugee women living in Lancaster. Employees start at $13 an hour and move up to $14 after...

Newsday: Minimum wage increase has Long Island business groups worried about prices, inflation

By Victor Ocasio
Newsday, May 4, 2023

... But while many in the business community predict headwinds, other groups said the increases aren't enough.

New York Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a coalition of around 300 businesses and organizations, had been pushing for a more ambitious increase — to $21.25 by 2026, with cost of living adjustments thereafter.

“I think it should have been increased right away,” said Phil Andrews, president of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce and a member of the coalition. “This has been the highest inflationary time we have probably...

Lohud/ Gannett/ Yahoo News: Minimum wage to climb to $17 in NY. Why so few New Yorkers are pleased with that deal

By Thomas C. Zambito
lohud/ Gannett, May 3, 2023. Also Yahoo News, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Utica Observer Dispatch, Poughkeepsie Journal, Ithaca Journal, Times Herald Record (Middletown), The Leader (Corning), more

The state’s minimum wage will increase to $17 per hour in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County over the next three years and $16 farther north as part of New York's final budget deal. ...

A coalition of 300 businesses calling themselves New York Business for a Fair Minimum Wage pushed the administration for a $21.25 minimum by 2026.

The group cited statistics...

Yonkers Times: Westchester Elected Officials Join Small Biz Owners in Support of Minimum Wage Increase

Yonkers Times, April 28, 2023

Westchester small business owner Jessica Galen, owner of Bloomy Cheese & Provisions in Dobbs Ferry, spoke in support of raising the state minimum wage to $21.25 plus indexing at a press conference today in White Plains with State Sen. Shelley Mayer, Assembly Members Chris Burdick and Steve Otis, and Westchester County Legislators Damon Maher, David Imamura, Erika Pierce and Terry Clements, as well as community leaders.

Galen is a member of the growing New York Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Coalition, which includes more than 300 businesses and business...

The Examiner: Legislators, Worker Advocates Push to Raise New York’s Minimum Wage

By Martin Wilbur
The Examiner, April 22, 2023 

Most of Westchester’s state legislature delegation has thrown its support behind a proposal that would increase the minimum wage to $21.25 by 2026 to help thousands of lower-paid workers keep pace with inflation. ... State Sen. Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers), a Senate co-sponsor of the bill, led a press conference on Friday in White Plains. ...

Jessica Galen, a Dobbs Ferry village trustee and the owner of BLOOMY Cheese & Provisions in her home community, said she is part of a coalition of 300 small business owners that support a...

FingerLakes1: Finger Lakes business owner explains why he supports increasing minimum wage

By Josh Durso
FingerLakes1, April 22, 2023

As negotiations over the state budget intensify, over 300 businesses and business organizations across New York have joined the New York Business for a Fair Minimum Wage coalition calling on Gov. Hochul and the State Legislature to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $21.25, followed by annual indexing to keep up with the cost of living, as proposed in the Raise the Wage Act. Supporters include business leaders across the state from Buffalo and the Finger Lakes to the Capital Region and the Hudson Valley to New York...