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Gov. Wolf Proposes Minimum Wage Increase

Governor Tom Wolf has announced his proposal to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $12 an hour, which he contends will boost the pay for one million PA workers.


Governor Tom Wolf has announced his proposal to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $12 an hour, which he contends will boost the pay for one million PA workers. The governor admitted that increasing the minimum wage is a polarizing topic, but said he feels it's a necessary step:

In addition to an increase in the minimum wage, Wolf also hopes to remove the state tax on tips. Stephanie Williams, a home health care provider from Philadelphia, joined the governor at a news conference.

She spoke about her struggle to make ends meet, and said an increase in the minimum wage would change her life.

Restaurant owner, Ben Miller, who also attended the news conference said he's willing to increase the pay for his staff, as long as customers know that the extra expense will be passed along to them.

Still, Gov. Wolf feels strongly that raising the minimum wage is the right thing.

"Our minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009 and too many hardworking people are struggling to get by." Gov. Wolf

This proposal is galvanizing for people fighting for equal pay and also intensifying the debate over a controversial issue. Here are some ways to make your views known :

- Click here to visit the PA Chamber of Commerce, a self proclaimed leading voice against government mandated minimum wage increases.

- Visit " Raise The Wage PA " to sign petitions and support Pennsylvania increasing the minimum wage.

You can also click here to find out how to contact your state lawmakers and make your voice heard.

(Credit featured image to Gov. Wolf's Facebook page)

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