|Posted:||June 5, 2017 01:20 PM|
|From:||Representative Patty Kim|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Raising the Minimum Wage|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage. This legislation, in addition to increasing Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, includes an annual cost-of-living increase, ensuring a balance of the state’s minimum wage with our growing economy.
Pennsylvania has not raised its minimum wage since 2006. The 2016 Federal Poverty Threshold for a two-person household is $16,072, for a family of three the Federal Poverty Threshold is $18,774. However, at $7.25 an hour, the annual income for minimum wage earners is $15,080. Now is the time to make our working families a priority and to provide assistance those Pennsylvanians who are struggling to survive.
If enacted, my legislation would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage on the following schedule:
Further, raising the minimum wage is not only a worker’s issue, it’s a women’s issue. In 2015, female minimum wage workers in the state outnumbered males nearly 2 to 1. My proposal would help over 150,000 minimum wage workers in Pennsylvania, including more than 97,000 women.
My legislation will help struggling families to pay their bills, put more money in worker’s pockets, and ultimately boost the economy. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as HB1520