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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


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:
  • $12.00 per hour, effective January 1st, 2018
  • $12.50 per hour, effective January 1st, 2019
  • $13.00 per hour, effective January 1st, 2020
  • $13.50 per hour, effective January 1st, 2021
  • $14.00 per hour, effective January 1st, 2022
  • $14.50 per hour, effective January 1st, 2023
  • $15.00 per hour, effective January 1st, 2024
In addition, beginning January 1st, 2025 and for each succeeding January 1st thereafter, the minimum wage rate would be increased by an annual cost-of-living adjustment calculated by the Secretary of Labor & Industry. The Secretary will calculate said increase using the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

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.

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Introduced as HB1520