|Posted:||December 1, 2020 01:03 AM|
|From:||Representative Kevin J. Boyle|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Localized Minimum Wage|
During this unprecedented health and fiscal crisis, every community in Pennsylvania needs access to its own tools and resources in order to recover. It is imperative that municipalities in our state have every possible resource available so that we can work together and get our economy going again.
The 2006 amendment to our minimum wage law that prohibits individual municipalities from setting their own wages is outdated. It ignores differences in the cost of living and other factors from city to city and town to town. We have to give local governments the tools to customize solutions that work best for their citizens. I will be introducing legislation to repeal section 14.1 of Act 112 of 2006 of the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act. This act prohibits local municipalities from enacting a minimum wage separate from the statewide wage.
This legislation would allow individual municipalities to adjust their minimum wage based on factors that affect workers in these communities. Local lawmakers, who live and work in their communities every day, are much more equipped to evaluate the needs of workers and the needs of businesses and come up with solutions that fit, not one size fits all.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important recovery tool for PA.
Introduced as HB923