|Posted:||June 8, 2021 01:20 PM|
|From:||Representative Anthony M. DeLuca|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Minimum Wage Ballot Question|
|The minimum wage in Pennsylvania has not been updated since 2009 and is still $7.25/hour. If you work 40 hours/week at the minimum wage, you will earn approximately $15,080/year. This is barely above the federal poverty line of $12,880/year.
Every state surrounding Pennsylvania has raised their minimum wage. Even Florida recently raised their minimum wage when they put the question before their voters. If we want to continue attracting people to Pennsylvania, we need to make sure we are competitive with other states – and that includes making sure that our minimum wage is competitive.
Accordingly, I will be introducing legislation that will ask the voters in the next general election if they want to see the minimum wage increased. To address concerns over constitutionality, the results of this referendum will be nonbinding. Nonetheless, the results of this referendum will be invaluable to policymakers.
I hope you join me in supporting this important legislation.
Introduced as HB1646