|Posted:||December 9, 2020 03:48 PM|
|From:||Senator Christine M. Tartaglione|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Comprehensive Modernization of the Minimum Wage|
|In the near future, I intend to re-introduce legislation that will immediately raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12/hour for all Pennsylvania workers, with a pathway to $15/hour by 2027, which will create one fair wage in Pennsylvania. This legislation was previously SB 12 in the 2019-20 session. Members who co-sponsored this legislation previously include Senators Haywood, Hughes, Leach, Fontana, Street, Collett, L. Williams, Farnese, Schwank, Blake, Brewster, Santarsiero, Muth, Yudichak, Kearney, Dinniman, Sabatina, Costa, A. Williams and Iovino.
Vital members of our community, such as childcare and home health workers, bank tellers, construction workers, and retail and hospitality workers, who work full-time while making the minimum wage only earn $15,080/year. These are some of the most fundamental jobs in our Commonwealth, yet because they earn our current minimum wage, they cannot afford basic necessities such as rent, transportation, food and prescriptions. Many are forced to rely on public assistance to get by. The inability of hard-working people to care for their basic needs, or those of their families, is morally wrong and economically unsound.
All surrounding states have increased their minimum wage rates, leaving Pennsylvania behind. In 2021, more than 20 states will increase their minimum wages for workers, either automatic or planned. Pennsylvania has not updated its minimum wage since 2006, and as a result, we now maintain the lowest allowable rate in the country. Keeping people in poverty is not how we move Pennsylvania forward.
My legislation will help raise citizens out of poverty, save state tax dollars as people are less reliant on public assistance, and reinvest a portion of the savings in state-supported childcare and subsidized homecare for seniors and people with disabilities. Income for these workers would increase by approximately $4.7 billion without raising taxes or growing state government.
Accordingly, my comprehensive legislation modernizes protections and enforcement standards in the law, by:
Please join me in sponsoring this vital legislation and help raise Pennsylvania’s wage to one fair wage for all workers.
Introduced as SB12