Minimum wage hike bill clears Pa. Senate committee

Tony Romeo
November 19, 2019 - 4:45 am
Pennsylvania State Capitol

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A bill to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania has cleared a state Senate committee. A vote by the full Senate could come later this week. 

The bill would raise the minimum wage to levels far less than those favored by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and other advocates. The governor has proposed raising it to $12 an hour, with gradual increases of 50 cents to an eventual $15 an hour. 

The majority leader of the Republican-controlled Senate has said he’s open to a “reasonable” increase, but he said the governor’s proposal didn’t fit that bill. 

Now, the state Senate Labor and Industry Committee has approved a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $8 an hour in July, with gradual increases to $9.50 an hour by January 2022.