Minimum wage hike in play as Pa. lawmakers head toward summer recess

Tony Romeo
June 10, 2019 - 4:00 am
As Pennsylvania lawmakers work on a state budget and other legislation before their scheduled summer recess, discussions continue about a possible increase in the minimum wage.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — As Pennsylvania lawmakers work on a state budget and other legislation before their scheduled summer recess, discussions continue about a possible increase in the minimum wage.  

Republican Pat Browne, the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman, told a meeting of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce that a minimum wage hike remains in play before the legislature’s scheduled summer break at the end of the month. 

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Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour at first with gradual increases to $15 an hour, but seems realistic about what he can get. 

“I don’t know where we’ll land, but I…what I believe is there is a broad agreement that we can’t stick around $7.25 any longer. We’ve got to move," Wolf said. 

Sen. Browne was asked about that potential landing spot and if it will be more or less than $10 an hour. 

“Well, It’s going to be somewhere closer to that, I guess. I guess that’s the best thing to say at this point in time," Browne said. 

But he could not say if he believes a deal will get done before summer recess.