Wolf unveils latest minimum wage proposal

Tony Romeo
January 31, 2019 - 4:00 am
Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, surrounded by supporters, announces his minimum wage proposal at the Capitol in Harrisburg.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Days ahead of his budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf is again proposing an increase in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.

This time, Wolf is proposing to raise it to $12 an hour in July and then increase it 50 cents per year to an eventual $15 an hour.

"I have great optimism that this time, this time — first time in 10 years — we’re going to get bi-partisan support for this," the governor said Wednesday.

Not surprisingly, Republican Bryan Cutler — the new House majority leader — doesn’t quite share the governor’s level of optimism.

"I would much rather focus on those jobs which provide family-sustaining wages such as the trades, such as a lot of the career and technical places that we’ve been working collaboratively on, rather than arbitrarily raising the floor," Cutler said.

A spokeswoman for the Senate majority leader says Republicans are open to "reasonable" discussion of increasing the minimum wage, but says she is not sure Wolf’s proposal meets the definition of reasonable.