Wolf calls on Pennsylvania Legislature to raise minimum wage
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is calling on state lawmakers to raise the state's minimum wage.
In a Wednesday morning tweet on Twitter , Wolf noted that more than half of the states have raise their minimum wage — including all states bordering Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's minimum wage is $7.25. Among neighboring states, the minimum wage ranges from $8.25 in Delaware to $10.40 in New York.
"A Pennsylvania family of two earning minimum wage and working full-time falls below the poverty line, but the Pennsylvania Legislature hasn't given workers a raise in nine years," Wolf said.
Wolf ended his tweet with the hashtag "RaiseTheWage."
A PA family of 2 earning minimum wage & working full-time falls below the poverty line, but the PA legislature hasn't given workers a raise in 9 yrs. More than half the nation has raised their minimum wages, including all of PA's neighbors — it's time for PA to #RaiseTheWage . pic.twitter.com/JrexN5Vv95— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 13, 2018
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures , among states with minimum wages, Pennsylvania's minimum wage matches 12 states — Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Only two states — Georgia and Wyoming — have a lower minimum wage. Both are $5.15.
Six states — Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Tennessee — have no minimum wage, according to the conference.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.