Although all eyes were on Washington last Tuesday for President Trump’s State of the Union address, Pennsylvania’s top executive delivered an important speech of his own in Harrisburg that same day. In his annual budget address, Governor Wolf reiterated his call to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $12.00/hour by the end of this year. Under the Democratic governor’s proposal, the state’s minimum wage would then increase by fifty (50) cents per year until 2025, at which point it would reach $15.00/hour. Following 2025, the minimum wage rate would increase according to inflation.
The governor’s proposal comes on the heels of New Jersey approving a proposal to increase its minimum wage rate from $8.85/hour to $15.00/hour within five (5) years. Even though there appears to be some bipartisan support to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, which is the lowest in the Mid-Atlantic and has not changed in a decade, it is unclear how this specific proposal will fare in Harrisburg, where Republicans control the legislature. We will be sure to keep you updated on any developments on this front.
For questions about this or any other labor and employment topic, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Labor and Employment Department: George Hlavac, Steve Hoffman, Ed Easterly, John Buckley, or Alyssa Hicks.