Minimum wage debate louder than ever in PA
HARRISBURG, Pa. —
The debate surrounding a potential minimum wage hike is louder than ever in Pennsylvania.
Many people gathered at the Capitol Tuesday to speak on the issue and fight for higher wages.
Rep. Patty Kim is a lawmaker who agrees with raising the minimum wage in the Keystone State. She says workers should be making at least $21,000 a year, which would be made possible if the minimum wage is boosted to $10.10 an hour.
"States all around the country are already raising minimum wage to $10.10," Director of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, John Dodds, said.
Other lawmakers, like Rep. Mark Cohen, want the wage to increase gradually and end up at $15 an hour in a four-year span.
"We've got to get people toward the bottom. The working poor, they should make a decent salary for all the hard work they do," Dodds said.
The following is a county-by-county breakdown of the number of workers who would benefit from a minimum wage raise in central Pennsylvania:
Adams - 11,030
Cumberland - 25,556
Dauphin - 30,766
Franklin - 16,204
Juniata - 2,948
Lancaster - 57,560
Lebanon - 13,182
Mifflin - 5,370
Perry - 4,904
York - 46,600
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm (EST)
Host: CBS 21
Where: Central Penn College Conference Center
Watch Live: http://local21news.com/
- Kevin Shivers, Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses
- John Meyerson, Philadelphia Unemployment Project
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