Proposed bill would boost minimum wage to $15 an hour within 4 years

CBS 21

The debate over whether minimum wage should be increased is raging across the country.

Cleveland City Council is expected to introduce legislation to boost their minimum wage to $15 an hour. There are several similar proposals in Pennsylvania.

Rep. Mark Cohen, a Democrat from Philadelphia, has a proposal in committee right now that calls for a gradual increase in the minimum wage.

Cohen's plan calls for increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour within four years. There would be a $9 an hour minimum wage within 90 days of the bill being signed, then an increase to $10.50 within a year. The wage would be 12.50 within two years, 13.50 within three and finally $15 in year four.

Cohen's proposed bill could see many changes before it reaches the House floor for a vote.

Rep. Cohen will be on Face the State with Robb Hanrahan at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

CBS 21 has put together a diverse panel to answer the question "Should we raise the wage in PA?"

Tell us what you think and hear from our panelists TUESDAY, MAY 17.

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