Governor Wolf delivered his 2022 budget proposal Yesterday asking for funding & suggesting different ways to support Pennsylvania families this year.
Nicole Fuschino points out one thing the Governor says he still hasn’t accomplished but is still pushing for.
In his speech this week Governor Tom Wolf said that raising the minimum wage is still something that he wants to see happen
And he says there even are proposals in place to do it but lawmakers just have to take the first step.
“Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is still stuck at $7.25.”
That’s what governor tom wolf says he’s still advocating for seven years in office later.
“Pennsylvanians haven’t gotten a raise in thirteen years. Adjusted for inflation, they’ve actually taken a $2 an hour pay cut.”
During his 2022 budget address Tuesday Governor Tom Wolf told legislators about the achievements his administration has made ..
Such as investing in classrooms cutting the crime rate & digging the Commonwealth out of a financial hole.
But he says raising the minimum wage is not something they’ve checked off their list.
“Our failure to increase the minimum wage is costing us dearly. It’s very simple. When people are able to earn a decent wage, they can contribute to the economic life of their communities and the Commonwealth.”
Governor Wolf says raising the minimum wage can decrease the need for social services.
“When they work full time but still don’t earn enough to pay for bare necessities like food, shelter, clothing, and heat, taxpayers wind up footing the bill.”
While he says neighboring states like Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, & New York have approved the raises
He says it’s time for Pennsylvania to get on board.
“It’s time to do the right thing. It’s time to do the smart thing. It’s time to raise our minimum wage.”
And on the other side of this issue there are still many people who are against raising the minimum wage
Saying it could hurt businesses by forcing them to close if they’re not able to afford it or cause them to lay off employees.