By Jim Melwert
BRYN MAWR, Pa., (CBS) — One day after singing an executive order raising the minimum wage of about 450 state workers and contractors, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf stopped at a Bryn Mawr organic market, to urge support for a minimum wage hike for all workers in Pennsylvania.
General manager of MOM’s Organic Market Gordon Schoff says, in 2014, MOM’s raised their minimum wage in all their stores to $11, calling it an investment that, he says, has paid for itself.
“In improved store moral, increased productivity, improved employee retention, and not surprisingly, our recruiting efforts are the strongest they’ve ever been,” said Schoff.
Governor Wolf responds to critics who worry about the burden a mandatory wage hike would put on businesses.
“We really need to make sure that everybody can make a wage that can allow them to live. $10.15 is not going to break anybody,” said Gov. Wolf.
The Governor says a hike in the state minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.15 would affect more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians.