By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A coalition of activists has announced a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania, but they face an uphill battle.READ MORE: 14-Year-Old Boy Shot Nearly 20 Times, Killed While Waiting For SEPTA Bus In North Philadelphia, Police Say
Flanked by legislators and community activists at a state capitol press conference, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale said raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour for the lowest earning workers will have a positive impact on Pennsylvania’s economy.
“They’re not going to invest it in banks in the Cayman Islands. They’re going to invest it right at home,” he said. “They’re going to go that fast-food place, they’re going to go the restaurant, they’re going to go buy some shoes.”READ MORE: Police Investigating 'Suspicious' Deaths Of 2 Men Found In Box Truck In Northeast Philadelphia
But spokesman Erik Arneson says leaders of the Senate majority Republicans traditionally believe and still think minimum wage is an issue best addressed by the federal government.
“Having a consistent national minimum wage is good public policy.”MORE NEWS: Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer, SUV Closes Route 130 North In Burlington County
Both Arneson and the spokesman for the House majority leader say there are no plans to move a minimum wage bill as of now.