By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The ongoing debate over raising the minimum wage continued in the state Capitol this past week.READ MORE: WATCH: Zach Ertz Records Longest Touchdown Catch Of Career, Makes NFL History In 1st Game With Cardinals
Supporters of an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour held an event at the state Capitol at which time they released a study on the impact it would have on Pennsylvania by The Keystone Research Center — for whom Mark Price serves as a labor economist.
“We estimate that roughly that roughly $1.8 billion would be stimulated into the economy if we raised the minimum wage to $10.10,” Price says. “That increased spending would in turn generate 6,000 jobs.”READ MORE: Spending In New Jersey Governor Race About Even, But Gov. Phil Murphy Banks More
But Alex Halper of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry says there are studies showing a negative impact.
“I think numbers that we’ve seen from very legitimate, authoritative sources like the Congressional Budget Office are pretty compelling,” he says.MORE NEWS: Authorities: 18-Year-Old Kai Johnson Charged With Murder In Browns Mills Shooting That Left Teenage Boy Dead, Teen Girl Injured
Governor Tom Wolf supports an increase in the state’s minimum wage.