By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The ongoing debate over raising the minimum wage continued in the state Capitol this past week.READ MORE: Busy Morning In Frankford As Police Investigate Lyft Crash, Shooting Just Blocks Away
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: Pennsylvania GOP Officials Decry Order To Yank Vote Machines Over 'Audit'
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: 'Pack Light, Plan Big, For Philly': New Tourism Campaign Offers Two-Night Stay, And A Fanny Pack
Governor Tom Wolf supports an increase in the state’s minimum wage.