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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Gov. Tom Wolf proposed Wednesday raising Pennsylvania’s hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2025. He says the current minimum wage of $7.25 is not a livable wage.
“Imagine a single mom, working to keep food on the table to provide for her children,” Wolf said. “She could make more money working the same minimum-wage job in New Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland — actually for that matter, Nebraska or Montana.
“So, simply put, Pennsylvanians are working hard but earning less,” Wolf said.
Wolf wants to raise the minimum wage to $12 this year, followed by annual increases of 50 cents.
The Republican-controlled legislature has opposed similar proposals.