Democratic Policy Committee examines Patty Kim’s bill to increase Pa.’s minimum wage
HARRISBURG, April 2 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, co-chaired a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing today in Harrisburg on her legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage.
Kim’s bill, H.B. 250, would increase the minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour after 60 days and then to $10.10 per hour a year later. It also includes an annual cost-of-living adjustment beginning January 1, 2016.
"Our economy needs a boost and one way to get the economy going again is to put more money in the hands of the lowest-paid workers," Kim said. "The time has come for Pennsylvania to join the 29 other states and Washington, D.C. that have increased their minimum wage."
The hearing was co-chaired by state Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee.
"I commend Representative Kim for being a leader in fighting to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage," Sturla said. "Today’s hearing demonstrated yet again why this wage increase is long overdue."
Testifiers included: Mark Price, labor economist, Keystone Research Center; Alissa Barron-Menza, vice president, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage; Richard Infante, owner of "Hungry? We Deliver" and member of the Small Business Majority; Angela Owens, homecare worker and member of SEIU Healthcare; and Anita Mentzer, director, Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network.
For more information about the Policy Committee and hearing materials, please visit www.pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee.