Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bill To Raise State Minimum Wage Introduced in PA Senate

On January 24, 2011, Senate Bill 235 of 2011 was introduced in the PA State Senate, which calls for an annual cost-of-living increase in the state minimum wage beginning on January 1, 2012 and continuing every January 1 thereafter. The amount of the cost-of-living increase would be calculated by applying the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, using the most recent 12-month period figures that have been officially submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. S.B. 235 also provides that the Secretary of Labor and Industry would be responsible for setting the actual percentage increase and the minimum wage amounts each year.

Pennsylvania's Minimum Wage was last increased in 2009 and is currently $7.25 per hour, equivalent to the Federal Minimum Wage.

S.B. 235 was introduced by State Senator Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) and other sponsors. You can read the full text S.B. 235 by going to the PA General Assembly website at http://www.legis.state.pa.us/index.cfm