Raising minimum wage focus of Madden’s Policy Committee hearing

TOBYHANNA, May 3 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing at the Pocono Mountain Public Library to discuss raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. 

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss, fair, family-sustaining wages in Pennsylvania. Working full time should not equal living in poverty and raising the minimum wage is a must. The people in my district work hard and working hard shouldn’t leave workers in poverty,” Madden said.

State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, and chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee, added: “Minimum wage workers deserve a boost so they can provide for their families. All states surrounding Pennsylvania have raised their wage and it’s time we give low-wage workers a boost, too. I thank Representative Madden for hosting today’s hearing and continuing to be a voice for working families.” 

The committee heard testimony from Sean Ramaley, deputy secretary for safety and labor – management relations, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; a panel of business owners including Tarah Probst, owner of The Charcuterie and mayor of Stroudsburg Borough, and Lisa Diemer, owner of Pocono Soap and Kitchen Chemistry; and Mark Price, labor economist, Keystone Research Center.

Hearing materials and video clips from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee