Minimum wage should be raised, tied to index

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania makes sound economic sense and can help thousands of struggling families become self-sufficient, state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio said Monday during a Raise the Wage kickoff event held at a local Harrisburg church.

"As I understand it, Gov. Tom Wolf is supporting the House Democratic effort to raise the wage to $10.10 an hour," she said today. "Raising the wage helps grow our economy and can provide a sustainable living for many citizens who may now need to rely on public assistance in order to make ends meet.

"Raising the wage makes sense all around."

DeLissio, D-Montgomery/Phila., also said she would like to see the minimum wage tied to an inflation index. She said that tying the minimum wage to an index ensures that this topic will no longer be subjected to the vagaries of politics.

The Pennsylvania minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2009, as mandated by federal law. House Bill 250 seeks to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $10.10 an hour over two years. 

"I was thrilled that this legislation now reflects my recommendation to have the bill’s effective date be 180 days upon passage versus 60 days in the previous legislation," she said. "The new effective date gives smaller businesses an opportunity to meet the requirement of the new law."