DeLuca to introduce legislation to add minimum wage question on the ballot

HARRISBURG, June 8 – Pennsylvania has not raised its minimum wage from $7.25 an hour in over a decade, leaving many working families barely above the federal poverty line and struggling to make ends meet.

With lawmakers failing to enact a minimum wage increase, state Rep. Tony DeLuca will introduce legislation that would ask Pennsylvania voters if they want to see the minimum wage raised.

“Every state surrounding Pennsylvania has raised their minimum wage. Even Florida recently raised its minimum wage when the state put the question before its voters,” said DeLuca, D-Allegheny. “If we want to continue attracting people to Pennsylvania, we need to make sure we are competitive with other states – and that includes making sure that our minimum wage is competitive.”

DeLuca’s legislation proposes putting the question on the ballot in the next general election. He said the results of the referendum would be nonbinding as to address concerns over constitutionality.

“The minimum wage impacts every Pennsylvanian,” DeLuca said. “The results of this referendum will be invaluable to policymakers.”

DeLuca said he plans to introduce the legislation next week.