Minimum Wage

The PA Chamber is a leading voice against government mandated minimum wage increases. Nonpartisan studies have shown and businesses have reported that these “feel good” policies often lead to reduced employee hours, job loss and a higher cost for goods and services. Our organization supports more targeted approaches to helping low wage earners’ upward mobility in the workforce, such as implementing a state Earned Income Tax Credit and strengthening workforce development programs.

Mandated wage increases hurt businesses and low-wage earners

Despite insight from experts and myths we’ve debunked over time that show the negative impact of mandated wage hikes on employers, consumers and even the low-wage workers that proponents claim to support, some elected officials and the Wolf administration continue to ignore these facts even though the legislation does nothing to address the income and skills gaps that are causing real problems for the Commonwealth.

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ACTION ALERT! Tell us: Can Your Company afford an increase to entry level wages of up to 500 percent?

Gov. Tom Wolf and several lawmakers recently unveiled a proposal calling for one of the most extreme minimum wage increases in the country.  Their latest plan would hike PA’s minimum wage to $12 an hour in July - a 65 percent increase - and incrementally increase the minimum wage until it reaches $15.  They also call for eliminating the tipped wage, which means Pennsylvania’s restaurants have just a few months to figure out how they will increase entry level wages by over 235 percent by July and by over 500 percent in just a few years.

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Minimum Wage: Myths and Facts | PDF

Organized labor and other left-leaning organizations are once again pushing for mandatory wage increases and, as usual, the success of their campaign will depend on policymakers, the media and general public believing several well-trodden myths:

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Gov. Wolf Touts Plan to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Gov. Wolf Touts Plan to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Jan 31, 2019 | Explore Clarion

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Business leaders react to Gov. Wolf push to raise minimum wage

Business leaders react to Gov. Wolf push to raise minimum wage

Jan 30, 2019 | Lehigh Valley Business

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Wolf renews bid to put state's minimum wage among highest

Wolf renews bid to put state's minimum wage among highest

Jan 30, 2019 | Pottstown Mercury

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Wolf: Boost Pa. minimum wage to $12 an hour this year

Wolf: Boost Pa. minimum wage to $12 an hour this year

Jan 30, 2019 | Erie Times-News

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Wolf again calls for minimum wage hike

Wolf again calls for minimum wage hike

Jan 30, 2019 | Citizens Voice

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf calls, again, for a minimum wage increase

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf calls, again, for a minimum wage increase

Jan 30, 2019 | Allentown Morning Call

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Gov. Wolf renews push for higher minimum wage

Gov. Wolf renews push for higher minimum wage

Jan 30, 2019 | Central Penn Business Journal

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Gov. Wolf seeks increase in Pa.'s minimum wage. Again.

Gov. Wolf seeks increase in Pa.'s minimum wage. Again.

Jan 30, 2019 | Philly.com

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PA Chamber: Aggressive Mandated Wage Push Ignores Economic Realities for Pennsylvania Employers, Workers

PA Chamber: Aggressive Mandated Wage Push Ignores Economic Realities for Pennsylvania Employers, Workers

Jan 30, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to a press conference by Gov. Tom Wolf calling for a government mandated minimum wage increase to $12 an hour in July with incremental increases to $15 and elimination of the tipped wage:

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Debate Over Pa. Min. Wage Continues

Debate Over Pa. Min. Wage Continues

Jan 14, 2019 | ButlerRadio.com

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Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania

Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania

Jan 9, 2019 | WITF

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Minimum wage earners struggle more in Pennsylvania than in neighboring states

Minimum wage earners struggle more in Pennsylvania than in neighboring states

Feb 11, 2018 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Union workers rally in Allentown for higher minimum wage

Union workers rally in Allentown for higher minimum wage

Sep 4, 2017 | Allentown Morning Call

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Another Study Reveals the Harmful Effects of Raising the Minimum Wage

Another Study Reveals the Harmful Effects of Raising the Minimum Wage

Aug 7, 2017

Last week, a new study was released that once again proves just how harmful a $15 minimum wage can be. The study, conducted by the economic consulting group PFM, found that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Montgomery County, Maryland, would cost the county 47,000 jobs over the next five years. That job loss is equivalent to $396.5 million of income.

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Council resolution to encourage minimum wage increase

Council resolution to encourage minimum wage increase

Jul 4, 2017 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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National Economist: Minimum Wage Increase Won't Lift People Out of Poverty

National Economist: Minimum Wage Increase Won't Lift People Out of Poverty

Apr 1, 2015 | Lindsay Andrews

At the PA Chamber Educational Foundation's Third Economic Forecast Summit in February, Dr. Martin Regalia—a respected economist with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce— spoke off-the-cuff about the minimum wage during a question and answer segment of the program. Calling efforts to raise the minimum wage "bad public policy," Dr. Regalia went on to explain that while minimum wage hikes are beneficial to a small number of individuals, they actually have a negative impact on the majority of affected employers and potentially millions of individuals nationwide. The PA Chamber has long advocated against government-mandated wage increases, including legislation this session for which Governor Tom Wolf has voiced support and would raise the current $7.25 minimum wage rate to $10.10 an hour. We spoke with Dr. Regalia following the summit to gain further insight on his remarks and glean his perspectives on the impact of a minimum wage hike on the overall economy.

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