Gov. Wolf to increase minimum wage for state workers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – State workers and contractors could soon get some extra money in their pockets.

Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign an executive order Monday increasing the state’s minimum wage to $10.15 an hour.

This is for state government workers and employees of state government contractors. The minimum wage for Pennsylvania’s non-government employees would remain at the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

Twenty-nine other states and Washington, D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum.

We don’t know yet how many people would benefit from the increase or how much this would cost taxpayers. It’s unclear if this would include state workers at schools, universities, and hospitals.

Wolf has asked the Legislature to raise the state’s minimum wage to more than $10 an hour to tie it into the inflation rate and to maintain its buying power.

Many Republican lawmakers haven’t warmed up to the idea, and it’s taken a backseat to battles over the budget. The state still doesn’t have a full budget.

The governor is expected to sign the executive order at 2:30 p.m. inside the Governor’s Reception Room of the State Capitol.

ABC27 News will be there and let you know what happens on air, online, and on social media.

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