Gov. Wolf Raising Minimum Wage For State Workers

Mar 7, 2016

Gov. Tom Wolf takes questions from reporters while visiting the Urban Outfitters headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa. on his "Jobs That Pay" tour March 4, 2016.
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is raising the minimum wage by nearly $3 an hour, to $10.15, for state government employees and workers on jobs contracted by the state.

The Democrat signed an executive order Monday establishing the new wage minimum. It'll affect a few hundred state employees and a narrow set of state contracts.

Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Legislature hasn't considered Wolf's request to set the minimum at over $10 for everyone. 

Pennsylvania wages are set at the decade-old federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, like 20 other states.

Without federal action, numerous mayors are bumping employee wages higher, some to $12 or $15 an hour.

Democrat Andrew Cuomo used his power as New York's governor to order gradual wage increases for state employees, state university employees and workers at fast-food chain restaurants, to $15 an hour.