Tom Wolf, who was elected governor in November, wants to raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Here are five things to know about the issue.
1. Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
That’s the same rate as the federal minimum wage.
Nationwide, 29 states have a minimum wage above the federal level, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
2. Wolf says raising the minimum wage would create jobs.
Wolf’s “Fresh Start” policy plan, released in February 2014, says raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and indexing it to inflation would raise wages for 20 percent of Pennsylvanians and lead to the creation of 5,000 jobs by 2016.
The plan cites the Economic Policy Institute, which describes itself as dedicated to including “the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions,” as its source for those figures.