Jottings about local politics in southeastern PA
posted by ACM at 3:28 PM
While you were away, I am pleased to report that the House and Senate, on June 30 and July 1 respectively, passed the identical minimum wage bill--raising the minimum wage to $7.15 an hour effective for the vast majority of workers (who work for employers with 11 or more employees) on January 1, 2008, and for everyone on July 1, 2008.We did it. We hit $7.15 by 7/15.While the $7.15 figure takes effect a year and a half later than it did in my original bill, and while the record (for Pennsylvania) 39% increase does not include annual cost of living adjustments as I had originally proposed, the law--to be shortly signed by Governor Rendell--represents a major victory in the direction of a more caring, compassionate society.The battle will continue after Rendell's bill-signing. I have already introduced legislation raising Pennsylvania's minimum wage to $8 in 2008, with an annual cost of living increase thereafter.California, Massachusetts, Washington State, and Oregon will all soon hit or come close to the $8 an hour figure. Reaching that figure soon is vital to guaranteeing that a year around minimum wage worker can support two dependents on her salary.Thanks to all who helped create public pressure for the legislation's passage.
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