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The state hasn raised its minimum wage since 2006. It currently is at the federal level of $7.25 an hour. Today, lawmakers arguing that it time for that to change.

Matt Heckel was live at the State Capitol with the story.

Senator Christine Tartaglione says, “for far too long, many Pennsylvanians have had to manage with far too little”. Introducing a bill she believes will help by raising the state minimum wage. She says, “a worker who logs 40 hours a week makes about $15,000 a year and that unacceptable.

Senate Bill 1044 would immediately raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania to $12 an hour, then raise it another 50 cents every year, ultimately reaching $15 an hour in 2024.

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Legislative Director with the National Federation of Independent Business says, “increasing the cost of labor substantially across the board would be a disaster for small businesses”. She worries because she says a raise in minimum wage could be devastating to small business owners. “Businesses are really worried about this. They worried this is going to really impact their labor costs and it really going to affect their bottom line”.

But, John Traynor, Owner of Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, says he currently starts employees at $12 an hour and it helps the entire community. “By paying a livable wage, that means they able to live in Midtown, able to spend money in Midtown, able to rent or buy houses.”
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