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Governor Wolf plans to boost wages for state workers, contractors

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2016 4:37 AM
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Gov. Tom Wolf announces that he will veto parts of an overdue budget passed by the Republican-controlled House and Senate. The line-item veto will let $23.3 billion flow to education, human services, and other state government functions.

(Harrisburg) -- Democratic Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign an executive order ensuring a minimum wage of $10.15 an hour for all employees under his jurisdictions and employees of state contractors. 

An administration official said Wolf will sign the order today.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity and would not say how many people would benefit, or how much it would cost the state government.

Since becoming governor last year, Wolf has asked the Republican-controlled Legislature to raise Pennsylvania's $7.25 minimum wage to above $10, and to tie it to the inflation rate to maintain its buying power.

However, Republican lawmakers aren't warm to the idea, and it's taken a backseat to spending and tax battles.  

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