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Governor Wolf raising minimum wage for state workers

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2016 4:16 PM
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(Harrisburg)_Pennsylvania Governor 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.

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