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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, January 6, 2014:
The minimum wage for hourly workers in Pennsylvania has been $7.25 per hour since 2009. That's the same as the federal minimum.
A person who is paid the minimum wage would have an annual income of $15,080.
That figure is above the federal poverty level, but those who advocate for raising the minimum say it is not enough to live on.
Opponents counter that the majority of minimum wage earners work part-time and are young. They say that a higher minimum wage would mean fewer jobs because small businesses wouldn't hire as many workers.
A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found more than 60% of those surveyed support an increase to $10.10 an hour.
Dauphin County Democratic House member Patty Kim has proposed legislation that would hike the minimum wage to $10.10 after an initial increase of nine dollars an hour.
Monday's Smart Talk features a discussion of the minimum wage with Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
Gene Barr & Rick Bloomingdale
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