State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

Minimum wage becomes campaign issue in race for Gov.

Written by Mary Wilson | Dec 31, 2013 4:51 AM

Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has become a source of campaign fodder for the gubernatorial candidates.

Governor Corbett recently expressed his reluctance to raise the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the federal minimum for an hourly wage.

"I’m not going to go into details right now. I’ve made a statement on that before and I’m going to stay by that."

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He told the Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barre he’s concerned raising the wage may put a damper on Pennsylvania’s economy.

He hasn’t expanded on his comments.

"At this point in time, no."

The frontrunners among the eight announced Democratic candidates vying for Corbett’s job have voiced support for a wage hike, saying it would boost consumer spending without costing jobs.

Democratic state lawmakers have made various proposals this year to boost the minimum wage.

One has called for it to go up by just $.10, others have proposed it go to $9 or $10.

One measure would set the minimum wage to rise with inflation.

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