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Fri Jun 29, 2018, 06:01 AM

Gov. Tom Wolf gives $1.80 hourly raise to lowest-paid state employees

Gov. Tom Wolf doesn't have the power to increase the minimum wage for all Pennsylvania workers but he can do it for the state government employees under his jurisdiction and state contractors' employees - and is.

Wolf signed an executive order on Thursday to increase the current $10.20 minimum hourly wage for those employees to $12 an hour, starting on Sunday.

The executive order includes a provision that increases that hourly minimum wage by 50 cents a year until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024 and then increases it annually by the cost-of- living adjustment using the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All- Urban Consumers for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

He is hoping it helps spur the General Assembly to give a raise to all minimum wage workers in Pennsylvania, who now earn the federally established $7.25 an hour. Pennsylvania's minimum wage has remained at that level since 2009.

Read more: https://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/06/gov_tom_wolf_gives_180_hourly.html

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