Minimum Wage

The PA Chamber is a leading voice against government mandated minimum wage increases. Nonpartisan studies have shown and businesses have reported that these “feel good” policies often lead to reduced employee hours, job loss and a higher cost for goods and services. Our organization supports more targeted approaches to helping low wage earners’ upward mobility in the workforce, such as implementing a state Earned Income Tax Credit and strengthening workforce development programs.

Mandated wage increases hurt businesses and low-wage earners

Despite insight from experts and myths we’ve debunked over time that show the negative impact of mandated wage hikes on employers, consumers and even the low-wage workers that proponents claim to support, some elected officials and the Wolf administration continue to ignore these facts even though the legislation does nothing to address the income and skills gaps that are causing real problems for the Commonwealth.

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Minimum Wage: Myths and Facts | PDF

Organized labor and other left-leaning organizations are once again pushing for mandatory wage increases and, as usual, the success of their campaign will depend on policymakers, the media and general public believing several well-trodden myths:

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Economic policy disputes divide Harrisburg

Economic policy disputes divide Harrisburg

Feb 15, 2020 | Meadville Tribune

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Gov. Tom Wolf proposes boosting minimum wage to $12 by July

Gov. Tom Wolf proposes boosting minimum wage to $12 by July

Jan 28, 2020 | Central Penn Business Journal

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PA Chamber: Aggressive Minimum Wage Hike, Overtime Rule Change Proposal and Severance Tax Would Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA;  Hurt State’s Competitive Edge

PA Chamber: Aggressive Minimum Wage Hike, Overtime Rule Change Proposal and Severance Tax Would Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA; Hurt State’s Competitive Edge

Jan 28, 2020 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Governor Tom Wolf’s renewed calls to double the state’s minimum wage rate to $15, significantly expand the state’s overtime eligibility rules and for an additional tax on the Commonwealth’s natural gas industry:

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Biz groups divided on minimum wage hike

Biz groups divided on minimum wage hike

Jan 13, 2020 | Meadville Tribune

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Governor puts House on timetable to pass minimum wage bill

Governor puts House on timetable to pass minimum wage bill

Dec 6, 2019 | Associated Press

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Talks on Pa's minimum wage heat up before deadline

Talks on Pa's minimum wage heat up before deadline

Nov 17, 2019 | Associated Press

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Wage boosts in Pennsylvania

Wage boosts in Pennsylvania

Nov 6, 2019 | Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal

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Raising the minimum wage would only hurt Franklin County, lawmakers say

Raising the minimum wage would only hurt Franklin County, lawmakers say

Oct 31, 2019 | Chambersburg Public Opinion

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PA wage increases by 3 percent

PA wage increases by 3 percent

Aug 28, 2019 | abc27 News

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Letter: Minimum wage consequences

Letter: Minimum wage consequences

Jul 19, 2019 | Carlisle Sentinel

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Letter: Minimum wage consequences

Letter: Minimum wage consequences

Jun 19, 2019 | Carlisle Sentinel

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