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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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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PA Chamber: IFO Report Backs Up Concerns Over Mandated Minimum Wage Increases

PA Chamber: IFO Report Backs Up Concerns Over Mandated Minimum Wage Increases

Mar 28, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the recent publication of the Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office’s analysis of a proposed minimum wage increase being pushed by the Wolf administration and certain lawmakers.  The plan calls for a wage increase to $12 - a 65 percent increase – as early as July 1, with incremental increases to $15 in the years ahead. Additionally, the plan calls for elimination of the tipped wage – which means many employers like restaurants would have only a few months to comply with an immediate 235 percent increase in labor costs and an increase of over 500 percent in just a few years.

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LETTER: Minimum wage editorial ignores risks

LETTER: Minimum wage editorial ignores risks

Mar 12, 2019 | York Dispatch

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Could Pennsylvania’s minimum-wage earners see a raise?

Could Pennsylvania’s minimum-wage earners see a raise?

Mar 10, 2019 | Pocono Record

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Readers React: Why minimum wage hike would hurt Pennsylvania's economy

Readers React: Why minimum wage hike would hurt Pennsylvania's economy

Mar 5, 2019 | Allentown Morning Call

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Gov. Wolf Touts Plan to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Gov. Wolf Touts Plan to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

Jan 31, 2019 | Explore Clarion

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Business leaders react to Gov. Wolf push to raise minimum wage

Business leaders react to Gov. Wolf push to raise minimum wage

Jan 30, 2019 | Lehigh Valley Business

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Wolf renews bid to put state's minimum wage among highest

Wolf renews bid to put state's minimum wage among highest

Jan 30, 2019 | Pottstown Mercury

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Wolf: Boost Pa. minimum wage to $12 an hour this year

Wolf: Boost Pa. minimum wage to $12 an hour this year

Jan 30, 2019 | Erie Times-News

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Wolf again calls for minimum wage hike

Wolf again calls for minimum wage hike

Jan 30, 2019 | Citizens Voice

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf calls, again, for a minimum wage increase

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf calls, again, for a minimum wage increase

Jan 30, 2019 | Allentown Morning Call

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Gov. Wolf renews push for higher minimum wage

Gov. Wolf renews push for higher minimum wage

Jan 30, 2019 | Central Penn Business Journal

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Gov. Wolf seeks increase in Pa.'s minimum wage. Again.

Gov. Wolf seeks increase in Pa.'s minimum wage. Again.

Jan 30, 2019 | Philly.com

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PA Chamber: Aggressive Mandated Wage Push Ignores Economic Realities for Pennsylvania Employers, Workers

PA Chamber: Aggressive Mandated Wage Push Ignores Economic Realities for Pennsylvania Employers, Workers

Jan 30, 2019 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to a press conference by Gov. Tom Wolf calling for a government mandated minimum wage increase to $12 an hour in July with incremental increases to $15 and elimination of the tipped wage:

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Debate Over Pa. Min. Wage Continues

Debate Over Pa. Min. Wage Continues

Jan 14, 2019 | ButlerRadio.com

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Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania

Raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania

Jan 9, 2019 | WITF

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