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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Gov. Tom Wolf, top Dems push for hourly wage increase

Gov. Tom Wolf, top Dems push for hourly wage increase

Jul 12, 2021 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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State & Federal Political Recap

State & Federal Political Recap

Jul 12, 2021 | Tristan Daedalus

On Friday, Governor Tom Wolf joined Democratic members of the House and Senate, including House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, in Philadelphia to again call for a raise in Pennsylvania's minimum wage.  Without regard for the economic consequences of this proposal, Gov. Wolf has repeatedly called for the state's minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour after an initial increase to $12.  The governor and advocates have also proposed eliminating the tipped credit system used primarily by the restaurant industry, which would force these small businesses to increase labor costs by 425 percent as they continue struggling to recover from the pandemic.

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PA Business Leaders Call Wolf's Budget 'A Step Backwards'

PA Business Leaders Call Wolf's Budget 'A Step Backwards'

Mar 4, 2021 | Delaware Valley Journal

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Wolf’s budget would harm struggling employers, Causer says

Wolf’s budget would harm struggling employers, Causer says

Mar 4, 2021 | The Bradford Era

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PA Chamber: State Minimum Wage Report Highlights  Actual Demographics of Minimum Wage Earners

PA Chamber: State Minimum Wage Report Highlights Actual Demographics of Minimum Wage Earners

Mar 4, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the recent publication of the PA Department of Labor and Industry’s "2021 Minimum Wage Report."  

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PA Chamber: Pro-Growth Policies are the Answer to Moving  Pennsylvania’s Economy Forward

PA Chamber: Pro-Growth Policies are the Answer to Moving Pennsylvania’s Economy Forward

Feb 3, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2021-22 budget proposal:

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Proposed minimum wage hike draws mixed reaction

Proposed minimum wage hike draws mixed reaction

Jan 31, 2021 | Citizens' Voice

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Gov. Tom Wolf, now a lame duck, wants billions for workforce aid

Gov. Tom Wolf, now a lame duck, wants billions for workforce aid

Jan 28, 2021 | Associated Press

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 PA Chamber: Policies That Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA  Will Slow Economic Recovery

PA Chamber: Policies That Increase Cost of Doing Business in PA Will Slow Economic Recovery

Jan 28, 2021 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s announced priorities for the 2021-22 legislative session – which include enacting an additional tax on the energy industry and a government mandated wage increase:

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