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Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order Increasing Minimum Wage for State Employees

07 Mar 2016 6:23 PM | Deleted user

Governor Wolf today signed an executive order to increase the minimum wage for state government employees and workers on jobs contracted by the state. Read the order here.

The order increases the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.15, effective immediately, and directly affects 450 state workers. At a press conference, during which Wolf signed the order, he could only state that the affected employees were “maintenance” workers. The cost of implementing the new minimum wage for the 450 employees will cost approximately $1.2 million.

The provision of the executive order that increases the minimum wage for workers on jobs contracted by the state is far less clear. When pressed for specifics, Wolf stated that the executive order is not retroactive, and only affects any new contracts with the government. However, he was unable to provide details on how many or what type of state contracts would be affected by the order.

Wolf also renewed his push for a state-wide minimum wage increase, highlighting the efforts of Representative Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) and Senator Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia).

Representative Kim announced last month that she is reintroducing legislation designed to increase the minimum wage to $10.10.

Senator Tartaglione introduced Senate Bills 195-199 this session, all of which call for increases to the minimum wage for both tipped and non-tipped employees. Employees who do not receive tips as part of their job would make a minimum of $10.10 an hour, while tipped employees would receive 70% of the minimum wage amount.

Lawmakers are currently considering other bills.

Senate Bill 836, introduced by Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery, Delaware), calls for the minimum wage to be increased to $15 and permanently indexed to the inflation rate.

Senate Bill 610, introduced by Senator Scott Wagner (R-York), takes a more moderate approach, raising the minimum wage to $8.75 and providing for a “training wage” for employees age 18 and under, equal to the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.

It is unclear if Governor Wolf’s executive order will spur legislators into action.

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