Wolf's Proposal To Raise Minimum Wage Is Hot Topic At Budget Hearings In Harrisburg

Governor Tom Wolf's proposal to raise the state's minimum wage was a hot topic during the state Labor and Industry Secretary's appearance before the House Appropriations Committee last week. Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak says raising the state's minimum wage will have a positive impact on the PA economy. But state Representative Fred Keller disagrees, saying doing so will hurt the people its intended to help. But Oleksiak says the last time the state raised its minimum wage in 2009 total employment increased and there was no decline in the total number of small or large businesses.