HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A compromise package to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 is advancing in the Legislature, up against a deadline for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to relent on his effort to extend overtime pay eligibility to thousands of workers.
A Senate committee on Monday passed a newly unveiled measure to gradually raise the minimum wage to $9.50 in 2022.READ MORE: Row House Cinema In Lawrenceville Returning In September After Being Closed Since Pandemic's Start
The state’s current minimum wage is the federal minimum of $7.25.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Looking For Help Identifying Graffiti Suspects
A spokeswoman for Senate Republican leaders says they expect to bring it to a floor vote this week, although its prospects in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives are unclear.
The bill is more modest than what Wolf proposed in January, and requires him to make a number of concessions. That includes rescinding his proposed overtime regulation before a state rule-making board votes on it Thursday.MORE NEWS: Police: Three People Facing Numerous Charges For Roles In Drug Distribution, Human Trafficking Ring
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