STATEMENT: On Introduction of the Federal Raise the Wage Act of 2019—Minimum Wage Increase

Date of Press Release: 
January 16, 2019

HARRISBURG — Keystone Research Center Labor Economist Mark Price made the following statement about the federal introduction of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019:

"Today lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate unveiled the Raise the Wage Act of 2019-legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2024. The legislation would eliminate the tipped minimum wage and adjust the minimum wage annually after 2024 to match the growth in median wages.

"We estimate this legislation would lift wages for 2.2 million Pennsylvania workers who have seen their pay grow more slowly than workers in all of our neighboring states in part because those states have raised their minimum wage as the federal minimum wage has remained stuck at $7.25.

"We congratulate the co-sponsors of the Raise the Wage Act from the Pennsylvania congressional delegation: Brendan Boyle, Mathew Cartwright, Madeleine Dean, Michael Doyle, Dwight Evans, Conor Lamb, Mary Scanlon, and Susan Wild and call on the rest of Pennsylvania's Senators and House members to support raising the minimum wage."