Local business owners rally to lawmakers for minimum wage hike

By Andre Thomas Jr.

Mar 27, 2023

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Local business owners attended a public hearing on Monday to address the need for a higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth’s minimum wage has been set at $7.25 for 15 years, and supporters, including House Democrats, say it’s time for that to change.

“I just ask them to step into my shoes, please step into my shoes, see if you can last one hour,” said a local homecare nurse.

“The testimonies we heard today were pretty powerful and impactful. It just reminded us about who is impacted when we have a low minimum wage,” said Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin/Cumberland).

They say lots of people are affected. read more