State Sen. Judy Schwank went back to basics on Monday in an attempt to demonstrate her support of Senate Bill 1300, which would increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.
Basics as in eggs, bread and cereal.
Schwank told attendees at a press conference in the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg that she had attempted – and failed – to purchase those household staples with $7.25, the state’s current minimum wage.
“You know that you and I couldn’t make ends meet on $7.25 an hour, and our friends, relatives and neighbors cannot do it either,” Schwank said. “A business whose plan works only on the exploitation of the labor of people who couldn’t find higher paying jobs is not a model that’s sustainable for our country nor is it sustainable for our commonwealth.”
Along with increasing the minimum wage beyond the federal minimum, the bill would also tie future increases to inflation.
“It’s important we make the effort to get the minimum wage bill passed in Pennsylvania, tie it to the Consumer Price Index so that we don’t have to wait for legislators to take action… and we can help solve this problem, once and for all," Schwank said.