Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania could see an increase to the minimum wage for the first time since 2009.

The bill passed in Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled Senate, although it’s unclear if it will pass in State House of Representatives, which is also controlled by a majority of Republican seats.

The bill is far more modest than the immediate $12 minimum that Wolf proposed in January.

Senate Bill 79 would raise the minimum wage to $8.00 next July 1, and by 50 cents every six months until the rate reaches $9.50 on Jan. 1, 2022. Senate Bill 79 would raise the minimum wage in four steps: to $8 per hour on July 1, 2020; $8.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2021, $9 per hour on July 1, 2021; and then $9.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2022.

The bill still needs to be approved by the House and sent to the Governor for his signature before it can go into effect. Supporters say about 385,000 low-wage workers in Pennsylvania stand to benefit directly from a $9.50 minimum wage. The tip wage, earned by those working in restaurants and other places where tips make up a bulk of their salary, remains at $2.83 an hour.

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