House Majority Leader Cutler responds to Wolf’s call to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour
HARRISBURG – House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) issued the following statement:
“Pennsylvanians are earning more today than ever in our state’s history. According to Gov. Tom Wolf’s Department of Labor and Industry, the average wage in our state has increased by about 25% over the last 10 years. House Republican policies have paved the way for industries across Pennsylvania to increase wages at all levels of the employment spectrum. Today, you can walk into all kinds of businesses offering entry-level work, with no experience necessary, and find employment paying well above the minimum wage.
“At the same time, our focus remains on moving Pennsylvanians out of low-paying jobs and into family-sustaining careers. Pennsylvania employers currently have more openings than qualified people to fill them. The policies we worked on this session with the governor have helped increase access to affordable and high-quality job training, so Pennsylvanians from all walks of life can find a fulfilling career.
“Today, Gov. Wolf urged Pennsylvania to move towards a $15 per hour minimum wage with annual increases. That is a wage that study after study shows would result in job losses across the employment spectrum. We stand committed to helping Pennsylvanians earn as much as possible, but not if it means losing the very jobs workers rely upon.”
Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives