Governor Wolf boosts minimum wage again for state employees

Gov. Tom Wolf is raising the minimum wage for the second time for Pennsylvania government employees and contractors under his jurisdiction.

Wolf on Thursday signed an executive order increasing it to $12 an hour starting Sunday. It orders an annual boost of 50 cents-an-hour until it reaches $15 in 2024.

The administration did not immediately say how many employees it could affect. Wolf raised the minimum wage to $10.15 in 2016, benefiting a few hundred state employees.

Wolf's term ends in January and ensuing governors could reverse the order. Wolf is seeking a second term against Republican Scott Wagner in November's election.

Pennsylvania wages are set at the decade-old federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, like 20 other states, and the Republican-controlled Legislature has rejected Wolf's overtures to raise it.

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