Pa. minimum wage hike backed by some Democratic gubernatorial candidates

    Pennsylvania’s minimum wage has become a source of campaign fodder for the gubernatorial candidates.

    Gov. Tom Corbett recently expressed his reluctance to raise the state’s $7.25 minimum wage, the federal minimum for an hourly wage. He said he fears it would put a damper on Pennsylvania’s economic comeback, and hasn’t expanded on his comments.

    The front-runners among the eight announced Democratic candidates vying for Corbett’s job have voiced support for a wage hike, saying it would boost consumer spending without costing jobs.

    Democratic state lawmakers have made various proposals this year to boost the minimum wage.

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    One has called for it to go up by just 10 cents, others have proposed that it increase to $9 or $10.

    One measure would set the minimum wage to rise with inflation.

    New Jersey’s minimum wage will rise to $8.25 on Jan. 1 following voter approval of an amendment to the state Constitution that also pegs yearly increases to inflation.

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