The Fight for $15 Is Still a Bad Idea for Pennsylvania

After newly-elected Governor Josh Shapiro raised the issue in his budget address, some are renewing efforts to enact a $15 minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Activists and lawmakers have tried to push the Fight for $15 for years in the Commonwealth, but have been blocked by concerns over the damage it could cause the state in jobs and earnings for employees.

Those concerned about the negative impacts are on to something: economic research shows more than doubling Pennsylvania’s minimum wage (and tipped minimum wage) could cost hundreds of thousands of employees their jobs and even more in lost earnings and shuttered businesses.

A $15 Regular Minimum Wage alone would worsen the economic outlook in Pennsylvania for employees and consumers.

A $15 tipped minimum wage, removing Pennsylvania’s current tip credit, would cause even more harm for workers in affected industries such as restaurants.