New Study Reviews Effect of Governor's Wage Increase

- A new study looks at how Erie County would be affected by a proposed statewide minimum wage increase.

The Keystone Research Center recently conducted the study, showing how many workers will be affected by the potential increases, which could heavily impact our local economy.

The proposed minimum wage increase in Governor Tom Wolf's recent budget proposal would see an increase from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, by 2016.

A recent study by the Keystone Research Center indicates that of the 1.3 million workers that would be affected in the Commonwealth, 32,000 of those are right here in Erie County, with 60 percent of them being full-time workers over the age of 20.

According to the study, the minimum wage increase, which hasn't been increased since 2007, would put $2 billion dollars back into the state's economy.

Some economists say raising the minimum wage too high, can have negative effects, and possibly job cuts but ultimately, the wage increases are aimed to help working individuals and families increase their standards of living.

The deadline for the governor's budget is June 30, and if this passes, wages could be increased by the end of the year.

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