skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Friday, December 1, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

On World AIDS Day, New Mexico activists say more money is needed for prevention; ND farmers still navigate corporate land-ownership policy maze; Unpaid caregivers in ME receive limited financial grants.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Secretary of State Antony Blinken urges Israel to protect civilians amid Gaza truce talks, New York Rep. George Santos defends himself as his expected expulsion looms and CDC director warns about respiratory illness as flu season begins.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Congress has iced the Farm Bill, but farmer advocates argue some portions are urgent, the Hoosier State is reaping big rewards from wind and solar, and opponents react to a road through Alaska's Brooks Range, long a dream destination for hunters and anglers.

More Than a Million Reasons For PA Minimum-Wage Hike

play audio
Play

Monday, May 12, 2014   

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The impact of a minimum-wage hike in Pennsylvania would benefit more than 1 million workers from all areas of the state, according to a new report from the Keystone Research Center. KRC Labor Economist Mark Price co-authored the study. He says boosting the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 would have a major ripple effect from one end of Pennsylvania to the other.

"Of that million, roughly 340,000 of the people who would benefit from this minimum-wage increase live in the state's rural areas," Price says. "Those folks represent about 23 percent of the rural workforce, and that's a greater share than you would find in the state's urban areas."

Price says the prospects of a boost in Pennsylvania's minimum wage are well received because the idea makes good business sense.

"You're growing people's earnings from work, and they're going to take that extra money and they're going to pay a bill they've been putting off, get their car repaired, maybe just take their family out for a nice meal. That spending then filters out to the local economy," he explains.

Price adds that the reality of people struggling financially is one many people can relate to.

"We're talking about your neighbors, people in your family, so this is a common experience. That's why when debates about the minimum wage come up, these policies to raise the minimum wage are broadly popular," he points out, "popular among Democrats and Republicans."

In terms of value, Price says, today's minimum wage is 23 percent lower than it was in 1968, when adjusted for inflation. The result of a minimum-wage hike, the report shows, is that about 50,000 workers would be financially better off in each of Bucks and Lancaster counties and the Harrisburg and Scranton metros. More than 113,000 would benefit in Philadelphia, and in excess of 200,000 would be helped in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas.



get more stories like this via email

more stories
According to the National Family Farm Coalition, the average U.S. farmland value is now $3,800 per
acre, the highest since the 1970s. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

North Dakota's farming landscape is seeing policy shifts dealing with corporate ownership of agricultural interests. Now, there's fresh debate at the …


Social Issues

play sound

Advocates for unpaid family caregivers in Maine say they'll need continued support beyond the recently passed paid family and medical leave program…

Social Issues

play sound

The Students for Justice in Palestine chapters at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida are filing lawsuits against the deacti…


An estimated 40% of recent college graduates in the U.S. are underemployed, according to Statista. (Adobe Stock)

play sound

A new report from WGU Labs, a nonprofit affiliate of Western Governors University based in Millcreek, Utah, is shedding light on the importance of …

Social Issues

play sound

Many older residents of Washington state are facing strains on their budgets -- and the government programs that could assist them are underused…

The Thrive Indianapolis Annual Report 2022 says Indianapolis has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 35 consecutive years. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Bloomington and Indianapolis are getting some international recognition for the work they're doing to help the environment. The two have been named …

Health and Wellness

play sound

New Mexico activists are tapping today's World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to announce they'll ask the State Legislature to provide more money for treatment …

play sound

Bipartisan legislation that proposes the installation of solar panels in schools across Pennsylvania awaits a vote in the state Senate. The Solar …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021