Today marks longest period in history without an increase.since the was last raised, the
The federal minimum wage was at its peak purchasing power in, when the minimum wage was , according to the
“Every day without a raise is another day the minimum wage falls further behind the cost of living,” said“When the minimum wage is set too low, workers can be making more than the minimum and still struggle to pay rent and feed themselves and their families. Minimum wage raises go right back into businesses and communities, as workers have more to spend as customers at local businesses.”
As recently as June, advocates for a minimum wage increase have urged President Joe Biden to take action on raising the federal minimum wage.
including , have than the
and his administration have continued to call for a raise in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage through gradual increases.
Meanwhile, 11 states and Washington D.C. have enacted minimum wages at $15/hr or higher, including
Cassie Miller is an associate editor at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, where this story first appeared.