PA Democrats Want Inmates Included In Proposed Wage Hike To $21/Hour

  • Pennsylvania House member pushing legislation that would raise inmates pay from less than $1 per hour to as much as $21 per hour.
  • The proposal is to raise Pennsylvania’s current minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $16.50 in July 2025, eventually reaching $21 per hour in July 2028. That minimum wage also would apply to inmates.
  • Not surprisingly, Pennsylvania Republicans weren’t amused. “Not only are House Democrats making it harder to do business in Pennsylvania by increasing the mandated wage to $21 per hour,” House Republican Spokesperson Jason Gottesman said in a statement, “but Pennsylvania House Democrats want to provide that wage to the most dangerous incarcerated individuals in Pennsylvania, including violent criminals, rapists, cop killers and child molesters.”
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