Business Owners Say A Proposed Minimum Wage Increase Would Be 'hugely problematic'

Time is running out for a proposal to increase the state minimum wage.

Melinda Roeder
June 17, 2019 - 9:38 am
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Time is running out for a proposal to increase the state minimum wage.

Lawmakers have until July 1st to hammer out a new budget.

So far, Governor Wolf's minimum wage proposal has stalled in committee.

He wants to raise wages to 12 dollars now, gradually increasing to 15 dollars by 2025.

But many Republicans - and business owners say that's too steep. Grant Scorsone who owns Spoonwood Brewing Company in Bethel Park says it would cause problems.

“Part of that legislation is to get rid of the tipped wage where I pay my servers $4 dollars and hour right now with seems like slavery but trust me when I tell you they make tremendous money and if I were to have to pay them another $11 an hour, it would be hugely problematic,” said Scorsone. “Even my High School bussers, they make well in excess of $12.50 an hour and my servers make very good money working 30 hour work weeks.”

He says he'd have to pass along that cost to customers

Several Republican say they're open to a raise - but want something less aggressive.

So far, no minimum wage bill has made it out of committee.

The minimum wage hasn’t been raised since the federal increase to $7.25 an hour in 2009.