This responds to your editorial request for comments from the public regarding the minimum wage in Pennsylvania (“Debating state’s minimum wage,” June 7).
How dare our Pennsylvania legislators not vote to increase the poverty-level minimum wage of $7.25 for their constituents?
They are among the highest paid state legislators in the nation — for a job that allows them to pursue other careers as well.
They get an annual cost-of-living adjustment automatically.
For everybody else, the cost of living for everything increases day by day — gasoline, rent, utilities, clothing, etc. For instance, at the grocery store, $7.25 buys a half-gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, a pound of oleo, two pears and nothing else — no meat, no potatoes, no vegetables.
The solution to solving the minimum wage problem in Pennsylvania is simple. Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and annually thereafter apply the same cost-of-living increase to the minimum wage that is applied to the legislative pay scale.