A bill that would end sub-minimum wage for employees who receive tips and raise the overall minimum wage to $12 an hour was introduced this week in Harrisburg.
Two area state senators are making a push to increase the minimum wage, including for employees who receive tips.
State Senators Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) and Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) this week introduced legislation that would end sub-minimum wages for tip earners and raise the overall minimum wage to $12 an hour.
Current Pennsylvania law permits employers to use tips against all but $2.83 of the current $7.25 minimum wage. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13, and has not changed for more than 20 years.
In addition to an increase, the bill would tie the minimum wage to annual inflation, a practice currently done in 11 states, according to information from Stack and Leach.