The Keystone Research Center (KRC) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization, created in 1996 to promote a more prosperous and equitable Pennsylvania. Since then it has become the leading source of independent economic analysis. The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC), a project of KRC, provides independent, credible research on state budget and tax issues and related policy matters, with a focus on creating broadly shared prosperity in the state.

It’s Time To Raise the Wage in PA

Every state surrounding our Commonwealth has raised their minimum wage, while Pennsylvania remains a dismal $7.25.

Multiple studies have shown that increasing the minimum wages doesn’t damage job growth—in some cases, employment increased along with consumer spending in the years following the increase.  If Pennsylvania’s minimum wage kept up with productivity it would be over $18 an hour, not $7.25.

  • The PA General Assembly hasn’t raised the minimum wage here in over 13 years.
  • Republican members of the House of Representatives blocked an increase in minimum wage as part of the budget agreement.
  • We demand that the Republican leadership of the House allow a vote on the minimum wage in September.
  • Around 2 million Pennsylvanians would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage, which means local economies would benefit, too.
  • The majority of workers in PA who would benefit are adults (89%) working full-time (55%).
  • 29 states, including ALL of our neighboring states, have already raised the minimum wage. In our neighboring states that have raised the minimum wage both wage and job growth has been stronger in industries most affected by a minimum wage increase.
  • We need to raise the minimum wage immediately and create a path to a $15 wage.
  • The minimum wage should fit the local economy. We need to raise the state minimum wage and give local communities the right to set a higher minimum wage that works for them. Local variation in the minimum wage is good public policy because PA is a large state and both wages and the cost of living may be higher from one region of the state to another.

The We The People Campaign

We The People is a proactive issue advocacy campaign that aims to change the narrative about politics in Pennsylvania from one that focuses on cutting taxes for the rich and spending for everyone else to one that puts people first. Keystone Research Center and the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center drew on our strengths in research, communications, advocacy and organizing to plan, launch, and advance this campaign to make politics in Pennsylvania center on creating broadly shared prosperity.

The We The People campaign and agenda embraces six principles: (1) raising wages and improving working conditions; (2) adequately and equitably funding public schools from pre-K to college and worker training; (3) protecting our rights to the necessities of life including health care, food, and housing; (4) investing in our infrastructure and protecting our environment; (5) fixing our rigged tax system so that the rich and corporations pay their fair share; and (6) safeguarding our democracy.

Know the Issues

KRC and PBPC bridge the fragments of the progressive community – labor; faith-based organizations; advocates for and providers of human service; women’s groups; organizations of people of color; environmentalists; and others – seeking to create a unified vision and agenda around which all can rally.

That means we do research and analysis on a number of different issues. Here you can learn about the many issues we focus on, including:

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