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Pennsylvania House passes $15 minimum wage bill

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Cashiers assist customers at a Wegmans Food Markets Inc. supermarket in in Montvale, New Jersey, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

This past September Wegmans opened a new location in Pennsylvania, leaving the company two stores short of a 100-location HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's Democratic-controlled House of Representatives approved a measure by a close vote Tuesday that would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2026, fulfilling a long-held party campaign plank that has run up against Republican legislative majorities for years.The bill passed 103-100 with all but one Democrat voting for it and two Republicans joining them.

But it has an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate as lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro increasingly focus on budget legislation ahead of the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.Pennsylvania's minimum wage is set at the federal minimum of $7.25, and last increased in 2009.The measure would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 by changing from $7.25 to $11 in its first year, then to $13 in 2025 and finally to $15 in 2026.

The bill ties future increases to inflation, which sponsors say mirrors action taken by 15 other states.The legislation would also increase the tipped wage to 60% of the minimum wage from the current $2.83 an hour.

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