Senator Haywood supports raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour with a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and has co-sponsored SB195 and SB836, which would raise the wage to $10.10 and $15.00 per hour with COLA, respectively. Raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour will allow workers greater financial independence while adding at least 6000 jobs across the commonwealth from increased consumer spending.
At the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, full-time workers receive only $290 a week in gross pay. That is not enough to lead an independent life; in fact, studies by Feeding America and the University of California, Berkeley show that most enrollees in public assistance – and most food pantry clients – come from working families. Hard work should not lead to hunger. Senator Haywood supports a minimum wage that leads to independence.
Senator Haywood supports initiatives for small business growth, including Governor Wolf’s Main Street grant program. The senator prioritizes collaboration and communication with small businesses in his district. He also supports increased job training and “ban the box” legislation to increase employment chances for ex-offenders, and give all Pennsylvanians a greater chance of independence.