State lawmakers are debating and voting on legislation affecting the minimum wage and the tipped wage. For example, legislation passed by the state House on June 20th will increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026, permanently index it to inflation thereafter, AND increase the tipped wage in Pennsylvania to 60% of the minimum wage (meaning the tipped wage would increase to $6.60 as of Jan. 1, 2024; $9 by 2026). There are many lawmakers who would like to eliminate the tipped wage altogether.
Please contact your state senator and state representative TODAY to explain to them how the current tipped wage system works to benefit both operators and employees alike and let them know that now is not the time to mandate such a drastic payroll increase for small businesses.
Your voice matters. Lawmakers will not know how these proposals impact you until you tell them. Contact your elected official today. Thank you in advance for taking action.