As Pennsylvania Small Businesses Struggle, Governor Pushes for Job-Killing $15 Minimum Wage
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf once again used the coronavirus pandemic to push his socialist far-left agenda.
The tone-deaf message from the governor comes just as he’s losing control of Pennsylvania amid his sloppy pandemic recovery plan.
Thousands of Pennsylvanians died due to his administration’s confusing and reckless decision to send COVID-positive patients into nursing homes, where they clearly infected non-sick residents.
Wolf’s been arbitrary and secretive in reopening the state. And at times, he’s said some puzzling things, like the time he told Pennsylvanians to commit unemployment compensation fraud if they didn’t want to go back to work because UC was paying them more.
It’s been apparent from the moment we realized our hospital system in Pennsylvania was never close to being overwhelmed that Wolf’s response was not about the virus at all. Instead, the virus and the panicked response serves as a vehicle to push his radical leftist agenda.
And on Tuesday, Wolf again pushed far-left talking points to deflect from his botched response and a, relatively speaking, underwhelming virus.
PA Governor Wolf Pushes for $15 Minimum Wage Amid Pandemic Response
The governor is holding the entire state hostage in his color-coded recovery plan with no parameters in place to fully get out it. As we learned recently, he changed the rules in the Green phase and that’s not the end. There’s something beyond Green but how we get there is a mystery.
So, with his plan to make his actions appear to be virus-related unraveling, Wolf is falling back on his motive now. That’s to push a radical left-wing agenda. And on Tuesday, he went back to one of his favorite issues: the Pennsylvania minimum wage.
Wolf tweeted this Tuesday:
As part of my pandemic recovery plan, I’m renewing my call for a $12 minimum wage with a path to $15.
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) May 26, 2020
So, as Wolf keeps tens of thousands of small businesses across Pennsylvania closed for months, many going with $0 in revenue that entire time, the governor believes it’s a great idea to now push a plan that would put tens of thousands of people out of a job for good.
During the pandemic response to the Chinese virus, Wolf’s decisions to lock down much of the state and so many small businesses put millions out of work. Now, his plan is to keep many of those permanently unemployed with his stupidest and most poorly timed statement to date.
Remember at a news conference weeks ago when Wolf was asked what employers should do if their employees refused to return to work because unemployment paid them more, he smugly replied to simply pay them more.
On Tuesday, he doubled down on that smugness and once again pushed for a massive raise in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Currently, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is $7.25. Wolf wants it to immediately go up to $12 and then eventually to $15.
It may be his most reckless move yet. As sad as it is that thousands of Pennsylvanians have succumbed to this deadly virus, Wolf’s out to destroy the future of this Commonwealth with his leftist agenda.