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§ 8-506. Providing for a Decent, Living Wage. 171
We, the citizens of Philadelphia, believe that a fair day's work deserves a fair day's wage; that working people deserve to be paid a decent, family sustaining, living wage; and that the current Pennsylvania minimum wage is unacceptable because it makes a decent living impossible for too many working people, relegating too many to a life of poverty. We, therefore, call upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly to raise the Pennsylvania minimum wage now, so that it reaches $15 an hour, in stages, by 2025, in order to allow a working person to avoid poverty and to afford the basic necessities of life. Alternatively, we call upon the General Assembly to allow the City of Philadelphia to take care of its own residents and to increase the minimum wage in Philadelphia. All appropriate City officials are hereby vested with the authority and the responsibility to take all appropriate steps, to the fullest extent allowable under the law, to ensure that working people in Philadelphia are paid a decent, family sustaining, living wage.