Minimum wage and the 2015 Philadephia Democratic Mayoral Primary: Where the candidates stand

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Pennsylvania’s minimum wage currently sits at the federal minimum, or $7.25 an hour. But protests have raged on in both Philadelphia and Harrisburg, pushing for wage rises ranging from $10.10 to $15 an hour. For candidates, it’s a balancing act: They have to keep both the businesses and the workers happy.

Here’s where they stand:

Lynne Abraham

On her campaign website, Abraham commits to working “to raise the minimum wage to fight income disparity and help Philadelphia’s businesses grow, thrive and create the good-paying jobs we need.” She’s in favor of a $15 minimum wage.

Nelson Diaz

Diaz is on record saying he supports a $15 minimum wage for workers.

Jim Kenney

Kenney is on record saying he supports a $15 minimum wage for workers.

Doug Oliver

During a mayoral forum hosted by Pennsylvania Working Families, Oliver wouldn’t commit to supporting a $15 minimum wage. According to The Inquirer, he said: “Do I support the increase in minimum wage? I do . . . I don’t know if $15 is the right number, but I know $7 and change is not.”

T. Milton Street

Street is in favor of a $15 minimum wage for workers.

Anthony Williams

Williams is on record saying he supports a $15 minimum wage for workers.

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