Pennsylvania governor raising minimum wage for state workers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is preparing to raise the minimum wage by nearly $3 an hour, to $10.15, for state government employees and workers on jobs contracted by the state.

The Democrat is signing an executive order Monday establishing the new wage minimum.

The Republican-controlled Legislature has refused to consider Wolf's request to set the minimum at over $10 for everyone.

Pennsylvania wages are set at the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, like 20 other states.

The administration isn't saying yet how broadly the order applies or how much it would cost.

Democrat Andrew Cuomo used his power as New York's governor to order gradual wage increases for state employees, state university employees and workers at fast-food chain restaurants, to $15 an hour.