During a recent interview, Carson said it would be “very difficult” to live on $7.25 an hour and that the federal minimum wage should be indexed in order to change with fluctuating circumstances.
In 2019, Democratic lawmakers introduced at least seven bills to raise the state’s minimum wage, but not a single one received a committee hearing, let alone a vote, in the Republican-controlled legislature.
The hourly wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 since 2009. Gov. Tom Wolf is working to change that, despite opposition from state Republicans.
Meanwhile, the federal minimum wage hasn't increased since 2009.