The New Year meant an increase in the minimum wage for four neighboring states, but not for workers here in Pennsylvania.
Minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25. That’s lower than any of our neighboring states.
County officials and the United Way say, since minimum wage is not going up, we have to come up with other options for people to afford the costs of rent, utilities, gas, and children.
Faith Ryan is the Director of Adult Services for Centre County. She helps people on a tight budget that are looking to qualify for financial help. She says when you’re living pay check to paycheck, it can be very challenging to pay for life’s surprises.
“We’ll try to help them explore, ya’ know are you receiving food stamps,?” Ryan said. “Are you going to a local food bank? Are you on a budgeting program with your utility company? Housing of course is the trickiest one because it is so expensive and we will try to explore some options for subsidized housing.”