HARRISBURG –April 29, 2015 – State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today announced legislation to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. The bill would also index the minimum wage to inflation and eliminate the tipped minimum wage.

Leach explained his proposal to his Senate colleagues in a co-sponsorship memo.

Leach’s statement on his new proposal:

“An economy that forces full-time workers to toil in poverty is clearly in need of repair. While corporations shower their executives with extravagant bonuses, lavish benefits and golden parachutes, they force their own employees to supplement meager wages with government assistance programs, all at the taxpayers’ expense. It’s time for employers to pay their fair share and for workers to get a fair shake.”

Leach will speak about his new bill at a rally for advocates of a $15 minimum wage on Friday, May 1, 2015 in Philadelphia. Details are below.

WHEN: May 1st, 2015 at 2:00pm

WHERE: McDonald’s at 3935 Walnut St, Philadelphia (40th & Walnut)

WHO: Advocates from 15 Now Philly, SEIU 32BJ, “Fight for 15” fast food workers, POWER, Restaurant Opportunities Center- Philly, 15 Now Temple, May Day USA Coalition (broad group of labor unions), Jobs with Justice, Black Lives Matter, and the Coalition for REAL Justice will attend.

RALLY CONTACT: Kate Goodman of 15 Now: 805-405-8756, kateagoodman@gmail.com

Senator Daylin Leach represents the 17th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Montgomery County and Delaware County. He is also the Democratic Chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee.