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Tom Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks after he took the oath of office to become the 47th governor of Pennsylvania Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Wolf says passage of a higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania is a priority of his in the current legislative session.

At an impromptu news briefing after speaking before a closed-door meeting sponsored by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Wolf said Tuesday he supports a bill sponsored by Rep. Patty Kim, a Dauphin County Democrat.

It would boost the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour over two years.

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Wolf says lifting the floor on compensation provides benefits to the economy and makes the free market work better. He says it's been years since the minimum wage has been increased in Pennsylvania.

The federal minimum wage has stood at $7.25 an hour since 2009 and President Obama is leading the drive to increase the hourly standard to $10.10.

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