Does the minimum wage increase proposed by House Democrats stand a chance?
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I asked House Speaker John Harris last week. He said he didn’t know, but talked about how raising the minimum wage could threaten small businesses and reduce jobs.
“Nothing is dead on arrival in my opinion. But uh, it would be thoroughly scrutinized by me and many others, I can tell you that,” Harris said.
Incoming Senate President Lyda Green said Thursday that she does not support the idea of having the minimum wage increase automatically along with inflation - one element of the bill proposed by Representatives Les Gara, Mike Doogan and five other Democrats.
What about simply increasing the wage, which is now $7.15 an hour?
Green said she’d have to look at the bill.
It would boost pay statewide to at least $8 an hour, and add inflation-proofing, a provision the state stripped away back in 2003.
Gara and Doogan sent out a statement about the bill this morning, noting it would also require that the minimum wage “stay at least $1/hour higher than the federal minimum wage, which Democrats in Congress are currently proposing to raise.”