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ThinkProgress: The Conservative Backlash Against Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Victories Sweeping The Nation

“Nineteen states have passed laws blocking local governments from raising the minimum wage above the state level. Some laws, such as Colorado’s, enacted in 1999, have been in place for a long time. However, 11 out of the 19 laws have been enacted since 2013. (There is also some question whether Pennsylvania’s vaguely worded law actually bans localities from raising the minimum wage.) These laws range geographically from coast to coast, but 13 out of the 19 preemption laws were signed into law by a Republican governor.

On top of this, 15 states have banned localities from establishing paid sick leave requirements, including 14 of the states that have also blocked higher minimum wage laws at the local level. Preemption laws against paid sick leave have sharply increased in recent years, as 12 of the 15 states passed their laws in the last three years. At least 12 were signed by a Republican governor, while in Missouri, one of the states to pass a preemption law against cities raising the minimum wage and enacting increased benefits, the law only passed after the legislature overrode the vetoof Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.”

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By |June 20th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on ThinkProgress: The Conservative Backlash Against Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Victories Sweeping The Nation

Washington Post: DC lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage, joining N.Y., Calif.

The D.C. Council unanimously approved a plan to ratchet up the city’s hourly minimum wage to $15 on Tuesday, and Mayor Muriel E. Bowser pledged to sign the measure into law, likely lifting low-income pay rates in the District to among the highest in the nation within four years.

The vote marked a victory for local and national unions, which targeted the nation’s capital more than a year ago for a symbolic victory in the “Fight for $15” campaign.

A final vote is required later this month, but that appeared to be a formality.

The District’s hourly minimum, now $10.50, would rise to $15 by 2020. After that, annual increases would be automatic and tied to inflation, as unions have wanted. But to assuage the District’s powerful restaurant-industry lobby, D.C. lawmakers have demanded that tipped workers’ pay rise by a smaller amount.

 

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By |June 7th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on Washington Post: DC lawmakers approve $15 minimum wage, joining N.Y., Calif.

DC to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour.

From the Washington Post:

“D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s proposal to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour passed a committee vote Wednesday, setting up a final series of votes on the measure by the D.C. Council this month.

The council so far appears likely to keep intact the bulk of Bowser’s plan: matching New York City and California with one of the nation’s highest hourly minimums. The District’s minimum wage would increase by about 70 cents a year, reaching $15 by 2020. After that, it would be indexed to inflation, probably rising a couple of percentage points each year.”

 

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By |June 2nd, 2016|Legislation, News Coverage|Comments Off on DC to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour.

Washington Post: 80% of Small Business Owners Support a Minimum Wage Hike

Whenever minimum wage increases are proposed on the state or federal level, business groups tend to fight them tooth and nail. But actual opposition may not be as united as the groups’ rhetoric might make it appear, according to internal research conducted by a leading consultant for state chambers of commerce.

The survey of 1,000 business executives across the country was conducted by LuntzGlobal, the firm run by Republican pollster Frank Luntz, and obtained by a liberal watchdog group called the Center for Media and Democracy. (The slide deck is here, and the full questionnaire is here.) Among the most interesting findings: 80 percent of respondents said they supported raising their state’s minimum wage, while only eight percent opposed it.

 

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By |April 4th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on Washington Post: 80% of Small Business Owners Support a Minimum Wage Hike

California to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

From Reuters:
“A deal has been reached to raise California’s minimum wage, Governor Jerry Brown said on Monday, adding to a wave of minimum wage increases at state level in the United States.

In a brief statement, Brown described it as a “landmark deal” and said he would release details at a press conference later on Monday.

A legislative source said the proposal, which still must win approval from moderate lawmakers in the state assembly, would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15, but give the governor the right to opt out if the economy was struggling.”

 

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By |March 28th, 2016|News Coverage, Uncategorized|Comments Off on California to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Forbes – Wall Street Bonuses More Than Total Earnings of Minimum Wage Earners

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By |March 16th, 2016|News Coverage|Comments Off on Forbes – Wall Street Bonuses More Than Total Earnings of Minimum Wage Earners