Playing The “Race Card” for Higher Wages

Advocates and opponents have been battling over minimum wage increases for the past couple of years as some states and local communities mandate increases while other state pre-empt their local government entities from passing their own wage thresholds.  Now, in the wake of Alabama prohibiting the establishment of local minimums, advocates have filed a lawsuit…

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New Development and a Livable Wage

You knew sooner or later local communities would attach a requirement that a developer pay what the local government defines as a “livable wage” in exchange for development incentives.  Well, it looks as though Worcester, Massachusetts is doing just that.  This week, the Worcester City Council Economic Development Committee unanimously endorsed a tax incremental financing…

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Minimum Wage Morality

The debate over minimum wages shows no sign of abating anytime soon as the push for endless increases spreads.  In both New York and California, the minimum wage increases we reported to you last week were signed into law by the respective governors, Andrew Cuomo in New York and Jerry Brown in California.  Incredibly, after…

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More Minimum Wage and Sick Leave

The state of Idaho became the latest to prohibit the imposition of local minimum wages a bill prohibiting political subdivisions from setting minimum wages above the state minimum become law without the signature of Governor Butch Otter.  The Governor’s staff explained that he didn’t sign or veto the legislation because he was “conflicted” about whether…

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California Agrees on $15 Minimum Wage

In a surprise one-sided agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and labor unions agreed to increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.  Small businesses are said to be granted an additional year to comply. The agreement resulted from discussions between the legislature, the Governor’s office and a number of labor…

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New York Deal Includes Wage Hike & Paid Sick Leave

Although at press time, there were still few details on the formal budget agreement in New York state, we do know that the final document includes an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and a new paid sick leave mandate.  Business interests in New York had pushed back vigorously against Governor Cuomo’s…

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Minimum Wage Movement

It seems to be a topic that just won’t go away, but there is still more activity to report on relative to minimum wage increases across the country.  In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in her state of the District address that she will file legislation to mandate a minimum wage of…

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New York Senate Includes Sick Leave Mandate

In its latest draft budget for Fiscal Year 2017, the republican-controlled New York senate included a sick leave mandate on private employers.  The budget version, approved earlier this week sets up the parameters for negotiation during budget deliberations with the state Assembly.  By being included in both the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget,…

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Ohio Reps File $2 Minimum Wage Hike

With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign still alive after he won the Buckeye State republican primary this week, could Ohio legislators be looking at slipping a minimum wage increase through while he’s not looking?  Columbus Representative Hearcel Craig along with Representative Kent Smith of Euclid filed a bill last week that would increase the…

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Minimum Wages Stays in the Forefront

The issue of mandating increases in minimum wages across the country continues to command attention at a host of different levels.  On the presidential campaign trail, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who called for a $12/hour minimum wage last fall (her opponent, Bernie Sanders filed legislation mandating $15/hour), advocated an end to the tipped minimum wage…

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