DC Minimum Wages

Initiative 77, a Washington DC initiative that was passed by voters in the Nation’s Capital back in June is again back before the DC City Council, where a majority of members oppose the measure. City Councilors are now seriously considering repealing the measure and the city council’s Committee on the Whole will hold a public…

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Machinations in Michigan Minimum Wage Chess Match

To summarize, the Michigan State Board of Canvassers was deadlocked (2-2) over whether to certify the validity of a ballot initiative to increase the state minimum wage to $12 by 2022, mandate paid sick leave on private employers and eliminate the tipped wage by 2024. The Michigan Court of Appeals ordered the Board of Canvassers…

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Miscellaneous

It is ironic at a minimum that The Coffee Shop, an iconic restaurant in New York’s Union Square, announced in July that it would be closing permanently. The aforementioned Democratic Socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez worked in the establishment before winning the democratic primary in June. The owner cited increasing rents and the $15 NYC…

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NC Overrides Veto, Hikes Public Minimum Wage to $15

The surprise is not that the minimum wage for state workers in North Carolina is increasing to $15 per hour, rather that the Republican legislature overrode a Democratic gubernatorial veto to make it happen. The generally-reliable red state of North Carolina seemed to flip roles recently when democratic Governor Roy Cooper vetoed an Omnibus Spending…

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Miami Beach Minimum Wage Goes to Court

The appeal by Miami Beach of lower court rulings that blocked implementation of a separate local minimum wage has been accepted for review by the Florida Supreme Judicial Court. You may recall that Miami Beach passed an ordinance back in 2016 increasing the minimum wage within the city to $13.31 by 2021. The ordinance passed…

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Court Clears Michigan Minimum Wage for Ballot

In Michigan, the state Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to send a proposal raising the state minimum wage to $12/hour to the state ballot in November. The ballot initiative, which had been pushed by a group called Michigan One Fair Wage, would increase the current state minimum wage of $9.25 to $12/hour by 2022 and…

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Windy City Blowing Anti-Business?

So it would seem that Chicago is intent on implementing as many policies as possible that win votes, but do little to grow and improve a region’s economy and business climate. First off, last month we noted an initiative by Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar to begin a Universal Basic Income (UBI) pilot program won support…

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Missouri Will Vote On $12 Minimum Wage This Fall

As if the voters deciding to eliminate the Missouri right to work law wasn’t enough, state officials last week also approved for the fall ballot a measure to raise the state minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2023. The current minimum wage in Missouri is indexed to inflation by law and as a result…

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Minimum Wage Heading to Arkansas Ballot

Although it is still not official, it seems much more likely that voters in Arkansas will get the chance to decide on a proposal to increase the state minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2021. Advocates submitted an additional 45,000 signatures to the Secretary of State last Friday. The ballot initiative, which proposes to…

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Court Restores Discrimination Claim Over Minimum Wage

In a surprising ruling on Wednesday, the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals restored a discrimination challenge brought against the city of Birmingham Alabama by African-American fast-food workers. The suit, initially filed in 2016, alleged that the state’s mostly white legislature violated the civil rights of black workers by nullifying a new minimum wage in…

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