US House Votes To Hike Minimum Wage

Despite months of intra-party fighting among different factions within the democratic membership, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a six-year phased increase in the federal minimum wage yesterday. The final vote of 233-199 in favor of more than doubling the current minimum of $7.25 to $15 an hour by 2025 came after a concerted effort…

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“Raise The Wage” Will Cost 1.3 Million Jobs

Just last week, we advised of a study by the left-leaning UCal Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment that concluded raising the federal minimum wage by more than 100% over a five year span would not negatively impact employment. Well, this week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) sprinkled a little bit of…

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Miscellaneous

The US economic expansion now officially qualifies as the longest in history! The nation’s GDP has grown for the last 121 consecutive months, having started back in 2009 after the end of the Great Recession. Notwithstanding the strength and growth of the economy, the country is replete with those who would hamstring it. A new…

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CFA Lobby Day Leads To Wage Increase Fairness Bill

At the recent CFA Lobby Day Forum (held in May) in Washington DC, Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) joined the CFA Board as its guest speaker for the CFA Directors dinner. Having the Congressman join us gave the Board the opportunity to speak candidly with him and in greater detail about an array of issues that…

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House Planning July Vote on $15 Minimum

By the end of next week, the US House will likely be recessing for the July 4th holiday and when it reconvenes thereafter, House democratic leaders anticipate bringing the “Raise The Wage Act” up for a formal floor vote. The legislation, filed by Education & Labor Committee Chairman Representative Scott (D-VA), would raise the current…

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Delaware and New Hampshire Minimum Wage News

As a number of legislative sessions around the country grind to a halt this weekend, it appears that Delaware legislators were unable to agree on legislation to increase the state minimum wage primarily out of concern that the proposed increase for state workers would cost the First State millions of dollars. If the increase is…

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Nevada Enacts Trio of Employee Benefit Laws

A little over one week ago, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed three separate bills, each of which expand mandates on businesses by way of specific employee benefits. AB 456 provides for annual increases in the state minimum wage until it reaches $11 or $12 per hour in 2024, depending on employee benefits. The current Nevada…

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Massachusetts Grants 3 Month Reprieve on Paid Leave Funding

Earlier this week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and state legislators agreed to delay the implementation of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program until October 1, 2019. The program, which was an integral part of the so-called Grand Bargain – a misnomer if ever there was one, was to be funded with a 0.63% payroll…

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More on Minimum Wages

Two weeks ago in Small Regular No Sugar!, we told you of a possible change of heart by the city fathers in Emeryville, California. The city council there saw the negative impact that its aggressive increases to the minimum wage were having on businesses and gave initial approval by a 3-2 vote to delaying the…

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No Deal in Vermont As Legislature Adjourns

Despite movement toward agreement on increasing the state minimum wage and adopting a statewide paid sick leave law, negotiation broke down with a fanfare as the House abruptly adjourned last week until January 7 of 2020. It had been reported that House and Senate leadership had broken a stalemate and reached agreement on increasing the…

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