Municipal Minimum Wage Workings

Minimum wages continue to be debated at the local level in some communities around the country. Tying the topic to the mid-term elections, Flagstaff Arizona voters rejected Proposition 418, which proposed to bring that city’s minimum wage in line with the rest of the state ($11 in 2019 & $12 in 2020), defeating a business-backed…

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Cook County Sick Leave Mandate

Back at the local level, a handful of communities within Cook County in Illinois have reversed earlier decisions to opt out of the Cook County paid sick leave mandate and are now opting in. Northbrook became the latest when it reconsidered and opted in to mandate that its employers provide workers up to 40 hours…

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Missouri Ballot Incentive

For those in the state of Missouri who may need a little extra incentive to get out and vote next Tuesday, there is a question on the ballot that brings the issue of minimum wage home to roost – should the state mandate a minimum wage of $12 per hour by the year 2022? If…

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NJ Wage Increases

With its minimum wage now tied to inflation, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced the minimum wage in January 2019 will increase to $8.85 per hour. The minimum wage hike, put in place by New Jersey voters in a 2014 referendum, brought the wage up to the current $8.60 and then tied it to inflation…

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Minimum Wage Moving Elsewhere

New Jersey is one example, but the ongoing drumbeat to continually hike the minimum wage at state and local levels continues. The city council in St. Paul Minnesota released an initial draft of a $15/hr minimum wage ordinance they plan to consider before year-end. The proposal mandates that large businesses with 100 workers or more…

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DC Council Votes To Repeal Initiative 77

The voters approved it back in June by a margin of 56-44%, but members of the DC City Council have a different view of its cost/benefit. By a vote of 8-5, the council passed the first of 2 votes required to formally repeal the law which is slated to completely eliminate the tipped wage by…

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The A’s Have It

Media outlets have been all over the announcement this week by Amazon that the company will raise the current $11/hour minimum wage for its lowest employees across the United States to $15 an hour beginning November 1 of this year. Voters in Arkansas will likely be asked next month to consider increasing the current state…

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Minnesota Minimum Wage Machinations

The St. Paul, Minnesota City Council has reviewed a number of different proposals from advocates to create a new $15 per hour minimum wage within the city limits. Of the three different proposals the city council has reviewed, the body appears to favor a staggered phase-in over a five to seven year period. Last week,…

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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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