Minimum Wage Ballot Question Updates

On the question of minimum wage increases before the voters, there’s good news and bad news for you this week. First off, in Washington DC, the DC City Council, as expected, has taken its second and final vote officially repealing Initiative 77, passed by the voters back in June. The ballot measure not only mandated…

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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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More Minimum Wage Musings

The situation is somewhat similar down in Arkansas, where a ballot question is slated to be on the state November ballot. Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed in the Arkansas Supreme Court by a coalition of business interests challenging the initiative and asking the court to order the initiative removed from the November ballot.…

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The Proliferation of Progressive Politics

It was a major upset and a total shock to the political establishment when back in June, New York bartender Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez handily beat 20-year Congressional incumbent Joseph Crowley for the democratic nomination for New York’s 14th Congressional District. Crowley was Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, essentially the 3rd most powerful democrat in the US…

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