Minimum Wages Amid Coronavirus

One could rightly conclude that the middle of a severe economic downturn resulting from a widespread global pandemic would not be a good time to consider increasing a state or local community’s minimum wage. But that wisdom apparently doesn’t hold with some in Portland Maine. Aside from the presidential decision on November 3, voters in…

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Florida Wage Increase Ballot Campaign Tightens

Speaking of efforts to mandate increases in state minimum wages, the latest polling on the Florida minimum wage ballot initiative shows the effort is not as sure a winner as was originally projected. Amendment 2 on the November ballot, which would increase the state current minimum wage of $8.56 per hour to $10 per hour…

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Colorado Tax Cut Cleared for Ballot

A citizen-driven initiative petition to cut both the corporate and individual income tax rates in the state of Colorado has cleared the requisite hurdles and qualified for the November ballot. Backers of Initiative 306, “State Income Tax Rate Reduction”, submitted a total of 198,538 signatures to the office of the Colorado Secretary of State this…

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Florida Wage Petition Closer to Ballot

With minimum wage increases staying in the forefront in a number of jurisdictions across the country, the state of Florida is likewise moving closer to putting the question of raising the state minimum wage on the November 2020 ballot. Florida for a Fair Wage, the primary PAC behind the measure, has thus far submitted just…

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Labor Backs Wage Hikes, Then Limits on Automation

After supporting minimum wage increases just about anywhere and everywhere that they are proposed, organized labor is now looking at the resulting turn toward automation with an eye on restricting or limiting such business options. In Oregon, where the current minimum wage for most counties is $11.25 an hour ($11 in non-urban counties and $12.50…

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Heading To the Ballot?

Speaking of minimum wage increase proposals, advocates in two states are aiming to put a minimum wage increase question on the ballot for voters to decide. First, in Florida, attorney John Morgan, who has been spearheading an effort to increase the state minimum wage (currently $8.46/hour), claimed this week that he had collected over a…

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Mass Millionaire Tax Advances

The Massachusetts legislature, meeting in Constitutional Convention (ConCon) this week gave procedural approval to placing a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2022. The proposal would amend the state constitution by allowing for classes of taxpayers to be taxed at different levels – more specifically, imposing an additional 4% surcharge on incomes exceeding $1 million.…

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Maine Paid Leave Shifting

A compromise seems to have been brokered by Governor Janet Mills in the state of Maine over mandating paid leave benefits for private employees. The legislature’s Labor Committee this week approved compromise legislation that would apply to businesses with more than 10 employees who work for a business more than three months in a year.…

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Idaho Minimum Wage Question Ok’d for Ballot

The Idaho Secretary of State has given his approval to an initiative amending the current state minimum wage law and establishing a four-year formula to increase the wage and subsequently tie it to the federal consumer price index (CPI) for specific items. Under the proposal, the current minimum wage of $7.25 would be increased annually…

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Different Directions on State Minimum Wages

It could be called a tale of three directions when we look at minimum wage actions in Arkansas, Florida and Maryland within the past two weeks. As we’ve advised in past issues, the Maryland General Assembly has been advancing minimum wage legislation to hike the state minimum to $15/hour by 2025 and just last week,…

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