On the Senate Agenda today is Senator Bob Marshall’s SB10, which, as originally drafted, would raise the minimum wage 0.50 cents in each of the next four years (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, so that it is eventually $10.25 in 2020. Right now, the minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. However, Senator Marshall has introduced an amendment that guts his bill and then only raises the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour effective October 1, 2018, and to $9.25 per hour effective October 1, 2019.
Talk about negotiating against yourself. Marshall is allegedly running for reelection. And he intentionally weakens his own bill to make it more business-friendly and conservative? Good luck winning that primary, Bob. I am of half a mind to encourage Democrats to vote no on this bill. But something is better than nothing.
Hey Bryon Short, you aren’t running again, and don’t have to cowtow to your corporate overlords. Do us all a favor, introduce an amendment raising the minimum wage to $12.00 by 2022.
SB10 – RAISING MINIMUM WAGE.
SPONSOR: Marshall, Henry, Baumbach, Bentz, Heffernan, Keeley, Kowalko, McDowell, Osienski, Paradee
HISTORY:Released from Senate Labor Committee.
STATUS: On Senate Ready List
On Thursday, the Senate will vote on Senator Bushweller’s Casino Tax Relief Bill, as well as HB174, Larry Mitchell’s bill to increase penalties on strawman purchases, and HB300, the bump stock ban. Both HB174 and HB300 already passed the House, so passage in the Senate without amendment will send both bills to the Governor.