There are 10 minimum wage bills that will be up for hearings and public testimony on Monday, April 13th.
They are 6 Senate bills (SB 610, SB 327, SB 130, SB 332, SB 597, SB 682) that will be heard in the Senate Workforce Committee 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. This will be invited testimony only.
Summary of minimum wage bills: 7 of the bills raise minimum wage from a low of $10.75/hr by 2016 to a high of $15.00/hr by 2018. 3 of the bills repeal the current state pre-emption statute regarding minimum wage and would grant statutory authority to local governments to set minimum wage.
These bills hurt those people they are intended to help the most and are well intentioned bad policy. Many young people and others with special challenges have a very difficult time getting into the job market already. Here is a reminder why by the great Milton Friedman. It should be obvious to lawmakers that we need more job opportunities, not less, unfortunately, SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE.
The evening of Monday, April 13th will be a joint House & Senate Committee public hearing – probably 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This is the time to arrive in person and provide your testimony.
IF YOU CANNOT APPEAR IN PERSON PLEASE PROVIDE WRITTEN TESTIMONY SHARING HOW AN INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE WILL AFFECT YOU AND YOUR EMPLOYEES. SEND YOUR WRITTEN TESTIMONY TO EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER OR TO THE COMMITTEE ADMINISTRATOR REQUESTING YOUR TESTIMONY BE DISTRIBUTED TO EACH COMMITTEE MEMBER.
SENATE WORKFORCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS & CONTACT:
|Chair||Senator Michael Dembrow|
|Member||Senator Sara Gelser|
|Member||Senator Tim Knopp|
|Member||Senate Democratic Leader Diane Rosenbaum|
|Vice-Chair||Senator Kim Thatcher|
|Committee Administrator||Matthew Germer||503-986-1509|
|Committee Assistant||Carrie Ward||503-986-1510|
HOUSE BUSINESS & LABOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND CONTACT:
|Member||Representative Greg Barreto|
|Vice-Chair||Representative Brent Barton|
|Member||Representative Margaret Doherty|
|Member||Representative Sal Esquivel|
|Member||Representative Paul Evans|
|Member||Representative Shemia Fagan|
|Member||Representative Dallas Heard|
|Chair||Representative Paul Holvey|
|Vice-Chair||Representative Bill Kennemer|
|Member||Representative Rob Nosse|
|Member||Representative Jim Weidner|
|Committee Administrator||Jan Nordlund||503-986-1557|
|Committee Assistant||Matthew Puckett||503-986-1520|