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Oppressive Senate Bills of Exclusion

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

Staff 

Committee Administrator Matthew Germer 503-986-1509
Committee Assistant Carrie Ward 503-986-1510

 

HOUSE BUSINESS & LABOR COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND CONTACT:

 

Membership 

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

Staff 

Committee Administrator Jan Nordlund 503-986-1557
Committee Assistant Matthew Puckett 503-986-1520

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