Thursday, February 5, 2015

Will Ohio raise its minimum wage?

Chris Rock once said, “You know what it means when somebody pays you minimum wage? … ‘Hey, if I could pay you less, I would.’”

If Ohio Senate Bill 25 becomes law, that minimum in Ohio will go up.

Yesterday, 10 Senators introduced S.B. 25 [pdf], which proposes comprehensive reform to Ohio’s state wage-and-hour laws.

If passed, it would:

  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10
  • Raise the salary threshold for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to $50,000 per year for 2016, and $69,000 per year for 2017 and beyond.

All 10 of the sponsors of S.B. 25 are Democrats. The problem, though, is that the Ohio has 33 state senators, and the other 23 are all Republicans. Thus, this bill has little chance of advancing out of committee, let alone becoming law.

Nevertheless, there a class war waging in this country, with the minimum wage as its front line. Expect this issue to be front and center as we approach the next national election cycle in 2016.