WASHINGTON — Millions of Ohio workers would receive a raise under new legislation supported by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH). The Fair Minimum Wage Act would raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in three steps and provide the first minimum wage increase to tipped employees in more than 20 years.
Brown held a news conference call Wednesday afternoon to call for passage of the bill and detail his recent conversations with business owners who support an increase in the federal minimum wage so that low wage workers can take care of their families.
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“Ohio citizens work hard, play by the rules, and should be able to take care of their families. But too many Ohioans are working harder than ever — and barely getting by,” Brown said. “Working full-time in a minimum wage job in Ohio pays about $16,000 per year — which isn’t much to live on when you’re trying to put food on the table, fill your gas tanks, send your children to school, and provide a safe place for them to live. Ensuring a fair wage is good for middle class families and good for our economy.”
Brown is the co-sponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage. It would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25 — in three steps of 95 cents — then provide for automatic annual increases linked to changes in the cost of living.
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