COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Two Ohio state representatives introduced a bill Thursday that if passed would raise the minimum wage in Ohio to $10.10 per hour.
State Reps. Mike Foley, D-Cleveland, and Robert Hagan, D-Youngstown, introduced House Bill 502, which calls for the minimum wage to increase to $10.10 per hour from the current rate of $7.95 per hour. Workers who earn tips to supplement their income would see their wages rise from $3.98 to $5.05 per hour under the proposal.
The lawmakers said the increase would build a stronger Ohio by putting more money into the pockets of minimum wage workers while providing struggling families an opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty, according to a new release.
“Low-wage workers are older and more educated today than thirty years ago, and our state’s policies have yet to reflect this reality,” said Rep. Hagan. “This is money that will go directly back into our economy, not in some offshore account or overseas investment. Instead of being pushed into public assistance lines, Ohioans who play by the rules deserve a shot at making it in an economy that rewards hard work.”
The Ohio Constitution currently sets the minimum wage for non-tipped and tipped workers. The Constitution ties the minimum wage to the cost of living and allows for annual adjustment to the minimum wage each year.
House Bill 502 would increase the minimum wage while still allowing for annual adjustments based on the cost of living.
In his January State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called for all federal contractors to pay their employees 10.10 per hour. He signed an executive order on the measure in February.