New Hampshire currently defaults to the federal minimum wage of $7.25. After lawmakers last year approved raising it to $12 by 2022, Sununu vetoed it.
So there you have it. Vermont women earn 100 cents on the dollar if you take into consideration their work preferences, better than the 98 cents on the dollar that American women do. Without understanding this fact, a $15 minimum wage will do more harm than good.
On the first day back in session, the Vermont House faces unfinished workplace bills including contractor licensing, the minimum wage and paid family leave.
“A minimum wage hike may produce an immediate wage hike for many of the 2.2 percent of hourly workers who are impacted, but the higher labor costs force employers to cut non-wage benefits, like free meals, flexible leave arrangements, and health insurance coverage.”
If Buttigieg has overwhelming evidence indicating that the vast majority of the poor would see an overall increase in their pay (despite working fewer hours), then he could conceivably have an argument.
It may be true that some minimum wage hikes raise wages for a few lucky workers, but it comes at the expense of layoffs and shorter hours for others.
In his veto message rejecting a hike to New Hampshire’s minimum wage law, Gov. Chris Sununu argued that it would have increased unemployment and damaged the state’s economy.
Bernie Sanders’ rhetoric on the $15 minimum wage — rhetoric echoed by many politicians here in Vermont — just suffered a violent collision with economic reality.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s campaign staffers are demanding wages of at least $15 hourly, but a campaign strategist is calling that prospect “ridiculous,” saying productivity would have to be cut to stay within budget.
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib called for a federal minimum wage of up to $20 an hour at a “One Fair Wage” event in Detroit on Sunday.
After years of advocating a national $15 minimum wage, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is now struggling to defend himself after campaign staff workers revealed they are not receiving $15 an hour.