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Democratic State Lawmaker Wants Hike in Minimum Wage

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

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Pro-union demonstrators call for a higher minimum wage for fast food workers in 2013. (Brian Bull / ideastream)

Ohio’s minimum wage rises every year in tandem with inflation, but some lawmakers say the rate is still too low. As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, one legislator wants to hike it up by more than two dollars.

Democratic State Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown wants to increase Ohio’s minimum wage to $10.10. The current wage is at $7.95, but Hagan says that’s too low for families who are trying to pay for food and housing.

One perception could be that a large portion of those making the minimum wage are high schoolers, but the representative says teenagers only make up 12.5%.

“The rest are adults who are trying to make a living with their families,” Hagan said. “It’s increasingly more difficult to do that on what we’re giving them right now.”

Though Hagan’s bill faces a Republican-controlled House, he says he’s encouraged that some high-profile conservatives such as former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are coming out in support of raising the minimum wage. 

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