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Representative Grant for himself and Senator Newport in the Senate introduces,

A BILL

To raise the federal minimum wage for tipped and non-tipped workers

SECTION I. TITLE

This bill shall be referred to as the "Common Sense Wage Act"

SECTION II. WAGE INCREASES

1) By the year 2021 Minimum wage for non-tipped workers shall increase from $10.25 an hour to $11.25 an hour and Minimum wage for tipped workers shall increase from $7.25 an hour to $9.25 an hour.

2) By the year 2022 Minimum wage for non-tipped workers increase from $11.25 an hour to $12.25 an hour and Minimum wage for tipped workers shall increase from $9.25 an hour to $12.25 an hour.

3) By the year 2023  Minimum wage for tipped and non-tipped workers shall be $15 an hour.

 

SECTION III. ENACTMENT 

1) This bill shall be enacted upon its constitutional passage

 

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Mr.Speaker,

It disappoints me to see the minority leader object to a bill to pay our hard working men and women in this debate while saying that he supports them in the SBA Debate. Mr.Speaker, for far too long we have been failing to provide a decent wage to our citizens and it's time to reward our hard working tax paying citizens.

I yield. 

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Mr. Speaker,

This bill is not common sense nor will it help our hard working men and women. Consider a small business with seven minimum wage workers. Doubling those wages will cost the small-business owner an extra $122,000 per year. So what is that business owner going to have to do? He's either going to raise prices or he's going to go out of business because he can no longer afford to pay his workers. That's seven unemployed people right there. We all want workers to make good money, but not if it means no jobs or lower incomes for others. In the case of a $15 minimum wage, the ends simply do not justify the means.

I yield.

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Mr.Speaker,

In the effort of bipartisanship I offer up the following amendment,

SECTION IV. EXEMPTIONS 

1) Any business with less then 150 employees across no more then 3 stores, boutiques, or restaurants shall be exempt from the minimum wage increases laid out in Section II of this act.

With this exemption added followed by the passage of the Small Business Tax breaks act in the Senate Mr.Speaker, coupled with the tax breaks given by the previous administration should give ample breathing room for businesses to afford the wage hike.

 

I yield.

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Mr. Speaker,

Even with this amendment, raising the minimum wage this way would create higher prices on goods. Folks working at places with less than 150 employees wouldn't be able to sustain themselves anymore. If minimum wage is going to be raised to $15 dollars it should be because the business wants to, not because government is forcing it.

I yield.

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Mr.Speaker,

At present people cant sustain themselves without having 3 jobs but under this bill teachers policemen and others can finally be able to take care of themselves without having to work for 60-72hours a week at multiple jobs. 

I yield.

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Mr. Speaker,

The gentleman from Rhode Island doesn't seem to understand what this bill will actually do, so lets get down to the facts. Yes, a higher minimum wage means a higher monthly and yearly paycheck, closer to the "living wage" of $15. The trouble with these minimum wage hikes is that they disconnect pay from performance, turning business enterprises into welfare agencies. A socialist idea? Some may say that. But unlike government run welfare agencies, business enterprises do not have tax payers to pay the bills. Their money comes from the consumer. What this means is that they must find other ways to cope with minimum wage hikes like the substituting of workers with automation equipment and artificial intelligence software. Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot and many other retailers have been experimenting with self-checkout counters, while McDonald’s, Panera Bread and other franchise outlets are using order kiosks in the place of conventional order takers. We'll see this more and more as we march towards this $15 minimum wage. 

Certainly, mandates like the minimum wage help low paid workers bring home a higher pay in the short term. In the long run however, they send these workers to the unemployment lines, as business enterprises replace labor with machines. The fact is, this has been tried on a smaller scale already, and it has not been successful. A minimum wage hike back in 2016 in Seattle resulted in lower, not higher, pay for low wage earners, confirming the ugly truth of the $15 minimum wage movement. That a “living wage” isn’t an entitlement, but it must be earned by delivering value to the consumer.

I yield.

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Mr.Speaker,

The gentlemen opposite would be correct if we had the previous corporate taxes with no exemptions. However seeing as though the corporate tax rate being as low as it is coupled with Small Buiness tax credits i'm sure the millionaire CEOs will be able to pay there workers a fair wage.

I yield. 

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Democrats: 219 Aye, 1 Nay

Republicans: 20 Aye, 195 Nay

Final Vote Totals: 239 Aye, 196 Nay

 

Bill Passes

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