House OKs Minimum Pay Increase Bill

May 13, 2019

Hourly minimum-pay employees are moving closer to a living wage. The House has approved House Bill 5004 to increase the minimum wage incrementally to $15 in 2023.

No one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, but many of our state’s full-time workers struggle to support themselves and their families because wages are too low and have not been increased from $10.10 since 2017.

Increasing the minimum wage will protect low-wage workers, strengthen economic security, boost their purchasing power and enhance the state’s economy.

The minimum wage will increase, in a four-year rollout, to $11.00 in 2019, $12.00 in 2020, $13.00 in 2021, $14.00 in 2022 and $15.00 in 2023.

The bill passed 85 to 59 and now goes to the Senate for approval.