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Minimum Wage

Increasing the minimum wage is one of the simplest ways to make rental housing more affordable
RHINO members voted minimum wage as a RHINO priority for 2016 
in recognition of the fact that raising minimum wages will make rental housing more affordable.

Minimum Wage issues moving (even a little bit in Ohio 
The big news around the mass media at the end of the week was the adoption of a $15/hr minimum wage in California and New York states. Keep in mind that both proposals are phased in so that the increases don't fuel inflation and full of “kill switches” in case the economy hits the wall. Still, it's not just the coastal states looking at increasing wages. Pennsylvanians are talking up an increase in the minimum wages next door and, more interestingly, the City of Cincinnati is proposing dramatic increases for city workers.  Cincinnati Enquirer reports "One of every five city of Cincinnati workers could get raises under a series of proposed city labor and workplace safety reforms proposed Tuesday by Mayor John Cranley. If approved by City Council, the changes would create a city prevailing wage law, raise the city’s living wage to $15 per hour for its full-time employees and $10.10 per hour for its part-time and seasonal workers. The pay hikes would benefit 1,166 workers." 
      Increasing the minimum wage is one of the quickest ways to relieve “rent burden” from low income tenants. Rent burden is when households pay more than 30% of income for rent (and utilities). New data by the Joint Center for Housing Studiesindicates that between 40-50% of Ohio's rental households are rent burdened. 

Minimum wage and rent burden

Facts about minimum wage


 
What's News?
April 28, 2016 Cincinnati Enquirer Council approves $15 wage for workers; no private mandate coming
When Cincinnati's City Council approved a wage hike for city workers Wednesday, Mayor John Cranley told the crowded hall that Cincinnati was doing what is morally right. "There's a huge discussion in this country on why there is so much economic inequality," Cranley said, "This law doesn't change the private sector, but we can lead by example." City Council voted 5-3 Wednesday to hike the minimum wage for city workers and contractors. The bill boosts the pay for all full-time workers to at least $15 per hour and part-time and seasonal workers to at least $10.10 per hour. Together, the pay hikes would benefit 1,166 workers, or 1 of every 5 city workers.

April 9, 2016
Columbus Dispatch City council members back $15-an-hour minimum wage
Columbus city officials support a nationwide movement to raise the minimum wage to $12-$15 an hour, but say the change will have to be made at the state level. More than two dozen people at a Columbus City Council meeting this week implored members to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour. The group reminded the council members, all Democrats, that they supported raising the minimum wage during their campaigns last year.


March 29, 2016, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati proposes $15/hr. 'living wage' for its workers
 "One of every five city of Cincinnati workers could get raises under a series of proposed city labor and workplace safety reforms proposed Tuesday by Mayor John Cranley. If approved by City Council, the changes would create a city prevailing wage law, raise the city’s living wage to $15 per hour for its full-time employees and $10.10 per hour for its part-time and seasonal workers. The pay hikes would benefit 1,166 workers."


January 15, 2015 Cities take the lead on minimum wage
What about you Ohio? Next City reports on efforts by metropolitan areas to overcome the rural bias in state legislatures to win local minimum wages.
More and more, cities are asserting what small degree of independence they have to share the bounty of their economies, especially when it comes to the fight for a higher minimum wage. Across the country, around 20 cities have passed legislation to create a local minimum wage that is higher than the federal minimum and state minimums where those exist. Chicago’s will even be pegged to inflation after 2019, and businesses are finding it’s a huge draw for workers to move back into the Windy City. 

January 15, 2016 Vox Mitt Romney: "I think we’re nuts not to raise the minimum wage"

1/7/16 Next City What’s Next for Local Minimum wages?

12/31/15 Marketplace New Year will bring new minimum wage in some states





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Spencer Wells,
Mar 2, 2016, 12:13 PM
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