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South Florida Business Journal: Florida's minimum wage will hit $12 an hour, but this business owner says it's not enough

By Ashley Portero
South Florida Business Journal, September 27, 2023

Florida's minimum wage will increase by one dollar on Sept. 30, nearly three year after residents voted to gradually raise the state's minimum wage until it reaches $15 an hour. ...

"It's great that wages are going up, but now the issue is it won't be enough to keep up with inflation," said Jennifer Todd, CEO of LMS General Contractors in Pompano Beach.

Todd was an early supporter of Amendment 2, a state constitutional amendment passed in 2020. The law raised Florida's minimum wage from...

State House News Service (MA): Inflation cited in push for $20 minimum wage

By Colin A. Young
State House News Service (Massachusetts), September 27, 2023

... A slew of bills dealing with wages — the state minimum wage, the minimum wage for workers who also earn tips, wages for overtime work, and more — was before the Labor and Workforce Development Committee on Tuesday, renewing debate over what people working in Massachusetts should be paid. ...

There were some businesses that told the committee they support efforts to increase the minimum wage, many as part of the national Business for a Fair Minimum Wage coalition.

“Our strong growth...

WBUR (NPR): Legislators consider raising MA minimum wage

WBUR (NPR), “All Things Considered,” September 26, 2023
Irina Matchavariani interviewed John Schall

Legislators on Beacon Hill are considering raising the state’s minimum wage. One proposal brought up at a hearing today would hike it from $15 an hour to $20 by the year 2027. John Schall is the founder of El Jefe’s Taqueria in Boston and a member of the group Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. He says local businesses will be able to retain their workforce and spend less in the long run. “If you're in a cycle where you're constantly hiring...

Boston Globe: Hearings held on raising the Mass. minimum wage to $20 an hour

By Dana Gerber
Boston Globe, September 26, 2023

On Tuesday, the state’s Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development held hearings for bills in both chambers that would gradually raise the Massachusetts minimum wage to $20 an hour by 2027 and subsequently boost it in lockstep with inflation. The bills — presented by Representatives Tram T. Nguyen and Daniel M. Donahue in the House and Senator Jason M. Lewis in the Senate — come after the last in the series of pay hikes secured as part of the 2018 “grand bargain” legislation lifted the minimum...

South Central Florida Life: Business owners say minimum wage hike will strengthen the economy

Special to Lake Okeechobee News
South Central Florida Life, September 25, 2023

Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $11 to $12 an hour on Sept. 30 and business leaders across Florida are welcoming the raise, saying it will boost consumer spending, bolster local businesses and strengthen the economy. Florida’s minimum wage will continue to increase by $1 per year until it reaches $15 in 2026, followed by cost of living increases in subsequent years.

Florida voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 2 in 2020 to raise the state minimum wage. Business owners and executives across the state...

The Hispanic Heroes of South Bethlehem: Chamber gala kicks off National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Micaela Hood
Lehigh Valley News, September 13, 2023

... El Jefe's Taqueria of Bethlehem will receive a Milestone Award at the Greater Lehigh Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Sept. 15. ...

Another prominent business owner, John Schall, of El Jefe's Taqueria, will accept the Milestone Award at the gala.

"One thing that interested us was that 20% of El Jefe's Taqueria [stakeholders] are Latino," Suero [AJ Suero, chair of the Greater Lehigh Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce] said. "We were also impressed with their out-of-the-box thinking during COVID and willingness to stay...

Nexstar: As cost of living rises, lawmakers renew push to raise federal minimum wage

By Hannah Brandt
Nexstar, Aug 8, 2023. Ran on Nexstar stations across the country 8/8 - 8/10 including WFLA (Tampa, FL), WJTV (Jackson, MS), WKRG (Mobile, AL), WFXP & WJET (Erie, PA), KSNW (Wichita, KS), WYTV (Youngstown, OH), KSNF (Joplin, MO), WHBF (Davenport, IA), WCMH (Columbus, OH), KFTA (Fort Smith, AR), KWKT (Waco, TX), WFXB & WBTW (Myrtle Beach, SC), WJBF (Augusta, GA), WFXR (Roanoke, VA), KTAL (Shreveport, LA), and many more.

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — For more than a decade, the federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25. With costs of living rising, some lawmakers are renewing a push to raise...

Courthouse News Service: Democrats push for $17 minimum wage by 2028

By Benjamin S. Weiss
Courthouse News Service, July 25, 2023

WASHINGTON (CN) — More than a decade after Congress last raised the federal minimum wage, lawmakers on Tuesday rolled out legislation that, if made law, would significantly increase the legal baseline for pay across the country. Federal minimum wage currently sits at just $7.25 an hour ...

Aaron Seyedian, owner of Well-Paid Maids, a cleaning company that pays its employees a minimum of $23 an hour, said that increased wages were an investment in his staff that has led to higher productivity and lower employee...

Common Dreams: 'Time for Congress to Act': Sanders, Scott Unveil $17 Federal Minimum Wage Bill

By Jessica Corbett
Common Dreams, July 25, 2023

Economic justice advocates applauded Tuesday as U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Congressman Bobby Scott formally introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2023, which would increase the federal hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $17 by 2028. ...

At a Tuesday press conference to promote the bill, Scott was joined by House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Labor Caucus Co-Chair Donald Norcross (D-N.J.), Well-Paid Maids owner Aaron Seyedian, and Frances Holmes, who makes $13 an hour working a seasonal job at a baseball stadium St...

CNBC: ‘Way too low for way too long’: Local business owners applaud July 1 minimum wage increases

By Isabel Engel
CNBC, July 1, 2023

Minimum wage increases are set to take effect July 1 in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and various other cities and counties across the U.S. And for some local business owners, the hikes are a welcome — and much awaited — change.

An increase in minimum wage — and, thus, baseline salaries within local communities — allows businesses to flourish, Gina Schaefer, founder and co-owner of A Few Cool Hardware Stores, tells CNBC Make It. Schaefer owns 13 Ace Hardware stores throughout the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia metropolitan area. 

“We will hopefully...

Associated Press (AP): Nevada’s lowest-wage workers to see pay increase with minimum wage hike

Associated Press (AP), July 1, 2023

Nevada’s lowest wage workers will see larger paychecks now that the state’s minimum wage increased Saturday. ...

Paul Saginaw, owner of Saginaw’s Delicatessen in Circa Resort, said he’s found that when wages went up, labor costs were kept in check or lowered because they had less turnover, resulting in more experienced staff with better productivity.

“(The) biggest struggle is the cost of goods, not wages,” he said.

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Maryland Matters: Minimum wage increase on the horizon for most, some will get there sooner

By Bryan P. Sears
Maryland Matters, June 29, 2023. Also WTOP News.

Starting Saturday, most business owners around the state will have six months to prepare for a coming jump in the state’s minimum wage.

The Fair Wage Act of 2023, passed earlier this year, was a priority for Gov. Wes Moore (D) in his first year in office. The change accelerates [to Jan. 2024] the move to $15 per hour  as phased in under a 2019 law.

Aaron Seyedian, owner of Well-Paid Maids, said business owners should embrace the coming change because of its overall benefits....

Nevada Current: Nevada’s minimum wage ekes up to $11.25 July 1

By Michael Lyle
Nevada Current, June 27, 2023. Also in Reno Gazette Journal, Nevada Globe.

Some Nevadans will get a slight raise July 1 as the state sees its minimum wage increase from $10.50 to $11.25 an adjustment still well below the amount needed to afford average prices of rent and child care. ...

Nevada’s increase is smaller than changes in other states, according to Business for a Fair Minimum Wage. ...

The final scheduled minimum wage increase – to $12 – goes into effect on July 1, 2024. At that time, Nevada will also eliminate its...

Pennsylvania Capital Star: ‘It’s the right thing to do’: Meet the Pa. business owners pushing for a minimum wage hike

By Samuel O'Neal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star, June 25, 2023

In 2019, when the Republican-controlled state Senate voted to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9.50 an hour, John Schall, owner of El Jefe’s Taqueria, was one of the loudest vocal supporters of the potential wage hike.

“I think this is an important issue for businesses as well as for workers,” said Schall, who has Pennsylvania locations in Pittsburgh, State College and Bethlehem. “The Pennsylvania economy would be way better off if the legislation gets passed.”

Ultimately, a compromise bill negotiated by Republicans and former Democratic...

Las Vegas Review Journal: New minimum wage begins July 1

By McKenna Ross
Las Vegas Review Journal, June 25, 2023

Nevada’s lowest-paid workers will soon see a larger paycheck when the state’s minimum wage reaches about $11.25 an hour ... The law includes a two-tier system that offers a lower wage to employees with qualifying health benefits. This year, those workers will receive a minimum hourly wage of $10.25. It’s also the last year of such a two-tiered system after roughly 55 percent of voters in November 2022 approved a constitutional amendment setting a $12 minimum wage. That will go into effect July 1, 2024. ...