Nevada Current: July brings higher minimum wage, but NV still lags behind AZ, CO, CA, OR, WA…

By Jeniffer Solis
Nevada Current, July 1, 2021

... Nevada businesses owner Paul Saginaw, co-owner of Saginaw’s Delicatessen in Las Vegas and a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, says he has not had trouble hiring, partly because of their $14 an hour starting pay.

“I think it makes good business sense,” Saginaw said. “It’s very short-sighted not to realize that.”

“Nevada’s 75-cents-a-year minimum wage increases benefit workers and businesses. Going higher than the scheduled $12 by 2024 minimum wage would be much better,” Saginaw said.

Jared Meyers, owner of Legacy Vacation Resorts in Reno, Nevada and also a member of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, said the wage increase is a step in the right direction adding that employees are more committed to a business when they are paid a living wage.

“I hope Nevada will join Florida, New Jersey, California and other states on the path to a $15 minimum wage,” said Meyers.

The two sectors hit hardest by pandemic, leisure and hospitality, and food services, have shown the most job growth recently. ...

Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, says the wage increase in Nevada is a welcome start to the month “since July 24 will mark 12 years with the federal minimum wage stuck at just $7.25 an hour.”

“Raising the minimum wage boosts the spending power of people living paycheck to paycheck. And it encourages better business practices needed for shared economic recovery,” Sklar said. ...

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