SeaTac, Wash., has not seen a drop in business licenses or sales and property taxes since the city passed a $15-an-hour minimum-wage law about a year ago, city manager Todd Cutts says. The state Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether the law applies to Port of Seattle workers at Sea-Tac Airport.
A new Labor Department rule extending minimum-wage and overtime protections to caregivers could create a situation in which the elderly in the future find home health care too expensive, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and two Republican congressmen say. The rule could hurt the home care industry as a whole, especially considering many clients need more than 40 hours of care per week, according to Jay Perron, IFA's vice president of government affairs and public policy.
A wage gap is growing between states that automatically adjust their minimum wage for inflation each year and those that don't. The average minimum wage among states that make automatic adjustments is $8.12 an hour, compared with $7.40 an hour in states that don't make automatic adjustments. Nine of the 10 minimum-wage increases that took effect on Tuesday were automatic adjustments to inflation.
Connecticut lawmakers are meeting in a special session today to discuss Gov. M. Jodi Rell's veto of a 35 cent minimum-wage raise. While many businesses are increasing wages on their own -- many by about 25 cents an hour -- the business community generally denounces a mandated increase now while energy and gasoline prices are spiraling. "If you talk to most small business owners, they already pay above minimum wage," said Andy Markowski, Connecticut state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.