President Trump and 2017 Minimum Wage Legislation

Posted on 01-30-2017 by
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Candidate Trump took conflicting positions regarding the federal minimum wage. Which policy will President Trump propose to follow? Will a Republican Congress bent on smaller government, regulatory relief for business and accelerating economic growth support raising the minimum wage? Will certain states continue to go it alone and require higher wages than the federal minimum? The answers to these questions are crucial to business and labor alike. Our panel of experts has insight into minimum wage legislation now pending or likely to be proposed.

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Candidate Trump Advocated Both Raising and Eliminating the Federal Minimum Wage

Candidate Trump has suggested the minimum wage should be raised to $10 per hour. He also said he preferred the federal government not place a floor under wages but leave that to the states instead, in competition with each other. His pick to head the Department of Labor, fast-food mogul Andrew Puzder, has opposed past attempts to raise the federal minimum wage beyond the current level. While it remains to be seen the tenor of the Republican Congressional major would seem unlikely to add to what are considered the burdens of American business.

More States Diverging from the Federal Minimum Wage

Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have a minimum hourly wage greater than the federal $7.25 minimum wage. Two of these states, California (statewide) and New York (certain areas), have passed laws increasing the minimum wage in increments to $15 over the next several years. Iowa is exploring becoming the 30th state with a higher-than-federal minimum. Montana legislators have offered 2017 MT H 169 to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Minneapolis, Minnesota voters were recently denied the opportunity to vote on a charter amendment to increase the minimum wage to $15. Wisconsin, on the other hand, has excepted certain classes of workers from minimum wage coverage. The effective minimum wage rates across the country range from the federal minimum to a nation-high $11.00 in Washington. Some municipalities have even higher local minimums.

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The advent of a new administration—particularly one fronting majorities in Congress—presents the prospect of breathtaking change to a multitude of policies. And the states will look to supplement and respond to these initiatives with their own legislation. “Legislative Preview: An Early Look at Opportunities & Risks for 2017,” offers a timely glimpse of the shape of things to come. Get it today.

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