Local & State
|Bill would boost NC minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022|
|State is one of 21 on $7.25 federal standard|
|Published Monday, March 13, 2017 7:00 pm|
A bill that would bill boost North Carolina’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 has been introduced in the General Assembly.
Democratic lawmakers filed SB210, which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 and another $3 by 2022. North Carolina is one of 21 states to maintain the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Advocates, including Raising Wages NC, a coalition of workers rights groups, faith and business leaders, contend the boost would impact more than 120,000 employees on the federal standard. Minimum wage advocacy has grown as labor groups and worker advocates have staged walkouts across the country to push for hikes. Business groups, conversely, have generally opposed them.
“The state’s current minimum wage does not provide enough income for impoverished families to survive on,” said N.C. Sen. Joyce Waddell, a co-sponsor of SB 210. “We must free our hard-working citizens from the cycle of poverty. Women should be able to afford necessities and experience economic independence. This legislation would benefit workers and businesses in Senate District 40 and North Carolina as it drives the consumer demand and helps create more jobs in the economy.”
State minimum wage increases can be set only by lawmakers as a result of HB2, which stripped municipalities of the authority to set their own standards.
A wage hike would disproportionately impact women, who make up half of the state’s workforce and are the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of households. More than two-thirds of all workers that earn the minimum wage are women. The federal minimum wage standard translates into an annual salary of $14,000, which is a little over $2,000 above the federal poverty level of $11,770 for a single person.
Bill advocates say raising the minimum wage would benefit nearly 1.3 million citizens, or a third of North Carolina’s workforce, as well as boost the state’s economy. SB 210 is in the Senate Committee On Rules and Operations.
|But I read that it will only go up to $8.00 on Labor Day if this law is passed. My thing is 8 dollars is an increase but a very slight one. People still won't be able to tell a significant change in living or their lifestyle...8 dollars is a gimmick|
|Posted on March 29, 2017|
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