Wirths, a former labor commissioner and small business owner, proposed a minimum wage package a year ago that would increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour and double the earned income tax credit to 80 percent, essentially raising take-home pay for workers commensurate with a $15 minimum wage. "It took forever, but we got it done".
The Senate version has the backing of 31 Democrat senators, while the House version has 181 lawmakers co-sponsoring the bill, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
The federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not increased in a decade and was based on legislation passed in 2007.
Ortiz said that he and his organization have "grave concern" over what Sander's bill will do to small businesses. "It's time every worker in America is paid a living wage", posted Sanders on social media.
Farm workers in the state will see their minimum increase to $12-50 an hour over five years, with a three-member panel deciding then whether to go to $15 by 2027. Bernie Sanders' push for an increase in the federal minimum wage.
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So again, to put it into context just under 96 percent of teenagers make over the federal minimum wage.
Critics argue raising the minimum wage could result in staff cuts and employee schedules. "It was very predictable, and the same thing will happen on a national scale if this bill passes".
The move comes as businesses in nearby New York City struggle to stay open and profitable under a $15 minimum wage.
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who announced his support of the bill on Monday, said a $15 minimum wage would increase pay for "more than 25 percent of the USA workforce".