Ohio Senate Hearings on $15/Hour Minimum Wage Bill

This week, the Ohio Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee heard sponsor testimony on legislation (Senate Bill 90) to gradually boost Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. Offered by Sen. Hearcel Craig (D-Columbus) and Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati), the bill would increase the state minimum wage to $12 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2020, and raise it by another $1 annually until 2023, when minimum wage would be $15 an hour.

During the hearing, several committee members voiced concerns regarding the negative impact SB 90 would have on businesses, as well as consumers, who would see drastically higher prices. The bill faces strong headwinds in the GOP-controlled General Assembly. 9/25/2019