Controversy over Minimum Wage

Dec 11, 2006

Backers of a minimum-wage increase that passed in November accused lawmakers today of writing new rules on the issue that will deny the raise to thousands of workers.

Labor and grass roots organizations say House Bill 690 rewrites the constitutional amendment to deny the wage hike from $5.15 to $6.85 an hour to large classes of workers, including salespeople, home heath care workers, some firefighters and agricultural workers.

Representative Bill Seitz is the bill's author. He says the bill relies on federal labor law to clear up questions on how the constitutional amendment should be implemented. House Bill 690 is expected to hit the floor of the Ohio House sometime this week.