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A group trying to increase the minimum wage through a constitutional amendment can begin collecting signatures to put the issue on the November ballot. 

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the effort to get a higer minumum wage referendum on the November ballot.

James Hayes, spokesman for Ohioans for Raising the Wage, joins the show.

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Ohioans are one step closer to voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would raise the state’s minimum wage. The petition to start the process of taking that issue to voters has been given the green light by Ohio’s Attorney General.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a county in southern Ohio that just passed a "Second Amendment sanctuary" resolution. 

Michael Hiles, founder of the group Ohio Stands United, which supports these resolutions, joins the show.

Kecia Jolley is getting a pay raise this week. But she's still making minimum wage.

Jolley works as a grocery store cashier in Missouri — one of nearly two dozen states that increased their minimum wages on Jan. 1. Economists say those mandatory wage hikes are an important factor boosting pay for workers at the bottom of the income ladder.

Jolley's Friday paycheck will be the first to reflect Missouri's 2020 minimum of $9.45 an hour, up from $8.60 last year.

"I think that I'll be better off," she says. "But I think that it's going to still be a struggle."

A new study suggests that raising the minimum wage might lower the suicide rate — especially when unemployment is high — and that doing so might have saved tens of thousands of people from dying by suicide in the last quarter century.

Minimum Wage In America

Jan 3, 2020
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The minimum wage in Ohio increases 15 cents in January, to $8.70 per hour for non-tipped workers. 

Six states, plus the District of Columbia, are phasing in a $15 an hour minimum. 

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When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, Ohio’s lowest paid workers will have a special reason to celebrate. 

Minimum Wage In America

Dec 10, 2019
Job seekers at one of two fulfillment centers in Central Ohio.
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The minimum wage in Ohio increases 15 cents in January, to $8.70 per hour for non-tipped workers. 

Six states, plus the District of Columbia, are phasing in a $15 an hour minimum. 

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Columbus city leaders say all full-time permanent city employees will now make at least $15 per hour.

Ohio State President Michael Drake

Sep 24, 2019
The Ohio State University President Michael Drake speaks during a vigil Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, following an attack on campus the previous day.
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Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, as chair of the board of governors for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, is leading a charge against the California bill that would permit college athletes in that state to earn income from their name, image and likeness. 

The NCAA says that the measure would give California schools an unfair competitive advantage in the recruitment process, and would eventually disqualify them from participation in NCAA competitions.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, Michael Drake talks about college athletics and more. 

 

Janitorial workers rally in downtown Columbus on Sept. 16, 2019 to call for a higher minimum wage.
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Janitorial workers gathered in downtown Columbus on Monday afternoon to rally for a $15 minimum wage. 

Ohio State

The Ohio State University plans to increase its minimum wage for non-union and Wexner Medical Center employees to $15 an hour starting next year.

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Ohio Health is raising its minimum wage from $12 an hour to $15.

Nationwide Children's Hospital announced it will raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour in July. The change will be fully implemented by 2020.

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