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Jerry D'Agostino had a job but couldn't afford a few things he wanted to do: a meal out once a week, go to the movies, attend Comic-Con. He was working alongside other people with disabilities at a center in Rhode Island, doing what he calls "benchwork" — rote tasks like fitting rings into heating tubes, packaging ice packs, assembling boxes for jewelry.

Target is raising its starting wage to $15 an hour, making permanent a $2 salary bump the company gave its U.S. workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rebecca Roth reviews applications for election ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
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A federal court ruled Tuesday that an Ohio group will have more time to collect petition signatures to put a voter rights amendment on the November ballot. The groups will also be permitted to collect those signatures electronically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how the state is handling the coronavirus pandemic, and why the backers of a $13 minimum wage ballot initiative are suing to ease state law requirements. James Hayes of the group Raise The Wage Ohio joins the show.

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Organizers trying to put a minimum wage measure on November’s statewide ballot are hoping a Franklin County judge will grant an extension on the July 1 deadline for gathering signatures, amid a statewide stay-at-home order.

Kim Thomas felt drawn to being a home health aide after caring for her own ailing mother. Human dignity, she says, can be simple, like a bath and a favorite snack.

When Thomas first started visiting homes to care for patients, she made $7 an hour. That was in North Carolina about 16 years ago. Her pay inched up over time, to $10.50. To try to make ends meet, she sometimes would work through the night, dozing in patients' homes.

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.
Esther Honig / WOSU

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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