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Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would increase wages for at least 17 million people, but also put 1.4 million Americans out of work, according to a study by the Congressional Budget Office released on Monday.

A phase-in of a $15 minimum wage would also lift some 900,000 out of poverty, according to the nonpartisan CBO. This higher federal minimum could raise wages for an additional 10 million workers who would otherwise make sightly above that wage rate, the study found.

President Biden's push for a $15 federal minimum wage appears to be on hold for now.

As part of a marathon session of voting on amendments to Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, the Senate late Thursday approved by voice vote a measure prohibiting an increase of the federal minimum wage during the global pandemic.

A new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows three out of the ten most common jobs in Ohio failed to pay workers enough to afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment before the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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 coalition of unions and community groups is working to place on the statewide ballot this fall a constitutional amendment to raise Ohio’s minimum wage by nearly 50 percent to 13-dollars an hour by 2025. 

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."

Columbus city leaders Wednesday announced all full-time municipal employees will now make a minimum of 15 dollars per hour. 

Mt. Carmel Raising Wages

Sep 25, 2019

Officials with Mount Carmel Health System say they are raising the minimum wage for workers to 15 dollars an hour. 

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Ohio State University is raising the minimum wage for qualifying staff members to 15 dollars per hour next year. 

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would increase the pay of at least 17 million people, but also put 1.3 million Americans out of work, according to a study by the Congressional Budget Office released on Monday.

The increased federal minimum could also raise the wages of another 10 million workers and lift 1.3 million Americans out of poverty, according to the nonpartisan CBO. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 and last increased a decade ago.

Andy Chow

A coalition of groups that advocate for low-income Ohioans says they’re seeing a slight decrease in the poverty level and unemployment remains low.

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Bank of America will raise the minimum wage for its employees to $20 an hour in the next two years and freeze health care cost increases for lower-paid workers, the company said Tuesday.

The hourly pay will rise to $17 starting May 1 and then increase to the higher rate by 2021, CEO Brian Moynihan said.

Minority Democrats in the Ohio Legislature have re-introduced a bill raising the state's minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. 

Columbus Partnership

In their final meeting of the year, Columbus City Council members last night approved the adoption of two 5 percent ticket taxes to fund the arts and Nationwide Arena improvements. 

Columbus City Council tonight is expected to approve legislation establishing a minimum 15 dollar hourly wage requirement for all jobs created through the city's tax incentive programs. 

A new report shows only two of the ten most common jobs in Ohio pay enough for a worker to rent a two-bedroom apartment.